Sunday, April 13, 2008

Painful but Necessary

Photograph Source: Al-Qabas

Transition is always hard on a nation. It can be frustrating, controversial and downright painful. Especially, when the people have been used to something for so long, that the impending change seems to threaten their way of life, this is when the hurt really runs deep. Well look out Kuwait, transition is here and we should get ready for it.

Friday's events at the tribal primaries held by the Awazem witnessed a clash that can only be described as colossal by Kuwaiti standards. After all, we are not Egypt, or Syria, or even France that witnessed a series of riots that had the country petrified. This is Kuwait, and we are Kuwaitis. Historically, we are used to having loud mouths and being in a state of perpetual disagreement with our beloved Government. Beloved, is without any sarcasm or down talk. After all, if Kuwait is the body, then our Government is the brain and our Parliament is the heart. Even though they might not see eye to eye, they each know deep inside that one cannot exist without the other. However, there are people out there that stand to benefit from disrupting this balance.

After the dark events of Friday the 11th, there has been an ongoing debate of whether or not the entire situation was mishandled. Many say that the Ministry of Interior should have sent a negotiator without the "provocative" show of force that was present outside Diwan Ghanem Al-Mee. Others say that since the results had already come out, and the primaries were in effect over, the police should have not bothered showing up and just arrested the key individuals later that day. After all, they cannot prevent something that has already happened. Then there are those that say the entire premise of the Government attempting to stop the primaries is unfair towards the tribes because the "blue blood" political parties which are located in the inner circles of Kuwait have already succeeded undergoing their own primaries without hindrance. Terms such as "blue blood" and "inner/outer" have been thrown around often these days. I suppose its part of the transition.

Well Kuwait, if I were to have a message, if I were in a position of power, if I could say one sentence in hopes that all citizens can be united under such a message it would be this:

"Transition is hard and painful, but it is necessary and will make our nation stronger as long as we show patience, perseverance and most of all, wisdom."

Its not Voltaire or Aristotle, but it is exactly what we need to remember as Kuwaitis. What the police did that day and how they handled that situation was necessary to maintain the law and order of a nation. Make no mistake, just because we can see our Ministers without taking appointments in their Diwans and just because Members of Parliament are the same people that we have over for dinner and a game of "coat" does not make us any less of a nation. The prestige and power of the law must be secured. Yes, it is painful to see what we saw for both those who support the tribes and those who support the police. This is what transition is all about and if Kuwait has been lax and negligent with enforcing the law in the past, it is clearly changing that in the present.

As a citizen, I feel an obligation and a national duty to support our boys in blue because they have been supporting me for so long. It is because of them that our doors stay unlocked at night. It is because of them that we are able to feel secure, being a minority in our own country. They guarantee our freedoms and our rights, and preserve the prestige of our government. Today, they need us more than ever before. The transition we are facing is hard and painful on all involved. All I ask is that we remember that we are a nation, and a nation we shall forever remain.


Ahmed© said...

i really support those guys, misakeen im still pissed at what happened in 5ai6an few years back, how can they attack our blue shield and use the fact that IL MAR7OOM Jaber il A7med was so good in heart and forgiving that he warned them all not to use any excisive force with them *tear gas, beating..etc* i know that im a foreigner by name but by blood and heart im local, it really piss me when i see something so offending and direct insult like this..

ps: congrats my man, youv made your way into my blogroll ;)

eshda3wa said...

dont break the law and the boys in blue wont break down your door

dont start throwing rocks oo ne3il at them (wain ga3deen!) then expect them to take no action.

tribes do not rule the country, the law does, and im glad the government is being firm for a change!

they truly redeemed themselves in my eyes.

and for the 3awezm i say kha6akom elsou! kelkom e3yal eldeera oo 3al 3ain welras
just dont break the law next time!
tsk tsk

Ahmed© said...

eshda3wa: i dont think that they will start respecting the law, otherwise they wouldnt tap Everything.

Q80 Saracen said...

Ahmed: They've been using the Khaitan line a lot, but keep in mind that people who speak in that way, are not talking to you or me, but to their own Diwaniyas that are watching at home. They know for a fact what's right and wrong, because it is logical. They chose to say what's popular instead. Ooo lil asaf, this reality is not restricted to the people involved or Tribal members for example, even non-Tribals trying to win their vote are speaking in the same way. Il Kuwait ir5ussat ib 3yoon il nas, ow i7na il mafrooth ma nurtha.

Esda3wa: LOL...Ya3ni, I really cracked up. You're right 100%. Ya3ni no one is saying that these people are any less Kuwaiti. But guess what? Kuwaitis can be criminals...jails are filled with proof of that reality. Why should the arm of justice have mercy on criminals that threaten the overall security of the country? Madri wulla, once again, I our boys in blue.

(tsk tsk, haa? lol)

Phenomenal Woman said...

A friend just forwarded this post to me. Your writing is very engaging and to the "T". I love this country soo much, so many people do! It hurts to see it suffer, but there is always light at the end of the tunnel. It is Kuwait's decision on how fast it wants to reach that light. In change and politics and changing politics, optimism is crucial.

Q80 Saracen said...

Phenomenal Women: Welcome! Thanks a lot, I appreciate that. I really like what you said: "In change and politics and changing politics, optimism is crucial."

I hope most Kuwaitis feel that way, because nationalism and love for our country is the common denominator we all need in order to look past each others differences. As for me, I'm optimistic...and try to be always.