Val­ues of for­give­ness

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Khalid Al-Tar­rah

Aten­nis match be­tween Ja­pan and Amer­ica paved a path to re­store diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries fol­low­ing a his­toric diplo­matic break up due to the Hiroshima bomb­ing. While in the 1980s, the so called “eye diplo­macy” fol­low­ing the in­ven­tion of Oph­thal­mol­o­gist Fe­dorov, the for­mer Soviet pi­lot, of cornea surgery to cor­rect vi­sion, led to the open­ing of diplo­matic chan­nels be­tween Gulf coun­tries and the Soviet Union be­fore its col­lapse. Things seem more com­pli­cated in Kuwait de­spite the demo­cratic free­dom it en­joys and which is pro­tected by the con­sti­tu­tion, as signs of dif­fer­ences be­tween the ex­ec­u­tive and leg­isla­tive au­thor­i­ties ap­peared while the 2016 Na­tional Assem­bly is still in its in­fancy. Th­ese signs ap­peared be­cause of a Christ­mas tree placed in a co­op­er­a­tive so­ci­ety lo­cated where a large num­ber of for­eign­ers live.

The cri­sis that was started by a law­maker prompted the con­cerned min­is­ter to re­move all traces of the Christ­mas tree so that the gov­ern­ment or the min­is­ter her­self would avoid be­ing sub­jected to a par­lia­men­tary siege. The MP worked for many years at the Fatwa and Leg­is­la­tion Depart­ment, and his ex­pe­ri­ence qual­i­fies him to be aware of the law, and the val­ues of for­give­ness that were con­firmed by all heav­enly re­li­gions. I do not think that the MP and Min­is­ter know the rights Chris­tian Kuwaitis pos­sess, just like other cit­i­zens, in ad­di­tion to hav­ing for­eign and Arab Chris­tian com­mu­ni­ties who de­serve re­spect re­gard­less of their re­li­gion.

The tree al­most cre­ated a clash, if only it wasn’t for the min­is­ter’s po­lit­i­cal en­thu­si­asm. Do we ex­pect a leg­is­la­tion in co­op­er­a­tion with the MP whose feel­ings were pro­voked by a tree, to up­root it by ban­ning Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions? Kuwait earned the ‘Hu­man­i­tar­ian Cen­ter’ ti­tle. Hu­man­ity does not only mean aid­ing poor coun­tries, rather it also in­cludes hon­or­ing prin­ci­ples and val­ues of for­give­ness that are sup­posed to pre­vail so­cially and po­lit­i­cally, so that we re­move the roots of strug­gle re­gard­less of its na­ture. The Kuwaiti so­ci­ety has a his­tory of for­give­ness, which was re­flected by Dr Khal­ifa AlWuqayan in his book “Cul­ture in Kuwait” which pro­poses spread­ing and in­still­ing val­ues of for­give­ness.

— Trans­lated by Kuwait Times

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