In his 2001 book ‘Querying Defeat’ Bahraini thinker Mohammed Jaber al-Ansari spoke about Arab intellectuals and their visions of the Gulf, and he cited several statements about Gulf people. His work is significant because he lived through several phases and he is knowledgeable in the field because he witnessed the times when other Arab countries suffered from economic and political problems following years of colonization and due to problems resulting from military coups and different governments. At the time, Gulf countries were at their peak of wealth due to their resources of oil and minerals as the revenues from the latter allowed the government to spend more.
Ansari also cited a statement by Abu Yarub Marzouki who said that the people of the Gulf only care about food. Marzouki is well-known for his valuable translations and writings but his political lapses have become many, particularly when he talks about Bedouins or the Gulf people in a racist or superior way. Nothing justifies this superiority which he cheerfully adopts.
On April 28, 2011, journalist Turki Aldakhil interviewed Marzouki during his program ‘Edaat’ and he asked him about the statement which Ansari attributed to him. Marzouki’s clarification of the statement actually proved his opinion as he cheerfully said this description of Gulf people is “the stereotype about Gulf tourists in the West,” adding: “This is how some Arabs also portray them.” Marzouki thus strengthened this stereotype and normalized it.
Following American President Donald Trump’s historical visit to Saudi Arabia and following the summits held with King Salman, Saudi and Gulf leaders and representatives of more than 55 countries, Marzouki made disrespectful and racist comments via Twitter. He said: “An alliance cannot be between the protector and the protected but between two parties with independent projects that are equal in ambitions; otherwise, partnership does not have any meaning. Dwarves do not ally with giants.”
When the superpower and our major ally, the US, came to Saudi Arabia, it discovered oil and we have been enjoying its wealth since then. It allowed us to travel across the world as tourists and students. However, the grudges of people in countries that are rich in water resources and greenery eventually surfaced and they began to envy us for our land’s resources. Our land once burnt us with its heat but its oil brought wealth to its people.Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran