The middle eastern Tsunami #B4JO
Today, the world wakes up on the aftermath and the disaster that will probably change the face of Japan as tidal waves known as tsunamis sweep through the coastal cities and towns wiping some of them off the map.
This ocean reminds me of the ocean of flesh, sweat and blood that sent one tsunami wave after the other shaking the existence of every Arab nation to its core. From the Arabian gulf, to the Atlantic Ocean. The Arab world is shaking, and the tsunamis are following.
The waves of human will and might are breaking shore in every Arab capital, and despite my solidarity with all my brothers all over the Arab world, today, I dedicate myself to my small nation of Jordan. Small in size, but great in every other aspect.
Jordan today, appears to be one of the few remaining spots on earth that still clings to pieces of history that have been long forgotten. But it's just a matter of time until the people wake up and understand that they have a bigger role to play, and a greater destiny to fulfill.
A revolution in Jordan is unlikely. Many people are afraid of the great unknown. In Egypt, it was the war between Muslims and Christians. In Libya it's civil war, and in Tunisia it was chaos an instability.
For Jordan, the great fear and the great unknown is the possible "clash" between Jordanians of Palestinian origin and, well, Jordanians from older Jordanian origins.
Could something like that happen? Do Jordanians from different origins behave differently?
In the USA, there's hardly anyone who calls himself "original" American. Yes, there are native American minority, but apart from that, everyone, EVERYONE, is an immigrant. They came from somewhere else. Yet, they are willing to sacrifice everything for their beloved nation. They are the will and might of a great nation and that should be the case with all Jordanians.
It's a shame really to find people quick to judge and pass the "Traitor" insult to anyone and everyone who doesn't believe like one believes. It's one of those reminants of the dark ages. It seems to have stood against the world and the advance of time and proved to remain the ugly face of hatred, bigotry and racism even as we welcome the second decade of the third millennium.
It's time for Jordan as a nation to grow out of its infancy and embrace modern statehood, which has room for everyone. From the Iraqi immigrant who landed 60 years ago, to the descendants of Kurds, Persians, Circassians, Chechnyans, Bosnians, Afghanis, Pakistanis, Egyptians, and yes, Palestinians.
This is our homeland, this is our future. We owe it to our grandchildren to make it the best nation in the world. For our kids to live and grow together in peace, equal in every possible way in front of the law, with equal rights and obligations.
I learned from my childhood in Kuwait, that children are not like their parents. They love and belong. Regardless of what parents try to instill in them, they belong and love their homeland. This is something that we can all build upon. By embracing the new generation and making sure they belong, and making sure that they are loyal to their homeland. They are the future.
Speaking of the future, isn't it time for us to really start focusing on that? Instead of drowning in the past and what happened in the past? It's time to move on. It's time to change who we are, so that we can change what is wrong with us.
The tsunami of freedom is making landfall soon. It is arriving to all Arab nations and Jordan is going to face it soon.
The question is, are we going to sink, Or float? Are we going to embrace democracy, modernity and our initiation as a modern country? Or are we going to revert to the dark ages?
The choice is, was, and will always be ... yours