The Middle East A Radical Returns to the Ranks

At last Syria joins the Arab world in condemning Iran

For four days statesmen representing the 21 members of the Arab League had argued, cajoled and bargained as they tried to work out their differences in the meeting rooms and corridors of the luxurious Plaza Hotel in Amman. Finally, tired but triumphant, King Hussein of Jordan took the podium at the closing ceremony to proclaim that the 15th summit of the league had produced nothing less than a "new birth" of Arab unity. The Jordanian monarch could be forgiven a bit of rhetorical excess. For while deep divisions in the Arab world remained, Hussein had indeed produced a remarkable and unexpected...