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16 November 2005

Amman killings

Fouad Ajami in the Wall Street Journal on the Amman attacks:

“In truth, the tranquility of Jordan was deceptive, secured by a monarchy that has always been more moderate in its temperament than the population it ruled. "Iraqi Insurgent Blamed for Bombings in Jordan" was a headline on the front page of the New York Times of Nov. 13: Not quite! For Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, as his nom de guerre specifies, is a man from the town of Zarqa, a stone's throw from Amman. The four Iraqis who brought calamity to Jordan were in the nature of a return visit, blowback from a campaign of terror and incitement, and a traffic of jihadists that had sent deadly warriors of the faith from Jordan to Iraq. Even as they mourned their loss, the Jordanians could not see or acknowledge the darkness with which they viewed the world around them. "Zionist terror in Palestine = American terror in Iraq = Terror in Amman," read a banner held aloft by the leaders of the Engineers' Syndicate of Jordan who had come together to protest the hotel bombings.

There is willful moral selectivity to spare: It is muqawama (resistance) in Iraq and irhab (terrorism) in Jordan.

Jordan will have to arrive at its own reckoning with darkness. Iraq is close by; what issues from Zarqa and makes its way to Iraq, the wind will bring back to Amman. Order must not only be enjoyed, it will have to be claimed and defended, and that yawning gap between what Arabs believe and the way they live will have to be closed.

An embarrassingly large number of Arabs, after 9/11, wanted schooling -- and shopping -- in London, but hailed the terror that struck its buses and transit. They were full of rage about Iraq's "suffering" under American occupation after years of looking away from the mass graves that littered the Iraqi landscape. Slowly, people in Arab lands will have to see their history as something they shaped by themselves, with their own hands. When this comes to pass, decent men and women will not have to arrive at moral clarity only on the day terror comes to their own doorstep.”

Fouad Ajami, “Blowback,” Wall Street Journal, 16 Nov 05



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