Dispatches: Beating Swords into Billy Clubs

On the chest pocket of his navy-blue uniform, Captain Amer Mohamed Abdel-Kader still wears the paratrooper's wings he earned by skydiving out of Jordanian army planes as a member of the Badr Brigade of the Palestine Liberation Army, the military wing of the P.L.O. Under the terms of the peace agreement signed by Israel and the P.L.O., Captain Abdel-Kader is one of hundreds of Palestinian soldiers training in Jordan and Egypt for police duty in soon-to- be-autonomous Jericho and the Gaza Strip. Lectures on courtroom law and fingerprinting may seem banal for men who until last month dreamed of military victory...

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