Jordan’s response to its crises is weak

Maher Abu Tair (Photo: Jordan News)
Jordan has lately seen a series of crises and in every case, its response to the crisis has been weak and done through a same-old, same-old approach. There are no major changes and in the even there were, it’s a change of names, not policies, which will certainly remain unchanged, unless proven otherwise in the future.اضافة اعلان

We are buying time, on the basis of a slow and piecemeal response that involves resistance to every call for reforming this country politically, economically, and socially. A clear example is the way the political reform file is handled. What they do is pay lip service, buy time, and hold unproductive dialogues during which we are indulged for years over the elections, political parties, professional associations laws, and others.

During April Uprising in 1989, Jordan’s response was not slow. On the contrary, it was swift and resulted in the return of democracy, the National Charter, and other yields. There was a realization that political, economic, and social crises coincided and accumulated, leading to a popular reaction that was not easy. The response handled the situation on the one hand, and manifested a belief in the need for change on the other.

When external pressures and internal calls increase, the political reform crisis is rescheduled and this is the only way things are moving ahead; otherwise, the situation will remain the same or deteriorate, which makes it related to other crises that also need attention.

The same names that used to defend old-school policies and their byproducts, including practices and laws, are the very people who step forward to call for reform when they sense they need to do that and play the role of reformers. They think we do not have a memory and particularly show no understanding that when someone is the root cause of a problem, they cannot also be the solution.

The crises we have experienced lately are critical and unprecedented. They were supposed to prompt policy makers into addressing the national situation rather than following patterns of behavior characterized by circumlocution, wasting time, and piecemeal approaches. To appear before the public as people who understand what a crisis is and how to deal with its repercussions.

The economic situation is another example. All indictors, such as state debt, unemployment, price hikes, and the loss of tens of thousands of jobs, suggest that the state has failed to address the crisis. On the contrary, the economic crisis is worsening, indicating that the situation will be poorer still in the coming years. On the other hand, it shows that officials are underestimating the economic suffering of people, which is associated with discontent with political laws and the situation of freedoms, and others related to the social situation and the spread of anger, crime, divorce, spinsterhood, violence and absence of justice.

No analysts of a scene like this would not see the cost of such crises on the overall situation, but what is more noticeable is that these problems are tackled only in two ways: rescheduling and putting them off, the cost of which would be high. The second is stalling by distracting public opinion with newly announced policies and brainstorming sessions over political reform, for example, which is an illusion.

Many have demanded, including this writer, that the assessment of the political, economic, and social crises and their impact should be done differently, with no underestimation of their costs on Jordan. Without delay, stalling, or time buying, these problems should be solved to bring about some relation in Jordan, instead of the state of uncertainty, with people unsure about their lives, present and future.

Those who think that lagging responses prove that the state is strong has calculations the public cannot comprehend are making a big mistake. The ability of the state to aptly respond to and manage crises is the only sign of vigor and resilience. Continuing with the old policies tells us, correctly, that we are heading into a more difficult situation at all levels, and observers warn against that.

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