My previous post on Afghanistan was rather depressing but in case you missed it earlier this week I saw one of the most hopeful signs from the Arab world that I’ve seen in year in the form of this article in the Arab news.
The common thing among all what I saw is that the destruction and the atrocities are not done by an outside enemy. The starvation, the killings and the destruction in these Arab countries are done by the same hands that are supposed to protect and build the unity of these countries and safeguard the people of these countries. So, the question now is that who is the real enemy of the Arab world?
These are incredible words and even more incredible words follow
The Arab world wasted hundreds of billions of dollars and lost tens of thousands of innocent lives fighting Israel, which they considered is their sworn enemy, an enemy whose existence they never recognized. The Arab world has many enemies and Israel should have been at the bottom of the list. The real enemies of the Arab world are corruption, lack of good education, lack of good health care, lack of freedom, lack of respect for the human lives and finally, the Arab world had many dictators who used the Arab-Israeli conflict to suppress their own people.
These dictators’ atrocities against their own people are far worse than all the full-scale Arab-Israeli wars.
This is something I’ve long waited to see come out of an Arab writer in an Arab paper, the ending is earth shaking:
The Arab Spring showed the world that the Palestinians are happier and in better situation than their Arab brothers who fought to liberate them from the Israelis. Now, it is time to stop the hatred and wars and start to create better living conditions for the future Arab generations.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there is absolutely no reason why the Arab world shouldn’t exceed Israel by every possible measure because they have the single most valuable resource in the world in incredible quantities but totally undeveloped. Their PEOPLE!
But for that to happen thinkers and writers like Abdulateef Al-Mulhim need to be embraced.
If the Arab world spends a few decades concentrating solely on the advancement of their own population they will move forward at such a pace, in education, in science, in standard of living that generations unborn will wonder how the were ever kept back from their potential.