KUWAIT is far bigger than a mob chanting the name of Saddam Hussein in a football match, while Jordan is too big to be shaken by that noise.
However, in what seems to be a blessing in disguise, statements issued by the Jordanian Parliament, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Jordanian Football Association – coupled with the public reaction in support of Kuwait, renewed the meaningful and positive relationship enjoyed by the two countries for the last two decades.
There is no doubt that orphans of the criminal Saddam Hussein and remnants of the Iraqi Baath Party will not stop fuelling embers of discord at every given opportunity between their countries of residence and Kuwait but the experience of handling such an issue is simple and secondary, and exploiting the issue to further strengthen the relationship between Kuwait and those countries takes precedence.
Content of the statement issued by the Jordanian Parliament concerning the nature of brotherly relations between the populace and the parliaments of both countries, as well as His Highness the Amir and his brother King Abdullah II have made the mob noise applicable to the poetic quote of Al-Mutanabi, “If my slanderer tells you about my shortcoming, it is an evidence that I am valid.”
The minority who chose a sporting event to create confusion by showing their hatred for Kuwait were only dancing in a wedding of which they didn’t know the celebrant. The reason is that the party they were praising and that criminal whose name they were chanting missed the road several decades ago. They have long been elements of destruction and division within the Arab Ummah, which they took as slogan for their everlasting message. They rather made it a divided ummah without any message, and in that they are like every terrorist group striving to change a wedding event into a funeral where they will mourn.
Kuwait and Jordan have leaders and influential people who know the meaning of brotherliness, and they have been making frantic efforts for several years to rectify the strain in relationship that happened once upon a time. Kuwait, as the global center for humanity, knows how to deal with such imperfection through wisdom. This shows the extent of its strength and the weakness of its foe trying to attack the nation at every occasion. However, the Kuwaiti-Jordanian relationship convoy keeps moving in its natural course.
This is much ado about nothing, so the hot headed people in the two countries should not rush to make it a bloody shirt, which they’ll gesticulate to discharge the inner hatred. The humanitarian nation should measure up to her name.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times