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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Jordan’s Queen Noor Endorses SOS Hillary Clinton

In 1999 First Lady Hillary Clinton greeted Jordan’s Queen Noor, widow of King Hussein, when Clinton launched a $5 million aid program for young Jordanians. Photo credits: news.bbc.co.uk.

In her powerful endorsement of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state in the Obama Administration, Jordan’s Queen Noor writes:

“Hillary Clinton will be a strong, effective Secretary of State in the new Obama administration.

“I observed first hand her commitment to peace and justice during the presidency of Bill Clinton, when Jordan's King Hussein, my late husband, and I worked closely with the Clintons in an attempt to achieve a Middle East peace. When they take office next year, I know that President-elect Obama and she quickly will begin looking for ways to bring security to Israel and justice to Palestinians, including four to six million Palestinian refugees.

“In the Senate, Mrs. Clinton has worked hard to protect other displaced populations, including those from Iraq and Darfur. Just two weeks ago, I was part of a delegation from Refugees International that met with Sen. Clinton to discuss the need for a comprehensive plan to deal with five million displaced Iraqis, one fifth of the country's population. Nearly two million of the displaced Iraqis have sought refuge in Syria and Jordan, while the rest have fled their homes and violence within Iraq.”

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  1. This response from Queen Noor demonstrates how the world waits in anticipation of Hillary Clinton's good works. I am a member of several political forums, and some members seem to be torn regarding Hillary accepting this nomination. When I posted a comment regarding Hillary's wonderful ability to live her life according to the golden rule, one of the responses was "Sometimes turning the other cheek can be just plain stupid." This comment has stuck in my head. I wonder ~ is turning the other cheek ever stupid? If one clings to bitterness and becomes stuck in that rut, how then does one grow, or do good works? Hillary is rising above the events of this past year, and eyeing the big picture, the PRIZE. That prize for her is to continue to do good works, to work to improve the lives of others, and to give voice to those who would otherwise be voiceless. For some time I too remained angry and disappointed about the outcome of the primaries and the election. After awhile, not only did the outcome leave a bitter taste in my mouth, but my feelings about it all were blocking my ability to move on and spread a more positive energy around my community of friends. Some things take time, and the healing has begun. This is all good. The world will improve and be a better place for us all once Hillary is the face of American diplomacy. I am so glad that she lets go of her hurts and disappointments, and chooses to focus on the jobs at hand, rather than the leftover emotions of past battles. Hillary has the capacity to do so much good, and Queen Noor recognizes this, as will the American people in time. These times are troubled, and I feel safer and more secure with that spot of sunshine named Hillary Clinton on the horizon.

  2. Becky,

    Thank you so much for your beautiful, positive comment - an inspiration to all of us to open ourselves to healing and to move on.

    I'm so glad you're a part of the Katalusis community.

  3. I just gazed again at that photo, and it speaks a thousand words, doesn't it? Such a bright spot in a day. I couldn't help myself!