JORDAN: Man on a Precipice

In the capital city of Amman last week, where young King Hussein shakily reigns with the backing of his army and his devoted Bedouins, swift raids by spike-helmeted police rounded up all known Nasser sympathizers, as well as some 200 suspect politicians and civil servants. Who could be sure of anyone, any more? Seventy officers of the King's army are in jail, including Hussein's former close companion, Colonel Rahdi Abdullah. Anyone caught listening to Radio Cairo or to the vicious noise of the clandestine "Jordan People's Radio" was hustled off to prison....

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