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Wednesday , June 16 2021

‘Kuwait will remain forever’

Many Arabs and Palestinians, in particular, hope for the imminent demise of Israel, and they cite what some of them write from time to time.
In spite of the legitimacy of this matter, and as long as Israel will disappear in the end, then why the struggle and the resistance why there is no indica-tion of the imminent demise of Israel now or in the foreseeable future.
The demise of a state is not an ordinary matter. Rather, nations change and change demographically or politically and their economies collapse and all its factions fight, but they remain and continue to survive and Somalia is a good example.
Therefore, any talk about the end of Kuwait is absurd and useless. Kuwait will remain forever. I do not personally believe that Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah, in his conversation with a controversial figure, was referring to in the strict sense of the word ‘demise of Kuwait’, but he may be a little too far in describing what he means the end of the ‘prosperity’ state, and the decline of Kuwait as a producer and exporter of a strategic commodity when the world dispenses with it, and when its savings have dried up, and its government has failed to find alternative sources of income all of which are strong ‘available’ possibilities.
There is no evidence that oil prices will return to their previous levels nor is there any evidence that our resources and savings will not be depleted. On top of that, the government is unable in front of the parliamentary forces of backwardness to find other sources of income.
The most important thing is the absence of any evidence of the intention of the government, which dominates all our capabilities to change its ap-proach, and thus it becomes natural for the forces of extremism to warn us of the end of Kuwait, the Kuwait that we know, and not Kuwait the land and the people. If we imagine the most pessimistic scenario, that our resources have dried up and the need for our oil has evaporated, what will happen?
I think a majority of expatriates or residents will decide to return to their homelands unless the situation there is worse or if there are reasons that make them remain in Kuwait. As for Kuwaitis, 5 percent to 10 percent of them will migrate to other countries due to the availability of their financial capabilities.
A similar percentage would choose to live in countries of their second nationality. A much smaller percentage will choose to return to the countries from where their grandfathers had migrated to Kuwait, but the situation of these countries will not allow to receive them with the great decline in their economies, and this is the situation of all countries in the region for the coming decades, in addition to the discontinuation of all their relationship, linguistically, on the family and cultural fronts with the countries from which their grandfathers emigrated centuries or even decades ago.
We repeat with Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah Al-Mubarak that Kuwait is fleeting. What attracted people was not its fictional tourist location, its arts or its history and its effects but the economic opportunities that were available, and the prosperity that came next, and this is what must be preserved and this cannot be done without two basic things with the need of coincidence – to stop government waste and extravagance and stopping the myth of ‘not touching a citizen’s pocket’.
The citizen, the employee, the trader and the professional must contribute to supporting the state’s resources through the tax which must be imposed in a progressive manner on companies and all those who earn high salaries while at the same time stopping the subsidy on many materials to reduce the unjustified extravagance that we see everywhere.
e-mail: a.alsarraf@alqabas.com.kw
By Ahmad alsarraf

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