WHEN unproductive arguments had overshadowed productive deeds, the Byzantines were caught off guard, which resulted in the fall of their empire.
The current situation in the Arab world is not a lot different from that of the Byzantines, especially in countries where parliamentary system prevails such as in Kuwait, Bahrain and Egypt. These countries are suffering from foreign threats, while their parliaments and media are engaged in arguments instead of productive work.
Such arguments would have been considered “healthy” if they resulted in legislative advantages or endorsement of public projects that benefit the people. However, engaging in absurd and nonsensical arguments just pave way for opportunist forces to achieve their objectives and align others with them.
This means total destruction at the end of the day. It is worse if such destruction comes from within rather than from outside.
Kuwait and Bahrain have a relatively higher rate of political stability when compared to Egypt. These two countries are capable of settling their problems through their financial reserves and strong economic infrastructure. However, the matter is completely different when it comes to Egypt, as it has been suffering for the past six years from lack of political stability caused by intense economic crisis.
Egypt’s economic crisis needs surgical measures. The Egyptian President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi, along with his government, has been working on this from the time he took power. The measures they have taken so far have produced positive results that are deniable only by shortsighted people and the enemies of Egypt.
Since 2013, the Muslim Brotherhood Group has been distorting facts. It used information media and social networking sites to puff up and incite the public. It strived to destroy the relations between Egypt and the Gulf countries, especially with Saudi Arabia concerning the two islands — Tiran and Sanafer islands.
The group has also been agitating the situation concerning the living conditions of Egyptians such as by portraying the floatation of the Egyptian pound as a disaster when, in reality, this strategic decision led its economy to reap fruits.
The unproductive argument that occupies the Egyptian street was aggravated by the way the Muslim Brotherhood Group has been criticizing every decision taken by the government. It seems as though this group is the only one with patriots while other groups are just agents of foreign forces.
Undoubtedly, the strive of the “Brotherhood” to assume power in various Arab countries has contributed to an upsurge of extremism, creation of fertile grounds for terrorism, and a wave of violence that swept through the region.
In Egypt, this group failed to fulfill even the least of the needs of the Egyptian population during the year that it was in power. This led to their uprooting from the power and made all their plans for the Arab world vulnerable, especially the plans that fell in the trap of the so-called “Arab Spring”.
The group is well aware that its failure in Egypt will mean its failure in the entire Arab world. That is why it is striving with all its efforts to portray that Egypt is weak, that it has failed as a state, and that the solution will only work if the “Brotherhood” returns to power. However, this is almost impossible, as the Egyptians themselves had plucked out this group on January 25, 2011.
The same applies in Kuwait, where the group is currently trying, through some MPs, to take the parliament back to the days of shenanigans and nonsense. However, they should know that the people of Kuwait cannot be “bitten twice from the same hole”.
The one that rescued Kuwait when it almost got lost is capable today of rescuing it again with the help of Kuwaitis, and closing the doors for good on the faces of these people.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times