“REVOLUTION to the last cent”, “Soul and destruction of the last house” – these words could sum up today’s situation in the Arab world following the complete destruction of countries that fell in the trap of the so-called “Arab Spring” when political forces were taken over by zeal that led them to a point of suicide and blinded them from seeing the legacy of past revolutions in various Arab countries.
What did Arabs benefit from that bloody Arab Spring?
The answer to this question can be found in the statistics on four countries – Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen – released by several Arab and international research centers.
According to these statistics, the infrastructural losses in these four countries have reached $900 billion. More then 14 million citizens of these countries became refugees and were displaced outside their countries. It resulted in eight million migrants, 1.5 million cases of deaths and injuries and unemployment of 30 million citizens.
As per the United Nations, the annual loss of the Arab GDP is $ 640 billion, which is about $ 3.2 trillion for six years.
The statistics of losses further include about $300 billion, which were spent on counter revolutions, and a similar amount spent on refugee care. The bill of corruption reached to $1.2 trillion. The total losses in the past five years reached about $5 trillion
Instead of achieving justice, freedom and equality, these revolutions ended up increasing the level of illiteracy to 57 million people, while more than 14 million children did not join schools during those years.
This is the outcome on the destiny of nations brought by revolutionary zeal and political immaturity.
However, this trend of losses started in 1952 with the so-called “Revolution of the Free Officers Movement” in Egypt. It launched the era of overthrowing monarchy regimes in several Arab countries. That was when the actual strive to achieve Israel’s objectives of destroying the Arab world using the hands of Arabs began.
Arabs get easily fascinated by revolutionary slogans. Six years back, they failed to analyze the end of previous revolutions and how such revolutions transformed into dictatorship entities. This concurs exactly with what the American historian Barbara W. Tuchman said – “Every successful revolution in time puts on the robes of the tyrant it deposed.”
For the sake of history, some of the monarchies which were overthrown at that time could not be regarded as tyranny. For instance, Egypt under the monarch Farouq was wealthier and more advanced economically and educationally than the Egypt of Abdulnasser.
Iraq under the monarchical system was more stable than the Iraq after the “17 July Revolution” when the streets of Baghdad witnessed random killings. The Libya of Sanousi was free of the huge political prisons that were prevalent during the era of Gaddafi when forced disappearance of people was rampant.
These revolutions – the past and present ones – exposed the backs of Arabs, and pushed some countries in crisis into the hands of Iran’s regime. The latter became fearless after the success of 1979 Khomeini’s revolution and aimed at invading the Arab world in order to share influence with Israel.
In light of this horror represented by the Arabs’ losses owing to the spring revolutions, under the absence of a national security umbrella, and amid huge economic destruction, the quote of Russian writer Andrei Platonov accurately depicts the reality. He said, “At the time of the revolution, dogs howled day and night”. In other words, the number of thieves increases and become more audacious than they were in past to mug and rob.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times