By Ahmed Necip YILDIRIM
Arabs must strive to pursue welfare, stability and transparency by struggling for liberty, equality, basic human rights and democratic values. Arabs have suffered from sectarianism and tribalism which have so far paved the way for unjust social, economic and political distribution of power and resources.
Conflict in Syria might have a long standing effect in the rest of Arab world. Traditional methods of establishing control over citizens will no longer work. Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and especially Saudi Arabia are vulnerable. All Arabs across the Middle East, men and women alike, are using mobile devices and they are well aware of what is going on in the world. Arabic countries have actually enormous potential for change as the large proportion of the population is considerably young. Percentage of the population with an age under 15 is around 30%. (Estimate, 2016).
In the coming future, we must be ready for witnessing fluctuations across Arabic countries.
Political situation in most of the Arabic countries is in flux. Revolutions have changed the founding stones of the political regimes in these countries. It will be very much normal to expect controversy, unrest, conflict and even counter revolutions in these countries.
The end of longstanding dictators did not and will not solve problems in these countries. All of the deep rooted problems that have been suppressed, delayed, hidden or ignored are supposed to come to the surface. There were a vast number of political, social and economic discomfort and problems in these societies that were all frozen during the rule of the toppled dictators.
More importantly, there are some groups that have lost their privileged position in these countries. These groups will gradually realize that in reality the new situation is catastrophe for them. Some of such groups have lost prestige, others political strongholds in their country and some others have lost their economically advantageous position.
Certain segments in the social strata had direct connections with once strong political circles. Being in conformity with the dictators, these groups were enjoying and utilizing benefits bestowed by their connection to the regime. These groups did not go out of these countries. They are there, trying to adapt to the new situation or possibly trying to restore a similar environment like the old days.
We should not also forget that revolutions did not bring prosperity for people. So there is a disappointment. There was a psychological expectation that a shining sun would come out if the black cloud was removed. But it simply did not happen. Unemployment is persisting; political instability and economic crisis is not yet over.
We know that there are certain disagreements between wealthy Dubai, Abdu Dhabi and poorer emirates like Sharjah and Ajman. With its extremely unjust and fragile social system, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has barely escaped the destiny in the rest of Arab world.
Bloodshed, tears, hunger, cruelty… is not that enough?
Any solution based on creed and identity will certainly bring chaos in Arab world. Universally accepted democratic norms must be established. The political system should treat all citizens equally. Meritocracy, reason and impartiality must prevail.
BY Ahmed Necip YILDIRIM
(Originally published in Turkey Tribune)