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Global Rivalries are Destroying Humanity: Symbolic Memorials Fail to Imagine the Reality of Wars

23 August 2016

By Mahboob Khawaja, PhD.

''War provides an outlet for every evil element in man's nature. It enfranchises cupidity and greed gives a charter to petty tyranny, glorifies cruelty and places in position of power the vulgar and base.'' (C.E.M Joad. Guide to Modern Wickedness, 1936).

The memorial for the mindless atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will not erase the paranoia of vengeful hatred, perversion, and cruelty against mankind. On August 6, 1945, it was the US who victimized the Japanese people who were willing to surrender even without the nuclear option. Strange as it is, Nazi Germany was a formidable threat to Europe and America and human causalities were greater, yet, Western allied nations rejected the nuclear option against the fellow Anglo-Sexan race. Recently, President Obama's speech at Hiroshima was an expression of freewill vagueness to a critical issue of nuclear disarmament and safeguarding security for the futuristic generations. America and Russia possess the largest stockpiles of nuclear weapons to undermine and destroy humanity. They are competing, not reducing, the arms race. Perhaps global leaders appear to have lost the sense of purpose to safeguard mankind from the scourge of wars and to undo the tyranny of competing and compelling hegemonic politics. The raging conflicts in Syrian, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Ukraine, Palestine and Israel are constant reminders of the dreadful consequences for the whole of mankind. Do the contemporary global leaders have any viable humanitarian imagination for the peace and security of future generations?

Bombs and wars kill people – 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 mankind, but also the environment in which human beings survive, and the planet Earth that sustains life. Given the strategic know-how and scientific-technological developments, it is an established fact that any future global warfare will end the very existence of 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 schemes 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 arational understanding of wars and their impacts on life and the universe. One would have imagined that the more knowledgeable people become, a more rational world will emerge in the coming ages of rational thinking. Not so, we continued to be occupied with false images and misleading rationale of global conflicts. Like always, 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.

Global Warriors are Competing to Destroy the Arab World

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 First and 2nd World Wars. The warrior masters viewed their subjects as unworthy creatures at the ballot box and imposed White man's ''superior'' thinking, culture, language and laws on the colonized Muslim people. Out for favors, loyal tribal agents were transformed into kings, royals, presidents and placed in dictatorship roles. This is how Britain stole Palestine from its people. Now the people are awakened to pursue democratic change and the institution of absolute rulers is a liability. The US, and a few Western European allies, want to replace the historical dummies with new one to articulate a different future of ther own. All the superpowers are collaborating their military operations to destroy the entire Arab region under the pretext of the ''war on terrorism.'' This planned scheme 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. It's 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 European nations, except Germany, used Arabs as soldiers during the Two World Wars are now treating the refugees as an animal herd to be barricaded under razor wire. Is there a responsible global system of governance to safeguard the helpless?

The UNO is overwhelmed with failure and inaction in the face of prevalent global crises. It has become a 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 2nd WW. Complacency joined by wickedness, a 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. Many Iranian-backed extreme groups including Hezbollah are fighting in Iraq and Syria to maintain the cruelty of sectarian warfare. Their support to the Al-Assad dynasty and fighting against fellow Muslims contradicts conventional wisdom and basic precepts of Islam. 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 WW2, 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 for planned death and destruction across the Muslim world. American-Russian bombings are destroying the masses and habitats. If a few millions – just the numbers are abstracted from the population data — it is a statistic and nothing about human casualties. Arabs are vanishing, 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 statistics. They could be easily broken and slaughtered. The civilians are escaping the insanity of foreign bombing and tyranny of authoritarianism.
Wars are Distraction for Planned Strategic Aims

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. ''U.S. Spy Chiefs Think The World Is Pretty Much Going To Hell'' reads the headlines of the Foreign Policy (2/9/ 2016)…..from the Islamic State gaining strength in Libya to Kim Jong Un shopping some of the world's most dangerous weapons, here are the top takeaways from a grim day with the nation's top spooks. The magazine wonders, ''Why are Russian Engineers Working at an Islamic State-Controlled Gas Plant in Syria?'' 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. Pepe Escobar (''Empire of Chaos Preparing For More Fireworks in 2016'' Global Research: 12/24/2016), an independent geopolitical analysts and author of Empire in Chaos (2014), explains that ''The Empire of Chaos, today, is not about complacency. It's about hubris – and fear. Ever since the start of the Cold War the crucial question has been who would control the great trading networks of Eurasia – or the ''heartland''….. Whatever happens in the so-called Syrian peace process the proxy war between Washington and Moscow will continue.''

Some scholars will argue that wars are planned in a cycle of chauvinistic historical events – every now and then wars are repeated – the ''worst time in human history.'' Paul Buchheit author of America Wars: Illusions and Realities believes that ''War or Revolution happen in Every 75 Years. It's Time Again'' He thinks of various developmental cycles including the revolution against inequality, French Revolution, time of Great Depression, WW2, and now after: ''nearly 75 years after we started World War 2 production, we again feel the agony of a wealth gap expanding, like grotesquely stretched muscle, to intolerable limits. If history repeats itself, we will be part of another revolution of long-subjugated people. Indeed, it has already begun, in Europe and Canada and with the Occupy Movement. The face of plutocracy has changed, but not the consequences. Just before the French Revolution, Paris and London were dismal places for the masses, with islands of unimaginable splendor for aristocrats, who, like the multi-millionaires of today, found it hard to relate to the commoners.''

Paul Buchheit (''War or Revolution happen in Every 75 Years. It's Time Again'' 06/11/2012) reminds us: ''In our 'civilized' times people aren't being run down by noblemen or forced to eat grass. The aristocracy has learned a lot about suppressing crowds in 225 years. But they need to fear the growing revolution. They need to fear, as Dickens put it, ''the remorseless sea of turbulently swaying shapes, voices of vengeance, and faces hardened in the furnaces of suffering until the touch of pity could make no mark on them.'' Chris Hedges – author of Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (''How to Think'' Truthdig, 7/9/2012) gives context to the global dilemma:

And here is the dilemma we face as a civilization. We march collectively toward self-annihilation. Corporate capitalism, if left unchecked, will kill us. Yet we refuse, because we cannot think and no longer 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 globalization 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.

Towards Future-building in Peace and Security for All

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 Northwestern 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 civilizations or the need to stop the 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 humanity.

Global Warlords are haunting 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 the 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. Mankind looks for change in strategic thinking and actions. ''In the name of ''System Change, Not Climate Change'', points out Paul Street (''For Intelligent Civilizations on Earth'') ''we can rescue and preserve humanity and livable ecology through mass resistance and a revolutionary transformation that takes us beyond the world's unelected and interrelated dictatorships of money, profit, empire, and eco-cide.''

Every beginning has its end. Those who perpetuate wars and victimize 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 mankind in farfetched lands, it is usually the end game of their role-play in global affairs. America and its allied European warmongers 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 civilizations.
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(Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja specializes in global security, peace and conflict resolution with keen interests in Islamic-Western comparative cultures and civilizations, and author of several publications including the latest: Global Peace and Conflict Management: Man and Humanity in Search of New Thinking. Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany, May 2012) 


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