OP-ED

Political Squabbles Leave Development Behind

Over the past two weeks, I suspended writing my editorial column, searching for good editorial content to write about. I kept finding the stories and headlines of 2011 nested in my brain. So I took a break, aiming to change my writing style away from politics, military assassination, power cuts, oil pipeline sabotages, fuel shortages in the capital, low security and absence of irresponsibility.

Here, with the aforementioned destabilized character of the citizenship, even foreign donors and diplomats feel unsafe, and regret the direction Yemen has turned to. And yet, they never think to give up their struggle to escape the current crises, despite all the negatives issues surrounding them every day in both the close and and far reaches of the country.

Change never comes for free; the cost is high. The unrest of today is the fee we must pay for a better tomorrow. In the world of politics, of the many problems that occur, one party always gets hit the hardest. The major problem of Yemen is the party in the wrong never wants to admit its mistakes, and instead tries to pass the plan onto another. On the surface, politicians appears to stand on the side of national progress and modernization. Inside, though, they don’t actually care to fight against Yemen’s humiliation and infrastructural losses.

The country is on the brink of complete collapse, and this game of cat and mouse is providing a terrible example. A few key changes could restore this country to its peak, if only people would stand up and make these changes happen. Implementing strong security rules in Sana’a and the governorates. Ceasing the issuance of personal and professional licenses for weapons of any type. Dismissing the mediation system. Rebuilding the confidence of our armed forces. These things could help rebuild a country with equal opportunities and fair treatment, but we must be willing to shoulder the costs.