JORDAN: The King's Comeback

In a white station wagon, trailed by a dozen Jeeps loaded with gun-slung Arabs and a cavalcade of cars packed with politicians and journalists, Jordan's 23-year-old King Hussein sped westward one day last week from his hot, dusty capital of Amman. On the approach to the Palestinian hills the summer's last harvesters winnowed the wheat by throwing forkfuls in the air as in Old Testament times. As the caravan passed, they chanted in unison: "Welcome, Hussein, welcome, our King." In Nablus, traditional center of opposition to the crown, 4,000 citizens jammed the square to roar: "Long live Hussein." Longest and...

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