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Sundown: Islamists Emerge in Jordan

Plus regrets, Eichmann had a few, and more

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Ultra-conservative Salafis protest in Jordan last month.(Salah Malkawi/Getty Images)

• Jordan’s Islamists step to the fore of the country’s protests. [Time]

• Israeli officials warned this afternoon of a planned imminent Hezbollah attack on Israeli interests abroad. [JPost]

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• Heartwarming story about how a Holocaust survivors database reunited two cousins. [AP/WP]

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Hershel Ginsburg says:

About 5 years ago the NY Times Magazine (yes, even I’ll reference the Times on occasion) had an excellent article on the Salafis in Jordan, by Nir Rosen (of all people) that portrayed them as making al Qaeda seem moderate in comparison. Rosen also noted that the Salafis were clearly a growing threat to the Hashemite rule over Jordan although the royal family did manage to reach a modus vivendi with the Islamist group which probably bought the King some time. Clearly now that may be coming to an end.

Definitely worth (re-)reading now given the turmoil in the Arab world, particularly those naive politicos, policy pontificators, and pooh-bahs of punditry (from both the left and the right) who have viewed the Arab “Spring” through rose-colored Pollyannish glasses. URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/19/magazine/iraq.html

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Efrata / J’lem

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Sundown: Islamists Emerge in Jordan

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