Jordan is taking the war to the terrorists — not only on land but on the propaganda front, where Islamic State has had the high ground for a while. Jordan’s will to win is injecting new energy into the war on terror.
In less than a week, Jordan has transformed itself from a bit player in the war on terror to a moral beacon of why we fight — because it’s ultimately a struggle of good versus evil, and good must win.
It began with King Abdullah’s fiery vow to make the “earth shake” against terrorists who’d just murdered a 26-year-old Jordanian pilot from a prominent tribal family, as the king’s red and white Bedouin tribal attire reminded Jordan’s mourning citizens.
The king also morally delegitimized the terrorists, saying they had zero claim to the name Muslim — powerful, given that the king is a direct descendant of Muhammad. He was buttressed by Jordanian officials, who called the terrorists “daesh” — a derogatory word in Arabic that’s as nasty as it sounds, and one that IS hates.