Today, we are left with great wannabes, those Arab El-3ezz whose words are far grander than their deeds. Thanks to the majesty of the Arab language, they can camouflage their shortcomings and the inequities visited upon their people.
They are wasting precious resources in their pursuit of their dreams of grandeur. Or in pursuing other's dreams...
As the defeats pile up, more resources are wasted. Yet the leaders remain and endure; “Thank God! We may have lost the war, and the territory, but we have kept the regime in place”.
To which Kamal Joumblat once replied; “I wish we lost the regime and kept the territory”… He did not live long.
The French may have invented the word, but the Arabs invented the concept.
Thanks to oil, they are giving it new meaning. To give themselves a good conscience, they placate Arab El-3Ezz, and build grandiose mosques and stuff…
Of course, that leaves little money for the rest.
Most of the “Arab Masses” basically worry little about their future. They have enough trouble getting over the day; The United Nations' "Arab Human Development Report 2004" points out that:
"The modern Arab state, in the political sense, runs close to this astronomical model, whereby the executive apparatus resembles a ‘black hole,’ which converts its surrounding social environment into a setting in which nothing moves and from which nothing escapes".
The people struggle to survive in the face of institutionalized corruption and pervasive “clannism”, which reinforce the black hole phenomenon.
The Palestinians are the most glaring example; the United Nation's report describes how the occupation "continues to violate the individual and collective freedoms of Palestinians". As they find themselves caught between
Historically, Lebanon's Shiites find themselves in a similar position. They have moved on since; but the mentality apparently remains, and finds itself reinforced by current events.
In Iraq, the ranks of the poor are also growing; "After dismantling the old state, the US-led authorities made little progress in building a new one".
While Arab el-Hezz are too busy dancing the night away, Arab El-3Ezz are willing to feed and support the masses... And they ask so little in return. Only the odd suicide attack or human shield. Arab El-Rezz are no fools, but they have little choice...
Many of Arab El-Rezz got fed up with the failed dreams of grandeur, or became tired of watching others dance while they go hungry. The people are basically smart, and a little education did wonders. With little chance to use their brains, they had no other option but to leave.
As they escaped from misery, a new group has emerged from “Arab El-Rezz”, a Fourth Type of Arab...
Any “Arab El-Rezz” Children that survived famines and wars learned and grew. They were mostly educated to start with, and over the years, many easily left the decrepit nest that would not welcome them anymore. They all left with a global sigh of “Toz”… When it comes to expressions of disdain, few languages are as eloquent as Arabic.
The latest census undercounts them. In the
Those immigrants form a complex group. Note that many of those who list themselves as “Syrian” actually emigrated from the Syrian Ottoman
Most of this population earns a decent living from its hard work, without the need for stipends from either Arab el-Hezz or Arab El-3Ezz, and contributes much to its new home country. Thanks to their skills, many have risen to positions of power, and are key players in today's world.
“Toz” on the "leaders, indeed, and move on...
Before the West changes its Visa policies.
A short Follow-up:
The anger behind some comments and emails is quite understandable. However, the basic facts that I see, and the saddness that I feel remain valid. In the middle of all the destruction, we talk AT one another via demonstrations and counter-demonstrations. Those of us who would rather we resolved the differences by talking TO one another from an EQUAL footing are fed up and are just leaving. The Arab world is loosing its best and brightest...
My tone in this post may seem "harsh" to some, and I made some adjustments to clarify the main message. However, I make no apologies; as Prof. Chibli Mallat put it, Freedom is never having to say 'sorry' for one's words; it is only deeds that count. I personally feel it is time the silent majority raised its voice; there is much need for reflection in our "logocratic" word. While it is true that "fewer words mean fewer Lawsuits", we can ill afford to be silent in this day and age, as the Arab soul withers.
Some may view a dignified/honourable peace as the only sustainable option for all, and that does not make them traitors. Some want war as the only honourable path. To both I point out the need for a plan, or some sort of focus, in either case.
In case of war, we are not equipped for it; Hafez El-Assad once stated that "strategic parity" with Israel in the fields of education, economy, and military; we are far from the count on all. The latest "victory", as it were, was a Phyrric one at best.
In case of peace, our fossilized state-run, ressource-centered economies are ill-equipped to compete with Israel and its diverse economic base. The recovery is made harder over time, as we are losing our best and brightest, who walk away from it all in search for a better future.
The Arab brain is withering away...