As everyone knows, both the US and Iraqi governments are hoping for good things out of the Iraqi elections, scheduled for 30 January. The Sunni terrorists are pulling out all the stops in an effort to halt them.
Along comes Mr. Karim Kawar, H.M. the King of Jordan's Ambassador to the United States, to tell a crowd at the Nixon Center in Washington that the bombings, beheadings, shootings and terrorism directed primarily at Iraqis by terrorists "...raises questions about the authenticity of the elections" because the minority Sunni Iraqis, generally opposed to the elections anyway might not vote.
The State Department should call in Mr. Kawar, posthaste, and suggest that he visit his family or other relations in Jordan, and that he lose no time in departing these shores. Secretary Powell should then request that the Jordanian Foreign Ministry send a new ambassador.
It is quite enough that we prop-up the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan -- an artificial entity created out of half of Palestine by the British Foreign Office so that King Abdullah II's great- grandfather would have a place to sit his royal fundament. It is absolutely intolerable that we should have to listen to insults and rudeness from the official representative of a government that would last, oh, twenty minutes without American friendship and support.
Public support to the opponents of free elections purchased with American blood might be expected from Assad of Syria or the Ayatollahs in Tehran, (their turn is coming, never fear), but Mr. Kawar ought to remember who butters his King's bread and learn some manners, or else learn to say "East Palestine."