Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The Price of Subbornness.. Who's Paying ?..

In my daily scanning of the blogosphere, I invariably make a pause at my friend Abu Kareem's blog, The Levantine Dreamhouse.. For me, his passionate views, his immensely well-informed arguments, his robust and deep-rooted beliefs, are a source of inspiration and a focus of admiration..
His latest offering is no exception..
I wanted to leave a comment, but realised that I was writing too much!.. I did not want to abuse his hospitality, so I decided to put my views on his post in a separate post of my own...
Abu Kareem, with his notable courage, tried to tackle a very difficult concept.. Can a leader commit his people to a battle they cannot win?.. Should a leader pursue a venture that will bring death and destruction to his people, in the name of honour and dignity?.. Are 'principles' more important than people?.. The corollary to that question is, of course, 'whose principles?!'...
Most reasonable people would agree with the right of self-defense.. and most should accept that it applies to both parties in any dispute.
Most reasonable people would agree that it is the duty of a patriotic leader to stand up to the enemies of his Nation, and to uphold and defend its sovereignty..
However, I believe that a wise and compassionate leader will have the protection of his people as his first and foremost aim..
A wise and compassionate leader will weigh the pros and cons of his actions, in terms of what miseries they will bring and what relief they provide.. Lashing out haphazardly at a vastly superior enemy will not be in the interest of the People, as the response is likely to be disproportionate...
A wise and compassionate leader will, if he has to, work WITH his arch enemies to protect his people, until he can learn to defeat those enemies.. I am fully aware of the argument that cites Abbas's work with the Israelis as a demonstration of the failure of such strategy.. and I accept that, at face value, this example is a case against my argument.. However, I believe that the fault with this example lies in that it starts from the premise that Abbas is working for the interest of the Palestinian People, a statement I strongly disagree with.. Therefore, I do not accept this example in the first place..
A wise and compassionate leader will work with his people, all his people, to defeat their mutual enemy.. Both Hamas and Fatah are guilty of driving a wedge through the midst of the Palestinian masses.. Neither has the legitimacy to speak for the People, because each have their own hidden macabre agenda..
A wise and compassionate leader will know when to fight and when to sit back and wait.. Clearly, Hamas lack this insight.. They continue to provide Israel with excuse after excuse, in case Israel needed any, to pummel Gaza with more firepower, and inflict more misery on its besieged population..
Our modern history is awash with 'leaders' who could only see as far as their noses.. leaders whose own delusions of grandeur enticed them to take their People to the brink of the abyss.. and often beyond.. leaders whose people have paid a very high price for the leader's lack of insight, treason, stubbornness, or sheer stupidity.. leaders who are more than willing to send millions of their people to certain death, as long as they themselves are safe from harm...
Neither Hamas nor Fatah is a wise and compassionate leader...
Hamas and Fatah care only for their own interests..
And the wretched people.. the helpless children.. the unarmed men and women.. pay the price for the stubbornness and lack of foresight of their leaders...

4 comments:

Abu Kareem said...

SB,

Thank you for expanding eloquently on what I was trying to say. Always a pleasure to hear from you.

Fares said...

Well Said SB, you make me proud! Hamas reminds me of Saddam Hussein when he refused to withdraw from Kuwait and ever since Iraq was destroyed. Well it is not that simple but basically stupid elements of our societies combined with the west greed help us stay in the middle ages.

abufares said...

SB & Abu Kareem
You always provide me with unabashed insight about the grim politics of the Middle East.
Of course I lack your objective analytical ability and I cannot make any positive contribution on such topics as I often get emotionally involved thus reduce my credibility to nil.
I read both of you with great admiration and I will make this same comment on both of your posts simultaneously.
Thank you.

saint said...

SB,
Thank you for applying reasoning and passion to the problems that tears our beloved region. Thank you for presenting your views as a thought for the brains to question its validity and presenting these ideas to others to discuss and wonder. Maybe we will see soon new generation have the courage to look inside not only outside. People waited long time, till this media, internet communication, reached the land of time stand still and oppression, to have a chance to read for pragmatists, not failing dreamers, and who apply what they wish for others to themselves, putting their moth where their action is.