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Arab Leaders: Waiting to Count the Dead


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Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD.

Once the Arabs were leaders in knowledge, creativity, science and human manifestation, progress and future-making – the Islamic civilization lasting for eight hundred years in Al-Andulsia- Spain. But when they replaced Islam – the power and core value of their advancements with petro-dollars transitory economic prosperity, they failed to THINK intelligently and fell in disgrace and lost what was gained over the centuries. They relied on Western mythologies of change and materialistic development which resulted in their self- geared anarchy, corruption, military defeats and disconnected authoritarianism. The Western strategists ran planned scams of economic prosperity to destroy the Arab culture with their own oil and their own money turning them redundant for the 21st century world. Today, the Arab leaders are so irrational and cruel that they reject all voices of REASON for Change and Human Development only to bring more deaths and destruction to their societies. 

Leaders lead but not the Arab rulers of the 21st century – the oil-pumping self- enriched tribal clan based wanderers supported by their ex-colonial European masters and now the new American Empire in its infancy. These rulers claim American friendship but reality speaks a different language of the facts of life. They are all interdependent for their security and survival on their foreign Master. Islam focused on societal change and development for people’s participatory institution-building and system of governance and ensured law and justice to all. But the ignorant rulers denied to masses what was their by faith and history. Masses across the Arabian Peninsula are up in arms against the continued political exploitation and bloody authoritarianism. Arab people and Arab rulers breathe and live in conflicting time zones and their mutually complemented hatred and fear keeps them apart, being unable to find a suitable meeting ground of minds and aspirations. In return for the uninterrupted oil supplies, American and European masters equip the one-track thinking Arab rulers with trained armies, weapons and strategies to control the masses with harsh and unthinkable brutalities. Saddam, Ghaddafi, Ben Ali and Bashar al-Assad are no exception but the stooges of the same foreign politics. Almost all of the authoritarian rulers enjoin institutionalized secret police state systems organized and operated by the Western political democracies. Change has become most undesirable and contested paradigm in the Arab Middle East affairs. People dream of it and pursue it but the rulers oppose it and gun down the activists in cold blooded massacres. The global news media depicts the horrifying daily scenes across Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan and more to come in other parts of the Arabian states.   Time is not on the side of the Arab rulers, sooner or later they would leave the splendid palaces and rush to take asylums in secretly built castles across Western Europe and America. The Arab masses want political change and a system of people governance to reclaim human rights and dignity guaranteed by Islam and its political values.

More than a half of a century earlier, when the European imperialism ended on paper, the freedom movements ill conceived the continued role of neo-colonial leadership in Muslim societies mostly occupied by those who were uneducated feudal lords or tribal clan leaders seen as being ignorant, corrupt, and subservient to the neo-colonial master, not the much sought proactive leaders to make the future.

One wonders, if it is an accumulated disgust or considered failure of the contemporary Arab leadership? Generation after generations, Muslims have been defeated and submerged into other entities by the Western masters. So-called liberal democracy had no listing of Muslims as suitable creatures for progressive role-play in international community. Humanity in the West shrinked from intelligence to stupidity, whereas, Charles Darwin (Origin of the Species), was uplifted and honored, man (“insaan”) was degraded from all the possible entries of making the human civilization. Whereas, Islam focused on the man (“insaan”) as the primary object of change and progressive development. Alexis Carrel (Man the Unknown, 1936), appears to affirm the Islamic perspective on human development:

“Certain forms of modern life lead directly to degeneration….in the poor as well the rich, leisure engenders degeneration. Cinemas, concerts, radios, automobiles and athletics are no substitute for intelligent work. We are far from having solved this momentous problem of idleness created by prosperity, modern machinery or unemployment. By imposing leisure upon man, scientific civilization has brought him great misfortune. We are incapable of fighting the consequences of indolence and irresponsibility as cancer and mental diseases……after all the purpose of civilization is not the progress of science and machines, but the progress of man.”

Despite their numbers and countless resources, what have the contemporary Arab leaders done for the interests of the Arab masses and Muslim Ummah? Opportunism is the hallmark of the 21st century smart moderate Muslims capable of consuming bread and butter without much effort. Building palaces on moving sand does not facilitate human progress. The Western strategists created an innovative time capsule to entrap the oil producing Arab leaders into the fantasy of a honeymoon bubble manufacturing an illusion of oil- linked economic prosperity. Its cultural impacts both short and long terms are shockingly unknown to the Arab captives replacing Islamic thinking, education, Arabic language and  molding the Arab body and soul into a show piece of modern Arabs devoid of Islamic character and wisdom. But essentially imposing the non-Islamic thinking and values on the Arabian culture. The fantasy bubble is fast coming to an end with the peak oil forecasts as a near future reality.  Power, prosperity and poverty are all trials in human affairs and transitory phenomenon. Was the discovery of oil a conspiracy (“fitna”) for the Arabs to change the originality of thinking, beliefs, values and passion for Islam as successful system of human life? The oil led prosperity illusion incapacitated the Arab leadership to THINK rationally – the beginning of Arab degeneration process. Cruelty makes people to defy logic and reason. Arab leaders are not the species open to listening or learning for a navigational change.  

The world is changing but not fast enough for the authoritarian Arab rulers – fattish fed by the oil revenues and stupid and mindless in thoughts and behaviors if you view them in the real world of political actions and prevalent deplorable atrocities imposed on the Arab people. The affluent and oil enriched indulged in conspiracy to assume power and institutionalize corruption simply to maintain few tribal powerhouses favored by the ex-colonial masters managing the power centers from distance. Now, the Arab people have awakened after long slumber of complacency and disorder. The problem was well defined by Shakespeare “the destiny of peoples coincided with the destiny of their monarch and nobles.”  The knowledge-based, information age has dismantled some of the illusory borders and demarcation of nobilities and has challenged to bridge the conflicting time zones between the palaces and the people with the internet, cell phones, facebook, twitter and instant communication technologies.

It is clear that undeserving oil wealth and illegitimate power associated with their governance have removed sense of fear and shame to the extent that over several decades of cruelty has embolden the Arab rulers to commit any crimes, bloodbaths and rob the people of their originality of thinking, values and culture. Would the future generations free of the secular captivity hold these monsters accountable for their vicious crimes and political cruelty? The Western news media reports more than sixty thousand civilians having been gunned down in cold blood murdered in various parts of Syria in the past two years. Millions have become homeless and refugees in their own backyard. Million or so fled to other neighboring Arab societies. Do any of the Arab leaders realize the plights, pains and sufferings of these innocent people? If not, why not? Do Arab leaders have no intellect and institutions to deal with problem solving?  Are they that impotent to rely on the Western Master for all their political needs? Some of the Western leaders including the US are asking Bashar al-Assad to step down but not to other authoritarian Arab rulers, subservient to the US and its European allies. Have the egoistic rulers misread the dictates of history?  Could they be thoughtful of their own future – how would they end-up – most likely sooner than later?  Have the Arab rulers solved any of the important problems confronting the Arab masses over half of a century?

The Arab people’s revolutionary movements for change and freedom appear effective and their success is visible on the horizon but the authoritarian rulers and their history makes no sense on any rational criterion of analysis and objective assessment. How should history see them in a broader global context? What kind of picture do these leaders paint about the nature, moral and historical values of the Islamic-Arab societies? Would they all be tried in public courts of law? Would they run away with accumulated wealth and hide in secret palaces somewhere under the protection of the US, Britain or others?  How would they compensate the innocent people targeted by their guns and bullets? How would they return the time, opportunities and wealth stolen from the people and hopes for a value-oriented Islamic culture and promising future to co-exist in a global community?

George BN Ayittey (“The Worst of the Worst – Bad dude dictators and general coconut heads” Foreign Policy: July-August 2010) offers the following characterization and context of the authoritarian rulers as it happens in Syria and soon other Arab states to be engulfed with:

“The cost of all that despotism has been stultifying. Millions of lives have been lost, economies have collapsed, and whole states have failed under brutal repression. And what has made it worse is that the world is in denial. The end of the Cold War was also supposed to be the “End of History” — when democracy swept the world and repression went the way of the dinosaurs…….I call these revolutionaries-turned-tyrants “crocodile liberators,” joining the ranks of other fine specimens ….the quack revolutionaries who betray the ideals that brought them to power, and the briefcase bandits who simply pillage and steal. Here’s my list of the world’s worst dictators. I have ranked them based on ignoble qualities of perfidy, cultural betrayal, and economic devastation. If this account of their evils makes you cringe, just imagine living under their rule.”

After the Palestinian refugees, why are there millions more Arab refugees in their homes? Who will deal with the pressing problems of life and deaths facing the Arab masses?  Who will deal with restoration of peace, normalcy and conflict management? Do these leaders have any moral and intellectual capacity to extend security and sense of protection to the helpless people? Rationality is replaced by insanity. The coward and sadistic Arab rulers preoccupied with their greed and need are crossing the limits of the Laws of the Nature in killing the innocent masses just because they demands rights, human dignity and a voice to reason the unreason. Time and history are not on the side of the besieged rulers doomed to be crushed by the power of REASON and political imagination of the people. As it stands now, Arab leaders have no other thought and priority except to count the dead bodies – soon they will be part of the dead statistic available to global observers and historians.

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  1. Saddam, Ghaddafi, ***** and Bashar al-Assad – THEY ARE THE EXCEPTIONS
    You started out well but than went off angle.

    President Saddam Hussein, President Bashar al Assad and Colonel Gaddafi encouraged EDUCATION.
    All three were not stooges of the revolting WESTERN CRUSADER VATIKAN
    In fact the farts calling them fsa/opposition/blah blah who are now helping the crusader colonisers with red cross are
    the ones who profited from president Assad educating them.
    You are not very well informed. These treacherous thugs will do anything for
    Green card/eu citizenship
    Jsa –uk job seeker allowance/slum house/insults/abuse/racism

    Go to US/EU and inform yourself and do not commit a sacrilefge by lumping these evil stupid individuals with Islam or

    “Is there a leader among the people” – you should know this phrase
    Besides it is WE who decide not the decrepit perverts from peckerwood or the disgusting revolting barbarian from
    crusader vatikan –white house/hall
    A Sunni Woman : A Message For The House Of Saud

    A Sunni Woman caller tells the truth about House of Saud – George Galloway
    Posted February 02, 2013

    “Do any of the Arab leaders realize the plights, pains and sufferings of these innocent people?”
    Wow – you are expecting these scumbag crusader whores of knowing what they are responsible for?
    Oh these harem of crusaders know full well what they are RESPONSIBLE for and they do not care

    IT IS THE ARAB + MUSLIM LEADERS who are responsible for the Syrian refugees and not President Bashar al Assad.
    WE informed you of the western crusader lies about Libya, Syria, Mali, Somalia,…….. and you choose the crusader
    kitschy crap and help them to destroy our Ummah.
    In 2001 US started their savage insane Usrahelli ideology of destroying the Ummah but you are busy quoting the bshit
    shakespere crap to pay attention to what is important

    • the opposition are chosen by the crusader’s vatikan and the writer expects Muslims to jump into fire.

      Notice that Bahrain goes not enter the discourse here
      Pray tell why?
      a lot on Syria – whose agenda are you pushing?

  2. Muslim aspiration these or the christian crusader and their dumb farty whores. this is what even Pakistan voted for.
    Everyone knows that the crusaders from vatikan have only interest in RESOURCE RICH COUNTRIES so did Pakistan agree for the savage christian crusaders to slaughter Muslims deciding for themselves
    look at cameron, hollande, biden. obomber, …… do these savage serial killers care about Muslims?
    No it is uranium/gold/resources that these greedy savages wanted
    The other side of French airstrikes on Mali: ‘They ruined everything I had’

    It comes just days after French President Francois Hollande declared “victory” in northern Malian cities. But the victory also had its price:

    “I wasn’t home when the bombing began. I started praying when I learned my house was under attack. They ruined everything I had – my family and my livelihood. [My children were 11, 10, and 6]. They all died,” Idrís Meiga, a farmer from Konna, told RT.

    Meiga’s story is not unique. In fact, it is becoming all too common to hear of similar tragedies in northern Mali.

    “Some kids came running up to us and said their mom had died. I brought them to our house. Their mother died after an hour of clinging to life. The children have nobody else but us,” resident Abdul Kampó said.

    Another story involved a mother who died from shell splinters, leaving three children behind – including a newborn baby.

    Two young brothers drowned in a nearby river as they attempted to flee from the fighting.

    These residents refuse to be persuaded by military claims of “victory.”

    “People [in the town] say [French] war crimes must be prosecuted under the Geneva Convention,” Wancha said.

    And while Hollande maintains that French military intervention in Mali will be short lived, the consequences of this war will affect the lives of these innocent civilians for a lifetime.

  3. Pray tell Dr Mahboob A Khawaja are you seriously saying that Syrian beheaders+carbombers serial killers are opposition?
    Have you come across these eu high b/witch we will give you arms just kill massively and destroy your country, especially the beautiful ancient city of Aleppo we will take care of it afterwards, the ugly hideous brit ashton?

    we have. they are criminal thugs scumbag violent aggressive ignorant uneducated give weapons junkies. Jihad? Don’t make me laugh. these idiots are crusader whores and all they want is to destroy/kill.
    How come none of these bastard goons wants to resolve their disagreement – that if they had any with dialogue? because it is the christian + zionised terrorist their master you ORDER them what to do.
    these scums wouldn’t know how to handle disagreement and you think that we should just let them \kosher\ our Syria?
    It is obvious that you do not know who/what you are writing about.

    We think that it is best you study this report well and in depth. the Arabs stupidity will be and is going to lead to their ruin. do you anyone as stupid, lacking leadership as the naTo mufti erdy?

    The volatility of Gas, Geo-Politics and the Greater Middle East. An Interview with Major Agha H. Amin
    Posted on February 1, 2013 by nsnbc
    The volatility of Gas, Geo-Politics and the Greater Middle East. An Interview with Major Agha H. Amin
    \The cardinal strategic idea is to internalize the war within the Islamic world so that Europe and the USA become safer while the enemies of western civilization destroy each other.\

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