- Kuwait Times Extra
We do not know the real reason why many MPs, columnists and tweeters attack Dubai police chief Dhahi Al-Khalfan. I knew the man 20 years ago, during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, when I was a refugee in the UAE and teaching in a university there.
I met Lt Gen Al-Khalfan during several TV shows where we discussed security issues in the Gulf at that time and the person as I knew him was a strict and credible military man. He is not a politician as some are trying to make him out to be. The man’s power emanates from the treasure of information he possesses – all that he said and warned about the increasing influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Gulf in general, and Kuwait in particular, have come true.
We wrote, as other sincere people in this country did about the increasing influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait. They are a stronger and better organized Islamic party in the area, also very influential and financially stronger. They control the state’s ministries and establishments, particularly Awqaf, Justice and Education and their members are found in all government departments — only the foreign ministry was spared. But now with the reining in of the Arab nationalists, the Brotherhood and the tribes’ influence is on the increase.
The question is why do brotherhood MPs and their supporters get angry about the frank and clear statements of Al-Khalfan? The answer is simple and clear. It is because the man is trying to warn Kuwait and its people of the impending danger of the increasing influence of the Muslim Brotherhood, especially after taking over power in more than one Arab country, including Egypt, Tunisia and maybe Syria in the future.
Former MPs who belong to the Muslim Brotherhood attack Al-Khalfan because he uncovers their plans and reveals their faults in front of the Gulf public in general and the Kuwaiti people in particular. Lt Gen Al-Khalfan is not interfering in the local affairs of the country, rather he is attempting to reveal information about MPs in Kuwait who are supporting Brotherhood cells in the UAE with money.
We do not exaggerate when we stress that most civil establishments, NGOs, cooperatives, voluntary committees, labor unions, student unions in the university and applied education are dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood…and they reached this stage because of thoughtless government support to all their establishments. It is hard to believe that the government has asked Awqaf ministry, which is one of the state’s ministries, to form a centrism committee to study the reasons behind extremism and religious zealousness in Kuwait society.
This is a ministry that is unable to control extremist preachers at mosques who attack some Arab countries and criticize its leaders, and accuse the government of corruption because it did not implement Shariah. So how can this ministry call for centrism and moderation?
Finally, it seems that the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait and the Gulf in general has become arrogant after the brotherhood took over power in Egypt, and moreover, they are calling for a Gulf-Egyptian alliance that will strengthen the organisation’s control over the region – and this is what Lt. General Dhahi Al-Khalfan warned against.
Brotherhood MP Jamaan Al-Harbash called for a Gulf-Egyptian alliance and considered it a strategic necessity in the face of Iran’s expansionist moves in the region. This strange since the Brotherhood call aims at distancing the Gulf countries from their traditional allies in the US and the West, as well as the minority Shiite party in the Gulf, particularly in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and others. Joining such alliance is demeaning to the Gulf regimes and this is what brother Dhahi Al-Khalfan warned against. — Al-Watan
By Dr. Shamlan Y. Al-Essa
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