Thursday, July 01, 2004

Jordan Willing To Send Troops To Iraq

In a reversal of positions, Jordan's King Abdullah stated that he would be willing to send troops to Iraq if asked by the new Iraqi government:

"I presume that if the Iraqis ask us for help directly, it would be very difficult for us to say no," he said during the interview in London. "Our message to the president or the prime minister is: Tell us what you want. Tell us how we can help, and you have 110 percent support from us."

He went on:

"I feel optimistic we have strong, courageous leaders in Iraq ... but the challenges that face them on security is going to be their major problem, and they are going to need everybody's help," he said.

A very encouraging sign that at least one leader in the Middle East understands the importance of the success of the new Iraqi government.