Monday January 2, 2018
Over the past several months, NATO’s despotic allies in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have cornered themselves into myriad political, social and military quagmires.
One can try to rationalize at the political level to a certain degree the missteps of GCC’s gang of three—Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain—in their internal backstabbing feud with Qatar, the UAE’s ban on Tunisian female customers of Emirates Airlines, aggression against Yemen, tweets of Dubai’s police chief about Qatar hosting the world cup, etc. There is however, a more obvious explanation to their missteps: stupidity.
Just as in daily routine, it is important not to overanalyze events and people, this creates a delusion, but of course a complete negation of analytical approach will make one gullible.
When evaluating the GCC regimes, Muslims must keep in mind that these regimes are not meritocracies. The concept of merit in running and devising policies in the GCC is utilized only to the extent to which it serves the foreign imposed ruling caste.
Those kept on the thrones by foreign powers in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain are spoiled brats who probably paid their way through schooling, due to their “royal” status. Is it realistic to think that educational institutions that receive massive funding from GCC “royals” would dare fail them for academic underperformance? What would happen to a middle-school teacher who fails a Saudi “prince” for poor reading skills? The answer is obvious.
There is no rational political or economic explanation for why the Bani Saud, UAE and Bahrain would want to create an internal crisis for themselves when they are engaged in a strategic confrontation with Islamic Iran in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. There is no logic as to why one would force the prime minister of Lebanon to resign in such an amateurish and clumsy manner. With all the crises at hand, why would a UAE minister antagonize Turkey through silly tweets on Ottoman history? The stupidity of GCC’s policies constantly reminds one of the phrase in the comedy world; You can’t make this s*** up!
Also, as the gang of three completely depends on guidance and consultation from Washington, it has bad luck with the Donald Trump regime. At least prior to Trump, the White House was infested mostly by evil geniuses. Today it is the residence of a clown with far less brain power than USA’s subordinates in the GCC. There is no corrective force to rely on.
As Muslims we cannot view global events outside of the divine paradigm without paying attention to the Divine “hand.” In the 6th Surah, ayat 59, the Qur’an states, “And with Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except Him. And He knows what is on the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but that He knows it. And no grain is there within the darknesses of the earth and no moist or dry [thing] but that it is [written] in a clear record.”
When God wants the downfall of oppressors, he takes away their ability to reason, as Aql (reason/consciousness) is one of the fundamental Divine lights which distinguishes humans from animals.