Positive changes in Arab World?
Many key players in the political movement like non- Muslim citizens and professional women have not been given their due share of appreciation. I feel very disappointed at the situation in prevailing in the region. I feel that the Islamic groups are hungry for power, and that worries me. This is because most of us want to live in a liberal atmosphere to exercise their freedom of choice and beliefs. If a new system, Islamic or not, assume power with the aim of oppressing people, the situation will be akin to replacing one tyrant with another.
Right now, many people in several Arab countries, including Kuwait, are having second thoughts about supporting the Arab Spring. They fear that this issue will spill over into their region, threatening their lives and security! Now, there are many people who ask how much we have benefited from the Arab Spring? Has it made life easier for the poor? Are women more empowered today? Is human rights and freedom being observed? Is there more tolerance and flexibility in accommodating all non-Muslims who live in our countries?
If no marked changes have taken place, it is time to think and reflect on the damage created. Has a plan been charted out on dealing with the West today, aside from making calls to wage a war against devil West? The French Revolution reshaped the public mind. It is time for some introspection. Are we trying to learn from others’ experiences and history? Are we using our senses to rebel against leadership? Is it eye for eye and what lives by the sword only ends with the sword? How can we control the damage?
I base my judgment by the efforts made to empower women – to attain an education and grant them leadership positions. So far, the situation in Syria has been really worrying. We do not know much of the situation is true. Every TV channel creates its own story to attract more viewers. It bothers me because I can see Syria being equated to Iraq. Clearly, some vested interest groups want to oust the present Syrian regime out of power. The question is, how will such moves bring about peace and security?
In Kuwait, people are affected by what they see and hear on different TV channels. The fact that millions of dollars were collected to help the rebels is making me more confused. Who does this money reach? There was a media campaign to collect money for Syria but little information was given about who will get it. Anyone who donates money for the Syrian cause should find out more and seek an answer. I wonder what will happen to the previous achievements made in connection with empowering women, freedom and peace.