Jordan: A Genius for Survival

As it has often before in his ten-year reign, the throne of Jordan's King Hussein trembled last week. In the capital city of Amman, in old Jerusalem. Nablus, Hebron and Ramallah, crowds filled the streets roaring, "Bidna Nasser! Bidna Nasser!" (We want Nasser).

With the proposed new Arab union of Iraq, Syria and Egypt now on every Arab lip, the merger virus swept irresistibly through Jordan. The riotous crowds ended three years of relative political calm, and faced tough little King Hussein, 27, with his deepest crisis. Two-thirds of Jordan's 1,800,000 people are Palestinian Arabs, who care little about the...

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