AMMONNEWS - By Marwan Alshammari - Jordan has been one of the forefront countries in the continued fight against terrorism, the threat that the Jordanians have long warned from and were ahead of many other countries in the sincere and comprehensive efforts against terrorism, its antecedents, mechanisms, and consequences.
King Abdullah II, with an affectionate support from the people of Jordan has been prophetic in his unique vision ever since he took the office in 2009. The king has then started what is known in Jordan as “True war against terrorism”, dedicating hard core resources for the intelligence agencies in Jordan, delegating them unprecedented authorities to eliminate all sorts of terrorist fractions, and more importantly given them as well as many other concerned Jordanian governmental and non-governmental organizations all the support they may need in their efforts towards a civilized nation, clean of terrorism-influenced groups and individuals. The country has since captured, prevented, contributed, and eliminated many terrorists and terrorist attacks on the Jordanian lands and on other foreign lands.
Yet, ever since the Syrian conflict started, Syrian refugees who continually flee the unprecedented catastrophic situation, have then begun to seek refuge in the neighboring countries. Jordan, has received more than million and three hundred thousand Syrians ever since. Taking into account the very limited resources and infrastructure that the country has, one cannot imagine how Jordan has been able to survive, thanks for the people of Jordan who have generously contributed the most for the sake of the greatest good of the nation.
However, the dilemmatic situation that the country has been suffering due to the lack of resources, continued pressure on the nation’s limited infrastructure, and the pressure from the nationalist activists, and consequently the economic hardship that the country has ended dealing with, mostly alone.
Such situation should concern the international alliance against terrorism for many reasons. One major reason is that if Jordan is to witness any sort of instability or economic shock god forbids, the ramifications of such shock can far exceed the Jordanian borders as the country will then turn its attention internally, prioritize things according to the nation’s best interests, and may as well withdraw some of the in-use resources against terrorism to boost the national economy.
Another crucial event that could soon take place, and is excusable should it happen is that the country decides to shut down the borders with Syria, which would enormously increase the suffering of Syrians who feel safe the closer they get to the Jordanian borders.
Lastly, the country may rethink its overall strategy in its international alliances and political relationships with the major players at the international level, the Saudi government has been observant in this regard, however, the western countries may need to worry as the Russian intervention in the region has been growing, Russia is trying to get even closer to Jordan, an effort that has been unsuccessful so far, at least from the people’s perspective.
I have mentioned only few reasons why the world should step up and stand by the Jordanian people. I believe that the world leaders are well aware of the unintended consequences if Jordan were to reconsider its strategies and course of actions. The world must understand that the King cannot put away his people’s interests just to satisfy the international community’s demands, unless there is a true and sincere intentions in helping Jordan taking greater role in fighting against terrorism, and also dealing with the consequences of a war that Jordan did not start and yet has been dealing with its consequences.
The donors’ summit in Switzerland could be an opportunity for the world to accompany their sayings with true actions, and help the Jordanian people overcoming the rising challenges at the economic and social levels. With that hope, the hope for the Syrian crisis to end soon although true and sincere, does not appear to be realistic so far as more complications seem to exist along the road.