This is what a rain drop can do [Archives:2000/28/Viewpoint]

July 10 2000

After so many days of dryness, and after waiting impatiently for so many long months, rain has finally come to Sanaa. One can imagine the joy and happiness in the eyes of farmers in the region, who have been waiting and praying to God fervently not to lose this season. There was hope, there was trust in God, and eventually there was rain.
We can learn from the rain drop many things of life. It teaches us not to lose hope easily, to think of how to take advantage of it, and how to have patience in everyday life.
I want to compare rain drops with political will. I believe that the only thing Yemen needs, and in abundance today to revive its economy and heal its wounds, is a strong political will towards achieving that.
Historians are the ones who can best explain why. Look at Japan after the 2nd World War. It was in total devastation, Hiroshima and Nagasaki suffered two atomic bombs that could have halted the country’s development and progress. However, the Japanese had the will to resume it themselves. The political will motivated the masses towards more hard work, proving to the world that “if there is a will, there is a way” and they did it. Today, Japan is a super economic power. It surpassed countries that suffered no such disasters or even simple wars. This is an example of how a strong political will can change everything.
Another example is Europe, which was also devastated after the War. With political will and hard work, the continent was able to develop and bounce back into what we call now the modern world.
If these countries were able to do it, why can’t we?
Now that we have a stable border, and all the conditions conducive to improvement, why not start doing so?
We all have trust in our president’s intentions, but the will must be followed by deeds. The president, with a strong political will, can definitely make Yemen a better place. He can with strong determination and desire for change, raise its position from the 148th rank in the UN quality-of-life list.
I personally harbor hope of a better future. The lovely feeling of rain drops on my skin after a very frustrating and hot day, echoes the feeling of a country rising and developing after a long period of economic downfall.
It is only a matter of political will; and does our president have it? I urge you, dear reader, to remember that every time a rain drop falls after a long dry day, after frustration and hopelessness, there is assurance of a time when a political will would put an end to the hopeless long days of economic difficulties of the Yemeni nation. Walid Al-Saqqaf