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When Will Arab Countries Stop Oppressing Their Own People?

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Abdulateef Al-Mulhim, a Saudi Arabian writer who served in the Royal Saudi Navy, recently penned an article in ArabNews.com questioning the costs of the Arab world's battles with Israel and the Arab people, who are often oppressed under Arab regimes.

Al-Mulhim argues that some Arab countries have committed numerous atrocities on their own people via dictators and leaders who have denied the Arab people education, health care and basic human rights in Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Tunisia and Iraq.

Al-Mulhim writes:

The Arab world wasted hundreds of billions of dollars and lost tens of thousands of innocent lives fighting Israel, which they considered is their sworn enemy, an enemy whose existence they never recognized. The Arab world has many enemies and Israel should have been at the bottom of the list.

The real enemies of the Arab world are corruption, lack of good education, lack of good health care, lack of freedom, lack of respect for the human lives and finally, the Arab world had many dictators who used the Arab-Israeli conflict to suppress their own people.  These dictators’ atrocities against their own people are far worse than all the full-scale Arab-Israeli wars.

Al-Mulhim concludes: "Now, it is time to stop the hatred and wars and start to create better living conditions for the future Arab generations."

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