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COUNTRIES are made by people who are determined to make history and work for their future. They hence will not stop when faced with any obstacle on their way or try to compromise their position and vision because of their certainty that their fate is linked to their countries.
For example, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and Harry Truman worked to make the United States of America one of the greatest countries in 300 years, but history does not mention much about the rest of the American presidents. Leaders who advance their nation do not need to hang their ambition on parliaments or Cabinets.
Singapore, for instance, was a poor island rife with crime, but Lee Kuan Yew did not pay attention to what the ministers were doing. He instead developed a plan for the country’s advancement and within a few years made the island a leading country in the world.
Similarly, after the Algerian revolution that caused several crises for France, Charles de Gaulle worked on changing the constitution and launched the Fifth Republic, which, within a few years, was able to remove all the setbacks that resulted from World War II and the Algerian war. At that stage, the French gangs and mafias worked to obstruct the structural transformation of the state, just as the deep state and the “pied-noir” (settlers) tried to thwart the path of development, to the extent of attempting to assassinate de Gaulle, who miraculously survived a hail of bullets fired at his car.
Despite that, de Gaulle neither backed down from his position in support of Algeria’s independence, nor refrained from continuing to modify the state’s course towards making it one of the most important industrialized countries in the world. In the 19th century, Germany was divided into several countries, and there was no hope for its unification until Bismarck came to the premiership. He worked to unify it and make it a large empire, known at that time as the “Second Reich”, and it turned into the largest European economy within a few years. As for an example close to Germany in the 19th century, it is China.
In China, which was suffering from the Japanese occupation and from the many gangs in it, Mao Zedong launched his movement that united his country, and eliminated all gangs within five years, despite all the hardships it suffered. There are many leaders in the world who were immortalized in history for what they presented to their country.
Among them is King Abdulaziz bin Saud, who was able to unify the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after it was riddled with security unrest and bandits, to the extent that those who went to Hajj were considered lost, and those who returned from it were considered reborn. With determination and resolve, he was able to unite this great subcontinent and made it one of the most important countries in the Middle East.
Today, Saudi Arabia has returned to her pride with King Salman and his Crown Prince, Prince Muhammad bin Salman, and has embarked on a great openness movement. Among the people who made their countries is Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, who worked to unify seven countries under one banner, with the participation of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, and launched a development movement that made the Emirates today.
With the perseverance of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid to continue in the process of advancement and development, this country has become the cornerstone of the region. These people neither waited for the National Assembly or the Council of Ministers, nor paid attention to the opinions of profiteering advisors, but they instead worked with determination and iron will to advance their countries through a clear plan.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times