Consider the Jordanians as a canary in the Middle Eastern coal mine, an early warning system in a dangerous region that could become infinitely more dangerous. Certainly Jordan -- small, vulnerable and ultra-sensitive to developing threats -- is bracing itself for very bad times.
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