How does Jordan continue to survive crises?

Maher Abu Tair (Photo: JNews)
Over the course of a hundred years, Jordan has gone through major crises that would have shattered other countries but left Jordan relatively unscathed.اضافة اعلان

Arab and foreign analysts as well as experts and politicians have been asking me a lot these days whether Jordan is, and will, remain stable. The answer is obvious. Jordan is stable and as I have pointed out, has dealt with internal and external crises in the past.

Jordan’s stability did not manifest out of thin air. Firstly, Jordanians are in consensus that they do not want, nor would they allow for Jordan to suffer.

People have also learned from past lessons and the crises in neighboring states. This consensus improves stability. Who would want to sabotage or see Jordan burn these days? Despite all the difficult circumstances we are going through and everything that is happening around us. No one.

But Jordan’s stability is the result of practical factors as well. For instance; if we were to talk about the Jordanian army, which has the public’s respect, we would find that it is the cornerstone of stability as it has never held a gun at its own people. Its members patrol the borders day and night in the face of threats such as terrorism, smuggling, and malicious agendas.

Every person in the army believes in the importance of its hierarchy and follows the directives of superiors. They are aware of Jordan’s great legacy of martyrs, and they respect military doctrine, which makes fostering peace and stability in Jordan the central mission of each individual. This explains people’s respect for the military, which has remained untarnished, even though some speak of the army as if it were some ordinary institution. Those who do are a greater threat than any fifth column, as they seek to infiltrate the most important institution of all.

The military has always been a benchmark for professionalism and the ethical treatment of others. In the face of crises, Jordanians will always view the army as their safest bet against instability. We have witnessed how the army carried the heavy burden brought about by COVID-19, which required securing the borders and protecting the interior during lockdown. We are therefore looking at an institution that guarantees political, social, and economic stability and that carries out each of its missions with high morale.

Another cause of stability is that the state does not believe in bloodshed. Historically, the state has not shed the blood of its people and even though governments make mistakes here and there, those errors must be addressed within reason, in all cases, because no one in Jordan would settle for chaos.

The state has also remained tolerant and forgiving in its dealings and policies. This explains why the Arab spring came and went without a drop of blood shed in Jordan. When a state has such qualities and relies on the constitution and judiciary, it allows for the creation and consolidation of stability.

We still have a lot to preserve, protect, and get through. Let us start a new page for Jordan; because all of the difficulties we have endured must open new doors to a better future.