This article is dedicated to the memory and family of Royal Jordanian Air Force Pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh who was recently filmed being burned alive by Islamic State fighters.
Streets in Jordan are alight tonight with anger and national ire over the release earlier today of a video tape showing Islamic State fighters burning alive, the caged Jordanian Air Force pilot who was captured on Christmas Day 2014. Are we are about to see, for the first time since 1973, an alliance between Jordan, Egypt, and what's left of Syria? Far fetched? Let's say it is. Let's also, therefore, table another far fetched scenario; that a rag tag, Junior Varsity team of wannabe Islamist fighters would in the space of two years, control most of Syria and large swaths of Iraq and that similarly aligned groups would control most of Libya and be path of destruction in Nigeria. The latter two and Iraq sit on vast oil fields and reserves. It would be negligent, too, to leave Afghanistan out of the equation, which is within 18-24 months (if that) of a Taliban resurgence, with a real vengeance. Believe it.
So, let's move on to our next "far fetched" scenario: A Pan-Arab uprising against Muslim militants. Arab militaries have dispatched with more Muslim militants than Israel and the U.S., combined: Jordan (King Hussein I put down his own Palestinian uprising in 1970-1971); and Egypt (Muslim Brotherhood, pretty much repeatedly and continuously since the 1950's). ISIS is about to be dealt with in a permanent way, with or without U.S. help.
There will be no embedded media and no Jordanian Defence Ministry officials answering damning questions from snarky Manhattanite "journalists" and Jordanian Government Officials will not be put on trial by Chuck Todd and Bob Schieffer. Neither will Jordan's Army and Air Force be required to fashion or reshape their operations based how an article in the New York Times or Washington Post plays out on a Monday morning.
Let us hope that the House of Saud can put its Wahhabist debts aside and fight an enemy that was both born from their purse and also now despises them most of all. Whether or not the House of Saud is willing to take second billing to a Hashemite is perhaps an even taller order for the new Saudi King. Either way, Jordan is in and they will receive no guff from the Middle East's most populous nation, Egypt. With a U.S. Government that finds increasing comfort with leading from behind and actively architecting diminished influence on the world stage, the Jordos know they have got to get busy.
It will be interesting to see what Valerie Jarrett allows Barack Obama to do for King Abudullah. No one should be hopeful for a Desert Storm-type response from the United States these days. This being just the type of imperialistic behaviors that many in the U.S. ruling and educated class now intractably believe led to all of this mess. Smote from the narrative that has been told many times over in University of Chicago and Columbia University faculty members' living rooms over the past 40 or so years is the immutable factor that predates "faulty" Western Imperialist and U.S. foreign policy by at least 1,200 years. This immutable factor is the story of a warring prophet of 1,400 years ago whose followers believe was told by God Himself that the entire planet must be subsumed by war, necessarily, then into the Dar al-Islam (House of Islam) in order to prepare the Earth for God's final judgement. Western leaders do not have to believe this, but they had damned well better understand it. I can assure you that King Abdullah of Jordan does and he and Muslim leaders like him are once again put in the impossible position of having to war against forces that are committed to realizing a textbook vision of the faith that he must at once fight and defend.
We may have just entered a another chapter in history where warring Muslim armies have saved the West on accident. We had better all hope to God (even those of you who do not believe in Him) that it is.