TRUST between countries does not mean imposing a decision or putting a decree into effect. Instead, trust is based on practices gained legitimately and the world cannot omit such gains easily.
Therefore, it is not easy for any country to regain international trust through the decision of its leadership, especially if the leadership falls short in its rule and consists of a handful of reckless individuals, not State individuals.
It is not possible for any nation that loses its security to relinquish the rights of its members just to protect themselves. Thus, when the leadership desires control over some reckless individuals in a certain country and then take over the reign, such country will fall into successive collapsing whirlpools. Under such circumstances, only a miracle will help the country or modification of political behavior for several years, or even decades.
The best and clear example is Egypt, where a group of military officers took over the rule during the revolution on July 23, 1952. The country lost everything it built in previous decades; starting from the collapse of the Egyptian currency (pound) which used to be one of the strongest currencies in the world, followed by what some Egyptians refer to as “garbage share on the street.” This was after the streets of Cairo were washed with shampoo daily during the monarchy era, as well as the collapse of education which was transformed into a group of slogans in the era of Abdul Nasser. As a result, Egypt lost the trust of others, especially when other countries started looking at Egyptian embassies as spy dens where destructive and overthrowing plans were organized.
Throughout Abdul Nasser’s era, Egypt did not earn the trust of any country, apart from those that exploited it to achieve their objectives. This is the reason why at that time, Egypt was sometimes under the wings of the United States of America, and at other times, it was under the wings of Soviet Union.
Furthermore, its leadership engaged in losing battles as it happened in 1956 and 1967, until the era of Anwar Al-Saddat came and wiped out everything caused by Abdul Nasser’s era. However, it did not make Egypt return to where it was 23 years ago – before the revolution.
This is similar to the case of Iraq, in what is known as the July 14 revolution, which was based on crushing and killing, hence, opening the gate of Hell to Iraqis who suffered coups and assassinations for decades up to the extent that the world perceived them as terrorists controlled by their embassies.
The features of Iraq were crowned with mass graves which were left behind by Saddam Hussein’s regime that cemented the ideology of vengeance whose outcomes we continue to see up to this day. It happened after a gang linked with Iran’s regime took over power and strived to dominate Iraq in order to realize the slogan of Ayatollah Al-Khomeini, “Road to Jerusalem passes through Karbala”.
Iran’s experience is still closer to our eyes. When the Mullahs toppled Shah, Iran transformed from being a message of civilization in the region to the industry of evil; producing ideas and plans that have rendered it to live in the caves of Medieval Age, establishing terrorist groups starting with series of Hezbollah and it will not end with DAESH.
Arabs are able to learn from many of these examples of ventures and recklessness of hotheaded people who are driving through the whims to rule.
Here we are, Sudan was considered a basket of food in the Arab world and now, because of revolutions and coups, it has transformed into a hungry country.
The people of Tunisia are now longing for the rule of Zain Al-Abideen Ali; and in Lebanon, which was thrown in the savage jaws of Iran, its people are longing for the days of Camille Chamoun, Fuad Chehab, Bechara El-Khoury and Charles Helou. Even the Libyans are longing for the era of Colonel Gaddafi’s ventures, especially when he was certain, near the end of his era, that the revolutionary ventures will only increase his isolation.
Today, the entire world is fighting in Syria under the pretext of toppling Bashar al-Assad’s regime, whereas the tragedy of his people has become legendary oppression, free death, destitution and displacement in the entire world.
I am afraid that a day will come when Syrians will long for the dictatorship of al-Assad, the way Iraqis are longing for the days of King Faisal Al-Hussein and Saddam Hussein, and the way the Egyptians are longing for King Farouq. In fact, they are longing for every Arab leader who was toppled through blood and revolution which came with the civil war.
In 1967, after Israel’s Minister of Defense Moshe Dayan explained the war plan to the Indian journalist, the journalist asked him: “Aren’t you afraid that your enemies will thwart your plan?” Dayan answered: “Arabs don’t read, and if they do, they don’t understand and if they do, they don’t do anything about it”.
Dayan said the truth in this regard, given that Arabs neither read the memoirs of ‘the father of Zionism’, Theodor Herzl, nor the first Zionist summit in 1897. They did not read memoirs and speeches of Israeli leaders since 1947 to this day, as they speak about destroying Arab world and shattering its countries. Arabs haven’t read the continuation of the speech of Mullah regime since 1979.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times