‘Uncertainty to continue’
‘Two projects’ could destroy region
“AT THE moment there are two effective projects in the region, the first is the project of the United States of America and the second is of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” columnist Abdulaziz Khuraibet wrote for AlShahed daily.
“Such being the case, all that we see today are strategic conflicts and tensions, regional and sectarian wars, civil wars, demographic change, and conflict of identity, which are the frontlines of the wars of countries that are trying to play a role in the region, either to become an ally to the victorious or to become a state based on a power of attorney.
“However, the two projects are between tide and ebb, but I think that the American project will be the winner in the region. This will happen if the US is not dragged into a world war, but the latter will not be as the previous world wars and this can be attributed to a realistic, deep-rooted and radical reasons witnessed and are known to all observers who are concerned about what has occurred and is likely to occur in the region.
“In his book, Ahmet Davutoglu (former Turkish prime minister and foreign minister) spoke about the fact that the world is witnessing strategic transformations and the transition of power centers, that there are declining forces and rising powers, and that the world is steadily changing.
“Keeping in line and confirming to what has been propounded by Davutoglu, we found some entities in Europe have called for breaking away from their homeland and demanded autonomy. Moreover, these entities are likely to witness more demands.
“In this context, we cite the example of the Kurds in Iraq who demanded autonomy and the establishment of an independent state in north Iraq and East Syria. Given the above, who knows the same case may be in Turkey and Iran in the near future.
“All these changes which currently prevail in the region are due to the effectiveness of the two projects mentioned above. As such any talk of strong powers here and military solution there is worth nothing in the strategic term.
“In this connection, if we compare between upcoming tactical victory and the strategic regional dimension in the long term, this comparison will look like another project that did not bear the fruits as desired by the owners.
“Anyway, any settlement here and a victory there do not mean the failure of the project is based on capabilities and possibilities, positions and decisions of decisive and clear and explicit as declared by the United States of America in the region.
“In this respect, the American strategic project coincides with Iran’s tactical project and the latter will only bring destruction and fire in the region, especially if the United States is dragged behind Israel, which is keen to ignite the war against Iran.
“The tools used by the two projects in the region will spark over the identities, national, ethnic, religious and sectarian components that have roots and extensions in the region and have history, stories, narratives and conversations in this part of the world.
“In other words, these tools range between cracking terrorism and soft and bashful terrorism, but both integrate with each other against the desire of the parties, particularly following the appearance of the armed terrorist organizations and their involvement in carrying out terrorist operations.
“However, the absence of domination over these organizations, these activities are based on reactions but not sudden action.
“In this connection, we elucidate that since the sudden appearance of the Iranian revolution up to the appearance of the so- called State of the Khelafat and the rise and downfall of the ‘Satan Brothers’ along with their coalitions and contradictions, the appearance of the unexpected surprises will continue during the upcoming days until the American project declares its decisive resolution.”
“A disagreement has emerged clearly between Russia and Iran on the Syrian cake since mid-May, when the Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a statement saying all foreign armed forces must leave the Syrian territory,” columnist Waleed Ibrahim Al-Ahmad wrote for Al-Rai daily.
“For his part, the spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Ministry Bahram Qasimi said, ‘No one can force Iran to do something, Iran will stay in Syria as long as there is terrorism and the Syrian government wants our existence, and as such those who entered Syria without permission from the Syrian government must leave.
“While the Secretary-General of the Iranian National Security Council Ali Shamkhani was quoted as saying, ‘My country will not withdraw from Syria despite the pressures that has been put on it in this respect’.
“As for the Syrian regime, after finding itself in a ‘dilemma’ between the ‘enemies brothers’ Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Al-Megdad went out to say that the withdrawal or the presence of troops in Syria at the invitation of the regime’s government is a matter related to the regime alone.’
“However, a few days ago, the Russian force imposed itself on the short-strategic area in the countryside of Al-Qussair which is located in the rural area of Homs, which lies on the Lebanese border without permission or coordination with Hezbollah which has been dominating that part of Syria since 2012.
“As a matter of fact, Russia wants to impose its hegemony on all Syrian regions in the face of American influence in the Middle East. For its part, Iran, with its Lebanese partisan wing (Hezbollah), seeks to control the strategic positions to confront any Iranian-IsraeliLebanese clash on Syrian soil.
“Hence, Russia today is disturbed and unhappy by the expansion of Iranian influence in the region, since Russia sees itself as the party which deserves the Syrian cake, and not Iran.
“In this context, we say it is Russia which has paid billions of dollars on the military machine in order to get all the relevant accounts upside down and defeat the Syrian opposition by virtue of its air force and using forbidden weapons which resulted in the opposition retreating.
“Hence, Russia will not leave Syria easily or allow the others to dominate over Damascus and its vast territory.
“In other words, Russia will not remain idle when the need arises while it sees scenes of Iranian rampage in Damascus without using the stick against it.
“Given the above, we expect a lot of events during the next stage and no one can rule out clashes between the (brothers of the foe) simply because anything that is built on false shall remain false.
“We pray to Almighty Allah to protect the Syrian people and its lands from the enemies and the betrayal of the treacherous regime.”
“Many countries in the region and surrounding areas continue to suffer from conflict. Here, we recall what His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah usually affirms in his meetings, speeches and events,” columnist Abdulrahman Al-Awwad wrote for Al-Sabah daily.
“His Highness always stresses that the region is facing great dangers and challenges, so we must be united in overcoming them. His Highness also emphasized the need for dialogue and understanding between all religions and cultures. He pointed out that this proves Kuwait is a country of moderation, love, peace and coexistence.
“His Highness underscored the need to promote principles of tolerance and coexistence among people in the world in order to spread the culture of love and brotherhood.
“Based on His Highness’ deep understanding and vast experience during his diplomatic and political works, we call on all citizens and expatriates to cooperate in overcoming challenges.”
“The Nationality Investigation Department, led by Mazen Al-Jarrah, has discovered a lot of cases of obtaining Kuwaiti citizenship by submitting forged documents and others are still under investigation,” columnist Talal Al-Saeed wrote for Al-Seyassah daily.
“Details are complex, hence, the need for more time, effort and capabilities to uncover them. The nature of the work of this department is very sensitive. It is in dire need of support in terms of human and material resources for the sake of the citizens and the homeland.
“The issue is not easy, it is more complex than some of us think. The department has more responsibilities than its capabilities. Nevertheless, all those referred to the court for involvement in forgery cases have been convicted. This is reflection of professionalism and justice at work.”
“At a time when governments with old and respected democracies have been able to discern the imbalances in their performance in each and every instance, this is fully reflected on Kuwait,” columnist Zayed Al-Zaid wrote for Annahar daily.
“We still live at the mercy of governments which believe they are the most efficient and complete in the region, but the reality is quite different.
“The annual reports issued by prominent organizations of the State are known to point in the direction of corruption. These reports are supported by evidence and documents, not words. We find Western countries lend their hands to those organizations and groups to find out the shortcomings and problems in their performance on the way to reform.
“The Kuwait International Airport, for example, is ranked as the world’s worst, according to the Bloomberg News report. ‘Kuwait Airport is ranked at 141 on the world chart the world’s with 5.4 points, according to the report of the Kuwait International Airport, AirHelp ‘about the worst airports and the best in the world for 2018’, while it is supposed to be wise and prudent in dealing with this report and the facts, especially as the report addresses several aspects of quality and dates and customer satisfaction for airport services, but -- as usual government -- denial and evasion is the response of the General Directorate of Civil Aviation.
“This report is commercial, its assessment is not subject to international standards and the airport, according to a report recently issued by ICAO, achieved record results in international safety standards last year.
“In fact, the response of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) proves that the government’s approach to denial has become the prevailing approach, without a transparent and revealing approach. If this report is incorrect, the logical thing must be fully refuted, not a general response that does not make any difference.
“The denial approach confirms the validity of the report, and actually in reality Kuwait International Airport, which is the gateway for those coming from abroad, suffers from poor services at all levels. Are pictures and videos to wait for queues of passengers from time to time lying?”
“After a long debate in which all kinds of threat, intimidation and obscene words were exchanged amid fear of military strikes and show off about nuclear missiles to prove military supremacy, Kim Jong Un finally shook the hand of Donald Trump to begin a new chapter in the history of the two nations,” columnist Abdulrahman Al-Awad wrote for Al-Sabah daily.
“Of course, we hope that peace would prevail throughout the East, West, South and North, as we rejoice over reconciliation of the two most willful adversaries on the planet. We hope Mr. Trump, the President of the United States, would consider the eternal conflict of the world—the Palestinian cause.
“The Palestinian situation is no local issue involving two countries; it’s a global issue that demands justice and fair consideration by the international community to pave way for the world to overcome the ordeal just as North Korea and the United States of America overcame their ordeal.
“We wish the international community and the Security Council would find a solution to Palestinian issue, while striving for a quick solution to the situation in Syria and the Middle East so that the whole world may enjoy peace and safety and focus on the stages of construction, development and civilization.”
“What is going on in Jordan is not an accidental action or a foreign conspiracy. It is not what is being claimed by some patient analyses that describe it as a plot of the Muslim Brotherhood Group,” Waleed Ibrahim Al-Ahmad wrote for Al-Rai daily.
“The issue has nothing to do with personal stances or attempts to manipulate the government away from logic and reason. They want to show that Jordan is actually leading a prosperous economy and that people are lying about the prosperity they are enjoying.
“What Jordan is exposed to today requires a serious stance away from biased and sectarian agendas. Yes, it is true that Jordan suffers from accumulated economic troubles, the last of which was a set of decisions taken by its government such as the enforcement of tax. This requires wise men to interfere and pave way for a dialogue between the government and the people in order to bring an end to painkiller solutions.
“Arab and Islamic countries are requested to provide economic and financial aid to the Jordanian government instead of supplying it with military equipment for using them against the people. If the ruling regime in Jordan falls, it will be the beginning of a catastrophe that will undoubtedly leave a negative impact on the entire region. It will pay way for foreign penetration in Jordan. Such a situation will increase the appetite of regional and international greediness to take advantage of the events. There are many who are waiting for a chance to impose their will on Jordan over sectarian and political reasons. We refer to the Iranian scheme that Iran is seeking to accomplish in reality. King Abdullah indicated about it in 2004 when he realized the manipulating role of Tehran in the affairs of the regional countries.
“Jordan is suffering from a political and economic crisis as well as pressures from the USA based on the American concept of ‘Those who antagonize me must pay tax’. On December 30, 2017, King Abdullah mentioned about the pressures on Jordan due to its stance concerning transferring the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.”
— Compiled by Zaki Taleb