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HM King Abdullah II comments, readers freak out!

  • By: Qwaider

  • On:Sunday, July 06, 2008 9:03:20 PM
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    It has been confirmed (Arabic) that HM king Abdullah reads and interacts in cyberspace on some of Jordanian outlets. An admirable notion nonetheless. Even better than that it shows that HM King Abdullah II is in touch with the pulse of the people. Their worries and concerns.

    The new age media has provided a brand new avenue for people to interact and for information to travel. But with that comes a huge amount of fear. Think about it, if the King himself is reading the post and the comments left by common people, wouldn't that put tremendous amount of fear in the hearts and minds of the readers. The result, the total stream of comments on sites like mentioned in the article above has dropped from 8 thousands per day, to few tens! It's obvious, readers have freaked out! Opting to remain anonymous for the most part!

    But the issue is not just that, the issue is the following: If the HM the King says something, basically backing the position of the Jordanian government. Who, in their rightful state of mind, is going to challenge that!?

    The issue is not Jordan festival in this case. It's not the privatization and selling of the Jordanian assets. It's not making the Jordanian government play "nice" with everyone else, or clearing up the position of everyone in the face of rumours. The issue becomes, who would dare speak out against what the King has said. Even if HM promised democratic treatment and acceptance of whatever is being discussed.

    The word of the King in any subject is the ultimate dampener. It will force everything else to be null and void on the fear (which might not exist) that the ceiling of freedoms will fall faster than you can shout 'democracy'. Which in effect is going to deny everyone from the basic right of challenging any piece of news -regardless of it's source-.

    There have been a lot of rumours circulating in the Jordanian community, they were all put to sleep with the final word of the King. But did they really get resolved or have they been pushed further underground? In a country like Jordan where conspiracy theory runs deep, very deep. This might be the exact kind treatment that fuels the turbine to push it even deeper.

    The failure of the Jordanian government to deal with this crises is an indication of it's weakness, they had to be saved by the King after their whole reign has been marred with many things that are too fishy to stomach. Statements, retractions, denial, protest, more denial it ever happened and the weirdest thing ever, right wing joining left wing in protest! That's an unprecedented level of failure. In fact, if they had a goal set on failure they have succeeded spectacularly in achieving it.

    Enough government and back to the King's graceful comments. One thing is certain, if you know for sure the King is reading, isn't it exactly like having your parents watch over what you're doing or saying. It will force you to behave, and self censor on the fear that you might discover what lies on the other side of the Sun. Even if there is nothing to really fear, the legend is far greater than any-one's ability to overlook it!

    Don't get me wrong, I think the clarification of the King is brilliant. I also think that his position; backing the government, is Amazing, but I'm most impressed (and have always been) with the King's ability to stay in touch with his people. In every possible way possible, using any tool at his disposal. Which is really not new. In fact, the King has been involved with online communities listening to ordinary people for at least 13 years from the days of the very first online community back in the mid 90's (through a conference called suitably "A better Jordan" which was hosted back then on NETS online, now Batelco Jordan)

    This continued connection has grown over the years, and every Jordanian can be proud to have such a visionary leader who is at the forefront of technology to stay in touch with the people, and not rely only on the reports that channel up to him through the official channels.

    Lets also not forget the amazing efforts of the King in finding out what's going on by going undercover to the Jordanian Hospitals, directorates and encouraging them to adopt better processes and procedures to better serve the citizens.

    There's no easy way to close this subject, only time can tell what the consequences of this period in history are going to be.

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    and why the readers wont freak out, maybe because we are living in a country where the rules implies that you should keep your mouth shut!!, well I'm not specifying anything but the main thing our people is missing in this country is educational and cultural background or other wise HM King Abdullah wont have the need to go undercover to hospitals, or any other department to check if they are doing their job or just having a little chat over the phone; neither does he need to browse blogs and check for comments, but believe some times I read some comments on Al-Rai, Al-Ghad on any topic and I really can't imagine that I am living in the same world and time as some of the people who left a very annoying comment, anyway I really admire HM for his nice move, and I am sure that none of his intentions is to freak out writers or readers.
    They mostly freak out because there really can't be any further talk (or discussion) after the King has said his word.
    Even the heads of the committees opposing the Jordan festival are trembling in fear and have retracted most of what they said..
    As we say in Arabic, Nas tikhaf Ma tikhtisheesh. It's Machiavellian in all it's glory

    I'm surprised that you didn't kiss ass like N**[Qwaider:Edited, no personal attacks please] who hypocritically keeps whining about people and Mase7 Jookh.
    But you're dead on, who would dare speak after your King?
    Question, did your king provide any proof for what he said? Or people are supposed to just believe everything he said? ... Blindly

    Qwaider.
    How you blame unelected government for it,s failure.
    Faten,
    People are free to their own positions on anything they like. For me, I personally believe we're all on the same side here. Our methods might differ, but we're all on the same side here.

    Hamede,
    It's not the first appointed government, that didn't stop other governments from doing a better job. Although, I don't think any of them have done a brilliant job either way
    you guys are given "his two comments" way too much importance

    Ok Sorry, ghlitna fil Bukhari ..................................................
    Bunch of people started bragging arrognatly about those comments as if Prophet mohammad left them

    Garfan
    And who's comments should be given importance? Yours?!

    Faten,
    I understand. But you have to understand it's a true honor to have your own king support you by leaving you a comment or even acknowledge reading your words.
    I think the acknowledgement was for the online community more than singling people out. That's the point HM The king makes

    At least we as Jordanians can boast the our King, Reads and has a PHD, Americans can't say that :).
    And yes, I am proud of OUR King!
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    • Omar Enizi
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    • On: 7/7/2008 3:02:30 AM
    You assholes!
    you began writing about your king to bring fame to yourself..
    فعلا انكم شعب منافق (الا من رحم ربي) اخص
    Huh!? Where the heck did that come from!
    Dude, we have serious issues that we're trying to tackle in our culture. We're trying to improve, were trying to be self critical, we're trying to make do with what we have! What fame are you talking about!!?
    I am not saying that. he comments a couple of times comments that have no real value to the average Jordanian, this everyone is gets ecstatic. come on...
    what PHD are you talking about. the guy barely passed his bachelor degree!
    Oh really?

    When the king speaks, everyone listens because even in his concise comments, he really packs a lot of value and meaning.
    its honorary degrees! get real.

    enough ass kissing.  

    So was Bill Gates' and Steve Jobs'.
    Who's ass kissing?
    Man you seriously have issues!
    I Suggest you behave, and I mean it

    • #17
    • Moey
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    • On: 7/7/2008 5:48:22 AM
    why would people freak out, the King is just like any other person who reads and checks his emails. I respect him for commenting on blogs, that's decent unlike people who read and do not comment.
    That's what the article claims. The number of comments dropped from 8000+ a day to few tens
    Look who is talking.
    A$$ kissing is part of our culture, in many it is ingrained in the deepest parts of their souls, so the enezi stated a valid point: You simply can take a look at the local news papers any day of the week: for example after the king's interview the paper were filled with "ta2yeed wa wala2" annoucments. Of course some of these were not volitional..   
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    • Anonymous
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    • On: 7/8/2008 7:28:41 AM
    I also don't see what the big deal of him commenting is. It's just a way of showing that the monarchy really cares about the people when they probably don't give a damn.

    Omar Enizi
    You either respect yourself or be gone! I don't need your junk here, you can keep it where it belongs, in your head.

    I liked Hareega's comment on Nas's blog. He said he now had to go back to his blog and delete a couple of posts. He was joking of course!
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