WHEN the issue is about the national security of any country, there is no room for tradeoff between emotional disposition and national position — because it is punishable by law for the former to supersede the latter as such an act weakens morale of the people.
When the GCC countries agreed on categorizing Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, the decision did not come out of the blue as it was based on proofs and actions that threaten national security. Everyone should then abide by the decision. Indeed, all those who belong to GCC countries are expected to defend the decision.
This is not the only group categorized as a terrorist organization. The GCC countries have a long list of all kinds of groups — religious or non-religious, including all those engaged in activities which threaten our security.
Why did they applaud the categorization of other groups like al-Qaeda, ISIL and Al-Nusra Front as terrorist organizations, but opposed the listing of Hezbollah? If their emotions overwhelmed them in this regard, they are casting doubt on their position and this threatens the Gulf destiny as a whole, including Kuwait.
This unpatriotic attitude makes us wonder what will happen if, God forbid, Iran invades our country. Will we see the same or more solid national unity than the 1990 resistance against the Iraqi invaders, or we will see ‘Trojan horses’ among us, helping and making it easy for the invader to control the region?
It seems the GCC nationals, especially Kuwaitis, who are against the recent GCC decision, need to learn new lessons through patriotic education or they should admit they are indirectly announcing non-allegiance to this land.
Iran cannot give them what this land has given them, not only a luxurious life, but freedom of expression and opinion, which even the ruling elite in Iran’s regime does not have.
Consequently, they must have a realistic perspective about the conflict on the ground, because it is a national conflict, not religious, sectarian or creedal as claimed by the aggravators. They should be certain that the Persian invader will turn against them once the goal is achieved and history is a testimony to this. If their motives are creedal sentiments, they should not forget that the Mullah regime has been striving to ‘Persianize’ the Arab religious supreme authorities, both the Sunnis and Shiites, since it took control over Iran. The regime has been trying to control decisions in the region. This is what happened when it controlled Iraq’s political will as it oppressed every Arab Shiite authority in Najaf.
All that is left unsaid is: “Even if these people have a Persian desire, they should at least be ashamed of showing that they took such a position, as a sign of respect for the blood of Gulf nationals shed by Iran’s mercenaries in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon — in fact, the entire Arab world.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times