Thursday, November 10, 2005

Act II, Scene 3, “Heavy Hangs the Head”

Thanks to our commenter, Stoutfellow for the update:
     Thousands of Jordanians rallied in the capital and other cities shouting "Burn in hell, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi!" a day after three deadly hotel bombings that killed at least 59 people. Officials suspected Iraqi involvement in the attacks, which were claimed by Al Qaeda's Iraq branch.
As protesters in Jordan and elsewhere in the Arab world denounced the Jordanian-born leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, security forces snared a group of Iraqis for questioning and officials said one of the bombers spoke Iraqi-accented Arabic before he exploded his bomb belt in the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
The main demonstration in Amman lasted for more than an hour. But honking vehicles, decorated with Jordanian flags and posters of King Abdullah II, cruised Amman's streets until late in the night, as passengers chanted "Death to al-Zarqawi, the villain and the traitor!" and anti-terrorism slogans.
The first two scenes in Act Two were accomplished off-stage. Your can bet that many of the “suspected” ( they’re suspect because they’re alive and because al-Reuters says so) terrorists were rounded up in Scene I. For Scene II, there were lots of people to be organized into this demonstration against Zarqawi’s attempts to rent space in Amman. No room in the inn for you, bud. Loud and clear.

Meanwhile, the King addressed the nation:
     King Abdullah II, a strong U.S. ally, vowed in a nationally televised address to "pursue those criminals and those behind them, and we will get to them wherever they are."
This is great news. Meanwhile, you can ponder what Shakespeare might have done with modern media…