Those who work hard make mistakes [Archives:2008/1129/Opinion]

February 14 2008

Taha Al-Ameri
Every national civilized experience has its own negatives and each great transformation has its own mistakes. And, as those who don't work don't necessarily commit mistakes, it is impossible for great men producing great transformations to avoid mistakes. It is normal for any work to be accompanied by mistakes, however, such mistakes have to be objectively assessed in light of the reached national achievements that must not be employed for the sake of targeting other people or harming their reputation.

Under President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen has so far made great national and civilized achievements. But, it is natural for these achievements to be accompanied by unintentional mistakes. Consequently, people must not exploit such mistakes, if they exist, for targeting or damaging all the reached transformations. The national, political, moral and democratic logic necessitates that those elements have to assess the experienced mistakes, if available, in light of the positive phenomena, achievements and transformations.

When the positive phenomena account for 98 percent of the whole achievements, as opposed to only 2 percent for the negative phenomena, the matter necessitates more reason and judiciousness to be considered by any opposition addresses (speeches usually given by opposition leaders), which are supposed to be critical and not malicious. There is a huge difference between criticism and malice, as the former contributes much to developing and building the nation while the latter destroys any bonds, increases fear and spreads chaos, as well as casts doubt on any achieved national transformations.

The above-said addresses don't pay harm to the democratic course or transformation, nor do they damage reputation of the regime, its symbols and mechanisms. Instead, they primarily cause much harm to the addressers (opposition speakers) and their credibility.

Those who defiantly speak ill of the government and the national transformations and achievements, and underestimate all the positive data, only confirm seriousness and credibility of these transformations and achievements. Had the case been like what those malicious elements say in their malicious addresses, they would have reached their sough-after results.

It is this way the veteran observer can assess the current civilized reality of Yemen, plus the irresponsible plots machinated against the democratic transformation and progress. We all admit that any national activities must go beyond the scope of partisanship and media. Instead, they have to be based on the rules of economic development and reconstruction, plus admitting the availability of crises and problems that accompany national transformations.

As the national transformations have their own subjective and objective motives, the logical outcome is that it is normal for transformations to be accompanied by mistakes and the likes because these transformations are eventually multi-aspect and multi-goal interactions. Moreover, they are managed by human beings but not infallible angels.

On the contrary, the credibility of any criticism has to be assessed in light of the critic's credibility, his patriotism and faith in transformations, plus his loyalty with his people and his care for national development and prosperity. All these are the main factors in light of which criticisms can be assessed.

In this context, Yemen has so far achieved great transformations and its President managed to overcome numerous obstacles, difficulties and challenges that have been, for a long time, encountering will, dreams and expectations of the Yemeni people. Having acknowledged, these facts and understood them well, the greatest challenging facing us today will only be that of the absence of national education and awareness.

Both education and awareness constitute two major problems to understanding the concept of patriotism and love for one's homeland. Having overcome the two problems, or at least one of them, it will be easy for us to realize the progressive course of transformations.

Source: 26 September Weekly.