MOST of the time, we repeat the prayer: “May Allah not change our conditions.” It seems we are fully satisfied with the miserable conditions on all levels including the lack of enforcement of laws even in public where we see traffic regulations being ignored and violated day and night, while the police are watching silently as if they are not concerned. The miserable conditions include widespread corruption, bribery, random decisions and parachute appointment – the act of designating an employee, who is not even capable of being a scribe, as an assistant undersecretary or undersecretary. The black list is too long. We circulate it as part of our usual talks in our public meetings, telephone calls, press articles and even our dreams.
Nevertheless, many of us insist on repeating the phrase, “May Allah not change whatever we are in,” as if we are saying to Him that we are grateful and completely satisfied with a society full of corruption. We plead Him to keep the situation as it is in our favor. It seems we got familiar with corruption and disasters, up to the extent that we are afraid of change. We also wish the same for our children and grandchildren. One of the reasons behind the spread of corruption and maladministration is that we handed over the steering wheel to extremism leaders whose dream is to send us back to many centuries ago when darkness and prejudice prevailed. This is what they are familiar with according to their ideology which the entire world dismissed upon seeing the horrible crimes committed by al-Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram and the rest of their kind. This was witnessed as well in the biggest sisterly country, Saudi Arabia, which managed in less than two years to pull out what they have planted for decades and even centuries. However, the extremists did not dare utter a single word just because they are aware of their fate in case they objected to the ruler’s enlightened decisions.
Back to Kuwait, since its liberation from the Muslim neighbor’s invasion through the efforts of atheists (according to the extremists); we have repeatedly stressed the need to honor those who helped us restore our country. Thanks to their laws, decisions and the souls of their youths. We have called for naming some main streets after the late American President George H. W. Bush and the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher because our country was liberated, thanks to God and the efforts exerted by these two leaders.
Unquestionably, we cannot ignore the efforts exerted by the leaders of other GCC countries. The dark callers objected to our suggestion. Sadly, the government succumbed to their whims. Ironically, the government names some streets after unknown individuals whom we never heard about.
The reason I wrote this article is the information I received recently that the United Arab Emirates (UAE), particularly Abu Dhabi, intends to name the street where the Emirati Louvre Museum is located after the late French President Jacques Chirac. This reflects the gratitude of the Emiratis for Chirac’s approval of the opening of a branch of Louvre Museum in the UAE. While this is happening in the Emirates, some voices in Kuwait are rejecting the call for naming Kuwaiti streets after George H.W. Bush and Thatcher despite the fact that these leaders liberated our beloved country from the villain invasion brothers.
Thus, we dare say openly: “May Allah change our conditions, especially such extremist dogmatic mentalities.”
By Ali Ahmed Al-Baghli
Former Minister of Oil