House of corruption [Archives:2006/978/Opinion]

August 4 2006

By: Prof. Abdulaziz Al-Tarb
There is no longer anyone to stand in the face of corruption. It seems that all are corrupt and those not yet committed corruption are pointed at with derision and accused of something in the standard of his cleverness and intentions. Everyday there is pressure on his conviction that the illegal money is a safe haven for him to avoid mockery and accusations surrounding him from all directions. If you read the other newspapers or the report issued by the Central Organization for Control and Audit (COCA) you will read about millions that are squandered and other millions smuggled. A country with a small budget cannot bear people moving in the opposite direction of honor and honest earning.

It is in a country where the minister commits corruption and so the undersecretary follows suit and then followed by head of the establishment down in the scale of jobs. The norms of thieves descend from above downwards and we begin to wonder: Did the seniors receive the price for their stands towards the war of secession in Yemen and towards the plundering of peoples wealth in Iraq or in agreement reached between traitors and invaders on seizing treasures of Iraq and the remains of Palestine before its liberation?

You can see the trail of corruption from the top to aides, ministers and leaders. You will see that those who ever think of mutiny are deterred, their legs tremble and obediently follow their master, like the sheep who follow their shepherd. They wish to continue their organized plunder in the hope of filling their treasuries with properties of the people, but seawater does not quench thirst. The people remain preoccupied with earning their living or finding a wall to take as a lodging or a job for earning means of livelihood.

Thus the swords are drawn up in the face of those trying to live honorably with clean money until he yields and lives dishonestly. They join the thieves and accept cheating and reject honesty. Is hell so spacious to accommodate all those?

Is it possible that people read what is happening in Lebanon and Palestine and translate their anger towards the rulers via the upcoming elections in more than one Arab capital. If that's the case Yemen will be the first to effect change.

Prof. Abdulaziz Al-Tarb is an economist and a professor in Political Science. He is the head of the Arab Group for Investment and Development