Take 10!

تم نشره في Wed 23 April / Apr 2014. 07:47 PM - آخر تعديل في Wed 23 April / Apr 2014. 07:48 PM

By Muhammad Aburumman

Once again, Ma'an is witnessing unfortunate developments, which resulted in the death and injury of gendarmerie personnel, then a young man was killed while in the middle of ​​clashes between protesters and gendarmerie; the mayor announced public mourning for three days, halted the municipality’s work.

Yesterday, according to the testimony of al-Ghad reporter, most shops and banks were closed, whether out of conviction or coercion by some of Ma’an’s residents.

Tense atmosphere prevailed in the city, while the state was absent from the scene — the gendarmerie stayed alone in the field and in confrontation, in a clear indication of the reduction of the city’s crisis into a security issue!

It is true that the beginning of the recent confrontation was between the gendarmerie and a number of wanted men on the background of multiple cases, but the successive developments pushed, again — as it usually does (too) — for the overlap of the security aspects with the sociological, psychological, and economic, sending us back to square one, which has become a headline for the crises plaguing the city for nearly a quarter of a century, chiefly involving the state.

Details of the events occurring in the city is no longer important, as long as the elements of the crisis is always present, flammability is always an element, and the absence of political management has become one of the pillars for the permanent crisis.

Previous experiences have shown that relying solely on security measures will exacerbate the problem, and will not lead to a resolution; it will enhance the mutual negative impressions among the people of the governorate and security forces on the one hand, and pushes the people Ma’an to unite the tribes against the state on the other!

Perhaps the irony that requires deeper understanding is that the clashes began, firstly, between a number of wanted men from the governorate with security forces, and then members of the Jihadi Salafists movement were involved, lining-up against the security forces, and there is a feeling that they have contributed to the friction and pushing it to end up in armed clashes, before the usual image of the crisis between the city and the state goes back to normal!

A friend from Ma’an had an important remark: Men, wanted for thefts and crimes, are putting up al-Qaeda flags, reminding the world of the tens of citizens of the city who joined the Jihadi Salafist movement in Syria (such as the Islamic State for Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Jabhat al-Nusra), and that a large number of them were killed there.

By following some social networking sites pages of dozens of young people who are close to this movement, you will find the exotic spirit of rebellion and solidarity between movements that are supposedly contradictory, united by anger against the state!

The bottom line is that if we are back to the important book, issued by the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan in 2003, titled "Ma’an: an open crisis", we find that the elements of the problem and the crisis are very clear in the book, and the anatomy of the reasons that led to the successive crises between 1989 to 2002, and a reference to the essence of the problem and the defect. However, I very much doubt that any of the ministers or officials read the book, to reconsider his/her failed approach that is entrenching the problems rather than solving them.

If any of the officials bothered to read the book, at least extracts from the book, to fully realize the colossal mistake in relying on the security approach with this “problematic city” as described by the book!

The continuation of the crisis, through these long years, is a clear evidence of the failure of the state's dealing with the crisis, and its lack of strategic visions. Such a "vicious circle" does not only affect Ma’an, but the main feature in most of our issues!



This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition.