World: MIDDLE EAST: NO CLOSER TO UNITY

For the third time in little more than three months, a coup d'état shook the Arab world last week. Hard on the upheavals in the Sudan and South Yemen, leftist army officers in Libya seized the oil-rich kingdom of King Idris and proclaimed "the Libyan Arab Republic" with the Nasser-style slogan, "Freedom, Unity, Socialism."

The coup in Libya (see following story) reduced the number of reigning Arab monarchs to three, and only one of them seems reasonably secure—Morocco's King Hassan II. Jordan's Hussein is under pressure from Palestinian commandos, who use his territory as a base, and from Israeli retaliation. Saudi Arabia's...

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