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Jordan: Arab Spring Key Battle

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end, but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginningWinston Churchill on the Second Battle of El Alamein

 

 

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Imagine that you are a British soldier in October 1942, on the eve of the Second Battle of El Alamein, northern Egypt. The war has been going on for years; nobody knows for how long it will continue, perhaps for decades. You have been facing the invincible Nazi army. A few months before, on the same site, the mighty British army had been barely capable of withstanding the Nazis during the First Battle. The stalemate achieved back then was to be broken the following day. Did the British army have any chance of defeating the Axis? During the following three weeks, a cruel fight took place in that insignificant railway station. For the first time, the Allies had the numeric advantage, but the Nazis had orders to resist until death. Few of the soldiers could comprehend the strategic importance of the event. Fewer would have bet on the British army leaving the battlefield victorious. Their victory marked the turning point in the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War, to the extent that Winston Churchill said, "Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein, we never had a defeat." In the last days of 2012, we face a similar reality. The Arab Spring has been going on for a couple of years, few can comprehend its strategic importance, or the fact that it is a slightly disguised war of the West against the Arab World. Just before Christmas, a decisive battle was announced.

El Alamein

El Alamein Battle - Turning point in WWII
EL ALAMEIN 1942: The Story of the Battle in the Words of the Soldiers

"This is demagogy, Nazi style! The Arab Spring is not a war but a legitimate democratic uprising of Arab peasants against oppressing tyrants." This would be the automatic answer of most Western readers to the paragraph above. They are wrong. Instead of analyzing all the events of the Arab Spring just let me quote from one of the articles I published during the violent events in Libya, Media Manipulation, Libya and Western Lies. I wrote, "In the Western media, the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 is more often than not mentioned only by its title, its content is seldom discussed. Adopted on March 17 of 2011, this resolution forms the alleged legal basis for the current attacks on Libya by NATO. Among other things, it authorizes the international community to establish a no-fly zone and to use all means necessary short of foreign occupation to protect civilians. Let’s forget about the illegitimate incident at the beginning of the war in which British commandos were captured and thrown out of the country by the Libyan rebels and let’s concentrate instead on what NATO has been doing in recent weeks. Venezuela's teleSUR is broadcasting filmed testimonies and interviews from Libya which make it obvious that NATO is violating the abovementioned UN resolution. NATO is attacking civilians, schools, houses and apparently everything else in Libya, in sharp contradiction to its mandate. The terrorist attacks are so large that publishing a list of NATO’s violations would be impossible in this format. The story of an emerging genocide in the name of cheap oil for the West is revealed by their summary: 1118 people hit in 1600 civilian targets before August 5." I insist, the Arab Spring is a Western War against the Arab World."

Even the Western claim that the Arab Spring is a popular uprising doesn't check out. In February 2011, we were told by Western media that the Arab Spring had reached Libya. However, those paying attention to details, noticed something odd in the reports: the so called “popular protests” began by a group of mercenaries taking control of Benghazi, near the Egyptian border. They had entered Libya from Egypt. In May, the rebels took the city of Misrata and things began looking bad for Muammar Qaddafi’s government. On, August 23, the rebels took control of Bab al-Aziziya, the government complex in Tripoli. Qaddafi escaped, but shortly afterwards he was caught and assassinated. Instead of a popular rebellion, we watched the advance of an unknown infantry army backed up by the air force of Nato’s Terror Marshals. In the West, the rebels became known as the “National Transitional Council” and were recognized as Libya’s legal government for unclear reasons; after all they had not been elected by the people. Opposing the barbaric attacks of NATO on civilians were China, Russia and Venezuela. Almost two years later, the Arab Spring War achieved only feeble results. Rulers were changed in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen. Egypt is the clearest failure. The revolution there led to the exchange of Mubarak—an American puppet—for President Mohamed Morsi, who is affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood. Mass protests took place in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, and Sudan; minor ones in Lebanon, Mauritania, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, and Western Sahara. These protests were short-lived, strengthening the claim that they originated in external provocations. By the end of 2012, Syria has become the main battlefield of the Spring Arab. Until now, Jordan was pretty much out of the game.

Jordanian Police

Blocking the way to Protesters | Jordanian Police, Amman, December 21, 2012

 

"We want the king to stay, but we don't want him to rule"

al-Zaatari Refugee Camp

al-Zaatari Refugee Camp
Northern Jordan

Jordan is closely related to Israel, both were part of the British Mandate of Palestine awarded by the League of Nations in 1922; they were formally separated by the 1948-49 War. The West Bank had been captured by Jordan in that event. Following this, the Hashemite Kingdom of Transjordan changed its name to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. After 1948, the Palestinians living in the West Bank didn’t openly oppose Jordanian rule. In 1967, the West Bank was conquered by Israel. In 1986, the king expelled the PLO from the country, and in 1988—during the First Intifada—Jordan severed its administrative and legal ties with the West Bank, stripping West Bank Palestinians of Jordanian citizenship. Both countries (and now also the emerging State of Palestine) have inherited British government structures, including parallels to the British MI5, a bastard offspring of earlier structures designed by Francis Walsingham; it is the United Kingdom's domesticcounter-intelligence and security agency. In simpler words, both Jordan and Israel feature a strong secret political police. In Israel it is known as Shin Beth, Jordanians call it Mukhabarat. The latter is known for its effectiveness to such an extent that nobody can get a job in the kingdom without being approved by this paragon of democracy.

Under these circumstances, the events of recent weeks are remarkable. Hundreds of uniformed police and plainclothes Mukhabarat security officers surround the King Faisal Plaza in the old center of Amman, where anti-regime protests take place after midday Friday prayers at the Al-Husseini Mosque. Considering that Jordan's population is much smaller than the Egyptian, this is parallel to the Tahrir protests that deposed Mubarak. In November, tens of thousands protested energy price hikes, two of them were killed, and hundreds were arrested. They went as far as identifying themselves and giving interviews to the media. This is a step of desperation, and also an acknowledgment that the regime may soon be changed. After what he said, Osama Abbadi is unlikely to find a job for as long as this regime rules.

Spokesman for the Islamist Movement's Youth Wing, Mr. Abbadi was quoted by international media on December 21, as saying, "We are protesting against the continued arrest of activists and for freedom of speech and the transfer of power to the people. We want the king to stay, but we don't want him to rule. He can be a king like in England." Also in Egypt, protesters had requested only reforms.

Around him, protesters chanted. "In spirit and blood, we will redeem you Jordan," was the loudest cry; its popular parallel across the Jordan River is "In spirit and blood, we will redeem you Palestine." This is bad news for King Abdullah. Other cries were "the people will live with dignity or die" and "the people starve while the government steals." Finally, they also exclaimed "Jordan, Allah - that's all," failing to mention the name of King Abdullah. Police officers interviewed on the issue, stated that the protests are insignificant and proof of the kingdom's democratic values. The fact that thousands, and from time to time tens of thousands, reach the spot and openly protest without caring about their entering the Mukhabarat black lists, shows that these police officers are softening reality.

Right after the Arab Spring started, King Abdullah promised that Jordan will undergo a constitutional revolution that will turn it into a parliamentary democracy. When this was demanded by the protesters, he stopped mentioning the issue; that would have transformed Jordan into a Palestinian state in no time. Since then, the Arab Spring is also putting indirect pressure on his rule. The picture above is from the al-Zaatari Refugee Camp in Northern Jordan; thousands of Syrians keep entering Jordan seeking refugee from the civil war in their country, creating substantial pressure on the country's economy. Moreover, the Bedouin soft uprising in Sinai is hitting Jordan; whenever they cut the gas pipe running from Egypt to Israel, they also cut the supply to Jordan. This was the reason for the rising energy prices in Jordan and the subsequent protests (see Israel and Egypt Attack Sinai Insurrection). To put it gently, King Abdullah seems to be slowly losing control.

Bush Era - Obama Era

Bush Era—Obama Era
Latuff, 2009

Why?

Why is Jordan being attacked by the Arab Spring War? After all, it is a country friendly to the West and Israel. The Israeli and Jordanian administrations lived in peace between them since September 1970, when they had cooperated militarily in an event known as Black September. King Hussein (the father of the current king) expelled Palestinian forces that were operating from Jordan. Israeli and Jordanian forces kept the Jordan valley as an open corridor while Palestinians escaped northwards to Lebanon. Since then, a silent love affair has existed between Israel and Jordan. For the sake of keeping Jordan’s position in the Arab world, the hot affair was kept secret. After the Oslo Accord was signed, there was no point in keeping the secret, and both sides rushed to Washington, where a peace agreement was signed in 1994. Not surprisingly, Jordan is—like Israel—a Major non-NATO Ally of the USA.

Like WWII, the Arab Spring involves many parties; their strategic interests do not always coincide. In recent months, Netanyahu's government has announced in a variety of ways that it will unofficially annex the West Bank, and that by the year 2040, there would be 14 million Jews between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River (see for example Settlers Acid-Test Netanyahu). Netanyahu is serious about this; the ideology of his party was concisely defined by Ze'ev Jabotinsky in 1929; "Two Banks has the Jordan – This is ours and, that is as well," he wrote in a poem (see The Rebirth of the Stern Gang). To achieve his declared goal, Netanyahu must remove the Palestinians from the West Bank. Likud claims that Jordan is the Palestinian State promised by the UN Resolution on the Partition of Palestine, implying that its Bedouin rulers are foreigners from the deep desert. Israel hopes that the Arab Spring will change the Jordanian rule into a Palestinian one, thus easing the transfer (the term used by Israeli politicians while referring to the expulsion of the Palestinian population) of Palestinians from the West Bank into Jordan. King Abdullah, you had better watch your best friends across the river; they need your chair.

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