By: Moath al-Qershi
SANA'A, Nov. 20 (Saba)- Absence of states means the absence of stability and increasingly political assassinations targeting the advocates of the civil modern state like Jarallah Omer, Ahmad Sharafuddin, Abdulkarim Jadban and recently Dr. Mohammad al-Mutawakel.
These crimes will be immortalized in the collective memory of the Yemeni citizen, who has aspirations of just and civil state, as crimes committed intentionally for destroying the founders of the civil and modern state.
"Political assassinations are crimes targeting Yemenis and destroying the civil state," said the Director of Saudi-German Hospital Abdullah al-Da'iri, who cited the assassination of Dr. Mohammad al-Mutawakel as one of the modern civil state's pillars.
He added that education in Yemen needs to be in accordance with international standards so that educational institutions will be away of futility, chaos and process of brainwashing minds of generations.
He added that Yemen still needs legislations and activating the existing ones so as the state can achieve development and stability.
He concluded that carrying weapon is not a fault, explaining that the US constitution granted citizens the right of having weapons so that they will not be weak before any dictator, but when the constitution guaranteed to them this right, it restricted it by the state's willingness on imposing the biggest penalties on firing a single bullet illegally.
"Targeting al-Mutawakel is pursuant to the approach and culture of hitting seekers of the civil state," said professor of history at Sana'a College of Arts Abdullah Abu al-Ghaith, adding this culture aims at getting rid of the civil state.
He further said the people with free voices, like al-Mutawakel, have been of free opinions in their political parties and groups. Thus, the perpetrators of al-Mutawakel's assassination and politicians assassinated before him must be brought to justice.
"Formation of committees to investigate previous assassinations did not make anything for victims; whether in Assabeen or al-Urdhi crimes," said Abu al-Gaith, adding formation of the committees has become boring and repeated act does not keep pace with the seriousness of the committee crime.
He concluded that Yemenis, led by political parties and groups, have to bring the civil and modern state into existence and all must participate in implementing the National Dialogue Conference's outcome. All have to acknowledge that any party cannot exclude another.
"Assassinations committed against intellectual elites and high ranking heads, recently the assassination of the thinker, human being, the political and the academic Dr. Mohammad al-Mutawakel followed inciting campaigns, unfortunately, participated by many of different media outlets against those elites and opinion leaders via uttering accusations, rumors or spreading sectarian, racist and ideological vocabularies," said lawyer and political and rights activist Abdulghani al-Khazan.
Al-Khazan added that some political groups, as well as some Civil Society Organizations have contributed in circulating sectarian vocabularies and ignoring national basic issues, which unfortunately agitated commotion and incitements between parties of different trends. Leaving perpetrators and criminals at large (contributed to the spread of political assassinations).
" Inciters, perpetrators, beneficiaries and plotters of political assassinations are still away of suspension or conviction and this makes the crime attributed to the one who commit it," said al-Khazan, adding this allows committing more political assassinations.
Al-Khazan believes that implementing law, creating independent and integrated judiciary, activating judiciary arrest measures and imposing the state's influence are enough to face violence and extremism culture that includes political assassinations, which targeted even the defenders of the modern civil state.
"The increase of political assassinations results from absence of judiciary arrest apparatus and because of their weak performance due to corruption and policy interference in their performance and banning them to carry out their duties to arrest those who targets people of free thoughts or the elite to hinder the establishment of the modern civil state," said Awadh al-Qais, a professor at the College of Languages at Sana'a University.
Al-Mutawakel was assassinated because of his free voice admired by different political forces as the man was moderate and acceptable politician, added al-Qais. The socially rejected extremist forces, absence of deterring penalties and existence of extremist political groups push the country towards more complications hints that assassinations will increase the future.
The solution, said al-Qais, lies in the dominance of the state, not the formal dominance, rather the real one and having political will to realize security and control corrupt people on the ground.