Jordan’s eagerness to jump on the rebel bandwagon in Syria came with an explanation that they were really concerned about the al-Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels and figured the logical thing to do was openly back the more secular rebel factions in the hope they would somehow even out. Needless to say, that’s not working out so well.
Now, Jordan is finding itself with a whole bunch of rebel-controlled territory right on its border with Syria, which is according to plan. What’s not according to plan is that the territory is dominated by the very Islamists they were supposed to be countering, and having been publicly disavowed by Jordan, they’re not just an inconvenience but an overt long-term threat.
It was always pretty apparent that an Islamist win in Syria would be disastrous for Jordan, in that they have a pretty sizable number of Islamists in Jordan who would love to piggyback on the Syrian rebellion to oust the Hashemite king in favor of a more clergy-based society. Hosting US trainers and spearheading the rebel arms program was aimed at giving them some say over who the powerbrokers in the rebellion are.
In the end though, the rebellion is so nebulous that arms are readily passed back and forth, and backing the “secular rebels” is still backing the rebels. Direct aid may focus on only some of them, but apart from some incidents of intra-rebel fighting the rebels are mostly allies, so there’s no reason to have expected anything else.
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This is the time when rattle snack starts biting himself.., this is the when president Assad said: those governments that are engaged in Syrian war will one day become the victims by these very same terrorists organizations. Look: Jordanian government consist of bunch of hypocrites with a king which is nobody if British have their say and when they say it.., he is simply a puppet to USA and the British monarchism.., he is not thinking of the Syrian people nor he is there to defend the Syrian people war against Wahhabis, salafis or sunny terrorist organizations.., his saying this or that because his a.s.s is on the line begging for USA and British to save it.., if his government was honest enough they should have not agreed with CIA nor the American solders in Jordan.., they should have helped the Syrian people to defeat these bandits.
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