Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Jordan has a brutal yet effective history of dealing with terror

Seventy percent of Jordanians are of Palestinian descent.  When the PLO was at its peak they were destabilizing Jordan the same way that they destabilized Lebanon.  King Hussein, the current King's father, responded by taking hostages from all of the major Palestinian leader's extended families.  Any violence in Jordan would lead to their deaths with more hostages taken after that.  Result:  all terror was focused outside of the country.  Remember that when you read this about King Abdullah's anger and promise to 'get tough' with ISIS:

Members of the House Armed Services Committee met with Jordan's King Abdullah Tuesday not long after news broke that ISIS had burned to death a Jordanian pilot captured in the fight against the terrorist group. In a private session with lawmakers, the king showed an extraordinary measure of anger — anger which he expressed by citing American movie icon Clint Eastwood.

"He said there is going to be retribution like ISIS hasn't seen," said Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr., a Marine Corps veteran of two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, who was in the meeting with the king. "He mentioned 'Unforgiven' and he mentioned Clint Eastwood, and he actually quoted a part of the movie."

Hunter would not say which part of "Unforgiven" the king quoted, but noted it was where Eastwood's character describes how he is going to deliver his retribution.

"He's angry," Hunter said of the king. "They're starting more sorties tomorrow than they've ever had. They're starting tomorrow. And he said, 'The only problem we're going to have is running out of fuel and bullets.'"

Unforgiven.  Ten eyes for an eye, twenty teeth for a tooth.  God help them every one.

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