I know this might have been put out there as a joke, how many of the parliaments that we've seen come and go have been joke-worthy, a waste of time, and downright ridiculous?! Is it a satire? A farce? A joke? Or something deeper, intended to stir people's consciousness?
This guy is making valid points for the country and creating controversy and conversation. Commentaries are showing up in mainstream media like this article today in the Kuwait Times. I've been watching the buzz in blogsphere and on the social media sites. People are talking.
This is the first time - ever - in recent history when someone/ANYONE had the balls to ask that alcohol be legalized. It is now precedent-setting. Joke or no joke, Mr. Green is now a pioneer. Everyone has whispered about legalizing alcohol for YEARS. It has been the topic of conversation at more than one party I've been to with politicians, lawyers, and even a few MPs. (Cheers, my friends!)
And, I whole-heartedly agree with the concept of the establishment of Islamic resorts. Fundamental Islamists should not HAVE to see women scantily clad in bathing suits! They should have the freedom to vacation "skin-free" in resorts to cater to their beliefs. However, they can do the same by driving a few miles down to Saudi Arabia, but a whole lot of people seem to be complaining in Kuwait, so why not make it easier for them with Islamic resort options and let the rest of us wear our thongs? - not me, per se, but just saying. Furthermore, I do not believe these resorts should be built next to "open" or non-fundamentally-Islamic resorts, however. Far too much temptation.
And while I'm agreeable, I completely agree (yet again) with Green's stand on achieving people's demands and economic development. I don't think that either one of these issues is being met. The country has been in stagnation mode even though they put a heck of a lot of work into a tourism and development plan while back, didn't they? Built a whole lot of (now-empty) hotels (perhaps they aren't fundamental enough?); and a few major international hotel chains pulled out of Kuwait all together. Other GCC countries very happy; like Abu Dhabi where hotel bookings by Kuwaitis has increased by 61% in the 1st Quarter of 2014 from the previous year.
And as for people's demands? I know a whole lot of Kuwaiti friends who fly down Dubai - to their apartments (they own) to have a drink and a dance on the weekends. Why shouldn't they be able to do that (dance, drink, afford an apartment) in their own country should they CHOOSE to (and it should be a choice in my opinion). God gives you free will; you can choose what you want to do. Dubai: choose to go to a bar or to a shopping mall or to an entertainment park. CHOICE. People don't decide if you go to Heaven or Hell. God does. It's between you and God. Kuwait isn't any "MORE Muslim" than Bahrain, UAE, Qatar or Oman. All Islamic countries. Only difference is that Kuwait's economy is stagnating.
Right now in Kuwait, drugs are SO much less expensive than alcohol. There are increasing number of overdoses and guess what has just been introduced recently to Kuwait: Meth. Oh joy. Now THAT should be fun on the highways. Let's call a thing a thing, people (Ilanya!)
Where is Waleed Al-Nasser's diwaniya? Lets go show him our support!