Honest Words From the Arab World: The Problem is Us and Our Leaders
Posted by avideditor on January 27, 2011
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) offers a translation of a fascinating and candid piece published in the United Arab Emirates, written by Dr. Ahmad ‘Abd Al-Malik, a columnist for the dailyAl-Ittihad. Listen to these strong words:
“The Arab world abounds in energy sources, fertile lands, and [natural] and human resources, yet it has no industry, agriculture, or clear vision of how to utilize this wealth… [Instead] there is unemployment, misadministration, government corruption, backwardness, terrorism, tribalism, attempts by ethnic groups to secede from the motherland, and political parties that value sectarian identity over identification with the homeland. In the Arab world, there is sycophancy towards the rulers, tyranny of the ruling party, and use of force against anyone attempting to express a different view – just as there is censorship in the government media, which is always [considered] the truest and wisest [voice], and one that does not ’speak nonsense’…
“Why is it that the ‘renowned’ Arab writers, who fail to expose the inhuman deeds of some of the [Arab] regimes, deem it fitting to expose the deeds of the U.S. and its leaders?…Why don’t [these writers] expose the facts about some of the regimes, which deny their peoples the security, comfort, and wellbeing they deserve?
“Why don’t they write about the injustice likely to befall citizens who write against [the Arab regimes], which is the least they can do, even if it contradicts the government’s position? Why don’t [our] leaders assume responsibility for the backwardness of our economy, education, and society, even though they remain in power for long periods? Why don’t [the writers] expose the repeated promises that serve to ‘drug’ the people for decades, none of which are ever realized? Why don’t they write about the collapse of institutions or the stagnation of government during an age of technological development, or about the anti-constitutional legislation that perpetuates class division among the people or contravenes international treaties?