Opposition! Please avoid flagrant mistakes [Archives:2007/1087/Opinion]

September 20 2007

By: Dr. Saif Al-Asali
The one who notices the numerous mistakes, committed by the opposition in Yemen, becomes confused about how to interpret such mistakes. By its mistakes, the opposition stands in the way of what is proceeding in favor of Yemen and seems to back what damages the nation. Likewise, it impedes anything progressing in its favor and adopts what pays harm to its survival.

Committing such mistakes deliberately can be interpreted as staining the image of Yemen. The opposition usually cheers when there is a report damaging the national interest even if this report is not completely authentic and accurate. How one can interpret the opposition's care to awake up any asleep group and its support for those triggering animosity toward unity? How can one interpret the way the opposition politicizes normal events such as road accidents and the death of everybody on earth?

It is too difficult to interpret these machinations. No judicious man may offend his interests and support what harms him. This means that the opposition is not judicious or there may be another reason behind its behaving this way. If we suppose that the opposition leaders and supporters or some of them have a good intent, the way they behave may be attributed to the harmful effects that are the result of the opposition's flagrant mistakes and extremist visions.

The mother of all the mistakes is that the opposition is excessively self-opinionated. Behaving this way, the opposition doesn't take into consideration any of the national interests. When there is an interest for the whole nation, including the opposition itself, and the opposition doesn't perceive its interest well, this means that it counteracts interests of the whole nation.

For instance, when this opposition doesn't win the majority of votes in an election, it turns to describe the electoral process as unfair and not free. Moreover, it says that there has been a vote fraud during the electrical process. The opposition's being self-opinionated is a primary reason behind its failure to perceive its mistakes. Nevertheless, it neither reviews, modifies nor evaluates its conducts, and it is bound to repeat the same mistakes in the future.

Behaving this way, the opposition damages the nation and itself. It harms the nation by depicting matters in unreal manner and makes out of success a failure. It damages itself because it never acknowledges its mistakes, and if it admits the mistakes it commits, this may help create a slim chance for its success in the future.

As the opposition seeks nothing more that its interests, it is always in hurry to reach power at any price. Thus, it believes that exhausting the regime is the shortest way for it to attain power. In this context, it intolerably magnifies what is very small and underestimates what is very big.

In event a landslide or an earthquake occurred, it holds the regime accountable for what has happened. And, if somebody dies, it hints that the regime is behind the death. But, when it comes to the enrollment of more than seven million students in schools and universities, the opposition says that this is the regime's duty and it deserves no gratitude for it. Committing such a big mistake, the opposition doesn't bear in mind that being in a hurry to attain an object means being punished by being deprived of that object. As the opposition has not avoided such a blatant mistake, it will be very difficult for it to reach power and rule the country.

Repeating the same mistakes means that the opposition has to await the bad consequences of its behavior, and the situations in Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan are substantial evidence for this. The fall of regimes in these countries has led to uprooting the state, thereby making it difficult for any party or faction to assume power or rule in any of these countries.

Source: Al-Thawra State-run daily.