Jordan, the Arab Kingdom of Jordan, was formerly the Emirate of Transjordan, and before that, it was a territory formerly part of the Ottoman Empire that included the entire trans-Jordanian part of historic Palestine. Therefore, it was part of the territory that was originally intended by the Mandates Commission of the League of Nations to be included in the Mandate for Palestine (the Mandate that had as its sole purpose the establishment of a Jewish National Home).
Today, Jordan exists on Jizyah. That is, it exists on economic favors — outright aid, and special dispensations, such as Most Favored Nation Status — given it by the United States. These favors are not received with gratitude but rather as due. Jordan’s population has consistently shown itself, in polls, to be virulently hostile to the United States. Yet nevertheless, this aid is given as if it were Jordan’s due, and never to be tampered with. The attitudes, then, of both donor and recipient are the classic attitudes of the Jizyah, that “protection” money given by the “protected people” to their Muslim masters.
It is absurd for Jordan even to dare to mention that it might want “nuclear power for peaceful purposes.” No Muslim state should be allowed to begin work on nuclear projects. No Muslim state currently well along on nuclear projects should be permitted to continue. As for Pakistan, the one Muslim state that, through theft by A. Q. Khan and a program of state deception, was permitted — through Western negligence — to acquire such weapons, this is now a country that alone is causing Western nightmares. What will happen to those weapons? Who will control them in the case of a different regime, or no regime at all? What group might be aided by members or ex-members of the Pakistani government (Hamid Gul comes swimmingly to mind)? Pakistan must be prevented from perfecting its weapons-delivery systems, and must be threatened with complete economic collapse and possibly physical destruction, if those weapons are not put in Western hands. The Pakistani masses need not know, but the Western governments must know, that those weapons are not available for Pakistani or other Muslim use.
As for Jordan, even for talking in this way, it needs to be punished. The Administration will not do it. But Congress can end all aid to Jordan, and end as well that program to encourage textile factories which turn out to be factories in which Jordanian Arabs simply exploit non-Arab workers as wage-slaves with their wages often withheld — a situation that has been investigated by outsiders who declare that the exploitation of workers (non-Arabs) by owners (Arabs) have been the “worst” they have seen anywhere in the world. For more on that, look in the Jihad Watch archives or google more widely.
No, Jordan needs now to be read the riot act and to suffer the consequences even of daring to suggest it has a “right” — knowing what we all know about Islam and Muslim views of Infidels as inculcated by Qur’an, Hadith, and Sira — to “nuclear energy” for (of course) “peaceful purposes.”
If Abdullah thinks being a nice guy, with fond memories of Deerfield, and having a pretty wife, is enough to blind Americans to the nature of the country he happens to rule thanks to the British doing an unnecessary favor for the Hashemites booted out of the Hejaz by the Al-Saud, he’s got another think coming. Or at least he should have, if anyone in Washington had the courage to follow through. And if his “adviser” on how to present Islam to the non-Muslims, a certain Joseph Lumbard, thinks he can present his sanitized version of Islam and continue to have it accepted by unwary Infidels — whose numbers decrease every day — he too has another think coming. It will be fascinating to see how Lumbard deals, for example, with the contents of The Legacy of Jihad — those dozens of Western scholars of Islam, from decades ago, writing on the subject of Jihad. Their articles do not date, but acquire even more force and pith and relevance now.
Chances are he will not dare to read it. For what then can the Lumbards of this world say in response?
And what should be the Infidel response? Just quiet fury, and determination to end the Jizyah not only to Jordan but also to Egypt. And to redimension relations with the chief funder of the ideological Jihad all over the world, in both Dar al-Islam and Dar al-Harb, the most dangerous and malevolent Sunni enemy of Infidels — Saudi Arabia.