WHEN the flames of the Arab Spring crematory lit the horizon, when the military alliances changed hands, we read in disbelief misleading news reports. The purpose was to negatively influence the relations between stable Arab nations, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was no exception. At stake was the image of Jordan which the hidden forces sought to distort — the image of solidarity, effective participation in all alliances formed to defeat terrorism, interior and exterior to protect national security.
In the midst of this reality the Arabs know very well who King Abdullah II is. Nonetheless, there have been allegations in recent times that King Abdullah II had spoken ‘ill’ of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic alliance. This is crystal clear evidence that the aim was to distort the relations between Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Similar attempts were exerted by the same vested interests to derail the Saudi-Egyptian-GCC relations following the toppling of the Brotherhood regime or after the ‘Storm of Resolve’ was launched to put a dent in Iranian adventures in the southern waist of the Arabian Peninsula — Yemen.
Nobody in the region doubted the stand taken by the wise King Abdullah II because he upholds the deep Arab convictions on which Jordan has drawn its decades-old policy. Those who spread the allegations have forgotten the fact that Abdullah II was the first leader who had called for the formation of an Islamic alliance to confront all sorts of terrorism during an interview with a US TV channel.
He had called for adopting a comprehensive strategy to contain all kinds of terrorist organizations. He had been active in this area and therefore, it is illogical to even think he criticized what he had proposed. Also, these rumormongers may have forgotten that a material such as King Abdullah II is not one of those who would sacrifice his country’s relations with other nations to go sour, let alone between two neighbors. The relationship between these countries has grown stronger because they have been in non-stop communication with each other.
Abdullah bin Al-Hussein can neither abandon his convictions nor the policy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. To the contrary he has sought, from the very beginning, to globalize the strategy of controlling terrorism without holding Islam responsible for the crimes committed by a handful of terrorists who wear the cloak of religion.
Moreover, his speech to the European Parliament was a historical document because he addressed the European minds in their own language and style tinted with scientific and solemn ideology using verses from the Holy Qur’an to prove Islam is the religion of intimacy and tolerance. He got a standing ovation for his rhetorical speech.
For this reason, no Arab particularly in GCC countries can doubt the stands taken by an honorable king throughout the past.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah – Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times