Es­cap­ing a mad­house

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - Al-An­baa By Thaar Al-Rasheedi

The never-end­ing prob­lem in this coun­try is that the ma­jor­ity de­mand for law en­force­ment, full democ­racy and free­dom of ex­pres­sion as long as those laws do not af­fect them. Other­wise, they are pro-democ­racy and are po­lit­i­cal and le­gal ac­tivists. “Im­pose the law on oth­ers. I will crit­i­cize you un­til your law comes near me, if it does then you are be­ing abu­sive with me;” that is how they per­ceive law and democ­racy. In short, this is our dilemma not only in Kuwait, but through­out the Arab world where peo­ple use dou­ble mea­sures and view the same sit­u­a­tions with two dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives ac­cord­ing to the side they are on, rather than judg­ing it on the ba­sis of fixed prin­ci­ples. They are all le­gal and con­sti­tu­tional ex­perts. They are hu­man right ac­tivists un­til they them­selves vi­o­late the law and when it is im­posed on them, they no longer see any laws or con­sti­tu­tion.

At some point of time we have to get rid of dou­ble mea­sures in deal­ing with the law, or else all elec­tions will still give the same re­sults and we will even­tu­ally end up ask­ing about who voted for whom, who gave up the cause and why our coun­try does not develop and stay just like a crip­pled tur­tle. As long as we are en­slaved by our dou­ble-mea­sured ways of think­ing, the same prob­lems will ex­ist, cre­at­ing ad­di­tional ones. Such dou­ble-mea­sured men­tal­ity only pro­duces emo­tional and im­pul­sive de­ci­sions, mak­ing this po­lit­i­cal mad­ness go on for­ever, and the re­sults we had in the 2016 elec­tions will be the same as those we will get in 2116. Af­ter all this, we still won­der why we are so sec­tar­ian, racial and al­ways tak­ing sides. Some be­lieve that with its in­jus­tice, the state has forced some to take refuge un­der sects, tribes or doc­trines.

Well, this is par­tially true, but the main rea­son is that the peo­ple them­selves use dou­ble mea­sures and thus, smaller tribes and sects were born. The so­lu­tion to this prob­lem is be­ing re­al­is­tic. Any so­lu­tions pre­sum­ing that we live in an ideal so­ci­ety will only make things worse. We have to re­al­ize that it will take us a long time to get rid of this, and only then we can develop and have a par­lia­ment that truly rep­re­sents the na­tion. Only then we will stop ask­ing vot­ers for whom they have voted. Any­body who claims to be ideal or liv­ing in a utopia un­der our cur­rent po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion is either a liar or has man­aged to es­cape from this mad­house. We do have so many liars, es­pe­cially those call­ing them­selves‘po­lit­i­cal ac­tivists.’ We still have some po­lit­i­cally sane peo­ple but those wisely pre­fer to re­main silent.

—Trans­lated by Kuwait Times

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