Toward a new social contract [Archives:2007/1029/Opinion]

March 1 2007

By: Faruq Barakat
The new continued attack of the large Middle East project is the most negative aspect to come out of 2006 – a year that passed with few positives and numerous negatives. Such a project aims to abolish the concept of the Arab World during its infancy, the independent state or the national liberation movements following the age of colonization, fragmentation of the Ottman Empire and Sykes-Picot Agreement. This agreement was violated by the sequence of events following collapse of the Soviet Union and Socialism in the early 1990s of the last century, appearance of the new monopoly global system and capitalism.

Additionally, Israel is expected to control the Arab social fabric in particular and this control may expand to reach other non-Arab countries like Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the age of capitalism, Israel is due to demonstrate its economic dominance in the region as its military had been superior to Arab countries during the Cold War.

Despite the temporary absence of a new multi-pole world and the international support for third world countries, the Arab regimes, particularly the republican and nationalist ones, are in need of reviewing the nature of their internal situations and foreign policies in order to achieve real political, economic and social reforms. These reforms will lift restrictions on the public democratic freedoms and achieve equal citizenship and social justice.

The age of oppression and injustice have passed and will not return, however, its effects seem to be persistent in our day-to-day life.

On the contrary, politicians, intellectuals, educated people and civil community organizations have to work harder to highlight the values of forgiving, solidarity and cooperation, as well as to reinforce them in the Arab nations at the time of the brutal capitalist attack. Also, these people and organizations have to bring about a new social contract between the Arab states and their people to confront the colonial projects, mainly the large Middle East Project. As we acknowledge the necessity of spreading the values of freedom, democracy, equal citizenship, social justice and peaceful transfer of power without constructing a strong wall between us and the new Middle East project, this means that we reject establishing such projects, which are usually accompanied by fragmentation and disintegration, as well as spreading the sectarian and ethnic war in every single Arab country. These projects pave the way for anarchy leading to the collapse of Arab regimes and then replace them by new weak regimes that allow the new colonization forces to absolutely dominate these countries.

The policy of anarchy, which is successfully applied in Iraq, is unique. It is the other face of the coin of Divide To Control Policy. We referred to this policy as a live example forcing us to confront the fragmentation and bloodshed projects and highlight the values of Arab and Islamic solidarity, cooperation and forgiving. We praise the Saudi noble role, represented by King Abdullah's call to stop the Palestinian bloodshed, in Mecca Conference, which came up with forming Palestinian national unity government involving all the Palestinian factions. We have to emphasize that Saudi Arabia has worked hard for a long time with the aim of devoting its sincere efforts to stop the Arab-Arab conflict. In addition, Egypt exerted great efforts in reconciling between the Lebanese conflicting factions, which culminated with Al-Taef Treaty. We shouldn't forget the mediation efforts of Egypt, the Arab League and the Arab Peace Initiative, which proved itself as the only real initiative for tackling the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

We deeply thank Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council and donor countries that lavishly supported our country at the London's Donor Conference and the rounds of the Yemeni-Saudi Higher Coordination Council.

The main goal of this article is to sincerely praise the spirit of forgiving, solidarity and brotherhood between Arab countries instead of discrepancy. This is the right time for the Arab and Islamic countries to unify their efforts and confront the foreign colonial projects.

Source: Al-Ayyam