MIDDLE EAST: The Boys Take Over

Crowds jammed Amman's King Feisal Avenue six deep last week. Watching from rooftops, veiled women set up the piercing wail of joy called Zaghareed. The object of the outcry, a smiling, slender lad in a slow-moving, blue 1953 Lincoln convertible surrounded by armored cars, replied again & again with precise Sandhurst salutes. The procession moved on to Jordan's Parliament building. There, dressed in the gilded blue uniform of an Arab Legion general, the lad rose from a satin throne and said in a loud, clear voice: "I swear by God to abide by the constitution and to be loyal...

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