Escaping a madhouse
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