Crisis...it would be understandable if the passing of the late Emir were a surprise, something that couldn't have been planned for, something that the previous five years could not have arranged for in a civilized way..but what, after all, is civilized about a malformed democracy...the democracy where everyone is waiting for the other shoe to drop...for more teeth to be bared...all the feverish wheeling and dealing in the background while we look on like the impotent audience members we feel we are...at least this audience member feels it...a complaint here, a statement of worry there and a waving of flags as always ....and there's the disrespectful text messages flooding the static around our skulls...texts which, had they contained a coherent complaint against the proceedings, would be an act of free speech that we could all be proud of, but they weren't anything but cowardly squeaks from our typical resort to cheap volleys of humour..as always, bitter humour to deal with our fears...a discomfort that has it's cold hands on all our hiding, quiet little hearts...the media plays the tune that is set by its owners, or the news come from gossip and leaks, whispers and winks..what a way to get information...our blogger brothers and sisters are doing their bit to say something in this void...and there is that sense of insecurity still hanging about the air...and we stay as always waiting for the next spoon to land on our still tongues..
headlines from around the world:
Kuwait Moves to Strip Power From Ill Emir NYT--Kuwaiti paper calls for ruler to step down Guardian, london ---Kuwait struggling to recover sense of purpose FT ---Kuwait rulers in succession wrangle after emir's death Egypt ---Kuwait emir plans oath despite health concerns India
جموع الأسرة بايعت الشيخ صباح Al-Watan
الرأي اليوم / لماذا صباح الأحمد؟ AL-Rai Al-Aam