- Kuwait Times Extra
My editor always criticizes my negativism. This happened again last night when I came to write an article. “People are tired of your pessimism,” she said. She asked me to write something positive. ‘Is she crazy? Do you see anything positive in the environment around us,’ I told myself. I wanted to scream but instead I decided to put it in an article.
Please, give me something positive and I will write about it. I am an optimistic person by nature and I always believe in human positivism. I never lose hope. I live on hope that God is merciful and there will be hope for everybody. But what could be the source of my positive inspiration simply looking at things everywhere around me?
Listening to the news, even outside of Kuwait, make you lose hope completely. We haven’t closed the chapter of the Batman mass shooting in Colorado when another shooting rampage, which I am sure you know about, happened in the United States this week. A former American veteran started shooting at random in a Sikh temple killing seven people and injuring over 30 others. Allegedly, the media speculated, he was targeting Muslims. Muslims or no Muslims the people who died are victims of a brutal murder.
Zoom back to our region and look at what is happening in Egypt. As I am writing this 20 Egyptian soldiers were killed at iftar time. Of course, it is clear that this act of violence means to turn the Egyptians against the Palestinians after the opening of the Rafah border for trapped Palestinians for many years during the Mubarak regime. Look nowhere further than Israel because they are the only ones who will benefit from such a plot. It is not in the interest of the Palestinians to do this. On the contrary it harms their cause.
Look at Syria. There, I am totally lost. I don’t know who is wrong and who is right. I just see victims, refugees, wounded people and demolished homes. Drive 10 kilometers into Gaza and you can imagine the situation there. There are bombardments every day. The news even stopped mentioning them. The killings of teenagers who are deprived of their youth have become a daily affair. Do not forget our Northern neighbor where it is a daily routine for at least 20 or 30 people to be killed in so-called terrorist attacks. Either a market is shelled down or streets end up torn into pieces. Do not forget Bahrain and Yemen too. No need to even mention what is going on there.
Let’s sail to Manila because honestly you need a boat there. The heavy rains have nearly swamp the capital. Move a little bit further to Afghanistan and the beautiful news from the area. If you drive further to Pakistan where no-pilot planes are bombarding weddings or innocent soldiers; mosques explosions abound and markets set ablaze. From Afghanistan go down to India – If they don’t have massacres and killings, they had just had a mass power outage which put the country on a standstill for days.
Either drive or ride a mule to tiny Burma, which the world has ignored totally. There, the massacres of Burmese and the Rohingya Muslims who albeit happening are largely un-reported for whatever reasons. Forget the beautiful Bangladesh and its flooding problem every now and then. Even the beautiful rich Gulf has not been spared from turmoil. The fast advancing Emirates where innovation is happening like the speed of light, is not spared from other dilemmas too. I hope that nothing serious happens there. Reports of arrests are circulating now.
Iran is a chapter on its own. Reports there ranges from the American anger and the isolation of the international community to the threats of closure of international airspace etc. I just landed in Kuwait. It is horrible I don’t know where to start from. And our editor wants me to be positive!!! Enjoy the last 10 days of Ramadan in a peaceful and worshipping mood. That will be the only positive thing you could do.
By Badrya Darwish
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