Less than hundred years from now, Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf States were underdeveloped countries who were ignored by the developed states. As many states had paved their way to development and introduced technologies in various sectors, we were nowhere near development! Were other countries had set up a modern outlook of their cities, camels and their owners would roam around the city selling dairy products in our cities. The modern and developed countries would laugh at us. But then we found that our land is not that barren: people would think that the desert country could not grow anything except dates: less they knew that the land possessed valuable oil beneath it![irp]
When the valuable oil reserves were found beneath the land, the countries started to look forward towards us. But was this right? When they were enjoying bounties of nature they would simply ignore us. They had fertile lands, they were on the way of development, they had huge assets but still did not offer us any help! And when it was found that Allah Almighty had blessed the Gulf States with an abundant natural resource: oil, they asked for their share! But we were generous, we did not treat you the way you treated us. We ought that it was Gift from Allah that shall be shared. We didn’t take any revenge; we opened our arms and welcomed you to take some share. We held economic and military contracts which were a great help and support to you. And despite the arrogance you showed, we kept on helping you! We showed you what true brotherhood is!
We did not open our treasure towards you because you were worthy of it, but we do because it is our duty: Our duty to share the blessing of Allah. But you know what it is also our duty to protect our natural resource from wastage. The United States through Economic and military contracts had drained our resources. Therefore, it has become essential that Muslims and Arabs take over the charge of Gulf oil. It is the time we stand up for ourselves and tell the world that Muslims and Arabs are strong, competent and intelligent! You keep on portraying the impression that Arabs and Muslims are not intelligent enough to manage their resources, you keep poking in our personal economic matters and then claim a due share in our wealth! Let me remind you, this is our Oil, not yours, why do you expect so much from us?
As compared to your resources, ours is very limited. But with the Grace of Allah Almighty, we have been able to manage them well. We invested in the way that helped us move towards development: we have been able to spread education and up-bring strong armies. We have able to pull out a great security of our boundaries. But we took you along; we invested in ways which benefited you. We took the underdeveloped nation along us to help them rise. But fellows your poor condition is your government’s fault: they wasted resources on improper policies.[irp]
They stole your assets and then you blame us? Look at your leaders and ask them what they have done? Your leaders had made your nations insecure and poor which had led to brain-drain! Unleash the history and you will find that it is not the Gulf States that are to be blamed for your poor conditions. It is your corrupt leaders and their selfish policies. We are kind and helpful, yet if you’ll be bad with us, we will get worse with you!
Source: Saudi Gazette