MIDDLE EAST: Marching Back from the Brink

Two Arab antagonists cool a jittery confrontation

Rather like the Duke of York in the old nursery rhyme, Syria and Jordan marched to the brink of war last week, then marched away. For a few tense days, however, the two Arab antagonists had provoked international jitters that another hot war was about to start in the Middle East. After nearly a week of intense shuttle diplomacy between Damascus and Amman to devise a face-saving formula, Saudi Arabia's Deputy Prime Minister, Prince Abdullah ibn Abdul Aziz, proudly proclaimed that his peacemaking efforts had...

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