Jordan At Seventy!

By: Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Tue 24 May / May 2016. 09:56 PM
  • Fahed Khitan

Humans age, with time. States grow stronger. However, in many instances, states meet worse fates than many people, and collapse early on, before they have had the chance to really exist.

The first decade of this century saw the disappearance of states, and the births of new entities on the map. And here comes the second decade to bring about a difficult course centred in the Arab region, with the fates of many states unknown, and the identities of the coming new-borns still undiscovered.

Colonial lancets outlined the map of states in the area at just about a few years over 70, while today, it seems the blades of tyrants and sects are sharper, drawing borderlines with the bloods of peoples.

States in the region in the “operation room” to be surgically operated on by US, Russia, and Iranian, scalpels, and we have not a clue about their outcoming condition.

Candidate to meet the same fate, Jordan topped the list of states “at risk” of the inevitable storm for years, as the Kingdom stood face up against the winds. This view dominated some years ago. But the clever turn at the decisive moment, took us down a different path; a stable, paved one.

While definitely not at bay, and still to up against considerable challenges; in spheres of economy and politics, as well as the management of state and social affairs, yet; we have made it through the danger zone, three years ago.

We are not on the surgery table today, and we will not be. International powers convening in Geneva are not holding to outline a new constitution for us; we have done our part; more or less, what is required of us, what matters is, however, that the tasks were done by Jordanian hands, not foreign intervention.

We may agree or disagree on the elections legislation, which is valid. But in the end, we do not expect a international envoy, or a European medium, to outline legislation for us.

The parliamentary government experiment has not met its ends. The Parliament is disappointing; correct. But that was our doing, and it is not imposed by a conference in Rome or Paris. We can fix what we made wrong, and we can develop it to meet our needs.

Our round with corruption was won, and lost. Which is how a lively state functions. We are submerged in debt, but we, just a quarter of a century back, were broke, and we resurged from near-bankruptcy.

We are not in our best shape; our economy is pained under the pressing need for investment and employment, with neighbouring marketplaces closed shut to our faces. We are looking out to the reopening of the Terbil as a child does holiday!

Former Prime Minister’s descriptive statement, Taher Masri, on Jordan’s situation was precise; that “Jordan is dodging raindrops, to avoid getting wet”.

However, despite being articulate in his statement, we have been splashed a lot, by the waves of refuge, and showers of black rain, decisive hours, with terror just hours away from our children.

This is the worst decade this Country endures since its very birth, and the years to follow entail much difficulty and fear. Economy is strangulating, and regional Arab conditions are terrifying. But we stand steadfast, with the will and courage to celebrate Jordan at its seventieth “birthday”.