Where is the state?

تم نشره في Sun 4 May / May 2014. 03:26 PM - آخر تعديل في Sun 4 May / May 2014. 03:28 PM

By Jumana Ghunaimat

After calm was restored to Ma’n, we no longer hear the voice of the government and its official, as if the crisis that preoccupied and worried Jordanian public opinion had ended with the security operation there.

Popular movements in the city says otherwise, as evidenced by the meetings that did not stop and the frequent release of information, and the statements of known a and responsible figures, urging for serious work to address the city's chronic crises, so as not to repeat what happened recently.

It is natural that the security forces intervene to impose the rule of law, and the restoration of stability security-wise, as is the case in all countries.

However, this should not be the last thing to do. The state and its institutions, and after the withdrawal of security forces, should send its experts and cadres to preview the economic, social, and political crises currently in the city, to analyze the situation deeply and arrive at the deep roots of successive crises, and initiate contingency planning for the short and long term scenarios.

I did not hear about one research team that has visited Ma’an after the recent events, or other areas in the Kingdom that are witnessing clashes and security crises no less serious than what happened in Ma’an. Are there non-security institutions that are following up on the case; towns and neighborhoods experiencing continuing clashes where some die and some end up wounded, like al-Jabal al-Abiad in Zaraq?

Does the government follow up on the shifts in social relations among the residents any city that is witnessing a murder?

I am confident that, that does not happen at all, given that tribes and families exoduses from their homes last for years before some of the good people manage to solve the problem, and make peace.

We have understand that the state has abandoned some of its major roles as part of the process of modernization and economic reform. However, it is understandable that the state agencies are severing all connection they had with society.

One does feel sorry for the gendarmerie and security personnel as they are overloaded and constantly forced to intervene to compensate for the faults of other institutions, who are not doing their job.

The Jordanian society is increasing alienated from the state and its institutions, and it no longer sees anything of it but the security agency. This is harmful, and we began to see its negative consequences in the general behavior of the citizens. It is even apparent in their pessimistic future outlook – which, according to experts, came from a general feeling that the state has abandoned its duties.

While it might not be true, but the inability of institutions to manage the successive crises generates a separatist spirit.



This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition.