FIRST and foremost, we have to salute our security
authorities for their success in arresting members of the ‘Brotherhood’ cell
that committed crimes in Egypt and then fled to Kuwait where they took shelter.
Undoubtedly, tremendous efforts were invested in this
operation. In its statement, the Ministry of Interior called the operation
“pre-emptive.” This is one of the remarkable achievements of Kuwaiti security
authorities that also achieved major success in dismantling the ‘Abdally Cell’
whose members planned to commit crimes in the country.
Kuwait’s judiciary must be commended as well for its
independence in dealing with cases, such as the ‘Abdally Cell’ case; in which
it disentangled every thread until all those implicated were convicted and got
Undoubtedly, Kuwait is located on the
firing line of terrorism. It is facing threats from various parties – from
Iran’s agents in the region or the ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ members who, in the
early days of the Arab Spring vowed to spread chaos in Kuwait after its plans
in Egypt succeeded in 2011, and they kept their word in the two years which
Indeed at the time, the response to security destabilization
attempts was strong. HH the Amir said during what he described as the ‘Black
Wednesday’, “Kuwait was almost lost. In fact, it would have been gone if it
were not for the rapid and decisive response to contain the chaos mongers.”
Based on this, there should have been anticipation of any
move by the Brotherhood for a long time; especially after their failure in
Egypt, Syria and other Arab countries, and their attempt to assimilate the
protests in Algeria after such moves banished in Sudan. Also, there should have
been a follow-up mechanism for every suspected ‘Brotherhood’ member.
Some GCC countries have taken this anticipation into
consideration from the beginning. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia hit them with an
iron fist after the political leadership felt that this group tried to
destabilize the Kingdom and spread chaos there.
Due to the crucial decision taken by
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Muhammad bin
Salman, the group was uprooted; and the United Arab Emirates took a similar
We beg to ask: If Kuwait’s security authorities could reject
a visit visa application, sometimes for flimsy reasons; did the members who
were arrested in Kuwait go through the usual security background check given
that they had permits to reside in this country?
Perhaps, their applications were facilitated and went through
as a result of the intervention of ‘Brotherhood’ members who infiltrated the
country’s security apparatus and allowed them to enter the country.
Is it possible that this cell came to Kuwait to play its role
in any incident here, especially after the threats hurled at the country in
order to back down on judiciary rulings against some MPs, individuals
affiliated to the group and the fugitives who went to Turkey?
These questions and many others need answers and explanations
for the Kuwaiti public that does not want to see blood on the streets, similar
to what happened in several Arab countries, particularly this time when war
bells are heard in the region.
The alliance between the regime in Iran and the ‘Brotherhood’
is not a secret to anyone. Its history in assassinations and bombings over the
past 91 years, since its inception, are well known.
Therefore, this incident should neither be overlooked nor end
with handing over the suspects to Egypt. Instead, the suspects and those who
facilitated their entry to Kuwait and sheltered them should be put under the
microscope of the judiciary; or else, danger will continue lurking here.
Perhaps, the worst is yet to come.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times