Dr Mahboob A Khwaja
BOMBS and wars kill people – the living human beings, destroy humanity by enforcing barbarism and cruelty, practically denying all prospects of peace and co-existence. Traditional wars were aimed at annihilation of political and economic enemies but the 21st century conflicts are ready-made recipes not only to eliminate the mankind but also the environment in which human beings survive and the planet Earth that sustains life. Given the strategic know-how and the scientific-technological developments, it is an established fact that any futuristic global warfare will end the very existence of man and humanity on this planet. The Weapons of Mass Destruction that the US, West Europeans and Russian have placed on the planet and in space are a ready-made menace to the survival of mankind.
Wars appear to be the outcome of sinister minds, devilish individual plans and monstrous scheme of things against the very humanity of which theses people are a living part. With massive news media propaganda campaigns and falsification of the facts of human life, common folks and even the intelligent ones do not seem to have the rational understanding of the wars and their consequential impacts on life and the universe. Just a few cynical and mentally unbalanced people plan and wage wars against others, not mindful of the dreadful end results of their intrigues and conspiracies against life, human rights and dignity and futuristic possibilities of human survival on the planet.
For centuries earlier, the Europeans (British, French, Italian and Dutch) built empires by colonizing the Islamic world. They used millions of subjugated people to fight the devastating two World Wars of the 20th century. The warrior masters viewed the subjects as unworthy creature at the ballot box and imposed Whiteman’s superior thinking, culture, language and laws on the colonized Muslim people. Out of favours, loyal tribal agents were transformed into kings, royals, presidents and dictators. This is how Britain stole Palestine from its people. Now the people are awakened to pursue democratic change and the absolute rulers are a liability. The US led few West Europeans want to replace the historical dummies to articulate a different future of their own. All the superpowers are collaborating military operations to destroy the entire Arab region under the pretext of “war on terrorism.”
This planned scheme of things will sideline the core issue of the Arab Middle East – freedom of Palestine and normalization of relations with the State of Israel. After the US planned destruction of Afghanistan and Iraq, Syria is virtually a collapsed country. Its economic, civic and political infrastructures are in ruins. Millions of Iraqi and Syrian civilians are victims of insanity because of the authoritarian regime of Bashar-al-Assad, Al-Abidi or the coalition of the US-Russia and Europeans. Most West Europeans except Germany who used the Arabs as soldiers during the two World Wars, are now treating the refugees as animal herd to be barricaded under razor wires. Is there a responsible global system of governance to safeguard the helpless mankind?
The UN is overwhelmed with failure and inaction in situation of prevalent global crises. Just a wait and see institution to make fake and unworthy declarations – the same chronic sickness that caused the downfall of the League of Nations and brought about the catastrophic curse of the WW-II. Complacency joined by wickedness, few authoritarian Arab leaders are engaged in wars that make no sense to rationality of intent and purpose. Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq are targeted to be politically destabilized and torn apart by sectarian conflicts. Iran and Saudi Arabia’s reactionary policies are flaring up more disastrous sectarian killings. Nothing looks optimistic if these countries could ever recover what is destroyed and was built since the ancient time.
Unpredictable but paranoid and vengeful political monsters have incapacitated the human faculties of rational thinking across the Arab-Muslim world to be morally and intellectually crippled nations in global affairs. After the WW-II, it was Palestine, now the entire Arabian Peninsula will be occupied by the superpowers. The Islamic State phenomenon appears to be an inhuman experiment in the Middle East politics and a scapegoat to planned deaths and destruction across the Muslim world. American-Russian bombing are destroying the masses and habitats. Arabs are vanishing somewhere, not the Americans or Russians. The police apparatus planned and managed by the Western nations have dehumanized the Arab population with fear and hatred of the authoritarianism. The Arab citizens are just helpless statistic. They could be easily broken and slaughtered. The civilians are escaping the insanity of foreign bombing and tyranny of authoritarianism.
The wars against the oil enriched Middle East are a distraction from the home-based political and economic issues, be it the US or Russia. The world knows Russia and the US are collaborating the Middle East warfare for their own interests. Secretary Kerry alleges that Russia is not helping in peace talks. One wonders, who has the focused mind and rational agenda for peacemaking in the Arab world? The need is urgent for the informed global community to intervene and to stop the daily carnage happening across the Middle East.
Paul Buchheit author of ‘America Wars: Illusions and Realities’, believes that “Wars or Revolutions happen in every 75 years; it’s time again”. It reminds us: “In our ‘civilized’ times people aren’t being run down by noblemen or forced to eat grass. The aristocracy has learnt a lot about suppressing crowds in 225 years. But they need to fear the growing revolution, which might be inevitable.
— The writer. based in the US, specialises in global security, peace and conflict resolution.