The Jerusalem Post, Israel
MOST JORDANIANS have known no other leader but they know very well that through the King's vision, dedication and hard work, Jordan stands where it is today. King Hussein built a modern Jordan and its various institutions in the midst of a hostile region. King Hussein achieved most of the goals he set for his kingdom by applying democratic and pluralistic principles. Today, the King says he will introduce additional reform, something that the people are more than eager to participate in. As one professor commented recently, the people are willing to tighten their belts if they see genuine reforms being effected. And they know very well that the King is determined to implement reforms at all levels of government.
WHEN KING Hussein returned to Amman on the weekend, he openly rued his brother's failure to give firm responses to the despotisms in Damascus and Baghdad. Some skeptics may discount this palace account of the king's motivation as merely a cover for a paternal ambition as traditional as monarchy itself. But King Hussein has been able to stay in power for 46 years because he has not allowed himself to be careless about crucial matters. Jordan needs another king as canny as he.
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