Hid­ing my face in shame, oh Kuwait!

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS -

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

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