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Let us be honest, really.

In 1986, the National Assembly was dissolved for a total of six years and a ‘National Council’ was formed. Did anyone see any development during that era? Were hospitals, highways, power plants built? Did Kuwait implement a defense pact with an ally? Were laws overhauled and updated to attract foreign investors? Did human resources in governmental institutions improve? Were tourism projects planned or implemented? Were jobs created?

I’ll tell you what happened: the government flirted with and strengthened the Muslim Brotherhood (who now are turning against their masters), corruption dramatically increased, civil instability blossomed and last but not least…

….Kuwait got invaded.

6 thoughts on “1986

  1. Hardly anyone beyond 18 years old can remember what happened in 1991!
    Dissolving the Parliament may be the quick fix to some, but in the long run, it’ll doom the country with anarchy!
    Jobs and economic improvements in a democracy are supposed to be requirements stemming from the people to the government, who in turn creates these jobs through legislation and economic aid to all sectors of the economy. The brainiacs in Parliament-and may who support them-think it’s supposed to work the other way.

  2. A friend from the Al-Sabah family once told me that all we needed was 2 years without Parliament and we would overtake Dubai (this was back when Dubai was in good shape)
    I shot back.. “and who is the visionary leader that will actually take us there??!!”
    The silence that followed was deafening

  3. I’ve had similar conversations like that Zaydoun and needless to say, my answer was similar to yours, I think deep inside they know it. In the old ways they were open to advice and counselling, now they are more easily offended, especially some of the younger generation (who don’t mingle as much with others outside their family circle as the older ones did).

  4. Forza, Z and Aggressor – I am old enough to remember th ‘Monday diwaniyas’ (I was in college but remember the riots, diwaniya closures etc) – if we learn’t anything from the ‘5 for Kuwait’ mobilization it’s that the street can go from calm to tense very, very quickly if the political shit hits the fan.

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