Jordan’s King Finds Fault With Everyone Concerned

King Abdullah II of Jordan during a state visit to Russia in February, when he met with President Vladimir V. Putin. (Pool photo by Sergei Ilnitsky)

King Abdullah II of Jordan during a state visit to Russia in February, when he met with President Vladimir V. Putin. (Pool photo by Sergei Ilnitsky)

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CAIRO — King Abdullah II of Jordan leads one of the smallest, poorest and most vulnerable Arab nations. But that does not stop him from looking down on many of those around him, including the leaders of Egypt, Turkey and Syria, as well as members of his own royal family, his secret police, his traditional tribal political base, his Islamist opponents and even United States diplomats.

President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt has “no depth,” King Abdullah said in an interview with the American journalist Jeffrey Goldberg, to be published this week in The Atlantic magazine. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is an authoritarian who views democracy as a “bus ride,” as in, “Once I get to my stop, I am getting off,” the king said.

And he said President Bashar al-Assad of Syria is so provincial that at a social dinner he once asked the monarchs of Jordan and Morocco to explain jet lag. “He never heard of jet lag,” King Abdullah said, according to an advance copy of the article.

The king’s conversations with Mr. Goldberg, an influential writer on the Middle East and an acquaintance of more than a decade, offer a rare view of the contradictory mind-set of Washington’s closest ally in the Arab world as he struggles to master the upheaval of the Arab Spring revolts. Seldom has an Arab autocrat spoken so candidly in public.

King Abdullah appears humbled and even fatigued by the many challenges he failed to foresee when he inherited the throne 14 years ago, describing himself before coronation as a “Forrest Gump” in the background of his father’s long reign. In contrast to his father, King Hussein, King Abdullah promises to move Jordan closer to a British-style constitutional monarchy, and thus to stay ahead of the Arab Spring wave.

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Jeffrey Golberg talks to Jake Tapper about his interview with King Abdullah:

 

Muslim Brotherhood Puts Jordan in the Crosshairs

Jordan's King AbdullahBy Ryan Mauro

In March, the Dubai police chief warned that the Muslim Brotherhood had a plan for the Gulf monarchies. Instead of regime change, it would make them “figurehead bodies without actual ruling.” That’s exactly what the Muslim Brotherhood is trying to make happen in Jordan by demanding “democratic” reforms. And King Abdullah II appears to be wobbling under the stress.

King Abdullah II, the second most influential non-Islamist in the Muslim world, is hinting that he may bow to the Muslim Brotherhood’s demand that he delay the parliamentary elections scheduled for January 23. He is even considering appointing Brotherhood members to the upper house of parliament and amending the electoral law to their liking.

The Muslim Brotherhood says it will boycott the elections because the parliament doesn’t have enough power and the contests are unfair. They are biased towards tribes and against the majority Palestinian population. King Abdullah II appoints the entire upper house and has the power to hire and fire prime ministers at will. The new electoral law also permits the security services to vote, bumping him up about 10% in any contest.

The Brotherhood is also unhappy with the makeup of the parliament. Voters pick a national list, which accounts for 17 of 140 seats and the rest are chosen on the district level. The Brotherhood only runs on the national list so it wants the balance changed. Abdullah tried to appease the Islamists by increasing the allotment for the national lists to 27 seats but added 10 seats to the size of parliament. The Brotherhood seeks 42 seats for national lists.

The pressure on Abdullah and his government skyrocketed in recent months with the largest protests in Jordan’s history taking place last week. The country faces a $3.35 billion deficit and about 80% of the budget goes to the military and bureaucracy. Abdullah had to cut subsidies, causing a 53% increase in the cost of heating gas and 12% spike in the price of petrol. The price of electricity is expected to increase about 32% in January.

The Brotherhood officially advocates “evolution, not revolution” but chants demanding the fall of the government are increasingly common. Direct criticism of Abdullah is a new development. In four days of protests last month, 280 were arrested, 75 were injured including 58 police officers and one young man was killed in Irbid when a crowd tried to storm a police station. Casualties have the power to turn protests against policies into cries for changes in leadership.

Hamza Mansour is the Secretary-General of the Islamic Action Front, the name of the Brotherhood party in Jordan. He wants Abdullah to “form a national salvation government that would include Islamists and other opposition figures to change controversial legislation, like the election law, and help parliament regain its independence so that it can impartially monitor the government and official corruption.” If the Brotherhood can expose government corruption, it will be able to undercut support for the government and present itself as a more trustworthy alternative.

The “democratic” reforms that the Brotherhood seeks are part of the same strategy of “gradualism” that it has followed in Egypt. It observed that the monarchies have proven to be stronger than the dictatorships, so it changed strategy by declining to demand the resignation of the leadership. It is important to recognize the undemocratic voice shouting for democratic reforms.

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Thousands chant ‘revolution’ in rare protest against Jordan’s king

Jordanian gendarmerie police stand guard to separate pro-government supporters from anti-government protesters Tuesday. Muhammad Hamad /Reuters

By NBC News staff and wire reports:

Demonstrations and calls for general strikes hit key U.S. ally Jordan after the country’s prime minister added to the country’s economic problems by announcing price hikes for gas and other fuel.

Abdullah Ensour’s announcement on state television Tuesday cited a need to offset $5 billion in state losses by increasing fuel costs.

It sparked protests in the capital, Amman, and at least 12 other cities across Jordan.

The protesters, spanning an array of different political groups, also targeted King Abdullah II — a rare public display against the monarch.

Criticizing the king in public is forbidden in Jordan and is punishable by up to three years in jail.

“Revolution, revolution, it is a popular revolution,” chanted about 2,000 in an impromptu demonstration at a main Amman square, housing the Interior Ministry and other vital government departments.

“Freedom is from God, in spite of you, Abdullah,” they shouted

Tough test for regime

Cars jammed gas stations to stock up on fuel before the price hike takes effect on Wednesday.

The protests looked set to escalate toward the end of the week, setting a tough test for Jordan’s regime, although military suppression tactics – commonly used in Egypt and elsewhere – are highly unusual.

The country has traditionally been one of the most stable in the Middle East, despite its position at the fulcrum of the region’s deepest conflicts in recent years. Its longest border, with Israel, has been peaceful since a 1993 treaty.

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The Islamic Threat Doctrine and 9/11/2012

by Alan Kornman:

A dark feeling of betrayal and stunned disbelief washed over me as I read the  newspaper headline, “Jordanians press for democratic reforms” in the October 6,  2012 Orlando Sentinel.

The Myth of Islamic Democratic Reforms

The mainstream media, U.S. State Department, and President Obama fed us a  steady stream of news in 2011 that Egyptian youth were protesting in the streets  for an Arab Spring of democratic reforms in Egypt.  Fast forward to 2012  and we learned The Muslim Brotherhood orchestrated the propaganda of democracy  in Egypt to get support from the Obama Administration in the ousting of Egyptian  President Hosni Mubarak.

While the press was printing gallons of ink reporting the Muslim Brotherhood  would pursue democratic reforms in Egypt, Mohammad Morsi was consolidating his  political base with the Salafi Islamist fundamentalist,  whose objective  was to institute a Sunni led Shariah compliant Islamic State in Egypt by  overthrowing the colonialist dictator and friend of the United States, Hosni  Mubarak.

The utopian mantra from the liberal left of democratic reforms blooming in  Egypt on a warm and sunny Arab Spring day were proven wrong.  Now these  same journalists and politicians are falling for the same lie again out of  Jordan.

When will our mainstream press learn that Shariah compliant political Islam  and our Jeffersonian democracy are not compatible?  Understanding the PLO’s  failed coup of Jordan in the 1970′s will help you to see what Jordan can expect  from the Muslim Brotherhood in 2012-2013.

Black September in Jordan 

In September of 1970, the Nobel Peace Prize recipient Yasser Arafat, nephew  of Nazi collaborator Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini, tried unsuccessfully to  violently overthrow the Kingdom of Jordan from King Hussein.

Arafat’s PLO organization lost over 2,000 Muslim men in the attempted Black  September coup of their Jordanian Muslim brothers and were violently expelled  from their native Jordan.

History seems to be repeating itself again,  except now The Muslim  Brotherhood is making a play to wrestle control of Jordan from the colonialist  dictator and friend of the United States, King Abdullah II.

If King Abdullah II tries to appease The Muslim Brotherhood he will find  himself either dead or in exile wondering how he lost his throne.  King  Abdullah II need look no further than Qaddafi, Mubarak, and Assad to see his  future, if he continues on his current path.

Understanding The Islamic Threat Doctrine

Understanding the Islamic  Threat Doctrine is essential in predicting events as they unfold on the  ground and anticipating what to expect will happen in the future.   Fortunately for the American people, our Islamist adversaries are more than  happy to tell us exactly what their doctrine and objectives are.

We will now learn the Islamic Threat Doctrine from a well respected Islamic  Jihadist who was tops in his class amongst his Jihadi peers.  Today’s  teacher of the doctrine is Sheikh Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi or by his title, “Emir of  Al Qaeda in the Country of Two Rivers.”  On June 7, 2006 Mr. Zarqawi was  killed when a USAF F-16 dropped two 500 pound guided bombs on his safe house in  Baqubah, Iraq prematurely ending his career of violence and butchery to achieve  his political objectives.

Shortly before his death, Mr. Zarqawi conducted an in depth interview  with the Al-Furican Foundation for Media Production, an entertainment arm of  Al-Qaeda.  Hidden deep in the interview Mr. Zarqawi explains clearly what  the Islamic Threat Doctrine is and it’s objectives.

These two paragraphs below should change your life forever and how you view  the world around you.  Al-Qaeda terrorist Musab Al-Zarqawi says,

 

“We fight in the way of Allah, until the law of Allah  is implemented, and the first step is to expel the enemy, then establish the  Islamic state, then we set forth to conquer the lands of Muslims to return them  back to us, then after that, we fight the kuffar (disbelievers) until they  accept one of the three.

 

“I have been sent with the sword, between the hands of  the hour”; this is our political agenda.”

 

“It is necessary to accept the fact that it is an  obligation for every Muslim to rush to help each other and it is also very  necessary to agree that the houses of Muslims are just one house. The enemies  (the disbelieving nations) have imposed boundaries and divided the lands of  Muslims to tiny nations however we do not believe in them and the boundaries of  Sax Bacon do not restrict us. We, the Muslims are one nation and the lands of  Islam are one land, we fight for the sake of “there is no god but  Allah”.

 

The Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East and Northern Africa are “expelling  the enemy” and establishing an Islamic State as they did in Egypt.   Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood consider the muslim colonialist dictators as  enemies of Shariah compliant political Islam.

The Islamic Threat Doctrine Mr. Zarqawi articulated above is being  implemented in coordinated steps to achieve their short term objective of  unifying, “Muslims to rush to help each other…and Muslims are of one  house.”  The coordinated attacks on 9/11/12 on U.S. interests in the  Middle East and Northern Africa was the real warning to America, not the red  herring of an internet movie.

When the Islamist enemies of the United States tell you exactly what they  want to do and why – believe them.  When the soldiers of Allah conducted  20+ coordinated attacks on U.S. interests in the Middle East and Northern Africa  on 9/11/2012,  they were telegraphing they can recreate these coordinated  attacks at any time of their choosing — in law enforcement circles they call  that a clue, as John Guandolo likes to say.

Read more at Family Security Matters

Family Security  Matters Contributing Editor Alan Kornman is the regional  coordinator of The United  West-Uniting Western Civilization for Freedom and Liberty. His  email is: alan@theunitedwest.org

 

 

Why the Muslim Brotherhood Takeover is Fizzling in Jordan

By Daniel Greenfield:

Islamists now control Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia and are contesting Syria. Jordan is fairly small by comparison, but it’s still part of the package as the Muslim Brotherhood would like to recreate a Greater Syria, combining Egypt and Syria, and adding Jordan to the package to crush Israel and then Lebanon, which has far too many Christians and Shiites in it for their liking.

But so far the Jordanian Arab Spring hasn’t taken off and the Muslim Brotherhood’s big show of force on Friday fizzled with a turnout of only 7,000 when the Brotherhood was predicting 50,000.

Thousands of members of Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood have taken to the streets to reinforce the group’s boycott of the upcoming parliamentary elections.

The boycott is a blow to King Abdullah II, who has made reforms the centerpiece of his campaign to stave off an Arab Spring uprising in his country.

Brotherhood’s leader Hammam Saeed spoke to about 7,000 followers Friday in the capital, Amman, insisting on the boycott of the elections, which are expected at the end of this year or early in 2013.

Though the rally was the group’s largest in the past year of weekly street protests demanding reforms in Jordan, Abdullah remains firmly in control of the country.

The opposition is limited to fractured groups led by the Brotherhood but has stayed mostly loyal to the king.

Nope, it’s not a blow. No matter how the media spins it. An opposition that can only put 7,000 people into the street in a country of 6 million is not a threat to Abdullah and Abdullah has outfoxed the Brotherhood by calling for early elections.

The Brotherhood’s “Friday to Rescue the Nation” rally failed, no matter how much the media may spin it, that doesn’t mean Jordan is immune from a takeover, but the takeover has been postponed at the very least.

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See previous post: Is Jordan about to experience its first big moment of the Arab spring?

Jordan on the brink: Muslim Brothers mobilize for King Abdullah’s overthrow

Jordan Riot Police

Debka File:

Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood has given King Abdullah II notice that he has until October to bow to their demand to transform the Hashemite Kingdom into a constitutional monarchy or face Arab Spring street pressure for his abdication. debkafile’s Middle East sources report that Israeli and Saudi intelligence watchers are becoming increasingly concerned about the approaching climax of the conflict in Amman between Islamists and the throne .

For Israel, an upheaval in Jordan bodes the tightening of the Islamist noose around its borders – Egypt and Libya to the south and Syria to the north, with unpredictable consequences with regard to Jordan’s Palestinian population. Saudi Arabia, already threatened by Iranian aggression, fears the oil kingdom may be next in line if its northern neighbor is crushed under the marching feet of the “Arab Spring.” The oil kingdom’s royal rulers are reported to have belatedly woken up to the peril and are in a panic. They realize that their preoccupation with helping Syrian rebels overthrow Bashar Assad misdirected their attention from the enemies lurking at their own door. Thousands of articles in the Arab press in the past year have predicted that after the Muslim Brotherhood seizes power in Damascus, Amman would be next in its sights followed by Riyadh.

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