Rashid A Mughal
So far the rules are different as far as terrorism in the greatest and No 1 democracy of the world are concerned. Had any Muslim carried out the Las Vegas carnage, there would have been Muslim bashing for months and months on the electronic and print media. What is significant here to note is that we are now in an era of selective justice. The old dictum-show me the face and I will tell you the Rule-seems to be the order of the day. If the DV-1(Visa lottery) can be closed just because of an act of individual’s mad action, can the entry of people from North Carolina and Nevada be banned in rest of US?
We have to accept the fact that we are living in difficult and turbulent times due to organized and systematic Muslim bashing in the entire world, particularly in the West. True that some so-called Jihadis who indulge in shocking acts like running over innocent human beings on the road with heavy vehicles, have brought a bad name to all Muslims but again these are individual acts of dis-oriented, depressed, dejected and de-moralized persons who have affiliations with rogue organization, like Al-Qaeda and IS who preach hatred and not the true lesson of Islam, which is peace. Those who have any doubts about the sinister game being played should listen to Jerry Day, an American well known writer.(watch him on FreedomTaker.Com if you want to).Yet another candid and truthful statement of Oliver Stone, screen writer in Hollywood at the 2017 Writers Guild Award ceremony is worth watching and reading.
“Toward the end of his acceptance speech for the Writers Guild Laurel Award for Screenwriting, Oliver Stone gave some non-partisan, historical perspective on the Trump era and encouraged young writers to question their government. “It’d be remiss of me not to remind you, especially you younger writers, that you can be critical of your government and your society. You don’t have to fit in. It’s fashionable now to take shots at Republicans and Trump and avoid the Obamas and Clintons. But remember this: In the 13 wars we’ve started over the last 30 years and the $14 trillion we’ve spent, and the hundreds of thousands of lives that have perished from this earth, remember that it wasn’t one leader but a system, both Republican and Democrat. It’s a system that has been perpetuated under the guise that these are just wars justifiable in the name of our flag.”
Noted American author, John Perkins’s book “Confessions of Economic Hitman” has revealed the “game” and “goal” being pursued by the big powers to de-stabilise the Muslim world. When discussing the movers and shakers who made the last third of the 20th century so special, people tend to rattle off names like Mao Zedong, Richard Nixon, Yasir Arafat, Henry Kissinger, Pol Pot and Ronald Reagan. Yet if John Perkins, the author of “The Secret History of American Empire,” is to be believed, to that list must be added one more name: his own.
Perkins is the author of the fabulously successful, and in some quarters revered, “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” which explains how a cabal of wicked men, like him, have enabled perfidious corporations to seize control of the planet. Now, in a follow-up written, not for crass financial gain but because he owes it to his fellow man, the promiscuously altruistic Perkins comes completely clean about the epochal role he has played in ruining life on earth. Perkins’s covert missions in Saudi Arabia that sealed Saddam Hussein’s fate, and Perkins’s invention of an ingenious payment system that led directly to the destruction of Bolivia’s economy. Thus, while the average person may think George W Bush and Vladimir Putin are the ones who pull the strings on this planet, Perkins disabuses his readers of such naïveté. It is the economic hit men (E.H.M.’s) and their rough-and-tumble cousins, the corporate “jackals,” all of them in the employment of the “corporatocracy,” who decide who prospers, who starves, who lives and who dies. And, as is so often the case with deceptively omnipotent organizations, it is the Western Empire’s ability to dominate the world without being noticed which makes it so sinister, so powerful and so deadly.
This empire “is as ruthless as any in history,” Perkins writes. “It has enslaved more people and its policies and actions have resulted in more deaths than those under the imperial regimes of Rome, Spain, Portugal, France, England and Holland or at the hands of Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler, and yet its crimes go almost unnoticed, disguised in the robes of eloquent rhetoric.” Perkins, like Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Julius Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte and many other titans, who irrevocably altered the course of history, has an unusual background. So we are witnessing double standard in our life every day but looks like it has become the new normal, every where, particularly for the big powers. There seems to be no respite from it and the trend is likely to gain momentum, rather than subsiding. Sad but a fact, though.
— The writer is former DG (Emigration) and consultant ILO, IOM.