Why do Arab leaders abhor the idea of resignation?

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By Fatih Abdulsalam

Azzaman, January 7, 2012

Celebrities and stars whether in sports or arts resign while they are at the peak of their success.

They, their fans and other people celebrate their resignation. The occasion is seen as a torch that lights up for posterity the peaks they have reached.

Resigning while one basks in the glory of reaching the summit is a big lesson for anyone wanting to grasp it.

There are some in the Arab world who would like to see Arab leaders having the courage of resigning whether at the peak of their achievements or when things go wrong.

But there are differences between stars and celebrities on the one hand and Arab politicians and leaders on the other.

First, one has to imagine if there has ever been a summit which any of the Arab leaders has  reached.

Second, Arab leaders do not seem to be fond of attaining a summit or achievement of their own.

And if we take the case of Syria, there is no possibility of thinking about an imaginary summit President Bashar Assad might want to reach.

Assad’s use of warplanes, rocket launchers and cluster bombs against Syrian cities has stripped him of legitimacy.

Even under such circumstances, he seems not to have ever contemplated the idea of resigning. For stars and political leaders in other countries resignation is an achievement. But not for Arab leaders and of course not for Assad.

Resignation of Iraq’s former leader Saddam Hussein might have saved Iraq occupation by the United States and the tragic conditions that followed on its heels.

Not only Saddam did not appreciated the concept of resignation for the sake of his nation, people and country.

Libya’s Muaamar Gadhafi, Tunisia’s Bin Ali, Egypt’s Mubarak and Yemen’s Abdullah Saleh are other good cases in point.

Arab leaders share a burning desire of sticking to their chairs and posts, preferring to be called the deposed, executed, or fugitive former president rather than resigning in dignity.