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Unveiling a Disturbing Precedent in Jordanian History – Incitement against Statesmen and Former Officials

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Eng. Saleem Al Batayneh

Throughout Jordanian history, a noteworthy precedent has emerged – the rising trend of incitement against statesmen and former officials. In the modern era, it is evident that the strength of a state is intrinsically tied to the caliber of its leaders, and statesmen should not be confused with mere politicians and inexperienced individuals who lack the necessary acumen to govern the affairs of a nation and its society.

Reflecting back to the late 1978, Sir Harold Anthony Nutting, the British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, astutely observed that when a prominent figure like Heikal was near the summit, everyone was captivated by his knowledge. However, once he distanced himself from it, the focus shifted towards understanding his thoughts. This underscores the significance of the statesman’s perspective and the value placed upon it.

It is crucial to acknowledge that, in times of escalating crises, criticism of the state and its regime remains an essential feature in the writings of intellectuals and the counsel of esteemed statesmen and former officials. However, a careful examination of this criticism reveals a stark contrast between those who criticize the state out of concern for its well-being and those who harbor hostility towards it, seeking to destabilize and subvert it.

Undoubtedly, we are not alone in our observations. Numerous perplexing events have unfolded within the Jordanian landscape, leaving us bewildered and struggling to find a rational explanation. Thus, the pressing question arises: Where are the leaders of public opinion who should guide the people toward sound judgment and a principled stance?

Indeed, the Jordanian reality is replete with contradictions, paradoxes, and campaigns of manipulation and distortion. The pervasive silence we have witnessed for months signifies something more profound than mere fear. It embodies the absence of foresight regarding the impending stage, which remains shrouded in uncertainty.

It appears that we require a dramatic awakening of the collective conscience. There are those who seek to obscure the bigger picture, meticulously arranging the scene and intermingling various elements to concentrate the problem within insignificant details that do not serve as its foundation. This trend is not unprecedented, for there have been similar occurrences in the past.

The writings that incited former statesmen express sentiments that elude our comprehension. A careful examination of their rhetoric reveals that their words merely serve as a backdrop to the larger scene. Regrettably, those who were incited are statesmen who have demonstrated unwavering loyalty to Jordan and its revered King. Their allegiance stems from a deep-rooted conviction, and their ability to discern and articulate critical questions compels them to convey the truth to the King, regardless of its difficulty or annoyance.

Conversely, those who brandish the banners of patriotism and loyalty often wield their influence with innocent intentions. They possess a mastery of stirring up turmoil in murky waters, having become so accustomed to perpetuating falsehoods that they have come to believe in them.

These individuals persist in speaking out when silence is the need of the hour. They have failed to produce genuine local thought that draws inspiration from the very fabric of our nation. Their misguided belief in their own capabilities as analysts, sources of information, and influencers is disconcerting. They must awaken from this illusion and abandon their roles as fortune-tellers. For in reality, they are nothing more than ordinary individuals, easily swayed by the tides of the day.

The logical acceptance of their rhetoric proves exceedingly challenging. However, one should not be surprised, for politics is incomplete without its share of hypocrites – an integral part of the narrative. At times, their presence serves as nothing more than a comical interlude. Yet, if I were to bestow an alternative title upon this article, it would be: “The Story is Not a Pomegranate, But Hearts Overflow.” This encapsulates our tragic reality – amidst the silence and the clamor, trivialities emerge, while hidden motives persist between the spectacle and the grind.

Let us regain our rationality and direct our attention towards Jordan. When words become corrupted, everything else follows suit.

Eng. Al Batayneh was a member of the Jordanian Parliament.