‘Kuwait will work for rapprochement’
‘GCC crisis could lead to disaster’
“WHEN HH the Amir of the State of Kuwait took the initiative to play the mediator role to contain the current Gulf crisis between Qatar on one hand and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain on the other, it was certain he would use his diplomatic experience and international reputation to prevent the aggravation of crisis among sisterly member States in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC),” columnist, Professor at Kuwait University’s Political Science Department and former MP Dr Hassan Jowhar wrote for Al-Jarida daily.
“This was to avoid the accompanying repercussions and associations of the crisis which would befall on all States and peoples of this part of the world.
“As a matter of fact, the Kuwaiti farsightedness was obvious since day one of the crisis in question. The experience of HH the Amir was evident because he immediately embarked on shuttle trips between capitals of the conflicting parties during the holy month of Ramadan.
“The shuttle trips helped ease the tension and this has been emphasized by the testimonies of the international community and leaders of the great powers who made it clear that there will be no alternative for the Kuwait mediation.
“The above, actually summarizes what was said by HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad during his recent press conference at the White House in the presence of the US President Donald Trump. His Highness put to test the reputation of his country and his personal credibility and there was no need for him to claim or reveal anything more.
“But encountering the true and actual effort and sincere intentions to prevent the region from being dragged into a new crisis through irresponsible reactions and behavior of some people, this actually signifies the absence of appreciation and the spirit of loyalty represented at least by its emotional dimension.
“It is needless to say HH the Amir does not heed praises or gratitude to be heaped on him after the rich history in the realm of diplomacy particularly in terms of his good offices which he exerted to prevent the aggravation in struggles everywhere throughout the past half a century.
“Such being the case, his pride and credibility will not be affected by unknown and silly tweets here and there, not by any baseless statements, because the insight and the futuristic vision of His Highness the Amir shall remain the thing that should be dealt with seriously in a bid to prevent the relevant peoples falling victim to repentance.
“In this context, we cite the fierce political escalation that we witnessed during the recent ministerial meeting of the Arab League (AL) which is a dangerous indication and that was what HH the Amir emphasized on in Washington.
“Given the above, to deal with the current political crisis, the State of Kuwait, the Amir and the people shall go ahead with their true and neutral good offices for the sake of easing the tension among sisterly countries and listen to the voice of reason and resort to the choice of constructive dialogue among the sisterly countries.
“This is because the security of the Gulf region is indivisible. Moreover, the State of Kuwait loves all member states on equal basis, because this love is derived from the country’s goodwill, the historical inevitability and futuristic vision and this calls for boosting coherence of her internal front.
“Consequently, we hope another feeder and parallel initiative will be launched to close many files and problems among us topped by the settling of political differences and the issues
of the arrests tweeters and political activists or ‘prisoners of opinion’ and nullify all restrictions which impede the freedoms and substitute them with efforts to pursue corruption and the corrupt and ultimately open a new page of purity and transparency to protect the nation -- the social fabric and the relations between the country’s constitutional powers and the communal organizations.
“We say this because the entire region is sitting on a volcano and the situations are likely to be aggravated in light of such tension which currently prevails in Iraq on the background of the Kurdish issue in addition to the fact that the Middle East crises have depleted all regional and international efforts and this means what can eventually benefit us is our national unity as Kuwaitis.”
“In the wake of his recent visit to the Gulf region, the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, issued a statement saying the Gulf crisis is likely to last for many months,” columnist Mohammad Hazza’a Al-Mutairi wrote for AlQabas daily.
“Following this statement, we have realized that this statement has not come from vacuum, because it became obvious when he failed drastically to heal the rift between our brothers in Qatar on one hand and in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain on the other hand.
“In this context, we elucidate that our link between the statement in question and prolonging the current Gulf crisis, can be attributed to a statement which was once issued by the former US secretary of state John Kerry over the war on the Islamic State (IS) or the so-called ‘DAESH’ when he said ‘the war shall last for ten years’ and this had created a wave of doubts over the credibility of this war.
“Given the above, the dependence on the principle of believing in the US foreign policy in dealing with every crisis and transforming this policy into ‘a constitution’ and then believing that this policy has all of the key elements to deal with every issue, will negatively reflect on those who have depended on this policy.
“For the time being, we see how the US is currently striking deals with different parties to the war in Syria (previous foes of the US), namely the Iranian regime and Russia to share the influence in that country and relinquish all Syrian resistance factions which earlier basked in US support.
“Hence, we found that these factions topped by the so-called ‘The Syrian Free Army’ are currently on the verge of collapse, because Washington is determined to stop supporting these factions.
“However, to go deep into such example, let us say the US through its dealing with various Middle Eastern crises, has proved its double standard policy and its volatile policies which are always governed by its national interests and as such nobody should bet on these policies.
“Returning to our Gulf crisis, we can hereby say exploiting the international support for the initiative launched by the State of Kuwait and mediation undertaken by HH the Amir, will inevitably bear fruit, because this initiative is the sole march that has been engineered to converge the viewpoints and heal the rifts among sisterly countries.
“Such being the case, we suggest the role to be played by our brothers -- the parties to the Gulf crisis -- should be represented by responding positively to the Kuwaiti initiative and eventually not relying on the factor of time to settle the said crisis, because the delay in this connection will not be in favor of any of us, particularly since we know that the forthcoming GCC summit will be held in November 2017 and will be hosted by the State of Kuwait – the country of mediation to solve the current Gulf crisis.”
“In the past centuries, nations and empires used to impose their influence and control with the help of military forces through oppression, occupation and colonialism to loot the goodies of weak and small countries,” columnist Owaid Al-Suleili wrote for Al-Shahid daily.
“With the inception of the United Nations at the end of the Second World War, spread of democratic principles and human rights, and emergence of the features of new world order, colonialism and military occupation transforms to colonialism and occupation through culture, media and economy.
“This new form of colonialism is considered more dangerous than the previous one, because nations are held in a bet that serves the interests of other countries through subjugated to their economy, culture and media unknowingly or without the ability to preserve their national welfare.
“As a journalist, I consider media colonialism to be the most damaging one, and when we look at our situation, Kuwait’s media has been infiltrated. Unfortunately, it has reached to the point where some members of the media have become the mouthpieces of foreign entities in a way that affects the welfare of our country and its people, locally and even globally.
“Therefore, the government needs to set its priorities straight by getting rid of the fifth column in the local media, and ensure those infiltrating our media with foreign agendas at the expense of the nation are held accountable for their actions. This should be done sooner than later before the State losses its reverence and stance on neutrality. Let’s preserve the national interest before it’s too late.”
“I wonder why we are only moved by severe crisis. There are issues that throw us out of balance in the midst of crisis, which make us feel like waking up suddenly from deep sleep to find ourselves in the middle of crisis,” columnist Abdul-Rahman Al-Awad wrote for Al-Sabah daily.
“The traffic crisis is back, and we are woken to sounds of frustrating and angry cars held hostage by the traffic congestion or traffic light. At this time, we hear of rapid efforts to find solution that are usually temporary.
“We are in a real predicament that affects time, and time is the most valuable asset a person could have. It is sad that people have to spend their precious time at the traffic light amid heavy traffic jam.
“Several projects were tabled in the past by the State, which without doubt, could have solved a significant proportion of the problems we have been facing on a daily basis. One of the projects is the metro tunnel and I wish the officials knew how great this project is and its magical effect in reducing the traffic congestion.
“We hope to see implementation of this great project as soon as possible before we end up spending half of our lives at the traffic lights or in the middle of traffic congestion and jam.”
“It is the responsibility of the State or the government to amend the Residency Law for making it easier for families and for curbing human trafficking. The government should curb this crime in order to protect the people of Kuwait and honor the international obligations of Kuwait,” Athra Al-Rifai wrote for Al-Qabas daily.
“Any crime is a scourge that threatens the security of the society and touches the interests of the people wherever it occurs. Therefore, it must be confronted and eradicated wherever it occurs, regardless of the situation.
“Kuwait is a signatory to international conventions and treaties in this regard. In 2015, it enacted the Domestic Employment Act No. 86 and established a shelter for expatriate workers with the aim of protecting and maintaining the dignity of victims of human trafficking.
— Compiled by Zaki Taleb