‘No to vi­o­lence’

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Ner­min Al-Houti

Those are not just words that we point to, but rather a re­al­ity from which my col­umn was in­spired. The story be­gan be­tween mem­bers of the Kuwaiti so­ci­ety yes­ter­day, and to­day vi­o­lence has be­come a com­pli­cated is­sue that is be­ing ex­changed daily be­tween cit­i­zens and ex­pa­tri­ates in Kuwait. Mean­while, of­fi­cials are not do­ing any­thing.

No to vi­o­lence. We do not want stud­ies, nor com­mit­tees meet­ings; rather we need ac­tions that cuts strife be­fore it wors­ens fur­ther in our so­ci­ety, turn­ing us into blood shed­ding peo­ple in­stead of be­ing for­giv­ing ones.

We used to hear and read about vi­o­lence due to tem­po­rary is­sues that took place be­tween our chil­dren of var­i­ous ages, be it in malls or out­side of schools. To­day, vi­o­lence spread in our civil so­ci­ety, and is not dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing be­tween eth­nic­i­ties and coun­tries. Rather, vi­o­lence has gone too far with its dark col­ors and deadly types, to a point that it be­came a po­lit­i­cal tool that threat­ens the po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the ‘pride of the Gulf.’ Where are of­fi­cials from this sit­u­a­tion? There is no ac­tion!

To­day, many con­cerned author­i­ties in the state must stand as a shield for the state and pro­tect all those who stay on the land of the pride of the Gulf.’ Sorry, we do not want emer­gency meet­ings, we do not want speeches nor state­ments for the sake of me­dia ap­pear­ances. We want me­dia and clear an­nounce­ments that clean one­self from that dis­ease. We want se­cu­rity that is not lim­ited on ci­ta­tion and de­por­ta­tion. Rather, we need an iron first that hits all those who seek strife in the na­tional unity. We want an ed­u­ca­tion that ex­plains what is na­tional unity and how to dis­ci­pline one­self. To­day, many pri­vate com­pa­nies and pub­lic es­tab­lish­ments should carry out cam­paigns all over the coun­try un­der the slo­gan ‘no to vi­o­lence.’

A last word: The Late Amir Sheikh Jaber AlAh­mad Al-Jaber in Oc­to­ber 1990 said: “Kuwait was an oa­sis of se­cu­rity, peace and sta­bil­ity... it was a refuge for the hon­or­able, who found peace, se­cu­rity and dig­ni­fied liv­ing.”

— Trans­lated by Kuwait Times

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