Syria: Blusterers and Brinkmen

Even though Syria's invasion of Jordan was one of the prime reasons for the Arab summit, when President Noureddine Atassi showed up in Cairo to represent the Damascus government he seemed surprised that anyone was upset. "You said you would never permit the Palestine resistance movement to be liquidated," he told a furious Gamal Nasser. "Well, they were being liquidated and we tried to save them. What can be wrong with that?"

The Syrian force was pulled back quickly and with reportedly heavy losses. But it stayed around long enough to remind the...

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