Friday, January 27, 2012

To Live in Saudi


To live in Saudi has to be the greatest honor a person can consume.  To know you live in a country that ensures your safety and that all is ruled justly and under an all “wise” leadership.  How else can you interpret the fact that around a third of the Saudi population are expatriates? What attracts the non-Saudi (elite and the low-class) to work and reside in Saudi given that it houses none of the luxuries provided by the modern world?  And if all is perfect in Saudi, why is there some Saudis’ that have a problem with all that peace and safety (that is not provided in the rest of the world according to our elite)?

Since the discovery of oil in Saudi, it has become the target of the strong and weak.  As a result of the amount of wealth existing within the borders of the kingdom, and the lack of clear legislations (or failure to punish against breaches of the legislations), Saudi has become the pit of corruption from the smallest individual to the most powerful, Saudi or non-Saudi.   A spread of corruption that has ensured that those who are in true need are kept away from the wealth that Saudi has to provide as much as possible.  To make matters worse, in Saudi, racism and coalitions are very good friends.  To describe this in clearer terms, in Saudi Arabia the spread of wealth and opportunities is limited to individuals with the same background.  An insurance policy, ironically, that is protected by the immoral “public servants”.

Another positive attribute in my wonderful and all-just kingdom is the loyalty it has from 100% of its pubic.  That loyalty comes in the form of accepting our wise leadership with all its glory and denying its failure points.  Where else do you find a system that religiously incriminates all criticism against it and a system that ensures all that is said against it is filtered out from the media reaching its public, therefore the image that the same public has of it is left pure and sacred.  Of course, to ensure a rate of 100% loyalty, between now and then such a system needs to neutralize a few of the disloyal and, if imprisoned, hold them until the recant their blasphemy. 
One more aspect that exists in Saudi, and most likely does not exist anywhere else, is the fact that our “wise” leadership seems to be aware of exactly what we need.  How can our problems be far away from our all “wise” leadership when it ensures that our most basic problem (traffic) does not exist when they are driving through our cities?  How can they not feel our suffering in their big castles securing all their needs?

We in Saudi have to come to grasp with realty.  We need to affirm ourselves that in Saudi, we have it better than elsewhere.  However, do not look outside your borders, as our leadership has confirmed to us many times that Saudi has its special conditions, therefore it needs to be managed under that  unique situation it has.  

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Dangerous 23


On the 2nd of January, the Saudi Ministry of Interior has issued an arrest warrant to imprison twenty three individuals from Qatif under the accusation of causing riots and disorder.  For those that have been following the events of Qatif during the past several weeks will notice that these so-called riots were demonstrations that call for the release of the forgotten prisoners and the compensation towards the families of those killed by the anti-riot police’s bullets.  This prosecution has been conducted by a body that fears any gathering as an attempt to announce that the Saudi public are actually not alright.  Therefore, instead of trying to resolve the problem and acknowledge its flaws, it attempts to hide this fact by relying on the Islamic faith to prohibit such demonstrations.

Since the inception of the Saudi government and the establishment of its Wahhabi law, Qatif has always been a wild card in the eyes of the state.  It never aimed to understand this culture it is ruling.  However, it steadily increased its prosecution towards this community.  Before the above mentioned warrant, the Ministry targeted the loyalty of the Qatifi People and started a plot to place doubts towards the faithfulness they have for the land that maintained their lives for around 5500 years.  The same people that have witnessed the rise and fall of nations throughout the same period.  The same people that were some of the first to convert to Islam and maintain their allegiance to Ali bin Abi Talib (Shia by origins and not influence).

I may by repeating myself, but our dear ministry needs to stoop down to the level of this group of people and, although it may damage its pride, admit its mistake in their mistreatment.  It must start respecting their beliefs and sponsor their traditions.  It needs to abolish those teachings that labels them as infidels and grave worshippers (such as the intermediate syllabus of history for the intermediate students).  It may even build them a mosque and see how this reflects on their allegiance.  The body that resembles the Ministry of Interior must start considering how it can utilize the Shia of Qatif and use them as an element of power rather than continue their battle with them for superiority. 

If the Ministry continues to charge the hatred of the Saudi people against Qatif, if it continues its prosecution against the same people and, worst of all, if it continues to treat these people as guilty culprits,  this region will never witness any form of stability.  It is currently threatening their second necessity, “Security”, according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.  According to the same hierarchy, Loyalty can only come once people feel secure, and the ministry has placed itself in a drastic position  where it must sacrifice so much to ensure that the people of Qatif feel secure.