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The Dire Dilemma of Jordan

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Mar 8, 2017 at 11:14

The position of Jordan in these times is somewhat compromised; for its place in history is temporary and the defense of its national status always under duress. Since its formation was a product of post colonial reinterpretations of the fallen Islamic Ottoman hegemony, it was never to be seriously taken as a true dominating force in the region because of the overshadowing clashes between the still dominant west and the residual factions of Islam.

Its best chance for establishing a more permanent force for its own distinction in the region was lost when it could not say no to the demands of the pan-Arabists, who could have cared less for Jordan's sovereignty and played Jordan for the pawn of the 'Palestinian' dialogue that it became.

Jordan's prominence was more keenly observed as the Mandate that designed the 'Trans-Jordan' thought to keep the populations under control while at the same time antagonized those same people by not keeping a closer eye on the process of the Jewish 'aliyah,' which occurred unabated according to the ancient Holy Writ, a circumstance that occurs still, unabated. Eventually, Jordan's destiny will be revealed, again, as being temporary; and that will be evidenced as the world tries to pile on Israel and once again, Jordan will be played out as a pawn.

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