By Amer AL Sabaileh
With the stepping down of Al Rifai and then Al Bakhit, it seemed that the State had every intention to improve government and to consider what the people of Jordan are asking for. That is why, I find it hard to find a satisfactory answer to the question that many national and international observers are asking me: what are the reasons behind the choice of Awn AL Khasawneh as the Prime Minister of Jordan in this historical moment and critical time? How can he satisfy our national needs?
As a logical follow on from the State’s good intentions, some might have expected a PM with close ties to either a reformist or popular movement. Very few expected a premier who has been absent for 15 years from the Jordanian internal scene and has seemingly closer ties with the British or Israeli scene than his own country. On the one hand he has been absent in shaping the national situation, on the other, he has been closely involved with the Anglo-Israeli scenario and all that entails. So what will his experience bring to either the Jordanian national or international scene? What is the expected role of Awn Khasawneh for Jordan?
Internationally speaking, one hypothesis might be a major role in a war against Syria, where he will facilitate Jordanian participation and, taking into consideration Awn’s origins from the north of Jordan, it would make it easier for him to isolate the north from blood or inter-marital relations between Jordanians and Syrians.
As the engineer of the Wadi Araba pact with Israel, another possible role for Awn could be to orchestrate the channel of dialogue between Hamas and the Israelis. He would be a natural choice if Hamas no longer had Syria as a back up, and could become the entrusted channel to bring Hamas to Jordan and restructure the role of Hamas in the region.
On the national scene, it is rather ambiguous how Awn perceives his role as ‘rescuer’ of Jordan. The slogans to start his mandate highlighted unconstitutional procedures and criticized reform in Jordan, constitutional amendments and fraudulent elections whilst emphasizing his sacrifice in leaving such an important position to come to Jordan. I’m afraid here that I feel obliged to remind our ‘Savior’ that he cannot criticize a situation he is part and parcel of. He has been chosen for the highest official role in the country through the very mechanisms he is now condemning and should remember that he was also part of the State in a no less corrupt period. Furthermore, if one has a mission to achieve it might be more beneficial to show one’s worth through concrete and considered actions rather than using his position to criticize predecessors and precedents.
Now it is the turn for others to raise their doubts about his appointment, especially in the way he is taking a year off from court duties with the stated intention that after this he will candidate himself as president of the international court. One wonders if this is completely legitimate as far as Court law is concerned.
All of a sudden, in different places in the world new names are appearing in key positions with one thing in common: their association with mysterious global groups with the aim of restoring order on an international level such as the Masonic lodges.
Take the examples of the new Italian Prime Minister, Monti (president of the Trilateral commission and member of the New Global Order masonic group); the Greek Premier Lucas Papademos (also a member of the trilateral commission) as well as other leading figures who are connected to global structures such as the international court (known for its close ties with masonry).
If this ‘new order’ is to succeed, the aim will be to conduct reforms that the current regime seems able to follow through with the consequential transformation of the figure of the King from a Ruling King to a Reigning King, which might one day resemble a new Jordan on the lines of Mustafa Abd al Jaleel of Libya. At end, it seems that the slogan of this era is “insidious powers imposing internal decisions”
Dr. Amer AL Sabaileh