- Kuwait Times Extra
The scenes from the attack on Al-Watan TV, which took place in the early hours of yesterday, are further signs of the level of chaos that threatens the security of this country. Again a mob of people decided to take measures into their own hands and attacked the TV station in an attempt to get to one of its guests who was in a live interview. Police were called to the scene to stop the mob from entering the building but they retaliated with force, injuring many officers and causing damage to public and private properties.
All I have been hearing for the past couple of days from some of the MPs who are clearly responsible for these actions are threats of crushing or trampling underfoot all those that cross them! Has the law lost its power over citizens? Are we all supposed to carry guns now for security or to state our point of view? To be honest, at this moment I feel like I do need a gun to state my opinion or to write about politics in Kuwait, since the police and the government are not putting their foot down and ensuring the safety of its citizens.
Enough is enough! Over half of those involved in the Kuwaiti political scene are talking nonsense and are insinuating hatred and are creating divisions within the Kuwaiti society. These divisions are dangerous and could escalate even further than what it has mounted to now. Kuwait does not only require strong policing, but it also requires men/women who can take decisions and back them with actions in the government.
Candidates should not be allowed to dissect Kuwait into social groups. We are all Kuwaiti whether we are Shiite, Sunni, tribal, hadar, within the old walls of Kuwait, outside the walls of Kuwait, originally from the east, west, south, north or from another planet. The government should take legal action against anyone who encourages such divisions. How can candidates build their elections campaign on schoolyard insults and obscenity and still get away with it? The law should hold such people responsible for their insulting behavior, and it should not be entertained by the media who seem to have lost their sense of responsibility as well.
I hope that Kuwaitis will think hard when they hit the polling stations today. The future of Kuwait lies in its security and unity. Remember the experiences of 1990 when we lost our country to an invasion and many of us where stranded abroad or stuck inside in one of the darkest hours for Kuwaitis. Let’s not destroy our own country and take Kuwait for granted when we vote today.
By Abd Al-Rahman Al-Alyan
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