A mes­sage to those I know

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Ali Mah­moud Kha­jah

We ex­pect Kuwait’s young law­mak­ers to bring peace, joy, cul­ture and art back to Kuwait through which our na­tion can pros­per. Pro­tect all be­liefs, specif­i­cally those op­po­site to yours. Don’t be­come a part of un­de­cided con­flict on power which in­volves un­fair meth­ods. Osama Al-Sha­heen was born in 1979, Rakan Al-Nisf was born in 1980, Omar Al-Tabtabae was born in 1980, Ab­dul Wa­hab Al-Bab­tain was born in 1985, Yousif Al-Fad­ha­lah was born in 1981, Ab­dul Ka­reem Al-Kan­dari was born in 1981, Ahmed Na­bil AlFadhl was born in 1977 and Nasser Al-Dous­sari was born in 1986. It is about these law­mak­ers who are be­low the age of 40, that I am go­ing to talk to­day re­gard­less of their po­lit­i­cal, sec­tar­ian or tribal af­fil­i­a­tions, if any ex­ist.

Re­lat­ing to them is eas­ier be­cause I went to the same school as they did in the same pe­riod. I might have even stud­ied with them at univer­sity or met them on a foot­ball pitch or a park when we were young. We might have even sat a ta­ble apart in some restau­rant dur­ing the 1990s. We might have even shopped from same stores. We share a lot in com­mon which makes it lot eas­ier to ad­dress them to­day.

Will­ingly or un­will­ingly, you now rep­re­sent our thoughts, as­pi­ra­tions and vi­sion of our im­mi­nent coun­try. Just like us, you ex­pressed dis­sat­is­fac­tion with the cur­rent sit­u­a­tions. We shared ups and downs to­gether. That is why I ex­pect a dif­fer­ent per­for­mance from you. Many peo­ple will try to twist your stances to their own in­ter­ests. They will treat you in ways you might sur­ren­der to them turn­ing you into losers.

You will be in­tel­lec­tu­ally in­tim­i­dated on so­cial me­dia net­works in at­tempts to di­rect your opin­ions in fa­vor of theirs. They will try to keep you busy with pettty is­sues con­cern­ing tu­mults, pre­ven­tion and con­flicts that you have noth­ing to do with. Lead the coun­try in the best pos­si­ble way be­cause peo­ple pre­ferred you to many vet­eran iconic politi­cians, so that you could bring some change. You will prob­a­bly err and make de­ci­sions that won’t ap­peal to us, but only if you are not fol­low­ers or di­rected in such stances even if they were wrong, you will be re­spected.

Kuwait will never face any re­gional threats if you man­age to unite the so­ci­ety in­stead of di­vid­ing it. No one will ever suc­ceed in creat­ing a ruckus, if you face such at­tempts firmly. Work with unity. Think and make de­ci­sions to­gether. Your first pri­or­ity should be our coun­try’s fu­ture. You can make these dreams come true. Fi­nally, I would like to point that the so-called boy­cotters have gone leav­ing no trace. The only re­mains were a few loyal in­di­vid­u­als who still be­lieve it is the only way of sal­va­tion, while the others only boy­cotted show­ing up at polling cen­ters but worked as cam­paign mem­bers for who­ever. —Trans­lated by Kuwait Times

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