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The oil producing Arab leaders operate from a position of weakness not strength in global affairs. America enjoys some influence but the lobbyists control its political nerves and thinking hubs. For the last few weeks, East Jerusalem is again a scene of tragic events, firing on civilians, running street battles and killings outside the Al-Aqsa Masjid. Should the future generations be captive of the political adversaries of today's politics? Both need focused minds and souls to replace insane behaviors with respect and human dignity. To counter-balance Israel political activism, Arab masses should phase-out the dormant and dummy leaders and phase-in educated and intelligent people of young generation. The need is urgent for both Palestinians and Israelis to resume peace talks with an honest commitment and time table to end the occupation and hostilities and to establish State of Palestine and to ensure both nations could complement a peaceful co-existence and future. Is reconciliation and peacemaking possible by direct negotiations between the parties? Yes, given the will and sincerity of purpose, all man-made problems are solvable. Late Professor Edward Said (Peace and its Discontents: Essays on Palestine in the Middle East Peace Process. Random House, 1996) was a visionary and enriched with proactive thoughts and a truly dedicated intellectual and active warrior for the freedom of Palestine:
"I sincerely believe in reconciliation between peoples and cultures in collision, and have made it my life's work to try to further that end. But true reconciliation cannot be imposed, neither can it occur between cultures and societies that are enormously uneven in power. The kind of reconciliation that can bring real peace can only occur between equals, between partners whose independence, strength of purpose, and inner cohesion allows them fully to understand and share with the other."Arab Leadership's Entrapment
To control the oil supplies, undermine the freedom of Palestine and enhance the political imperatives of Israel, the American bombing will entrap and destroy the entire Arab region. There are no Arab armies to fight for the cause of Islam. The so called Arab armies are manned by foreigners to protect the palaces, not the people of Palestine. There are no Arab leaders to offer moral and intellectual security to Muslims. The oil exporting Arab leaders have no integrity to claim success on any issues in global affairs. What happened to their Islamic culture, values and glorious civilization? Was the petro-dollar prosperity a conspiracy ("fitna") to disconnect the Arab people to Islamic civilization? Syria and Egypt are the current instances where people have risen against the military dictatorship. Would the future generations free of foreign captivity hold these monsters accountable for their infested crimes and political cruelty? History is witness that when aggressive leaders challenge the sanctity of the Laws of God governing the earth and the living Universe, and invade other nations, they ultimately meet their own end by natural causes such earthquakes, flooding, tornados, exploding lavas, sound blasts, lightning and lot more. There is no denying but a fact of life that this is how some of the most powerful nations vanished. The US anti-gun lobby asserts that approximately 32,000 American are killed every year by home grown violence. The Iraq-Afghanistan war veterans continue to commit suicide at an alarming rate of 18-25 per day ("Why do soldiers commit suicide and Global Warlords." Uncommon Thought Journal: 4/14/2014). Are these not the major political issues which should be addressed by the US politicians and Congress rather than continuing Iraq war?
How to Stop the Madness of War and Restore Normalcy?
The US and British are responsible for much of Iraq's planned destruction, increased sectarian violence and dismantling of the economic-political infrastructures. During the decade long occupation, they invested heavily in sectarian violence and destruction of the civic system of governance. American-led bombing will help to sustain the Arab authoritarianism and increased militarization of the region. But none knows the consequences of their own follies except God.
Mankind is experiencing the scourge of unwarranted wars. How could we- the conscientious human beings protect the mankind from continuing aggression of the few warmongers? The 21st century complex political, social and humanitarian conflicts and the encompassing opportunities warrant new thinking, new leaders and new political visions for change, conflict management and participatory future-making. The global warlords represent cruel mindset incapable to see the human side of the living conscience. Madness of the perpetuated war on terrorism and its triggered insanity knows no bound across the global spectrum. Animals do not commit massacre of their kind and species, nor set-up rape camps for the war victims, the Western led wars against the humanity have and continue to do so at an unparallel global scale without being challenged by any global organizations or leaders. Torture and massacres of innocent civilians are convenient fun games to be defined as "collateral damage" and a statistic. Every beginning has its end. It is just that most powerful nations have failed to learn from the living history. Be it Obama, David Cameroon, Merkel or the new Iraqi PM Haider Al-Abadi, none have the understanding of peaceful co-existence in a God-given splendid and living Universe. To reflect on the Nature of Things, the universe encompasses many challenging opposites which coexist and operate in peace and harmony: time, space, sun, moon, gravitational rotation of the earth, greed and honesty, good and evil, fire, water, air, sand, floods etc. How is it that Man - a chief creation of God cannot co-exist with fellow Man? Is Man by nature a blood thirsty creature?
To challenge the deafening silence of the US, West Europeans and of all the authoritarian rulers of the Arab Middle East, the humanity must find ways and means to look beyond the obvious and troublesome horizons dominated by the few warlords. The sadistic leaders have plagued the landscape with daily massacres, displacement of civilians and refugees, barbarity against Arab culture and civilizations, destruction of the habitats and natural environment as if there were no rational being populating the God's created living Universe. More than 3 millions Syrian refugees live under sub-human conditions in UN camps. Iran has reportedly sent "Quds Guards" and "Badr Brigade" to fight and defend the Iraqi Shiite regime. It will not be in the interest of Iran or the Muslim world to intervene based on any sectarian loyalty. The crises in Iraq and Syria warrant critical rethinking and proactive response not a hasty reaction to dispatch armed groups to side with one or another sectarian force. Iran would stand to lose more than it can imagine gaining within the Islamic context.
The international institutions have failed to carry the trust of the humanity for peacemaking and normalization of affairs. There are no global organizations managed by people of moral and intellectual vision and courage to serve the interests of informed mankind. The global community should initiate an Urgent Action Plan to organize a delegation of morally and intellectually credible and visionary citizens to visit the region and facilitate listening and learning towards crisis management and humanitarian peacemaking in the Arab world. Such an organized group of global peacemakers could include Noam Chomsky, Kofi Annan, Grand Ayatollah Al-Sadr, Bishop Tutto, Paul Craig Roberts, Dr. Kaukab Siddiqui, Medea Benjamin, Mohammad Ali, Reverend Jessie Jackson and a representative of Pope Francis. Where international political institutions have failed, the will of the global community could facilitate unthinkable and feasible solutions. Iraq and Syrian conflicts needs people of new vision and proactive ideas to cope with multiple scopes of the political and humanitarian crises and to seek workable solutions away from the entrenched political box of the few warmongers.
Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja specializes in global security, peace and conflict resolution, and comparative Western-Islamic cultures and civilizations, and author of several publications including the latest one: Global Peace and Conflict Management: Man and Humanity in Search of New Thinking. Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany,