Today’s Troubled World
19 June, 2014
Today’s Troubled World
Do you remember the 1989 winner of the national book award From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas Friedman? What a wonderful observation and what a great analysis of the situation of its own time in the space between those two famous and troubled cities and the ongoing political events there! I think the world needs to ask Tom to write – he might already be writing though – something like that about the consequences of the eventful and fateful Arab Spring
– a revolutionary upsurge of demonstrations and protests, both non-violent and violent, riots, and civil wars in the Arab world that began on the 18th of December of 2010 and is still going on in full force. I have always wondered if the world can continue with felicitous existence when it is faced with these latent or open contradictions between Islamic and Christian civilizations. Well, I am being told not to be that rash and straightforward in my loud thoughts, but thank God, Sam Huntington is still alive and kicking for me to feel his powerful shoulder although he is no longer with us physically. Let us equip ourselves with a little courage, if there is any available at all, and ask the powers that be if the Arab Spring is a good thing or a bad one to have happened. Well, if it has occurred by itself, that’s almost OK, but what if it was deliberately prepared and organized by those who have enough ability and desire to create a pain in the neck of the world like that. Who will tell us if Saddam Hussein was a political and military monster of that magnitude? I would refrain from mentioning him as a Poor-Old-Son-of -a-Gun but I will put it to doubt that Iraq would be in a worse situation than it is today. Oh, I should not have said that because somebody might want to kill me for not minding my tongue. On a more serious note, I would love to look wonderingly at the world which is not showing any sign at all to calm down, stop warring – not just worrying but warring – and start living in love, peace and happiness. There are always a number of hot spots around the globe, and each of these hot spots has a potential to blow up and plunge our planet into the conflagration with a zero chance to recover from it. The human wisdom, practicality and creative ability have gone so far that the elements of happiness have started seeming achievable by all of us. We just need to stop being as bad as we are now. We just need to think a little better to let everybody live a normal human life. Why can’t we do this? Why so many wars around in times when peace makes much more sense than confrontation? What is happening in so many spots of our Earth where innocent men and women and their children are dying without any reason. Why so many victims? There has been the smell of burning powder in the air in so many beautiful lands. If things continue as they presently are, soon those beautiful lands may become powdered with ruins. Look at Syria, for instance, where in the all-out civil war tens of thousands were killed, and still no solution is in sight. Or take South Sudan, which has slipped into a bloody civil war with the potential for genocide. How about Afghanistan and Pakistan where the Taliban, Al Qaeda and nukes problems are as big as life! Iraq is blowing up again. The con¬sequences of armed conflict between Turkey and Kurdish militants are still heated with several lethal skirmishes. In Yemen several conflicts are going on amidst the political chaos. In Somalia the military conflict have receded but still carry the potential of confrontation. Congo is still pregnant with conflicts. In Nigeria repeated violence like bombings and government attacks are still on. In Israel and Palestine, the zone of perpetual conflict is enjoying a cease-fire in major hostilities, but we never know. India is faced with the Maoist insurgencies of long standing and recent skirmishes with Pakistan across the lines in disputed Kashmir. Burma is still fighting with the last major ethnic rebellion, along the border with China. In Thailand there are some insurgent attacks in the far south. Colombia is always waging sporadic fighting, starting from Marxist rebellion and ending with drug war. Russia and Ukraine are practically at war, and nobody knows how and when it may end. Conflicts, although frozen, are still smoldering in the Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions of Georgia, Nagorno-Karabakh of Armenia and Azerbaijan, and Transdniestria of Moldova. The hardest and the most dangerous conflict of today is taking place in Iraq, which needs a special description and thorough analysis, from which I am refraining right now, letting you to get better versed with the help of the series of articles, presented on the following pages. Putting it in general words, the situation in Iraq smells real bad and dangerous, and there are no serious solutions to this hot military conflict suggested. There was a time not quite long ago when the Iraqi people were enjoying a happy eastern traditional life. Then came the devastating war with Iran, then the invasion of the tiny and rich Kuwait, which was followed by the American masterminded Desert Storm, the Arab Spring and now the occupations by the military and police forces of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which is unraveling very fast. I wish I had a deeper insight in all these matters. That’s why I mentioned Tom Friedman right at the start of this piece. Guess what, I would rather have a live conversation with him on the topic. Troubles with the world do not seem to be ending however. Nothing is helping – even the sophisticated satellites, nukes, cell phones, internet, computers, powerful memory chips, modern movie techniques, GPS capabilities, nanotechnologies, super generic discoveries and what not! You know what, we are just humans and the level of our wisdom and sophistication is not yet enough to give preference to peace rather than war. That is the way we are, and you can’t help it!

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