The most dan­ger­ous par­lia­ment

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Saleh Al-Shayeji

The up­com­ing par­lia­ment due to be elected within a month will be one of the most dan­ger­ous as­sem­blies ever elected in Kuwait’s his­tory. There­fore, we must not take se­lect­ing its mem­bers lightly or in the same man­ner we used to do with all pre­vi­ous par­lia­ments. It is a par­lia­ment seek­ing re­venge, through which some can­di­dates and po­lit­i­cal pow­ers wish to move time back­wards and to re­build a tem­ple they had de­stroyed ac­cord­ing to their wishes be­cause they be­lieve that the tem­ple is theirs and that no one has the right to share it with them.

They are not even driven by clearly de­fined na­tional Kuwaiti agen­das. They are the fol­low­ers of sus­pi­cious for­eign or­ga­ni­za­tions that do not value na­tions and peo­ple’s in­ter­ests. On the con­trary, they are work­ing to de­stroy­ing na­tions and dis­place peo­ples, which was very clear in what the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood is do­ing in Egypt, what IS is do­ing in Iraq, Syria and Libya and what Iran is do­ing in Iraq, Syria and Le­banon.

We do not wish to make our coun­try part of those vi­o­lent, cruel and bloody scenes hap­pen­ing in other coun­tries. We do not want our par­lia­ment to echo or voice the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood or Iran. We want to be a pure Kuwaiti one clear of sec­tar­i­an­ism, doc­trin­ism, trib­al­ism and prof­i­teer­ing. Un­for­tu­nately, many of those pre­par­ing to run for the elec­tions come with end­less ideas of either this or that string-puller and are pre­par­ing for a war each party an­tic­i­pates it will win, re­gard­less of the pos­si­ble con­se­quent losses Kuwait and Kuwaitis might suf­fer.

For these rea­sons, and for so many other rea­sons we can­not men­tion, vot­ers have full re­spon­si­bil­ity to main­tain and pro­tect Kuwait by deny­ing such can­di­dates ac­cess to the com­ing par­lia­ment, be­cause they carry agen­das that have been pre­pared by oth­ers and are flock­ing out of Kuwait’s main­stream. Such a de­mand is not too much nor does it in­clude ex­ag­ger­a­tions. Fears are very real.

NGOs have to be fully ac­tive from now and till elec­tion day to en­hance vot­ers’ aware­ness about how dan­ger­ous the com­ing pe­riod and how crit­i­cal the sit­u­a­tion are. They should or­ga­nize aware­ness sem­i­nars and reach peo­ple ev­ery­where in all ar­eas. Emo­tions, kin­ship and per­sonal in­ter­ests have to be put aside when se­lect­ing can­di­dates.

— Trans­lated by Kuwait Times

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