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the power of denial

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on February 24, 2008

One of the many valuable lessons my aunt IntXpatr has taught me is to look closely at statements of denial. This weekend, a denial issued by the Jordanian government has been making the rounds of regional news sources.

The Jordanian government wants everyone to know that it is NOT training the Hariri family’s Future Party in the use of military grade weapons. Reports to the contrary are ALL LIES.

And they probably are. I’ve heard rumors about this since last summer, but if they are true, the Jordanians have done an awful job. The Mustaqbalis do seem to know how to fire their guns, but judging by the altercations last weekend, their sense of strategy and tactics could use a major overhaul.

Still, the denial is both vague and definitive – a sure sign that someone has put a bee in the Jordanian bonnet. Here is the original article, from the government-friendly Jordan Times:

AMMAN (Petra) – The government on Thursday rejected as “baseless and incorrect” recent reports by newspapers and websites that Jordan supplied “Lebanese elements from the Future Movement” with weapons and supervised their training. In a statement carried by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications Nasser Judeh dismissed such reports as “fabricated and pure lies”, saying they target Jordan and its efforts to help preserve the security and stability of Lebanon.

Describing Jordan’s policy of “noninterference in the internal affairs of any state” as “consistent and plain”, Judeh said Jordan will always support and encourage dialogue among Lebanese political powers to reach agreements among themselves to safeguard Lebanon’s national unity and its higher interests.

He said the news reports’ allegations aimed to defame Jordan and undermine its support for the “brothers” in Lebanon and of helping them confront the dangers threatening their country.

Judeh appealed to the Lebanese people to confront attempts to fuel discord and “destabilise their country”.

He stressed that Jordan condemns such attempts, which, he said, are carried out to serve political agendas.

As the saying goes:

Denial: its not just a river in Egypt.


One Response to “the power of denial”

  1. intlxpatr said

    That one sounds like a plausible denial. The problem is always – how can you tell a honest-to-God denial from a brazen-lie-denial? Best bet is to look at past practices, and who has what to gain?

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