Why do we need an Arab marshal project? The addressing here is to those who missed my last week's article about an Arab economic recovery project, focusing on the Arab spring countries, but its impact extends to all the Arab world.
We need this project because the conditions are favorable for a credible Arab uprising more than at any time before. It is a historical opportunity that is littered with broad expectations and deep sufferings, with costly hardships, that is only repeated once every hundred years.
The people are looking forward and have delivered their control to the ones they have chosen, not to ignorant ones who came through tanks and intelligence. If we miss this opportunity the wheel of history will move on with those who attended and those who concurred , and will proceed without those who missed because of fear or slow action. It will succeed here and fail there, but it will not stop. Mubarak and Gaddafi will never return whatever happens in the Arab spring. The historical inevitability was destined to get through.
The Arab marshal will guarantee three important things. It guarantees that success will be collective. There would be real Arab integration which leads to a sort of unity and finally and most important it will prevent the appearance of axes, which were the disease that we had suffered and which caused our split in the few past decades.
It is not acceptable that Tunisia will succeed while Libya is sunk in the tribal and oil symptoms. It is not also acceptable that Egypt would go alone, while it is for all the Arabs. Why should it go in building its modern state and constitution in a slow movement, suffering its economic responsibility towards a population that is drawing closely to hundred million. Even its progress may be halted after a sever economic or political crisis to resume its difficult progress again.
If Tunisia is unable to integrate with Libya or Algeria , it would go alone, and will cooperate with those who attend. It will not be blamed if seeks partners in France or Turkey.
Libya has also the right to be another Kuwait, in protecting itself, build what it has missed, keep its wealth for the next generations and interact with its brothers to an extent that may not cause them embarrassment, and so on. This can be applicable to other Arab states. The history wheel will continue to carry us into different ways. Indeed, this is not the best recipe that we desire.
The worst of the previous scenario is the re-emergence of alliances among the Arab spring countries on one side and the stable countries on the other side, in terms of monarchies or republics, or the new moon of the Muslim brotherhood and other new moons.
Do you remember the resistance axis and the axis of moderation countries? Or the revolutionary states in the face of the reactionary countries. What is most ridiculous of these, we pray to God not to return it, the love of these leaders to themselves in terms of wasting money in the distribution of their dull images on Swiss watches that are distributed as unworthy gifts to those who do not deserve them, as well as their distribution of plots and bags of explosives.
The desired economic recovery project, cannot be undertaken by rulers but by persons who love their countries and dedicate themselves to them. It is devised by experts in economy, legislation and development, and implemented by interactive forces. It is to be directed to a civil community, business sector and the youth initiatives and not to politicians' pockets . This project could succeed and achieve its goals.
The first objective is the achievement of sustainable stability, not the stability of graves. It should be a stability based on freedom, respect, right of joy, jobs, prosperity and equal opportunities.
The second objective is the integration of the revolutionary forces that have accomplished the Arab spring and paid sacrifices but still feel that they are marginalized. They should be integrated in a development scheme that expresses what they have struggled for at the Squares at Tahrir, Habib Bourigiba street, al-Asi square and all freedom squares in the Arab world.
It should be an integration that protects them from extremism, and the disruption of the positive changes that need stability so that they can accomplish the just demands of groups as well as a real accomplishment of reconciliation with bourgeoisie forces that have been compelled to ally with the totalitarian regimes (we should accept that from them,) because they were the only that they found in arena.
It is true that they have served and benefited and participated in the process of the large-scale corruption. However we have not to stand long on this issue which intimidates these forces, and makes them transfer their huge wealth and expertise away from the growing Arab countries.
The important goal is to accomplish a comprehensive Arab advancement, that is not possible without an Arab integration. God has distributed the Arab subsistence into different areas and then Arabs have divided their countries, and each nation has gone with their divisions, some happy and others unhappy with them.
We can take as an example the Egyptian cotton, the Syrian textile experience and the Gulf capital, administrative experience and global links. If all these three are gathered together, there would be a general welfare to all. This can be applied to the north west African Arab countries with oil in Libya, the fertile neglected lands in Algeria which used to be the French wheat basket during colonization, in addition to the Tunisian trade experience and Moroccan labor. I'm not presenting a detailed feasibility study but only pointing out to the positive economic diversity of the Arabs.
Let's take the European, American and Japanese Marshal project. We will find a similarity to our situation, with the agreement between the principles the post war governments on the common that were established in Europe and Japan, "on common principles," in terms of democracy, justice, equality and the accomplishment of people's prosperity.
Consequently it was possible for these similar governments to agree among themselves. These same principles are now governing the Arab spring countries, whether those which crossed out of the bottle neck or those which are still struggling to get out.
Even the Gulf countries are providing similar issues, and those who missed the speech of the Bahraini king last Sunday should go back to it, to find that it is going on the same course.
Moreover, hadn't the GCC leaders announced in their Riyadh declaration, during their last summit, "the acceleration of comprehensive growth and reform progress so as to contribute to the participation of male and female citizens." The original text contained the word "effective," in an indication to the popular participation but it was dropped in the last moments. But never mind, "effective " will return next time.
From the London based al-Hayat.