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hen states fail, those coun­tries’ youth af­fil­i­a­tions and ten­den­cies to­wards re­li­gion and sec­tar­ian groups get stronger. In 2002, only five Arab coun­tries ex­pe­ri­enced con­flicts, but now the num­ber has in­creased to 11. The 2016 UN’s Arab Hu­man De­vel­op­ment Re­port (AHDR) states that three out of four Arabs will be liv­ing in con­flict-stricken states by 2020. The scary thing about Arabs is that they are only five per­cent of the world pop­u­la­tion and yet, they con­trib­ute to 45 per­cent of ter­ror ac­tiv­i­ties world­wide. They also form 47 per­cent of dis­placed peo­ple, eight per­cent of refugees and 68 per­cent of the vic­tims.” The above is an ex­tract from an ar­ti­cle pub­lished in the re­cent Econ­o­mist is­sue, quot­ing the AHDR. With­out curs­ing the Western colo­nial states and blam­ing them for the fail­ures of Arab regimes and with­out be­ing re­minded of the Arab Leftists’ ter­ror in the 1960s and 1970s, why don’t we ad­mit the pres­ence of vi­o­lence and ter­ror­ism across the Arab World as a re­sult of poverty, po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic marginal­iza­tion and the pres­ence of ig­no­rant and tyrant regimes at the same time? Such ter­ror­ism is now ex­pand­ing daily, tak­ing po­lit­i­cal in­fec­tions from one fail­ing re­pres­sive state to an­other.

Why don’t we ad­mit that by the con­tin­u­a­tion of regimes that are re­ject­ing change and open­ness, we are likely to suf­fer fur­ther ma­jor eco­nomic set­backs and are ex­pect­ing the worst to come some­where down the line? How­ever, vi­o­lence and ter­ror­ism in our frag­mented so­ci­eties are just a part of the story. While talk­ing about the ter­ror­ism of rad­i­cal re­li­gious groups, we can­not for­get the role played by the UK, the US and the West in gen­eral in sow­ing the seeds in the re­gion when it in­her­ited re­gional colo­nial con­trol. Through his books ‘Gulf King­doms’ and ‘Shadow Wars’, aca­demic re­searcher Christo­pher David­son ex­poses the un­der­ly­ing pat­terns be­hind Mid­dle Eastern strife and traces Bri­tain’s his­tory dur­ing the pe­riod be­fore and af­ter Egypt’s July rev­o­lu­tion (1952), fol­lowed by that of the US in adapt­ing ter­ror­ism and us­ing it as a weapon that proved ef­fec­tive in fight­ing Com­mu­nism, which later back­fired and be­came a hor­ri­ble threat and ghoul for them. It was un­der this pre­text that Ji­had in Afghanistan was sanc­tioned and jus­ti­fied where our oil-wealth states funded, armed and mo­bi­lized men.

The US sent ex­pen­sive pills and coun­tries would im­me­di­ately pay them off. If the Is­lamic State’s bru­tal ter­ror­ism scene sick­ens us now, we will surely find their roots growing from the Afghan Mu­ja­hedeen who used to am­pu­tate their op­po­nents’ bod­ies. Christo­pher says that link­ing such facts to the story of Franken­stein and his mon­ster who turned up against him, is noth­ing new. What matters is that he in­cludes doc­u­mented Bri­tish re­ports, state­ments and in­ter­views with Western of­fi­cials in the CIA and other bod­ies in his re­search. He also moves on to the Arab Spring and its de­feat be­fore counter rev­o­lu­tions were spon­sored by our con­ser­va­tive regimes. I hope this re­search will be trans­lated into Ara­bic though I know for sure that it will be con­sid­ered an in­tel­lec­tual ta­boo in our deserts. The econ­o­mists and the AHDR re­marked that af­ter five years since the Arab Spring rev­o­lu­tions, Arab regimes seem to have not learned any lessons, that they are still cruel and re­pres­sive with their peo­ple and stub­bornly re­ject pay­ing at­ten­tion to op­po­si­tion. The abun­dance we used to have be­cause of the high oil prices were used to si­lence and calm down an­gry voices. What will we do now?

—Trans­lated by Kuwait Times

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