We are all cor­rupted

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

Awqaf and Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Af­fairs Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Al-Jabri made us happy with his press state­ment about “Kuwait be­ing free of ex­trem­ism.” This is not a state­ment for me­dia con­sump­tion, as much as it is an of­fi­cial tes­ti­mony about the “nonex­is­tence of ex­trem­ist ide­ol­ogy in Kuwait or par­ti­san ac­tion in min­istries, as the place of the par­ti­san per­son is home and not the Awqaf min­istry,” ac­cord­ing to the min­is­ter. State­ments of MP and Min­is­ter Jabri (pub­lished by Al-Jarida on June 27, 2017), who ac­cepted to have the Pub­lic Author­ity for Agri­cul­ture Af­fairs and Fish Re­sources un­der his author­ity, af­ter be­ing re­jected by more than one min­is­ter, has po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity in­di­ca­tions that the In­te­rior Min­istry and gov­ern­ment as a whole should ben­e­fit from the min­is­ter’s view.

The min­is­ter put the rules of the par­ti­san ac­tion by his to­tal re­jec­tion of any party mem­ber to work in the Awqaf min­istry, and “con­fronting ex­trem­ist ide­olo­gies in all min­istries.” This gives peace of mind to peo­ple and de­nies all what has been said about Kuwait by coun­tries and in­ter­na­tional es­tab­lish­ments about the ex­is­tence of “ter­ror­ist cells” in Kuwait. Among min­is­ter Jabri’s rules is that the par­ti­san per­son prac­tice his ide­ol­ogy at “home and not in state min­istries,” re­gard­less of its na­ture, whether it is ex­treme or mod­er­ate, as there is no dif­fer­ence be­tween ex­treme or mod­er­ate and as long as the par­ti­san per­son prac­tices his “ac­tiv­ity” out­side the gov­ern­ment do­main.

The in­te­rior and for­eign min­istries should ben­e­fit from the min­is­ter’s anal­y­sis in an­swer­ing any claims about the ex­is­tence of ci­ti­zens who have an ex­treme “Daesh” or “Qaeda” ide­ol­ogy in gen­eral, as the min­is­ter’s state­ment re­futes all what was at­trib­uted to Kuwaiti ci­ti­zens, that they adopt an ex­treme sui­ci­dal ide­ol­ogy.

The min­is­ter’s state­ment also de­nies the mis­take the gov­ern­ment had made in re­gards to ap­prov­ing the lat­est “ter­ror­ist list” that was is­sued by ei­ther in­ter­na­tional es­tab­lish­ments, or brotherly Gulf coun­tries. His state­ments seem to sug­gest that Kuwait is void of ide­ol­ogy ex­trem­ism, and we do not have ter­ror­ists among us, and no one had car­ried out any ter­ror­ist ac­tion in or out­side Kuwait, which means that Al-Ab­daly cell, and the ex­plo­sion at Al-Sadeq mosque has no re­la­tion with ter­ror­ism, and there is no need for the “ad­vice and guid­ance pro­gram” by Awqaf Min­istry.

Of course, the min­is­ter should have a con­vinc­ing jus­ti­fi­ca­tion to make such a state­ment at this par­tic­u­lar time, es­pe­cially when the Gulf is en­gaged in a deep dis­pute over is­sues in­clud­ing ter­ror­ism and the re­la­tion of some in­di­vid­u­als with ter­ror­ist net­works that tar­get Gulf se­cu­rity, as the min­is­ter was sat­is­fied with the press state­ment, and to present his views to the gov­ern­ment later.

It is found out that there is wrong in­for­ma­tion about the ex­is­tence of par­ti­san ac­tiv­ity in Kuwait, and that the Awqaf min­istry in par­tic­u­lar was “not af­fected with par­ti­san­ship at all,” and that some of those who have ex­trem­ist and par­ti­san ide­olo­gies are at “home” and not in gov­ern­ment of­fices, and this is le­gal in the min­is­ter’s opin­ion. As for those who were de­tained at Guan­tanamo, we leave it to the min­is­ter to study the case to safe­guard Kuwait and the de­tainees’ rights. We thank the min­is­ter for his sin­cer­ity and we hope the gov­ern­ment ben­e­fits from his views in re­gards to his def­i­ni­tion of home par­ti­san ac­tion, and the ne­ces­sity to le­gal­ize it.—Al-Qabas

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