Serious advances by Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq have alarmed neighbours like Jordan, fuelling concern about IS supporters within their own borders, now.Dozens of IS supporters took to the streets of this southern city in June, and the militants declared it their "new Fallujah", another IS capital. The flags are now gone, but the support has not, it has actually grown!
On Jordan's northern and eastern borders, the IS has never been closer.
It is a threat not only to Jordan, but risks bringing extremists to another border of Israel, Jordan's neighbour. This is something that is talked about commonly in Israel now.
The ruling, handed down by civilian judges presiding over the hearings, capped a lengthy legal odyssey for the cleric known for his fiery pro-al Qaeda speeches but who in recent months emerged as a harsh critic of the Islamic State militant group. This seems to be totally forgotten now by the west who should earmark such as the one and only matter of fact in the fight by Jordanians for or against IS and so called pro- al Qaeda.....
Jordan radical the following:
After Friday prayers, I met Omar, an IS believer. I asked him how he could justify the militant group's tactics, including the murder of British and American hostages.
"The simple response is: It's right to torture and behead them," he said.
"This is how we take rights back, we do not refer to the UN, they are faithless, and this would be blasphemy. We use Sharia law. Our Koran is our reference, for law and justice. Surrounded by a crowd, he felt no need to hide his identity or temper the brutality of his views.
"It is only the beginning," he continued, "the worst is yet to come.
"The Islamic state will not answer to a sinner and disbeliever, whether they are journalists or in the military... We have no loyalty to these sinners, they started this war and and they will pay for it."
Fact is that Jordan is in the midst of a crackdown against supporters of IS and other extremist groups. In the last few months more than 600 have been detained and 150 charged for declaring support for either the al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra or the IS. So far 15 men have been convicted, a post on social media is enough to merit a sentence that stretches between three-to-five years.
Asking for what one self is not willing to give
Mosa Abdallah, a lawyer for some of those being prosecuted as IS supporters , says that they are being convicted because of an amendment to Jordan's counter-terrorism laws is being used too liberally. "They're preventing fair trials in these cases," he said, "the sentences are tough and unfair against those being prosecuted." This while the ones accused them self's want strict Sharialike IS where there is no courts at all with defence lawyers.
Where is the will for Sharia when their own necks are at risk?
One might've to add that detention is such a mild sentence that the IS and other groups who demand Sharia not even have such a punishment.
Jordan's borders are not about to be over-run however writes BBC....How true can this be if the common man on the street don't fear to speak up for
the Islamic State as the one and only future?
Along Jordan's frontier with Iraq they have deployed reinforcements, but the threat from the IS is real, the country's interior minister says.
Thousands of Jordanians have gone to fight in Syria. They are second only to Tunisia in terms of the number of foreigners fighting for IS.They will one day return home and no fighter jets will be able to fight such a power that grows from the people them self's.
This while the West does ignore this entirely and last week, deployed three French mirage fighter jets to Jordan, as part of the US-led fight against IS.
Jordan is one of 10 Arab nations that said they would do their share to fight IS. That commitment has infuriated militants and given easy support by the common man who is anti west within the country.
One question along question to the western leaders should be:
Why would any young Arm or Muslim support West if all they get respect for and who's lifestyle they are guaranteed to live with in the future is like that of IS.
Its such a dumb question that it should not have to be asked....
But regretfully both US and EU fail utterly to face this fact.
BBC writes: “The threat here has increased for sure," said Marwan Shehadeh, a Jordanian analyst. "Before, [militant] supporters spoke to the media, or explained themselves online… Now they've gone underground. The risk of suicide attacks in Jordan has increased unless there are preventative measures."
It is a threat that Jordan knows only too well. In 2005, in a co-ordinated attack on three luxury hotels in Amman, blamed on al-Qaeda, killed least 57 people and wounded 100 more.
Speaking about the present danger, Interior Minister Hussein Majali said that the militants do not just pose a threat to Jordan but to the the world. "But their physical and geographical proximity [means that] they pose a threat [to us] more than other nations."
Jordanian Sheik Mohammad Shalabi, also known as Abu Sayyaf, has encouraged young Jordanians to fight in Syria. Close to al-Qaeda, he believes in Jihad, but says IS does not represent Islam.
"Men who love Jihad want to do it all over the world - but Syria is especially attractive because it's close to Jordan… But we are against anything that contradicts Islamic teaching and principals. The goal of Jihad is not killing nor beheading, it's solely to spread Islam," he said.
Jordan has joined the international fight against IS and is now fighting a battle on two fronts. The first is the danger of an attack on its home territory and the second is militant ideas and ideology taking a hold among the young and disaffected by Western hope and alternative to a Islamic way of life.
The only way to end the wars with radicals like IS and ISIS is if the Arab nationsmanage to keep their citizens personal faiths and politics apart.
That however must be as realistic as a Arab fairytale like thousand and one night
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