EIGHTY SEVEN years of stability, strength and prosperity; the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has lived in the course of development. Storms have attempted to shake this fortress, but all efforts proved futile.
This is because the stability of this mighty nation cannot be shaken, although some nocturnal individuals are conspiring through hired foreign information media in which the way items are tailored and presented is not a secret to anyone.
Furthermore, the conspirators think that sending their malicious items through foreign media will gain credibility. They assume that people still regard such media platforms as credible like it was in the past – before the social media unmasked and shamed foreign media.
This is why you will find disputes inside the House of Saud being written in such media platforms. This is an attempt to instill in the minds of the public that such disputes are inevitable for the Kingdom; whereas in reality, the House of Saud is made strong by the unity of its children who proved throughout history that they are the first to abide by the law which is the legacy of their father, King Abdulaziz.
He was the King who united the region which was in spiral conflicts based on personal and tribal gains, or groupings which gave allegiance to external parties. All of them were united under the flag, ‘There is no god but Allah,’ due to his belief that unity is inevitable for this land.
This man, who Roosevelt said in 1945 after the meeting which continued for five hours, “He is a tough negotiator, I haven’t met anyone in my life like the Saudi King whom I couldn’t get much from; this man has an iron will.”
It is this iron will which used the small oil revenue in the 1930s that did not exceed 200 Sterling pounds to build a country covering 2.2 million square kilometers. The country was surrounded with a flaming area where the scheme to control continued in every corner – in Yemen, Iraq, Syria or Lebanon. It happened at a time the Sykes Picot Agreement was dissecting the Arab world.
Roosevelt attempted, during the landmark meeting with King Abdulaziz onboard the US Navy cruiser Quincy, to insinuate that the Jews have the so-called rights over Kheibar (area near Madinah from which they were expelled). It meant putting Jews in the Arabian Peninsula, and the response of the King was, “Give the land of Germany to the Jews, you are the ones who punished them; hence, the oppressing enemy must pay the price.”
Waves of conspiracy never settled when it comes to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, even though such waves came from different directions.
Currently, the strong wind produced by the waves of conspiracy is entering through the coalition of Qatar, Muslim Brotherhood Group and Iran. Everyone knows the details, especially the discussion which took place 12 years ago between Hamad bin Khalifa and Muammar Gaddafi who called for dissection of the Kingdom.
Nonetheless, Almighty Allah chose this land to be His Holy House. It is the land of monotheism and peace protected by that will and faith; hence, it has never stumbled in its course. Instead, it is moving strongly towards rejuvenating its youths and honoring its people through a series of economic and education projects under the concept of sustainable development, which depend on the fully aware mindset of Saudis.
Given that there is strong intention behind the scheme of building this country, it is moving to the fourth State today; motivated and encouraged by the faith of its people that peace and security do not happen unless there is movement towards the future. A glimpse of the future emerges daily through the development movement which no other Arab country has witnessed before. This movement has not been witnessed as well on the continent which is considered the engine of the economy and security of the region as a whole.
Historically, the Kingdom’s politics, as well as that of the major power and the entire world, are based on the conviction to preserve the rights. This is why the Kingdom transformed into the focal point of the region. It has and continues to deal with challenges that come with bearing this national responsibility.
It happened when the Ottomans attempted to return to the Arabian Peninsula by force – through invasion and instigating division, and then through the Yemeni war when the Soviet Union attempted to invade the warm water through Abdul-Nasser in a bid to spread communism.
The Kingdom alone stood against such attempts when majority of the Arab capitals were warming up to Moscow, sometimes secretly, but most of the time, it happened openly.
The Kingdom stood against the Persian expansionism scheme under the pretext of “exporting Khomeini’s revolution”, which is masqueraded today through the Houthis and Yemeni ouster, and the Hezbollah through direct war in the southern frontier of the Arabian Peninsula.
Today, as the Kingdom transforms into the fourth State, it needs to complete several remodeling plans through the amendment of its systems and laws which were perhaps good for the past century.
Nevertheless, as a result of changes imposed in the 21st century – whether socially or economically; it is imperative for the Kingdom to adopt the modern requirements without letting go of its principles which were the main pillars of this State.
This is inspired by the turning point in the renaissance movement of educating women which was imposed by the late King Faisal bin Abdulaziz. At the time, he said, “Schools are open; if you want to educate your daughter, go ahead, if not, do not send her to school.”
King Faisal said this in response to critics of the mighty step he took towards development. Here we are witnessing the fruits of this step which rendered women partners in the process of solidifying the pillars of the nation and its prosperous future.
Indeed, the Kingdom is currently facing many challenges connected with the fourth State; in which Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and his young Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman want for the Kingdom to continue with its course of prosperity, knowledge and modernity.
This also entails standing up to face huge global economic changes, through which the Kingdom has proven to be flexible in its policies in this regard; enabling it to overcome difficulties as its economy has become stronger than before.
Nine decades of the life of the third Saudi State and all attempts to cripple it have failed due to Saudis’ strong belief in the greatness of their nation.
This is why, today when they read about the shenanigans of some foreign information media concerning dispute in the House of Saud, or changes in it, they look at such information sarcastically and then they move on with their lives.
Their leaders are motivated by the persistence to make the Kingdom continue in its development course by providing whatever it takes to celebrate the fifth, sixth and even hundredth State; instead of trying to stone the owl and the crow of outrageous information platform in Qatar or other world capitals.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah – Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times