Where are the friends of Jordan?

تم نشره في Tue 10 February / Feb 2015. 12:47 PM

By Jumana Ghnuaimat

Jordan's anger flared after the death of the pilot Muath Kasasbeh and the Jordanians realized, rightly, that they are in a state of war; fighting it against extremism and terrorism, and in hope to devote centrist moderate Islam.

Before Muath, the message was not clear to all Jordanians on the objective of entering into the international coalition to strike Islamic State (IS); discussions over this matter were restricted to the elites, with all its controversy and the one chief question: "Is it our war?" Stances on the topic depended on personal political orientations and regional alliances, and not the Jordanian agenda.

Today, the majority of society settled their options, to say loudly “it is our war; the criminal enemy is behind the doors”. Coupled with a new twist that this war has become more virulent and serious post Muath; the society demanding punishment of the martyr killers, who pose a threat to the homeland and its security and stability.

But this Jordanian decision, official and popular, begets a question: Is it Jordan’s war alone, or is it a war for all regional countries?

Theoretically, everyone says it is everyone's war. However, what is available to Jordan, which has become mainstay of this war, in support from the brotherly and friendly countries, is still minimal. The US administration, which declares every day that it chairs the coalition against IS, continue - to this day - to refuse to provide Jordan with drones, in addition to the required weapons to fight this war and win it. This is not to mention that many of the countries in the region is committed to the coalition began to wane and hide behind their priorities.

Jordanians are unified in the face of terrorism, and they have the intention to fight the war until victory. However, reactions varied, specifically those from Arab and Gulf countries. In total, these countries’ response to the issue of Muath as a person and as a model, does not rise to the level required.

The United Arab Emirates initiated, thankfully, to provide six fighter jets to Jordan. However, this number remains modest in comparison to the great challenge facing the region; Jordan needs extraordinary potential to fight this war.

There are many explanations as to why everyone is acting modestly. Some say it means lack of seriousness by the Americans specifically to eliminate IS. There is a lot of information trading in this regard, and it began leading some, therefore, to believe in the conspiracy theory about the “creation” of IS and its funding.

There have roles that each player in the region has to do, so do not leave Jordan alone in the confrontation. The war needs money and gear, taking into account that the threat of IS is closer to some countries and more dangerous, but nevertheless they did nothing after the martyrdom of Muath.

These concerns are what the Jordanians wishing to fight the war against IS and terrorism in all its forms repeat. They are still waiting patiently waiting to see what will be provided by each state. Jordan is poor in its financial potential, but, today, on the other hand, it has the momentum and prestige, as well as the human capacity, which qualifies it to fight this war. This is a war that will be lost by everyone, literally, if left without a strategic vision and central planning, based on the distribution of roles for everyone fairly, each according to their abilities and potential.

Today, the Jordanians are wondering: Where are the friends of Jordan, and thus where are the true enemies of IS?



This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition