The Arab revolutions; Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Iraq and others
Moamar Gadhafi regime in the last few days proved to be one of the world’s most brutal and criminal regimes in the recent history. Gadhafi and his regime committed major crimes against humanity. It is not yet to know the exact brutal crimes committed against the people especially in Tripoli where he secretly crushed the oppositions and killed them. The obvious crimes which were seen in the Libyan cities are only the tip of the iceberg and yet to be discovered.
The coalition lead by France and according to the UN resolution which protect the civilians from Gadhafi crimes should bring that criminal man into world justice. Success in this operation is not only good for the French-Arab future relation but it will be seen as a signal for the other dictators to respect their people wishes in freedom and democracy. This operation is so limited at its start now and not yet encouraging. Strong attacks are needed to paralyse Gadhafi military machine that he used to crush the civilians including those in Tripoli. The signal should be that Gadhafi should not use force against protesters anywhere including civilians in Tripoli or he will get consequences. Limited use of force will be of no effect on this criminal dictator.
Ali Abdallah Saleh the dictator of Yemen is not much different from Gadhafi but he commits his crimes in different ways. Every day pass more protestors in Yemen killed by Saleh regime. The people of Yemen decided that they do not want this dictator. They want freedom and democracy and freedom in change of power. Saleh should leave as his people do not want him to stay in power. If he is civilised person like Housni Mubarak he will leave soon. These dictators are only after their positions and power because if they actually work for their countries they should have been left right from the first few hours or at least days if the people doesn’t want them. The people of Yemen will continue and will escalate their revolution until this dictator leaves or brought for trail. In the next few days we will see more people among the army and the government and even his party leaving him and join the revolution.
The ruler of Bahrain Hamad Khalefa is another dictator for life in that small country. The majority of Bahrain people are Shia Muslims while the ruler is Sunni however the people were only want freedom and democracy like any other people and their revolt is no difference form the other revolutions in the Arab world. The dictator of Bahrain used army from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states to crush his own people. This is no different from the occupation of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein in 1990 if not even worse. The dictator of Bahrain not only killing people daily with the help of non-Bahraini forces but he destroyed the Square of Loaloaa which was used by protestors peacefully. The people of Bahrain are now governed by a brutal sectarian regime with help of foreign troops especially from Saudi Arabia. This is not the first time for the Saudi regime to interfere with other countries. It did the same before with Qatar when the Saudi regime tried to outset the Qatari ruler. It also played major rule in the violence in Iraq since 2003 and the wars in Yemen.
The Bahraini people will not rest until the dictator brought to justice and they will escalate their revolt until they achieve freedom and democracy. On the other hand inviting foreign troops to kill the people may escalate regional war and regional countries may interfere directly sooner or later. The best solution for this is for one of the same family to dispose the ruler and ask the foreign troops to leave and then negotiate with the people for new, real and major reforms brining new constitution and elected government.
There are many problems in Iraq which requires major actions. There are occupation, wide scale corruption, lack of any kind of basic services, government based on sectarian shares, lack of security, existence of several powers other than the government, and many other problems. The first thing needed in Iraq is to cut the roots of corruption and to repair the services. There should be major reforms in the constitution to end the sectarian share of power or election. There should be major reforms for health, education, electricity, water, transport, sewage, poverty, and so on.
In Iraq there are many commissions which resulted of unnecessary and long delays of processing of civilians’ applications. One of the worst examples is the Property Claims Commission (Haiyat Nezaa Almlkiah) which delayed civilians’ applications for many years since 2003 until now. Thousands of civilians suffered from injustice and aggrieves from the PCC due to hindering their applications while their properties been taken from them without compensations despite the compensation were agreed many years ago by appropriate Judicial Committees. Noori Al-malki should act quickly and directly to ask the PCC to act soon to end the injustice in this issue of compensations to the civilians who had their application finished since many years. He said that he gives 100 days for reforms and one of them is the PCC in which we had many people wrote to us and to the human rights organisations asking for immediate action to end injustice and compensate for their properties.
Other Arab countries
It becomes clear that the new Arab generations will not rest until they have their freedom and democracy. They would like to put an end to the rule for life by the Arab dictators. There is no place for oppression and dictatorship.
Those rulers who are wise and they love their countries should act now and make real and clear changes. They should be part of the new changes and not like Mubarak, Saleh and Gadhafi. They should respect their people and be brave enough to tell the people that they are with the new era and new changes and will be part of it and not against it. This is the best way to protect themselves and their countries. They should act immediate before more damage or more killings. The action is to arrange new elections in few months’ time and they should not be part of that election at all. However if they respect their people and not elect themselves the people may in the future elections vote for them when they join again. If they refuse and not doing early changes their fate will not be different from the other dictators.