and problems of Arab youth
Youth (a sample)
of political affiliations
Another group of youth which requires
contemplation and arouses concern is that of political
affiliations. It sets us in front of the following
dilemma: if you are affiliated to a particular
affiliation, you will definitely get what you aspire
for. So, you do not have to work hard. It is a real
dilemma. And it is an interpretation to what is said
about Arab youth in the human resources reports of
development organizations. These reports state that such
youth are uneducated.
This group increasingly grows in number, and such
increase is favorable to some people. We hear that third
of Syrian youth are involved in it, i.e., they have
joined the ruling party which must be respected by the
rest of the community.
It is narrated that some sultans had a group of
lazy people who just consume and never produce. Some of
our people used to give examples of these lazy. The
difference between the youth of today and those lazy
people is that those were to be satisfied just by
handful, while the ambitions of Arab youth today cry: is
there any more?
children are in a dire need of wise educationists.
As another instance of the Arab youth interests,
we can find that there is another group of youth who are
hasty and they want to jump the logical steps. They are
snobbish whose traditions were formed out of erroneous
past. These people have no clear-cut attitude, and they
behave as though nothing concerns them.
When I was their age, people were talking about
(petition), then about vitamin (intercession). And then,
some of our students started to whisper in my ears
"teacher! They wanted to write a report about you,
but I stopped them and stood on their way." said
one of the students. “Teacher! I know them all"
Then he apologized and said "what can we do? We
have to manage (our heads)." He added.
It was not necessary to take what that student
said seriously. It is probably that they are looking
forward to getting high marks. One of these students has
become the vice president. When he was requested to
reconsider giving a pay raise for the government
employees, he sarcastically said “we are not supposed
to charge the government budget for a group of bears!
Everybody has to manage his affairs"
This group of youth has the first priority and
control at schools, universities, organizations,
football teams. They have the first priority in getting
scholarships, government positions in the social,
economic and political departments of state although
they are incapable and inexperienced. The most important
thing is that they are affiliated to the ruling party
and then they will be there to take thier own decisions
and will be there forever.
and achievement are no more necessary, what is
important; however, is the political affiliation to the
ruling party. This shortens the way before the Arab
youth to the political, scientific, and technical or any
other positions he or she aspires for.
Anyone can get a scholarship without putting any
effort and hard work, for the political document of the
ruling party is sufficient to make eligible and this
will prevent those who are capable and excellent to do
the job. These youth can take important positions such
as a manager of a governmental body without having been
trained to management, chief editor of a newspaper, a
diplomat and a nominee for the peoples' council, students' union. He or she can be a member of labor
union, a chairman of journalists, lawyers or physicians
Many of us panic with the increase of the huge
numbers joining the partisan caravan of the ruling party
and that almost all governmental positions have been
already reserved to in order to please the supporters of
the ruling party as they charge the government the cost
of being affiliated to the ruling party. The government
reluctantly gives the remaining positions to the rest of
These young people belonging to the ruling party
are just followers and they can never be eligible for
struggle or achievement. They are, as characterized by
Yahya al-Ghazal before the caliph al-Naser, slaves. They
are but a corrupted assemblage for spreading corruption.
In short, they are easily tempted, and they short-cut
the way by clapping and yelling "we would sacrifice
our souls and blood" for the political readers.
The people in charge of these ruling parties in
our countries do not care about the phenomena of the
huge number of the people affiliating to ruling party.
They do not care about unemployment from which increases
to the extent that it swallow the rights of hardworking
If we look at the programs of the ruling party,
for example, it has changed over time during the reigns
of Abdul Nasser, Al-Sadat and Mubarak; however the
supporters are the same! Isn't this an exhortation? This
group of youth was said to be following their leaders'
Why do these young people affiliate to these
ruling parties? A question should be posted on the
leaders of these parties to reconsider? To what extent
do these youth believe in such party and its programs?
Are there any morals agreed upon by these people? What
is the obstacle do these people make towards the
development, progress and reform?
The youth of political support to the ruling
parties are like soft cushions expressed by the
prevailing miserable situation in the Arab world.
actually constitute a sort of danger need to be
addressed. These people do talk about reform, but are
these people, who are in badly need of reform, eligible
to lead reform programs? This question demands an answer
from all the prudent people of different affiliations.
and problems of the Arab youth
This is another group of youth which conceal and
reveal giving up one's identity. Youth belonging to this
group look down to their civilization, culture,
homeland, and people. They also look down to their
history, to the past, present, and future. The nation
from which they were born is now accused in its
civilization, culture, society and economy in such a
We have noticed this group for fifty years in
foreign educational schools and institutions but in
these days it extends to include new spectrums of the
society. It is obvious that people of different approaches
and different schools of thought, culture and politics,
would rather meet in our critical situation.
This group was founded and based on a
psychological and intellectual
background by devoting a fact that there are two
worlds; the first-word and the third-world.
These two worlds are distinct politically,
culturally, economically and socially, and the
third-world countries must struggle in order to catch up
with the first-world and follow its suit in everything.
People holding such a belief confirm that the
ideal political system is that of the first-world in its
theories, approaches, strengths and personalities. The
first world is more beautiful in terms of the cultural
background which produces arts and principles.
Therefore, the first world must be followed suit in its
pros and cons as confirmed by Taha Hussein in the Future
of Culture in
The youth belonging to this group defend economic
dimensions of the capitalism although it began to fall
down. This is because of the economic availability and
the so called spend before you possess system (credit
cards system) which has covered all horizons. Above all,
you hear a lot of compliment to the social systems and
treaties of international organizations.
It is such a civilized attitude in our societies
in various affiliations and different backgrounds. Such
an attitude can be observed in the Arab youth in all the
There are direct political reasons in our
country (Syria) which indicate this dependency psychological and civilization attitude that comes in
a form of a regressive attitude that arises from an
earliest shakable cultural attitude against the
belonging and its givens, and cultural and national
identity and their components, and by this we get a
group of refusing youth who philosophizes its rejection
and turns it into attitudes and programs, and expresses
it by link sources of support spread across this world
here and there.
cultural starting points of so called the first world
collaborate with the local policies of
marginalization and exclusion to produce the slide
refusing youth that is programmed on the rhythms of
globalized capitalism. An Arab or national active youth
that raises the slogan of: Cure me with the disease
the cultural, political, social and economic frame work,
the activists in this segment turn into national
antithesis, and they become confused about the opposite
project of an underdeveloped social reality, or a
despotic political system, or economic world ruled by
corruption. All these mixes with the opposition of the
civilization project of their nation in its principles,
its past, present, and future, and its men.
youth is snatched by the (clubs) of international agenda
which leads its cold and hot war against our nation,
since after it made sure that it has achieved victory in
its cultural war against the Red Menace, it extended
to start a new war against what it calls it the (the
risk the most serious) with underestimate and by the
same old means. And here rushes a group the activists
and distinguished of our nation to
split from the public body of the nation, under the
heading of defending, pitying them, to join then the
so-called institutions of (public work) and (civil
society) to serve an activity that has its
appropriations in the items of the international budget.
(Human rights!), or even better (defense for
women's issues) but perhaps the
most important (the call for democracy) or (tearing
identity) or taking off everything. Young people (men
and women) matches with each wave, and with catches all
that floats, and repeats whatever said, and believe
or pretend to believe
every claim, do not care to disown its nation, or
disparage its people and society.
addition, if a member of this segment belonged to a specificity of
ethnic, or religious sectarian, then you can talk her
about the Israelis!! In this case this young person
posses the golden key to get his dreams, and the pretext to insult the land on which he grow, and the international
legal paths that grants him all the rights, platforms,
and theaters as a witness to the religion, civilization,
societies, and the history, the present, and the
In the new
strategy of the nation’s enemy, this segment is being
prepared to be a bridge that their dreams cross. Or
look at them as a wooden horse that can be a cover for
an operation of sneaking into the heart of our societies
to undermine it from the inside...
For the third or fourth time conviction is not
the goal of this study. And the supposition of some
members of this segment that they are capable of playing
with the greats is merely youth dreams. And what we have
proved about some institutions of public action and
structures of civil society does not include everyone,
but we believe that our society needs more of these
institutions that arise in the civilization laps of the
nation and homeland.
Our talk about this segment alerts the reformers,
and calls for the opening of prospects and follow-up and
They also should arouse concern and push us
to think, the productive strategic thinking, and not the
frustrating security thinking.
*Director of The
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