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‘We can never forget invasion’

I wrote an article 15 years ago on the invasion, and how many parties do not want to see any trace that reminds us of that stage and the treachery we were subjected to.

If we exclude the ridiculous attempts made by some to immortalize the event, out of a desire to achieve easy and rapid wealth, we would find that we, as a state, people and government, did not, after more than 30 years since the liberation of Kuwait from a dangerous and vicious invasion that sought to wipe the state off the face of the earth, ‘scatter’ its people, by any serious work to commemorate that event even by placing a memorial or a landmark that reminds or chronicles that dark period and the atrocious event.

In addition, the education curricula are almost devoid of any clear or detailed mention of what happened on the August 2, 1990. The matter requires someone to undertake the task of commemorating the memory of the invasion, so that there will not come a time when our children do not know the reason for calling a tall and empty concrete edifice the ‘Liberation Tower’, and the question — Liberation from what?

A few days ago, the Al-Qabas daily conducted an interview with whoever was behind the idea of establishing the Kuwait House for National Works, on which we have written more than five articles on all that was raised about its establishment and management as that person objected to the Municipality’s decision to demolish the house, which belongs to the state property.

The issue of commemorating the memory of the invasion is not a personal issue and it should not be left in the hands of parties or individuals with personal interests and purposes. Rather, it must be an institutional act. If we visit any cities and metropolitan countries around the world that were previously occupied, we would find a monument or a symbol reminiscent of that period.

Even the Germany of insane Hitler who ignited the largest war in human history and caused the loss of tens of millions of lives and the destruction of entire great cities did not hesitate to leave figures and ruined heaps of buildings in its most famous squares as a reminder of that futile war, and the severity of the killing and destruction in those years.

 We urgently need government action and assign a committee or body, such as the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters, which almost died by a stroke at the hands of Minister Jalaluddin Al-Roumi to assume the responsibility for placing this monument, by choosing the place and holding a competition for its design and construction, and Al-Shaheed Park may be the most suitable place to place it and remind us and the future generations of the treachery, the invasion and occupation, and to perpetuate the memory of a tragic occasion which affected us all and perpetuate our national resistance.

The design and construction of the monument can be funded through public donations, which the Ministry of Social Affairs takes over, through a charity association, and I am ready to be the first to donate to this project.

e-mail: a.alsarraf@alqabas.com.kw

By Ahmad alsarraf

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