I can’t resist posting Natasha’s latest post because I’ve been thinking about this for a while and I’m not as good as Natasha with words:
“Due to the nature of my job as a news person, I remain almost unaffected by the regional political mayhem, but there is one current affair that infuriates me to no end. It is the fact that the notorious Abu Mussab al- Zarqawi is actually Jordanian.
I still can’t fathom how this pedophile thug who runs around beheading people comes from the same country where I was born and spent some of the happiest days in my life.
What makes the situation even worse is that as I’m working in a newsroom, I’m cursed to be always subjected to the most recent updates of Zarqawi’s ill doings. The minute I hear his latest news, I get this irresistible urge to hide, to run away from this scandalous piece of information related to my fellow countryman.
I’m not sure if I am being ridiculously obsessed with Zarqawi’s nationality, but I notice that for some reason the news outlets that cover his wrongdoings tend to highlight his country of origin. In almost every news item I see, Zarqawi is always referred to as a “Jordanian-born militant” or a “Jordanian fugitive”, or even a “Jordanian al-Qaeda ally”.
It is always a “Jordanian” this or a “Jordanian” that. No one fails to mention his birth place! Ah, the shame!
I remember back in the old days, Jordan was not a country that everybody immediately recognized when I was asked about my place of origin. Many thought it was a city in the state of Georgia, others joked about it being a country named after Michael Jordan. It was still a fairly unknown small Middle Eastern country. Things are not the same anymore, for due to the satanic deeds of Zaraqwi and his followers my nation has now been stained for ever.
To Zarqawi and his cronies, I say damn you! I will dance the dance of joy, and sing the song of bliss the minute you are brought to justice for your hideous crimes. Shame on you from tarnishing the reputation of my country and shame on you even more for acting in the name of God. “
[Via Mental Mayhem]
Well said Natasha.