It's hard to imagine that this spectacle of royal glitter doesn't play rather worse among impoverished and oppressed locals than it does among royal glitter fans in Europe and North America.
Virtually every history of the Iranian Revolution cites the resentment caused by the last Shah of Iran's extravagant Persepolis Celebration of the 2500th anniversary of the Iranian Monarchy as inflection point in turning the public against the monarchy. And that was an event presented as a national celebration, accompanied by academic conferences and the building of what is now the Azadi Tower, now Tehran's most recognizable monument.
I might be totally wrong (which happens frequently), but I can't helping thinking this glittering demonstration of the Hashemite dynasty's place among the global elite, so remote from the lives of ordinary Jordanians, might be a rerun.
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