MIDDLE EAST: The Withering Rose

In countless Arab cities and towns, walls have long been plastered with posters depicting fierce guerrillas wielding blazing Kalashnikov submachine guns. Now Al-Fatah, largest of the fedayeen organizations, is trying to create a less belligerent image. The newest Fatah wall poster shows a rose growing out of a gun barrel, a Picasso-style peace dove and the English inscription FOR LOVE,PEACE AND FREEDOM.

Love and peace have so far proved elusive. Last September, the guerrillas and the Jordanian army fought a ten-day civil war in which 2,000 died. Since then, there have been four major clashes between the fedayeen and King...

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