The Government’s Role in this Mess!

By Mohammad Aburumman

تم نشره في Tue 14 March / Mar 2017. 01:00 AM
  • Mohammad Aburumman

During a research visit to the Court of State Security last Sunday, we met judges and lawyers of the judicial institution, some with years of experience and have seen unbelievable things.

As went through the files, the cases, and interviewed numerous officials and advocates, we came to face with a terribly worrying truth; that our society maybe on the verge of collapse, atop the suffering thousands of Jordanian families, whom have had to endure the strains and trials of social disintegration.

Drug abuse and narcotic related cases are piled up in lots.

One of the lawyers, an experienced major crimes advocate we met there, spoke to us of the recent, drastic and exponential rise of drug abuse and cases related, and how it has dramatically skyrocketing compared to the few years past.

He focused on the spread of Synthetic Weed, aka Joker, specifically, and how it is catching on like wildfire among school and university students, and on the woes of this particular drug!

Apparently, according to unofficial estimates, there are thousands of cases pending trial at the Courthouse of State Security, the majority of them are related to drugs, as opposed to so few of them related to terrorism; particularly promoting ISIS.

Not so shockingly, the larger percentage of individuals implicated in these cases are youth, notwithstanding the hundreds of youths who actually left to join ISIS and Nusra in Iraq and Syria of the last few years.

Official estimates approximate the number of Jordanian militants in Syria and Iraq at a thousand, minus the dozens dead, as opposed to the estimates of the Salafi Jihadist currents of more than 2,500 fighters.

Meanwhile, international estimates range between 1,500 and 2,500 Jordanians engaged in the civil wars over there alongside terrorists.

Either way, to the overall Jordanian national population, these estimates are proportionally large and equally worrying.

So, while this question may sound redundant to many, it still presides all concerns by all and any measure: why is our youth slipping by the thousands into the clutches of drugs, terrorism, extremism, and even university and societal violence? Why are they defecting to the dark side of misinterpreted understanding of Islam; away from moderation? Why is the tribe too changing from a collaborative community structure to a blind, primitive loyalist social power construct?

No less than a dozen conferences and forums have convened over this issue raising the questions of poverty, unemployment, regression from democratisation, the frailty and marginalisation of sustainable political-party dynamics, the dismantlement of educational values, the values of the university civil sphere, the disintegration of public education, and the absence of the educational aspects which once made our schools; theatre, music, arts, extracurricular activities… etc.

If it were a multiple choice question, all of the above would apply.

However, in order to identify the foremost primary factor of all the enabling issues above, we would have to thoroughly reconstruct our proposition.

As difficult as it may be, in the midst of this confusion, it is crucial that we engage in this question now, for the very core of our society is at peril as our value system dismantles day by day.

It is no secret —mind you— that we are indeed going down a slippery slope; crime, murder and suicide, is on the rise!

Not to jump into conclusions, pretending I personally have the knowledge others don’t, but I would like to add another assumption to all of the previous propositions, to move out of the narrow social and individual spheres of debate and into the state-wide dynamic and the role of public institution and our elite in the building of a national vision, philosophy, rhetoric, and collective purpose for our youth to carve a way for them into the future.

The proposition is as follows: the state is unable to build a progressive uniform and inclusive vision, whereas our elite are incapable of formulating an alternative to the collapse.

As a result, our government has become merely a bunch of technocrats and helpless, frustrated bureaucrats, held downby the smallest obstacles.

How then, will the public institution, i.e. the state, guide the citizenry when the state itself has absolutely no sense of guidance?!

This article is an edited translation from the Arabic version, published by AlGhad.