Jordan’s King Abdullah II spoke at the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2018. As in past years, he spoke in a strong English and sounded compassionate. If only one could ignore the lies that underscored his speech that sounded so convincing.
Before getting to the three minute mark, Abdullah called for “collective action” on the world stage to tackle tough problems. In his mind, “the key crisis [in the Middle East is] the long denial of a Palestinian State.”
According to Abdullah, what issues are of secondary importance (not “key”)?
- The civil war in Syria which has killed over 500,000 people and left millions of people as refugees scattered around the world – including in Jordan – did not top his list.
- The Muslim maniacs of ISIS who tore up Iraq and Syria, torturing and beheading people was not a primary concern.
- The civil war in Yemen which has brought Saudi Arabia and Iran to battle each other in an impoverished region, ensuring a humanitarian disaster did not seem to worry Abdullah.
And how exactly is the lack of a Palestinian state a “crisis”?
- A crisis is typically a new altered unnatural state that must be addressed immediately, such as a natural disaster, an epidemic or war. Yet there has NEVER been an independent state of Palestine ruled by local Arabs. Was the lack of a state a crisis when Jordan illegally annexed the west bank of the Jordan River for 17 years? How can the lack of such state be called a crisis in any fashion, let alone the most important one?
- Roughly 39% of the Palestinian “refugees” live in Jordan and have Jordanian citizenship and are able to work and travel freely. How is that situation a crisis?
- Another 42% of the Palestinian “refugees” still live in the region of Palestine as defined in 1947. The vast majority have autonomy. They also have among the highest life expectancy and literacy rates in the Arab world. How is that a crisis?
- Only 19% of the Palestinian “refugees” live in Lebanon and Syria which treat them as outcasts. But even they have first world free education and healthcare. The non-UNRWA wards in Syrian have no support network and get caught in the horrific civil war.
But Abdullah thinks the lack of a state is so important, so time-sensitive, and so dire for Palestinians, that they must get ALL of their demands satisfied. Their situation is so precarious and so dangerous, that if they do not get every issue satisfied as dictated by Abdullah such as a state along “1967 borders” with “East Jerusalem as its capital,” then horrors worse than Syria, Iraq and Yemen would certainly befall the Palestinians. A state with 5% less land than the 1967 borders would definitely lead to an Ebola outbreak. A state with a capital in Ramallah instead of eastern Jerusalem would lead to millions dead in the streets from starvation.
It’s pure nonsense. But said so well!
Jordan’s King Abdullah’s prose was pretty but pitiful. He voiced an absurdity on top of absurdity on top of absurdity; no easy task with a straight face. But it was so beautifully delivered, he deserves to have the act of publicly delivering a heap of illogical and irrational thoughts with a straight face named after him: the Abdullah Absurdities.
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