Middle East: Quick Change

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend," says an Arab proverb, and in the shifting sands of Middle Eastern politics, friends and enemies switch sides with dizzying speed. Latest quick-change act: Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser and Jordan's King Hussein are now billing themselves as friends.

Temporarily forgotten are the days, only two years ago, when Radio Cairo vilified Hussein as a "traitor by inheritance—the son, grandson and great-grandson of traitors." Overlooked for the moment is the bloody Nasserite rioting in Amman last April, which Hussein put down with guns and armored cars. Instead, the bitter feud has suddenly dissolved...

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