Jordan Must Nip Terror In The Bud: Working For Iranian Regime
16 July 2015
By Khalid Amayreh
I am not particularly infatuated with the Jordanian regime. And interfering
in the internal affairs of Jordan is none of my concerns. However, no
Palestinian, or Jordanian or Arab for that matter can be indifferent to the
stability and security of Jordan.
Last week, it was reported that the Jordanian security apparatus arrested an
Iraqi citizen who had in his possession a large amount of explosives. The
suspect reportedly confessed to have been working for the Iranian regime or
one of its numerous external tentacles.
I don't have all the details pertaining to the arrest. However, the mere
apprehension of the suspect and the discovery of the explosives hidden at a
village north of Amman is more than sufficient to raise the sound alarm in
every Jordanian home.
This is because it is paramount that Jordan gives no chance to terror,
especially sectarian-motivated terror coming from Syria where the
Iranian-backed regime of Bashar El Assad has been waging a real holocaust
against the Syrian people.
Let no one say that the word "holocaust" is too big or an exaggeration when
used to describe the Syrian situation. The mass murder of hundreds of
thousands of Syrians, including tens of thousands of children, along with the
wounding and maiming of a million people, is not exactly a street
altercation. This is not to mention the utter destruction of two million
homes which forced more than 13 million Syrians to leave their homes, with
about one million seeking refuge in Jordan.
We simply don't want to see any of this happen in Jordan, our dear sister-
country. We don't want to see cars laden with explosives explode in the
streets of Amman and Irbed and Zarqa.
Such bombing would likely be blamed on shadowy terror groups such as IS when
the masterminds are well-known regional groups. We all remember Bashar El-Assad,
the Hitler of Damascus, threatened to set the entire region on fire if his
regime is put at risk. The matter is too serious, the enemy is crystal clear.
Keep an Eye on local Syrian Ba'athists
The Jordanian authorities should also keep a watchful eye on the Baathists
who are effectively at the Assad regime's beck and call.
We all know that these criminals have enthusiastically backed the genocidal
massacres carried out by the Nazi-like Alawite regime in Damascus against the
Syrian people, especially the majority-Sunni Muslim population.
I really hate sectarian divisions in Syria, but the regime has left us no
choice but to consider the Syrian holocaust a sectarian genocide par
Jordan should also remember what the Baathists did and tried to do in Jordan
in the mid-1950s and first half of 1960s including the murder of Prime
Minister Hazza' al Majali and the attempted poisoning of the late King
The pro-Assad Baathis are the ultimate fifth column in Jordan. They are not
innocent until proven guilty as one might be prompted to argue. They are
rather guilty until proven innocent.
The vigilance and competence of the Jordanian security forces do give us some
assurances that the Jordanian arena will not be a theater for wanton terror
But nothing can be taken for granted. The enemy is too nefarious and too
morally depraved and could embark on the unthinkable. In the final analysis,
a regime that doesn't hesitate to exterminate its own people with poisonous
chemical agents and by dropping crude barrel bombs on civilian homes and
crowded streets will not spare Jordan and the Jordanians. We are really
talking about a despicable regime that would stop at nothing.
This is why the Jordanian government should enlist every Jordanian citizen to
be on the guard against the dark forces of terror and evil. In short all
Jordanians and Palestinians living in Jordan, each in his or her own
position, must be a soldier for the security and stability of the country.
In the context of this endeavor, even the slightest suspicion should be
informed on to the security authorities. No room ought to be allowed for
negligence, incompetence or mediocre performance.
Finally, the Jordanian government should also strive to reach the highest
level possible of national unity at the home front. And in this particular
context, the government is advised to reach a speedy reconciliation with the
largest political force in the country, namely the Muslim Brotherhood (MB).
Needless to say, the MB has hundreds of thousands of followers and
sympathizers in every part of the country who can make a difference in
cornering, containing and eventually defeating the forces of terror.
Will the Jordanian regime be sensible enough and wise enough to embark on
this step or will it continue to be held hostage by parochial and
self-defeating political considerations?
Khalid Amayreh is a Palestinian journalist and current affairs political
commentator living in Occupied Palestine