Ikhras is pleased to announce the winner of the Muntadhar Zaidi Shoe of the Month Award for this November, 2011 is King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
The Hashemite puppet of Jordan has spent the entire month of November reminding the world of his family’s traditional role as a pliant tool of Western imperialism and Zionism’s best friend in the Arab world. After recently being invited to join the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the American-sponsored club of Arab reactionary monarchs, King Abdullah II has been working hard to remind Israel and the West of the important service his regime continues to provide them. This month he met with the head of the Israeli-sponsored, Western-funded, American-supervised Palestinian (illusory) Authority (PA), and hosted the Zionist war criminal Shimon Peres in Jordan. Next week he will be coming to Washington to receive his instructions and learn what’s expected of him in the near future.
Abdullah made headlines earlier this month when he publicly called on Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to “step down.” Such a blatant, public call on the Syrian leader can only be understood in the context of the Jordanian monarch’s relations with Western imperialism and the GCC political bloc which is currently tasked with leading the Arab counter-revolution. His call for the Syrian president to step down is part of an effort to cement his relations with the GCC and continue in the family tradition of unquestioned subservience to Western diktats. Abdullah is also aware that GCC oil revenues are more than enough to support the cash-strapped Hashemite kingdom’s needs and help sustain his increasingly unpopular regime amid a wave of popular uprisings across the Arab world to which Jordan has not been immune.
It’s only natural for America’s puppets in the Arab world to toe the American line, but in publicly calling on the Syrian President to resign Abdullah was straining to remind the West that he can still play an important role in serving US interests. It also demonstrates the Jordanian dictator fears the US and Israel may render his regime dispensable in the future and is willing to play this role even if it means accepting a position as the junior partner with the House of Saud, the Hashemites’ historic rivals that ousted his family from the Hijaz in the early 20th Century. Abdullah who speaks English with greater ease than Arabic, spent more time in the United Kingdom than Jordan before becoming King, and appears to have very little understanding or appreciation for modern Arab history (including his own families undignified past) may not realize how humiliating his father, King Hussein, and his Great Grandfather, the first King Abdullah, would find his current status among the Arabian Peninsula’s ignorant Sheiks, not that they would have behaved any differently.
Whether it’s time for the Syrian President to step aside is a determination only the Syrian people can make, not King Abdullah or his masters in Washington. And if King Abdullah wants to play a more prominent role in the Arab counter-revolution by extending the GCC to the Southern border of the Syrian state, he needs to remember the borders of historic Syria encompass his own artificial Kingdom which was carved out of Syria (including Western Palestine) by French and British colonialism. In Syria, it may be possible to question the legitimacy of the regime, but in Jordan it is the legitimacy of the state itself that’s in question. Now that the Hashemites have accepted their subservient role to the House of Saud, and have begun the process of joining the GCC, its time for them to finally step aside, pack their bags, and get out of Southern Syria.
So in recognition of his efforts this month to remind us all of the historic role of the Hashemite regime, his continued alliance with Zionism including openly holding “warm and friendly” meetings with Zionist war criminals, his outspoken empathy for Israelis in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, his continued service as the West’s useful idiot-in-chief of the Arab World, and for his willingness to join an American-sponsored Arab counter-revolution, we are proud to present the prestigious Ikhras Shoe of the Month Award to Jordan’s King Abdullah II.
Every month Ikhras awards the Muntadhar Zaidi “Shoe of the month” to the House Arab or Muslim individual or organization in the United States whose behavior that month best exemplifies the behavior of what Malcolm X described, in the language of his own time, as the “house negro” (see video). The award is named in honor of the brave Iraqi journalist Muntadhar Zaidi who threw his shoes at the war criminal George W. Bush at a time House Arabs and Muslims were dining with him at the White House and inviting him to their mosques. Arab dictators and puppets of the empire are also qualified to enter the shoe of the month competition based on their own subservience to U.S.-led global imperialism. Contest guidelines prohibit any one individual or organization from winning the award more than 3 times a year.