The New Government and the Biggest Challenge

Note: This is an English version of the last post

Last week I strolled, as usual, on Castro Street; an historical street in the heart of Silicon Valley, where coffee shops and restaurants line side-by side with bookshops and other recreation stores. Spring weather was awesome and the street was so crowded with people; one would think that they skipped their jobs to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. An unfamiliar sight grabbed my attention and that was the presence of so many handicapped individuals and others on wheelchairs to the point that made me think that some sort of an organization was having a joint trip. When I was done with my visitation to the bookshops, which I consider my candy stores, I went to the closest coffee shop to leaf my newly bought books. And it suddenly hit me; sometimes back I read an article in a local newspaper that explained the presence of the handicapped around. And this is the link to that article.
It is clear from the article that the American Government gathered war veterans of Iraq and their families in an area that is considered one of the most beautiful, posh and expensive areas in California for treatment and rehabilitation, to help them find new homes in its relaxed atmosphere. Those veterans share similar circumstances and gathering them in one area is bound to ease their individual problems. And the area is equipped with one of the most sophisticated hospitals, with state-of-the-art medical equipments and professional staff, including psychiatrics to help those veterans readapt to normal life after what they have gone through, which is of vital importance.

And before elaborating with my subject I want to assert the fact that I’m against the American presence in Iraq, and this post is not about this subject. Rather, it’s about human beings in particular and the means through which a civilized nation deals with humans in war circumstances.

When I was in Kuwait, I had a chance to meet a Bosnian citizen who had fought in the Bosnia-Herzegovina war. This person was injured in the war and spent a year receiving medication in France, of which most of the period he spent in psychiatric help. And as a result he dedicated his life to help children with special needs, as he worked in one of foreign schools of Kuwait. This individual explained to me the agonies he had to go through (and still was at the time) to erase the horrible war scenes from his memory. He said that at times he’d wake up at the middle of the night, laden with sweat from the nightmares that haunted him. Sometimes he’d cry alone at night for the people who are still exposed to wars and witnessed such atrocities. And although his experiences ended years back, he still visited the hospital yearly for group psychology sessions.

There is no doubt that being exposed to wars has psychological consequences exceeding any other physical damage. And psychological therapy for the aftermath is a must that could not be ignored. As a matter of fact; even when a person is not physically injured, the psychological damage cannot be underestimated. War scenes and their effect on all five senses; the smell of gunpowder, blood-covered corpses, the sounds of artilleries as well as human cries, even eating canned-food and drinking filthy waters, add to that the easiness at which a person is derived to take another person’s life without thinking for a second that this person has a family who is waiting impatiently for his return, are more of a means to create a violent personality with no values to the most important thing in this world, which is human life.

About a month ago Kuwaitis were shocked with the news of three Kuwaiti suicide bombers in Mosel; Abdullah Alajmi, Nasser Aldosiri and Bader Alharbi. An act, which is new to the Kuwaiti society that is known for the peacefulness of its citizens. What was it that provoked those people to commit such unprecedented acts?
To answer this question, one should study their personal lives before the incident. And I will only take Abdullah Alajmi’s case as an example, shown clearly in the video clips I posted on my previous post.

I apologize to my English readers for not being able to understand those clips. But in general, it says that Abdullah was caught in Afghanistan and was jailed for four years in Guantanamo bay, Cuba. After his release from prison he seemed to expose a shy, untalkative personality. He got married after his release and his wife bore him two children (one was born after his death). He resumed his normal life where he sold dates to support his small family. He never stopped his liaisons with old friends. But his decision to go to Iraq was done in utter clandestine that not even the closest to him knew about it, and that his family was shocked to hear of his death.
There is no doubt that Abdullah was a victim of a directed mentality of the likes of Salman Alooda and Dr. Alfadel, as was declared by Adel Alzamel; one of his ex-jail mates in Guantanamo, according to an article published in Alwatan local newspaper. The country also had a big share in creating such personality when it encouraged Jihad in Afghanistan during its war with the Russian armies. We as citizens also share the blame; I can never forget the little cans in co-ops in which charity money was gathered to help the Afghans. But the most to blame are the families of those jailers, headed by ex MP Khalid Alooda who demanded their return without considering the fact that the country is not ready for their rehabilitation. Not to mention the fact that some of those families received happy greetings for the martyrdom of their sons instead of condolences for who committed a felony against himself, his family and others.

Now reading between the lines in the results of the last Parliamentary election, we see that Dr. Waleed Altabtubai won in the third place with almost 10,000 votes in the third district (not a tribal district). This is the same ex MP who addressed the head of Alqaeda, Ben Ladin as “Sheikh” (a title usually addressing high religious clerics) and asked him to “join the Islamic clerics and listen to what they had to say”, not to mention the fact that he expressed his “thrill with his (Ben Laden’s) Jihad.” The fact that should have been a warning that we are in grave danger, and that this mentality apparently is not new to the society, but has penetrated within its fabric. Which means that the chances for experiencing such acts in the future is not far from reality, it might even happen on the lands of Kuwait next time.

A country can undervalue its education system, its services and health systems, or even its economy. But to have little regard or esteem for its national security; that would surly be its end. The government is not held responsible for detaining those people or monitoring their whereabouts, as much as it’s duty to provide a rehabilitation program for them, as well as finding the means through its experts (whom are many) to provide security for its citizens by fighting such imported mentality.

Will the new government be as strong to tackle such challenges?
I sure hope so.

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