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AS the events in the country continue to snowball, the authority seems closer to being unconscious, as it neither took the initiative to dissolve the snowball and seek to end the crisis, nor open its doors to hear the people’s voices.
This is happening at a time when the authority’s accounts are becoming increasingly ambiguous, making one wonder whether it is working to resolve issues and radically end the crisis, or it is just being stubborn, something that the people do not desire due to the fact that time is no longer suitable for that, especially in light of the complex circumstances that the country, the region and the world are going through. We no longer have the luxury of time to entertain fragmentary solutions that make matters worse.
For the first time in Kuwait’s political history, there is a parliamentary majority demanding the dissolution of the National Assembly, a return to the polls, the departure of the government and the formation of another that is more capable of work and achievement, as the people suffered for three years from the failure and confusion of a Cabinet that was unable to exercise its most basic powers.
These two demands are not impossible to achieve. Rather, they are the natural way out of a crisis that seems to be deliberately prolonging. The perpetrators are claiming innocence, and the innocent people are bearing the losses even though they have nothing to gain in this conflict either between the MPs, or between them and the government.
Also, for the first time in our political history, there was a parliamentary sit-in in the National Assembly at a time when the “diwaniyas” returned to recapture the scene of the year 1986, but in a more acute tone. Alignments that the country has not witnessed for 400 years, have emerged, which makes us fear of any dramatic developments that may occur. Only Almighty Allah knows about it and where it will lead to.
Experiences have proven that the people of this country are not demanding. Their highest aspirations at the current period are for their country to be at the level of the other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, and have a government similar to them.
This is not a task that is difficult and would leave the government in awe, rendering it not to take a major reform step, which will undoubtedly be the subject of a popular consensus, and not to push people to the end of their nerves with more indifference, and leave executive matters at the mercy of the ministers’ temperamental swings, especially the ministers of sovereignty, who have been fostering nepotism and favoritism in all the institutions due to which there are scandals day-in and day-out on social media and in the courts.
We reiterate this over and over again to remind us of the Italian proverb – Where there is a wish, there is a way. That is what we have felt in the recent days when the wish to pay the dues of pensioners was found in both the government and parliament, which led them sit together and work together, by violating the law, to pass the law to grant the pensioners their rights, but after a series of humiliations.
The two parties forgot the teachings of the Quran which says, “O you who have believed, do not invalidate your charities with reminders or inconveniences as the one who spends his wealth to show off…”
Isn’t it shameful enough to gain from people’s pain, and be distracted by secondary matters, while the region and the world are looking at Kuwait with apprehension, as the authority is supposed to take the initiative to tackle problems comfortably and keep the country away from all internal threats before external ones?
There is a saying from the past, “The possible asked the impossible: Where do you live? He replied: In the dreams of the helpless.” By that, it should be noted that a sign is enough for the wise.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times