It seems that prominent translator and academic Abou Yaareb Marzouki who is into philosophy and logic and its methods has been unfortunately destroyed by political analysis. It seems his delusional strategic prophecies and wrong political bets have backfired on him and on his followers. His permanent tension and egocentrism destroy the value of knowledge. I actually met him once. He’s skillful in philosophy regardless of his approaches and results. However, he failed miserably when he entered the world of political analysis. Some attribute the wrath which Marzouki feels towards moderate Gulf countries to the Arab Spring phase. Others, however, think his wrath is linked to Donald Trump’s Riyadh visit. Those observing him though know that his rivalry towards Gulf countries is racial.
On July 31, Saudi Arabia announced the Red Sea Project which will cover an area of 34,000 sq. km and include more than 50 islands between the areas of Umluj and Wajah.
Following the announcement, Marzouki, in his usual superior tone and reckless and vile approach, gleefully said: “Tourism does not suit the country of the two holy mosques unless it’s cultural and religious but it seems to me that this is the first phase of secularization.”
His statement actually exposes exactly what I want to criticize about him as he always speaks with absolute certainty and he is also self-centered and behaves like he is superior to others. He sits on his couch and uses Twitter to tell the Saudis what suits them and what doesn’t. He previously addressed us, the Saudis, and lectured us on how to spend our money and how we can master development and set the basis for renaissance.
The Tunisian academic thinks Saudi Arabia does not have consultants, skilled experts or elites whose opinions are taken into consideration in institutions and governments across the world. He thinks Saudi Arabia is about few oil wells in a desert and some camels!
Abou Yaareb falls within the category of intellectuals we’ve been familiar with since the phase of nationalism – a category which is soft with enemies but which adopts a poisonous rhetoric against the Gulf. Many of these intellectuals who oppose and advise the Gulf have actually competed over awards in Gulf countries and rushed to benefit from the generosity of their governments and institutions. Gulf countries which are rich in oil and gas have always included their Arab partners in their wealth via offering educational and practical facilitations. This wealth was not exclusive to the people in the Gulf.
It is clear that Marzouki fell victim to dangerous political bets that are the opposite of moderation and stability as his slogans are related to the nation and the revolution and not to the homeland and development. Add to all that his chronic tense relation with Saudi Arabia and moderate Gulf countries. His analyses are most of the time vengeful as he desires to harm Gulf states for no reason whatsoever. His exultation, superiority and overconfidence are unjustified.Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran