Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Real Enemies Of The Arab World

Moderate Voices

An article originally published in the Arab News and republished in The Canadian Jewish News says that the Arab world has to stop blaming Israel for its problems. Abdulateef Al-Mulhim, a retired Saudi naval officer, writes:
I decided to write this article after I saw photos and reports about a starving child in Yemen, a burned ancient Aleppo souk in Syria, the underdeveloped Sinai in Egypt, car bombs in Iraq and the destroyed buildings in Libya. The photos and the reports were shown on the Al-Arabiya network, which is the most watched and respected news outlet in the Middle East. 

The common thing among all what I saw is that the destruction and the atrocities are not done by an outside enemy. The starvation, the killings and the destruction in these Arab countries are done by the same hands that are supposed to protect and build unity in these countries, and safeguard the people of these countries. So, the question now is, who is the real enemy of the Arab world?

The Arab world wasted hundreds of billions of dollars and lost tens of thousands of innocent lives fighting Israel, which they considered their sworn enemy, an enemy whose existence they never recognized. The Arab world has many enemies, and Israel should have been at the bottom of the list.
The real enemies of the Arab world are corruption, lack of good education, lack of good health care, lack of freedom and lack of respect for the human lives. As well, the Arab world has had many dictators who used the Arab-Israeli conflict to suppress their own people. 
These dictators’ atrocities against their own people are far worse than all the full-scale Arab-Israeli wars. 

True enough. That the writer of this article is from Saudi Arabia is a pleasant surprise; it also shows that one can never know enough about the currents of though that reside in nations, even ones as repressive as Saudi Arabia. The benefits of such an article are many, and I sense that it will result in many good things, not the least of which is honest discussions between Arabs and Israelis, who have many things in common.

Moreover, the algemeiner reports that Al-Mulhim's voice is not a rare one: “You would be surprised, a lot of people don’t realize how much media freedom we have in Saudi Arabia. The editor-in-chief of Arab News told me from day one I didn’t have a red line. I could write practically about anything that’s of course logical. I never got any hate mail from anybody who was upset with the article because most of the people think what’s in the article is the reality."

You can read the rest of the article at [Canadian Jewish News]