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Our beloved Kuwait, in which we were born and lived for decades, was a pioneer in all fields — justice, hygiene, culture, arts, education and the distribution of wealth. Kuwait helped everyone; that is why God Almighty helped Kuwait to survive when (Abd al-Karim) Qasim of Iraq threatened to ‘annex’ the country in the early sixties of the last century after independence.
Following the occupation of the country by the treacherous criminal Saddam Hussein with the two treacherous people and the supporters of those villains of Arabism whom Kuwait served well before those horrific events, met their ugliest fates. This was a divine revenge in favor of Kuwait and the generosity of its rulers and its people.
Recently, the entire world watched Pope Francis paying a visit to the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the supreme Shiite reference and the world was astonished when that meeting called for renunciation and an end to violence in this world and called for peaceful coexistence among its peoples and biggest religious sects.
The world was also amazed at the humility of Ayatollah al-Sistani and the proof of that is his home in that narrow neighborhood that is very modest, and he who manages millions of ‘fifths’ and donations funds allocated for supporting the needy and deprived himself of it. This is a message to the clergy to be humble and not spend millions for their pleasures and needs whatever they may be unlike what we see in Kuwait and ‘overseas’.
Returning to the relationship of the Kuwait of ‘Good and Giving’ and that visit which history will write in letters of gold, I will describe to you what I received from one of the Iraqi acquaintance and thinker in that connection:
Blessed are the hands that helped turn the page of the wounded past, and blessed is everyone who served or contributed to the rehabilitation of the Najaf airport and the restoration of life in it, and we do not forget in this respect the global and local companies and institutions, especially our brothers and our neighbors from the Kuwaiti companies that contributed, and played a major role in the rehabilitation of the Najaf airport that welcomed His Holiness the Pope as a pilgrim, a tolerant personality who carries the banner of brotherhood, the one who calls for healing the rifts, and treat the wounds of those who bleed in these homes.
In my former capacity as a member of the board of directors and a shareholder in the Kuwaiti ‘Al-Aqeela Company’, which carried out that honorable role in rehabilitating the Najaf airport, I felt elated and happy at mention of this by our Iraqi brothers and sisters, despite the great financial disagreement between the Najaf Governorate and the company on the issue, hoping that this visit will contribute to resolve it satisfactorily between the parties to that relationship, which history and generations will remember with love, friendship and gratitude.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of the deeds and benevolence of the people of Kuwait that overwhelmed millions of this universe, and which has been blackened these days with great regret because of the widespread corruption wherever we look, the cultural, cognitive and religious backwardness, and the governmental-parliamentary political mismanagement.
We pray to God Almighty to restore to Kuwait and our children the days of glory, pride, progress and giving.
By Ali Ahmed Al-Baghli
Former Minister of Oil