Jordan attack shows need for Western help

A lone gunman killed three Jordanian security officers and two others Monday in a rare attack on an intelligence office in the largest Palestinian refugee camp in the Amman area.

That sentence evokes several important questions. I discussed those issues a few minutes ago with host P.J. Maloney on KQV Radio in Pittsburgh. First of all, the attack shows tensions between the regime and its Palestinian citizens, who make up at least half of Jordan’s people, as well as worrying influence of Islamist radicals in the usually peaceful kingdom.

Then there are the refugees, including more than a million from Syria, imposing a severe burden on Jordan’s economy.

P.J. asks why the US should be concerned, and what it should do…as always, the best and most relevant questions. I have specific answers here in this short radio clip.

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