Thursday, September 13, 2012


It seems surreal, doesn't it?  To feel like you're sitting on the edge, like at any moment things could turn, and not for the better.

Egypt is close.  Cairo is closer than Baghdad but further than Damascus.

Libya is further west than Egypt.

Yemen is pretty far south, below Saudi Arabia.

Of course we still have Syria directly north of us.

Lebanon next door to Syria.

Israel and Palestine immediately west.

And Iraq immediately east.

Iran right next door to Iraq.

(see Israel)

And then you hit Afghanistan and Pakistan.

You've heard me say before that Jordan is the calm in the middle of a circling storm. 

It's not an exaggeration in the least.

Protests in Jordan are scheduled on Fridays.  Yes, it's an organized and usually peaceful affair.  The Syrian Embassy has seen weekly protests outside its gates for months and months now.  We'll see, from the relative safety of our home, what happens tomorrow at the Embassy. 

We've been in Jordan for 2 months now.  It's a haven, it's secure, it's calm, and it's beautiful.  

And for the first time yesterday I truly felt how close we are to all the things that Jordan is not.

1 comment:

  1. Scheduled protests is how they do it in Seoul, too, according to hubby. They could hold it on any day but they have to get a permit first.