By Osama Al-Sharif
Initial reactions to the news that Jordan may be joining the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a small cartel of oil-producing Arab states, were mostly expressed in a tongue-in-cheek manner. The most common was that Jordanians should acquire a taste to wearing the white dishdasha, a traditional white robe worn by nationals of the Arabia Gulf. Others spoke of cheap gas and giant American SUVs becoming the new symbol of our lifestyle. There were the skeptics, who believe that the whole thing is a political stunt - a desert mirage.
- Osama Al Sharif is a veteran journalist and political commentator based in Amman.