Dr Mahboob A Khwaja
We cannot think and no longer do we listen to those who do think, to see what is about to happen to us. We have created entertaining mechanisms to obscure and silence the harsh truths, from climate change to the collapse of globalisation to our enslavement to corporate power that will mean our self-destruction. If we can do nothing else we must, even as individuals, nurture the private dialogue and the solitude that make thought possible. It is better to be an outcast, a stranger in one’s own country, than an outcast from one’s self. It is better to see what is about to befall us and to resist than to retreat into the fantasies embraced by a nation of the blind.
More than a decade ago, American leaders and hired European politicians invaded Iraq and Afghanistan under a false pretext of combating “terrorism.” The only known terrorism of wars that the US and its former colonial Europeans are leading against the innocent people of Iraq, Afghanistan and the North-western tribal belts of Pakistan. None of the perpetrators of these wars of aggression are held accountable by humanity except the few – George Bush and Tony Blair indicted by an International Court of Law but not punished. Nobody seems to be pursuing any rational course of plan to enhance global peace and understanding amongst different cultures and civilisations or need to stop bogus Wars on Terrorism and help humanity to return to normal setting of co-existence.
Iraq and Palestine are deliberately destroyed, Syria is on a deathbed — another catastrophic humanitarian crisis in the making after Iraq; people of Yemen are subjected to starvation and slow death; Libya was bombed and strategically crippled, Egypt’s democratic movement was replaced by military dictatorship, and all the oil exporting Arab States live under the shadow of constant insecurity and futuristic revolutions against authoritarianism. These are planned deaths and destruction of the Arab world leading to inevitable consequences of lost Palestine. Often petro-dollar could be termed as a curse rather than blessing to the Arab culture and its real identity. History has a role to teaching and learning which is denied by the global war strategists. All wars are the outcome of anti-human thinking and cruelty and none can or will bring peace and security to the humanity.
Global Warlords are haunting the mankind because wars are a racketeering enterprise. Most democratic leaders have no sense of humanity, peace and global security except militarization of the world. Aggressiveness, police raids and irrational harsh legal judgments do not articulate cooperation and respect for human dignity or social harmony and peace in human society but divide people in hatred, fear and more conflicts. You cannot change a society with law and order dictum. When a problem is misunderstood, its diagnostic approach will be wrong. An out of the official box approach to understand the problem is urgently needed.
The major news media corporations in North America and Western Europe are aligned to establishments and tainted with biased coverage as they get paid via ads and secret dealings. None of this is helpful to foster change and societal advancement for a peaceful future. The mankind looks for change in strategic thinking and actions. “In name of “system change, not climate change”, points out Paul Street (“For Intelligent Civilizations on Earth”) “we can rescue and preserve humanity and liveable ecology through mass resistance and a revolutionary transformation that takes us beyond world’s un-elected and interrelated dictatorships of money, profit, empire, and eco-cide.”
Every beginning has its end. Those who perpetuate wars and victimize the mankind sooner or later will cease to exist. This is the Law of God that no worldly materialistic or political power can change or challenge it. Viewing a nation or a people most powerful on the visual screen is not a reality but a delusional imagery – falsification of truth carved out by the political propagandists and hired agents of influence. The historical record clearly demonstrates that whenever powerful nations and leaders went haunting the large segments of the mankind in farfetched lands, it is usually end game of their role-play in global affairs.
America and its allied European war-mongers live in constant fear of being dominated and replaced by others in global economy, politics and culture – the natural course of history. All the great political powers have met the same end. America and its bribed-coerced European allies are at the top of waiting list to reach the end game. The recycled history will re-emerge with proactive transformational leaders moving forward leading progressive nations committed to ‘One Humanity’ and the continuing process of normalization of peaceful co-existence and accord amongst varied cultures and civilisations.
— The writer. based in the US, specialises in global security, peace and conflict resolution