Be it a deal to purchase jet fighters worth Ä8 billion or a proposed one, the result is that the government (authority) has not, so far, absorbed the magnitude of the oil price drop to nearly $45, or it may be betting and reading the future which tells it that oil prices will jump to the previous days just like that! The question now is the extent of the need of the military establishment for such a deal, because due to the country’s location and its “demography”, such jets will not form a deterrent to foreign aggression risks. It will not be a deterrent factor for Iran or others, this if we suppose that state is threatening Kuwait’s security and existence.
Our experience in August 1990 with the Iraqi invasion is still in our memories, as the arms pileup and previous defense treaties did not have any effect and Saddam’s army swallowed the country and its weapons within moments. History has it that Kuwait’s strength is in the balance of its relations with surrounding countries in the first place, and with its security alliances with the United States and superpowers secondly. In other words, the wise Kuwait diplomacy, when it does not provoke one side against the other, and does not make an alliance with a neighboring country against another and does not get involved in military adventures, is the better and more effective weapon for this country, but as for the astronomical weapons deals, they were not beneficial other than for the agents of those weapons suppliers as they become richer and the state treasury loses as much as their wealth grows.
We understand for the state to remain committed to spending on projects that it committed itself to implement, like infrastructure, such as building bridges, roads, hospitals, suitable airports and so on. These are among the necessary matters and their continuation give life to the financial situation to some extent, but arms deals were not beneficial during prosperity and financial surplus under the high oil prices for other than the weapons kings, so how is the situation now while the state’s financial deficit grows one day after another!
Our true crises are not in this deal or its proposal, rather it is the thinking that is absent from the real situation, and the Shall report summarized this by saying “the situation is more dangerous for the public administration to continue to understand it and the way it faces the current oil market crises. All warnings during stability failed to convince it to change its methodology, and it is not supposed to take it easy during the current situation with a method that may compromise stability and may be the future of the country…” (August 30).
An American researcher wrote 20 years ago in Foreign Affairs that “economy and politics in the Gulf country are on a hiatus”, and it is for sure that they are still on hiatus despite the end of the rosy oil dream, so when are you going to wake up!
—Translated by Kuwait Times
By Hassan Al-Essa