Shifting Sands

Dr Bouthaina Shaaban

One does not know whether the Arab scene today, especially in the Gulf, is funny or mournful, but it one certainly knows that it is a shameful spectacle for anyone who insists on categorising himself as an Arab and emphasises his keenness on Arabism and the future of the Arabs. What is astonishing is that nothing is new at all as the hostile forces have been disintegrating the Arabs since they fought against the Ottoman Empire only to fall under the mandate authorities. In a quick review of this history, one sees that the equation is very simple: There is no Arab influence except through unity.

Today, as we commemorate the seventeenth anniversary of the passing of President Hafez al-Image result for Hafez al-AssadAssad, it is fitting to note that all his political efforts throughout thirty years were aimed towards uniting the Arabs. He believed as a result of his experiences and negotiations with the West, that what the enemies of the Arab Nation fear the most is the unity of the Arabs. It is clear today, as has been clear throughout history, that the meeting of Syria and Iraq and the opening of the border between them sparked direct aggression by the United States on the Syrian forces so as not to achieve this communication, which was forbidden to the two countries for half a century. Nothing is more dangerous to the Arabs than disunity and their historical inability to see this simple truth. Hafez al-Assad has repeatedly emphasised that all what unites us is true and that all what divides us is wrong.

While Syria, Libya, Iraq and Yemen were targeted, some Arabs thought that they were immune, they thought they could become true friends of those who targeted their Arab brothers. Today, those on the side of the United States think they will survive future targeting.

The plans that others put in place are gradual and at each stage we will see different developments and targeting and different alignments, but the only long-term goal is to turn these Arabs against each other and to drain their capabilities and energies into a rabble controlled by the Israeli empire. The elimination of the Arabs is an essential condition for dominating the region. Here, there is a definite repetition of the attitude of the white settlers who considered the natural wealth of the United States to be a waste in the hands of the indigenous peoples, destroying the indigenous people and establishing their empire that ruled the world. One sure sign of this thinking is the conversation that took place between Hafez al-Assad and Henry Kissinger in the strenuous negotiations to reach a separation of forces between Syria and Israel after the October war. When Kissinger was asked in May 1974 as to why Golda Meir wanted to deploy 7,000 observers in an area of only one kilometer, Kissinger replied, “The withdrawal is a painful approach, and moving from military control to understanding or political reconciliation will be painful. Their view of the Arabs is similar to that of the Americans toward the American Indians in the early days of settlement in America, they saw uninhabited land, which they had to reclaim, and they saw the forests they had to settle in. The Israelis carry this kind of thinking and they have this mentality or the early Americans. ”

The Gulf’s oil has been a plague on the Arab nation for the past decades because it attracted some elites from the Arab countries and replaced the values of creativity and excellence with the values of the accumulation of wealth and money, and westernisation. Today, the influence of Gulf money has begun to turn on the Gulf States themselves, after they used this money to shed innocent blood in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen. Trump asked 30 years ago why they (the Gulf) live like kings from these oil revenues and we (Americans) are deprived of them. Trump’s visit is intended to ensure a conflict in the Gulf that destroys all of its conflicting parties, leaving military bases, oil and gas to those who have been planning for decades to use it for an empire that thrives on the wreckage of the underdeveloped nations that fight for lines in the sand, in battles that will end them all and realise the dreams of their enemies.