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Jordan: A Lesson
in Vigilance

Natalia J. Garland

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When I watched the news reports of the terrorist attacks on the three hotels in Amman, Jordan, I was grief-stricken. The next day I felt dazed, at a loss for words, yet very much aware that I needed to find the strength to face these horrible realities and also the resolve to overcome. I found that renewal of confidence as I read a speech from His Majesty, King Abdullah II, the King of the Hasshemite Kingdom of Jordan. I would like to share those words of inspiration with you.

His Majesty King Abdullah's address to the nation.

I would like to begin by extending my profound condolences to the families of all the innocent victims who were killed, and we are praying for a swift recovery for all of those who were injured.

This is not the first time that Jordan has been a target of terrorism. It is also not the only country that has been a victim of terrorism; there have been many countries in the region and throughout the world which have been similarly terrorized by attacks of greater scope and intensity.

We know, however, that Jordan has been targeted more than any other country for several reasons, among them, its role and its message defending the essence of Islam -- the religion of moderation and tolerance that abhors the terrorists who kill innocents in Islam's name, even as Islam is innocent of such crimes.

Let it be clear to everyone that we will pursue these terrorists and those who aide them; we will reach them wherever they are, pull them from their lairs and submit them to justice.

Jordan does not bow to coercion. We will not be intimidated into altering our position, nor will we abandon our convictions or forfeit our role in the fight against terrorism in all its forms. To the contrary, every act of terrorism strengthens our resolve to adhere to our convictions, and to confront, with all means at our disposal, those who seek to undermine the security and stability of this country.

Our confidence in the security services and their ability to protect the security of this country and its stability remains unwavering. We have succeeded in preventing many planned attacks on this country. For every infrequent success terrorists have had in carrying out one of their crimes, we have had many more successes in foiling their plots.

I appeal to every citizen - man and woman - of this country to consider himself or herself a soldier and a security officer. Each one of you has a responsibility to protect your country. Circumstances require each and every citizen to be cautious and vigilant, and to cooperate with the security services to prevent any attack on the security and stability of this country. We must be united in confronting these terrorists, who have neither a religion nor a conscience.

I am confident that the patriots of Jordan - men and women - will maintain, as they always have, a watchful eye over the country and its security, and will be the first line of defense in protecting Jordan and its achievements. Jordan will continue, with the help of God and the determination of its people, to overcome evil.

Finally, all my thanks and appreciation go to our security, military and civil institutions, as well as to the citizens of Jordan who have acted as one in confronting the attacks on our precious capital, Amman.
[End of speech.]

The essential message is this: vigilance works. Let us join the men and women of Jordan in a grassroots movement to protect one another from the staggering ruthlessness of terrorists. (Written 11/12/05: bibliography available.)

Until we meet again..............stay sane.

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