Worrying contradictions

Worrying contradictions

As a Jordanian citizen I am filled with concern and curiosity as I observe the Jordanian political scene. The concern is not fear of instability or chaos, as I have great faith in Jordan’s leadership and the current political reform process, but rather of the obvious contradictions that I frequently notice in some of our newly found so-called political opposition.

I wonder who they are, where they were before and who gave them the right to speak in my name. Most importantly, what do they want?

Some of the most terrifying contradictions are the call for democracy and freedom of speech while still admiring Saddam Hussein and considering him a role model.

Some in the opposition and other movements actually have Saddam’s picture as a profile photo on their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Was Saddam a reformist? Is that how history remembers him? Are these movements hiding their real beliefs and goals under the cape of the so-called Arab Spring and using their newfound voice of democracy as a cover until they get hold of power?

The majority of our opposition groups support and praise the Arab Spring uprisings, disregarding the fact that many lives were lost, there is a rise in unemployment, economic instability, chaos and, most of all, lack of personal safety and security.

Yet these same opposition groups believe that what is happening in Syria is a global conspiracy and not part of the Arab Spring; to them, it cannot be a revolution for freedom, it’s a “special case” or “a conspiracy by the West against Syria”.

This selective political position is really worrisome and disconcerting to those who are watching the killing that takes place in every part of Syria every day.

Some classic opposition groups, like the Muslim Brotherhood, call for democracy and want to participate in the Jordanian political decision-making process, yet they would only join the parliamentary elections if they do get majority seats through an Elections Law designed to their liking.

So they choose to boycott the elections, go to the streets and create chaos in an attempt to change the law to their benefit by force.

They say this is the only way, yet they tend to ignore the 2.3 million Jordanians who actually registered to vote for elections. I don’t think that what they are doing falls under the description of democracy.

These are some of the many worrying contradictions that are quite clear to the average Jordanian. They make me fear the future if such people and groups come to power.

What comforts me is the knowledge that these minority groups are not authorized to speak on my behalf and do not represent me, a position taken by most Jordanian citizens who do not belong to any political party.

Even though those groups loudly insist that they do, backed by their media, democracy implies numbers, which speak louder than marches.

Deema I. Alam,


Filed under All Articles, November, 2012

10 responses to “Worrying contradictions

  1. iJO

    I agree with what you said Deema, I for one do not believe in Democracy call me old fashioned call me whatever you want. My only fear however is that the government is not taking serious steps towards reform, and are destroying our generation’s future and our children’s future. If the government doesn’t move towards true reform, then my fear is these “minority groups” will eventually gain more power. These groups do not have a clear agenda but they flourish on people’s fear, anger, etc…

    • Thank you i agree with you and i call my self a conservative in this regard Yet i believe we are also to be blamed we need to start somewhere. We have to establish parties or participate in some. Its not as difficult as before. I blame gov. For not reforming education as its the Key for our next generation i believe our reform is a two way stream. Us and gov. Each one is depending on the other. And that’s my next article. But in Arabic :)).

  2. New York is too Italian, Los Angels is too Mexican, but here in Jordan we are the Paella of the Middle East. A mix, a little hot but tasty

  3. Deema22

    Thank you dr Walid for your input. I agree with you

  4. asem

    Good Job Deema , I’m sure jordan will be one of the best arabic country But people must stop talking and they need to act .
    Work , finding solutions for them problem not excuses
    I visit lebanon for the first time last month
    I’m really happy to see every one working is lebanese 99% from lebanon they don’t have other nationality for special job like the cleaner I’m sure they have too much pending issue not solved in lebanon but I can see most of them love what they do every day
    Work work work that’s what we need in JORDAN

  5. I totally agree with asem. And i will be writing a new article but mostly in arabic about this issue. Thank you so much. And yes Jordan can be much better. We and the government are to be blamed. We cant keep on blaming one another.

  6. Asma

    Very true the contradictions are stunning. How can you oppose one thing in one country and support it in another,or visa versa? Political immaturity to the maximum.

  7. Salam Al Rafié

    اتفق معكي بطرحك ولكن يجب أن نكون واقعيين بان هذا التناقض الواضح ما هوا لا إفرازات الغزو العراقي للكويت الذي اثر علي الإنسان العربي الذي كان يعتبر صدام زعيم عربي وطني عارض السادات وأخذ جبهة التصدي وهكذا اصبح في داخل الأسره الواحدة من مؤيد للغزو ومن ضد غزو دولة شقيقه ومن هذه التناقضات الي احتلال أمريكا للعراق التي أشعلت النار وقسمت دول مع التحالف ودول ضد وهكذا وكانت أن سلمت العراق لإيران حتي تنشغل بها حيث أنها كانت عاصية عليهم فانا. لا أعني بكلامي مع أو ضد صدام فالأحداث والتاريخ هو الذي يكشف لنا من كان وطنيا ومن خرب وطنه وآلامه بأكملها .لن أقف وأقول الثورات العربيه مؤامرات لا بل هي استغلت لتنفيذ المؤامرات …. أطلت عليكي ولكني أردت فقط أن اربط لك التناقضات التي بدأت في ذلك الوقت واستمرت واستغلت أسوأ استغلال من المتاسلمين السياسين والقول والفعل الآن لوطننا في الأردن هو توعية المواطن وزرع الروح الوطنية إديه وهذا دور المجتمع المدني وليس الحكومه ودور المدرسة والمدرس لغرس حب الوطن والانتماء أقول ذلك واطلب من الله أن يحمي وطننا من النفوس الدنيئة التي تظهر خلاف ما تبطن وهم المنافقين ينادون بحب الوطن ومصلحة الوطن بالقضاء علي الفساد وهم الفساد بعينه … واخيرا تحيه كبيره لك يا ديما وفخوره بك حمي الله وطننا

  8. اشكرك يا سلام واشكر سعة صبرك وتفهمك بالرغم من اختلافك معي في مرات عديدة. وانا اتفق معك تماماواشكرك مرة اخرى. عيش الامة العربية على الاطلال والتغني بالماضي هومن اسباب مكاننا قف اتمنى الا يكون تاريخنا هو عائق في وجه تقدمنا. لنعمل كلنا من اجل مستقبل افضل ولنتقبل الاخر. نحن نفتقد هذه الصفة. وانا الوم نفسي ايضا

  9. Anonymous

    stopping on the example that you have employed of the islamic brotherhood and their following parties, i would like to question their reasoning and conditions to participate in the legislative process. they turn down ministries when they are offered to them because they are not tailored to their desires, they refuse to run for elections under the pretext that the results can be rigged and manipulated but in fact they don’t have any guarantees that they will prevail in the elections and gain the support of the people.

    i assume that they aware of the fact of not having qualified members among them and are fully aware of the the efforts, preparation and finances that are required to run for elections so what was the best option for them to elude the the impact of the aforementioned assumptions, and ensure that they will have an impact in legislative process through the cost effective, time efficient method of marches aimed at stirring chaos only. what i’d like to say that such methods are shredding the cloak of reformation and exposing their true anarchist natures.

    if they were true reformers, they would have accepted what was offered to them, did a great job and have set an example to the others and the same is applicable on the elections, in terms of campaigning properly, rallying the people through reasonable arguments and gaining their support to achieve what they want.