Jordan’s Fear Tactics

It wasn’t too long ago that the US was knee deep in security warning and color-coated signals of imminent death.  President Bush often used these fear-inducing signals to gain support for his military objectives.  As it turns out, Jordan has taken a page right out of Bush’s fear play-book.  Right after the CIA and Jordanian officials were fatally duped, resulting in the death of seven Americans and one Jordanian, a bomb exploded that was intended for the Israeli ambassador.  The breeches in security are unusual for Jordan – which normally has very tight security.  The reaction of the Jordanian government to these two developments has been to reminded the public of the 2005 Amman bombings in order to garner support for the anti-terror policies.  Remind you of Bush and 9/11?  The Black Iris has written a great article about the fear-mongering tactics in Jordan:

Your public handling of recent security-related stories has not been exactly great, but that’s no one’s fault but your own really. The less you tell people the more they’ll speculate, and you just can’t remain silent for days and then come up with a statement littered with “Amman bombings of 2005″ and expect Jordanians to swallow it like the Bush years that littered American media with “9/11″ sentiments.

For one, Jordanian society differs dramatically from fear-riddled societies you might find in the US and the UK. The average Jordanian has seen enough terror, in the guise of poverty, unemployment, low standards of living, high prices, corruption, censorship, state-induced fear in the state, and various other realities of life in Jordan – to say nothing of living in a region where explosions, bombings, invasions, occupations and wars are also daily realities around us – that we’ve really become anesthetized to the whole thing.

I suggest reading the entire thing.  What do you think, is coercion – by reminder of terror – terrorism?


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