May Allah bestow His mercy on the innocent Lebanese nationals who were martyred in a cowardly terrorist attack! We beseech Allah to bestow His mercy on all Arabs whose blood are shed daily in Iraq, Bahrain, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Tunisia. These ones are victims of inevitable evil roaming freely among us to sow death and destruction everywhere in our Arab world; from far West to near East.
It doesn’t matter if a terrorist is affiliated to DAESH, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Brotherhood, Houthis, Ansar Al-Sharia or Bait Al-Maqdis. He is conditioned to harm all of us, irrespective of our origin, identity, doctrine, religion, color or dialect. How long shall we continue in disunity and wait for innocent people to be killed, as if we have lost consciousness?
Yesterday, the people of Lebanon took to the streets with the slogan ‘Heart is one…Blood is one’. Did they need a crime to be committed before realizing blood running in their veins is the same in order to gather strength to come out of the tunnel of disunity and team up as nation with a common purpose led by one leader and not multiple regimes?
Are we not one by blood and heart? Has the heart of Arabs grown cold with blood clot due to political differences and disapprovals and turned Lebanon into a country distressed by groups that curse one another at the heart of sectarian, doctrinal, religious and biased inclinations? Obviously, our blood is clotted by oppressive stances that continue to weaken us day by day, as we have surrendered to a dark destiny by stifling the candles of our mind and wisdom.
How long will Arabs stand and watch the corpses of children and women in the alleys of Beirut, Baghdad, Damascus, Manama and Al-Qatif — before them hundreds of thousands of victims injured and rendered handicapped just because they were born in the Arab world; a world contaminated by bloodshed where the blood of martyrs are traded in the market of settlements and bargains between terrorist groups and countries?
Isn’t Lebanon supposed to have elite with great wisdom to guide and unite the nation and curb terrorism to keep the people from harm? Or the temptation of revenge keeps them blind? Why do we stand akimbo and watch those killing hundreds of innocent people in the alleys of Beirut; those blowing up Husainiyas in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia and slaughtering security operatives, and car bombs that kill hundreds of people in Baghdad, Cairo and Sinai? Are we only clever in the art of showing resentment?
Lebanon is only a small portion of the Arab world that became victim to the trade of politics and power struggle through deep-rooted disagreement and disunity from 1952 when the nation fell into the trap of Jamal Abdul Nasser’s slogans. The Arab nation was once with Abdul Nasser and against him another time. Once it was with Syria and then against her another time. It seeks help from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to come out of war, and once the guns and canons have stopped, come against them.
Unfortunately, this is the state of the Arab world whose governments never ever agree on a single stance. They continuously disagree on defining the destructive tornado of terrorism they battle. Are we in the era of welfare to promote disputes on the gender of angels? Doesn’t it show weakness and incapacity to deal with threats by asking help from America, Britain, France, Russia and so on to fight terrorist groups that originated from the Arab world; doesn’t it show we are feeble and incapable of eradicating destructive diseases through prevention?
By exhibiting such weakness and venting political anger, we are fulfilling the plots of Israeli leaders at the Basel Convention in 1897 where they concluded their nation will not survive unless the Arab world is dismantled. We should know that countries we are seeking help from in the fight against terrorism actually contributed to execute the plots of Israeli leaders? We are able to eradicate the terrorist groups in their cradle if we unite to root out vulnerability.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times