Wednesday, July 09, 2008

What about the rule of law?

An update on the assault on the head of Tafileh Tech University.

So, a large delegation (jaha) of tribal leaders, headed by Abdulhadi Majali, came to the ‘Adwan settlement camp (madarib), where they asked for a truce (‘atwa) between the ‘Adwan and the Tafila tribes. As per tradition, they refused to drink the coffee offered to them until their request was met.

After exchanging niceties on how everybody loves everybody else, Sultan Abu Orabi Al ‘Adwan intervened, saying that this visit would be a reconciliation (sulha) rather than a ‘atwa.

And everybody praised the ‘Adwan for their magnanimity.

Meanwhile, MP Insaf Khawaldeh says that Abu Orabi could not be protected if he came back to Tafileh.

This is how problems are handled in Jordan in 2008. Just like they were handled in 1808, and most probably just like they will be handled in 2208.

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8 Comments:

At 6:39 PM, Blogger Mohanned said...

Just read that he will exchange positions with Rimawi!

 
At 6:42 PM, Blogger Khalaf said...

He would be better off going back to his lab, but that's another story.

 
At 9:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is how problems are handled in Jordan in 2008. Just like they were handled in 1808, and most probably just like they will be handled in 2208.

Probably because it works out well, when it is not practical any more, people will stop.

It had solved many problems in the past.

 
At 4:34 PM, Blogger Khalaf said...

First, this is not a problem between Tafilis and 'Adawn; it is a problem caused by thugs who beleive (rightfully) that turning their thuggery into a tribal issue will absolve them of their responsibility. Second, not punishing criminals does not solve the proble, it simply papers it over. Third, this system is practical when there is no state, police or courts. If we truly think that these are irrelevent, then we should abolish them.

 
At 11:09 PM, Anonymous HanadE said...

ewell, if it gets to that point with our jordainian heads :D :D without anyone else died.... it will be heaven!!!!

 
At 1:43 AM, Blogger Tallouza said...

I like "it is a problem caused by thugs who beleive (rightfully) that turning their thuggery into a tribal issue will absolve them of their responsibility." The sad part is that they truly believe that they are fully entitled to do whatever they please; and that they are truly above the law. And in many cases they do succeed in being above the law by simply intimidating the very system that should keep them in check.

 
At 9:47 PM, Blogger Malek said...

Just to add:
Sadly, it seems that some people misinterpret, unless they lack the basic knowledge of, the role of the tribal role in societies. I don't know if they heard even about the "Parallel Arbitrage" to sort out conflicts between individuals, huge corporates, state institutions and even NGO's without acknowledging the courts and the legal bodies. A committee of "private" judges meet couple times in order to get the conflict resolved.
"Jaha" and "atwa" serve the same direction, fortunately. However, this does not cancel the role of police, governors or courts but SUPPORTS them all. One last addition, even police and these bodies ASK people to conduct "atwa" or, alternatively, police does this itself with having the so-called "atwa amneyyeh", means "atwa" for security purposes by police.

 
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