The Aftermath of the Baqaa Assault

By: Mohammad Aburumman

تم نشره في Mon 6 June / Jun 2016. 11:55 PM
  • Mohammad Aburumman

What has happened in Baqaa, before as well, in Irbid, could happen, or reoccur, God forbid, in any other Jordanian city or governorate. This is not a crime that could be guaranteed to not reoccur, regardless of the capacities or adequacy of security devices in any state around the world; long as there remain those who carry an explosive belt to blow themselves up, or a gun to shoot others down in the street, or those who guard government buildings, or just any security personnel on regular duty, just like the shooting at the gates of the Canadian parliament, or just as it happened with those French police officers, or the event in the Australian coffee shop, or the French football field.

In short, the abilities and capacities of those currents and groups have developed, with the instrumentalisation of the concept of “lone wolves”.

Perhaps, and this did in fact take place in Jordan; the ability of security forces to contain and downsize the capacities of “Qaeda” or “ISIS” to conduct complicated dangerous operations, like the Amman 2005 bombings; has been utilised and employed effectively, growing much capacity to monitor, trace, and infiltrate these groups and currents. But this pattern of individual operations; preventing it completely is one thing no security device in the world can do.

We would have to bear pride of the martyrs of our homeland, and of their comrades who paid their lives in price to fend for all, and stand beside their families; were it not for this kind of sacrifice, we could not have sustained and retained our daily lives in the shades of excruciating regional conditions, considering the growing potential of ISIS-ilk groups and organisations.

There was no security breach, nor a weakness —necessarily— in monitoring, because simply speaking; you cannot control the intents of the people, nor ever know what have going on in their minds, or be able to arrest everybody for their thoughts. The real issue, nonetheless, which should, more so; must be given great particular interest and attention would be the spread of this line of thought and culture among youths, and its infiltration of a young groups, unresolved intellectually and psychologically.

Once again, the ISIS threat is not external, but internal. This culture has become a dangerous virus, kidnapping the minds of the youth and their spirits, forfeiting their own families. We have estimates of 1500 to 2500 Jordanian youths joining “ISIS” and “Nusra”, and hundreds in prison. The number of ISIS proponents in Jordan has doubled.

The even more worrying indices are comprised in the ability of this culture to infiltrate the middle class, students, and the educated, at an unprecedented scale, finding new stepping grounds in places like Irbid, East Amman, and refugee camps.

 Security approaches to downsizing the capacities and operations of these currents are still strong and effective. But the real weakness lies in the preventive approach, which depends on cultural, media, and political aspects and strategies that, in spite of all the conferences and forums; barely scratch the surface, comprising to real effort to understand the reasons and factors that facilitate the infiltration and influence of youth.

The official strategy to counter extremism, placed by the previous government, has failed magnificently, let alone it being unserious and unsatisfactory to the decision makers; which is why thought has been given to the Youth Ministry and to assigning a role to the Ministry of Culture. Yet, more important than all this, is the content and context rather than the structure and institution.

The scale of internal threat remains limited, thanks to the expertise and efforts of security devices in Jordan. But this does not suffice; there is a pressing necessity to consider thoroughly, efforts to understand this culture and deconstruct it; look into its conditions and factors, and adopt discourses that would reinforce the youth and help them find reasonable realistic options first, for their lives, and work on recapturing, socially speaking of course; the youth ISIS has taken from us.