Jordan: A King at Bay

Though at 33 he is already a veteran of countless brushes with death or dethronement, Jordan's King Hussein has never faced a challenge quite as taxing as the one he faces now. His country is seething with frustration over losing the fertile land of the Jordan River's West Bank. His people increasingly show their open admiration for the self-styled commando groups of Palestinian Arabs that are striking out against the occupying Israelis. Before Hussein can consider making his peace with Israel, he must leash the commandos. Last week, as the king prepared to fly back to Amman after...