‘Cat guard­ing the milk pot’

‘Zion­ist sup­port big­gest il­lu­sion’

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

“THE freak voices which call for the nor­mal­iza­tion of ties with the Zion­ist en­tity and sell­ing Pales­tine and the Pales­tini­ans are shame­less. They nei­ther be­long to this na­tion (the Arab na­tion) nor have any weight to sup­port it,” colum­nist Ali Al-Bad­dah wrote for Al-Jarida daily.

“Un­for­tu­nately, these peo­ple throw a life cor­don for the Zion­ists. This hap­pens when the world has started pulling back sup­port for this en­tity. Not just that, the world is de­nounc­ing the Zion­ist vi­o­la­tions rep­re­sented by killing and de­stroy­ing the Arab Pales­tinian peo­ple and the con­fis­ca­tion of our Arab lands.

“Not only that, this hap­pens, while the en­tire world has re­al­ized the dirty role of the Zion­ists in terms of di­vid­ing the Arab ranks and dev­as­tat­ing the en­ti­ties and by mo­bi­liz­ing the mer­ce­nar­ies to fan the flames of sec­tar­i­an­ism to de­stroy our Arab world.

“In spite of the above, these shame­less peo­ple are call­ing for suc­cumb­ing to the de­sires of this en­tity (the Zion­ist en­tity) and opts to co­op­er­ate and nor­mal­ize ties with it, ex­actly as one of the Kuwaiti strate­gists had once called on the Zion­ists to cre­ate an um­brella to pro­tect the Gulf states as if what is cur­rently hap­pen­ing in the Arab world is an­other Satan-made and as if we don’t have any­thing to en­counter our foes ex­cept our first en­emy and the vi­o­la­tor of our coun­tries.

“How­ever, these freak voices would have never emerged in such a shame­less man­ner, were it not for the ex­is­tence of those who are ready to as­sist them from the greedy peo­ple who are look­ing for­ward to sat­isfy the Amer­i­can tastes, in the be­lief the Amer­i­can sup­port can be ob­tained only lay­ing pros­trate in front of the Zion­ists un­mind­ful of their honor and that of their home­lands which they have tram­pled un­der the feet of the peo­ple who have dev­as­tated our Arab world.

“This shame­less­ness is a trial bomb to probe the re­ac­tions of the Kuwaitis against this silly pro­posal which first of all con­tra­dicts with the cur­rent of­fi­cial at­ti­tude of the State. Hence, ev­ery­body should lis­ten to the voice of the Kuwaiti peo­ple who have de­nounced the shame­less­ness in ques­tion as well as its re­jec­tion to any con­ver­gence with the Zion­ist en­emy.

“In this con­text, we say even in the US and Bri­tain who are the main and the big­gest sup­port­ers of the Zion­ist en­tity, we now hear some voices in these coun­tries which speak and frankly for the first time have re­jected the dom­i­na­tion by the Jews of the po­lit­i­cal chan­nels in their coun­tries.

“Not only that, we cur­rently hear these peo­ple talk­ing about the dan­ger of the Jews against ev­ery de­ci­sion they take in their home­lands and both the Amer­i­cans and the Bri­tish peo­ples say the Jews harm en­tire world.

“Like­wise, many pow­ers, have started de­nounc­ing the cur­rent Zion­ist prac­tices of killing and de­stroy­ing Pales­tine and some other pow­ers have started for the recog­ni­tion of the Pales­tini­ans as the masters of their land.

“Given the above, what is cur­rently hap­pen­ing (calls by some Arabs who shame­lessly call for recog­ni­tion of Is­rael) peo­ple, is a process for res­cu­ing the Zion­ist en­tity, par­tic­u­larly since we were be­liev­ing that the State of Kuwait shall re­main far away from such at­ti­tudes, but un­for­tu­nately some of the shame­less mer­ce­nar­ies want to poke their noses in the at­ti­tudes adopted by the State of Kuwait.

“Any­way, those who be­lieve the Zion­ists can con­sti­tute sup­port for the Ara­bian Gulf states are il­lu­sion­ists, be­cause the Jews have never even once re­lin­quished a sin­gle mo­ment of dream­ing about the es­tab­lish­ment of greater Is­rael, as such their con­ver­gence on the rich­est area in the world shall en­able them to dom­i­nate the world and help them get rid of the peo­ples in the re­gion.”


“The Bri­tish of­fi­cer Thomas Lawrence (1888/1935) who is also called ‘The Lawrence of Ara­bia’, man­aged to lib­er­ate Al-Aqaba (an area in Jor­dan) from the Ot­tomans by virtue of his co­op­er­a­tion with the Arab tribes in the Ara­bian Penin­sula dur­ing the Grand Arab Revo­lu­tion (in 1916) against the op­pres­sion of the Ot­toman oc­cu­pa­tion of the Arab ter­ri­to­ries (from 1516 to 1918),” colum­nist

wrote for daily. “The colonel pi­lot Lawrence, called for unity and sol­i­dar­ity among the Arab tribes who dur­ing that time were at log­ger­heads and strug­gling for the sake of pas­tures as well as drink­ing wa­ter wells. He ad­dressed these tribes upon his ar­rival in the pe­riph­ery of Al-Mad­i­nah and met with Al-Sharif Ali Bin Al-Hus­sein (1895/1955) the son of the Grand Arab Rev­o­lu­tion­ary leader Al-Sharif Hus­sein Bin Ali and Lawrence said, you will not achieve any vic­tory nor have a say with­out uni­fy­ing the tribes and get­ting rid of tribal fa­nati­cism and the class di­vi­sions.

“Lawrence Al-Ara­bia, ac­tu­ally was a Bri­tish of­fi­cer who was ap­pointed as the head of Arab Af­fairs Di­vi­sion by the Bri­tish For­eign Af­fairs Depart­ment and shifted to Cairo to be near Al-Sharif Faisal Bin Al-Hus­sein (1883/1933) who was the then king of both Syria and Iraq and man­aged to unify the Arab tribes in the Ara­bian Penin­sula and He­jaz to fight the Ot­toman oc­cu­pa­tion where the lat­ter was in­volved in cor­rup­tion and bru­tal­ity on the earth to such an ex­tent the Ot­toman war­planes were bomb­ing the un­armed Be­douin tribes to an­ni­hi­late them.

“Such be­ing the case, Prince Faisal I Bin Al-Hus­sein AlHashemi, found that the only res­o­lu­tion for deal­ing with Ot­toman at­tacks rests in uni­fy­ing the Arab tribes to lib­er­ate Al-Aqaba from the Ot­tomans and cut the sup­ply route of the Ot­toman armies (since Aqaba had a port). These armies were de­feated by virtue of the Arab Ji­hadists re­volt­ing tribes against the Ot­toman oc­cu­pa­tion un­der the ban­ner of the Grand Arab Revo­lu­tion and this forced the Ot­toman armies to leave the Arab world en­tirely.

“Iron­i­cally, those who were urg­ing the Arabs to unify their ranks against the Ot­tomans, are the same peo­ple who are cur­rently fight­ing the Arabs and pre­vent­ing the Arab coun­tries from uni­fy­ing against their foes.

“Given the above, I find my­self obliged at the mo­ment to con­vey the mes­sage and re­mind those who are cur­rently around with what was said by Thomas Ed­ward Lawrence that the Arab unity rep­re­sents the sole man­ner that shall en­able the Arabs to end all Arab prob­lems.

“This ar­ti­cle, how­ever, will be con­tin­ued later.”

“Do the peo­ple of Kuwait re­al­ize that the spoil­ers are few who do not ex­ceed 5 per­cent of our peo­ple and the good ones are the ma­jor­ity who rep­re­sent 95% of the pop­u­la­tion?,” colum­nist wrote for

daily. “But do you know where the prob­lem lies? The cor­rupt are coura­geous in do­ing what­ever they want with­out hes­i­ta­tion and con­stant protest.

“They strike the wall of the home­land, the Con­sti­tu­tion, the law, hon­esty and honor, and are will­ing to do so with­out fear. They com­mit fol­lies by their ac­tions and in­tim­i­date oth­ers – the fair and the right­eous. They are the ones who think about it and are keen on it.

“They are the cor­rup­tion, the plague and the dis­ease that have spread in the body of the coun­try and we have helped them and co­op­er­ated with them to carry out their plans and who are keen to cor­rupt oth­ers.

“They are co­op­er­at­ing with each other to im­ple­ment their agen­das by con­trol­ling many in­sti­tu­tions and ap­pa­ra­tuses. There is co­or­di­na­tion and ex­change of in­for­ma­tion and play the roles be­tween them so that they can pass their projects and achieve their plans.

“They are fa­vored in some po­si­tions of the ex­ec­u­tive branch and the leg­isla­tive author­ity. In­deed, these cor­rupt peo­ple are bold and act with­out hes­i­ta­tion.

“You will find them ev­ery­where. They present the ideas and per­cep­tions that do not serve the in­ter­ests of the coun­try. For the re­form­ers and the good peo­ple, most of them stand idly by and pas­sively, and ac­cept them in their of­fices by the con­duct of cour­te­sies.

“And their be­hav­ior and prac­tice are in­de­cent and re­jected, there­fore the ma­jor­ity should aban­don their neg­a­tive po­si­tions at a time when our coun­try suf­fers be­cause of the bold­ness of the cor­rupt.”

“How long do we en­dure bor­ing rou­tine trans­ac­tions in our min­istries? While the world around us is mak­ing rapid progress in the elec­tronic era, we are still in the era of man­ual archives, of slow tra­di­tional cor­re­spon­dence that dis­rupt all devel­op­ment such as ‘fur­ther to our let­ter to you, and ref­er­ence to the sub­ject above’. From com­plex treat­ment to more com­plex ones and some­times deal­ing with a non-spe­cial­ist em­ployee who gives him a fatwa in the treat­ment and per­haps con­tra­dicted by his col­league!,” colum­nist Ah­mad Al-Sad­han wrote for Al-Rai daily.

“We want to see the e-government – which we hear about – in re­al­ity, not only in pay­ing fees or some in­for­ma­tion, but we want to fa­cil­i­tate trans­ac­tions of peo­ple and cit­i­zens, and re­duce their pa­per­work, which some­times makes ref­er­ences like a mo­bile archive!

“What is needed is to ac­ti­vate the state of in­sti­tu­tions, away from the the­o­ret­i­cal and un­re­al­is­tic de­scrip­tion of a num­ber of government bod­ies, whether in their web­sites or in their me­dia re­leases!

“What I mean is that in­sti­tu­tional per­for­mance melts chronic neg­a­tives, helps to make the most of ex­ist­ing hu­man ca­pac­i­ties, and helps to place pro­duc­tive peo­ple in the places they de­serve. The in­sti­tu­tional per­for­mance of the government un­der­mines the op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­ter­ven­tions, ex­ter­nal pres­sures and ‘wasta’, which de­prived many of their rights while we rec­og­nize wasta as a global phe­nom­e­non that ex­ist in the most ad­vanced in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions, but the ex­tent of wasta in our coun­try is sur­pris­ing.

“An in­ter­est­ing ex­am­ple is that a per­son who en­ters the min­istry ac­com­pa­nied by an im­por­tant per­son­al­ity has his pa­per­work done in no time with­out go­ing through the rou­tine and an­noy­ing bu­reau­cratic reg­u­la­tions.”

“The in­tel­lec­tual devel­op­ment has a vi­tal role in men­tal in­no­va­tion and the ef­fec­tive­ness of modern lead­er­ship and man­age­ment, be­cause the thought and mind need devel­op­ment, ac­ti­va­tion, con­tin­u­ous train­ing and mem­ory ac­ti­va­tion, be­cause minds get sick as they are still rigid, and ac­cord­ing to stud­ies, ideas as well as bod­ies get im­paired, but the dif­fer­ence is that in­juries to bod­ies are lim­ited to self but the in­juries to ideas are quite the op­po­site,” colum­nist

Zaid Al-Kha­teeb wrote for Al-Kuwait­iah daily. “The deadly in­tel­lec­tual dis­eases such as stereo­typ­ing, ran­dom­ness, black­ness, pes­simism, de­pen­dency, sim­plic­ity, mis­trust and aban­don­ment of pri­or­i­ties, are all rapid epi­demi­o­log­i­cal mal­adies if we are not care­ful in deal­ing with them.

“It is im­por­tant to de­velop in­tel­lec­tual tal­ent so that the hu­man be­ing can uti­lize the en­er­gies and re­sources to the fullest, and to in­form their minds of the progress they can make to cre­ate valu­able fam­i­lies, com­mu­ni­ties and na­tions, and real work.

“The life of ideas is longer than life it­self, and how to change the mind and opin­ions and be­liefs, is very dif­fi­cult, and may need years of ef­fort to de­velop mind, but we say that the fruit of in­tel­lec­tual devel­op­ment is great.

“The im­pact on the lives of those who suc­ceed in reach­ing them, learn­ing the skills of think­ing and devel­op­ment, shorten the hu­man hard ways to achieve the great goals, both in the scope of per­sonal and so­cial, po­lit­i­cal or eco­nomic devel­op­ment, specif­i­cally that the im­por­tance of in­tel­lec­tual devel­op­ment can be sum­ma­rized briefly through the fol­low­ing points: Rec­og­nize the im­por­tance of learn­ing and con­tin­u­ous read­ing in life; Re­spect the views of oth­ers; Ac­cu­racy in un­der­stand­ing and eval­u­at­ing opin­ions and Dis­tanc­ing from sim­pli­fi­ca­tion and su­per­fi­cial­ity in the anal­y­sis of is­sues and prob­lems.”

“We need proper un­der­stand­ing of the re­cent rul­ing of the Con­sti­tu­tional Court to can­cel the Par­lia­ment mem­ber­ship of two law­mak­ers. Away from per­sonal whims and opin­ions of non-spe­cial­ists, the court ruled to can­cel the mem­ber­ship and the rul­ing can­not be ap­pealed as per the gen­eral con­cept in this re­gard,” colum­nist wrote for daily.

“A pe­ti­tion was pre­sented to sus­pend the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the rul­ing. The fees were paid and the court ac­cepted the pe­ti­tion. The ques­tions here are: Why was the pe­ti­tion ac­cepted al­though the rul­ing is fi­nal? What is the im­por­tance of the ap­peal in such a judg­ment or in this par­tic­u­lar court?

“Any­one who fol­lowed the court ses­sion and is wait­ing for the an­nounce­ment of the va­cancy of the par­lia­men­tary seats did not reach the cor­rect un­der­stand­ing of the ba­sis of post­pone­ment.

“Some con­sti­tu­tional opin­ions were pub­lished by a few news­pa­pers, but they are not con­vinc­ing be­cause of the ex­trem­ism of some or the af­fil­i­a­tions of oth­ers keen on serv­ing the in­ter­est of their par­ties be­fore pub­lic in­ter­est. There­fore, do not con­sider their views which have not reached the level of con­vinc­ing the Kuwaiti street.

“The of­fi­cial me­dia out­let of the government did not pay at­ten­tion to this is­sue and did not shed light on it. It should also high­light the government’s view on this sub­ject for the peo­ple to know all ori­en­ta­tions and un­der­stand the is­sue cor­rectly. The con­sti­tu­tional de­bate is healthy as it ed­u­cates the Kuwaiti street un­til it reaches cor­rect un­der­stand­ing of the Con­sti­tu­tion and Elec­tion Law, such that the cit­i­zen knows his rights and du­ties.”

“Apart from the tech­ni­cal and fi­nan­cial as­pect of the re­tire­ment law, I would like to re­mind the Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment in gen­eral and par­tic­u­larly the mem­bers of the Fi­nance Com­mit­tee of the Na­tional Assem­bly about what hap­pened to their peers in the pre­vi­ous Par­lia­ment, when the government suc­ceeded in in­creas­ing the price of gaso­line which some of them de­fended then,” colum­nist

wrote for daily. “The Fi­nance Com­mit­tee an­nounced it will re­quest the with­drawal of its re­port on the early re­tire­ment law from Tues­day’s Na­tional Assem­bly agenda cit­ing fur­ther study af­ter the amend­ments to the law was turned down by the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance.

“The early re­tire­ment law was dis­torted by the Na­tional Assem­bly last month in its first de­lib­er­a­tion which be­came a ‘ploy’ that sur­rounded the deputies from ev­ery side.

“This law will af­fect ev­ery Kuwaiti cit­i­zen in his job, es­ti­mated to be 350,000 sub­scribers in the in­sur­ance sys­tem ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial data, so do not be sur­prised that this law gives the peo­ple the ma­te­rial and their wait­ing for the adop­tion of a fair law that pro­tects the rights of em­ploy­ees and pro­vides them with a de­cent liv­ing af­ter their years of ser­vice.

“It is no­tice­able that many deputies who were de­fend­ing the law when it was adopted in the first de­lib­er­a­tion have ei­ther dis­ap­peared or have pre­ferred to re­main silent when they dis­cov­ered the ex­tent of pop­u­lar re­jec­tion of some ar­ti­cles of the law, es­pe­cially the com­pul­sory re­fer­ral for re­tire­ment for those who have com­pleted the term of ser­vice.”

— Com­piled by Zaki Taleb


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