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Jordan Becomes the First Arab State To Declare War On Terror

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The Associated Press released a remarkable story today, a piece so full of hope that makes such a wonderful Thanksgiving Day present that I’m about to burst. And I haven’t even eaten dinner yet!

On the other hand, the implications of this story may be almost apocalyptic.

I have always known that, at some point, an Arab nation would be pushed to the point of saying, “Enough!” to the likes of bin Laden, Zarqawi and the so-called theological school of thought that justifies their use of lethal force against anyone — including other Muslims — who may be considered an infidel.

Well, today the time has come. King Abdullah II of Jordan has said, “Enough!”

Here are some excerpts from the story:

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan’s King Abdullah II appointed a new prime minister Thursday and urged him to launch an all-out war against Islamic militancy in the wake of the deadly triple hotel bombings earlier this month….

(We reaffirm) our need to adopt a comprehensive strategy to confront the Takfiri culture,” Abdullah said, referring to the ideology adopted by al-Qaida and other Islamic militants who condone the killing of those they consider infidels.

Abdullah said the strategy should “not only deal with the security dimension, but also the ideological, cultural and political spheres to confront those who choose the path of destruction and sabotage to reach their goals.”

The king called for a “relentless war on all the Takfiri schools, which embrace extremism, backwardness, isolation and darkness and are fed on the ignorance and naivete of simple people.”

I have no doubt that Abdullah’s father, the late King Hussein, would be proud of his son today. I am, too.

By God’s grace, other Arab nations will follow suit.

War has been declared. As a direct result there will be much violence in the Arab Middle East.

Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia will be hit hardest at first. It is uncertain whether the government in Egypt, in particular, will be able to stand.

The goal of the Bin Ladens, the Zawahiris and the Wahabbi, Takfiri, Muslim Brotherhood and Taliban ideologies is to remove the governments of every Muslim nation, replace those governments with a unified rule under Sharia law, and, ultimately, to remove national boundaries entirely, thereby creating a vast, pan-Muslim “empire” that will sweep across the world for Islam.

To use a word that is anathema to them, these folks are “crusaders” in the worst sense of the word.

Western nations will be hard-pressed to step in and assist these soon-to-be embattled nations, yet great restraint must be shown lest the Muslim populations be swayed on impulse to join the Islamists simply to resist the “non-Muslim infidels.”

This new “war” must be fought between Muslim and Muslim; Imam and Imam.

The violence, however, will likely spread across Europe and Asia (including the southern republics of the former Soviet Union) all the way to the Philippines.

It is also likely that the intentional and strategic freeze on direct attacks on the US (a strategy designed to prevent any rise in support for the war in Iraq) will also be swept away.

In the end, only God and Muslims will be able to resolve this matter.

Until now, however, it has all been pre-game warmup.

What King Abdullah has done today may, in retrospect, be seen as the game’s opening kick-off.

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  • Great post.

    It’s nice to see an Arab nation officially declare war on terrorists. This could be the start of something big…

  • MCH

    And at least those Jordanians of military age know they’ll have to take the next step and enlist, to prove their words are not just shallow rhetoric.

  • Anthony Grande

    But haven’t the Iraqis already declared war on terrorism?

    This makes Jordan the second Arab nation to declare war on these motherless bastards.

    Have you heard that Zarqawi’s family has disowned him, also?

  • And let us not forget that the King of Jordan, as occupant of the Hashemite throne, is a direct descendant of Muhammed (PBUH).

  • MCH, Jordan has universal conscription. Maybe you should just keep quiet and nod wisely to create the illusion that you have a clue?


  • Dave: You are skirting around the definition of “personal attack” in a subtly devious way. I like it but please don’t force me to be making fine judgements before my second cup of coffee.

    Whilst you’re at it, why don’t you explain to us the nuances of difference between “declaring war” and “executive action”?

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    Excellent post, Bird. One has to pray that Abdallah is not assassinated like his namesake and great grandpa was, and that G-d blesses his efforts with success.

    I would ask you to correct your lenses just a tad on the whole matter. The government of Saudi Arabia is in on the goals of all these related Islamic movements to restore the Caliphate and the Moslem Empire. They are the oldest fruit of the Wahhabi movement in Nejd. If there is a dispute between Al Qaeda and the rest of the ibn Sauds, it will be more in the nature of a family fight rather than over objectives.

  • Nancy

    God/Allah bless the King of Jordan; it’s about time a Muslim leader stood up & said terrorism in the name of Islam is wrong.

  • Ruvy, Thank you for your kind affirmation of my post. I believe that my analysis is a very minority view among most Americans. I think that, given the rise of Islamist fundamentalism and its militant manifestations in the Taliban, bin Laden, & co., there was an inevitiblity in a violent uprising of militant Muslims.

    Bin Laden declared the time to be right when he ordered the attacks on New York and Washington DC. I do not believe that he thought that the American response would be so total and far-reaching.

    The Bush administration’s hope is, of course, that they can combat this movement before it has become too organized, too powerful and too advanced. Iraq has kept the movement off-guard and reeling. Although spreading (as it would have whether we attacked Iraq or not) it is doing so in a helter-skelter, undisciplined and disorganized manner. It no longer ever bothers to pretend that it has a theological foundation or Qur’anic justification.

    By striking when it did, America has succeeded in dividing, fragmenting and splintering what would otherwise have been a united and strategicaly organized and centralized international network of terror cells.

    I do not fully agree with your assessment of Saudi Arabia, however (although I respect the fact that you are more qualified to speak on the subject).

    Although the house of al-Saud and the Wahhabi movement have gone hand in hand since the founding of modern Saudi Arabia, there is no evidence that the Saudi leaders are envisioned as the future leaders of the re=established Caliphate. As long as they are useful and supportive of the Ulima, Imams and Clerics, they will stand. But, if they take any sort of stand against the religious leadership in their country, they will be overthrown in a heartbeat and replaced either with a token Caliph or a true Caliph who would be chosen from among the religious leadership as a “successor” to Muhammed. The Iranian Islamic revolution (although Shi’ite) has formed a powerful model for a renewed Sunni theocracy where the Qur’an and Sharia, as interpreted, administered and enforced by the Ulima, Imams & Clerics, replace any sense of the current illusory separation of church and state.

    I do not believe that Saudi Arabia is immune to this. At present, the house of Saud provides a safe and secure cover for the Wahhabist contribution to Islamist fundamentalism to prosper and to grow in influence and power. But, as Martin Luther once wrote regarding Satan, “lo, his doom is sure.”

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    Shavua Tov Bird,

    In your article, you suggested that Al Qaeda might no longer even have a theological tie, and might be purely a political movement. At least I thnk that is what you said. Not too many months ago, an article appeared in Al Qaeda’s on-line magazine with an interesting argument – one that reflects the attitudes of many Arabs.

    It stated that the Qur’an granted us title to the Land of Israel. But, because we no longer put G-d ahead of our own selfish interests and were willing to compromise and divide up the land, we no longer deserved it. The important element here is that they concede that their own book grants US title to Israel.

    Many Arabs in our country view the way secular Jewish woimen dress here as obscene and condemn us for it. They remind us occasionally that the comment comparing Jews to pigs and monkeys is applicable when Jews do not follow their own law – like keeping the Sabbath.

    This is not a comfortable thought for secular Israelis and they try hard to ignore it as they gulp down their shrimp coctails in Tel Aviv’s seafood restaurants on Friday nights.

    Israelis used to keep a close watch on what Arabs said and thought. No longer, apparently. A shame.

  • Ruvy, al-Qaeda does have a religious foundation and, insofar as the “organization” still exists, still does. One of the consequences of invading Iraq was, however, the severing and splintering of the Islamist terrorist network. The various bits and pieces wrecking havoc around the world have been, for the most part, severed from their theological foundation. They operate without any legitimate theological support.

    Zarqawi is one of those who is not educated enough to care. This is one reason the alleged letter from Zawahiri was so critical of his attacks on fellow Muslims.

    The London bombers did not seem to have much of a theological point to make, either.

    In Indonesia, hatred for Christians and ethnic Chinese seems to provide more motivation than theology.

    The same is true for terrorist attacks in Thailand, Philippines and India.

    The only common thread I can discern in all of this is a deep-seeded desire to “make the world safe for Muslims.” There may be a sense of trying to usher in their own twisted version of the “Kingdom of God (Allah)” but the individual terrorists appear to be more motivated by anger, revenge and illusory visions of martyrdom than by any deep-seeded and informed understanding of the Qur’an or Islamic theology.

    Those who flew the planes on 9/11 were the cream of the crop. The cream is now gone from the bottle. The skim milk that remains is beginning to turn theologically sour.

  • RJ


    Your post is great, and your comments have been as well.

    It appears that a lot of the “elite” Islamic terrorists are now either dead or captured, and what remains of their “leadership” is indeed rather fragmented.