Chances of Third Gulf War
Will everything happening in the region lead to escalation and increase tension or develop tranquillity? Theoretically, there are all chances of a third Gulf war. Nobody who is keenly observing the developments can rule out its possibility.
The cost of a third Gulf war will be exorbitant, as Iran will be targeted with missiles which will cause a heavy blow, destroying its infrastructure, service facilities, oil fields, and centres of its nuclear programmes.
A third Gulf war will result in eternal enmity between Arabs and non-Arabs, which no one wants in the region. Israel will not strike Iran alone, but it will also gain more influence in the region because of the Iranian threat.
Saudi Arabia and the coalition forces in Yemen are intensifying their strikes against the Houthi forces, at a time when these forces are sending drones and booby-traps to the cities of Saudi Arabia. There is an escalation on the battle front. There are direct diplomatic meetings going on. Emiratis are also holding talks with Iranians and Israeli officials.
At a time when everyone from Europeans and Americans are in the mode of escalation, Israelis are intensifying the tension and beating its drums. We see Iran saying that it is ready to return to the previous agreement concluded in 2017, if sanctions are lifted from it, as stated by official sources in Muscat, which is a mediator between Iran and the West.
(by Dr Jawad Al Anani in Al Khalij Al Jadeed)
Resistance Begins in Tunisia
During last ten years of rights and freedoms in Tunisia following the fall of the dictator Ben Ali, the country saw presidential and legislative elections, which were recognised by entire free world. This was the period when the civil society grew in various areas and made Tunisia to be an oasis of democracy and peace in a tense Arab and regional environment which knew nothing but civil war (Libya and Syria, for example) and tyranny, authoritarianism, and sectarianism (the rest of the Arab countries). But on the night of July 25, 2021, Tunisian President Kais Saied, who came to power in late 2019, did not hesitate to announce his coup against the path of democratic transition and the 2014 constitution, which was brought by the 2011 revolution.
Since then, Kais Saied did not stop taking a number of escalatory steps and decisions which only undermine the foundations on which democracy was built in Tunisia.
Kais Saied ran his presidential campaign under the slogan: “The People Want….”. He did not claim that he carried an economic and social programme for governance. It is clear in his explanatory campaign (which has been launched since 2012) that he was against the adoption of “representative democracies”.
All this has prompted a group of who’s who in the country to sign a petition expressing their rejection of the unknown path on which Kais Saied has set Tunisia.
There is no doubt that Tunisia today has entered a new era of conflict between democracy and dictatorship.
(by Shakir Al Hoki in Arabi21)
Compiled and Translated by Faizul Haque