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A TV show like ‘Selfie’

I was so bored watching this year’s Kuwaiti drama on TV. As usual, our drama has been dealing with secondary insignificant issues and does nothing but defame Kuwait and its people. They show the country as one out of control where everyone covets for other people’s money and almost all families are plagued with immoralities.

To show the people as addicted to money and prohibited relationships or one of no manners even if we only talked about a group studying abroad is something that serves nobody and undermines the role of drama. Drama should always discuss basic issues and suggest solutions; thus, we have stopped feeling proud of any Kuwaiti TV show since the 1980s because of bad written scripts, monotony in topics and superficiality that has only been focusing on cheap thrilling techniques.

I wish we would only focus on major concerns, like the luring of children and young men to mosques to join terrorist cells. We should make a show that is well-studied and written like ‘Selfie’ which courageously dealt with terrorism and Islamic State (IS) in more than one episode.

For next year, I hope we find a 30-episode, well-studied and professionally written show involving cooperation among educators, psychiatrists and professional writers so that we could eventually get a professional drama that highlights how young people are attracted to terrorism, how such terrorist groups had been silently working for decades and how they brainwash kids into committing suicide bombings.

Such drama should address parents and have them monitor the change in their kids from normal people into extremists. Each episode should explain how to handle each phase of ideological radicalism of youths. We want to watch a decent, respectful and purposeful drama that benefits the society. Ideological terrorism cannot only be fought with slogans. It requires a stern attitude from all state bodies.

The information ministry should have a role in this by directing the drama it produces to such goals. The ministry of education should also work on purifying its teaching staff and remove any one with radical ideas as well as purify curriculums through moderate specialized experts and not through radical religious groups claiming to be moderate.

We can, if we only pay a little attention, fight back terrorism. We cannot do it at random or through fruitless media statements. We need a clearly defined plan and cooperation with all state bodies, citizens and expatriates, who can all work as eyes for the ministry of interior, watchful for any suspicious groups or actions and report them. If we all cooperate, we will be able to fight terrorism.

Finally, spreading rumors and contributing to doing so, dangerously contribute to undermining national security. So, I wish we would all be careful in dealing with ‘information’ we receive so as to avoid spreading panic among civilians and security forces. — Translated by Kuwait Times

By Arwa Al-Waqian

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This article was published on 15/07/2015