…A COUNTRY RAVAGED BY CIVIL STRIFE AND MOSTLY EXTERNAL PROVOCATIONS AND INFILTRATION OF ELEMENTS FROM ITS FORMER ALLIES AND ALL-TIME ENEMIES.
The moon was almost full three days into the month of June, 2013, as we drove back from the City of
Homs back to after observing the voting
activities in some ten or so polling stations of the Syrian Presidential
In the office of a high government official we visited, there is the official portrait of President Bashar al-Assad and below it a bronze bust of his father, Hafez al-Assad, who was a close ally of
and had gone to visit the
president at the White House. America
Now his son and successor, had become a convenient enemy of the country, who can turn an ally into an enemy without feeling any guilt or remorse.
As our convoy of half a dozen vehicles all heavily armored sped along the lone desert road, and in almost total darkness, the only light I could see was from the moon hanging in the sky, whose light was too faint to cast any light on the ground.
There was light from the City of Damascus ahead which helped to brighten the sky…and seeing in my head the crowds of people coming out to show their support their incumbent president Bashar and dancing the dabke while shouting ‘Allah, Suria, Bashar al-Assad’.
And this was where we were all heading to, where not so long later there would be merriment and joy that lasted through the night, after the election results showed their president had been turned in for another seven years by a very large margin trouncing the two other candidates.
The problem is that the enemies of
and the Syrian people had no one who they could offer to replace Bashar, other
than Miss Piggy or Mickey Mouse! Syria
America is totally missing in the daily lives of
the Syrians as much as in the people of the many other Arab countries now so it
is useless to talk about
to them. Hollywood
For centuries Syria and the other Arab countries had lived in peace but why only now that they are being destroyed and attacked by their enemies and also fellow Arabs especially Saudi Arabia?
The main problem is that the Arab leaders thought only of themselves and spent whatever time, money and energy on how to prolong their rule over their countries.
They did this at the expense of developing their countries and did not bother to promote unity of the Arabs in the region, using whatever means possible.
The only means that the political and hereditary leaders of the Arab countries had were themselves and the speeches they made and the personal appearances they could organize for their media.
This did not help much to promote Arab unity; it only helped trust them in the public eye.
They did not try to get the experts in the important fields to advise them on what better ways they could do to truly promote Arab unity and hence, World Muslim Unity.
They did not have experts in such fields who could study why
despite its land and
population sizes with many who had come from all over the world speaking mostly
in English, could be united. America
They did not look at
as a propaganda center around which the country could depend to promote the
unity of all Americans. Hollywood
Of course there are still some discontents and disputes amongst themselves and with their political leaders especially the person living in the White House, but basically
can be said to be at peace with itself. America
And this, the Arab political and intellectual leaders and experts have neglected to see. No wonder the now face the problems that they are facing now all of which are totally irrelevant and unnecessary, and could have been avoided if they had caused the creation of the New Islamic Cinema first mooted by someone in the First International Muslim Filmmakers’ Conference held in Tehran, Iran in February, 1994.
That was twenty-one years ago.
Even now none of the Arab and other Muslim leaders will not care for this cinema; they are experiencing the effects of not having that now, and still are not aware of why they are being attacked and displaced with some who are already assassinated such as Saddam Hussein and Muamar Ghadaffy.
Iran whose earlier Islamic leader and founder of their Islamic Republic, Imam Ruhollah Khomeini had decreed that having an Iranian Cinema was good for the country, but he did not get his experts in this field, to further extend and called for the establishment of the New Islamic Cinema.
If this they had done in the early years when they first established their New Iranian Cinema, then surely we would be having the cinema for all Arabs and Muslims by now.
No one can dispute that without the Iranian Cinema the Islamic Republic of Iran would have collapsed long ago.
But that is not likely to happen in a very, very long time.
But after the Arab Spring, Part I, Bashar’s relationship with his country’s and father’s close allies turned for the worse. Suddenly, they found him to be not interesting and had to be replaced and with him becoming from hero to zero.
Which Arab and Muslim country will now take the mantle and propose the creation of the New Islamic Cinema?
Iran, ? Malaysia
Or do the Arab and Muslim leaders still want to allow their countries and own fate suffer?