One Set of Prints, All Over the Ein Al Basha Operation

By: Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Tue 7 June / Jun 2016. 12:00 AM - آخر تعديل في Tue 7 June / Jun 2016. 12:28 AM
  • Fahed Khitan

The attack on the General Intelligence Directorate (GID) office in the Ein Al Basha province, carries only one set of finger prints; terrorists. Any other interpretation of the fact, the operation; would serve only the interests of the terrorist groups in driving division among Jordanians, and splitting their national unity that surged in its best forms during the Centennial celebrations of the Great Arab Revolt.

It is a desperate response to the popular convergence backing Jordanian armed and security forces, and the General Intelligence Directorate (GID) in particular, after the martyrdom of Rashed Zyoud and the foiling of the terrorist operation in Irbid a few months back, preceded by an unprecedented state of unity following the fall of martyr pilot and hero Moath Kasasbeh.

Investigations in the Ein al Basha assault have yet to conclude, and there are security details we cannot know acquire until the executors of the operation are apprehended. But whatever the results may be, what happened is not considered a major security breach, especially in comparison to the attempts foiled over the past two years. In 2015 alone, security forces foiled 15 murderous terrorist attacks. The case files are currently being judicially processed. Added to those the hundreds of border infiltration attempts with Syria, leading to either the death of infiltrators of their capture.

Despite trust in the capacities of security devices across Jordan, and the awareness among Jordanians of the threat of terrorism, we all know that for a fact; a terrorist attack is eminent in any given moment, especially since the these terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria have been receiving one decisive blow after the other, and are nearing their end.

It is not farfetched that lone wolves wake under the weight of the losses incurred by ISIS in both countries, as it did happen in several European cities.

It was evident yesterday that officials want to make sure they come across as conductive and unconfused in the aftermath of the terrorist attack, acting in accordance to a pre-designed plan to approach and handle this kind of event, and granting specialised parties and devices the full chance to do what operations and investigations deemed necessary to piece together the details of the operation and clues, leading to those who pulled the operation.

 However, what happened will raise questions and debate, particularly among Arab and foreign media, on the security status in Jordan that has passed many tests without mentionable fail.

This debate has to be digested and approached correctly, placing the operation under the suitable, correct, realistic light, without exaggeration or over-inflation.

It is our right to call for vengeance upon those who spilt the blood of our five martyrs. And Jordanians will not calm until the doers of this heinous deed receive the justice that is brought upon cowardly murderers. But domestically, the debate has to be contained in a way that would not harm our national unity, to aggregate all the energy we have to face up to terrorism and terrorists; our battle is with them, just them.