The Russian president Putin's avidity to power is in many ways similar to its Arab counter parts. It is true that unlike what that is rampant in our area, his friend, lawyer Medvedev brought him to presidential seat and hadn't brought his sons, brothers or clan, however there is similarity between the incurable obsession of Butin with power and the chronic power disease of the Arab rulers.
Despite my certainty of this bad feature, that denies existence of transparency for restoring people's power from the individual's domination , there is a similarity between Arab and Russian democracy. There is also likeness between Putin's delusion and the falsified Arab rulers, however when it comes to the moral, worthiness, electoral and political justification, Putin's scale will be preponderant for continuation in power.
Last week, on Friday Putin appeared as a genuine candidate for obtaining confidence of the millions, I thought he will hide the shame of his forgery to the Doma elections, by speaking of scares and the threat to anyone who refuses the absolute majority that voted yes to the ruling party, the United Russian party. I expected to hear from him a repeated boring talk of the bureaucratic Soviet diplomacy.
I was surprised with the answers of the former intelligence officer. He didn't tell his audience that he is the unifier of Russia after it is dispersed like bead's pieces. He didn't say that he is the saver of the Russian economy, who because of his policy, had recovered and became strong to the extent that it now has immunity against the American and European economic crises.
I heard factual figures, and he spoke in the language of accounts and not in in tones of logos. He said that the economy in his predecessor Yeltsin had been on the verge of collapse and now the Russian economy is on top of the international economies. As the average income used to range between 2000-3000, today it reached 23000 Rupel. He also spoke of inflation, poverty, unemployment, annual growth rate, cash reserves that amount to billions of dollars, the per capita, debts, the salaries of retirees and other issues and concerns that he spoke about as if he is the head of a successful company who knows every dollar of profit or loss.
He didn't skip the billions that came due to the boom of the increase in oil prices. He also mentioned other urgent issues like terror, which is besieged and buried , fighting corruption, poverty, unemployment and crime. He also spoke of prices of bread and cooking oil and he didn't say either me or the flood, or me or go to hell. He introduced himself as a decent dictator who is aware of his responsibilities and not as a ring leader of a gang.
The French Lomond journal asked President Saleh of his achievements and his answer was, the unification of Yemen, oil discovery in Marib and Hadramout, Marib dam, establishment of unity and the defeat of secessionists in 1994, multiparty system, and even his signature of the GCC initiative, he has considered it to be an honorable achievement. He didn't mention figures, rates, indicators or other economic, development service achievements , nor he mentioned any of the worries of the Yemenis which placed them among the most ten failing countries due to bad administrative management.
The only time the President spoke in expected achievements' language was during his election program in 2006. He promised to exterminated unemployment and poverty within only two years, to generate atomic energy and to connect the governorates with railway lines, airports, seaports and paved roads.
I personally respect that who respects our minds even if he is a dictator. On the other hand I despise any achievement that is not linked to languages of logarithms and Einstein. What is the use of speaking of the political unity in a fragmented torn community.
What is the use of the political multi party if he doesn't want to step down from power for 33 years. The President may have neglected these achievements as being of little value if man who is the focal point of everything didn't benefit from them.
It would have been better if he spoke of the escalating poverty which affected over 75 percent of the population, according to reports issued by tow humanitarian organizations (Oxfam) and (the Islamic relief.) I prefer if he spoke of the electricity crisis which has not exceeded 1000 megawatts, which is the same power generated 20 years ago.
I also prefer his speaking of the oil derivatives, the amounts of oil and gas, their domestic and international prices, the domestically produced cooking gas cylinder that is sold at YR 1500- 2000, whereas Korea buys it at 3 dollars. I also prefer speaking of the annual salary which used to be equivalent to 20 bags of wheat, 40 gas cylinders, 100 chickens in 1990, whereas it is currently less than a quarter of what it used to be two decades ago.