Sometimes I can’t help but wonder what nations and indeed governments would look like if the will of the people truly dictated policy. If we created national policy based on polling results, what would happen? Would people be satisfied that majority truly rules?
What would Jordan look like?
Walking to work today I let my mind wander; daydreaming up potential scenarios, tracing the fall of the dominoes.
I would assume that within the first 48 hours of majority rule, ties with the U.S. and Israel would be cut. Probably most of the western world.
Foreign investments would probably retreat by the end of the first week, sending the Jordanian market crashing to the floor where economic recovery would be as close to reality as this very daydream.
Economically and politically Jordan would be isolated but I don’t think the majority would sweat it much; Syria and Iran will definitely come to our rescue.
In the absence of Pan-Arabism, Islamists would fill the void and their social campaigns would be a force to reckon with. Personally I wouldn’t mind seeing bars, nightclubs, prostitutes and things of that nature pull an overnight disappearing act but I would sure miss my Internet, music and books.
I’m also guessing oil would be cut off and people would have to walk a lot for a while; at least until Syria builds a pipeline to Amman.
Tangled prices and economic chaos would probably send our Transparency International corruption rankings skyrocketing.
But at least the mosques would be able to freely spew out anti-zionist-western-christian-jewish speeches the like of which Jordan has never seen.
If we’re really lucky, Bin Laden and Zawahari might even come out of hiding for a bit to release a video praising us for our progress.
And with an economy in shambles, political turmoil, fleeting investments, little to no natural resources and an excommunication of the outside world, I’m sure both of them would have superb policies that would render Jordan an economic superpower in a matter of years.
I’m sure from their years of experience in west Asia they can help us smuggle infinite amounts of ammunitions and weaponry. And if we manage to survive Israeli air strikes I think in a matter of years we could have an arsenal so vast that the eradication of Jews would be at our fingertips.
And with our Ak-47’s we can march right into Jerusalem…
…but that’s when a big galab (truck) started honking his horn like crazy because I had walked into oncoming traffic.
Update: I had another dream where people actually read this post for what it was and not some attempt to defend the status quo that automatically required them to jump in and write ridiculous comments insisting otherwise.
But of course, that was just a dream