Muna Al-Fuzai

I really am surprised by those who are anxiously waiting or hoping to hear news of a world war, imagining war is a football match or a fiction movie, so that everyone can enjoy the maximum thrill and suspense and then go back home happily and safely! But they do not know that they will be part of the killing, displacement and destruction, and that they may no longer have a roof over their heads.

Unfortunately, there are those who are promoting the idea of a new war as a feasible notion without considering the expected losses. Sadly, some such voices have arisen from this region, where security should be the one and only goal for all of us expats and citizens.

We in the Middle East are a heated area full of complexity, because even without a war, we are a region plagued by conflicts, let alone a war with death and fighting machines. I think the closest example of this is the assassination of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani that sparked a sectarian rift in region. It looks now that this issue has calmed down a little, but the tension will drive more disputes.

I am opposed to any idea that promotes war in the world and the region here. We are living in an unstable situation globally, but at least we are safe in the Gulf region, despite the threats surrounding us, especially in neighboring countries that have unstable security situations. So why should we immerse ourselves in a war that we will not get out of safely?!

I believe that maintaining the security of the Gulf region and specifically Kuwait and our internal security should not be a negotiable matter. War in the region may seem like a quagmire that serves someone’s interest. But, it would put our core security at stake, because it would make us less secure, not more secure.

We always need measures that show the importance of keeping calm and non-escalation in order to preserve the security and safety of the Gulf, because it is not a regional matter but an international one due to the oil and marine corridors that control global trade movement. The Gulf region is one of the most important maritime regions in the world, as it is a center for the export of oil to most countries of the world, which makes maritime security very important for all countries.

Another example is the final agreement mutually approved between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait recently regarding the resumption of oil production in shared oilfields, which enhances oil production of the two countries by about 500,000 barrels per day. It is a great move to confirm that we are in a strong stage of bilateral relations, because the return of production will directly impact oil revenues and will benefit the economies of both countries.

This agreement had a positive impact – not only economic, but also social and political, which is important in these times. There is no doubt that we need to maintain regional and internal security and reject any sectarian statements to safeguard our society and country.

By Muna Al-Fuzai

muna@kuwaittimes.net