November 11, 2005


Jordanians revile Zarqawi (Paul Garwood, November 11, 2005, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Thousands of Jordanians rallied in the capital and other cities, shouting "Burn in hell, Abu Musab Zarqawi" a day after three deadly hotel bombings that killed at least 59 persons. [...]

The main demonstration in Amman lasted for more than an hour. But honking vehicles, decorated with Jordanian flags and posters of King Abdullah II, cruised Amman's streets until late in the night, as passengers chanted, "Death to Zarqawi, the villain and the traitor" and anti-terrorism slogans.

About 50 people, including Jordanian children holding tiny flags, placed candles on a makeshift sand memorial in the driveway of the Hyatt.

Imagine how ashamed you'd be if you were a Spaniard?


Jordan's leaders must regard the Amman attacks as a wake-up call. Their refusal to take sides in Iraq won't protect them against terror attacks. The only way Jordan can ensure its long-term safety is to help defeat the Islamists whose prime objective today is to defeat democracy in Iraq.

There is no evidence that the hypocritical policy has significant support even within Jordan. In fact, the opposite may be true.

Just hours after the attacks, hundreds of Ammanites had gathered on the scenes of the carnage to express horror and condemn the perpetrators. By yesterday morning, the crowds had grown to tens of thousands of people — shouting slogans that the Jordanian leaders, starting with King Abdullah II, would be foolish to ignore.

Such as "Death to Zarqawi" — that is, the Jordanian-Palestinian terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who has claimed responsibility for the latest atrocities in Amman.

As cries of "Burn in Hell, Zarqawi!" reverberated in central Amman, speakers described Zarqawi and other Islamist terrorist figures (including the fugitives Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri) as "traitors and miscreants" and called for their arrest and punishment.

The demonstrations, organized by trade unions, attracted some of Amman's poorest people. This was a clear message: Islamism and Ba'athism may have support among Jordan's elites — but they are rejected by the people.

Until not so long ago, Palestine was supposed to be the cause that justified any abominable crime. Now Iraq is used for the same purpose. But one thing is clear: The Jordanian man-in-the-street does not believe that it is right to kill innocents in the name of any cause.

It is time Jordan's leaders understood the message of their people, and joined Iraq's new democratic leadership in fighting the common terrorist enemy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 11, 2005 9:13 AM

According to a CNN artcle:

"Officials from other governments, however, were among the dead. Four Palestinians, including Maj. Gen. Bashir Nafeh, head of Palestinian military intelligence, died in the blast at the Grand Hyatt, said chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat.

Also killed was Col. Abed Allun; Jihad Fattouh, the brother of the Palestinian parliament speaker; and Mosab Khoma, Erakat said. The four were on their way back from Cairo, Egypt, he said, adding his condemnation of the attacks."

That would explain the attack on the Hyatt. A hit on senior PA people by Hamas (or other rival factions) contracted to Zarqawi? The other two could be just cover.

Anyway, intersting conspiracy theory. Maybe we should ask Sen. Reid about it.

Posted by: Bob at November 11, 2005 2:06 PM

Just wondering, but would a CSI-type autopsy of these 4 bodies show lethal blast wounds? Or a few small holes about 7.62mm in diameter?

Posted by: ray at November 11, 2005 4:48 PM

Mr. Judd;

We wouldn't be ashamed if we were Spaniards, because they are in the state they are because of their inability to be shamed by things like this.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at November 11, 2005 6:59 PM

my people have the same shame as an organ grinder's monkey, which is to say "none at all". still, we had a good run in the 1400's.

Posted by: Gen. Franco at November 12, 2005 12:23 AM