With the end of each year, we start with an “account inventory” process on a personal level. In our memories, we review the tape of memories of the year gone by and the most important events that we went through. We smile while we think of our achievements and the challenges we have overcome, and we feel sorry for those loved ones whom we have lost. But by the end we thank God that we can still plan for a year to come, and continue working to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves.
At national level, I think that in 2019 things were good, or at least they are working towards getting better. Forget about newspapers that deliberately shock us with their bad news, and let us think quietly to see whether things are really better now than in 2018, and that they are also much better than in 2017, after we reached an Arab perihelion with what was falsely called ‘Arab Spring’ in 2011.
The situation in Egypt, the pillar of the Arab nation, is good. Terrorist movements have receded if not completely eliminated, the economy is slowly recovering and the spectre of chaos and division in the street has disappeared, and the country has returned to the path of development.
Tunisia is also settled politically and on the level of security largely so; and the vision became clear to the Tunisians, and they should become more united and less divided.
Algeria is now searching for democracy after the army succeeded in preserving the unity of this great Arab country. As for Sudan, I am really proud of the ability of the Sudanese to avoid confrontation, form a government that represents them, and fight corruption and underdevelopment.
What a beautiful Iraq! Now that it has revolted in the face of its darkness, demands first its Arabism, because today it knows more and more that this is what brings it good, not sectarianism and extremism. Lebanon is also on the same path, and if they were able today to suppress the flame of the youth revolution, then the fire will remain under the ashes, and it will re-ignite and burn the two sects and those who are corrupt.
There are still some bleeding wounds along the map of our large Arab homeland, in Syria and Yemen in particular. These wounds require more patience and joint Arab action to stop Iran’s hand and external interference. As for Libya, even if the scene is open to many political and military possibilities, Libya should not be neglected or taken out of Arab calculations, because this country will soon return to play its role in the context of its Arab and African regional surroundings.
We reach the most important part of our contentment for a positive future in 2020 and the years that follow. It is the stable political, economic and development conditions in the Arab Gulf countries, that in 2019 made very wide steps on the path to stability and development and have overcome challenges.
Everyone knows that as long as Saudi Arabia is fine, the Arab Gulf is fine, and the Arab and Islamic world is fine. We see that what is happening today in Saudi Arabia is an unprecedented renaissance leading to a prosperous future, and confirms that the Arabs’ Arabism can contribute effectively to the path of human development.
And in Bahrain we all remember the enormous difficulties we experienced. Today Bahraini people have returned to heal with each other and become one hand, and everyone has realised the collective wisdom of His Majesty, the Prime Minister and the Crown Prince, to spare the country the miserable fate that might have awaited us.
The most difficult part has been left behind us, and when you talk to anyone you see that he understands the scale of economic challenges, and is assured of government endeavours to support the economy and development, including the creation of a liquidity fund, reduction of infrastructure fees, issuance of a bankruptcy law, and allocation of 20 per cent of government purchases to SMEs, etc.
I have never doubted that my Arab reference and my true religion are the only way to save me and my family and build the future of all who I love and those who love me, and today it has become clearer that this road is the ship of Noah that we can survive and find safety, so that we can once again restore the nation to its status, respect and civilised role at the global level.
This is also the way to build the human revolution, modernise education and diversify sources of income. Let us give every Arab a greater opportunity to build himself and his homeland, and a job that he can be proud of and return home every evening with a smile of satisfaction, comfort and reassurance that his future and the future of his family are safe and secure.