“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” — French statesman and military leader Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
Before I proceed, I would like to explain the title of this article which seems strange and it is strange indeed.
The story behind the title is that a few days ago, in one of the ‘diwaniyas’ where people were engaged in various conversations, I heard one of the sayings, “At night … at night before noon,” which is loosely translated from colloquial Arabic.
The phrase is a figure of speech which implies that someone should ‘case the joint’, then assault and proceed towards the target and rapidly at night before afternoon.
In other words, the one who wants to go for something (objective) should start as soon as possible and quickly, even if it is at night, until he accomplishes his task before afternoon of the next day.
However, the phrase can also imply that night is the best time for clandestine operations, and that the darkness of night covers many things. At the end, the interpretation depends on someone’s disposition and even expectation.
In the past days, regional events appeared to interpret the abovementioned colloquial phrase, given that decisions were taken at night to draw the next day’s event, and these decisions were taken in a sophisticated manner and from a distant angle.
Emotions seldom have a place in politics and ruling, neither kinship considerations nor taking this and that risk. The only things found in this case are decisiveness and determination, as well as taking the reins with a strong grip and unshakable resolution.
This depends on smart calculations which maintain the required balance. As we know, flattery is a good human behavior and completely rational in any aspect, apart from the chair, where the only requirement is determination.
Through the night, many things have been planned and distributed to various corners of the close region, and even the far ones. In politics, no one should ever assume that you will be left alone, even when your intentions are clearly good and neutrality is your main trait.
There are people who will always find a way to get to you. Even if you are talking about the sciences of terrain and swampland, you will still be hurled with a spark. No matter how clear the issue is, even by using diplomatic language, the ‘swampland’ is not enough to bury excuses. Word after word, you end up appearing suspicious and that is all it takes.
Whatever was planned through the night, such nights might end up being long. Usually, not every bent thing can be straightened up, so is politics, which bends even before the ‘afternoon.’
By Yousef Awadh Al-Azmi