THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 1358 BLYTHEVI1.I.F (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE P,T,EVS!f Tiny Jordan in Forefront Of Mid - East Power Politics By WILLIAM L. RYAN JERUSALEM, Jordan Sector (AP) — Here on the edge of the volcano there is an unnatural calm like the lull before the summer storm. "Israel has humiliated the Arabs again," leading Arabs are saying, "but we must wait. We are not strong enough yet." must provoke us to will bring Western There is clearly a feeling among leading Jordanians that time is running: out for Israel. "Why did they attack in the Gaza Strip?" one Arab leader asked me. "It was because Israel is desperate. She knows we are getting stronger every day. She '- action that intervention and freeze the status quo so she will be safe. But we will not fall for this trick." Yet the situation here is full of danger. In stone huts, tin shacks and tents on the Jebels (hills) around Amman there is far less calm. / Passions among the half million Arab refugees in Jordan run higher with each report of an Israeli attack. This confused little nation h£s been thrust suddenly to the forefront of Middle East power politics. The entire Western, defense position is linked up with its future. That is why pressures bear down so heavily on the shoulders of the young king who would rather think about dual carburetors, jet planes and thrills than politics. But the threat to Hussein's throne is Implicit in today's situation. Jordan has become the prize of • the political tug of war between Egypt's Premier Oamal Abttel Nasser and Iraq's Premier Nuri said. Since the September Czech arms deal, Nasser has been the hero here. Suddenly, overnight, there was a drop in his stock among the refugees—who are a powerful political force in this country. Palestinians were killed in the latest attacks and there was wrath among fellow Palestinian refugees here. They are asking loudly why Nasser is not using his shiny new Communist arms. Jordan today has a million and a half people. A third of these are refugees from Israel. Another third are of that part of Pale- Sun Vertical Panel Drapes Lintn-Ny Ion-Plastic Phone 3-4863 For Free Estimates Hope Young Biytheville, Ark. Box Office Opens 6:45 Show Starts 7:00 p.m. Admission 15c 4 S5e At All Times WED. A THURS. Plus Selected Shorts FRIDAY & SATURDAY Seminolei Uprising/' ,, TECHNICOLOR ^ . _ fiEQRK I MONTGOMERY ,i KUHI wni —AND— CE-BARBARA RUSH "Perils of Wilderness" No. 2 Cartoon "Flying Turtle" stine annexed by Jordanian King Abdullah in the Arab-Israel war and what was the poorest part of Palestine became the richest part of Jordan. The rest are "east bank" Transjordanlans of whom three quarters are nomad Bedouins whose .way of life is virtually unchanged from Bible times. From a nation wmch was hardly more than an unsinkable British aircraft carrier in the Middle East, it is developing into a country with a split-personality. It is under terrific pressure from other Aarb states to break all ties with Britain end the West. Today this kingdom—dependent on Britain for its economic and military survival—typifies the ferment of the whole Arab world. Young King Hussein considers he has a mission. He still hopes he can help lay the foundation of Arab unity and is making earnest gestures toward Syria. But circumstances are against him. The price for even a semblance of unity with the Syrians and Egyptians Is to break with Britain. Hussein is Western-oriented and educated. Britain is connected with the Baghdad Pact, Jordan is linked in a pact with Iraq—thus Jordan willy - nilly has a link with the Baghdad treaty, the target of immense propaganda by the Egypt- Serving You Best is OUT Foremost Concern BURIAL INSURANCE LOGAN Funeral Home Ph. 3-3911 MOX THEATRE On W. Main St. In Biytheville Phone 3-4621 Weekdays Show Start* 7:00 p.m. — Sat. & Sun. 1:00 p.m. LAST TIMES TONIGHT Double Featur* YELLOWU BALLOON U AUK! MTSTS VLUSC , Saudi Arabian-Syria bloc. The Influence of Egypt's Nasser complicates the situation here. He has been a hero since the arms deal. Informed opinion here is that Israeli attacks are aimed at calling Nasser's bluff and shooting him off his white horse as Arab liberator. Trimming nasser down will no! help Hussein. It is bound to breed disillusionment and anger among Palestinian refugees. Inaction in face of Israeli attacks carries for Jordan a threat that mobs will be turned out on the streets of Amman with outraged Palestinians shouting that the time has arrived for "fire and iron." Ferment of this sort, such as that stirred up the time Britain tried to force this country into the Baghdad Pact, poses a threat to the, throne itself. Hussein has been enjoying a wave of popularity since he dismissed Gen. Sir John Bagot Glubb, but the influence and example of Nasser is a heady influence, even in the Arab Legion. There even is talk of a possible rise here of a strong man from the Legion ranks. One of those mentioned in this respect is Lt. Col. AH Abu Nawar, a young officer who was the king's aide-decamp. The so-called Free Officers' group reminds an observer of Nasser's revolutionary commit- Algerian Rebels Ambush Patrol TAMAOUSTA, Cyprus I* — Antl- British guerrillas ambushed t patrol some 10 miles west of Fama- 'gusta Tuesday night, killing a British soldier. He was the 25lh British serviceman killed since the Eoka under- tee. But the king remains friendly with Nawar and apparently feels things are under control since he bowed to demands for the Arab, ization of the Legion. The danger to the West here lies in the Nuri-Nasser struggle for Jordan. U Cairo wins and Jordan becomes "liberated," Iraq will be isolated and her position will deteriorate. Iraq is no strong, er than 68-year-old Nuri, whose health Is beginning to fade. It is unlikely Iraq could long withstand the terrific pressure to pull out of the Baghdad Pact. In the light of British withdrawals and troubles elsewhere, Jordan is the last real toehold in the Middle East. Pressure on Hussein from Saudi Arabian money and Egyptian strategy is constant for a complete break with Britain. There are some possible breaks in the generally gloomy outlook. First, the Arabs are unready for war and do not want war at this moment, though they can be forced into it by an Israeli attack. 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