Jordanian embassy bombing

08.07.03

The bombing of the Jordanian embassy in Baghdad that killed 11 people this morning and wounded about 65 others is horrible and sad, and I mourn for the victims and their families. Who exactly carried out this attack and why is still unclear:

Tensions between Iraq and Jordan have been high since Jordan’s support for the U.S.-led war on Iraq.

Brahimi said some Iraqi newspapers had been critical of Jordan but the precise motives for the attack were unclear.

Jordan is a major entry point into Iraq and remains a large trading partner. But some Iraqis are resentful that Jordan dropped its support for Saddam Hussein after the 1991 Gulf War, and allowed U.S. troops to use its soil as a base during the latest war.

Jordan, for its part, has been desperately trying to balance itself on its fence-sitting act: gain credibility in the West by creating a lasting peace with Israel and supporting the U.S., while at the same time hold credibility in the middle east by paying lip service to Saddam, offering asylum to his relatives, and channeling the frustrations of its population (including a large Palestinian minority) through riots and rallies in support of suicide bombings and Saddam’s old regime.

Is this another morally-corrupt “root cause” argument that I’m drawing here? Probably. Jordan has always been juggling too many balls in the air, and so far has managed not to drop too many. And I don’t think that Jordan deserved to have its embassy bombed. Likely, the bombing was the work of an extremist rebel group in a still largely-lawless Iraq.

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1 Advanced Calculus 08.10.03 at 2:22 AM

I think Jordan infuriated anti-Saddam Iraqis (perhaps Islamists) when they allowed his daughters asylum.

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