by Khalid Amayreh
Thursday, May 31st, 2012
However, in order to predispose themselves to transform unity and true integration into a viable option, the rulers of these states must first abandon their tribal mentality and start thinking in broader, strategic terms.
There is no doubt that no matter how much American armaments these states buy, their ability to repulse and defeat serious predators remains at best modest. This means that member-states of the present Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) must start thinking seriously about transforming shekhdoms and fiefdonms and kingdoms into a genuine federal (not con-federal) state.
I know that the parochial tribal mentality is still prevailing in most if not all these dynastic states where the masses still have a long way in terms of reaching a respectable level of political culture.
Nonetheless, Arab states in the Gulf simply don’t have the luxury or time that would allow them to wait many more years without making concrete steps toward a federal state. This is because, the status quo is so fragile, untenable even precarious, that dealing with the matter of unity as an afterthought or worse as a dream would only spell disaster for the Gulf Arab region and beyond.
The internal sectarian dangers facing each Gulf state are real and growing. We are talking about significant groups of citizens whose loyalty lies with other non-Arab countries. Some, though not all of these people, harbor genocidal fantasies against the Sunni majority population. This is no mincing of words; it is rather a frank prognosis of facts on the ground.
I know that some religious authorities dream of the day when they would be able to take control of the Kaaba (the holiest place in Islam in Makka), which would enable them to unearth the Prophet tomb extricate the bones of Abu Bakr and Omar ibn al Khatab in order to burn them to avenge the “grievances of the House of the Prophet.
Many people may understandably relate to such matters rather sarcastically. Others might argue that these are far-fetched vagaries and mythology that can only be the product of infinitely sick minds.
Yes, this may well be the case. But this doesn’t mean that for millions of people, who blindly heed instructions from their religious clerics, these ghoulish designs are far from being far fetched; they are actually plans for the future, even manuals for action.
Unfortunately, there is a preponderance of ill-will that keeps coming from the Iranian and Shiite religious establishment, which gives rise to and justify Sunni fears and suspicions.
The genocidal Shiite drive against the Sunni majority in Syria doesn’t auger well for any amicable future involving the two communities. The recent hair-raising massacre in Houleh speaks volume as the criminal intentions of some Shiite circles and those abetting and supporting their murderousness.
Iranians, and Shiites in general, who curse Yazid, the son of Muawiya, nonstop for his alleged responsibility for the murder more 1370 years ago of Imam Husein, the Prophet’s grandson and God-like figure in Shiite Islam, are decidedly and doggedly siding with the Yazid of Damascus, whose Shabbiha or thugs are carrying out pornographic, Nazi-like atrocities against the Sunni people of Syria for daring to demand freedom and dignity from one of the most evil tyrannies under the sun.
In Bahrain, the purported Shiite majority doesn’t content itself with demanding democratic freedoms, unquestionably a rightful goal; they actually go too far in provoking and alienating the non-Shiite citizens.
We will slaughter you all once we reach power,
one of the Bahraini Shiite advocates was recently quoted as saying.
And they make no secret of their eventual goal of making Bahrain a satellite Shiite fiefdom orbiting Tehran, or perhaps Qum.
Iran has every right to be strong, even acquire nuclear weapons. Indeed, if the renegade state of Israel has a right to possess hundreds of nuclear warheads, along with their delivery systems, then Iran has likewise a perfect right to protect its interests, especially vis-à-vis Israel .
But Iran has no right to threaten and intimidate its Muslim neighbors.
The Iranian regime must stop disseminating the mendacious propaganda that those criticizing its policies are either Zionist Jews or Wahabbis as if 1300 million Sunni Muslims were quite happy about cursing the companions of the Prophet by Shiite clerics.
Indeed, why do the clerics of Iran, including the supreme guide of the revolution, Ayatullah Khamenae, issue unmistakable instructions to all Shiite clerics forbidding cursing and vilifying the companions of the prophet?
Besides, how could the Shiite clerics and leaders have the audacity to seek Islamic unity when they continue to curse and demonize the religious symbols of 90% of Muslims.
How could they demand respect and understanding when cursing the companions and wives of the Prophet continues to be an essential and conspicuous part of their religion?
Going back to our main subject, unity among Gulf Arab states, it should be more than desirable that the would-be new federal state, which could be called al-Ittihad al-Arabi” the Arab Union, should seek the incorporation of other Arab states in the region into the new entity, e. g., Jordan, Yemen, and later Egypt and Sudan.
Yes, this kind of thinking requires men of great moral and intellectual caliber. So, the question which imposes itself on all of us is whether the leaders and sheikhs and kings of the Gulf Arab states will bring themselves up to the level of the historical challenges facing them and their peoples, or succumb to their self-absorbing tendencies to maintain their families and dynasties in power for a few more years before they are terminated once and for all by predators looming on the horizons? History can be especially harsh for those who fail to learn from its lessons.
source: The Palestinian Information Center