I hope I’m mistaken but it seems the US media has gotten into a fairly recent frenzy about Jordan-related news that has a distinct Not without my daughter flavor about it. Here is one example with headline:
Estranged Jordanian father charged in Ashby kidnapping
The estranged husband of an Ashby mother who has not seen her daughter
in 11 years was arraigned in Ayer District Court Wednesday on one
count of kidnapping of a minor by a relative.
Mhad Kadter, a citizen of both the United States and Jordan, was
arrested in Ohio with the cooperation of the FBI, the National Center
for Missing Children and Interpol.
And yet another:
Kidnapped boy, now 15, reunites at last with mom
For 14 years, Kathleen Ziadeh longed to see her only son, Zaid, who as
a toddler was abducted to the Mideast by his Jordanian father tired of
life in the United States. During those years, Ziadeh and the child’s grandmother, Barbara
Dooley, lobbied U.S. presidents and Jordanian royalty, sought help
from the State Department and courts overseas, and even had the weight
of a national newspaper columnist behind them. But none of their efforts succeeded in bringing back Zaid or easing their heartbreak …
I don’t think the point is that the US should mind their own business because the film told a story of an American woman and that has sparked an interest for this type of news. This is quite normal. Let’s face it sometimes the media takes things over the top. I have lived in 3 different countries and visited several and have come to the conclusion that every country have preconceived ideas about another and it’s cultures and most of it comes from it’s Media (be it US or other countries) and not from individual experience. This is not to be taken personally as it is all about ratings and selling newspapers and people say and do things because of their own insecurities. I have experienced this firsthand. I just looked at this film Desperate Rescue. I respect different cultures and Arab people as I think they are very hospitable but as a mother I don’t know what I would do if my son was taken from me. This is a natural instinct for women to care for their children and people around them. That’s why women who have a choice to marry outside of their cultures should clearly understand beforehand the consequences of doing so.
i was just reading this site after watching the story of Cathy Mahone & her desperate rescue of her daughter from Jordan. i can’t believe that these issues really happen even in this day & age. Someone had spoke of these american women marrying jordanian men in the us & having their kids taken back to jordan,why is this an issue. these women knew how their husbands were raised & they did not change over night and this is a chance the women take for not marrying american men. sorry but the truth hurts sometimes.