It never ever ceases to amaze me just how absurd some citizens can be. The news of AlQueda operatives in Irbid these past few days has been received by some as a “plot by the regime” to “fool the people”. This is a point of view that has been around for quite some time, even before the obvious “cia/mossad/kgb/zionist plot” that lead to three hotels being bombed in Amman a little over a year ago. The bombings the lead to the death of 60 people, not ordinary citizens most of whom were attending a wedding, but rather a group of American Generals and Israeli Agents holding a secret meeting that involved a massive plot to take over the world…in a Raddison SAS ballroom no less.
Yes. This is a post filled with complaints. Because I’m sick and tired of hearing conspiracy theories. I’m sick and tired of hearing all the cloak and dagger plots that “the regime” is behind. And I’m sick and tired of no one calling these people out for who and what they are: jackasses. Not the best word but the first that comes to mind.
Because I’m sick and tired of hearing these theories as if they were fact. Because I’m sick and tired of hearing these theories in condescending tones: as if not believing them means you’re living in ignorance. As if these are the people who have barely come back to tell us all that there is a world outside the cave.
It’s like they’re offering a public service vis a vis enlightenment…
ATTENTION CITIZENS: DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THESE CONSPIRACIES! COME OUT OF THE DARKNESS AND INTO THE LIGHT! THE REGIME IS OUT TO GET YOU! TO DISTRACT YOU! DISTRACT YOU FROM THE TRUTH! YES! THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE! DON’T BE A CHUMP! DON’T BE TAKEN FOR A FOOL! DON’T SUBMERGE YOURSELF IN THE WATERS OF IGNORANCE! LET US SHOW YOU THE WAY! WAKE UP! WAKE UP! WAKE UP!
Yes, I could write them all off simply as people who have watched one too many movies. But I’d rather acknowledge them. Because sadly there are people who believe Al-Queda is a work of fiction. The product of imperialist imagination.
So why would the Jordanian government go to all this trouble?
The answer that comes back is fear.
Keep the people preoccupied with fear. And when all of them are curled up in the fetal position in the corners of their homes, THAT, that is when we raise the prices. And maybe, just maybe, they won’t notice.
As if fear could overcome the inevitable economic realities of the Middle East.
Why else would the Jordanian government go to all this trouble?
The answer that comes back is deception.
The regime is out to deceive the people. Keep the people focused on Al-Queda as the real enemy when in reality the people should be more scared of America, Masons, Secret Societies and yes, oh yes, the Jews.
But lets let reason prevail for just one moment:
First of all, Al-Queda is real. There is too much evidence against ever suggesting otherwise.
Second of all, yes they do seek the death of anyone who disagrees with their policies and that includes the majority of Jordanians, thus making them all potential and legal targets. I don’t know what more they have to say or do to prove that. I think they maybe wondering the same thing.
Third of all, the Jordanian government loses more than it can ever gain from such plots. Scaring the people with Al-Queda chatter only sends the signal that Jordan has unstable elements and therefore it has its negative impact on all economic industries such as tourism and investment. In other words telling the world there are terrorists in the country who seek to blow it up every now and then only tells the world that this is an unstable country and stability is our biggest marketing asset.
Not to mention that such news causes seismic quakes when it comes to stability, which is inevitably bad for the stability of “the regime”.
Fourth of all, and more importantly, anyone whose ever had any sort of business with the government, whether it’s getting a drivers license or registering a piece of land or just about anything that requires a visitation to a government agency, bureau, office or ministry, knows just how inefficient the Jordanian government is and just incapable of processing a simple piece of paper let alone pulling of a conspiracy so massive as to deceive the entire country, to say nothing of the world.
Fifth of all Jordanians do not scare. I’m not saying they don’t scare easily. No I’m saying they don’t scare at all. If the intent is to deceive the people and keep them scared or even ignorant then “the regime” is unaware of the people it’s dealing with and I’d like to think one of the reasons “the regime” is so relatively stable is that it is aware of the people it’s dealing with. The world could be falling apart around us, as it so often is, and downtown Amman would be filled with people going about their business and buying their day to day needs without a care in the world.
…And there are still many more reasons too long to mention here…
So here’s my public service announcement:
These threats to our country, be they internal or external, are real. These people are real. The bullets they buy, the bombs that they build are all real. Their victims are real. The threats our security forces face everyday and attempt to uncover before it’s too late, are real. The dangers they put themselves in just to keep this country safe and stable is real. Their ideology is real. Their extremism is real. Their objectives are real.
The sooner everyone realizes this, the better.