Post by MadameConcorde on Feb 5, 2015 11:59:23 GMT -5
King Abdullah boards plane and personally drops bombs on ISIS
For years King Abdullah secretly allowed the CIA to train Sunni Jihadists inside of Jordan and then insert them into Syria. Then he began secretly bombing ISIS targets in Syria. He told the public he was only providing intelligence to the United States, but not actively participating.
Jordan’s role in the bombing was only made public after a Jordanian pilot was captured and horrifically executed with fire.
However, now Abdullah is trying to make amends and show true leadership.
King Abdullah, who was a pilot for Jordanian special forces, is personally flying sorties over Syria and bombing ISIS targets.
The CP of Jordan welcomed Prince William on his brave trip to the Middle East, the latter commending the kingdom for its commitment to Sunni Muslim refugees from Syria as well as Palestine. They even got to enjoy downtime watching a soccer match:
In my unsollicited opinion, HRH Haya may want to resort to a solid, grounded mother figure like Camilla (as much as we all loved Diana, Camilla does have undeniable qualities) to help her weather the first major crisis in her 12+ year marriage, especially if she was not able to receive her mother's example on how to get through hard times, without necessarily throwing your marriage away.
Let's first throw out any doubt about her fidelity. I don't buy that a royal as smart as she, would make such a miss-step. However, her husband - showing perhaps an insecurity - might have been convinced of some report, not out of contempt for her but because he faces his mortality sooner than she. Thus the reaction was strong and visceral because maybe it tapped into some subconscious fear that it could happen. I just don't see her as some brazen hussy at all, pardon my French. And I would take her word over some bodyguard's wife who's probably already been cheated on by her husband. I think Haya is too busy raising her children. Case in point? This is ultimately about her daughter.
As per the family and wives...they would not have waited over a decade to manifest aggression. It may be that as Haya ages, without her mother, that vaccuum is felt more sharply. On the other hand, we would have heard of other of Sheikh Mohammed's relationships being derailed if truly that was his senior wife's pastime. She too is busy raising children, and grandchildren.
I think this is all a regrettable misunderstanding and although patching things up would be a mountain to climb, I think in some cases your own spirituality kicks in and whether Istighfar is the prescribed process to begin clearing the hurt that was produced by other people's lies, it will need to happen for the children's sakes one way or another. The bottom line is that if Sheikh Mohammed was a good husband for over a decade, he may have deserved better than not receive the benefit of the doubt after making an amazing effort to accomodate and acclimate to a modern relationship. And of course, Haya didn't deserve too, to not receive the benefit of the doubt on some stranger's report and be the recipient of an angry poem. They were teaching each other so much. It's such a pity to give up so quickly.
I had promised not to broach this subject, but it's unfair she should be returned to being orphaned in more ways than one, from her family as an adult. And let's be honest, who could take her place better, next to him? I don't even see his senior wife wanting that public a role. Besides, Haya was doing a great job promoting Dubai's women. Maybe too good a job for some on the outside.
I will be quiet on the subject now, I promise. No doubt I am not helping. I just can't also let my Bestie handle this alone.
I still maintain her husband poses absolutely no risk to her or their children. Optics and politics have however certainly negatively impacted their relationship. It will be interesting to see if we get to witness a new type of mediation that lives up to what their modern relationship encapsulated, whatever they decide.
I hope this poem revives their flame. Not because it was okay to "hockeyslam" her into a wall, but because this is where change happens. This is where a wrong can turn into a right. This is where if she cares, not just for him, but for Dubayans as her very own people, this is where she starts telegraphing directly at them over any other voice that wanted to compete with her or discard her once her glamour and aura were consumed in the PR machine. I hope she steps up. I hope she helps bridge past and future, even if she endured discomfort but sportswoman that she is, she's come through with high marks. The Hashemites are not disposable, and also the future has now been beckoned. It's no time to go run with the past at the first sight of it. Godspeed.
HRH Princess Haya attended a hearing which was said to not be about divorce or money, as stated last July in a joint statement:
In July, the father and mother issued a joint statement, in which they said: "These proceedings are concerned with the welfare of the two children of their marriage and do not concern divorce or finances."
I was listening last night to Ronan Farrow talk about his book Catch and Release, and describing witness intimidation by Black Cube, hired by Weinstein's law firm that also handled some media - among conflicts of interest - that explained in part his TV network's stonewalling but ultimately its prodding to pursue his story elsewhere. What is evident to me, is the circularity in his travails. Which brings me to this timed Vanity Fair piece, that echoes to me of Oprah cashing in on the exclusive interview with Meghan, in a not so subtle way smacking of a blind spot.
I've talked about various angles to this story, but I just want to zoom this time on the investigative work. 1) Sheikh Moh considered his daughter Latifa to be innocent and a victim, as evidenced by the line of questioning with her trainer. 2) the Frenchman author of a book on "escaping Dubai" has not IMO been sufficiently investigated, nor has his connection to FLORIDA and past intelligence work. 3) back to Haya, someone last week posted a wikileak that sheds light on the eminence grise of the power structure in the UAE, and it's less the men one must fear. (I know, because last weekend again someone uttered a threat in my direction, that was first exposed in September by a well-meaning stepbrother and that comes from a female.) Footnote: when Shamsa was lured to a London bar, her father's reaction after was to uproot his stables from where she disappeared. Why bother? Because he didn't trust those with whom he'd let his guard down.
Godspeed Haya today. She's running with the football to protect her daughter - not from her father but for him too. He couldn't care less to be pictured as the bad guy, if it's what's needed so long as they succeed in shielding the kids. It's a lesser publicized trait of Muslims, that good deeds don't need trumpeting.
I'm a bit frustrated at the lack of details but this being about underage children, I doubt infos will leak out. I wish them all well. It's been a difficult year for all. However yesterday Haya posted on IG for the 1st time in many months, a tribute to her late father's birthday whom she must miss terribly in these trying times. King Hussein shared a birthday with Dubai's CP, Sheikh Hamdan. Sheikh Hamdan is also contending with a trying situation since 15.05. However both he and his father, Haya's husband, continue to follow her on IG, as does the late and 1st CP Sheikh Rashid's son. Sheikh Rashid was the first one engaged to his cousin, but opted out. They were all raised at Zabeel as siblings after the cousin's father divorced his wife who is the sister of Sheikha Hind, senior wife and mother of Hamdan & Rashid (et al). Hind took her niece in as her own, to avoid hardships brought on by the wayward brother-in-law now trying to impose a relationship that was several times revoked as an engagement, as late as 10 years ago.
Therein lies a certain hypocrisy - that he should divorce his family; that they should have to be placed under the care of Zabeel Palace, but that he should insist now on principles he didn't uphold, and worse, threaten Hamdan's "beloved" as reported by one of Hamdan's stepbrothers last September. The wayward brother-in-law would-be father-in-law was seen clinging to MbZ at Sheikh Rashid's funeral. (Rashid being the 1st intended husband for his daughter - the cousin. Rashid as mentioned opted out, as did Hamdan 10 years ago after he inherited the fiancée together with the CP-ship, from Rashid). One can surmise he was not altogether saddened at that funeral. Nor would he be, at the report of Hamdan's "beloved"'s funeral if reports are true.
All this to say, relationships there are very complex. I personally don't think poets are the mercenary ones, and I think Haya is doing what she must to protect her children and that her husband's hands are perhaps tied in this matter. It's utterly bittersweet for all, where love is concerned. Often the best intentions involve a hellish passage...
Witnesses say Princess Haya's lawyer was seen looking quite happy leaving court last week, presuming the outcome was a good one. Anyone needing a roadmap as to why Haya would need to seek to protect her underaged daughter only have to look at the context where a convicted pedophile such as Jeffrey Epstein had worrisome proximity to two of the most powerful Arab princes, (as posted here and elsewhere back in September) to understand her laudable motives.
I'd lie if I said I hadn't come across some of these psychological tactics in my own travails (but not from Arabs) - designated people taking advantage of a woman's focus or isolation, perverting her reality by planting seeds of doubt and stoking her despair. In my world, a gun on a pillow would translate to an enticement to suicide, because it's hoped a person will also tie any loose end for them neatly. It's predatory.
What treatment meanwhile did the bodyguard receive?
I don't think Jalila would have been offered so much as "requisitioned". I believe in this alpha environment that there still is a pecking order. Also, small countries appear more blunt in rearview by virtue that there isn't much distance for things to go around.
So many questions. But I believe this perfect storm was unnatural.
In my case too, it was Sheikh Rashid who risked his life to stop what was happening to me by non-Arabs.