‘Iran fails to re­view fol­lies’

‘Iraqis up in arms against Tehran regime’

Arab Times - - LO­CAL - — Com­piled by Zaki Taleb

“IT SEEMS that the Ira­nian regime does not want to ben­e­fit from its ex­pe­ri­ences and to re­view its mis­takes,” colum­nist Dr Ab­dul­mohsen Ha­mada wrote for Al-Qabas daily.

“Rather this regime al­ways be­lieves that those who op­pose it are wrong and even goes to the ex­tent of de­scrib­ing them as the op­po­nents of the regime and agents of Amer­ica and Is­rael. Not just that, this regime con­sid­ers it­self and the mili­tias which it has cre­ated as in­fal­li­ble and are not in­volved in any wrong-do­ing and prom­ises di­vine vic­tory will be theirs with­out any doubt. This wrong per­cep­tion will lead them to make more mis­takes un­til they meet their in­evitable fate.

“Cer­tainly, the rev­o­lu­tion of the peo­ple of Basra was, in its larger and clearer sense, a fight against for­eign in­flu­ence, in­clud­ing Iran. Even if it car­ries with it signs that its causes are protests against the low level of pub­lic ser­vices and the high level of unem­ploy­ment.

“Un­doubt­edly, the de­cline in pub­lic ser­vices and the high level of unem­ploy­ment are mainly due to the low per­for­mance of the gov­ern­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tion that ruled the coun­try af­ter the fall of Sad­dam’s regime.

“Iraq was ruled over the past 15 years by gov­ern­ments loyal to Iran. Iraq’s in­come dur­ing that pe­riod from only oil was es­ti­mated at two bil­lion dol­lars. Where did th­ese funds go, why did not they spend for the ben­e­fit of Iraq and the Iraqis?

“Iraq, af­ter over­throw­ing Sad­dam’s op­pres­sive regime, has not been able to turn into a sta­ble coun­try whose cit­i­zens en­joy huge wealth, as in the neigh­bor­ing oil-rich Gulf states. Es­pe­cially that the Iraqi peo­ple may have the ad­van­tage of neigh­bor­ing Gulf states that it has a high level of com­pe­tence and ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Many of them have stud­ied and worked in Europe and the United States. With their ex­per­tise and skills, they could have re­built their state on very fine bases and steps, but Ira- qis quickly dis­cov­ered that the post-Sad­dam era was much worse than Sad­dam’s sim­ply be­cause the new phase that fol­lowed the down­fall of the despot was marked with vi­o­lence, ter­ror­ism, the sec­tar­ian civil war and the fi­nan­cial and ad­min­is­tra­tive cor­rup­tion.

“In other words, in­stead of em­ploy­ing Iraq’s money to serve the state and the ci­ti­zen, most of them went to the pock­ets of cor­rupt peo­ple who spared no ef­forts to loot this money and trans­fer the funds out of the coun­try and trans­fer the funds abroad for the pur­pose of money-laun­der­ing.

“As a mat­ter of fact, all ap­par­ent types of vi­o­lence, ter­ror­ism, the sec­tar­ian wars and cor­rup­tion wit­nessed by Iraq dur­ing the era in ques­tion, hap­pened un­der the aus­pices and sup­port of for­eign par­ties.

“In this con­text, we say it is the Ira­nian regime which was rul­ing Iraq dur­ing this pe­riod, par­tic­u­larly since we know that Amer­ica of­fered Bagh­dad to Tehran on a sil­ver plat­ter and as such the des­tiny of Iraq dur­ing this pe­riod was in the hands of sec­tar­ian mili­tias and re­li­gious par­ties which are loyal to Iran most of them with­out any ex­pe­ri­ence or ef­fi­ciency to man­age a coun­try like Iraq which had just come out of wars and was suf­fer­ing from po­lit­i­cal chaos and was knee-deep in eco­nomic and so­cial prob­lems.

“That be­ing the fact of the case, it is Iraq which was on the verge of be­ing trans­formed into a failed state suf­fer­ing from ram­pant cor­rup­tion, poor pub­lic ser­vices and spread of unem­ploy­ment.

“Con­se­quently, the Iraqis re­volted against the Ira­nian in­flu­ence and the mili­tias and the par­ties which are loyal to for­eign in­flu­ence. Given the above, and as a sym­bol of this the crowd set fire to the Ira­nian con­sulate and the head­quar­ters of the pro-Tehran par­ties.

“In spite of the above, the Ira­nian me­dia are try­ing, su­per­fi­cially and naively, to con­vince the masses that those who burned their con­sulate in Basra are agents of Amer­i­can in­tel­li­gence, ig­nor­ing the fact that the Iraqis still har­bor grudge against the Ira­nian regime.”


“Ye­men still suf­fers and the Houthis are still in­volved in de­stroy­ing and shelling the coun­try and spilling the blood of in­no­cent peo­ple in a coun­try which was once called the oa­sis of Ara­bism, po­etry and art,” colum­nist and at­tor­ney Riyadh Al-Sane’a wrote for An­na­har daily.

“Ev­ery­body knows that the prob­lems of the Ye­me­nis prior to the fab­ri­cated Houthi cri­sis, dur­ing which this coun­try suf­fered from a cri­sis which lasted longer un­til it spread poverty got bogged down in strug­gles due to bad rule, the ab­sence of the law and vi­o­la­tions of the hu­man rights.

“In this con­text, we say in the wake of the pop­u­lar in­tifadas (up­ris­ings) which cov­ered the Arab world, the Ye­me­nis in turn protested against the regime of the then pres­i­dent Ali Ab­dul­lah Saleh who was re­luc­tant to give up his chair and was sub­se­quently killed on Dec 4, 2017.

“But the sit­u­a­tion did not sta­bi­lize dur­ing the reign of the new pres­i­dent there were street protests and the pro­tes­tors got all sup­port from Iran.

“In other words, at the time when the Ye­meni pop­u­lar re­volt man­aged to achieve its de­mands, the Ye­meni street got bogged down in sec­tar­ian protests and the lat­ter ex­ploited its coali­tion with the de­posed pres­i­dent (Ali Ab­dul­lah Saleh) as well as a group of tribes whose men were loyal to him in ad­di­tion to the bases of his party for ag­i­tate a war which till date con­tin­ues to rage.

“It is need­less to say this war has achieved noth­ing ex­cept for the cre­ation of a state of tur­moil in ad­di­tion to curb­ing of the role of the state and its in­sti­tu­tions. In other words, the war in Ye­men is full of usual fluc­tu­a­tions of coali­tions and this shall make the pre­dic­tion to­wards what will hap­pen in this coun­try in fu­ture very dif­fi­cult.

“As a mat­ter of fact, Ye­men is di­vided be­tween the ar­eas which are cur­rently sub­jected to the con­trol of gov­ern­ment troops and those who are sub­jected to other armed fac­tions. This di­vi­sion is gov­erned by tribal and re­li­gious bonds, but the lat­ter don’t nec­es­sar­ily keep in line with the front­lines and this shall make the points of in­ter­ests too com­pli­cated.

“In other words, as long as there is a will to still re­main close to the in­ter­na­tional pow­ers which are in­volved na­tional and lo­cal af­fairs, it will be ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to har­vest a good out­come and this is ap­pli­ca­ble to the agree­ments that might be dic­tated by cer­tain cir­cum­stances as well as those which may be con­cluded on a daily ba­sis.”

“Un­for­tu­nately, some de­ci­sion mak­ers think that health is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Min­istry of Health alone. This vi­sion is nar­row and does not con­form to the uni­ver­sally rec­og­nized def­i­ni­tion of health since the es­tab­lish­ment of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion in 1948. It states that health does not only mean free of dis­eases and dis­abil­i­ties, it also means hos­pi­tals, clin­ics, medicines and med­i­cal de­vices are part of health,” colum­nist Hind Al-Shoumar wrote for Al-Anba daily.

“Health care must go beyond that be­cause most health prob­lems are due fac­tors un­re­lated to doc­tors and not the fo­cus of at­ten­tion such as air pol­lu­tion, cli­mate change, vi­o­lence, stress, traf­fic con­ges­tion, ac­ci­dents, in­juries and frac­tures.

“Many dis­eases and health prob­lems are due to lack of poli­cies on health or nutri­tion, fail­ure to keep pace with health poli­cies in the world and global de­vel­op­ments such as world trends and the prac­tice of some de­vel­oped coun­tries which adopted ef­fec­tive poli­cies to stop fat-hy­dro­genated in­dus­trial pro­duc­tion known as con­verted fat be­cause they lead to heart dis­ease.

“Pre­vi­ously, Kuwait had the Health Supreme Coun­cil which laid down poli­cies. The coun­cil was not only in­ter­ested in hos­pi­tals, medicines, equip­ment and treat­ment abroad as the prac­tice nowa­days. The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion launched the Health In­tegrity Ini­tia­tive in all poli­cies be­cause health re­spon­si­bil­ity is greater than the ca­pac­ity and po­ten­tial of any min­istry of health. I think we are wit­ness­ing the ris­ing rate of risk fac­tors lead­ing to heart and chronic dis­eases due to is­sues beyond the ju­ris­dic­tion of the Min­istry of Health.

“There­fore, we need the Supreme Coun­cil of Health chaired by His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter and con­sist­ing of min­is­ters re­lated to health like the min­is­ters of ed­u­ca­tion, plan­ning, so­cial af­fairs and la­bor, as well as mem­bers of rel­e­vant civil so­ci­ety and pub­lic ben­e­fit or­ga­ni­za­tions. The coun­cil should be in­de­pen­dent and it should mon­i­tor the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the ‘health for all’ pol­icy.”

“The In­te­rior Min­istry has an­nounced that the as­sis­tant un­der­sec­re­tary for Bor­ders Se­cu­rity Af­fairs is­sued a di­rec­tive to closely mon­i­tor Kuwaiti is­lands and beaches in a bid to pre­vent un­to­ward in­ci­dents,” colum­nist Waleed Ab­dul­lah Al-Ghanim wrote for Al-Jarida daily.

“We would like to thank the In­te­rior Min­istry for the ac­tion taken in this re­gard. We do not know what role the Bor­ders Se­cu­rity De­part­ment has played over the past years. We do not know if this de­part­ment needs in­struc­tions to carry out its tasks ac­cord­ing to the State’s laws.

“Kuwaiti is­lands are the fa­vorite des­ti­na­tions of youths and fam­i­lies to spend their leisure time any day through­out the year, yet some vis­i­tors ex­hibit un­pleas­ant be­hav­iors as they do not care about the le­gal, law­ful or even eth­i­cal as­pects. This is the re­al­ity known by any­one who vis­its the is­lands. Some­times, we wit­ness some vis­i­tors en­gag­ing in re­pul­sive acts that are un­law­ful.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the con­cerned bod­ies do not mon­i­tor th­ese places to en­sure strict ap­pli­ca­tion of laws in or­der to pro­tect the peo­ple from those ex­hibit­ing ab­hor­rent be­hav­iors.

“There­fore, I want to pro­pose that the In­te­rior Min­istry should co­or­di­nate with the En­vi­ron­ment Pub­lic Author­ity (EPA) and vol­un­teers to im­ple­ment pro­tec­tion and wel­fare pro­grams, as well as mon­i­tor Kuwaiti is­lands and beaches.”

“Pa­tience and self-con­trol are the traits of a highly moral per­son. How­ever, th­ese traits are ab­sent in some, but they must be re­vived again in the soul. Tol­er­ance and for­give­ness are qual­i­ties of a good per­son, and are at­tributes of the peo­ple of Par­adise,”

Ab­dul­rah­man Al-Awwad wrote for Al-Sabah daily. “Al­lah says, ‘Those who spend [in the cause of Al­lah] dur­ing ease and hard­ship and who re­strain anger and who for­give peo­ple – Al­lah loves the do­ers of good.’

“Self-con­trol is a vol­un­tary con­trol of emo­tions in the face of abuse from oth­ers with the aim of pleas­ing God. It is not weak­ness as some peo­ple think, but is most pow­er­ful as also stated by Prophet Muham­mad (PBUH).”

“The Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion is re­spon­si­ble for not less than a quar­ter of the pop­u­la­tion. This re­spon­si­bil­ity ex­tends to moral as­pects in the sense that the min­is­ter is re­spon­si­ble for every let­ter printed and reaches the teacher or the stu­dent,” colum­nist

Mubarak Mazeed Al-Maosharji wrote for Al-Rai daily.

“The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry’s docket has been held by 21 min­is­ters since in­de­pen­dence – two are women and 15 have doc­tor­ate cer­tifi­cates. The first Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter was the late Sheikh Ab­dul­lah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, fol­lowed by the late Khaled AlMa­soud and then Saleh Ab­dul-Ma­lik Saleh. Dur­ing their ten­ure, ed­u­ca­tion made sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment strides.

“Al-Ma­soud and Saleh grad­u­ally rose through the ranks in the min­istry. It is thought that when­ever a min­is­ter comes from the ed­u­ca­tion quar­ters, the ed­u­ca­tional process ex­pe­ri­ences less hic­cups and short­com­ings. This is be­cause such of­fi­cials pos­sess vast ex­pe­ri­ence in the ed­u­ca­tional sec­tor, which means the rate of suc­cess in­creases.

“The re­spon­si­bil­ity of the ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter ex­tends to an­swer­ing to the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship, MPs and the en­tire so­ci­ety for any mis­take com­mit­ted. There­fore, I wish an ad­vi­sory coun­cil is formed con­sist­ing of vet­eran teach­ers and those who have worked in the ed­u­ca­tional sec­tor for an ex­ten­sive pe­riod. This coun­cil should come from within the sec­tor and its duty is to give ad­vice to the min­is­ter and un­der­sec­re­taries.”

Dr Ha­mada

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