With Leadership and Good Will, Even Failed Countries Can Thrive | Instant News


Al-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 6

The Swiss success story is unmatched. The country has some of the most disciplined, productive and polite citizens of the country. The Swiss government is one of the most transparent governments in the world. Switzerland also boasts a very competitive economy and some of the leading scientific institutions in the world. Regarding the index of the quality of life and happiness of its people, Switzerland consistently tops the list, along with Scandinavian countries. But Switzerland’s path to success is not always clear. After all, the Swiss speak three languages ​​(French, German and Italian); they follow different religious denominations (Protestant and Catholic), and have very few natural resources. Much of the country’s land is divided by the giant Alps. In addition, Switzerland has fought several civil wars, the most recent one in 1847, when the situation was so bad that Germany, Austria and France came up with plans to divide the country’s territory among themselves. So where did all this success come from? Much of it can be ascribed to General Guillaume Henri Dufour, a talented Swiss commander who urged his people to lay down their weapons and work towards peace. Dufour urged the Swiss people to gather around their flag and gather as one person. This famous leader was able to end the war through negotiations that lasted 26 days. He took care of wounded enemy soldiers and an amnesty for the rebels, which impressed them and encouraged them to reunite Switzerland. Author Michael Porter says that Switzerland was a poor country in the 19th century, and its most important exports were immigrants. In the early 20th century, thanks to his leadership, the country emerged as an industrialized country capable of avoiding two world wars and their devastating effects. When we compare what Switzerland was in the 19th century and what some Arab countries are experiencing today – including Lebanon, Yemen, Libya, Syria and Iraq – we find that these countries are in a better position to become countries. success who experience high growth and growth. quality of life, provided they are led by thoughtful and conscious leadership. This leadership must believe that the homeland is above all other considerations, whether sectarian, partisan or familial. Some may argue that the comparison is unfair and the reason for Switzerland’s progress is its presence in Europe. But take another example from Rwanda, one of the poorest countries in Africa. Twenty-five years ago, it was subjected to a war of extermination that killed an estimated 800,000 people, most of them from the Tutsi tribe. Today it is considered one of the most advanced African countries in terms of stability and growth. This change took place under the leadership of President Paul Kagame, who united the people on the basis of their national identity rather than their sectarian allegiance. Leadership is what makes a difference. If we look at countries that have suffered from underdevelopment and civil war, we find that they all suffer from incompetent leaders who spread corruption and silence all opposition, causing poverty and disintegration, accompanied by devastating civil wars. Several Arab countries are experiencing a difficult and unstable situation. All these countries need is courageous, strong and sincere leadership that eliminates sectarianism and puts an end to foreign interference. When Arab leaders choose to do so, perhaps we will see Switzerland emerge in the Middle East. –Abdullah Al-Saadoun (translated by Asaf Zilberfarb)



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