The Middle East has always been in a mayhem with every last bit of its equivalent words, for decades by the tyrannical regimes and by the price of changing the regimes for now, but what next?
Next is never set in the region of revelations. Being a citizen of the Middle East can be a curse or a karma. Sometimes we feel we are drowning without the collective-adeptness to swim to our prosper corner or the sight of a lifeguard. In other occasions we thought things were moving, albeit to the unknown. Citizens of the Middle East are sandwiched between the status queue and the crisis queue, and of course without a visible exit.
Besides blogging, I'm an avid reader who reads the book first on Amazon Kindle , but then buys the hard-copy for the smell of the inks and dust. Speaking of books and the Middle East, history books that cover the region shows that the individuals have always been the least priority, if a priority at all, to their governments.
Withal, as Brian Whitaker puts it in his book What's Really Wrong with the Middle East
Governments are products of the societies they govern and in Arab countries it is often society, as much as the government itself, that stands in the way of progress.
And then he adds
The problem is no longer a simplistic one of good versus evil, or tyrants versus the rest. Instead, we see people who are not only oppressed and denied rights by their rulers but who also, to varying degrees, are participants in a system of oppression and denial of rights. Thus, the oppressed often become oppressors themselves, victims become victimizers too, and acknowledging that fact is the first step towards a solution.
On an individual level, major issues stands against progress. The lack of ability to contribute back to our own countries or even to plan our own futures. We have been in a deceiving status queue that turns to be decisive, to its stakeholders more than anyone. No one thought of accumulated anger, cost of violent and compulsive change. Depraved leaders apparently supposed that patience is elastic.
Today the Middle East is about the face a regional war, beside the running revolutions. An alarming number of refugees boosted by the Syrian Conflict, next to it sits an alarming number of deaths in Iraq. However, no one of the big players seems to be prepared for the occasion. Perhaps it did not touch the interest of the big players yet; or is it in their interest?
According to the 2002 Arab Human Development Report
the most worrying aspect of the crisis in education is education's inability to provide the requirements for the development of Arab societies
It is more facile nowadays to a paramount number of individuals to join an armed militia than getting access to an opportune rudimental edification, let alone an international opportunity. Do we inculpate them or do we work with them to open the door of opportunities where they can contribute to their countries toward a prosperous region. Maybe the stakeholders probing for something else?
It is easier nowadays to a significant number of individuals to join an armed militia than getting access to a proper basic education, let alone an international opportunity. Do we blame them or do we work with them to open the door of opportunities where they can contribute to their countries toward a prosperous region. Maybe the stakeholders looking for something else?
We ended up with a generation that is able to visually examine graphic violence on YouTube and count the deaths without vomiting. The reasons behind this mess is the messed up priorities of stakeholders. YouTube, for example, is able to swiftly remove any content that infringe copyright, but they are not utilizing the same technologies to counter videos promoting terrorism. Thus, videos, promoting or glorifying terrorism can remain online and readily accessible for months, if not years.
Was Islam spread by the swordis still an open question, even debated among Muslims themselves. With the
Jihadi Spring, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant are sculpturing a legitimate forthcoming question of whether their planned al-Sham Caliphate is going to spread by Ak-47 and suicide bombing. ISIS is a group wishes to create a Caliphate that stretches from Iraq to Syria. What is happening now is not about a threat to one or two countries, but a threat to the region, and when it's the Middle East, definitely a threat to the world, directly and indirectly.
The International Community, specifically the West, will put billions of their public money to counter terrorism facing the region. I hope we will not be driven say it was too late. We would not be here today if Western money were put to build accountable institutions and provide proper education with International standards to lessen the imbalance and open the door to opportunities. Instead, the West built corrupted institutions and supported the self-accomplished ones in the region.
At the end of my very first-yet-again post, I have to admit that blogging after a long pause is not as easy as it sound. In fact, it is tougher than blogging for the first time, but again, the Middle East will push you to blog again.