FOUR years have passed since our country faced one of the worst crises in its history.
That crisis, a turning point, has reshaped our lives and self-awareness and its repercussions have impacted all aspects of our lives. It has also changed our country in a positive way, from the development of basic industries such as dairy and food, to creating national unity and the development of a sense of citizenship, and pride, and a reorientation of our foreign policy.
There is no part or aspect of this country and our lives which has escaped a direct impact of the crisis, and most of these effects were positive within the framework of achieving our goals and fulfilling our dreams as an independent and sovereign nation.
Now that we are approaching the end of the crisis and are turning a new page, and after all the pain and achievements, we need to ask an important question. Are the gains we have achieved permanent or are they the results of a temporary phenomenon that will fade away?
We should not be over-optimistic and come to the conclusion that everything achieved during the crisis will continue for ever in a positive way. This is not the nature of social and political transformations throughout history. There is no doubt that we will go through new challenges in future.
We must also realize that this crisis, even if it’s behind us, does not mean that Qatar’s national security should no longer become our critical priority. The fast-paced developments around us, and the consecutive and continuous crises, must keep us on our guard.
Therefore, it’s important for us to preserve the gains we have made, especially those related to progress in defense and security capabilities and maintaining national unity, and achieve self-sufficiency. But preserving the gains is not easy, especially with a tendency for complacency due to the disappearance of an imminent threat. We need to have continuous policies that provide an internal motivation which is equal in size to the external challenge.
This internal motivation is not unidimensional. It must come from a general awareness resulting from an adoption of policies that encourage productivity and set clear national goals for citizens to achieve, in addition to a positive spirit that dissolves the differences between the components of society and enhances faith in the principles of citizenship.
If we can create this kind of an environment around citizens and institutions, we will be able to maintain a positive attitude and continue our ascent.
The future will bring great challenges at the national level, and we have political, economic, and human capabilities and the necessary tools to achieve multiple transformations in our society, in the region, and in the world. We must all share the responsibility. The lack of dedication of the individual in his work, the failure of the institution to develop, or the absence of motivation in government policies can be causes of national regression.
This difficult experience of blockade that we lived through must not be forgotten, and the best way to remember that is to continue in the spirit of preserving the gains. May God protect our country and grant us success. and we become an example among nations.