Adventures in Nation Building: The Jordanian Border
But maybe, just maybe, there is a different lesson that we should take away from this deplorable incident. Perhaps this is another demonstration of the folly of nation building. Sure, Saddam was murderous dictator, and sure, democracy is wonderful, assuming the Iraqi government doesn't split the country in three. But with no cohesive Iraqi military to secure a porous border; an american military presence stretched to thin to do the same; terrorist cells that probably wouldn't have existed without the US invasion...US policy-makers might regret not having taken the long view. Of course I keep forgetting that we're talking about neo-cons here, for whom any reasonable outcome justifies the means, as long as it makes for good sound bites on Hannity & Colmes.
I'm sure the Jordanians wish we'd taken the long view.
I'm not excusing this behavior; I'm certainly glad it isn't playing well on the Jordanian street. I'm just saying it doesn't come as any particular surprise. In some ways, it's the price of a tolerant society, which is what, compared to surrounding Arab states, Jordan has.
I'm just wanted to point out that there situation is now even more delicate for our having engaged in reckless nation building. Democracy is one thing, but I doubt that there would have been a bombing just like this one without a porous Iraqi/Jordanian border.