For the wave or resurgence in the wake of the impending destruction, consequentially subjugation, prolonged and continuos suffering of the Iraqi and Arab people to be ; for that wave to have a real and useful effect, the resurgence must transform into a social and political movement transcending boundaries and status quos of the Middle East. For another humiliation in Iraq will only result in anger and deep resentment accompanied by sporadic incidents of defiance maybe to the West and her cohorts but will only intensify the weakened and deeply wounded Arab psyche.
By far and for the umpteenth time, a major defeat physically and psychologically is on the verge of happening to the Arab world. But it is only the symptom and the result of weak polity and inability to revitalise the essence of the strength of the Arab people or the world at large.
By looking at sheer brute force and firepower or shrewd and masterly diplomacy, the Arabs have no chance. Their foes are at their peak and are going to take it to the limit. Don't they ,the Arabs realise that they have to revolutionise themselves first, instead of complaining about how they are so badly treated?
They must truly ask themselves when was the time in history that they really rose up as a nation manifesting itself as a dominant civilisation and what actually is their true and basic strength.
Hamdan Muhammad Hassan
17 February 1998.
[Currently, he is a Senior Civil Engineer at the University Science of Malaysia. He is involved in youth activities with the Muslim Youth Movement in Malaysia. He is also the Secretary for the Muslim Staff Association in his university.]