- Kuwait Times Extra
There is an Arabic saying, which translates to “take wisdom from the words of those who are crazy”. This is normally used when you find that the person who was right is the crazy guy. I don’t mean to insult anybody but I never agreed with anything MP Mohammed Al- Juwaihel ever had to say and always thought of him as an extreme person with extreme, politically-incorrect views.
However, for once I do agree with him when he stood up in Parliament to say that the problems we need to discuss are in Kuwait and not in Syria. This Parliament has been kept busy by two major issues on their agenda: First, the Syrian issue and second, throwing derogatory terms at each other.
All of a sudden our MPs think they are members of the UN Security Council or belong to a country that is a superpower. Now don’t get me wrong, I believe that the suffering of any people in the world is wrong but the Syrian topic is really interesting from a local and international perspective. First, from an international viewpoint, there is complete outrage over Russia and China’s decision to veto military intervention in Syria. The Syrian people need help. Yes, the veto is a disappointment for the people; but I don’t understand why the shock and the outrage towards the two superpowers over just one veto.
The US can get away with more than 25 vetoes on resolutions that would benefit the Palestinian people who have needed help since the UN resolution 181 from November 1947 that marked the creation of the state of Israel. Russia and China would say they are protecting their interests; the US is protecting its interests and the interests of Israel as well. To be honest, Syria needs another 64 years before their government can catch up with the atrocities that the un-Jewish like government of Israel is doing to the people of Palestine. I say un-Jewish because the Jewish belief does not condone such actions. Unfortunately, we do live in a world that is extremely biased.
From a local perspective, I think the position of Kuwaitis on stopping bloodshed in Syria was clear and our government is backing the UN and Arab League on all their decisions on this matter. Now, why does our Parliament feel the need to continue discussing this matter and if you can’t sort things out in your own backyard, what qualifies you to help sort out Syria?
The truth is our Parliamentarians are doing what they do best which is that creating divisions. This whole issue is being created because both Sunni and Shiite MPs want to have a go at each other and this time they have the Syrian issue as an excuse – just like the Bahraini issue was used before. For God’s sake, you have done enough damage to Kuwait locally; please don’t sabotage its international relations as well and for once, address the issues and needs of the Kuwaiti people.
In conclusion, if all these efforts by the Arabs were made for Palestine, we would have a real Palestinian state today, and if all these efforts made by our Parliamentarians to slander each other were swayed towards the betterment of Kuwait, we would be saying “What credit crunch?”
By Abd Al-Rahman Al-Alyan
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