THE MIDDLE EAST: Center of the Storm

Out of the Mediterranean sky dropped the transports, bringing 1,200 crack British paratroopers in battle readiness. They landed in Cyprus, not to reinforce that strife-torn island, but to be only a hop, skip and a jump away from Jordan, the Middle East's newest trouble spot.

Jordan is just a wide spot in the desert, with little claim to nationhood. But in one of those swift shifts of international politics, this vacuum in the sand has become the center of the storm, buffeted about by all the angry winds now loose in the Middle East. On one side press the claims...

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