MIDDLE EAST: The Three Vultures

The Suez crisis disappeared from the headlines without having been solved. Its ill effects, however, which would reverberate for months to come, sounded most loudly last week not in Egypt itself but in Jordan, the most vulnerable vacuum in the Middle East. It was election time in the hatchet-shaped Hashemite kingdom of Jordan at a most unpropitious moment.

In the old city of Jerusalem white cloth banners covered with sprawling Arabic letters hung over every street, flapping incongruously against ancient masonry. From improvised platforms in the coffeehouses of Amman and a dozen...

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