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Jordan's king is the next target of the US-initiated Arab Spring

Sep 25, 2012

In late August, Russia began to leave Syria, pulling out its navy and troops. This leaves Syria's president Assad dead in the water. It is now clear that Assad will be overthrown, and it only remains to be seen if he will go without a fight or if he will go out with both guns blazing.

Now that the outcome is clear, Muslim Brotherhood is now preparing to overthrow the king in Jordan.

DebkaFile is reporting that the Muslim Brotherhood has now given the King of Jordan until October 10 to agree to a constitutional monarchy. If not, that is when the demonstrations will begin, forcing the king to choose between a Syrian-style crackdown or concessions to their demands.

They also believe that Saudi Arabia is next on the hit list.

Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood has given King Abdullah II notice that he has until October to bow to their demand to transform the Hashemite Kingdom into a constitutional monarchy or face Arab Spring street pressure for his abdication....

Saudi Arabia, already threatened by Iranian aggression, fears the oil kingdom may be next in line if its northern neighbor is crushed under the marching feet of the “Arab Spring.” The oil kingdom’s royal rulers are reported to have belatedly woken up to the peril and are in a panic. They realize that their preoccupation with helping Syrian rebels overthrow Bashar Assad misdirected their attention from the enemies lurking at their own door. Thousands of articles in the Arab press in the past year have predicted that after the Muslim Brotherhood seizes power in Damascus, Amman would be next in its sights followed by Riyadh....

Both Jordanian camps are anxiously watching to see which way the wind blows in the White House.

President Barack Obama has a balancing act to resolve:  On the one hand, the Jordanian king has long been a staunch American ally and friend, its mainstay in many regional crises. On the other, Obama regards the Muslim Brotherhood as the linchpin of his external policy of outreach to the Muslim world.



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