FrankSmyth.com

Jordanians Lament Iraqi Move for Early Withdrawal
By Frank Smyth, February 27, 1991, The Christian Science Monitor

Share



Amman, Jordan-- THE jury is still out on whether Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is a hero or a failure among his supporters in the Arab world.

As they try to make sense of Saddam's dramatic announcement Feb. 25 that he is abandoning Kuwait, many Jordanians say they remain faithful to the Iraqi leader. But shortly after the announcement, Jordanian government officials, who have been sympathetic to Saddam, said that he has effectively conceded defeat. Saddam is now likely to be perceived as having failed, they say.

"I think it has gone too far now," says a senior Jordanian official who has supported Saddam. "You can't fool the Iraqi people."

Jordanians in the street and even some officials were surprised and upset upon hearing of Saddam's announcement. "Deep in their heart, they always wanted him to fight longer and harder," says a senior military source. "I don't think he's bloodied (the coalition forces) as much as anybody would like to see."

But despite the confusion, most still clearly support the beleaguered Iraqi leader. "He will still be a heroic figure (in the Arab world). They'll say he stood up to the West long enough that he didn't just give in," says the military source.

Jordan is also encouraging the United States-led coalition forces not to attack Iraqi troops while they're withdrawing and to accept a cease-fire.

"That's the position we have taken all along," says a senior government official. "That's what they should do if they want peace and to stabilize the situation."

Tags

Related Posts



Comments & Trackbacks

Guidelines for Posting Comments: Comments of all kinds are welcome. The stories on this site were reported and written in the spirit that free expression is the first check on any abuse of power. The site especially encourages comments that challenge us along with others to think. So go ahead, speak your mind. But please know that gratuitously offensive or vulgar remarks, especially against third party individuals or groups, will be removed along with any inappropriate commercial postings.

Comments (0) Trackbacks (0)

No comments yet.


Leave a comment



 

No trackbacks yet.