Investing in people is the best kind of investment because supporting a good, productive and creative person always yields amazing results, not only in the realm of knowledge and science but also in the field of ethics and good conduct.
This is the real-life story of two young Saudis: Theeb Alyami and Jaser Alyami. In brief, these two Saudi students, who were studying in the US, heard a mother screaming for help after her children had fallen into a river. Without any hesitation, they jumped into the river in an attempt to rescue them but they drowned.
These are our ethics and values. The great example set by these two students is an expressive model of our culture, customs and traditions. These are the ethics that political Islam groups and violent religious groups have sought to bury and distort by sending out a message that we are savage terrorists.
In 2001, Al-Qaeda tried to drive a wedge in Saudi-American relations by selecting a large number of Saudis to play secondary roles in that terrorist crime in order to prove that the Saudis hate America. However, the result was the opposite of that and the whole world headed towards fighting terrorism and particularly al-Qaeda.
Trump's condolence letter
Earlier this month, American President Donald Trump sent condolence letters to the families of the two Saudi heroes. He soothed their families and acknowledged their heroism, courage and high moral values. Indeed, the two young men’s act is an example of heroism, honor and morality.
Gulf countries, led by Saudi Arabia, are shaping a new history in the region and building role models in all fields. Their main asset is their people with high moral values and ethics and who have inherited a culture that embraces the virtues of magnanimity, generosity and chivalry.
The act of valor by the two Saudi students presents a good example of our culture, customs and traditionsAbdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi
These are our children and not the terrorists and murderers belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda or ISIS.
Look around you, there are some people who always show great chivalry and who are always ready to help others. There are different types of heroism, and glory is its discourse. The youths in Gulf countries send a message to the whole world that these countries love peace, tolerance and reject hatred.
Defaming citizens of Gulf States and the attempt to create a negative image about them have been on for decades. These attempts targeted all Gulf countries, primarily Saudi Arabia, and there have been various sources behind it. For example, some Arab intellectuals tried to distort the image of Gulf countries and their people due to the conflict that existed during the times of the nationalist Arab tide and during the times of Nasserism and leftism. Those who were upset that monarchies in the Gulf were steadfast and stable and away from destructive military coups also attempted to do the same.
Many organized campaigns were planned by countries hostile to the Gulf States such as the Vilayat-e Faqih regime. These campaigns have infiltrated many media institutions, human rights organizations and thinktanks and disseminate black propaganda against the Gulf.
Among those who spread this propaganda is the third generation of political Islam groups’ cadres in the US and the West and who hold a grudge against the rich Gulf countries where they failed to reach power and topple regimes. These new generations are seeking revenge from these states by infiltrating Western countries and their state and civil institutions.
Each Gulf citizen can recall dozens of names from their countries who have excelled in various fields of life, knowledge and heroism. Our martyrs in Yemen clearly exemplify the major sacrifices and unmatched heroism. Their brothers learn and excel in all academic fields and create a new and wonderful image for their countries and their culture.
In the end, the story of the two Saudi heroes presents an inspiring story and a model. What the Gulf countries are investing in their people brings the greatest rewards in the near and long terms.
This article is also available in Arabic.
Abdullah bin Bijad al-Otaibi is a Saudi writer and researcher. He is a member of the board of advisors at Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center. He tweets under @abdullahbjad
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