Wednesday, November 18, 2009

U.S. military aid, Palestine, Iraq, and Jordan's "Green Zone"

Electronic Intifada is carrying a fascinating article by John Elmer, entitled "The 'green zone' called Jordan." The article covers the connections between U.S. military aid and training of Iraqi, Palestinian, and Lebanese security forces in Jordan:
"In the bleak and seemingly endless desert expanse that unfolds east of Jordan's capital city, Amman, lies a crucial cog in the ambitious regional designs of the US and its allies in the Middle East. Commonly known by its acronym JIPTC, the Jordan International Police Training Center is ground-zero for the transformation of US-allied security forces not only for the Kingdom of Jordan, but also for Iraq, Lebanon and the Occupied Palestinian Territories."
Palestinian security forces are being trained to suppress Palestinian dissent, in connection with U.S. military aid to the region:
"Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama announced in June a $150 million military aid increase to Jordan, bringing the annual total to more than $513 million. The increase came on top of the Bush Administration's 2007, ten-year, $50 billion military aid package to the region's allied regimes, including Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the pliant Gulf states. The deal included a $30 billion weapons package to Israel through 2017."
To read the full article, click here. Oppose U.S. military aid that is used to violate Palestinian human rights by clicking here.