It is clear that the “Arab Spring” only brought to Arab intellectuals (both Islamists and liberals) psychological defeat and intellectual setback to a point that their analyses were wrong, and their ideas went astray, so they searched for a joint enemy that fulfills the gist of their analyses and their disappointing conclusions.
Islamists were surprised that their efforts for nearly a century to create an Islamic state as an example got trampled by IS, that spoiled every Islamic entity with their introduction of a deformed ideology that made the entire humanity with all its religions and policies stand against and fight them, which removed all hopes of benefiting from an “Arab Spring” by “Arab Islamists” who bet on it.
The stand of “Arab liberals” came with the same feeling, even if it was out of the secularists’ failure to gain Western support for a plan, long thought of as an alternative to the religious direction, yet the West adopted extreme religious directions and bet on it to a create a new Arab reality that increased Arab divisions and made the Zionist enemy more secure.
All that made some Arab intellectuals – religious and secular – confused in analyzing the new Arab and Islamic reality, and that the bet to create “a new Middle East” is no longer a purely Western bet; rather there are new “Middle Eastern” and world powers that coalesced together despite the various intellectual pluralism, and with their different directions and many policies, they were able to prove their presence, while the West found necessary to deal with them at the expense of others after the failure of the “Arab Spring” and its turning into a destructive hurricane both intellectually and ideologically, which made the pragmatic West ready to have a dialogue with those who strategically plan for humanitarian cooperation out of the common understanding of universal cooperation between people that emerges from globalization and forms the human philosophic intellect that is based on the human being either “a brother of yours in religion, or your match in creation”.
So, for those who read the columns of some Kuwaiti religious or liberal writers, they will be surprised by where the world has gone with their new universal and intellectual thinking, and what those who are still chewing on Middle Ages thinking have reached by dividing the world into religious sects inside or look at people as psychological defeated minorities and feel sorry for them.
Here, the human being does not have any emotion other than to feel sorry for this thinking, and bypass their narrow thinking that made them look small even in front of IS militants, who present themselves as an alternative to Arab and Muslim intellectually ideologically and behavior.
The world today is no longer looking at countries and people as isolated oases or artificial boundaries – rather the reality has been imposed by the “new globalization” and drawn up by “intellectual and political” efforts that bypassed any sect and nationalism be it the Daeshis (IS militants) and their global intellect built on terrorism or those who resist them with their intellect that is built on the cooperation of humanity for the birth of a new global order that relies on a vision based on filling the globe with justice and fairness, unlike oppression and injustice, and this makes the entire humanity get together and plan to fight the old and new Daesh (IS) ideology and meet over the existence of a “global mercy” that needs new creative ideas and new methods, instead of ruminating sectarian and nationalistic ideas and opinions that were eliminated by the renewal era, and will be rejuvenated by the era of global improvisation with its new look.
So, we may feel sorry for those who divide people into groups and sects out of a religious approach or minority and majority out of a nationalistic approach, while people communicate between each other with modern technology without boundaries or sectarian barriers or nationalistic limits, as the youth of the world became one crucible, with its slogan being “human rights”, which does not differentiate between people by divisions that became obsolete by time and adopted by the Daeshis of all types, and some old religious and liberal activists shrunk in front of it.
—Translated by Kuwait Times
By Abdelmohsen Jamal
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