Skip to comments.Jordan On The Brink: Muslim Brotherhood Mobilize (50K demonstrators) for King Abdullah’s overthrow
Posted on 09/25/2012 4:03:18 PM PDT by drewh
Jordans Muslim Brotherhood has given King Abdullah II notice that he has until October to bow to their demand to transform the Hashemite Kingdom into a constitutional monarchy or face "Arab Spring" style street pressure for his abdication. Middle East sources report that Israeli and Saudi intelligence watchers are becoming increasingly concerned about the approaching climax of the conflict in Amman between Islamists and the throne.
For Israel, an upheaval in Jordan bodes the tightening of the Islamist noose around its borders Egypt and Libya to the south and Syria to the north, with unpredictable consequences with regard to Jordans Palestinian population.
Saudi Arabia, already threatened by Iranian aggression, fears the oil kingdom may be next in line if its northern neighbor is crushed under the marching feet of the Arab Spring.
The oil kingdoms royal rulers are reported to have belatedly woken up to the peril and are in a panic. They realize that their preoccupation with helping Syrian rebels overthrow Bashar Assad misdirected their attention from the enemies lurking at their own door.
Thousands of articles in the Arab press in the past year have predicted that after the Muslim Brotherhood seizes power in Damascus, Amman would be next in its sights followed by Riyadh.
The Jordanian monarch has options:
1. He could bow to the main Muslim Brotherhoods demand by submitting to the kingdoms transition to a constitutional monarchy and the transfer of executive power to an MB-led government by means of the electoral reforms for which the Brothers have been pushing for years. In Jordan as in Egypt, the Brothers hope for a two-third majority in a free election.
2. He could stand up to the Brotherhoods demands and order his security, intelligence and military forces to crack down on the opposition. This course carries the risk of plunging Jordan into the carnage of civil war among the diverse segments of the population.
The biggest dangers come from the Bedouin tribes, whose traditional allegiance to the Hashemite throne has weakened in recent years, and the Palestinians who form 60 percent of the population.
3. He could seek to negotiate a compromise through various brokers. Our sources report that several attempts at mediation have been ventured of late, but got nowhere because the Muslim Brotherhood sent its most radical leaders to the table and they left very little margin for compromise.
According to sources at the royal court, Abdullah will very soon meet with MB leaders for a personal appeal for calm after years of heated debate. Most observers believe that he has left it too late and by now the Muslim Brotherhood has got the bit between its teeth.
Indeed, according to an internal memorandum leaked to the Al-Hayat newspaper, the MB has already set a date for mass demonstrations against the King to start on Oct. 10 and ordered its members to go to work at once to mobilize at least 50,000 demonstrators for daily protests against the king and the royal family until he bows to their will.
The memorandum states: Every member must be dedicated to communicate with his relatives, close friends, acquaintances, fellow employees and various Islamic groups and patriots It calls for the formation of hotbeds to focus on the participation of groups affiliated with universities, schools and womens organizations.
Protesters are also advised on tactics for overcoming a security crackdown. Jordans Muslim Brotherhood has therefore moved forward from opposition propaganda, debating and political pressure to activism against the throne. Both Jordanian camps are anxiously watching to see which way the wind blows in the White House.
President Barack Obama has a balancing act to resolve: On the one hand, the Jordanian king has long been a staunch American ally and friend, its mainstay in many regional crises. On the other, Obama regards the Muslim Brotherhood as the linchpin of his external policy of outreach to the Muslim world.
I’ve been noting for a while that if Jordon falls then Israel is truely surrounded on all sides by enemies who want to destroy. Jordon is the last domino. If they go jihadist does that set the battle of Gog/Magog into motion?
How long until Zero throws the king under the bus?
How long till we end up defending the Saudi oil fields?
Anything guesses over sixty seconds, and they’re just not paying attention.
The loss of Jordan is a big big problem.
Any guesses over sixty seconds, and they’re just not paying attention.
Didn’t we get an internal report that 2011 was the “year of the despots”, and 2012 would be the “year of the kings”?
Glenn Beck told us to watch Jordan very closely. It now looks like the Muslim Brotherhood are trying to surround Israel. This cannot be ignored. First Egypt, the ongoing conflict in Syria to overthrow Assad, and next it will be Jordan plunged into chaos. A nation to watch for sure.
Somewhere Najeeb Halaby is viscerally ill.
We should take a stand to defend Jordan’s king.
Put the swamp-rats in their place for a change.
Bad news if true. Abdullah is a muslim in name only at best and the Jordanians have it better than muzzies anywhere else in the mideast.
Anyone know why?
Iran basically admitted they are sending troops to fight there...
Barry will just call up the King and tell him it’s time for him to leave.
Problem solved. Magical Muslim unicorns then can graze in peaceful pastures while the planet heals.
“Obama regards the Muslim Brotherhood as the linchpin of his external policy of outreach to the Muslim world.....”
This is how it happens with liberals. That stupid leftist skunk Obama has got us in bed with the worst of the worst, because he has contempt for traditional “allies”. The beautiful revolution he is supporting will devour us.
Oh, don’t worry, the liberal elites like Obama can kill millions (i.e. Cambodia) and they sleep so soundly at night. They are political sociopaths. No, the price will be paid by the common people and by our soldiers sent off to fight in desperate situations.
.. that seals it. Jordan is toast.. next on Obama's list.
Somewhere there is a youtube video made in America about to get the blame for creating the violence and causing the downfall of King Abdullah.
Surround Israel on all sides. Certainly appears to be the plan
Would Saudi Arabia not protect Jordan’s king? He is part of the family if I recall correctly, and look how they mobilized to crackdown on the protests in Bahrain when it looked like their monarchy would be overthrown.
In a sense, the kings have an advantage that Mubarak and Gaddafi didn’t. They stick together to preserve their own power and wealth.
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