Strike tim­ing tac­ti­cal in na­ture

De­ci­sions taken cover de­mands of cit­i­zens, spe­cial­ists

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

“SOME peo­ple say that a third world war is on the hori­zon, that it is rag­ing in Syria, and that the Amer­i­canRus­sian con­fronta­tion will be its spark, that shall an­ni­hi­late ev­ery­thing on our planet,” colum­nist, pro­fes­sor at Kuwait Univer­sity’s Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence Depart­ment, an Ad­vi­sor to Hu­man Rights Watch (HRW) and the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Arab Fund for Hu­man Rights Pro­fes­sor Dr Ghanim Al-Najjar wrote for Al-Jarida daily.

“In mod­ern his­tory there were two world wars (ac­cord­ing to the term), the World War 1 ac­tu­ally be­gan in Europe, fol­low­ing the as­sas­si­na­tion of the Crown Prince of Aus­tria and Hun­gary in Sara­jevo by a Yu­goslav na­tion­al­ist in 1914 and lasted from 1914 to 1918 and ended with the con­clu­sion of Ver­sailles treaty (in France).

“The Sec­ond World War is said to be the re­sult of the First World War and this war also, which lasted for 6 years from 1939 to 1945, also be­gan in Europe and was joined later by Amer­ica. This war ended with the vic­tors meet­ing at the ‘Dum­bar­ton Oaks’ in Cal­i­for­nia to es­tab­lish the United Na­tions.

“The fore­cast­ers (not the me­te­o­rol­o­gists or for­tune tell­ers) de­fied some dates of the ‘Third World War.’ They not only talked about in de­tail about the war, in­clud­ing the place where it will break out, they also shed light on the dam­ages the war will cause in ad­di­tion to the vic­tims.

“In this con­text, we say even the strate­gists from time to time set forth their ex­pec­ta­tions over the erup­tion of a third world war by re­ly­ing on the events and the his­tor­i­cal prece­dence, but noth­ing hap­pened since the end of the World War II.

“How­ever, dur­ing this pe­riod, the world was on the verge of a third world war or so it was thought, and this hap­pened about 11 times, per­haps the most im­por­tant of which was the Korean War (in May and June 1953).

“Per­haps the mo­ments when the world held its breath was dur­ing the so-called in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions of the Cuban mis­sile cri­sis of Oc­to­ber 1962 some­times re­ferred to as ‘the edge of the catas­tro­phe.’

“How­ever, the ‘Third World War’ did not oc­cur, but it turned out that dur­ing the cri­sis in ques­tion, the two great pow­ers the then Soviet Union and the United States of Amer­ica, had con­cluded some strate­gic deals be­tween them.

“Now we are part of the Syr­ian and re­gional scene. We live in a dis­as­trous state. In Syria there are reg­u­lar armies of seven for­eign coun­tries or per­haps more. There are mili­tias from ev­ery place you imag­ine or do not imag­ine.

“The hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion in Syria is the worst in terms of refugees, dis­placed per­sons and civil­ians, and they are seem­ingly placed at the bot­tom of the ma­jor and re­gional coun­tries, in­clud­ing the Syr­ian regime it­self.

“In this con­nec­tion, I would like to say that more than one me­dia asked me this ques­tion: ‘Do you be­lieve that the tim­ing of the strike that was car­ried out by Amer­ica, Britain, and France in Syria co­in­cided with the con­ven­ing of the Arab Coun­cil Board meet­ing was strate­gic and tac­ti­cal in mean­ing?

“Per­son­ally speak­ing, I guess the strike falls within the Amer­i­can, Bri­tish, French, Rus­sian, Ira­nian and Turk­ish and some oth­ers’ sphere of mu­tual un­der­stand­ing, hence I would call it tac­ti­cal in na­ture. But we would like to take into ac­count that hold­ing of the Arab sum­mit, ac­tu­ally seems to be ir­rel­e­vant, rather I be­lieve the strik­ers had ba­si­cally for­got­ten that the Arab League Coun­cil was hold­ing a meet­ing.

“Such be­ing the case, there are no in­di­ca­tions that the third world war will be­gin in Syria, be­cause those who are cur­rently man­ag­ing the af­fairs of the world are just a hand­ful of heart­less and sense­less traf­fick­ers and as such they don’t care about the tor­ment of hu­mans.”

Al-Najjar

“Any­one who fol­lows what hap­pened re­cently in Syria – use of in­ter­na­tion­ally for­bid­den weapons as well the lim­ited mis­siles strike car­ried out by Amer­ica, Britain and France can be clas­si­fied as a nar­cotic dose that will qui­eten the sit­u­a­tion for a spe­cific pe­riod and as such ev­ery party will be in a po­si­tion to ben­e­fit from the same ac­cord­ingly,” colum­nist Qais Al-Asta wrote for Al-Qabas daily.

“In other words, the sup­port­ers of the Syr­ian regime will claim Pres­i­dent Bashar Al-As­sad is the vic­tim of uni­ver­sal colo­nial­ism and as such the sup­port of Iran and Rus­sia to the cur­rent Syr­ian regime falls within en­coun­ter­ing the im­pe­ri­al­is­tic avarices, for­get­ting or ig­nor­ing that this regime has killed hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple with chem­i­cal weapons and drop­ping bar­rel bombs in ad­di­tion to tor­tur­ing and per­se­cut­ing that can be deemed as the first of its kind in the world.

“In the mean­time, this regime will feel sat­is­fied to some ex­tent and hope that the US care­taker is still in line and will most likely di­rect some more strikes against Syria and prob­a­bly also Iran.

“For its part, the US care­taker will not re­main quiet, rather it will in­vest the sat­is­fac­tion shown by the anti-Syria, Iran and Rus­sia axis by send­ing them a big in­voice for the pur­chase of civil and mil­i­tary air­craft in ad­di­tion to tanks, ar­mored per­son­nel ve­hi­cles and even ma­chine-guns.

“How­ever, be­tween those who de­pict the regime of Al-As­sad as mar­tyr in a sa­cred war and those who be­lieve that Iran was be­hind all the or­deals and stand­ing against Tehran is a duty.

“Here, we have for­got­ten the most im­por­tant thing than all the above that the Syr­ian peo­ple have suf­fered a lot from the killer regime, while oth­ers be­lieve that the most im­por­tant pri­or­i­ties in this con­nec­tion are stand­ing against Iran and for­get­ting even tem­porar­ily the other is­sues topped by the Zion­ist crimes against the Pales­tini­ans.

“Any­way, we in this part of the world need to re­turn to the hu­man­i­tar­ian spirit, its im­por­tance and sanc­tity ir­re­spec­tive of the re­li­gion of this spirit or its sect.

“We need to re­al­ize that our in­ter­ests are com­mon and our dif­fer­ences which ini­tially look like sec­tar­ian, but in fact are not, rather it is a war of in­ter­ests cur­rently mar­keted by the lead­ers of the two par­ties.

“Not only that, this war has also taken place under the aus­pices of some cler­ics who do not fear Almighty God. How­ever, to be fair, these cler­ics be­long to both sides.”

“In just three days, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of De­fense Sheikh Nasser Al-Sabah, who presided over a meet­ing with the Supreme Coun­cil for Plan­ning and an­other with the En­vi­ron­ment Supreme Coun­cil, dot­ted the i’s and crossed the t’s to launch a new phase of de­ci­sion-mak­ing in a man­ner that prom­ises a bet­ter fu­ture and un­prece­dented qual­i­ta­tive leap in gov­ern­men­tal work,” Ab­dul­rah­man Al-Awwad wrote for Al-Sabah daily.

“Sev­eral sig­nif­i­cant de­ci­sions were taken dur­ing the first meet­ing with the Supreme Coun­cil for Plan­ning such as de­vel­op­ment of the ex­ec­u­tive sys­tem, ra­tio­nal­iza­tion of ex­pen­di­tures, im­prove­ment of gov­ern­men­tal per­for­mance, re­struc­tur­ing of the state’s ex­ec­u­tive sys­tem, and ac­ti­vat­ing the pri­vate sec­tor.

“In the sec­ond meet­ing with the En­vi­ron­ment Supreme Coun­cil, a num­ber of im­por­tant de­ci­sions were taken such as in­stal­la­tion of tem­po­rary rain­wa­ter and sewage wa­ter treat­ment sta­tions and nec­es­sary steps to pro­tect and re­ha­bil­i­tate Kuwaiti Bay as well as pre­pare a timetable for pro­vid­ing fuel al­ter­na­tives in the sta­tions.

“Any­one who fol­lows the gov­ern­men­tal work will re­al­ize that these de­ci­sions were taken in a sin­gle meet­ing with­out the need for fur­ther de­lib­er­a­tions, and that they cover the de­mands of cit­i­zens and spe­cial­ists.”

“There was a strong ru­mor spread­ing across the coun­try re­cently con­cern­ing pur­ported gov­ern­ment res­ig­na­tion. How­ever, we wish to af­firm that there is not an iota of truth in the ru­mor. There­fore, the hon­or­able min­is­ters whose names were in­cluded among those who were re­ported to have re­signed should stay calm,” Ta­lal Al-Saeed wrote for Al-Seyas­sah daily.

“The gov­ern­ment quickly dis­pelled the ru­mor, and the con­cerned au­thor­i­ties started look­ing for the source of that ru­mor in or­der to charge that in­di­vid­ual with spread­ing false news to cre­ate chaos in the coun­try. Re­port­edly, the source has been iden­ti­fied to draw cur­tain on the is­sue!

“I will like to pose a ques­tion to the hon­or­able min­is­ters whose names were in­cluded in the list of those sus­pected to have re­signed. Why did peo­ple in Kuwait spread the ru­mor on their res­ig­na­tion so quickly that it went vi­ral on the so­cial me­dia such that all so­cial me­dia users in Kuwait got the news within an hour?

“We are af­firm­ing here that the news was not true. It was a mere ru­mor so that we are not held ac­count­able, be­cause all of them still re­tain their seats strongly.

“As for source of the ru­mor, to hell with him! How­ever, what about the mas­sive mes­sages cir­cu­lated among Kuwaitis with which they cel­e­brated the news as if they sighted the holy month moon? The only mes­sage we can de­duce from this fake news is that Kuwaitis are not happy with the poor per­for­mances of the con­cerned min­is­ters.”

“We watched the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Civil In­for­ma­tion (PACI) dis­cussing re­cently on KTV chan­nel about cre­ation of an ap­pli­ca­tion called “Kuwait Finder” to ease the search for ad­dresses of houses and of­fices as well as fa­cil­i­tate other mat­ters in the State of Kuwait,” Mo­ham­mad Jassem Al-Sedah wrote for Al-Qabas daily.

“I, as a cit­i­zen, am sur­prised that the di­rec­tor gen­eral used an ex­pres­sion for this in­no­va­tion in a for­eign lan­guage, pre­cisely English, by call­ing it “Kuwait Finder.” It would have been bet­ter to give it an Ara­bic ti­tle such as the tele­phone direc­tory “Ib­hath ma’ana” (Search with us) or any other Ara­bic ex­pres­sion that could denote the pur­pose.

“Sev­eral Kuwaitis had fol­lowed the same ap­proach adopted by the PACI’s di­rec­tor gen­eral. They used ex­pres­sions in for­eign lan­guage at the ex­pense of Ara­bic lan­guage as if Kuwait does not have a lan­guage. In fact, Ara­bic is one of the best lan­guages in the world. It is enough an honor that the Holy Qu­ran was re­vealed in Ara­bic to pre­serve it un­til eter­nity.”

— Com­piled by Zaki Taleb

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