MIDDLE EAST: Controlling the Consequences

In the hot lands of the Middle East last week, men and governments, under severe pressure, loosed forces whose consequences they themselves could not easily foretell or hope to control.

¶ The young King of Jordan won a wild popularity in the streets by unceremoniously expelling Glubb Pasha, the British commander of his armed forces. But had he gratified or merely whetted the appetite of the mob?

¶ The British, their power and prestige gravely shaken by the latest in a series of humbling retreats, decided to make a show of standing firm in Cyprus. The method they chose came...