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Jordanian King Enraged over war: I call BS
Posted by: McQ on Friday, August 04, 2006

Seriously. This is malarkey:
King Abdullah of Jordan has publicly criticized the United States and Israel over the fighting in Lebanon.

He told Jordanian newspapers he was enraged by the war, and that continued fighting only weakened the voice of Middle East moderates such as himself.

He argued Israel's attempt to destroy the militant Hezbollah group would not solve problems in the region.

He stressed the only way to achieve peace was to end the Israeli occupation of Arab lands.
A) Middle East moderates have been singularly unsuccessful in moderating the behavior of either Hamas or Hezbollah to this point. It is hard to believe this fighting has weakened anything. Hard line nations are dominant and the moderates are mostly silent.

B) This isn't about Arab lands according to both Hezbollah and Hamas. It is about the utter destruction of Israel. That leaves Israel little choice in the matter concerning Hezbollah. It is an "us or them" scenario in which moderates have completely failed to control or moderate.

When Hezbollah disbands and renounces its intent to fight until Israel is destroyed and when the PLA agrees to renounces its terrorist factions, recognizes Israel's right to exist and enters serious peace negotiations in good faith, then I'll begin to consider arguments by moderates and moderate states that they're having some effect.

Until then they remain part of the problem, not the solution.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

Hard line nations are dominant and the moderates are mostly silent.
Perhaps King Abdullah is trying to rectify this by raising the volume of the moderates. Historically, the Jordanians don’t like to criticize the US because of the level of foreign aid they receive. I understand that parts of their economy are dependent on it. He must feel strongly about this one way or another.
Written By: Jeff the Baptist
Again, the King illustrates the mindset that "peace" really stands for intermittent low level sniping, where Israel takes most of the brunt - say a couple of rocket attacks every few weeks, or maybe the occasional pizzeria bomb with a Hez. leader taken out by rocket attack in response.

Sadly, that may actually be "moderate" for the Mid-East.
Written By: shark
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Your last four posts are all about Lebanon. Is there nothing more important to American Libertarians than this? Get a hold of yourself man, you are starting to rant.
Written By: cindyb
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Your last four posts are all about Lebanon.
What blog are your reading, Cindy?

The last 7:

>on the King of Jordan.

>on the French foreign minister.

>on propaganda

>on the Congo

>on Hamsher and Lieberman

>on Iraq

>on McKinney

Your charge is fairly indicative of why I take little of what you say seriously.
Written By: McQ
Abdullah has no choice. His people HATE the Jews and Israel. To maintain their confidence in his rule serving them, it was an absolute no-brainer which side he had to come down on.

When things calm down, his views and the views of the moderates in KSA have a better chance of being heard. For now, it’s like shouting into a hurricane. The sooner permanent borders are set up in the ME, the better.

Notice though that no Arab army outside Syria’s are giving any assistance to Hezbollah.
Written By: C. Ford
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Apparently the Jordanians’ concern for peace in the region only goes so far:,9565,1220442,00.html
In recent months, according to U.S. intelligence sources, the Saudis and Jordanians, who are predominantly Sunni, have quietly moved to support the [Iraqi] insurgency with money and intelligence, fearing that Shi’ite Iran will dominate the new Iraqi government if the U.S. decides to leave.
Written By: Aldo
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