World: Middle East: Balancing on the Brink

Do not let this matter trouble you, for the sword devours now one and now another. Strengthen your attack upon the city and overthrow it.

-11 Samuel 11: 25

SO said King David to his downcast general, Joab, during a battle with the Ammonites for the city that is today the Jordanian capital of Amman. And so said Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Dayan last week in similar circumstances. Dayan was in the port city of Eilat, surveying the capsized hulk of an Israeli supply ship sunk by Egyptian limpet mines, when he quoted the Second...

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