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Jordan’s Secular Opposition: Plan B for Jordan

For the first time, the Palestinians engaged fully in the protests, calling for toppling the regime.
Can King Abdullah II of Jordan be saved?

Can King Abdullah II of Jordan be saved?

III. Introducing a temporary electoral elections law by which the new Jordanian parliament is to be elected.

IV. Introducing a counter-terrorism act, by which anyone inciting terrorism verbally will be charged with a misdemeanor. Charges can be elevated to felonies if the offender’s incitement has led to terrorist acts or physical harm or property destruction either in Jordan or abroad. The counter terrorism act will bring tougher punishment for convicted terrorists and will have a status of limitations of 25 years. Such an act will secure Jordan and ban hate-preachers and terrorism inciters from running for office as they are guilty for their actions and statements, including those made in the past. Thus, many Islamist leaders will not be able to run for president, parliament or even hold government position.

V. The Interim government will be keen not to make the convicted terror preachers and inciters look as victims of government oppression, therefore it will create a soft justice system for those not involved in bloodshed. For example, halfway houses will be introduced and probation programs will be available for non-serious offenders.

POTENTIAL FOR BRITISH INVOLVEMENT

In September 1922, the Emirate of East Jordan was recognized by the League of Nations and remained under British supervision until 1946, and British military force protected King Abdullah I from local rebels and foreign intruders until 1946. [46] Therefore, the United Kingdom has had an established history of involvement in Jordan.

Furthermore, the British Government has been exhibiting a very supportive attitude towards the Arab Spring revolutions; British Prime Minister David Cameron introduced himself to a group of students in Abu Dhabi as a supporter of the Arab Spring [47].

In fact, according to the Guardian, British forces –with US blessings–played the key role in operations in Libya to oust Qaddafi. [48], a role Prime Minister Cameron seems to cherish as he told the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly world leaders should be prepared to intervene again to stop slaughter. [49].

Therefore, the UK government might play a significant role in stabilizing Jordan in cooperation with the US, especially that the examples given above show the UK is taking direct approach of intervention with the Arab Spring.

Connecting the Jordanian secular opposition to the decision makers within the UK government might be a good approach to securing a stabilized Jordan if King Abdullah II falls.

LAUNCHING A CONFERENCE

Before gaining legitimacy and prominence, the Syrian National Coalition of Opposition and Revolutionary Forces held several conferences. Its first major conference took place in June of 2011 in Turkey [50]. Conferences held by the Syrian National Coalition of Opposition and Revolutionary Forces were sponsored by host countries like Turkey and Qatar.

At a point when the Jordanian regime exhibits confirming signs of its ending, the JCORF should be enabled to hold a launching congruence through which it introduces itself to the world. The conference must bring about a declaration of JCORF’s goal of replacing the current regime as an interim government representing all Jordanians, which is the same goal of its Syrian counterpart.

JCORF can turn an initiation conference into a major political and media event that attracts global attention and Jordanian public confidence.

Such conference can be organized in any major European city as most JCORF members live in exile. A total of 20 hosted attendants can be invited. Non-financially sponsored Invitations must be extended to the both the Western and Arab Media as well as all of those interested in Jordan’s future.

SECURING THE MEDIA’S ATTENTION

The on-going Jordanian protests have received little attention according to a report by Brookings Institute-Doha [51]. While the atrocities taking place in Syria and the unrest in Egypt are taking the center stage; major media players seem to have been reporting little on Jordan, Al-Jazeera in particular has not been passionate about covering Jordan’s revolution.

Providing the exposure for JCORF and connecting it to the Western media could be very helpful in promoting the JCORF as alternative leadership to the Muslim Brotherhood when/if Jordan’s king falls.

The JCORF can utilize existing Arab TV networks to promote its cause and defend its case. Several Arab networks provide air time for guests and targeted coverage of events in exchange of financial “donations” given to them.

About the Author: Mudar Zahran is the Secretrary General of the Jordanian Coalition of Opposition, a known Jordanian- Palestinian politician and writer, who now resides in the UK as a political refugee. His writings regularly appear in Arab, Israeli, and American publications.


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3 Responses to “Jordan’s Secular Opposition: Plan B for Jordan”

  1. this is an important document

  2. Marty Mensch says:

    This is very promising. I would like to see him repace the PA & Abass, which is not working. & than take all those that do not want to live in a Jewish State with us to Jordan with him. We should help with in Jordan. He sounds that he just might be the one that will bring real Peace to the entire region with our help.

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