JORDAN: The King's Vacation

As the last of the British paratroopers flew out of Jordan, young King Hussein prepared to depart too—for a European vacation. As he did so, neighboring Middle East governments tensed like pointers around the edges of King Hussein's sandy little Jordanian preserve.

Iraq's Prime Minister Abdul Karim Kassem abruptly summoned his military attaché from Cairo for emergency consultations. The Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram accused the Israelis of mobilizing and massing troops on the Jordanian frontier, and Cairo's Al Gumhuria. which never seems to get its history straight, added: "Once more we'll fight, and again we'll win."

Sly Balloon. Cairo's talk of mobilization...

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