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Rewind! Need For A National Service Force!

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 7th November, 2007

Need For A National Service Force! 

I am watching this Television News coverage of a father in Turkey who is very proud of his son who is by his side and who is curtailing his further studies in University in order to join the Turkish Army to fight for his homeland with the perceived threat from The PKK – The Kurdish Workers Fighters – who are demanding for a separate home land or more autonomy; depending on your point of view. The Reporter makes a statement that the Turkish youngsters are all interested to join the Eastern flank where there are frontline activities with the PKK, rather than the Northern flank where there is no activity of any kind.

Apart from the sad and tragic fact that a supposedly majority Islamic army (be it secular in outlook and focus per se) is fighting a supposedly rebellious Islamic fighter force (something that seems to be now regular in other countries too), what else gives? Nothing new or strange here. We do not know what will happen next if Turkey will go ahead and attack North Iraq (Kurdistan), but we sure know now that Pakistan has declared a State of Emergency!

If you look at the Israeli Army, a population of less than 4 million peoples is able to put at bay larger Army population of several Arab countries. Forgetting for a moment that they are fully backed by The Western World, and even discreetly by even countries like Russia and The ex Eastern block countries (and some other countries of The rest of the world too for that matter); it raises a paramount fundamental question of how and why this is possible. Forgetting also the valid pertinent point that when you fight to defend your homeland, than the person who is attacking or maybe perceived to be attacking you for that matter.

If you look at our young Arab youth, and is not fair to assume, generalize and stereo type – but you will find that they are looking for quick gains, results and achievements at the shortest of time available and at minimum exertion, efforts and input too. Send some graduate for a professional course and he comes back saying he is now experienced and needs more power, authority and promotion.

I have interviewed in my career time graduates in some places, and they are all interested in what perks and facilities that they will get, instead of what inputs, efforts and drive they will have to put in before they can be respected, recognised and to be acknowledged. I am talking here generally – let me make myself very crystal clear. Youth are youth – I fully agree – whether Arab or Jewish! No dispute here. And true as human beings we tend to criticize and analyse more those we know better than those we do not know. The maxim ‘Familiarity breeds contempt’ did not just come out from the blue!

For all fits and purposes, the young Jewish graduates may not be any different from the Arab one per se! No one amongst us can know or tell. But how many Arab youths have you seen that would volunteer to join a regular Arab Army and go and fight and die for a national cause? Forget for a moment the suicide bombers, who have been twisted their frames of minds and thoughts to kill, maim and murder innocent victims like children queuing up for chocolates and sweets, even if those sweets are from the ‘enemy’?. Or people looking for a job to feed their families are blown up into pieces. Or trying to sell or buy items in the market, or board a bus for whatever reason.

These are wasted and destroyed resources that could have been used and been utilized better, than such wastages, destruction and uselessness. The enemy is not your own brother or sister, even if he or she acts different from you or believes slightly different from you. There is a bigger cause and fight to be made, and not in this way. The enemy is the person who has invaded and occupied your country, not the one who is just hapless and innocent impotent person like that you are, though you have twisted minds and frames not to realize this. You are killing and wiping off the very same person who is against like you are, or striving to live and be as best as he can.

I have studied hard on my own the incidents of the 6 day war in 1967. I studied hard the one in 1973. I studied hard the invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein. And I studied hard the invasion of Iraq by flimsy excuse and reasons of WMD – which up to day are missing. What should wake us all up is the fight and resistance put up by the Lebanese Hezbollah youth in the South against a regular Army force – the most powerful and most feared power force in The Middle East today – The Israeli army!

Let us forget for a minute whether we support or not their philosophies or outlook. They and Hamas and the Iranian youth. Like them or hate them, it does not matter. Even for them for that matter. They too have not forgotten the expression of ‘finish off the job’ to bring them down under control, ridicule, ruin and or reduce their areas of influence and control. Not all the things they did could be supported or cordoned, like sending off missiles blindly and inadvertently and unfortunately killing off and maiming Arab residents, be that they are Israeli Arabs or not.

What am I talking about here? I am talking about the readiness and willingness of Arab youth to be ready and fight for their countries, whether under direct threat or perceived threat. Look at Iran being under threat from powerful nuclear powers, but are not scared or afraid. You may like to call it obstinacy or whatever else. Like my late grandfather used to say – the child cries for a blade or a match box, do not deny him. He will cut or burn himself, which is the way they will learn!

Did we learn before in 1967? In 1973? Even lately cases like Kuwait invasion? Like Iraq invasion? No, we still are defiant and obstinate. We still use threats and defiant languages. We will stand our grounds, stay and fight – we say loud and clear. Necessity is the mother of invention, as the Kuwaiti youths found out to defend their homeland from Saddam army.

Let us try to learn from the enemy. What is it that they are doing that makes them fight, stand their grounds and gets them protected and preserved? It is the National Service that they have. All youth and of graduates and higher education joining the regular army for some years. They get trained and fight alongside the regular army. They become disciplined, cultured and matured by such training. And they become a recognizable and acknowledged force that can tackle almost everything on their own.

When they finish their compulsory military training, they return to civilian lives, but at a press of button can resort back to a reserved recognizable and acknowledged fighting force, to be respected and even feared too. Some of the Arab countries have such National Services. But I do not know I have to admit how it works. I know of a fact only that some Arab students I studied with in UK failed their examinations purposely and willingly – because they did not want to return home to join their National Service, and leave behind their British girlfriends and the UK way of life!

There are some counties in Africa who had copied the Israeli model. They join the regular army for 9 months, and go to work in civilian lives but still wearing the National Service uniforms for 2 years. Then they go for a pass out parade for one month, and become reserve forces. Some may even like the Army life, and look for a future in The Armed Forces or The Police. One sure way to reduce unemployment, and get more highly educated and trained youth in the military forces!

We can start the whole process by a Volunteer force, but we may need to encourage more to come by making it more attractive and enticing to join. When our enemies realize that we have youth in the populace that are disciplined, trained and ready to fight and die for the motherland, they will think twice if not thrice before trying to take advantage of us! It will no doubt instill respect, esteem, culture and values of society if the military training will include these subjects in the curriculum.

All the training must be accompanied with the right religious, social and national indoctrination in order to make the youth be away from wrong mind concepts and being hijacked and controlled wrongly in thoughts and mind by miscreants and ‘lost peoples’.. The National Service should include the women too, who can have their own forces separate from men, in line with our values, culture, heritage and customs.

An idea to seriously think about and consider, I should think?? 

Thoughts and views most welcome! 

N.B. The article was written on November 7th 2007 and was rejected by the newspaper – The Oman Daily Observer – as too ‘political cum radical’! 

Today UAE, Qatar and Kuwait are planning for A National Service for its citizens! 

See here – http://www.muscatdaily.com/Archive/Gcc/UAE-brings-in-military-service-37l4

The article is published in my book below – http://www.trafford.com/08-0890 – Pages 323 – 326

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There is a famous East African saying that goes like this – The one who digs a well will go in himself! A Chinese one goes like this – If you dig a grave for your enemy – dig two graves! And keep one for yourself!

I am watching with great concern and consternation unfolding events in Ukraine where it is most likely for a full scale war to now erupt at anytime – from a fast changing scene a few days back where it seemed the violent demonstrations that took so many lives were ending and with a peace deal in the formation! All these things have now changed conversely for the worse instead!

As an Omani I am very proud and in holding my head high with pride and esteem with our HM and country policies of  ‘non intervention’ in the affairs of other countries! This is the reason why Oman is highly respected and esteemed in the international arena!

Oman did not rush to offer aid to Egypt (even if it could!) to Egypt after the violent bloody put down of demonstrations army led and to overthrow a democratically elected government – even if the win was by a thin margin! Democracy is democracy – even if you hate and dislike the winners! And the rule applies to all – not only to Western countries! Either you do it – or don’t! There is no middle ground here!

Please do not get me wrong! I am not a Muslim Brotherhood supporter – even by default or inadvertently! I wrote an article titled – Morsi: A Question of Management? – where my views are explicitly clear! I may even dare to going to say with audacity that Religion and Politics do not mix well – and Religious inclined parties need to evaluate their modus operandi and strategies well before going into politics – certainly when running for elections!

See The Articles Here!

http://majidwrite.com/2013/08/19/morsi-a-question-of-management/

http://majidwrite.com/2013/07/27/solving-our-own-problems/

The modern world does not mix well with politics – and as we see the mess all over the Islamic and Muslim world now – from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and particularly Syria and Egypt now in the making! My sincere advice – watch the Egyptian scene – another Ukraine in the making!

Now the IMF and others are targeting countries like Uganda because of ‘curbing homosexuality trends’ with enacting stiff penalty laws! The interference in others’ internal affairs becomes a matter of routine and practice – and knows no bounds or barriers.

I find it strange that some of those that supported Sissi take-over of Egypt have now left the country – and living abroad. And he Sissi had even ventured to go to Russia to buy weapons – and their support for him because of their dislike of so-called ‘Islamic Governments’ – and the Afghanistan invasion is still not a learner to them – even now years later!

And looking at events like in CAR where massacres of Muslims are daily occurences – under even the so-called watches of UN and International forces! They know they can – when we do to our own without any feelings of impunity and conscience – and the continuing proxy wars of The Islamic Leading countries that should work together to ‘protect and preserve Islam’ – rather than doing the opposite with great harm, destruction and calamities instead!

Excuse me  please! – I am not a Political Analyst or Expert – but please forgive me for not stopping to reflect now in all that is happening now – and in smirking all over my face now! I am not the one that likes to brag – but saying ‘I told you so!’ – applies to many of us now – even to the small environments like offices with dirty games of the Mafias and The Old Guards that do not trust their own – and ‘in shooting at their own troops’ instead!

The worst evil games is causing frictions, splits and divisions between people – and using polarization tricks even!

May The Good Lord Protect and Preserve us from his anger and fury – Ameen – Amen.

Footnote Sayings

  • History repeats itself because man is incapable of      learning from experiences!George Bernard Shaw
  • If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have      to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner – Late Nelson Mandela
  • The most important single ingredient in the formula      of success is knowing how to get along with people – Theodore Roosevelt
  • When you know a thing, to hold that you know it, and      when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it – this is      knowledge – Confucius
  • Make the best use of what is in your power, and take      the rest as it happens – Epictetus – Greek Sage and Philosopher
  • I came into the world a Free Man – and I will go to      my grave as one Free Man too! – Anon

Take Care!

Best Regards,

Majid Al Suleimany

 

 

 

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Nigeria – President Goodluck Jonathan accused internationally respected career banker Lamido Sanusi of “financial recklessness and misconduct,” and officially suspended him just days before the governor reportedly planned on stepping aside.

The West African nation’s naira currency immediately weakened in response.

Last year Sanusi reported that $50 billion worth of oil sold by the state’s Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. had not been paid to the government. The Senate Committee on Finance last week ordered an independent forensic audit into the missing money, now said to amount to about $20 billion. The Finance Ministry said missing receipts recovered in an audit accounted for the rest of the missing money

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/ap/ap/labor/nigerian-president-suspends-central-bank-chief/ndWB2/

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Read about corruption articles here at www.majidwrite.com and www.majidall.com

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The Difference – Turks and The Arabs! Reply

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The Difference – Turks and The Arabs!

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http://majidwrite.com/2013/07/05/the-role-of-advisors/

 

It is interesting to note that though there were protests pro and against the Turkish Government due to the mall thing – the Turkish army did not step in to ‘protect Democracy’ – but the Egyptians did. The Turkish thing died down quietly after some time – but now increasing in Egypt despite the intervention!

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Point out – I am not pro or anti Morsi – as I am not Egyptian – and not my issue! Or my concern in reality!

Arabs and Democracy are far apart!

They just do not match – even after the Arab Springs!

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With Due Respects

Regards,

Majid Al Suleimany

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The Palestinian Catastrophe – 65 years on! Reply

Al – Nakba – The Palestinian Catastrophe

Al Jazeera Television

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/specialseries/2013/05/20135612348774619.html

A series on the Palestinian ‘catastrophe’ of 1948 that led to dispossession and a conflict that endures to this day.

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“The Nakba did not begin in 1948. Its origins lie over two centuries ago….”

So begins this four-part series on the ‘Nakba’, meaning the ‘Catastrophe’, about the history of the Palestinian exodus that led to the first Arab-Israeli War in 1948 and the establishment of the state of Israel.

This sweeping history starts back in 1799 with Napoleon’s attempted advance into Palestine to check British expansion and his appeal to the Jews of the world to reclaim their land in league with France.

 The narrative moves through the 19th century and into the 20th century with the British Mandate in Palestine and comes right up to date in the 21st century and the ongoing ‘Nakba’ on the ground

Arab, Israeli and Western intellectuals, historians and eye-witnesses provide the central narrative which is accompanied by archive material and documents, many only recently released for the first time.

Editor’s note: Since first running on Al Jazeera Arabic in 2008, this series has won Arab and international awards and has been well received at festivals throughout the world

For the Palestinians, 1948 marks the ‘Nakba’ or the ‘catastrophe’, when hundreds of thousands were forced out of their homes.

But for Israelis, the same year marks the creation of their own state.

The tragedy in Palestine is not just a local one; it is a tragedy for the world, because it is an injustice that is a menace to the world’s peace.

Arnold Toynbee, British historian.

This series attempts to present an understanding of the events of the past that are still shaping the present.

This story starts in 1799, outside the walls of Acre in Ottoman-controlled Palestine, when an army under Napoleon Bonaparte besieged the city. It was all part of a campaign to defeat the Ottomans and establish a French presence in the region.

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In search of allies, Napoleon issued a letter offering Palestine as a homeland to the Jews under French protection. He called on the Jews to ‘rise up’ against what he called their oppressors.

Napoleon’s appeal was widely publicised. But he was ultimately defeated. In Acre today, the only memory of him is a statue atop a hill overlooking the city.

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Yet Napoleon’s project for a Jewish homeland in the region under a colonial protectorate did not die, 40 years later, the plan was revived but by the British.

The tragedy in Palestine is not just a local one; it is a tragedy for the world, because it is an injustice that is a menace to the world’s peace.

Arnold Toynbee, British historian.

Al Nakba can be seen each week at the following GMT: Tuesday 2000; Friday 0600; Saturday 2000; Sunday 1200

Editor’s note: The Al-Nakba debate on 4th June 2013 – Al Jazeera’s Marwan Bishara brings together different perspectives to debate the series and the ongoing relevance of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

See also Witness: The Great Book Robbery

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The World needs to be reminded 65 years on – injustices heaped on innocent people by those that call themselves as ‘civilised good observing Christian’ peoples – and others – and to the Arab Leaders looking the other way – and now caught up by events – years later!

Like I always say – there can be NO PEACE NO SECURITY in the world till The Palestinian issue is solved!

Regards,

Majid Al Suleimany

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Please watch Jazeera TV – it will make you cry – even if you are not Arab, Palestinian, Muslim and Christian!!!

 

The Land Speaks Arabic! Reply

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In the end we must come out publicly with the truth

We had no right to build a settlement and to realize the ideal of Zionism with other people’s property

 To do so is Robbery – Rabbi R. Benjamin 1955

 Palestinian Maryse Gargour’s film, The Land Speaks Arabic, took three awards at this year’s  Documentary and Reportage awards presented by the Mediterranean Center for Audiovisual
Communication. MENASSAT caught up with Gargour in Turin, Italy.

By SOHA NACCACHE 

Palestinian director Maryse Gargour uses film as a means to confront the history of the Palestinian struggle.  R.R.

TURIN, July 16, 2008

(MENASSAT) – Last week, a distinguished panel of judges from the Mediterranean Center for Audiovisual Communication (CMCA) gave Palestinian Maryse Gargour’s film, The Land Speaks Arabic, the prestigious Memories of the Mediterranean documentary prize for 2008 in this year’s 13th annual award ceremony.

The president of the international jury, Thierry Fabre, said the film earned the award for its clear presentation of facts.

“We awarded the film this year’s prize because of Gargour’s innovative documentation techniques and the importance of the historical facts presented, which are related to events on the ground in historic Palestine between 1917 and 1948. Many things presented in the film are unique historical records and unknown by even an informed public.”

Film-goers universally praised the documentary because of the simple presentation. Gargour’s film garnered two other awards including the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) prize for best film and the Special
Broadcasting prize presented by Algerian television after they decided to air the movie on state television.

Rare history revealed

Bad Movies in Greece produced the 61-minutes film in collaboration with a French production house, Rose Productions. CMCA jury member and Greek film producer Pandora Mouriki told MENASSAT that she cast her vote for Gargour’s film because it is commonplace in conflicts for crimes to be glossed over because the lack of historical documentation.

Gargour unearthed rare photos in order to add a new form of historical record to the interpretation of that period in Palestinian history. She told MENASSAT that this was in part to reveal a new body of photographic work to contrast the record of events washed over by the volume of pictures broadcast daily about the Arab-Israeli conflict.

“There are great injustices in this part of the world. I can’t just stand by helplessly and not say something about this injustice – in other words the way the Palestinians were kicked out of their country,” she said.

“All the movies I have directed have been about the period that preceded 1948. All that is happening today is the consequence of injustice practiced against the Palestinians of before 1948.”

1948 is simultaneously hailed as the year of Israeli independence and of the event Palestinians call the Nakba,” or the great catastrophe, in which some 700,000 Palestinians were forcibly removed from their land.

Confronting the past

Gargour’s film directly confronts the aims of the Zionist leaders who were behind Israel’s creation as a state.

She told MENASSAT, “I talk about the mind of the Jewish leaders who wanted to create a state for the Jews in a country that was already populated by its Palestinian citizens. This is what pushed me to say, “The Land speaks Arab,” meaning that before these people came, there was a place called Palestine where people were living and still live albeit under Israeli occupation.”

Critical points of the movie’s appeal don’t simply come from the rare archives and documents alone.

“There are many archives about the transfer and the deportation of the Palestinians, but what is more important is to choose what to put in a movie,and the ideas to move logically from one scene to another till the end. This
movie demanded a lot of time during the research phase.”

Gargour told MENASSAT that she obtained film footage and pictures documenting Palestinian villages before 1948 – views of their lifestyle as if captured in a time capsule, footage of how people in these villages were living, with women wearing their traditional dresses going about their daily business.

“Without all this, it would have been impossible for me to make this movie, for all this footage allowed me to recreate the Palestinian space, and this is very precious for me,” she said.

Yet the past lives on

The documentary also has interviews with Palestinians who were born and lived in Palestine, and who still  vividly remember what it was like at that time, before they were expelled.

CMCA jury members praised these live testimonies because they were not just calls to victimhood but records of Palestinians who, according to one jurist, “could be gone in a few years.”

Gargour herself lived through the Nakba in her early childhood; her family left left the coastal city of Jaffa, where her father was a wealthy merchant, 1948.

“First, I’m Palestinian. My parents and grandparents lived in Jaffa.during my childhood, I constantly heard stories about Palestine and what life was like for my family in Jaffa. I heard how the British were first against the
Jews creating a state in historic Palestine, and how my mother went to the streets screaming down the Balfour Declaration, which granted Jews a state,” she said.

Gargour now lives between Beirut and Paris. Other documentaries to her credit include A Palestinian Looks at Palestine (1998), Blanche’s Homeland (2001), and My Jaffa (1997) and Far from Palestine (1998), both of which she wrote and directed.

After receiving her award for best documentary, Gargour told the audience that European broadcasters rarely screen Palestinian movies, and called upon media workers and station managers at European TV stations to do more to make the Palestinian voice heard.

“Rarely do Europeans get to hear Palestinians’ version of history during those dark years,” she told MENASSAT.

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