Something on the Side…

By Mohammad Aburumman

تم نشره في Sun 14 August / Aug 2016. 12:00 AM
  • Mohammad Aburumman

This is the BBC’s news brief:

“Sweden's youngest ever government minister, Aida Hadzialic, has resigned after being caught driving over the alcoholic limit. Hadzialic, 29, is minister for higher education and one of Sweden's first Muslim ministers. She called the drink-driving incident "the greatest mistake of my life". Hadzialic, who arrived in Sweden aged five from Bosnia-Hercegovina, drank two glasses of wine before being stopped on the bridge linking Denmark and Sweden.She faces a possible term of up to six months in prison after police detected a blood-alcohol level of 0.2 grams per litre.”

I know, fully, that you are sick of talking about the differences between us and them; the outrageous comparisons, as well as about the culture of “resignation” and responsibility, which is totally absent among our own officials. But there is more to this than just that!


To begin with, the police stops a Minister, not a secretary general or a director; a minister. Then, they test her for blood-alcohol, only to find that the rate of alcohol crosses just above the 0.02% barrier; and of course, no one is above the law. No favouritism, interventions, or conspiracies; it’s very simple. Break the law, and bear the moral and ethical responsibility for it, as well as legal, which only means resigning from office, and apologising to the public.

Second, this Minister is originally a refugee from Bosnia and Herzegovina, who fled the all too well known massacres there, along with her family, as a child. Years afterwards, she was chosen a deputy municipal director for the place to which she has fled, also as a youngling. Then, she ended up being a minister in the new Swedish government. That is to say that she is a refugee from another country, in office; while there was no fuss made on fears over the national Swedish identity of refuge, especially talking about a Muslim woman from a Muslim family. All that; her being a refugee, a Muslim, from a society and family, faded before the criteria of adequacy and qualification in light of the approach to employ all employable human resources, coupled with the values of State, Society, and openness to the other.

Third of all, the Minister is 29 years old now, and she was in appointed minister some years earlier; she has yet to be 30, and she was just yesterday a minister in the Swedish government. Contrarily, what is rate or percentage of youth to total population in the Arab World —compared to Sweden— flooded for youths looking for a path to follow, or an aspiration to achieve maybe not something as well off as a minister or a major governmental position, but a decent job in the private, or public, sector?

I really hope we ponder at this a while; wonder as we stumble upon such news; maybe even integrate it into our education curriculum in schools or even universities! Such news, in itself, with only a little analysis of its content, could implant among our youths the positive energy and civilisation concepts and values we need, to reinforce their will against the crises and challenges they face, to guide them down the right path, despite their anger, protest, and frustration. To say to them that the alternative to our reality is not ISIS or Nusra, but democracy, governance, liberty, education, and a future for our nation; not shutting the world out and wallowing in a delusional pool of exclusive violent identities, no, but that hope lies in a state institution built around qualifications and adequacy, law, harmony, and openness —again.

How many conferences on extremism and terrorism have been held this month alone?! And how many plans received funding from international, western, and governmental organisations together to no real tangible end reflective on our streets? And how many speeches were thrown around on youth and the importance of taking care of them? And the list of things said with nothing done goes on and on…

Just a little brief on the side of things like this, were it to be reviewed properly, could preface the birth of the most effective strategies to combating extremism and exclusiveness and the absence of openness and harmony among our own, as well as the multitude of social and cultural illness that prevail in our society today!