Nobody Walks in Kuwait

Suicide bombers strike Casablanca –
April 14, 2007, 3:49 pm
Filed under: Geopolitics

Suicide bombers strike Casablanca –

These recent bombings in Morocco and Algeria are really affecting me, because my husband is Algerian, but, beyond that as well…I feel a great sadness, first for the victims of these acts, of course, but also for the  young men (and even some women) who feel that this is the best solution for the incredible problems they face.  This last aspect is a major tragedy of international magnitude which, I very strongly feel, is not being adequately addressed by the leadership of many countries.

Poverty, massive unemployment, inadequate infrastructure, great income disparities and other factors lead to such a feeling of hopelessness amongst youth that increasing numbers of them are turning to a life of extremes – crime or religious fundamentalism in its most distorted version.  The BOTTOM LINE is this:

Until the leadership of countries such as Algeria and Morocco make courageous decisions to push forward solutions to these issues, such attacks will continue.  This is, of course, not easy due to vested interests in power centers against major change, but, after all, what is the meaning of the word “leadership”?!  For the future of the Maghreb, let us hope that there are some true leaders out there!

Iran, America and the British Detainees: Analysis
April 4, 2007, 8:45 am
Filed under: Geopolitics

Here is some quite cogent analysis by George Friedman of Stratfor (Strategic Forecasting Inc.) of the current geopolitical situation playing out in Kuwait’s “backyard”. I know it’s a bit long, but worth a read. I absolutely agree with Friedman that there are few “good” options for the U.S. administration at this point. These countries seem to me, from my feminine perspective, to be acting much like men, challenging each other with their bravado, which can hide substantive internal problems…Perhaps I should have gone for that degree in Political Psychology!

The British Detainees: Reading Diplomatic Signals

By George Friedman

Last week, Iranian forces captured 15 British sailors and marines in the Shatt al-Arab area, where the territorial distinction between Iraq and Iran is less than clear. The Iranians claimed the British personnel were in Iranian territory; the British denied it. The claims and counterclaims are less interesting than the fact that the Iranians clearly planned the capture: Whatever the British were doing in the area, the Iranians knew about it and had plans to do something in response. The questions are why, and why is this occurring now? Continue reading

Can’t We All Just Get Along?!
March 27, 2007, 3:11 pm
Filed under: Geopolitics, Life in Kuwait

I’m in a posting frenzy today!

In the same vein as my previous post, I have found my own personal way of fomenting international peace and reconciliation through…FOOD! What better way to:

  1. Improve our family’s health by eating well
  2. Enjoy delicious living
  3. And, in a most satisfying way, STICK IT to G.W. Bush!

How do I accomplish all this at once? By purchasing and consuming delicious “Axis of Evil” Iranian fish

…as well as Syrian Olive Oil.

In the immortal words of Rodney King, I say, “Can’t we all just get along?!”

BBC NEWS | UK | PM warns Iran over Navy captives
March 27, 2007, 2:47 pm
Filed under: Geopolitics

BBC NEWS | UK | PM warns Iran over Navy captives

Given the recent international incidents in the “neighborhood”, I think it is time for me to address how I feel as a new resident of the region:

  • First of all, I am totally opposed to the fear-mongering which the Bush administration has wielded as a weapon against the American people to keep them from thinking, analyzing and questioning relations with all countries. Therefore, as a matter of principle, I refuse to become nervous each time some new “threat” or source of “terrorism” is declared. My husband, having grown up outside the West, is also very good at dedramatizing supposed threats declared in the media.
  • That said, despite my best intentions to keep a level head, I am finding this latest incident’s proximity to my new home unsettling. Just take a look at the map on the BBC News article, and you will see what I mean by “proximity”…
  • Hence, my CONCLUSION: I do feel mostly safe for now in my little Kuwaiti bubble, but also a little bit nervous…Perhaps it is the morbid side of my personality or perhaps the pall cast by the Iraqi invasion stories I’ve heard from Kuwaitis, but I can’t help feeling that all this air-conditioned splendor hangs on a rather thin thread at times…