‘Un­cer­tainty to con­tinue’

‘Two projects’ could de­stroy re­gion

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

“AT THE mo­ment there are two ef­fec­tive projects in the re­gion, the first is the project of the United States of Amer­ica and the sec­ond is of the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran,” columnist Ab­du­laziz Khu­rai­bet wrote for AlSha­hed daily.

“Such be­ing the case, all that we see to­day are strate­gic con­flicts and ten­sions, re­gional and sec­tar­ian wars, civil wars, de­mo­graphic change, and con­flict of iden­tity, which are the front­lines of the wars of coun­tries that are try­ing to play a role in the re­gion, either to be­come an ally to the vic­to­ri­ous or to be­come a state based on a power of at­tor­ney.

“How­ever, the two projects are be­tween tide and ebb, but I think that the Amer­i­can project will be the win­ner in the re­gion. This will hap­pen if the US is not dragged into a world war, but the lat­ter will not be as the pre­vi­ous world wars and this can be at­trib­uted to a re­al­is­tic, deep-rooted and rad­i­cal rea­sons wit­nessed and are known to all ob­servers who are con­cerned about what has oc­curred and is likely to oc­cur in the re­gion.

“In his book, Ah­met Davu­to­glu (for­mer Turk­ish prime min­is­ter and for­eign min­is­ter) spoke about the fact that the world is wit­ness­ing strate­gic trans­for­ma­tions and the tran­si­tion of power cen­ters, that there are de­clin­ing forces and ris­ing pow­ers, and that the world is steadily chang­ing.

“Keep­ing in line and con­firm­ing to what has been pro­pounded by Davu­to­glu, we found some en­ti­ties in Europe have called for break­ing away from their home­land and de­manded au­ton­omy. More­over, th­ese en­ti­ties are likely to wit­ness more de­mands.

“In this con­text, we cite the ex­am­ple of the Kurds in Iraq who de­manded au­ton­omy and the es­tab­lish­ment of an in­de­pen­dent state in north Iraq and East Syria. Given the above, who knows the same case may be in Turkey and Iran in the near fu­ture.

“All th­ese changes which cur­rently pre­vail in the re­gion are due to the ef­fec­tive­ness of the two projects men­tioned above. As such any talk of strong pow­ers here and mil­i­tary so­lu­tion there is worth noth­ing in the strate­gic term.

“In this con­nec­tion, if we com­pare be­tween up­com­ing tac­ti­cal vic­tory and the strate­gic re­gional di­men­sion in the long term, this com­par­i­son will look like another project that did not bear the fruits as de­sired by the own­ers.

“Any­way, any set­tle­ment here and a vic­tory there do not mean the fail­ure of the project is based on ca­pa­bil­i­ties and pos­si­bil­i­ties, po­si­tions and de­ci­sions of de­ci­sive and clear and ex­plicit as de­clared by the United States of Amer­ica in the re­gion.

“In this re­spect, the Amer­i­can strate­gic project co­in­cides with Iran’s tac­ti­cal project and the lat­ter will only bring de­struc­tion and fire in the re­gion, es­pe­cially if the United States is dragged be­hind Is­rael, which is keen to ig­nite the war against Iran.

“The tools used by the two projects in the re­gion will spark over the iden­ti­ties, na­tional, eth­nic, re­li­gious and sec­tar­ian com­po­nents that have roots and ex­ten­sions in the re­gion and have his­tory, sto­ries, nar­ra­tives and con­ver­sa­tions in this part of the world.

“In other words, th­ese tools range be­tween crack­ing terrorism and soft and bash­ful terrorism, but both in­te­grate with each other against the de­sire of the par­ties, par­tic­u­larly fol­low­ing the ap­pear­ance of the armed ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions and their in­volve­ment in car­ry­ing out ter­ror­ist op­er­a­tions.

“How­ever, the ab­sence of dom­i­na­tion over th­ese or­ga­ni­za­tions, th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties are based on re­ac­tions but not sud­den ac­tion.

“In this con­nec­tion, we elu­ci­date that since the sud­den ap­pear­ance of the Ira­nian rev­o­lu­tion up to the ap­pear­ance of the so- called State of the Khe­lafat and the rise and down­fall of the ‘Satan Brothers’ along with their coali­tions and contradictions, the ap­pear­ance of the un­ex­pected sur­prises will con­tinue dur­ing the up­com­ing days un­til the Amer­i­can project de­clares its de­ci­sive res­o­lu­tion.”



“A dis­agree­ment has emerged clearly be­tween Rus­sia and Iran on the Syr­ian cake since mid-May, when the Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin is­sued a state­ment say­ing all for­eign armed forces must leave the Syr­ian ter­ri­tory,” columnist Waleed Ibrahim Al-Ah­mad wrote for Al-Rai daily.

“For his part, the spokesman of the Ira­nian For­eign Min­istry Bahram Qasimi said, ‘No one can force Iran to do some­thing, Iran will stay in Syria as long as there is terrorism and the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment wants our ex­is­tence, and as such those who en­tered Syria with­out per­mis­sion from the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment must leave.

“While the Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of the Ira­nian Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Ali Shamkhani was quoted as say­ing, ‘My coun­try will not with­draw from Syria de­spite the pres­sures that has been put on it in this re­spect’.

“As for the Syr­ian regime, af­ter find­ing it­self in a ‘dilemma’ be­tween the ‘en­e­mies brothers’ Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Faisal Al-Meg­dad went out to say that the with­drawal or the pres­ence of troops in Syria at the in­vi­ta­tion of the regime’s gov­ern­ment is a mat­ter re­lated to the regime alone.’

“How­ever, a few days ago, the Rus­sian force im­posed it­self on the short-strate­gic area in the coun­try­side of Al-Qus­sair which is lo­cated in the ru­ral area of Homs, which lies on the Le­banese bor­der with­out per­mis­sion or co­or­di­na­tion with Hezbol­lah which has been dom­i­nat­ing that part of Syria since 2012.

“As a mat­ter of fact, Rus­sia wants to im­pose its hege­mony on all Syr­ian re­gions in the face of Amer­i­can in­flu­ence in the Mid­dle East. For its part, Iran, with its Le­banese par­ti­san wing (Hezbol­lah), seeks to con­trol the strate­gic po­si­tions to con­front any Ira­nian-Is­raeliLe­banese clash on Syr­ian soil.

“Hence, Rus­sia to­day is dis­turbed and un­happy by the ex­pan­sion of Ira­nian in­flu­ence in the re­gion, since Rus­sia sees it­self as the party which de­serves the Syr­ian cake, and not Iran.

“In this con­text, we say it is Rus­sia which has paid bil­lions of dol­lars on the mil­i­tary ma­chine in or­der to get all the rel­e­vant ac­counts up­side down and de­feat the Syr­ian op­po­si­tion by virtue of its air force and us­ing for­bid­den weapons which re­sulted in the op­po­si­tion re­treat­ing.

“Hence, Rus­sia will not leave Syria eas­ily or al­low the oth­ers to dom­i­nate over Da­m­as­cus and its vast ter­ri­tory.

“In other words, Rus­sia will not re­main idle when the need arises while it sees scenes of Ira­nian ram­page in Da­m­as­cus with­out us­ing the stick against it.

“Given the above, we ex­pect a lot of events dur­ing the next stage and no one can rule out clashes be­tween the (brothers of the foe) sim­ply be­cause any­thing that is built on false shall re­main false.

“We pray to Almighty Al­lah to pro­tect the Syr­ian peo­ple and its lands from the en­e­mies and the be­trayal of the treach­er­ous regime.”

“Many coun­tries in the re­gion and sur­round­ing ar­eas con­tinue to suf­fer from con­flict. Here, we re­call what His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah usu­ally af­firms in his meet­ings, speeches and events,” columnist Ab­dul­rah­man Al-Awwad wrote for Al-Sabah daily.

“His High­ness al­ways stresses that the re­gion is facing great dan­gers and chal­lenges, so we must be united in over­com­ing them. His High­ness also em­pha­sized the need for dia­logue and un­der­stand­ing be­tween all re­li­gions and cul­tures. He pointed out that this proves Kuwait is a coun­try of mod­er­a­tion, love, peace and co­ex­is­tence.

“His High­ness un­der­scored the need to pro­mote prin­ci­ples of tol­er­ance and co­ex­is­tence among peo­ple in the world in or­der to spread the cul­ture of love and brother­hood.

“Based on His High­ness’ deep un­der­stand­ing and vast ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing his di­plo­matic and po­lit­i­cal works, we call on all cit­i­zens and ex­pa­tri­ates to co­op­er­ate in over­com­ing chal­lenges.”

“The Na­tion­al­ity In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment, led by Mazen Al-Jar­rah, has dis­cov­ered a lot of cases of ob­tain­ing Kuwaiti cit­i­zen­ship by sub­mit­ting forged doc­u­ments and oth­ers are still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” columnist Talal Al-Saeed wrote for Al-Seyas­sah daily.

“De­tails are com­plex, hence, the need for more time, ef­fort and ca­pa­bil­i­ties to un­cover them. The na­ture of the work of this depart­ment is very sen­si­tive. It is in dire need of sup­port in terms of hu­man and ma­te­rial re­sources for the sake of the cit­i­zens and the home­land.

“The is­sue is not easy, it is more com­plex than some of us think. The depart­ment has more re­spon­si­bil­i­ties than its ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Nev­er­the­less, all those re­ferred to the court for in­volve­ment in forgery cases have been con­victed. This is re­flec­tion of pro­fes­sion­al­ism and jus­tice at work.”

“At a time when gov­ern­ments with old and re­spected democ­ra­cies have been able to dis­cern the im­bal­ances in their per­for­mance in each and ev­ery in­stance, this is fully re­flected on Kuwait,” columnist Zayed Al-Zaid wrote for An­na­har daily.

“We still live at the mercy of gov­ern­ments which be­lieve they are the most ef­fi­cient and com­plete in the re­gion, but the re­al­ity is quite dif­fer­ent.

“The an­nual re­ports is­sued by prom­i­nent or­ga­ni­za­tions of the State are known to point in the di­rec­tion of cor­rup­tion. Th­ese re­ports are sup­ported by ev­i­dence and doc­u­ments, not words. We find Western coun­tries lend their hands to those or­ga­ni­za­tions and groups to find out the short­com­ings and prob­lems in their per­for­mance on the way to re­form.

“The Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Air­port, for ex­am­ple, is ranked as the world’s worst, ac­cord­ing to the Bloomberg News re­port. ‘Kuwait Air­port is ranked at 141 on the world chart the world’s with 5.4 points, ac­cord­ing to the re­port of the Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Air­port, AirHelp ‘about the worst air­ports and the best in the world for 2018’, while it is sup­posed to be wise and pru­dent in deal­ing with this re­port and the facts, es­pe­cially as the re­port ad­dresses sev­eral as­pects of qual­ity and dates and cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion for air­port ser­vices, but -- as usual gov­ern­ment -- de­nial and eva­sion is the re­sponse of the Gen­eral Di­rec­torate of Civil Avi­a­tion.

“This re­port is com­mer­cial, its assess­ment is not sub­ject to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and the air­port, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­cently is­sued by ICAO, achieved record re­sults in in­ter­na­tional safety stan­dards last year.

“In fact, the re­sponse of the Di­rec­torate Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion (DGCA) proves that the gov­ern­ment’s ap­proach to de­nial has be­come the pre­vail­ing ap­proach, with­out a trans­par­ent and re­veal­ing ap­proach. If this re­port is in­cor­rect, the log­i­cal thing must be fully re­futed, not a gen­eral re­sponse that does not make any dif­fer­ence.

“The de­nial ap­proach con­firms the va­lid­ity of the re­port, and ac­tu­ally in re­al­ity Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Air­port, which is the gate­way for those com­ing from abroad, suf­fers from poor ser­vices at all lev­els. Are pic­tures and videos to wait for queues of pas­sen­gers from time to time ly­ing?”

“Af­ter a long de­bate in which all kinds of threat, in­tim­i­da­tion and ob­scene words were ex­changed amid fear of mil­i­tary strikes and show off about nu­clear mis­siles to prove mil­i­tary supremacy, Kim Jong Un fi­nally shook the hand of Don­ald Trump to be­gin a new chap­ter in the his­tory of the two na­tions,” columnist Ab­dul­rah­man Al-Awad wrote for Al-Sabah daily.

“Of course, we hope that peace would pre­vail through­out the East, West, South and North, as we re­joice over rec­on­cil­i­a­tion of the two most will­ful ad­ver­saries on the planet. We hope Mr. Trump, the Pres­i­dent of the United States, would con­sider the eter­nal con­flict of the world—the Pales­tinian cause.

“The Pales­tinian sit­u­a­tion is no lo­cal is­sue in­volv­ing two coun­tries; it’s a global is­sue that de­mands jus­tice and fair con­sid­er­a­tion by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to pave way for the world to over­come the or­deal just as North Korea and the United States of Amer­ica over­came their or­deal.

“We wish the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil would find a so­lu­tion to Pales­tinian is­sue, while striv­ing for a quick so­lu­tion to the sit­u­a­tion in Syria and the Mid­dle East so that the whole world may en­joy peace and safety and fo­cus on the stages of con­struc­tion, de­vel­op­ment and civ­i­liza­tion.”

“What is go­ing on in Jor­dan is not an accidental ac­tion or a for­eign con­spir­acy. It is not what is be­ing claimed by some pa­tient analy­ses that de­scribe it as a plot of the Mus­lim Brother­hood Group,” Waleed Ibrahim Al-Ah­mad wrote for Al-Rai daily.

“The is­sue has noth­ing to do with per­sonal stances or at­tempts to ma­nip­u­late the gov­ern­ment away from logic and rea­son. They want to show that Jor­dan is ac­tu­ally lead­ing a pros­per­ous econ­omy and that peo­ple are ly­ing about the pros­per­ity they are en­joy­ing.

“What Jor­dan is ex­posed to to­day re­quires a se­ri­ous stance away from bi­ased and sec­tar­ian agen­das. Yes, it is true that Jor­dan suf­fers from ac­cu­mu­lated eco­nomic trou­bles, the last of which was a set of de­ci­sions taken by its gov­ern­ment such as the en­force­ment of tax. This re­quires wise men to in­ter­fere and pave way for a dia­logue be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the peo­ple in or­der to bring an end to painkiller so­lu­tions.

“Arab and Is­lamic coun­tries are re­quested to pro­vide eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial aid to the Jor­da­nian gov­ern­ment in­stead of sup­ply­ing it with mil­i­tary equip­ment for us­ing them against the peo­ple. If the rul­ing regime in Jor­dan falls, it will be the be­gin­ning of a catas­tro­phe that will un­doubt­edly leave a neg­a­tive im­pact on the en­tire re­gion. It will pay way for for­eign pen­e­tra­tion in Jor­dan. Such a sit­u­a­tion will in­crease the ap­petite of re­gional and in­ter­na­tional greed­i­ness to take ad­van­tage of the events. There are many who are wait­ing for a chance to im­pose their will on Jor­dan over sec­tar­ian and po­lit­i­cal rea­sons. We re­fer to the Ira­nian scheme that Iran is seek­ing to ac­com­plish in re­al­ity. King Ab­dul­lah in­di­cated about it in 2004 when he re­al­ized the ma­nip­u­lat­ing role of Tehran in the af­fairs of the re­gional coun­tries.

“Jor­dan is suf­fer­ing from a po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic cri­sis as well as pres­sures from the USA based on the Amer­i­can con­cept of ‘Those who an­tag­o­nize me must pay tax’. On De­cem­ber 30, 2017, King Ab­dul­lah men­tioned about the pres­sures on Jor­dan due to its stance con­cern­ing trans­fer­ring the Amer­i­can Em­bassy in Is­rael to Jerusalem.”

— Com­piled by Zaki Taleb

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