Friday, February 24, 2012

Between the Hypocrite and Ayoon wa Azan

Almost two weeks ago, number six and seven of the Qatifi martyrs has fallen at the hands of the Saudi army placed in Qatif, an army whose only goal is to crush those requesting their freedoms through peaceful (unarmed) demonstrations.  During the same weekend, our beloved King, King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz, expressed his Discontent towards the UNs security council to act on the issue of Syria.   To this, the Washington Post posted their article “The Saudi King’s Hypocrisy”.  In response, Dar Alhayat’s Jihad el-Khazen posted his attack on the Washington Post as a whole and their position taken during the war on Iraq and their continued support for Israel in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, without actually defending the King’s position.  This was presented under the title Ayoon wa Azan (“The Washington Post’s Hypocrisy”).

Before starting, I do not believe that any Saudi doubts the nobility of our King.  I believe that the Saudi King has shown his loyalty towards the Saudi Public and that he really seeks a change for the better within the Saudi Borders.  However, he has failed to acknowledge and recognize that the Qatifi people have been demonstrating for the past year expressing their discomfort with the way his government has been treating them.  His administration has failed to abolish the discrimination this group is receiving at the hands of officials it has either assigned or acknowledged their assignment.  Worst of all, it has failed to ensure that these people feel secure, a security that he, the king, has claimed to have provided for all Saudi people.  In my Response to Jihad, I have failed to recognize the scope of your response to the Washington Post as I have also failed to define why the king, or his administration, has been disregarding the people of Qatif and has not to retaliated against those who have contributed in the killing of unarmed and untrained youngsters. 

Given the current situation, for any outside viewer, the King’s position on the matter is contradictory.  All we want, the people of Qatif, is to be respected and acknowledged and the King and his administration have yet to do both.  They have to listen to what the people want and not what those appointed by them pass unto them.  They have to understand why the people of Qatif are revolting and not turn a blind-eye to the situation and question their allegiance.  As mentioned in a previous article, these people have been on this land for over 5500 years they were some of the first to embrace Islam.  Their loyalty has always been and will always be to the land that has guaranteed their survival and the religion that has secured them.  It will never be for a foreign power as the Saudi state poorly claims in its official report.

I would like to conclude by saying: What a Shame? What a shame when our leadership exposes us to an “anti-Muslim” (as Jihad would like to put it) newspaper? What a shame when they fail to understand the conflicts in their policy of the foreign versus the domestic? What a shame when they call for the condemning of a tyrant, yet rule their people under the same laws of those tyrants?  Here I support the King in his position in supporting the Syrian people, but await the day he takes a similar position towards the people of Qatif.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

My Gullible Citizen

“God bless us everyone, we were broken people living on a loaded gun”.  Some verses from Catalyst as sung by Linkin Park, although not targeted at Saudi, provides a vivid description of the hell we live in Saudi.  Why should this wonderful country be a haven when we, in Saudi, are divided due to extremely trivial matters.  Why is it in Saudi the different minorities cannot come together and understand the “divide and conquer” strategy placed on them?  Why is it in Saudi do we look for the flaws of our neighbor to justify the prosecution he is facing from the ruling class?  Why is it in Saudi do the public raise their guns against members of their own neighborhood before their government?

Sadly, the events of the past year have shown us exactly how divided we are.  The Arab Spring has exposed the hypocritical lives we live.  When we in Saudi label revolutionists in Egypt and Syria as people fighting for their freedoms and the same revolutionists in Saudi as trouble makers and anarchists, it shows that the Saudi public is fully trusting the lies passed unto them by those who have a high profit in the lies delivered to the public being believed.  During the past year, the ruling class was successful in continuing their propaganda to keep their grasp strong on the throne.  This class of people have attacked those fighting for their freedoms with a full artillery.

Another class of the public are those that choose to be neutral and have failed to see developments of the events in their own country.  What puzzles me in this aspect is that this class of people, like their predecessors,  are extremely interested in those requesting their liberation from tyranny on foreign soil (outside Saudi Arabia) but when the same happens on local soil, they are the first to admit that all is fine in this land, none is being prosecuted against and everyone is comfortable in the land of Saudi with all their needs being met.

It is in the rulings class’s best interest to keep us ignorant of each other.  How else can they ensure their control over our rich country? They have kept us ignorant of our history.  How else can they ensure their grasp over our minds? They have wiped our faith.  How else can they govern with a deformed religion? They have destroyed our education and knowledge.  How else can they ensure that no uprising with a sound justification is raised causing the upraise of obstacles in their route to power? They have ensured that they control a class of people that is ignorant to their surrounding, illiterate of their rights and gullible to the lies handed to them, which in turn has truly lead us to becoming a “broken people living on a loaded gun”.