Interview with Dhahi Al-Khalfan :‘Brotherhood tried to tarnish Kuwait govt’s image’ (Arab Times, 26/11/2012)

The Muslim Brotherhood chapter in Kuwait tried but failed to prepare an atmosphere conducive for toppling the regime — a task it was supposed to accomplish through the people by using the media to tarnish the image of the Kuwaiti government until the public itself moved to change the ruling system, says Dubai Police Chief Lt General Dhahi Al-Khalfan.

In an interview with the Arab Times at his office in Dubai recently, Al-Khalfan strongly criticized the outcome of the meeting of the international chapter of the Brotherhood in Khartoum, Sudan. He pointed out the group’s branch in Kuwait had been unable to prepare well for ousting the regime. He said the members of the group in Kuwait were supposed to inflame the international community from inside and outside by damaging the image of the Kuwaiti government through the media, so the people become motivated enough to push for change in the ruling system.

Al-Khalfan has also launched a scathing attack against the opposition in Kuwait, while fiercely criticizing the Brotherhood. He accused Iran of creating problems in Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and instigating the people to infringe security.

In the interview, Al-Khalfan discussed sensitive and controversial issues which, he believes, are related to political security; not just politics. He also mentioned the United States’ position through its fierce criticism, while casting doubt on the desire of America to impose democratic formalism so that it appears to be the redeemer of nations. He claimed that America intends to create more division in the Arab world which poses a grave threat to Israel. He said the Gulf nations are moving towards more coherence and unity.

Al-Khalfan refuted allegations that he works outside his jurisdiction, wondering what stops the security officials from dealing with issues concerning the nation as a whole. He argued that in reality, the issue is also about political security; not just politics. Therefore, security precedes politics, which means that, when national security is under threat, it is the duty of security officials to address the issue and to present it to politicians, even though some of the politicians don’t agree with such kind of interference, asserting that he is working within the core and essence of his job description.

Al-Khalfan went on to say that since the inception of the Muslim Brotherhood, no security official had pointed fingers at the group through the media until its members unveiled their real identities and intentions. He alleged the group has been targeting the authority and rallying towards taking over the rule in the region. This has prompted him to speak out, considering the group poses a grave threat to the stability and security of the Arab world.

According to Al-Khalfan, the peak of the Brotherhood’s transgression was the meeting in Khartoum, during which one of their leaders said they are coming like a storm which erodes the crust. “In other words, they are the storm and everyone else is scum. This demonstrates their audacity and disdain towards those who are not among them,” he added.

At the same meeting, the Brotherhood chapter in Kuwait was reprimanded for its failure to incite the public to change the ruling system in Kuwait. The claims made by the group that the common people in Kuwait are not involved in decision-making are false. The Brotherhood is using this falsehood as a tool to achieve their goals under the pretext that they want to ensure the ordinary citizens are directly involved in the decision-making process to spearhead reforms, Al-Khalfan explained.

“Whoever read the book ‘The Secret Temple’ must have realized that the second supreme leader of the group, Hassan Al-Hudhaibi, was a Mason. Therefore, we are facing an organization which practices strange and weird rituals like that of the Masons. For example, when someone wants to join the group, he is supposed to take oath in a dark room while touching a weapon. This means death for anyone who does not fulfill the oath. Is this what Islam tells us to do?

“Islam does not order me to kill those who differ with my opinion; instead, it orders us to dialogue with what is considered to be the best. That is why, when I chat with any Brotherhood member on Twitter, I usually ask him about his opinion on the statement of Sheikh Mohammad Al-Ghazali, who is considered one of the top Islamic scholars of this century, that Hassan Al-Hudhaibi was a Mason and the Brotherhood is an oblique movement. No one dares say that Sheikh Mohammad Al-Ghazali is a liar because they know about his sincerity and candor,” Al-Khalfan added.

On the possibility that the Brotherhood chapter in Kuwait sympathizes with its counterpart in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Al-Khalfan thinks so because the Kuwait chapter was the first to accuse the Emirates of taking inappropriate procedures against the UAE Brotherhood. He said the group will not last because it is against the rules of citizenship.

Commenting on allegations that he posted statements deemed offensive to some Kuwaiti personalities and families on Twitter, Al-Khalfan vehemently denied the accusation. He clarified, “I have not uttered offensive remarks against any person. If someone mentions my name, I respond to him in the same manner he addressed me. I don’t hate anyone but I am against those who deviate from the moderation principles of Islam.”

Asked about the statements he issued against some participants in the Erada Square rallies, Al-Khalfan stressed he has not abused anyone as he merely quoted an adage, ‘The son of the authentic and well-mannered house solves his problems at home; but the one who tries to solve it on the street is the son of the street, not the house.’

“They thought I was referring to them, especially since the continuation of the poetic line states, ‘Oh, the one who intends to betray Kuwait, you do not deserve the land of Kuwait’. Why do they think this is attributed to them? The Brotherhood members should not misinterpret statements. In the statement, I mentioned people who took to the streets which they misinterpreted as Erada Square,” Al-Khalfan asserted.

Asked if some persons in Kuwait do not like his directives, Al-Khalfan said he does not think so but some groups want to disobey the guardians and provoke chaos in the Gulf. “I am not referring to any specific person but we will stand against each one who wants to topple our rulers in the Gulf as we are stable countries and the ruling regimes have achieved specific leaps in the security and stability of these countries. Some Kuwaitis say Kuwait lacks educational development; yet I wonder how education and man’s development in Kuwait took place? It is definitely the Kuwaiti government. Let’s be more frank; is it not the Kuwaiti government along with the people that achieved the prosperity of the nation? This prosperity was accomplished in the 1960s before the establishment of any human rights or civil society organization. Unfortunately, we are talking to people who have forgotten their principles and values. They have forgotten that they have freedom of expression, which is unrivaled in the Arab world since 1961. Kuwaitis are proud of the fact that their Constitution grants them rights and their parliament is better than that of any other Arab country. Is it reasonable to say they have no dignity?”

On the possible effect of exchange of accusations through the media on the relationship between two sisterly countries, Al-Khalfan affirmed the rulers and security departments in GCC countries live in harmony with common goals, visions and destiny. He said people should realize that Kuwait, the UAE and Saudi Arabia do not stand on their own because all GCC countries are one front against anyone who tries to destabilize their security.

Asked about his opinion on the so-called Arab Spring, Al-Khalfan admitted he is against the name because it is not totally a spring. He revealed, “I had previously met a top official from an Arab country which continues to suffer due to the so-called spring. He told me that the situation has gotten worse.”
Al-Khalfan thinks the Arab Spring is part of a Western plot to be carried out in Iran as clearly reflected in the killing of 50 percent of the opposition members there. He said the Iranian security officials managed to deter them and many officials have been put under compulsory residence. He expects Israel to attack Iran when the need arises.

On the danger that Iran poses to GCC countries, especially in the midst of protests on three islands, Al-Khalfan said the occupation of the islands took place before the establishment of the UAE but this does not mean the islands belong to Iran as it has been claiming over the years. He pointed out Iran is facing an economic crisis, considering the deteriorating economy and devaluation of its currency. He added Iran currently spends more on weapons than food.

Al-Khalfan lamented that every one or two weeks, some Iranian officials issue statements claiming the islands belong to Iran forever, while another says Iran will establish a nuclear plant in the Gulf. These are provocative statements; hence, Iran creates problems in Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and it continues to provoke some parties to destabilize the security of these countries. Iran is not allowed at all to play with the security of the Gulf, he warned.

On the need of the countries in the region to take certain democratic steps, Al-Khalfan thinks there is popular participation in Kuwait which, for him, has first-class democracy — a model for the entire Arab world.

Asked if Dubai has overcome the economic crisis, Al-Khalfan asserted, “I am not an economist but the indications are obvious as Dubai’s financial crisis was limited to some developmental projects that were suspended temporarily; but the implementation of these projects has started again.”

On the population structure in the Emirates, Al-Khalfan refuted reports that Emiratis constitute only 10 percent of the population and the rest are expatriates, particularly in Dubai. He clarified the percentage of Emirati citizens is about 20 percent and we have around 150,000 Egyptians who serve as our partners in various fields such as education; add to this the hundreds of thousands of other nationalities.

On the exchange of accusations between him and some Brotherhood members, Al-Khalfan reiterated, “I don’t abuse or launch offensive phrases against anyone. I talk about a certain organization but I find a person abusing me. However, I perceive that the person who abuses people is empty from inside. Generally, the Brotherhood in the Gulf has lost its balance. They thought the GCC countries are a simple prey, oblivious to the fact that the cars and feet have sunk in their deep sands.”

On the duration of the Brotherhood’s plot to dominate the Gulf, Al-Khalfan said the group will last for only five years maximum. “Anyone who closely follows their activities will realize the group’s position has started to weaken. The group’s rise to power in Egypt has actually jeopardized its position as several political blocs have been demonstrating against it.”

On the role of the Gulf Security Agreement in thwarting plots against the GCC countries, Al-Khalfan confirmed the GCC leaders have coordinated their efforts in taking all the precautionary measures to ensure stability of their nations. He pointed out the agreement is applicable to all the GCC nations, especially since they prioritize national security.

Asked about his views on the decision of some former Kuwaiti MPs to reject the security agreement, Al-Khalfan said those who oppose the agreement are not keen on strengthening unity between the GCC countries as they want to destroy them one by one. They cannot do anything as these nations have decided to coordinate their efforts in confronting anyone who threatens their security, he said.

On the alleged plan to make Sinai an alternative homeland for the Palestinians, Al-Khalfan asserted the Jews believe that Sinai is part of Israel but if they will give up something to make a homeland for Palestinians, it will be Sinai. It is a probable scenario as they tried several times to make Jordan an alternative homeland for Palestinians but they failed.

Asked about the actual position of Egypt on the war in Gaza and if he sees any difference between the positions taken during Mubarak’s time, Al-Khalfan said that under the rule of Mubarak, there was an agreement to allow the passage of some items through the tunnels, while the government destroyed the tunnels. He added the Brotherhood praised the interference of Egypt in stopping the attacks but he thinks it was due to pressure put by the Egyptian government on Hamas. He asserted this is what Israel wanted in order to have protection, so if Egypt is committed in protecting Israel, the agreement had safeguarded Tel Aviv from Hamas.

On his views about the conspiracy theory, Al-Khalfan admitted he does not believe in the theory but he sometimes feel the West has reached an agreement with the Brotherhood. He cited the previous statement of Tharwat Al-Kharbawi who disclosed that when discussions between the Brotherhood and the Americans started in 2005 on the latter’s intention to impose conditions in order to obtain power. “Now that the agreement is being implemented, we do not know the conditions and if the Brotherhood controls America or the other way around. We don’t know the content of the agreement. If the Brotherhood is really free, just and democratic as they claim, they should publish the agreement. This conspiracy has allowed the Brotherhood to rise to power. You just have to see the reality and read ‘The Secret Temple’ of Al-Kharbawi who said Dr Al-Aryan had revealed some tough conditions the Americans have specified in order to obtain power.”

Asked up to what extent the US can change the regime and leaders in any country, Al-Khalfan pointed out that after the fall of the Soviet Union, a Sudanese posed a question through a program broadcasted on BBC about the outer frame of the US politic which was combating Communism, the question was immediately forwarded to a professor in London University. The professor said at the time that the next outer frame of the US will be imposing democracy on the Third World, especially the Arab region. Since America failed to achieve its goal, it has been striving to project an image as the savior of nations from dictatorship. However, the hidden agenda was exposed in 1822, when the British prime minister then urged the Parliament to allow the British Army to invade the East, because they found in those countries, in Africa and India, resources they wanted to acquire. At the time, people were suffering from colonialism so they just announced that they wanted to free people from colonialism, which was a lie, because nowadays, America is not coming to us to realize a democracy as it was claiming, but to divide the nations into parts so that Israel will not confront any power and it will be free from any obstacle, he added.

On what lies ahead for the Arab and Gulf countries, Al-Khalfan expects these countries to be more coherent. He argued constant exposure to danger makes people and nations more united. He also sees Jordan starting to extend a cooperative hand to the GCC countries but the other Arab nations might fall into the hands of the evil.

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