Lessons not learned

SarrafBefore thinking about laws against terrorism, there should be laws to confront racism and discrimination that is being practiced against sects and groups in jobs, employment, authorities, promotions, distribution of power, representation, rights and duties.” – Shafiq Al-Ghabra. There is no doubt that the Kuwaiti is distinguished from many others and has creative clearance that is not available in many societies, with respect to all. If Kuwait had continued with its renaissance march that began at the end of the 1960s, it would have been more distinguished today.

What gave Kuwait this distinction, without much exaggeration, is the freedom space that its people have enjoyed all along its history, particularly at the start of parliamentary life. Also, there was and still is variation in culture, sects and religions. Lastly, what historically distinguished the Kuwaiti was the ability to make a living without depending on state revenues.

During the experience of the heinous Saddam invasion that lasted seven suffocating months, the people’s strength and rejection of the occupation was clear, and what was surprising was their readiness to sacrifice a lot and fierce resistance of the occupier, which is something not expected from those who have got used to a luxurious life. Also, the rejection of every single Kuwaiti to cooperate with occupation forces was a historic and rare phenomenon, and the issue called for more pride when knowing that the occupation army, and maybe for the first time in history, was larger in number than the number of Kuwaitis who remained under occupation! Kuwait came out of the occupation experience stronger and better as far as the population structure, national cohesiveness and brotherly solidarity were concerned, but some wrong government policies and rejection to hold any wrongdoer to account eradicated all those positives that were lost under a pile of mistakes, the most dangerous of which was handing the country to the extreme religious faction that took us to destruction, or just about! Then the catastrophe of the criminal act at Al- Sadiq Mosque took place that shook the conscious of every noble Kuwaiti, so the Kuwaiti uniqueness surfaced again. But it now seems that we did not learn from the lesson of Al-Sadiq Mosque, after failing to learn a thing from the bitter invasion experience.

Yes, Kuwait lost in both criminal events dear lives, but came out stronger in both cases, and as we wasted the lessons of the invasion, so we have to at least learn from the lessons of the Al-Sadiq Mosque’s crime so that the souls of the martyrs do not go in vain, we restore Kuwait to where it was in the ‘60s and ‘70s of the last century, turn tragedy into victory and restore the smile on the face of the Kuwaiti. This cannot be done with the policies of appeasement and attempting to satisfy everyone. The magnitude of the tragedy requires new mentality, new thinking and a new government. — Translated by Kuwait Times

By Ahmad Al-Sarraf

This article was published on 22/07/2015