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January 19, 2012
Posted: 618 GMT
Jordan's King Abdullah sits down for interview with CNN in Washington
Jordan's King Abdullah sits down for interview with CNN in Washington

He was the first Arab leader to call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, yet after months of violence and a less than successful effort by the Arab League to stop the killing of protesters, King Abdullah of Jordan says don't expect change in Syria overnight.

"I don't see Syria going through many changes. I think what you're seeing in Syria today, you will continue to see for a while longer," Abdullah said in an interview with CNN's Security Clearance blog.

"It's a very complicated puzzle and there is no simple solution. If you can imagine Iraq being a simple solution to move Iraq into the light a couple of years ago and it's different in Libya, so it has everybody stumped and I don't think anybody has a clear answer on what to do about Syria."

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Hussam Muhidat   January 19th, 2012 8:09 am ET

I agree with king Abdullah that the situation in syria will not change soon although there are many people killed in Syria every day .. May Allah help Syrian People to afford this situation

SoldierOfFortunes   January 21st, 2012 9:32 am ET

and when I got a crew of tens of thousands globally ready to go???
Allright Iran Supreme Leader needs to beat down this dude already...
Before I get tired of being patient about it all...you be patient...more dead

miriam   January 22nd, 2012 10:31 am ET

Your Majesty, I'm afraid that the Iranian leadership doesn't care about solving the Israel-Palestinian conflict in the least. Perhaps, if the conflict was solved with the destruction of the Jewish state they may have to find an alternative issue to attract support, and that ought to worry the Arab world and beyond.
Your Majesty, the Israel-Palestinian conflict was created by the Arabs and you should be asking yourselves why you refused to accept the re-establishment of the Jewish state in the region and why you insist on maintaining Jew-free countries.
Jordan was created on 80% of the land handed to the British after the Ottomans were defeated, 80% of the land mandated for the Jewish state. And the gift was given to the Hashemite tribe from Arabia.

trinisyrian   January 22nd, 2012 6:04 pm ET

LEAVE SYRIA ALONE,WE WILL SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS OURSELVES.WE DON,T NEED FROEIGN HYPOCRIT DEMOCRACY FROM FOREIGNERS.COLONIALISM IS OVER WE WILL SEE THAT IT REMAINS THAT WAY.SYRIAN OUTSIDERS PROSTESTORS ARE TRAITORS.WE DON,T NEED USA AND EUROPEAN STINK DEMOCKRACY AND CULTURE EXPORTED TO SYRIA.

trinisyrian   January 22nd, 2012 6:20 pm ET

TIME FOR ALL ARABS TO GET RID OF ALL THE MONARCHY IN THE MIDDLE EAST.THE LEADERS OF KUWAIT,SAUDI ARABIA,QATAR,BAHRAIN,UAE ETC HAVE ALL ARAB OIL MONEY IN US AND EUROPEAN BANKS IN THEIR NAMES.OVERTHROW THESE THEIVES WHO ARE SUPPORTED BY USA AND THE WEST.THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE POOR IN THE MIDDLE EAST.THEY LIVE IN LUXARY,FATHER HUNDREDS OF PRINCE AND PRINCES,EACH HAS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN THEIR NAMES,WHILE THE POOR SUFFERS IN THE DESERT EATING DATES.ARAB OIL MONEY AND WEALTH IS STOLEN BY THESE TRAITORS,AND SUPPORTED BY THE USA AND THE WEST.TIME IS OVERDUE.GET RID OF ALL OF THEM AND DEMAND THE RETURS OF ALL ARAB MONIES TO BE USED IN ARAB COUNTRIES FOR THE POOR.

Skorpio   January 25th, 2012 6:46 pm ET

King Abdullah should start with giving an example, changing the Jordanian constitution to become neutral, providing equal rights to ALL citizens and organizations without giving preferences to Muslim male population.

sameh   January 27th, 2012 7:51 pm ET

See the elephant is dying and die a very sad situation

http://www.bestofthebestofall.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=1163

vzc1943   January 30th, 2012 2:56 am ET

Poor Syrians. They are still not seeing any light at the other end of the dark tunnel.
As the squabbling Arab neighbors have little clue of what best to do, the international community watches the scenarios unfolding nonchalantly.
Meantime, the unspeakable slaughtering goes on indiscriminately. What on earth is happening?

Esp20   February 3rd, 2012 3:35 pm ET

What comes after Assad may end up being worse than Assad. Consider Egypt that currently is under much inner turmoil in their search for righteous representation. The conflict in these changing Arab governments is a mixture of greed and a desire for power.

Neutral   February 10th, 2012 5:57 pm ET

This is ridiculous, don't you people see that the Syrian President is a joke, he has done nothing for 10 years, he is killing his own people because of greed. He could care less if all his people die. His father was even worst. The russians, just care about the port and the money to move their arms to somebody. The chinese don't want to make a decision just in case it happens to them, and they could care less if Syria is destroyed.
People are people no matter what color, religion or sex. Nobody has the right to kill any one... specially when you are killing children and women. It takes a coward to do that and then get on TV and say it was a mistake by the police. Like turkey said "WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND" and stop using the Jew's as an excuse...

JGerona   February 13th, 2012 8:14 am ET

The king was right about Syria, let the Syrian people decides their faith. The West shouldn't internvened because it make us power hungry just like colonial era. This is changing time for the Syrian people to wake up for the sake of freedom they seek for a very long time. Syrian knows well that Russia and China is helping Assad stay in power. Look both Russia and China dictator political system? Iran is nervous about the Arab spring uprising because their days are number by the people.

For what it is worth   February 13th, 2012 8:32 pm ET

The problem is not the form of government, but the character of those in power. Here, despotism supported by brutality. Rid one or many nations of kings and princes, and replace them with what? Power tends to corrupt, and this is a case in point. Culturally, we have seen how democracy has virtually no chance to survive in this part of the world. So long as the reaction to losing an election is just to negate the result, or go collectively to grab a gun, there is just no way. Take away all the oil dollars coming in from around the world. Great, and eat what? Have a nation and infrastructure provided how? If that tack is taken, prepare for millions to die of starvation. That land cannot feed its people if left alone. There is no close-to-perfect answer. People will kill, and people will be killed. Someone probably needs to intervene in extreme cases, but who and how, and who decides? The US has pretty clearly failed to be the world's cop, and is hated in the region. It is time for Arab nations to police themselves.

average JOE   February 16th, 2012 8:53 pm ET

in response to trinisyrian, the anger you feel towards the other peoples of this world is the reason the USA and the west must keep up the fight against people like you, the west sees the world as on entity one people united in your genetic code, you (im not talking about muslims) are a radical and need to understand nobody i mean nobody is better than anyone else, learn to treat people with respect and respect will be given, not everything the USA does is a good thing and you by far do not help the situation. killing one person is the same as killing a million, when you learn to value life, a gift from God, you heart and mind will be in peace, treat others as you want to be treated, im talking anybody and everybody you run into on a daily basis, the way islam allows people to treat kids and women is unjust

Mihaela   February 18th, 2012 7:30 pm ET

I do agree with trinisyrian completely : those who fight against the government are "fueled" by Saudis and Wahabis and want to change a progressive country into a Wahabi state! Look at what they have doing to prisoners: cutting the heads off! and where are the women? locked in homes and put in hijabs. Turkey together with all Golf countries(Bahrain anyone?) are supplying those terrorists with guns and fermenting the revolt giving false hopes. It is dominance and spread of a so called Wahabi religion: not even muslim! When Assad asked for meetings with the opposition why they refused? poor children and women are suffering because of a doctrine.

A Friend   February 23rd, 2012 3:10 pm ET

OMG ! When will it change ? When thousands more are massacred ?

Or till Bashar decides ?

A Friend   February 23rd, 2012 3:14 pm ET

What is Israel's strategy now ?

justnfree   February 25th, 2012 4:37 pm ET

It will change right after Jordan does.

Jeremy Brown   February 26th, 2012 11:47 am ET

I think the United States of America needs to do a bombing campaign. It's sad to see all of these people getting hurt everyday. Even Hamas can't stand to see Assad do this. In the end good will always win. I just hope it happens soon for the Syrian people.
Let's bomb that piece crap president Assad. Those are kids who are getting killed, its people who want to just be normal with a normal government. Who the hell does he think he is??? Let's send Assad a present that comes with a mushroom cloud!!!!!

Dr Marv   March 8th, 2012 2:29 am ET

The comments and this article are misleading.
Syria is not a simple case of government vs poeple.
The great democrat (I am being sarcastic), Saudi King Abdullah has promised billions to get rid of Assad. How do you explain that except in terms of regional power politics. What about the poor poeple of Bahrain who are being killed daily.

Wake up poeple, and start realising global powers are taking advantage of genuine poeples greifs.

Until the poeple rise up and get rid of power politics, all these reports are biased and not helpful to true human rights.

danny   March 11th, 2012 10:07 am ET

King Abdullah is not much better than Assad
Jordan is 70% palestinians ruled by a minority supported king
A country with big potential and big poverty
Media like Adbullah because he speaks English fluently and knows what to say in the interviews

Alexander   March 11th, 2012 12:32 pm ET

The situation in Syria is horrendous and Bashar Al-Assad has lost the authority to lead his country. He is sanctimonious and has used the problems as well as the geographical structure of Syria to his advantage.

Personally, I want only the Arab League to send in the forces and capture Al-Assad instead of bombing Syria.

May God bless Syria & may God bless this world.

Peace to ALL!

Yusil   March 13th, 2012 2:37 am ET

Abdullah is a dictator like all the US sponsored despots in the ME.
Israel is a proxy of the US to ensure American GE political interests. They couldn’t care less about democracy! Syria is an example of the Western powers drawing of the map after WW1. It's unfortunate that the Semitic people of the region can't see the big picture.

Nasri   March 18th, 2012 11:00 pm ET

It is not simple. At the moment, Assad is the brutal killer, however in the future, all dictators in the region have that potential. From Saudi Arabia, to Bahrain, to all of the Gulf states there are despotic rulers, who once their power is at stake, they might well behave the same way as their brother Bashar in Syria. Off course, right now they are basking in their paranoid idea of a world that is divided along sectarian divides and ruled by a fictional monster called Iran. All these regimes are comfortable blaming their woes on Iran, or the west. In each case, it is the psychopathy of each regime and the narcissism of their attitudes that makes them psychopaths. Psychopaths, that will eventually have to go. And in history, All despotic leaders have gone done in a bloody way. Such is the fate of the saudi monarchs, the gulf monarchs, and Bashar Assad. Time will show my words to be true. But we will have to wait, quite a bit.... For now, I say to all these rulers,, beware, and await your ugly fate, for like Mubarak in Egypt, you will fall down and be humiliated for what goes around, comes around.

Billy   March 20th, 2012 7:05 pm ET

The reason for the timing of the dead sea scrolls is for the middle east to find it and it serves a purpose. the dead sea scrolls is the religion bible of all the middle east people. king Abdullah has important information about the dead sea scrolls and hiding it. Pray to the old and new testament srcolls and the people in the middle east prayers will be answered and peace will arrive.

Bezboz   March 22nd, 2012 3:51 pm ET

If the Jordanians weren't a minority within their own country (More Palestinians than Jordanians), and if they didn't feel that as a result, they would be marginalized in a democratic system, they would have started their own Revolution. It's the new trend in the Arab world.

That comfort is what's allowing the Monarch to speak openly about a non-democratic neighbor when his own country suffers from the lack of Democracy.

Also, his sister's marriage to the ruler of Dubai allowed the country to prosper through oil money and, recently, admittance into the GCC.

Devan   March 29th, 2012 2:52 pm ET

Ladies, gentlemen and Hyppcrites please relax. I come from a Asian country and here is my opinion after analyzing the daily updates through various media news.
a) no country is 100% safe and without crime.
b) we are all human beings so and not gods but we can follow up his teaching and preaching.
c)Arab uprising is because of your own acceptance of Kings and Communist.
d) now that you regret you revolt and in the bargain there is a river of bloodshed.
e) stop being fools of religion, caste, race or color.
f)I dont see a problem if west or europe is trying to resolve this peacefully with Miliatry forces being the last resort.
g)Shut the f*ck up if you dnt wnt ur a$$ 2 b saved. unfortunately there are women and children who desparately need the assistance.
IN THE GUISE OF HUMANITY
p.s : we share the same color of blood and worship God in different forms. Stop being Racist / Anti-human

gerd   April 7th, 2012 7:22 pm ET

isrealis and zionists you must accept that all indigenous peoples of the arabian peninsula have a right to live in their homeplace

let the jordanian king step down and by example set stadge for the for
rest of the middle east to follow

please`return the country"s assets which you claim as your own

salah-al-deen   April 17th, 2012 2:30 am ET

every body must know. newton-law. every things goes up must come down
also- GOD IS THE GREATEST. THINK – WACH – AND SEE
SOON SOMETHING IT WILL BE FOR REALL IN THAT COUNTRY.
ALSO IN PALESTIN.

Skorpio   April 23rd, 2012 5:18 pm ET

Muslim countries can not change their system. Islam grants "divine rights" to monarchs and leaders. Monarchs seized their countries' wealth and natural resources(oil) entirely for themselves, Islamic monarchs can have hundreds of concubines and all the sexual pleasures, they can free or incarcerate anyone they want without questioning and always have the last word on any kind of civil, military or religious matter. Muslim clerics are colluded with monarchs/leaders in order to impose their satanic Islamic religion on their people and eventually the world otherwise Satan will take away their privileges, sexual pleasures, power and wealth.

tony   May 2nd, 2012 4:17 pm ET

This is another dictator he is not any better from other. Jordan's king and his family are at least modern and do offer their country some prosperity. The situation in syria is different, where ASSAD mafia and his Alawite thugs have depleted syria resources without building any infrastructure or modern things to benifit syria. Syria is a chanty country, people are made poor and isolated . Many syrians have left their country. Alawite due to backing of Assad bloody hands will have no future in syria. The killing and the violation of human rights that we are witnessing now is unprecident in the history of syria. Kofi Anan derserve the N word; he better respect himself and leave. Shame on the whole world trying to save Assad regime by giving him more time to kill his own people. Where were the civilized world when the jewish holocast happened in Europe.

tony   May 2nd, 2012 4:43 pm ET

Syria conflict has shown the real face of the world. President Obama is a clear example of an impotent leader because he is a popet of the Americam foriegn policy. He is no different from Collen Powel, Condi Rice, Kofi Annan , all who have no real say but they are put infront to talk in a non sense way presenting USA. Most of comment on CNN are from hate GROUP and war mongers; comming from Alawite thugs, Some from hate filled christian arabs who trying to portrait Islam in a bad ways. They never present the vast majority of real patriotic christians of Middle East who are fighting for democrasy. Some comments are coming from few zionist who are not presenting of real jews AND JEWISH RELIGION.

miriam   May 9th, 2012 4:43 pm ET

tony,

Zionism is part of he Jewish religion, culture and history.

Jews pray and have prayed for centuries at least 3 times a day towards Zion (Jerusalem) and for the peace and return to the city.

Modern Zionism may be viewed as political by some but that does not negate the link between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.


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