LIBYA: The Croesus of Crisis

Libya's Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is lavish with both words and money. Last week he took five hours—quite a stretch for Arabs who love prolix oratory—to extol pan-Arabism. Arab states, he insisted, do not need "Communism, fascism, foreign capitalism or liberalism." Instead, they are capable of forming a united force that could easily become the third great world power. One step toward this goal, Gaddafi said, would be to overthrow King Hussein of Jordan and King Hassan of Morocco, just as he and fellow officers 21 years ago toppled Libya's King Idris. Radio...

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