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Wednesday , June 16 2021

Ties between aviation, belief?

The Arab countries are linked to each other, and between some of them and others, with hundreds of bilateral or regional agreements and unions, and the history of some of them extends to more than seventy years, and most of them complain of aging, corruption and lack of work which only increased in number during the golden era of Nationalism and Nasserism.

Such agreements ended in emptiness since they were established mainly for the benefit of retired officers in Egypt, Syria, Jordan and elsewhere, and the Gulf states, as usual, were obliged to cover most of the expenses of these failed entities, and to cover the salaries of those in charge of them, in addition to allowances, parties expenses, vacations, tourism and travel.

The aim of these agreements was to organize or ‘sabotage’ the relationship between these countries, and they were and still cover many areas, but most of them became inoperative and do not exist. They have become faded and dusty painting on an old, dilapidated building that no one enters.

The best example is the contradictory and conflicting positions taken by 21 sisterly countries in the face of a just cause, such as the issue of liberating Kuwait from the despicable occupation of Iraq’s Saddam, in spite of all the agreements that required them to stand with us.

A short while ago, the Council of Ministers in Kuwait ratified the articles of the institute of the Islamic Council of Civil Aviation. I do not think that there is a sane person who believes that the Arab countries need such a religious council. What is the relationship between aviation and belief?

The only relationship may go back to before the 1200 when the Andalusian scholar, Abbas Ibn Firnas, tried to fly near Al-Rusafa Palace in Baghdad, using two wings, and he fell and died, so we forgot his entire history as a great scientist, and we were content with ridiculing him because he failed, in a time the West was fair to him and named one of the craters of the moon after him and  Iraq of the past also erected a statue in his name in front of Baghdad airport, and it may now have been removed or vandalized. Libya also issued a first stamp in his honor, and the airport hotel was also named after him.

In his original country, the Andalusian authorities named after him a bridge in 2011 in the city of Cordoba. An astronomical center was also opened in the beautiful Spanish city of Ronda, bearing his name.

We go back to the Islamic Council of Islamic Aviation and add that I have friends who are interested in flying, who denied hearing about it or the need for it in the first place, and said it was established mostly for political purposes, and the motives may be religious.

Neither Kuwait nor other Arab and Islamic countries need a similar council, because it is bound by binding agreements with international aviation organizations such as the IATA, and thus it does not need to enter into similar regional agreements covering the same activities, and it may expose it to embarrassment in the future if international decisions come in conflict with the decisions of the Islamic Aviation Organization.

This council and its ten members will cost tens of millions of dollars annually to do what the international organizations are currently doing with the utmost efficiency.

We hope that the National Assembly will reject the decision to join the Aviation Council agreement, because it was born for the benefit of some and not for an urgent need.

email: a.alsarraf@alqabas.com.kw

By Ahmad alsarraf

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