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No to big brother!

May 03,2018 - Last updated at May 03,2018

There is a lot wrong with inter-Arab relations. While once upon a time there was always a minimal degree of consensus on almost all major issues and an acceptable level of mutual understanding and coordination, at present, many Arab countries are turning their backs on each other.

Some in fact are openly plotting against and even literally fighting those countries with which they once had “fraternal” relations.

Overall, there is no agreement on a specific collective direction, and no apparent consciousness that a shared geography dictates a shared vision, good neighbourliness and hard work towards the realisation of common interests and the common good.

No longer any of that.

A nasty spirit of rivalry, both tacit and blatant, prevails; and much bickering and discord, covert and overt, reigns supreme.

There are many reasons for this unfortunate situation, which is doing nothing but harm to each and all. Mind boggling when one thinks about it.

One main reason, which I wish to enforce here, is a longstanding malady of some countries playing the role of big brother and trying to enforce their unilateral vision on all.

There has been a misconception, a false notion, which has reigned for long, that one Arab country should "lead" (in the derogatory sense of the word) the rest. The outcome has always been that two or three compete for such status and, as a result, wreak havoc in inter-Arab relations, causing a lot of tension friction, and, at times, literal fighting.

This formula is both false and wrong, and it has got to stop.

New thinking and new strategising need to emerge, ones based on mutual respect, on consensus building and collective collaboration for the common good.

This is especially needed at this point in time when there are so many countries, from the region and abroad, which are targeting our region, starkly interfering in its affairs, and scheming and plotting to achieve their own interests at the expense of inter-Arab understanding and détente.

We should learn lessons from our European neighbours who, by large, have achieved a very healthy formula at the collective level. One is not asking here at this particular stage for an "Arab Union," along the lines of the European Union, but at least sincere inter-Arab coordination, involvement of each and all, and respect (a key term here) of "brothers/sisters" and neighbours.

There is nothing wrong with each individual Arab country looking after its own interests, but each and every Arab country should also be mindful of common, collective interests, which are also extremely vital.

It is this mindfulness that is absent at this point in time; it is this failure at the collective level that is disturbing.

Some sort of initiative is needed, as Arab countries are stronger when they think individually and collectively, when they create and capitalise on collective synergy.

For this to happen, for the collective synergy to be possible and to start to bear fruit, the "big brother" formula has got to stop; has got to be dropped right away.

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I reckon that the advent of the Shia Spector drawing near our home turf is what established the fertile ground for the current Arab divisiveness and vindictiveness. Whether this Shia's sudden encroachment into Arab territories is considered specious one or another form of permanent hegemony is beside the point. when smoke starts billowing from your neighbour's homes it means that your home will eventually become exposed to smoke damage and you need to start implementing some preventive steps to safeguard your present position. Because of this virtual confounding crescent threat, some alliance began to coalesce manifesting their prowesses to stand up for this advancing five-ton gorilla. Some Arab countries aren't convinced that the advances of the foreign troops are merely lending a helping hand and once their mission is completed will return to their basis. They have a stalwart firm conviction that they are here not only to stay but rather to proselytize people into believing in their faith. Because of the rift between those who think that the intent was sinister and those that believe that it was innocuous the gap started to widen until it reached now to the point where it is very difficult to restore it back to its pristine condition. The Europeans paid a hefty price before they decided to reconcile their differences, we may still have to pay a much more burdensome price to rectify our own irreconcilables.

FINALLY, A BRAVE, HONEST AND COURAGEOUS MAN OF INTEGRETY HAS FINALLY SHARTERED THE TABOO VEIL AND ITS TIME FOR THE ARAB WORLD TO COME TOGETHER, FORM A BOND AND FUNCTION IN A COHESSIVE MANNER. IS NOT IF THE ARAB WORLD IS BUT BUT HOW SICK TO DECIDE IF THEY BELONG TO THE "ICU,CCU OR LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM". THIS GENTLEMAN HAS SUGGESTED BOTH THE DIAGNOSIS AND A SMART PLAN OF THERAPY. THE QUESTION IS IF IT WILL WORK???. NO ARAB MEETINGS MAKE SENCE, NO ARAB ALGORITHM MATCHES AND THE LAW OF THE EMMINENT OF DOMAIN DOES NOT WORK IN THE ARAB WORLD. BROTHERS SPY AGAINST BROTHERS, SISTERS DOES THE SAME AND ALL ARE SPLIT INTO THEIR CAMPS AND GORVENED BY THEIR MASTERS AND CEO'S. THEY SPY AGAINST EACH OTHER AND REPORT TO THEIR CEO'S SO WHAT EVER THAT IS SAID IN ANY INTER-ARAB MEETINGS FINDS IHEIR WAY TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD EVEN BEFORE SUCH MEETINGS COULD COME TO AN END. THEY FIGHT AGAINST EACH OTHER AND FORMS COILLITION OF TRIBES THAT BLOCKADE THEIR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHEN COMMANDED TO DO SO. WHEN YOU BRING ALL THESE MESS TOGETHER, THERE IS NOTHING LEFT TO HELP CONSTRUCT AND PLAN FOR ANY COMMON GOOD. IN FACT, THIS ARTICLE WAS LONG OVERDUE AND HAS REACHED TO A PEACHING LEVEL TO THE POINT THAT AN ARAB LEADER COULD SAY THAT THE PALESTINIANS MUST TAKE WHATEVER IS ON THE TABLE AND SHUT UP. AT THIS LEVEL, NO ONE TRUST EACH OTHER BUT SPY AGAINST EACH OTHER IN AN EXCHANGE FOR PROTECTION UMBRELLA THAT MAKES NO SENSE BECAUSE YOU CAN NEVER BE ALLOWED TO HAVE ANY RELIABLE UMBRELLA OF PROTECTION. ITS TIME FOR THE REGION TO DEPROGRAME AND REPROGRAME.

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