The Baqaa Case: Lessons and Morals

تم نشره في Wed 8 June / Jun 2016. 10:50 PM
  • Jumana Ghunaimat

The tribes disown their own sons. Fathers on interview, denounce terrorist act by their children. Who said they condoned these acts in the very first place? Why?

Former Member of Parliament Mustafa Yaghi made yet another similar announcement, condemning the terrorist act. Here too, I cannot seem to pinpoint Yaghi’s relation to the crime, even if it were his own nephew who did it, especially since he’s well known for his logic and the stances he took along the way.

Do they all have to defend themselves? Honestly; No. In a state of law and institutions, only the criminal is trialled for his crime. No one else shares the stain; not his tribe or his family.

Yet we, unfortunately, find ourselves forced to fend for ourselves, at some level, against the wave of mass criminalisation. We forget —most of us— that individual terrorist acts are exclusively the deeds of their doers, no one else’s. Indiscriminative mass criminalisation only contributes to unhealthy social conditions.

Taking things to another level, would be to use and abuse a child. The child of one of the five martyrs, just as his father and the father of the accused were too; was used to raise a pointless media storm that serves no body’s interests.

Everybody’s position from terrorism is clear. An innocent child, who had just lost his father, should not be used, and his rights violated; to recite any statement, no matter how important. Nothing the child can says will overcome his sense of loss. And using him is nothing but yet another crime; sacrificing his innocence and natural rights! For what?!

The underlying purpose of the terrorist attack, to pry division among components of the Jordanian society, has failed. This, thanks to official diligence and vigilance, was more so made possible by societal awareness, shutting out ignorant discriminative voice. Just hours into the scene, these voices faded into the background, silenced; and things went back to normal.

There was no shortage of Professional errs in Media, dangerous ones, too. International news agencies were talking about five deaths in Jordan’s largest Palestinian refugee camp! If this is not lack of professionalism, what is it?! It only serves the contractions of the regional disruptive epidemic, to drive apart the unified people of Jordan.

The gag order issued lately, to cherry-top the pie, only reaffirms that governments take restrictions on freedom lightly, while this only paves the way for social media and some activists to spread lies, with no professional media to seek out the truth on what happened.

Ironically, the the gag order, inclusive of media institutions, came after people started deliberating classified information and reports on the case.

The lesson here, among other lessons; is that Information can no longer be withheld in secrecy today.

Yet, and after all the pain and mourning, the tragedy has its positive side. This event only reinforces solidarity with proof that every Jordanian stands guard on the safety and security of his Country.

The Edwan youth —who arrested Masharfeh— provided a noble, sophisticated example of citizenship. The citizen arrest ended with two of them wounded, and the young terrorist in custody!

Still, this does not mean that unregistered firearms should not be withdrawn; we have suffered a lot of their spread and irresponsible use.

Out of all this, paramount is this question: when did we lose the young accused for terror? When did he become a terrorist? How did he slip from his family, society, school, and all of us, into the embrace of darkness and terrorism within? We have to ask ourselves; where are the clubs, schools, cultural centres, education curriculums, and the justice, labour opportunities, and party activities that could have saved the boy from the clutches of terror as well as our five brave youths?