EXAMPLES of fate befalling those who betrayed their countries abound in history, whether in the ancient or modern era.
For instance, Abu Raghal guiding Abraha Al-Habshi to the Ka’aba with the intention of using elephants in the house of God was a symbol of treachery, so people stoned his grave when he died. Another example is Al-Aqlami’s betrayal of Abbasid Caliph Al-Musta’asim Billah, considering his contribution to the invasion of Baghdad by the Mongols in 1258. Another is the Austrian officer who betrayed his country when he facilitated the entry of Napoleon Bonaparte to Austria and then the French leader refused to shake his hand because he betrayed his country.
The history of betrayal is full of stories that every reasonable person cannot do without learning from them. This is why it is very surprising, regardless of the religious, passionate or other justifications, for any of them to betray his country by giving it away to an enemy in exchange for a peanut – beyond the imagination of the traitor himself. In that case, he is like what the Arab says: “Seeking assistance from Amr when in trouble is like moving from the frying pan to the fire.”
In the past days, we heard many discordant voices defending the Abdali cell convicts who escaped. Some of them tried to ignite sectarian discord in the country since they lacked justification. This is because they have realized very well that the people they defended are the real traitors whose penalty was upheld by the Supreme Court. A large section of Kuwaitis even believe that the penalty was relatively mild compared to the crime.
People who are defending the sale of their country to the Mullah regime in Tehran – whether those in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia or any other Arab nation – are under the illusion that the regime will make them leaders or give them gifts if they take control of countries.
For them to be free from the bondage of illusion, they should review history very well. They should remember what the Persian ancestors of the current Iranian leaders did to Saif Bin Dhi Yazen who facilitated their entry to Yemen and killed him once given the slightest opportunity. The simple reason is that a traitor can never be trusted regardless of his justification for committing such a heinous crime.
Those trying to defend this crime in Kuwait are doing so based on sectarian consideration, which is completely far from it. The Abdali cell convicts are a group of citizens who committed a crime against national security upon which the penalty was pronounced. Several other people were convicted of involvement in national security cases and they have been serving their prison terms without evading justice outside the country, unlike the 16 convicted members of the terrorist Abdali cell.
Nobody denies the fact that ex-MP Musallam Al-Barrak has his own supporters. When he violated the law and was sentenced by the three levels of courts, he initially tried to hide but the Ministry of Interior arrested him and made him serve the prison term. He did not try to escape to Iran, Iraq or any other country.
Yes, every country has the right to impose appropriate judgment such as punishment for every treachery. Even countries regarded as advanced democracies do not take cases of treachery with levity, up to the extent of sentencing perpetrators to death, life imprisonment or withdrawal of citizenship for those who engage in terrorist activities outside the country. This is exactly what Britain recently did to 150 of its citizens who joined DAESH and other terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.
Everybody should understand this fact, especially those defending the traitors who escaped. They should steer clear of beating the drum of sectarian crisis only to win a few votes. This act is enough to make them betray the oath made before Kuwaitis to defend the country.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times