Conflicts: War and Peace in pieces

Conflicts: War and Peace.

As the western governments went ahead to support the resolution 1973, 4 nations opposed it. Resolution 1973 is about bringing safety and protection to the civilian population of Libya from the armory of Colonel Gadhafi.

The last few weeks have been a reminder of how the western block took up arms against Iraq, deposed Saddam Hussein and have left a perfectly secular, peaceful nation in tatters and at the mercy of warring fundamentalist gangs. Lives have been lost; many more than what Saddam would have butchered over the years, people’s lives have been displaced and destroyed. Children have been orphaned and some have even taken up arms as a way of vengeful expression. Was it for this set of consequences a nation was brought to its knees and crippled?

Middle-East especially the Arab world is dominated by tribes, political factions, kings and the nobility. Arab world over last hundreds of years was fractious, vulnerable to external dominance and lacked streamlined system. Since the discovery of ‘Black Gold’ the tribal world of Arabs underwent dramatic change with new found wealth and petro-dollars.

Many of the Dictators, Kings, and Autocrats of the Middle East were the by-products of this sudden transformation of a back yard region into a world of paradise. Transformation and noveu affluence created people with large palaces, big cars, many followers but what never changed was their tribal instincts. The basic instinct to dominate, to be a centre of power, a decision maker, a shadow of revolutionary ideology. They all wanted to be the ‘Father of Arab world’ and if not the Arab world, they were more than happy to settle for the African world.

Mummar Gadhafi was a 27 year old Army Captain who had an idea but no direction. The tell Tale says that his Garrison Commander was a Colonel and this young Captain thought that was the end of the Military ranking… to be a Colonel. That’s why we have Colonel Gaddafi and not General Gadhafi as most of the despots would prefer to call themselves. Generals get a different kind of Red carpet treatment and the salutes. But the young Captain Gadhafi didn’t know that. He saluted the Colonel of the Garrison in Benghazi. For him he was the General, the King of all Kings.

Libya’s split sense of identity is not new. Libyan deserts were home to training grounds of Irish Republican Army (IRA), The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), The Basque rebels of Spain. They were the official residence of every unwanted militant group and individual in the world. This was way before Pakistan decided and aspired to be the new residential address for such elements.

Atrocities have never been a new topic but motives have been.  No country can claim to be an epitome of a clean and bloodless record including the U.K., France, USA, China, Russia, Germany, Japan, and Israel. The French brutality in Algeria and Indo-Chine are some of ghosts which would continue to haunt France’s new found morality of Human Rights. Iraq under Saddam Hussein was far more peaceful and secular than it is today.

 

The UN mandate 1973 is to impose a No Fly Zone over the country so that the despot called Colonel Mummar Gadhafi and his clan of sons and tribesmen are not in a position to under take Military action which includes deployment of air force jets to quell the simmering discontent. It is to lay a fair ground for the Rebels to depose the Military dictator so that it looks and sounds like ‘Rebellion of the masses’ with passive help from the outside western world.  So the question is a) is this justified? B) Would it bring in change? C) Would it be a lesson for other despots and autocratic rulers in other parts of the Middle East to heed to the message of popular uprising, such as in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen, and Syria?

The Brits were merciless in Ireland. The British forces deployed similar tactics to counter the violent and increasingly rebellious IRA. The Spaniards were equally merciless with the Basque rebels and so were the French with Algerians and the Vietnamese. So to say it is to protect the lives of civilians and empower democracy will be a bit of wild goose chase and to a great extent Hypocrisy. Middle East is the quarry for Black Gold i.e. Oil. Oil powers the mechanized economies of the west and most of the world. Any disruption in supply of oil can lead to cost rises, unemployment and ultimately to civil unrest as what we see in many of the EU nations such as Greece, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, U.K. France, Italy. Many of the colonial powers have become irrelevant and insignificant as the Asian nations such as China, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia have risen to their past glory. As increasingly U.S. becomes world’s one point consumer, Asian nations are becoming corner stones of manufacturing, jobs, growth and prosperity. The EU nations on the other hand have spent all the wealth plundered from their colonized world on their social welfare schemes, unemployment benefits, health care, pension etc. Now they are left with Debt, insolvency and bankruptcy.

They see war as a way to solve their domestic problems.  Libya which is an affluent and oil rich nation which produces about 1% of world oil needs will need Military equipments, assistance with modernization, education and development once this is all over. They will need specialists and technology to enable them to rise up from their petty tribal world into a world of trade and commerce. This is where the U.K. and France will make their debut. They will sell their Raphael and Tornado jet fighters, submarines and guns all in the guise of developing Libya. Nothing wrong with that however, the question is will it occur? Look at what is happening in Iraq… a nation in turmoil which has costed lives, destroyed a nation, its economy and the fabric of its people and society. Children are picking up arms and shooting and it can’t get worse than this. Now the western forces will withdraw from Iraq and leave it to its fate and I will not be surprised at all if Iraq becomes next Somalia or Afghanistan and so would Libya. It was the British Prime Minister Tony Blair who falsified Iraq Intel fed it General Powell and he carried this falsified message to the U.N resulting in a war in Iraq. The same is getting repeated in Libya. Of course the French stayed back because they did not have disquiet in France then but today they do have. The French economy is in debt, production and productivity is falling and Sarkozy increasingly looks like a one term President and so does David Cameron.

Wars in the 21st century are not a solution. They are a medieval 18nth century approach to colonize and dictate. In today’s world it is done in better guises such as U.N.  Instead the west should look at ways to power their economies. They should consider strategies to be competitive and efficient. They presently are constrained by their own ego’s and tags of being a ‘Developed world’ while they classify rest of the world as Developing and those who remain as ‘Third world’. Well courtesy their own definition, the developing world has very successfully focused on economic development leading to creation of jobs and savings. They have done so by using a very simple logic- ‘Living within one’s means’.  The Chinese, Indians, Malaysians, Indonesians do not have fancy citizen benefit schemes. The social fabric of ‘Family’ has been the support mechanism and people have deployed their education and skills to prosper.

The world will never be a perfect place, it’s a utopian expectation that we, the variety of people, races, cultures, belief systems will live in harmony. However, wars too are not the right choice to settle these differences and imposing ones views on others. Just as we don’t see violence as a solution to silence people, we can’t see wars as a solution to bridge disharmony in the society. It has to evolve with in people and in societies. It has to be fostered with education and opportunities. It has to be supported with courage, morality and honesty.

As far as Libya is concerned, how would the world justify the ongoing discontent in other Arab nations? By bombing them? Are we heading for a war of civilizations? Are we seeing a world where for narrow domestic political gains we sacrifice the lives of people? We as Indians have seen it all over the years. Wars, domestic turmoil, political spins, Corruption and we still live in a nation called India which much against our expectations 20 years back is now an emerging global power. Are we proud, yes we as Indians are. Do we think India should be an intrusive nation No. We have enough of challenges at home and we simply can’t go around solving others problems but yes, we as a nation can support other nations struggling with their identity and existence with our own experiences, knowledge and education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. The author wrote that Pakistan is the breeding ground ofa ll evils so to speak…I wonder if India has not and nver been involved in any such activities in its post independence history???

    I believe that pointing fingers is always easy – the same old blame game!

    We must move on and logic must prevail!

  2. ranbir pattinson says

    ooh la la ooh la la tu hai meri fantasy….
    pauva chadha ke aayi…

  3. shivraj ojha says

    15/06/2012 JIDA INSAN KO KOILA BANAYA

    dear sir > ak gariv pita rajaram ojha villege fathgarh dist. guna m.p. apni 5 bethiyo ko majdoori karke palta tha usne apni badi bethi rajkumari ka vivah (sadhi) dongar village dist. guna m.p. mai santosh ojha ke sath ki 2006 mai lekin sadi ke 2 sall baad hi santosh ojha ne yah kah kar rajkumari ko bhaga diya uske baad rajkumari apne pita ke gharrahne lagi fathgarh uske baad bechare anpad pita ne apni anpad aur seedhi sadi bethi ka (nata) vivah bhagvan lal ojha s/o panchi lal ojha nibasi kelwada dist. baran rajsthan 20000 thausend Rs.rajkumari ke naam jamanat ke taur par fathegarh bank mai jama karba diye aur rajkumari ka nata bhagban lal ke sath samaj ke logo ke samne kar diya uske 8-10 month tak rajkomari ko sasural balo ne marna peetna suro kar diya to uske pita use apne sath fathegarh le aaye aur 3 month tak nahi bheja bhagban lal chakkar lagata raha uske baad bhagban lal ke jeeja amar lal ne phone par kaha ki meri wife beemar hai mai kota hon aap rajkumari ko bhej do meri jababdari hai aur 20000 hajar ruppye bhee bhagban lal ko dedo tab rajaram ojha ne guna kort mai 100 Rs. ke stamp par likha padi and notri karvakar aur 20000 thausend Rs. bhagvan lal ojha ko dekar rajkumari ko uske sath bhej diya uske kuch month baad rajkumari ne eak bethi ko janam diya to rajaram ojha ki wife aur pita ji bhagvan lal ojha ke ghar gaye to bhagvan lal aur uskeparivar ne galiyan dekar bhaga diya kahane lage 40000 hazar RS. le aao uske baad na hi rajkumari se kisi ko milne diya aur nahi phone par baath karne di aur phir ghatna ke 25 din pahle rajkumari ne kisi tarah ghar se 4 baje raat ko bhag kar apne pita ko phone kiya ki mujhe le jao nahi to ye log mujhe maar dalenge aur tab rajaram ojha unka chota bhai chachera bhai jgdeesh sala ghansyam aur sadu babulal raj kumari ko lene gaye to amar lal thekedar jo bhagvan lal ka jeeja hai aur bhagvan uske mata pita aur bada bhai jo apahij hai galiyan dene lage aur kahne lage ki abhi tak hamne jo ise khilaya pilaya hai uske 40000 hazarRs. lao aur ladki ko le jao ladki ko nahi lane diya rajkumari chillati rahi ki mujhe le jao nahi to yah sab log mujhe maar dalenge tab majboor hokar rajaram ojha ko kelwada thane jana pada to police station se eak sipahi bagban lal ke ghar gaya aur usne bapas thane aakar bataya ki ghar par sirf aurten hai aadmi koi nahi hai aur hum aurtoun ko akeli nahi la sakte aur aap loog bhi bahan nahi jana kal hum rajkumari ko aapke sath bhej denge doosre din jab rajaram aur uske sathi thane pahonche to police baalo ne bataya ki ghar par tala laga hai sab log rajkumari ko lekar bag gaye milenge to khabar kar denge tab rajaram ne SHO Mr. chawala se FIR likhne ko kaha to amarlal thekedar ke rasookh ke aage FIR likhne se inkar kar diya karan poonchne par kaha ki hamare rajisthan mai pahle muljim ko giraftar karte hai phir FIR likhatai hai to bechare majboor pita ne baran S.P. office mai aabedan diya aur amar lal thekedar se pooncha ki unki bethi ka pata bata de to amar lal ne kaha ki khud dhond lo aur bhago yahan se nahi to tumhe bandh karba dunga thane mai to rajaram ojha apne ghar aa gaya aur 15/06/2012 ko subah 8;30 par rajaram ojha ke chachere bhai jagdish jo ki kisi ristaidar ke yahan ramayan karykrm mai kelwada gaya tha ne phone par soochna di ki rajkumari ko jala diya hai aur usi ne thane mai soochna di tab rajaram aur uska parivar bhan pahocha to dekha police use p.m. ke liye hospital le ayee thee jab bhan rajkumari ko dikhaya to pata chala ki uske badan par khal bhi nahi bachi thhe pair se lekar chehre tak haddiyan dikh rahi thi bo bhi jali hui aur jab police ke saath us jagah ka muaona kiya to bahan sirf eak chota sa kona kala pada hua tha tatha rajkumari hi churiyao ke tukre pade the aur ghar ka sara saman bilkul sahi tarike se jama hua thha ghar mai aur kapde rakhe the jhan bo jali uske upar kapde tange the lekin kahi bhi aag ke koi nisan nahi the parosi kahten hai unhe koi abaj nahi aayi isse sabit hota hai ki rajkumari ko uske sasural balo ne muh dabakar ya gala ghont kar pahle mara hai aur phir jalaya hai taki use khud khusi sabit kar sake lekin kya khud jalne bala itna jalta hai ki uski haddiya tak jal jaye aur kya jalne bala chillata nahi hai jo uski aawaj kisi ne nahi suni police ke mutabik rajkumari ki mout 2 baje raat ko hui hai to rajkumari ke sasural balo ne subah 8;30 tak police ko khabar kyu nahi ki use hospital kyu nahi le gaye rajaram ojha ne amarlal ojha bhagvan lal ojha panchi lal ojha aur raju ojha ko aaropi banaya hai phir bhi abi tak amarlal ojha aur raju khuleaam ghoom rahe hai kyu aur rajaram ojha jo bechara bethi ko kho betha use dhamki derahe hai ki paise ke dam par hame kuch nahi hoga tujhe jo dikhe bo kar lena

    mo.no.SHO kelwada police station 09829459908 mo. no. rajaram ojha 07898849254

    .>kya hum samaj mai uchchstar par baithe log kuch nahi kar sakte

    >kya meedia ki najar mai yah khabar nahi aayi kya meedia kuch nahi kar sakta

    >kya rajneta aur samajsevi rajaram ko insaf nahi dila sakte

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