“Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnels.” – John Quinton
By Yusuf Awad Al-Azmi
The storming of the Grand Mosque in Makkah in 1979 and the Iranian Revolution which followed immediately are considered a coup against the cultural, social and political concepts of the region. The two incidents were conducted by two poles, each of which represents an important party in the sectarian equation. After the storming of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, a glimpse of the Islamic uprising (Sahwah) started to appear in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and then in other Gulf countries. It intensified when a number of religious youths traveled to Afghanistan in batches in order to fight against the infidel Russian invaders, while Palestine is closer and the story of its invasion is clearer! They did not fire even a single bullet towards this direction.
After the Islamic Revolution in Iran and after raising the slogan of exporting the revolution, Gulf countries felt grave danger, so they, especially Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, supported Iraq publicly in its war with Iran. Pressure on Gulf countries built up while they were sending youths, particularly the Salafi youths, to Afghanistan.
This scene reflects political confusion. We do not how it started and how it ended.
Gulf countries used to hand over cultural and social issues to the religious current and then exaggerated in supporting them. Gulf countries got benefits from Islamic currents since the latter raised the slogan of supporting the ruler. Gulf countries opened all doors to Islamic currents, so latter’s influence in societies expanded. The victims were the national and liberal currents.
The issue started as a political option. Logically, the issue ended according to interests/favors like the way it started. The United States of America encouraged supporting Islamic currents and different regimes used them according to their interests. Whenever a new stage appears, some leaders of Islamic currents, especially those of the Muslim Brotherhood, are accused of terrorism when their roles in the political movie came to an end. Their activities were minimized and the law was strictly enforced on some charities which collect donations. All this happened as part of the political movement which portrays the concept that politics knows no eternal friendship.
Many people think that governments changed their attitude towards the Islamic currents as if it is a coup. However, the truth is that governments supported them for some secret reasons. By the time they are no longer desired, political decisions were taken to pull out the nails of those currents. The decisions were related to certain social issues including reducing pressure on women and paving the way for other currents to move in the vacant yard. Nevertheless, some Islamic figures have not realized what is going on until now.
We can advise them that if it is impossible to take everything, you have to take as much as you can. Islamic currents need to deal practically and flexibly with governments, setting passions aside. They have to understand that 2018 is not like 1979. We live in 2018 with its crystal clear features and demands. Unless you compromise and go on with the present reality, there will be no option but be exiled in Turkey, spend the rest of your life behind bars or be killed. The last option is more likely to happen.