Hiding my face in shame, oh Kuwait!
Amid huge international rejection and condemnation, and during its reign in Afghanistan, the Afghan extremist movement Taliban destroyed Buddha statues that were over 2000 years old. These statues were part of the World Heritage sites, and their destruction sparked a wave of rejection and condemnation from all over the world to such an unethical and barbaric action. In 2016, Kuwait destroyed a Christmas tree that symbolizes the festival as well as our relation with the Christian brothers and sisters living here. Tell me the difference between what Taliban and Kuwait did?
Some people believe that Taliban’s actions are religiously justified, and that the Buddha statues were only idols that are religiously prohibited and do not represent any human achievements. But what about Kuwait; a democratic constitutional state that protects everyone’s rights, spreads equality and justice and respects all faiths, as stipulated by its constitution?
Taliban assaulted Heathen symbols, but Kuwait assaulted those of a heavenly religion. Taliban assaulted a religion with no believers on their soil, but Kuwait assaulted a religion that almost half its population believes in. Kuwait stabbed each and every Christian living in it by doing this, and also insulted those living worldwide. What difference did this action make? How can a state that represents democracy and constitutionality do this to their fellow human beings?
We feel so ashamed and cannot face or look at any Christian living in Kuwait or elsewhere in the eye. Is not it enough that Christians are being killed in their own countries by a handful of lunatic criminals? Has Kuwait forgotten that it was invaded and occupied by a Muslim neighbor using the cries of ‘Allaho Akabr’ and that those who liberated it from that Muslim neighbor were the followers of Christ; whom they have insulted and humiliated on the day of their festival? This reminds me of poet Ghazi Al-Qossaibi’s words “Hiding my face in shame, oh Baghdad” and say the same: “I am hiding my face in shame, oh Kuwait.” —Translated by Kuwait Times powers such as the case in the first World War, or between the Soviet Union and the allies led by US against Fascism, Nazism and Japan as the case in the second World War. What is happening today is a gradual war with destruction parallel to that caused in both World Wars, especially in terms of millions of people who have been killed and displaced under a pretext of democratization and fighting dictatorships, with slight differences in concepts and balance of power.
World War III has already started, and its battles are going on around us. And this time, no one will survive it. It started with conflicts and proxy wars in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq. All these hotspots are closely related. Therefore, those who believed that assassinating the Russian ambassador in Turkey by a Turkish policeman would trigger World War III are absolutely delusional and incapable of perceiving the surrounding military and political changes since 2001, when the first spark started and was continued by a second wave in 2011. We are witnessing the indications of the third wave and the fourth is inevitable. But since it’s gradual, most of us never felt its weight, as these waves are moving from one country to another, forming regions and creating warriors with a time gap in between. A war of this magnitude will leave disastrous results, and will go on until God Almighty knows when.
—Translated by Kuwait Times