'Domestic' fear

تم نشره في Sun 13 April / Apr 2014. 07:41 PM - آخر تعديل في Sun 13 April / Apr 2014. 07:41 PM

By Muhammad Aburumman

Former Senate President Taher Masri keeps repeating in all his lectures recently the importance of "hardening" the home front. It is a topic frequently echoed by many politicians and officials. I still remember one of the most important sentences in a previous interview I had with Abdul Hadi Majali (Published in al-Ghad 5 years ago), which quoted him saying: "The age of outside fear is gone, and today our fear is domestic!"

Perhaps, one of the most important concepts — brought up by a sovereign institution a few years ago — is the concept of "national safety", which refers to the home front, and the social consequences of the economic crisis, in the context of conjuring the dangers facing Jordan.

In the meantime, the barrage of news on crime, car theft, embezzlement, social violence leads one to a point of anxiety over the recurrence and spread of these dangerous phenomena.

Despite this growing awareness, among the elite and the public, of the importance of the home front, the problem that we face, generally in Jordan, is that we do not define our concepts, which makes us lost in the details of the debates and discussions, without substantial results! When we talk about the alternative homeland, resettlement, and national identity, each of us means a different concept.

Such is the case U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace plan. Even in our definition of the concept of political reform, we would drown in sterile debates and discussions, without reaching, usually, clear and specific results, so much so that the popular movements on reform are disagreeing over the reform’s priorities and contents, which contributed to its fragmentation.

The same applies in our conversation about the home front, with either those who are concerned or those certain; the conversation still revolve around general topics and verbiage, without programming, useful translation, or solutions!

We do not determine, accurately, whether we mean, when we say home front, political reform, rule of law, corruption, sub-identities, university and community violence, the economic crisis and its social implications, or the implications of successive migrations.

Those overlaps and ambiguities require that we make the first task — before politicians, experts and stakeholders — is to distinguish between the causes and consequences on one hand, and reasons and priorities on the other, so that we can build a national vision for the sources of threat and challenge, and to develop an accurate view of the state of the internal front, instead of simply floating ideas!

Before this and that, it is necessary to go beyond pragmatism to justify the risks and internal crises; institutionalizing stability and security does not mean relying on shallow impressions that we are in a different situation, and are "immune" to that which hit the others — quite the contrary, it is essential that we re-thinking and review the "internal front", and examine its strength and cohesion, in order to build walls of defense in advance, so as not to be affected by the sparks around us; the indicators and the facts confirm that the region is on the verge of more disasters and threats, not vice versa, making the home front increasingly more important.

God has protected Jordan historically threats, bypassing decisive and important stages in the past decades; and God protected the country, too, from the evils that is happening around us. But that should lead us address the imbalances, after recognizing them, and we need to work together to overcome what happened with the others, not vice versa!



This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition.