The World Reacts to Jordan's 9-11
Jordan mourns the innocents slaughtered yesterday in Amman.
A Jordanian family lights candles outside Amman’s Grand Hyatt hotel in central Amman November 10, 2005. King Abdullah pledged on Thursday to ‘pull from their holes’ militants behind three suicide bombings that ripped through luxury hotels in Jordan’s capital and killed 56 people. (REUTERS/Ammar Awad)
Hundreds of angry Jordanians rallied outside one of the hotels, shouting, “Burn in hell, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi!” after the terrorist’s group claimed responsibility for the blasts.
In an Internet statement, al-Qaida in Iraq linked the blasts at the Grand Hyatt, the Radisson SAS and the Days Inn hotels to the war in Iraq and called Amman the “backyard garden” for U.S. operations.
Jordanian boys shout slogans against the al-Qaida group during a demonstration to show their support to their country in Amman, Jordan, Thursday Nov. 10, 2005. Al-Qaida issued an Internet claim of responsibility Thursday for three suicide bomb attacks on Western hotels that killed at least 56 people, linking the deadly blasts to the war in Iraq and calling Amman the ‘backyard garden’ for U.S. operations. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
The Amman protest was organized by Jordan’s 14 professional and trade unionsmade up of both hard-line Islamic groups and leftist political organizationstraditionally a vocal critic of the king’s moderate and pro-Western policies.
Protestersincluding women and childrengathered outside a bombed hotels, shouting, “Death to al-Zarqawi, the villain and the traitor!” Drivers honked the horns of vehicles decorated with Jordanian flags and posters of the king. A helicopter hovered overhead.
“We sacrifice our lives for you, Amman!” the protesters chanted.
Jordan’s Queen Rania (R) visits 4-year-old Ammar Keyali injured during the blasts that targeted three hotels, at a hospital in Amman November 10, 2005. (Reuters)
The Arab Business Council is meeting this week and has outlined proposals focusing on young people and the future including a more independent media. The business leaders are also encouraging Moderate Islamic leaders to engage extremists in religious debate.
In a recent Jordanian poll, a clear majority supports fully elected municipal councils. (I am curious if this was even a topic of public discussion 6-7 years ago in the country/region?)
Free Thoughts has reaction to this and other headlines on the world democratic revolutions.
Israpundit notes that high ranking Palestinian officials were killed in the blasts and asks, “I thought that Al Qaida was fighting for the Palestinian cause?”
A Jordanian woman with her face painted in the colours of the Jordanian flag holds a protest placard Thursday Nov. 10, 2005 in front of the Grand Hayat hotel in Amman, Jordan where one of the three bombings took place Wednesday night. Hundreds of angry Jordanians rallied Thursday outside one of three U.S.-based hotels attacked by suicide bombers, shouting, ‘Burn in hell, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi!’ after the terrorist’s group claimed responsibility for the blasts that killed at least 56 people, including an American. In an Internet statement, al-Qaida in Iraq linked the blasts at the Grand Hyatt, the Radisson SAS and the Days Inn hotels to the war in Iraq and called Amman the ‘backyard garden’ for U.S. operations. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Powerline has the sad story today about the wedding reception that was interrupted by one homicide bomber.
Dozens Dead in Jordanian Blast!