Today Egypt, tomorrow Jordan or Syria or Libya or even–Saudi Arabia! Who knows how strong are the winds of change which swirl through the nation of Egypt? As nearly a million people gathered in Cairo demanding the removal from power of President Hosni Mubarak, thousands were in the streets of Jordan towns demanding changes in their government. King Abduallah responded by sacking his Cabinet although people were shouting for removal of Prime Minister Samir Rifai who is blamed for rising fuel and food prices. But, people want more than lower prices, they want access to democracy and honest government which reflects the needs of citizens for jobs and the right to have a say in government. Most probably, King Abdullah is a relic of the past and if he truly seeks to assist the people of his homeland, the King should initiate a transition process in which he abdicates as a newly elected democratic government assumes power.
The state of Jordan is best expressed by examining the front page of the Jordan Times which reports: “Recent Rainfall Boosts Dam Storage.” What was that about freedom of the press?