Professor of International Law, Al-Hadi Shalouf, described the conditions that all Arab countries are going through as the most tragic and degraded in history, and that these conditions worsened after the Arab Spring revolutions.
In statements to the episode (20/10/2020) of the program “The Opposite Direction”, Shalouf went on to say that there are no Arab countries with the standards and values contained in the concept of the state, considering that the problem for Arabs is “with their defeated minds” throughout history, and their inability to govern themselves. .
Regarding the glimmer of hope caused by the spring revolutions and the possibility of Arab peoples ’emancipation from tyrants and tyrannical regimes, the professor of international law said that what some Arab countries witnessed, such as Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen, were popular uprisings for the sake of bread and to get rid of a ruler, not revolutions with a clear ideology and leadership And it has the ability to continue.
Shalouf emphasized that the reality in the countries that witnessed these uprisings has become worse than it was before it, citing the example of what happened in his country, Libya, which he said that those who came to power after Gaddafi were worse than him, and sought to plunder the country’s wealth before fleeing from it, leaving it devastated on its heads The Libyans.
Shalouf said that the Arabs remained under Ottoman rule for hundreds of years and after that they were subject to Western colonialism, and when they were formally liberated, they failed to administer their countries and establish real states, and hunger, ignorance, devastation and corruption became nested in these countries, to the point that 5 Arab countries have so far emerged from the global evaluation of education.
Revolutions succeeded and continued
However, the Syrian journalist and politician Ahmed Faisal Khattab rejected Dr. Shalouf’s point of view altogether, and confirmed that the revolutions that heralded the Arab Spring have achieved a lot and that they have broken the barrier of fear while they are continuing, despite all the dilemmas they are going through, describing them as crisis revolutions as a result of the size of the regional conspiracy. And international on it.
The Syrian journalist ferociously defended the Arab mind and refused to describe it as defeatist, referring to the achievements of many Arab minds in the diaspora, which are the minds Itself Which is being shackled inside the Arab world by authoritarian regimes that receive Western and international support.
And despite his admission that many Arab peoples have worsened their living and economic conditions compared to what they were before the outbreak of the Arab Spring revolutions, he considered that this is not evidence of the defeat of the revolutions, but rather evidence of their continuity, and described the movement of revolutions in spiral that sometimes advances and recedes at other times but does not stop, He stressed that revolutions do not take place overnight, but rather continue for years until they achieve their goal.
The speech spoke of the many Arab victories in the era of Omar Al-Mukhtar and what Gamal Abdel Nasser had achieved, and before that, the Arab victories over the colonial countries.