Middle East: Bad Trip

Even after the Six-Day War of 1967, when many Arab nations blamed the U.S. for their humiliating defeat by Israel, Jordan's King Hussein continued to maintain cordial relations with Washington. His friendship was rewarded with arms, economic aid and occasional intercession to help his beleaguered government resist pressures from Israel, the Soviet Union and Egypt, as well as the Palestinian guerrillas. Last week, however, Hussein's volatile country was boiling again, and the force that inadvertently set it abubble was American.

Trampled Seal. The immediate cause of the King's discomfiture was a...

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