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First, I feel for the Jordanians who lost their families

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Submitted by Maggie (Australia), Nov 21, 2005 at 23:24

It seems to me that Jordan has learned a lesson from the successful bombing of three hotels that killed members of a wedding party. The bride's parents have been killed and the groom's father was also killed. Then there were all the relatives and friends who were present at the wedding who also perished. What should have been a joyful occasion for these two families ended up a tragedy. We, as Western Christians need to first of all reflect upon the losses of those families.

I saw the video of an emotionless and shapeless woman dressed in Muslim garb speaking about her role in the killing of so many innocent people. She spoke without emotion about how the guests, including women and children entered the ballroom. Then she and her husband talked their way into the wedding feast and instead of a feast for the bride and groom there was sorrow. That emotionless woman gave away more than she ever intended with her cold and chilling words, especially when she showed no pity for her fellow Muslims.

The Jordanian people have reacted with vehemence against the perpetrator. Al Zarqawi, the senior Al Qaeda operative in Iraq sent his most senior man on a mission that reminds me of the mission of Uriah, sent by King David to the front line. Uriah was meant to be killed and Al Zarqawi obviously wanted to get rid of this husband and wife team. Al Zarqawi is not a Jordanian. He is a Palestinian who was brought up in Jordan. His allegiances do not belong to the Jordanian king, or the Jordanian people. He had a personal vendetta against the King of Jordan, and he has the murder of King Abdullah on his mind. However, the Muslims and Christians of Jordan have other ideas. They were prepared to march in support of Abdullah. I have heard reports of the marchers ranging in number from 100,000 to 200,00. Every marcher was telling Zarqawi that the Jordanian people have had enough of him and his violence. At the same time the family of this man, a prominent Beduin family have also pledged their allegiance to the Jordanian king, and have denounced their relative. In their eyes, he went too far.

It is as if the Jordanians have suddenly realised that the Al Qaeda violence hurts people. This has been a wake up call. I hope that more Muslims and Arabs will join with the Jordanians in solidarity against Al Qaeda. They need to wake up and discover that the leadership of Al Qaeda is intent upon enslavement. No Muslim is safe from Al Qaeda and many who do not follow the Wahabbi way are considered to be Infidel, and therefore they too are potential targets.

Rather than rejoice over the deaths in Jordan I remain horrified over that bombing, and I feel the same over the bombing of men and women who were attending a funeral. That action remains the lowest of the low.
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