So a lot has happened in the past 48 hours or so. Al-Queda prisoners riot in jails and other Al-Queda members attempt an attack on our soil.
I have to say as a citizen the country’s security forces handled these situations fairly well. The prison situation seems to have broke with tradition according to fellow Jordanian blogger Khalaf.
According to the Jordan Times, the GID has managed to “foil several terrorist plots in the Kingdom since the beginning of 2006 and seized automatic weapons, explosives, rocket propelled-grenades, which were brought into Jordan from neighboring countries by terrorist groups.”
It’s a very scary thought to say the least. Everyday citizens will constantly underestimate any sense of security and what it takes to preserve it, until of course that sense is broken.
Terrorism in Jordan is a very real issue. I know everyone would like to remain thinking of it as a stable “peaceful kingdom” but it takes a lot to preserve whatever stability or peace we enjoy. Jordan is still the Holy Grail for terrorists, a pro-US monarchy that is surrounded geographically by many entrances and many unstable nations. These latest terrorists were from Libya, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, probably entering through Syria.
I think this may be the point of announcing these foiled attempts every now and then; it reminds the people that terrorism is still real and that it did not start or end with November 9th. It makes people less and less sympathetic to Al-Queda as well, which in turn encourages social responsibility. More and more people will be willing to refuse the harbor or help and of these terrorists.
What is admirable I believe is how such attacks are avoided without resorting to a state of security the borders on martial law. You would think it would be harder to get through the borders. Perhaps it should be.
As for prisoners I think they should be isolated. Most of them are tried so why do they wait so long to punish them? Most of them are supposed to be executed, so why isn’t that happening sooner? Instead we have terrorists now in Iraq kidnapping our citizens in order to exchange them for terrorists we’ve captured. Try them in the state security court quickly and then execute them. At least it will send a message to everyone else who tries to launch an attack on our soil. Instead we have a few hundred of these men just hanging around it seems.
Jordan’s Prince Faisal visits a policeman, injured during clashes with Islamist prisoners at Jweida prison, in Amman March 1, 2006.