The time of wonders
We live in a turbulent world. It’s difficult to comprehend the unrest which goes on around us
We live in a turbulent world. It’s difficult to comprehend the unrest which goes on around us and which we live in the vicinity of.
What is happening in Iraq and Syria comes in addition to the repercussions of the Arab revolutions in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen.
Simultaneously occurring are the American presidential elections, Donald Trump’s bizarre presidential campaign, the strange Russian-American debate on Syria and the weakness of Barack Obama who talks about everything but does nothing.
Also occuring is the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its “legal” and “illegal” branches.
We used to laugh at a viral video spread during the Egyptian revolution and during the uprising against the uprising. The video featured an elderly man who, upon seeing a group of protesters, said “Who are they? Who are they with and who are they against? Who are we and who are they?!?
The elderly man was in his 60s and his statements, although simple, represent the opinion of most people as the situation is mixed up.
It’s a surreal situation that cannot be understood or comprehended.
Is there a more acute form of madness than the madness of people brainwashing others into believing that their faithful mothers and fathers are infidels and pushing them as far as murdering them with knives?
Madness is sweeping the world and it goes beyond this invasion toward acknowledging it as rational and logical and as something that’s ordinary which is neither condemned nor begets surprise.
This article was first published in Okaz on Oct. 2, 2016.
Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.