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,