EDITOR'S NOTE: The writer is a retired pediatrician who recently returned to Fairfield from a medical mission to treat Syrian refugees.
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is exactly that -- a kingdom. Unlike the vestigial European monarchies, in Jordan, the king retains considerable personal power within a nominally constitutional framework. Jordanians seem quite happy with this arrangement; King Abdullah is seen as a good king who works hard for his country. The notion of a future "bad" king is dismissed with a smile, as if I were suggesting that the sun may someday rise in the west.