His father acknowledged being on the CIA payroll for decades. His namesake great-frandfather was brought to today's 'Hashemite Kingdom' for the first time by the British who provided him with Army and allowance to reward the Hashemite clan for having already served the British Empire so well. His mother was in fact a British citizen and Christian. His education was by the Jesuits at Georgetown following in the footsteps of Bill Clinton. His military career was compliments of both the UK and US. His country's most important historical contribution has been unparalleled collusion with the Jewish State of Israel helping make possible its birth and subsequent domination. He himself was brought to the throne in a daring CIA political plot launched from his dying father's bedside in Rochester, Minnesota; his father's American wife whispering in his ear and arranging that her own son would then be next in line for the throne -- Black Washington is still laughing and toasting itself for this one! And he still has to be coached in Arabic, as his preferred language is actually English. And now, in the pages of the Empire's hometown newspaper The Washington Post today, his many Westernized ghost-writers, have told him he needs to proclaim himself 'The True Voice of Islam' hoping against hope that his Kingdom will remain under American protection after the upcoming regional war in which it is really the Israelis who will decide whether Jordan at long last becomes 'The Palestinian State'. For much more historical background into the realities of 'The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan' see -- http://www.MiddleEast.Org/archives/jordan.htm -- and other articles available through the new MER 'search' page.
THE TRUE VOICE OF ISLAM
By King Abdullah II of Jordan
Saturday, December 7, 2002; Page A25
AMMAN -- This week marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims throughout the world take time to
reflect upon the values of our faith: compassion, goodwill and respect for others. These are core ideals in Islam, the faith that my family, the Hashemites, descendants of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon Him, has served for 40
generations. Our religion calls us to live and work for justice and to promote tolerance. Daily, we share God's
blessing: Salaam Aleikum -- "Peace be upon you."
This is the true voice of Islam, but it is not the voice that Americans always hear. Instead, they hear the hatred
spewed by groups mistakenly called Islamic fundamentalists. In fact, there is nothing fundamentally Islamic about these extremists. They are religious totalitarians, in a long line of extremists of various faiths who seek power by intimidation, violence and thuggery.
Extremists violently reject the original moderation and
openness of Islam -- qualities that made the Muslim world
the historical home of diversity and learning. Nor does
their violence constitute "jihad," or holy war. The Prophet
Muhammad tells us that the "greater" holy war is not
against others at all but against one's own failings -- the
"war against the ego." Moreover, in a famous speech, the
Prophet's follower and first successor, Abu Bakr, commanded
Muslim soldiers: "Do not betray, do not deceive, do not
bludgeon and maim, do not kill a child, nor a woman, nor an
old man . . . do not burn, do not cut down a fruit tree. .
. . If you come across communities who have consecrated
themselves to the [Christian church], leave them."
These words are part of the most basic religious education
that Arab and Muslim schoolchildren receive. I know,
because I was one of them. So when today's terrorists
target innocents, they provide direct evidence of their
real agenda: power politics, not religion. In fact, long
before so-called Islamic terrorists began attacking the
West, they were targeting fellow Muslims. The goal was to
silence opposition and obliterate the Islam of peace and
dialogue. I carry the name of my great-grandfather,
Abdullah I, who was assassinated by an extremist. In the
same attack, my father, then age 15, was hit by a bullet.
He survived, and as King Hussein became a great peacemaker.
He always believed a real leader stands up against the
forces of destruction.
Among the world's 1.2 billion Muslims, extremists are, of
course, a tiny minority. For decades, many Muslims thought
that because they had nothing to do with this criminal
fringe, they could ignore it. Sept. 11, 2001, changed that
kind of thinking. The idea that anyone would exploit our
religion to sanction the killing of innocents outraged
Muslims everywhere. To my knowledge, every Muslim country,
every center of traditional Islamic scholarship and every
major Islamic organization in the United States condemned
the Sept. 11 attacks absolutely. They did so, not out of
diplomatic nicety, not out of fear of the United States,
but because our faith demands it.
Yet we must do even more to make sure the real voice of
Islam is heard. Today Muslims must speak out boldly in
defense of a dynamic, moderate Islam -- an Islam that
upholds the sanctity of human life, reaches out to the
oppressed, respects men and women alike, and insists on the
fellowship of all humankind. This is the true Islam of the
Prophet, and the Islam that terrorists seek to destroy.
But this is not a challenge for Muslims alone. All
religions have suffered from the violence and extremism of
a few. Even as we begin the 21st century -- an era of
global exchange and exploding knowledge -- God's name is
being exploited to promote rifts and justify conflict.
Differences between faiths become differences between
people, and all humanity suffers.
Together, we share a responsibility to prevent the abuse of
religion by those who would divide us. We have a special
duty to combat injustice, which is so often exploited by
extremists. Nowhere is our help needed more than in the
Holy Land, where Palestinians and Israelis alike are crying
out for peace, stability and security. Together we must
urge their leaders to hear the voices of reason and peace,
end oppression and occupation, stop the violence and create
a future of hope.
My father and great-grandfather believed that a peaceful,
political solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict would be
essential to defeating extremism and building a world of
mutual acceptance and peace. Events show that they were
right. What is needed now is clear to all sides: a fully
independent Palestinian state and an Israel that is
integrated, in peace and security, into its Arab
neighborhood. This is why Jordan has strongly supported the
Arab peace initiative that came out of Beirut last March,
which commits all Arab states to a peace agreement with
Israel and the establishment of a Palestinian state and
includes collective security guarantees and an agreed
solution to the refugee problem. Jordan is also working
with the United States, Russia, Europe and the United
Nations to craft a road map and timetable for a permanent,
sustainable end to the conflict.
It is a terrible truth that for many people, the Holy Land
has come to symbolize extremism and injustice, rather than
peace on Earth. But we, Earth's citizens and leaders, have
a chance to defy hatred and defeat terror. In doing so, we
can help this region, so important to all our faiths, lead
the way to a better future for all the world.