Saturday, January 26, 2013

the vulnerable king

""Unlike his father, Hussein, who liked to go on television if not the street to empathize with his people at the first sign of crisis, King Abdullah disappears from public view for weeks at a time when trouble erupts. He is hampered by his English-accented Arabic, and in recent months it has sometimes seemed that his population has to watch American television shows like Jon Stewart's The Daily Show to see him. Such aloofness might work for the oil-rich monarchs of the Gulf, who have the largesse to placate their subjects, but Jordan’s resource-poor king is more vulnerable.""