I haven't blogged for a while. not because I have nothing to say. I don't blog often because I hate to keep repeating myself. Jordan has seen an upswing in the amount and substance of the national dialogue calling for reform. However, much of it is misdirected. I know that slogans shouted at protests have been crossing never before approached levels of audacity. But, the majority of opinions voiced are pointed at either the government or the parliament. as if these two hold any meaningful decision making capacity in a country held tight by a King and his omnipotent intelligence department.
king Abdulla is the country's sole authority and, therefore, the responsibility for reform falls on him. despite all he says, including the laughable recent comment, "I am with the reform movement," he's still playing a dangerous game of appeasement and hypocrisy. every single time he comes out in support of reform and people's right to free speech, a new wave of arrests follows, deeming his words worthless; he's losing face with the people. the longer he continues down this path of hypocritical opacity, the farther the people will be driven away. and we can all see this happening today by having a look at the names of protest groups: form retired army generals to a7rar al tafeelah, and from youth of bani hassan to the group of 36, which are all composed of mainly tribal Jordanians. these people are traditionally the bedrock of king Abdulla's support. without them, he's only got the business elite to side by him. and boy what a faithful team to pick!
although king Abdulla still enjoys a relatively high, slowly decreasing, level of support among Jordanians, he ought to come clean and regain the support of Jordanians by distancing himself from the corrupt types. all those corruption scandals took place on his watch. it's only fair that he takes responsipility and make things right. that's all we ask for.