Jordan now stands in a dangerous position. Jordan’s King Abdullah has already been forced to make many concessions to the form and substance of his monarchy, including the dissolution of his parliament at the insistence (coercion) of the country’s Muslim Brotherhood and there is a good chance that his government will soon fall entirely. (For background, see The “Arab Spring” Spreading to Jordan. The article below is an important one because it comes from the center of the storm now brewing in Jordan.
In a world where Islamist radicalism is taking deadly hold and creating a rapidly changing geopolitical reality, King Abdullah is the last man standing.
—- Ilana Freedman, Editor
As it appeared in the New York Post, March 19, 2013
As President Obama arrives in the Middle East today, Jordan’s King Abdullah has a message for us: We’re naïve about the threat posed by the Muslim Brotherhood, which now runs Egypt and is working for control in Syria and other parts of the region.
In an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, the king says too many Western leaders believe “the only way you can have democracy [in the Middle East] is through the Muslim Brotherhood.”
The Brotherhood, he says, is run by “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” But “when you go to the State Department and talk about this, they’re like, ‘This is just the liberals talking, this is the monarch saying that the Muslim Brotherhood is deep-rooted and sinister.’ ”
Let’s remember who’s speaking here. This is not some neo-con. This is a leader of a modernizing and democratizing Muslim nation who claims direct descent from the Prophet Mohammed — speaking more openly than any other leader before him.
(Perhaps too openly: Yesterday, the king’s Facebook page called Goldberg’s article “inaccurate and dishonest,” although it didn’t disavow any of his quotations.)
King Abdullah is also America’s best friend in the Arab world. When he says we underestimate the menace of the Muslim Brotherhood, we do well to pay attention.