Khalil Attieh has been variously listed as the Deputy House Speaker and Vice Chairman of the Jordanian parliament. When the judge who sentenced Saddam to death was murdered by Al Qaeda in Iraq (because Al Qaeda and the Baath Party are allies), he took to Facebook to express his happiness.
“Iraqi rebels arrested him and sentenced him to death in retaliation for the death of the hero martyr Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid.”
Saddam Hussein was quite popular in Jordan, which despite its imported Hashemite monarchy, is one of the most anti-American places in the Middle East.
And that’s saying a lot.
Al Qaeda was popular there until Zarqawi decided to bomb a hotel. Now Al Qaeda in Iraq might be regaining some of its popularity.
Jordanian Arabs are much the same people as the so-called Palestinian Arabs and all of them identify more with a Greater Syria than with Jordan, which is why ISIS’ plans to go after the Jordanian monarchy have a great deal of potential.