IS IT possible for the citizens of any occupied country to live in material comfort and dignity or the country will use all of its capabilities to steer the cup of bitter invasion away from its lips? The answer to this question is extremely important at a time we hear voices speaking about the Resolve Storm Operation consuming a lot of money from Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries.
These voices seem to have forgotten that facing the Persian invasion is not a ‘recreation’ which one should get fed up with. It is rather a crucial issue whose significance is more than other minor considerations which those people used as basis for their naive statement.
They should ask themselves: What would have happened if Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz did not take a decisive step and folded his arms while watching the deterioration of things? When the Kingdom’s leadership embarked on gigantic projects to protect the southern territory, would such projects have seen the light of day?
The team of coup plotters tried to look for a loophole in Yemen which they can use to invade the region. This means the Iranian forces would have moved at the right time through the southern territory to invade Bahrain, and from there, they will enter the eastern part of Saudi Arabia under the guise of protecting Shiites who have never and will never need Iran or any other country to protect them in their own territories. This is a lame excuse used by the agents to justify the current invasion based on a single objective of establishing the Persian empire which failed in its plan to export the revolution through the internal destruction conspiracy.
Yes, if King Salman bin Abdulaziz did not take the historic decision, Saudi citizens and other GCC nationals will blame him, the Crown Prince and Deputy Crown Prince for failure to stand firm against the hostility.
However, we hear that some people are now talking about prolonging the war, saying, “They should have confronted the hostility even if it is at the expense of the citizens’ comfort and the war should continue for years, instead of putting them at the mercy of Iranian invaders.”
Citizens of Bahrain, UAE and Kuwait would have also blamed their leaders for prioritizing affluence over their national honor. Didn’t those people look at the half-empty cup and follow the brutality of Iran during discussions about Hajj because the delegation from Tehran imagined that the Yemeni mercenaries could stand a confrontation with the legitimate government, resistance forces and Arab coalition for some time?
Everybody knows that the objective of Iran, which Saudi Arabia strongly opposed, is to convert Hajj into an arena for political protest, where all sects will be revolting to complete the hostility. They are trying to mislead the people that the war is against Affash and Houthis while hiding the fact that it is a war against the Mullah regime which has never relented, for the past 37 years, from plotting attacks on Arabian Gulf countries until the recent war through which they cannot make a way. Under any circumstance, they are bound to lose, such that the GCC countries will face those possibilities once again. The least of these possibilities is being part of the empire controlled by the Junta that came out of the medieval bunkers.
They should remember that in 1990, when Saddam Hussain invaded Kuwait, our people did not ask about money although all the GCC countries experienced financial crisis at the time. The then HH the Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad, of blessed memory, was right when he said: “The amount we spend on the war is not important, the most important thing is to get Kuwait back even if we are going to live inside tents within the territory.”
In fact, when Kuwait was liberated, the region became economically buoyant and modern. This is after the threat of Saddam Hussain was wiped out. Another fact that should be understood is that the coalition founded by King Salman bin Abdulaziz to assist Yemenis in challenging the invasion of Affash and Houthis is a litmus test for Arabs upon which they can face bigger challenges. The only similar experience in our history is the international coalition which conquered the Iraqi invaders. The difference now is that we are completely self-reliant, since the United States and other super powers fell for the inducement of Iran after signing the nuclear agreement.
Whoever is capable of setting up these forces is surely capable of restructuring the internal economy. This is why we want to tell the noisemakers, “Shut up. To hell with projects of affluence if they are meant to be prioritized over the dignity and sovereignty of our nations and citizens. Look at Iran waging war on us, the unemployment rate there has reached 40 percent whereas the budget deficit is in billions, so it is planning to use the wealth of our countries to compensate for those losses. God forbid!”
It does not hide the fact that it is waging war on us even though history indicates it usually loses wars in the end. This dates back to the battle of ‘Dhi Qar’ until the last war with Iraq so we should be convinced that what is happening in Yemen and the region is a crucial war in challenging the Persian destructive expansion project.
In light of this, we hope that King Salman bin Abbulaziz and our leaders will not listen to the voices of noisemakers. These noisemakers will never consider in their outcry the falling oil prices and cost of war because the crisis is not about increase or decrease of salary or reduction in expenditures on material comfort and housing. If Iran invades our countries, will those people be left with any aspect of material comfort or housing? Will the gullible noisemakers be ashamed to ask about money? Aren’t nations, dignity and sovereignty the most precious?
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah – Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times