“Jordan’s participation in the fight against ISIS, particularly outside its borders, is problematic to some Jordanians,” said Carnegie’s Marwan Muasher, speaking on CNN International. “The government is caught between two very bad situations.” The specter of the pilot being, for example, killed on TV is going to be a major development in Jordanian domestic politics, Muasher said, and it’s not going to be taken lightly by many Jordanians who do not feel that they’re part of this fight. “I think that’s one of the main reasons the government is interested in getting the pilot out,” he added.
“I think unfortunately, both the West and Arab countries are looking at the problem from a purely military perspective,” Muasher argued. “There’s no question in my mind that the fight against ISIS cannot be limited to the military arena only…stability should come through reform and not have a policy of stability over reform.”