لماذا يقوم السفير الاردني في واشنطن بالتخلص من الدبلوماسيين الاردنيين
From : Alaa Al-Ajlouni <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Once again, kul aam wenta bekhair!
I have recently sent you an article about the ambassador of Jordan in the United States (Karim Kawar) and an embassy staffer. Unfortunately I have been waiting see the article posted in your newspaper website. I am once again writing to inquire about it and if it is still under a consideration for publication or not. Please let me know if the article meets your publication requirements.
I am not sure if you care about the subject matter. Also, you may not care that much about intra-fight within the government of Jordan’s apparatus and its men. However, since you consider your newspaper an open media forum that can be used to share with a wide spectrum of readers about their country’s and people’s affairs, I expect that you will give me this opportunity to share with the Arabtime readers my views on this important issue. I do not consider myself in the opposition camp of the King of Jordan and his government. However, I am very upset about has happened to Omar Obeidat. I do not like to see injustice done to a nice person that I may not agree with his mission or his line of work. I have never had the opportunity to meet him in person but I have heard about his ordeal through friends and associates.
I look forward to receiving your favorable response to my request.
Warm regards to you and the Arabtimes staff,
Alaa Al-Ajlouni <email@example.com> wrote:
Please gentlemen share with your readers this article about Jordan ambassador in the United States. People should know about Omar story. You can publish my email but not my name. Thank you and Eid mubark
Why the Jordanian Ambassador in Washington DC is Sending a Jordanian Diplomat Home – the Story of Omar Obeidat
Numerous Jordanians have raised in this newspaper and other media outlets the issue of nepotism and cronyism in Jordan and their impact on Jordanians’ aspirations to improve their lives.
This article again highlights one consequence of Jordan’s nepotism: the undermining of the country’s efforts to develop. It illustrates how nepotism in Jordan has a profound and real impact on people’s lives. What is ironic about my story is that nepotism is being practiced by the same people who purportedly have been entrusted to eradicate it.
My story is about a Jordanian public servant who lives and works in the United States. His name is Omar Obeidat. Omar is the press attaché at the Jordanian Embassy in Washington. What has happened to him is an absolute tragedy. It shows how certain Jordanian officials behave with callousness, thoughtlessness and carelessness toward their fellow Jordanians.
Omar was sent earlier this year to Washington DC to head the press office at the Jordanian Embassy. When he accepted the assignment, he was under the illusion that he will be in Washington for a minimum of two years. Needless to say he was very excited to take up his duties as a proud Jordanian who loves to serve his country. He decided to relocate his pregnant wife and his child. It was a costly move, as his wife had to quit her job to accompany him to Washington DC. Omar never thought that his work at the embassy will be prematurely terminated by Karim Kawar and Marwan Mausher.
Kawar did not care for Omar from the outset. He perceived him as an outsider. Omar was assigned to the embassy without Kawar’s input and approval. Omar’s job at the embassy was further complicated by Merissa Khurma, an embassy employee who is the Ambassador’s point person on press and information issues. She perceived him as a threat that had to go.
Consequently, Kawar recommended to his long time friend and business associate Marwan Mausher that he terminate Omar’s embassy assignment. Mausher was chosen to carry out the task because he is the government official overseeing Jordan’s information bureaus abroad. As a result of secret correspondence between Kawar and Mausher, Omar received a letter from Marwan Mausher, the Deputy Prime Minister, stating that his service at the embassy was no longer needed and he should return to Amman.
Naturally, Omar was shocked by the decision. He was unable to understand the circumstance that led to this heartbreaking announcement. It is worth mentioning that prior to that notification, he never received a negative evaluation regarding his performance. He desperately and anxiously tried to comprehend what happened and tried unsuccessfully to undo Mausher’s irresponsible decision.
Suleiman Faiad Obeidat, a member of the Jordanian Parliament agreed to intervene on behalf of Omar with Marwan Mausher. The “dishonest” and “liar” Mausher informed him that it was the King’s wish to send Omar back to Amman. Mausher said that the King wanted to give the post to Haidar Mahmoud’s son. How is that fair? Are not all Jordanians equal? Apparently not!
First of all, destroying a hard working, loyal individual’s career is despicable and mean. Those cowards hide behind the King when they make cowardly decisions. Secondly, who is Haider Mahmoud’s son to replace a person who has spent his entire professional career serving his country? Being a son of a former minister, does not qualify Haider Mahmoud’s heir to steal somebody’s job. Jordanians spend years looking for jobs and Haider’s son got a lucrative appointment without any effort. How is that fair? Where is all the talk about “reform”,” transparency” and equal opportunity? Are not all Jordanians equal? Apparently not!
Now that Haider Mahmoud’s heir has been sent to London to be in charge of the Embassy’s press office, the pretext that the King wanted Haider to replace Omar is no longer defensible. However, Mausher still ordered Omar back to Amman. But this has never been the underlying motive for the termination. Both Mausher and Kawar have their own agenda in Washington DC and elsewhere in which they are unwilling to let Omar take part. The bottom line he is not one of their own.
Mausher should have the courage and civility to tell Obeidat that it was his and Kawar’s decision to expel Omar from his current position. Apparently, Mausher lacks both. Unfortunately, Mausher and Kawar operate with full immunity. They believe that they own the country and can do whatever they want. They think that they are indispensable and Jordan will not progress without them. They should know, however, that they are the impediments of Jordan’s path to progress and advancement. They are prejudiced and only care for their own. They are indeed the worst that Jordan has to offer.
One remedy to Omar’s debacle is that Suleiman Obeidat and other members of Parliament could request to question Mausher and Kawar in a public session. I doubt this would be granted. However, if the Government and the King are sincere about advancing reform and transparency, this is an opportunity for them to demonstrate that. They owe it to the country and the Jordanian public but more importantly to Omar.
Finally, it is my sincere hope that Omar will go into bigger and better things in life. It is a setback for a betrayed, decent public servant. He is a bright person with great potential and enormous integrity. I also hope that Omar’s personal tragedy will be a good lesson for all young Jordanians who dream of advancing themselves. You had better watch out. There are people out there who do not wish you well, especially if you do not belong to their kind. Unfortunately, the King trusts these awful men and that is Jordan’s tragedy.