Tunisia: The leap into the unknown

on Nov, 23, 2013.

Arab Spring

Illustration courtesy John Mark Cole

The three Arab-African Arab Spring countries have missed their democratic transformation as expected. The main reason: revolutions were stolen. We are now like puppets at the hands of Zionists whose main objective is to divide the Arab region into small states in order not to interfere in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Egypt: after the mismanagement and utter failure of Islamic power, the street has opted for a radical change and installed a boosted military government to restore the state the means to save the territorial integrity of the country and the Republic and its achievements. Whatever the criticisms of the method, the forced change is beneficial in comparison with the slump installed by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Libya: No one is surprised by its security chaos. The dictatorial state of the Kaddafi era disappeared after the sudden departure of NATO forces. It seems that Libya has become almost a second Iraq in the western part of the Arab World. This second platform of regional destabilization could perhaps justify future military operations in Libya itself and in North Africa, even perhaps Algeria. Our southern neighbor is likely to be Balkanized by its imposed future peace.

Tunisia: the inconclusive results of all its transitions, for which the entire political class is responsible. Tunisian political decision making does not seem to belong to the Tunisians. Americans, French and the Germans seem to some to be trying to influence a regime which is favorable to their interests. If Tunisia cannot find the “solution” for the crisis,  which is so simple, it may be because the question of  the “Algerian Spring” is still undecided.

The lack of consensus on all internal and external issues could implode our country and ultimately lead to a revolt. This could lead to spreading chaos, inviting foreign forces to “stabilize” Tunisia. The Malian scenario revisited could be on the agenda. The visits of Tunisian officials to France  seem to confirm this possibility. France wants to avoid Tunisia, which is so close to Europe, becoming a base for terrorists’ training Jihadists.

The possible intervention would have a price: a disguised colonization. Tunisia might turn into offshore zone where foreign capital would become the king. A dinar devalued by 50 to 80%, cheap labor ($ 100 minimum wage) – cheaper than Asian or Indian labor. The cost of our wanderings for 3 years is too high and will be rejected by the people. Only a neo-fascist, dictatorial regime could enable this neocolonial status.

This is a sad and painful assessment of the Arab Spring: a systematic destruction of assets and a return to square one.

Our country is the key to a North African solution of the the Libyan problem with the support of Algeria and Egypt. Tunisia can help the process of peace and reconciliation in Libya, which is a critical precondition to stabilizing our own country . Tunisia may be able to push the Libyans into a lasting solution. This would preserve the interests of the Libyan people and their neighbors.

Tunisia needs a strong executive, supported by all the vital forces of the nation to take all decisions that put the country back on track. This executive urgently requires a consensus platform on the main problems of the country. Only a Sovereign National Conference, instead of the national dialogue can achieve this. The appointment of a head of government is only the tip of the iceberg.

Security and a stable method of governance must be installed to overcome the failure of centralism. These issues deserve a clear framework to avoid waste of time and the dangerous instability of national unity.

North Africa, Egypt and Mauritania needs a stable, strong and visionary Tunisia to avoid chaos and misery in the region. Our politicians must understand this fact.

An objective assessment of actions taken during the last three years is needed to avoid the same mistakes. Wanting at all costs to carry out poor elections on false bases in order to install a fragile legitimacy will inevitably cause general discontent.

Women and competent men, young patriots able to rehabilitate the country on a democratic basis exist in Tunisia.  The old backpackers of Tunisian politics must understand this essential fact. Otherwise, the law should prevent these peoplefrom taking office because they are hungry for power and rewards. A public consultation in the form of a referendum could resolve this issue. We believe that the age limit for applying for a political office should be set at 70 years. The Tunisian people are tired of waiting and seeing the same old faces with the same ideological ramblings which has lasted over 50 years.

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