The Jordanian state, media and large part of public opinion are loudly condemning the violence that happened in Zarqa last Friday.
Of course, many people are extra nervous because the people who demonstrated in Zarqa belong to an ultra-fundamentalist group. Some call them Salafists. Some call them Takfirists or Jihadists. Whatever. These are scary guys with long beards, some with army camouflage jackets, who have no problem chanting for Zarqawi and Bin Laden.
Unless you’ve been burying your head in the sand for the past few years, we all knew that such groups live among us. Not all Salafists are pro terrorists or violent, of course. But the photos published on news sites of some men wielding swords, knifes and sticks are scary indeed.
But here is the thing..
The bearded, sword yielding Salafists are not more scary or more dangerous that their jeans-wearing Fascists counterparts who have literally terrorised the peaceful demonstrators of the Interior Ministry Circle on March 25 or waved guns and swords out of their cars on the streets of Amman.
Stabbing policemen is just as a bad as throwing concrete blocks from a high building on citizens on the street.
Shouting pro Zarqawi slogans is as bad as verbally abusing demonstrators.
Violence is violence and abuse is abuse. Whether the perpetrators are carrying Jordanian flags or fundamentalist slogans makes no difference.
We should not become hypocrites with double standards.
We’re seeing super strong statement from the security forces about what happened in Zarqa and arrests of dozens of
Yes, we heard some condemnations of previous thuggery coming from our political leadership. But where are the mass arrests of the thugs of March 25?
The state should not flex its muscles selectively.
This is the whole point of reform: The unified application of the rule of law without the bias of kinship or political allegiance.
Is what happened in Zarqa scary and worthy of condemnation. Yes. But so is every act of violence in the street.
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