JORDAN: The Road to Zerka

Out of Jordan, with censorship lifted, came the story of how 21-year-old King Hussein snatched control of his desert kingdom from under the noses of the Redlined leaders of the Palestinian Arabs, who outnumber his Bedouins two to one. It was a wild story that combined the dash of a Latin American army coup with the wile of an Arabian Nights adventure.

The moment of decision came on a Saturday night at Zerka, a town and army camp northeast of Amman. From the outside, the outbreak of fighting among Jordan's troops seemed a...

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