|Paul Joseph Goebbels was Adolf Hitler’s (Adolf Hitler was a German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and Führer of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945) Minister of Propaganda. He was one of the most prominent members of his Cabinet who played a malicious role to promote Hitler’s thought.|
Goebbels was quoted as saying: ‘Whenever I hear the word culture, I reach for my gun’. His famous quote was ‘If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it’.
However, he was perhaps more honest and inevitably clearer and more frank than some of the representatives of the religious parties, who have severely criticized the previous National Assembly and the parliamentary elections and later decided to ‘eat their words’ (since they had vowed not to contest the polls until the one-man one-vote system changes) and contest the elections which they earlier called ‘evil’, ‘miserable’ and ‘harmful’.
These former MPs have now shamelessly decided to contest the evil, harmful and miserable parliamentary elections in total disrespect for words spoken by them.
Goebbels, at least, owned intelligent programmed lying that depended on specific strategies. But what we’ve seen most recently in Kuwait is something different – lying of the former MPs which is mingled with blatant stupidity.
I understand the desire of some of them to return to the center of attention, because they were almost forgotten by the people, their voices faded in the oblivion and the media ignored them.
I know it is their right to contest the polls because they have realized that they have lost much after deciding to boycott the last polls.
They discovered their decision to boycott polls gave room for those whom they believed were not better than them occupying the green seats in the National Assembly, were rewarded by the government and became wealthy.
The excuses and justifications given by them and some religious extremists to return to the government bosom are unacceptable and incomprehensible. Their objectives are well-known.
Nothing has changed from the time they decided to boycott the elections more than three years ago. No one ever felt the need for their presence.
The government policy has not changed and till date there are no indications that there will change in the head of the government or the head of the Parliament. This is good enough reason to believe all their excuses are mere lies.
It will be much better for them if they do not cheat their supporters by promising to change their approach and the state policies. They know and understand better than others what they are capable of doing, leave alone the change. In light of the available data there doesn’t seem to be any change against its will.
My colleague and academician Saad bin Tefla tweeted by saying: ‘How those who were in the opposition forefront called for boycotting the elections and also urged the voters to stay away from those polls then but now they are ‘in’ begging for votes. There is no doubt it is a shame’.
It is a shame that none of them have apologized for their actions and for the harm they caused to those who agreed with them and stayed away from the elections.
These boycotters even went to the extent of calling the participants in the elections ‘traitors’. Those boycotters (if they) win the next election, will certainly be also traitors.
After the victory, they will kiss the noses and there will be ‘welcome’ salutations. This is another proof that they lack the minimum degree of decency. Here I don’t want to use a harsh descriptive word.
By Ahmad Al-Sarraf