Saudi Arabia: Now What?


The King of Saudi Arabia is dead.

His successor? Crown-Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.

This is an opportunity for Arabs to vent their frustrations; duly, since Saudi Arabia is one of the wealthiest countries on the planet, while the Arab people remain largely part of the third world.

This vast oil-wealth, coupled with the establishment of Israel in 1948, and generally speaking, Saudi’s negligence towards the plight of the Palestinian, pan-Arab cause has certainly made these criticisms legitimate.

Where are we headed?

It looks like not much can change. The system in Saudi Arabia is deeply rooted. It is the hotbed of ultraconservative Islam & ironically, it is responsible for exporting the ideology, funding & support of international terrorism. Remember, bin Laden was a Saudi. His family is still there.

But while this desire to criticize our fellow Arab leaders is tempting, it is important for us to remember that our aim as an Arab people is to unite, empower one another against our common oppressor.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has let down the Arab people. It’s concerns with economic & security interests, as revealed by WikiLeaks documents, take precedence over human rights.

How can Saudi Arabia juggle it’s economic interests & reconcile its relationship with the Arab world; namely the resistance—Palestine that is.

Regardless of our imperfections as an Arab nation we mustn’t forget that our fellow Arabs are not the causes of our misery. Terrorist organizations & extremist groups, & pro-Israeli agents are keen on exploiting our anger. Right now, groups like ISIS & Al Qaeda are working to taint the image of Islam & to distract Arabs from their actual oppression, Israel, and to direct it towards their own leaders. Such is the case with Syria & President Bashar al-Assad.

But not all Arab leaders & not all muslims are fanatic dictators. The erratic cases, such as Saddam Hussein & Gaddafi took care of themselves. But even now, what progress have these countries made? Very little, which goes to show that true change & justice in the Middle East has little to do with revolutions & overthrowing leaders as much as it does with unity, wisdom & loyalty.

May King Abdullah rest in peace. May justice be brought to the Arabian Peninsula & the rest of the Arab world. May the hypocrisies & extremes of few be exposed & distinguished from the light of many. May Palestine one day be free.

Solutions?

Introduce proper economic reforms in order to balance spoils of oil wealth in the region. Reconcile relationships between neighboring countries which have been divided by foreign colonialists; this includes relationship between Iran & Saudi, Syria & Turkey, Egypt & the rest of the Arab world. Essentially what we need is unity, and the greatest threat to this comes in two forms: religious/ideological fanaticism & foreign imperialism, which are in essence inseparable. Socio-economic & political unity are preconditions for improving living conditions for Arabs and most importantly, for focusing on the crux of the pan-Arab tradition; the liberation of Palestine.

Who are the greatest agents of religious extremism & global imperialism? Well let’s just say it comes largely from the West; mainly conservative branches of government; and it just so happens to be their most crucial interest in the region happens to be Israel.

Before accusations of anti-semitism are leveled against me let it be known that the assertion that Judaism & Zionism are indistinguishable is downright incorrect, firstly because Arabs are semites too, and also because criticism of Israeli expansionism has nothing to do with hatred of a group of people as it does with voicing the struggle of an occupied people…as a matter of fact, the irony is that Palestinians are the ones suffering from the racist ideology of Zionism; which is essentially the relentless justification of expansionism & the insistence on the need for an ethno-religious political, ‘Jewish’ entity to exist…despite the terrible consequences & violations of human rights which it entails. Sounds like religious stubbornness to me. And that is precisely what it is.

Here is a quote via The Associated Press, referencing Crown-Prince of Saudi Arabia Salman himself, who will be crowned King on this evening:

In discussions w/ U.S. diplomats in 2007, Salman added that Jewish and Christian extremism has fed Islamic extremism, even warning that the United States will one day see a threat from Jewish and Christian radicals. He told Americans key 2 bringing stability to ME is 2 resolve Israeli-Palestinian conflict, adding Israel is “a burden on the U.S.”

With President Obama & John Kerry snubbing Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the US; there is no telling how much longer the strained relationship will endure.


Why Syria is not like Libya, Egypt, or Iraq:

1) Syria is the only secular arab country (a western principle)

2) Syria initiated economic reforms over a span of 40 years that redistributed wealth and allowed for upward mobility for disenfranchised classes

3) Syria has combatted internal and external ideological fanaticism, mostly from the Muslim Brothers and other groups responsible for acts of political violence

4) Syria has never signed a peace deal with Israel (unlike Egypt)

5) Syria has been loyal to the Palestinian cause, although it has distanced itself from certain factions in the Middle East throughout history, like the PLO

6) Syria is operated by a leftist-regime

Syria’s overall grievances, shared by much of the Arab people, are the following:

1) Israel should return to its original borders, pre-1967

2) Israel must halt its expansionism of settlements

3) Israel must halt its covert operations in the Middle East that are bent on destabilizing Arab countries

4) Israel must renounce its expansionist ambitions of recreating ‘Eretz Israel’ as it ignores the right of self-determination of the Arabs

In other words, as long as Israel wants to expand and dominate the Middle East — doing it through covert operations, bribery, corruption, military force, American lobbies, etc — then Syria will remain in a state of security in which it cannot allow for normal freedoms for its people in order to protect itself against Israeli aggression. It’s either sacrifice some freedoms and remain Syrian, or sacrifice all your freedoms and become swallowed by Israeli supremacy, arbitrary leadership, and oppressive ideologies and governments.

The government of Syria is portrayed as being oppressive but rumors and certain incidents are used to paint a horrid picture. History shows that few countries have chosen to resist foreign occupation by sacrificing some freedoms, like Cuba, Russia (USSR), China, Vietnam, Iran, etc. Most of these nations are portrayed as hotbeds of extremism, ideological tyranny, and government control, but behind it all, behind the military outfits, the symbols, the political propaganda, behind everything, what is really going on? 

Are America, England, France, Italy, Germany, and all these western countries being true to their values of universal justice and self determination?

Is it possible for institutions like democracy and capitalism to flourish without usurping the human rights of other nations?

Is democracy the problem, is it abuses of democracy? 

There are many forces within democracy that are bent on abusing it and often get away with it, brainwashing half the country to support unjust foreign escapades that usually involve Kings, Terrorists, Assassinations and Oil. 

Can these forces be stopped?

What does it take for humanity to be free from subjugation to others?

 

Conformity


Social conformists are so lame. They aren’t just lame, they are bundles of stress, anxiety and misery. How ironic. Sheesh.

Why are some things taboo?


Sex, drugs, vulgarity, honesty, bluntness…why are all of these things taboo? Is there such a thing as too much freedom, or is that fear talking?

I think it is a mixture of fear, insecurity, jealousy, shame and pride.

Some people want to succeed.

Others want to be flawless and make others inferior.

It is a war between equality and insecurity, freedom and tyranny,

triumph and jealousy.

faith


do what you want.

when all the stars align


it’s perfect.

 

a stream of consequence


All I want is to work,

Until at some point I may find,

The opportunity to succeed,

In doing what I do best.

Creativity, that art which flows,

so naturally to me composed,

of all the emotions I have yet,

None of which I do regret.

Only then may I find,

A peace that is everlasting,

For this is what my God would give,

To me a gift of words and magic.

That I would put my trust in Him,

By letting go of all so dearly,

held to me like pride and anger,

Replaced with love sincerely.

Now my task is to convince,

My closest family of my joy,

Music, art, and all the above,

And nothing else.

Letting go of all I thought,

I needed dearly, like karma,

and all the stories that weren’t clearly,

Except music, and the red head piano room.

There I lay sometimes in joy,

Others in sadness when my ploy,

Falls to bits because my friends,

forget the way the story bends.

And twists and turns like fortune,

Oh this poem never ends,

And all this time my purpose is,

To express my inner sentiments.

Trust in God.