The point behind Jordan’s reservations

تم نشره في Mon 14 July / Jul 2014. 05:26 PM - آخر تعديل في Mon 14 July / Jul 2014. 05:27 PM

By Fahed Khitan

What the US officials told Reuters about the in-decision and reservations Jordanians have on training Syrian opposition fighters on its territory reflects Washington allies’ feeling that the US approach towards the Syrian crisis is useless.

In the first stage of the Syrian crisis, Jordan shared some of the U.S. administration’s ideas on the Syrian opposition, and the possibility of its rehabilitation and union as an alternative to the Syrian regime. But with the passage of time, this conviction dissipated with the growing differences in their ranks, and their subjugation to regional powers, and the shifting of most of the militant groups in favor of the most radical movements within the opposition.

The US approach, which was supported by Jordan, and based on the idea of ​​supporting the moderate opposition, could not change the balance of powers on the ground; not only that, but groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) gained a momentum in the last year more than ever before, while moderate opposition parties entered into spiral disagreements and conflicts without an end in sight.

Jordan is not alone, but other countries in the region, who are allies of Washington and a more pro-Syrian opposition, were disappointed, and no longer showed any interest in supporting the efforts of arming the Syrian opposition.

It should be said here that is a state of apathy that has become a feature of the allies of both parties to the conflict in Syria; Russia, which strongly supported the Syrian regime, is preoccupied with the crisis in Ukraine, and the differences with the West. And Iran, a close regional ally of the regime of Bashar al-Assad, is facing the threat of chaos in Iraq.

"Friends" of Syrian opposition are despairing; the latest developments in Egypt and Iraq imposed a shift on their priorities: Financial resources directed to support the regime of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and the risks associated with the emergence of risk ISIL take the bulk of their attention.

In other words, we can say that the crisis in Syria no longer occupies the first place on the agenda of international powers and regional rival in the region. This is the case when you take any internal conflict that has a chronic character, as the situation in Syria and elsewhere in the world.

Amid declining interest in the Syrian crisis, it seemed that the decision of U.S. President Barack Obama to allocate half a billion dollar to support the Syrian opposition is very surprising for many observers and politicians in the region; in terms of its delayed timing, and make them cast doubt over its usefulness at a time when a group such as ISIL has financial resources many times that amount!

For Jordan, it was interested and earnest in supporting all attempts that would put an end to the conflict in Syria. But with the failure of all attempts — including political and military — the bulk of Jordan’s attention is shifted at the moment to dealing with the effects of the Syrian crisis, and conducting risk management of the conflict over Jordan’s national security. For this, it is not surprising that Jordan takes a conservatives position, or even refuse to enter into a new spiral of armament, as stated by the Minister of Information Dr. Mohammad Momani yesterday.

The capabilities of the Jordanian military and security are not limitless. With the opening of a new front on the border with Iraq, it becomes necessary to think realistically to ensure the achievement of the central objective; protect the borders of the Kingdom of foreign encroachment, without getting involved in the conflicts of the region around us.



This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition.