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November 10, 2005


Nur al-Cubicle

Syrian filmmaker Mustafa Al Akkad was wounded by the blast at the Radisson SAS in Amman. Tragically, he lost his daughter, Rima, in the explosion which struck the Philadelphia ballroom during the wedding reception for Ashraf Mohamed Al-Akhras and bride Nadia Al-Alami. They were both wounded and lost both sets of parents.

One wonders why King Abdallah is at war both the Muslim Brotherhood while playing a prominent and vocal role in the "War on Terror." (The MB even extended an olive branch, saying that they'd keep the radicals out of the mosques and keep an eye on them). At the same time, the King is hell-bent on making fast-paced neo-liberal reforms, normalizing relations with Israel and is willing to be tapped as US Ambassador extraordinaire. That is one big plate for a young monarch sitting on what I suspect is a tinderbox. He must play his cards carefully with Jordanian conservatives and MB to preserve his flank, no?

Western Iraq is in flames, Lebanon is roiled and moreover being provoked into hastily cracking down on Hezbollah and the Palestinian camps, Rumsfeld threatening Syria with military action, Pentagon teams in Lebanon seeking military cooperation--whew, and Jordan caught in the middle of it all!


Lebanon is being provoked or rather bullied by Syria and its palestinian proxies as well as Hizbullah, not by the US as you imply, Mr Al-cubicle. Just listen to Assad's latest speech, where he lambasted Lebanon and called Sanioura a slave. I quote: "Lebanon has become a passageway, a factory and a financier of these conspiracies", and He slammed Siniora as a "slave of his masters" and "The truth is those people, or most of them, are blood merchants. They created a market out of Hariri's blood and this market makes money and creates positions. Everything has a price, every position has a price and every television hour has a price." Those people are the current lebanese political leadership. So when the shit hits the fan in Syria and Lebanon, please do not blame the US, France or the Lebanese, put the blame where it belongs at the feet of this mafioso regime in Damascus, a regime that is going to drag the poor syrian populace down with it.Of course happenings in Lebanon don't rate on Abu Aardvack's blog unless they are lebanese pop stars! To borrow a quote from Daniel Webster " it is a small country but there are those who love it"


The reforms are not "neo Liberal" - they are liberal economics plain and simple, although rather watered down by Jordanian penchant for statism and dirigism.


To presume that what happened could have been avoided by appeasement is certainly the beginning of a slippery slope. I am reading and hearing a lot on this line. Frankly, it is driving me nuts. Certainly, in the short term they might not bother with us, but if the (God forbid) succeed in Iraq, don't expect that they will limit their ambitions there. Allowing further deterioration in Iraq is a very bad idea, and quite short sighted. Like it or not, we are stuck with dealing with Bush's disaster in Iraq in a way that will minimize the damage.

Robert Stevens

Marc, what are the chances that Zarqawi timed the attacks to fall on the first anniversary of the "Amman Message?"

See here.

the aardvark

Robert - Interesting catch, I hadn't noticed that, or heard anyone else (in Arabic sites either) talking about it.

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