THE HASHEMITE KING RETURNS
ISRAELI JETS ESCORT HUSSEIN TO HIS KINGDOM
MER - WASHINGTON - 1/19/99:
His Grandfather, assassinated in Jerusalem a few years after Israel's creation with the
future boy-king at his side, would have been proud. The only remaining Hashemite King
returned home today -- home to the British-created "Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan"
-- the memories of Hashemite Iraq, Damascus, and the Hejaz long faded and purposefully
obscured from contemporary history and politics.
Fittingly Hussein was cured of his problems in the West that has sponsored and nurtured
him, and escorted from the Meditteranean to the East Bank by the Israelis, whom the
Hashemite family colluded with from the beginning in a historic tale of successful
intrique and conspiracy.
The outward imagery of "Hussein's return" was one of unbriddled jubiliation.
The inner realities are that of still-growing tension and anxiety. The Hashemite alliance
with Israel and the U.S. has never been closer. The King's close relations with the Mossad
and the CIA are more exposed than ever. The Muhabarat, the Secret Police, is more
all-pervasive than ever. Repression, intimidation, and co-optation have been substantially
refined in Hashemite Jordan, but remain omni-present. The "peace" deal with
Israel continues to threaten to become a political earthquake.
Articles about the realities of Jordan that have been published by MER are now
available in the JORDAN MER MAGAZINE. Just click on the link below.