I am new to the blogging communities like toot and Jordan planet. I need you all to tell me if that's "normal".
I traveled to Amman about 10 days ago and as I am staying in temp places, I couldn't find a steady net connection and was out of touch for a while.
I was completely convinced that everyone was like me and the people around me. Meaning, tuned-in to news channels all day, watching the news and discussing it with friends and exploring potential events and outcomes.
I was also completely convinced that everyone in Jordan Planet and iToot and the few select bloggers -- of whom I have RSS feeds placed in my favorites, would be blogging almost exclusively about the war.
Very few are, and some are still writing about stuff that is too trivial to be mentioned in even the most boring days, when watching grass grow may be considered viable entertainment.
What is glaringly obvious (especially with Jordanian bloggers) is the near total absence of any mention of the shameful stance of our government and the Arab government in general. Its as if you have the right to speak your mind but only if you don't mention anything that matters.
Who do you think is going to say anything?!!! If the select few educated people with net connections and enough knowledge and time to actually blog choose to not say anything, who will?? Or do we really NOT care??!!
The actual position
Though the official stance of the Arab government and the Jordanian government is to act as bystanders watching the "adventure", and hang on with all its powers to Israeli-Arab friendships like it was the source of life and all that is good in this world, the actual stance of the Arab people is that this friendship is too insignificant in the face of bombing innocent children, and such actions are unacceptable under any circumstances and are most definitely friendship annulling actions!
The acts of bombing our Lebanese brothers in religion and in blood are considered acts of war and are reason enough to go to a regional war.
In Jordan we've proven that we do not seek war, and I believe this is a sentiment shared by all Muslims and Arabs, but there is a time when you say enough is enough, and I say if not now then when??!! Have we lost all feeling of self worth and dignity?