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Building up Pride and Prestige

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Every Nation’s overall progress, national achievement, the lofty esteem of sovereignty, its invincibility, its pride and prestige and power are attributed to the level of perception of its leaders to the concerned national issues and causes.

Unless there is strong and single-minded leadership, no institution or government can achieve realization of the aspiration by the citizens and the fruition of the cherished goals. And logically, such achievements are always proportional to the deeds and vision of the kind of leadership which leads the concerned nation or country, or even company.

The statesmanship and vision of the leader is a fundamental element of the possible success that any country can struggle to reap or realize for its wellbeing. And ultimately, the subsequent blame or tribute will first of all go to the dossier of the leader.

Even though he is not a military man as profession and assignment, the leader in a sense is like a military commander who sits at his command post and directs his contingents. The leader, however, always maintains constant contact with his subjects reaching out and appealing them to work hard together and observe their unity and cohesion in peaceful coexistence. This is a key point of ensuring social correlation and building great communal understanding, the job of a great leader. A great nation is built by a great men who are not partisans and their addresses and speeches are listened by the sympathizers as well as the political opponents. As one presumably can guess, when a certain country slips into yawning jaws of a callous civil war, mainly driven by local opportunists and foreign enemies, the responsibility to deliver the country from the menacing risk, even though it is a patriotic collective duty, and everybody is accountable, in particular, squarely falls on the shoulders of the leadership, a heavier one.

In any case, and especially in the era of crises, it is imperative to resort to all possible means to avail a strongly dedicated leadership without which the engulfing quagmire may stubbornly grow deeper and deeper day after day. A callow and impotent leadership in the depth of the crises is nothing, but scourge and curse. If a callow leadership and cruel one coincide in the era of frustration, with the existential national threat is already inside the building, you may choose, even temporarily, the cruel and coercive one, if it can deliver a constructive message in the moment of the sharp need.

Joseph Stalin, an extremely harsh and bossy leader who ruled Russia with an iron hand from 1924-1953 in his part challenged the audaciously ill-fated greed of Hitler to put Russia under his feet in the flames of the World War II. And in the aftermath of the demise of Nazi, Stalin had also decisively stood against the Western hegemony and as a result forcefully ceded Eastern Europe to his cherished buildup of Soviet Union while Churchill and Roosevelt were watching the scenario desperately.

This was a costly feat and such a work is never won except with shedding blood and expenditure of other precious resources. However, when the ugly civil war befell Somalia, it missed someone to come to its rescue and save from the yawning hell. It was tragic wreckage and a very unfortunate disaster. The traditional enemies of Somalia were overjoyed to watch the death of the Somali governance, and the local warlords did not have the intellect with which to grasp the ominous consequence.

Because of the encompassing frustration and the persistently engulfing disappointment out of myopic injustice and brutal maladministration, the mono-ethnic nation of Somalia, rare its kind in Africa, found itself wallowing in what could be close to the massacre of Rwanda. It sounded so strange to watch the consistently straggling chaos with no one, chief or gentlemen, to come to the rescue of the dying people and the resources in total devastation.

The Yemenis aptly raised questions like: Why are you (Somalis) killing each other? But what escaped out of their attention was that when the devilish emotion of power struggle had unfolded and rationality went out of hand and the mentality was that of a clan, there was nothing called brotherhood. Today it is their turn and the Yemenis are slaughtering each other due to blind power struggle. Yemen is a land of fighting, feud and vendetta. Clans kill each other while the government security watches them and they can do nothing about it. The strange culture is that if the government forces intervene, the clans stop the hostility among themselves and gang on the soldiers. And after the war with the government subsides, clans resume the interrupted fighting once again, just like sport or pastime game, until much blood is spilled and resources exhausted.

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Ahmed nur Sheikh Ali, Writer, Poet, academic with long years of teaching experience; Holds M.A. in English and is PhD candidate at Aligarh Muslim University, India. Presently he teaches English at the National University of Somalia. He also taught Somali language at Dictyon language School, Virginia, USA. Laasoole30@gmail.com

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