Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding
Opinion Editorials, December 2012
By Mahboob A Khawaja
The collective courage and coherent political imagination of the new educated Arab generations have effectively challenged the traditional Arab authoritarianism supported by the US and West Europeans making them to THINK of the Unthinkable future. The Western strategic planners kept the fattish and mindless Arab rulers ignorant of the prevalent facts of modern life. Intellectually fractured and physically broken solid walls of secretive police “FEAR” built and maintained by the Imperial Masters expose the truth of Arab - Western world relations. Nothing other than hypocrisy and deceit were the corner stone of these bilateral relations over half of a century. The informed Arab masses articulating UNITY of purpose onward to NEW THINKING and ACTIONS - ANEW FUTURE visible on the horizon. Discarding the virtual reality, it is happening and well in progress across the authoritarian Arabian Peninsula. Quite intuitively and instinctively, people’s inspired revolutions have surpassed the human imagination to facilitate a different and more promising landscape across the Arab Middle East.
If democracy is the norm, then facts speak clearly that the 99% of the US masses differ and reject the policies of the minority 1 % exploitative elite and its political agendas and practices. American duplicity and Israeli self-absolutism is inherently flawed and its consequences have cornered them in dead-ended isolation irrespective of the global changing landscape. America and Israel have flawed perceptions of the Iranian nuclear advancement to indoctrinate the mankind with false information and notion of warmongering. Both have failed to redirect the move for the establishment of an independent State of Palestine. The global community does not view the US-Israel stance as balanced and rational. There are increasing number of Jewish scholars, intellectuals and political activists in North America and Western Europe calling for the rights of the Palestinian people, formation of an independent State of Palestine and normalization of relations with the Arab world. But Israel and the US policies do not appear to be standing for peacemaking and reconciliation through peaceful means expect intransigence and belligerency and rejection of the voices of public reasoning. The current circumstances trigger dark clout over their intents and policy behaviors to resolve the Palestine problem and the establishment of an independent State of Palestine.
When we compare facts of human affairs, we tend to learn more about the prevalent realities. Today, North Korea successfully launched a space missile which to American and its coerced allies is highly suspected of having nuclear arsenal capacity and objectionable. But none have issued war threats to North Korea. Suppose in the world of Virtual Reality, if we were to replace Iran with North Korea - place of location, would America and Israel have reacted in the same manner as they did against Iran? Iran is not a nuclear power and according to all scientific data, it does not have the capacity to produce nuclear weapons but America, Israel and so many other bribed nations continue to issue violent threats of reprisal against Iran. Why? Simply, because Iran is a Muslim nation whereas, North Korea is not. Perhaps, non-religious if communism is assumed just as an ideology, not a religion. In this self-defeating exercise, no Western news media even mentions that Israel is nuclear power nation and has close to 200 nuclear arsenals in the warehouse. Is it a more of a religious warmongering against Iran? Do sadistic leaders operate the political systems of the globe?
World is changing as it should be but not the policy impulse of the US and Israel. Effective leaders and stable nations opt for change when faced with facts not fictions of life and gear toward rational changes as the principle of adaptability to be successful in carving a sustainable future. Change and adaptability to the future-making are rational factors and choices to envisage human rights, dignity and peaceful co-existence. The tribal cult-based Arab sheikdoms and the rulers are living in the modern age of ignorance (“Jahlliyia”). They lack rational understanding of time and history. The oil discovery was a scheme of enslavement and moral and intellectual deprivation for the traditional Arab societies most often termed as “fitna” - a wicked proposition. The imported scheme of “modernity” and oil-pumped prosperity have not changed the Arab time capsule - being irrelevant, incompetent and floating on its won completely out of touch with the challenging needs of the 21st century and legitimate aspirations of the Arab masses for freedom and people’s based system of governance.
Politics is self-centered obsession to have power and to influence others
for personal aggrandizement and exploitation. Politicians produce nothing
except talking and listening and shouting matches in the corridors of
parliaments and assemblies. For over centuries, the traditions go on as none
seem to have the courage and commitment to change the theater of absurdity
run on taxpayer’s pains and payments. Discard cynicism and wickedness but be
conscious that some contemporary politicians or monsters of history are
often the two sides of the same picture enriched with perversion and
treacherous escape from the facts of real life. They exhibit
individualistic absolutism and despotic intents to gain irrational favors.
Who can argue with REASON against the pro-Israeli American political
institutions - lobbyists, people and leaders - they are well paid to say
things that Israel wanted to hear and to guarantee the strategic superiority
of Israel, no matter what the world thinks about all of them. Their
duplicity in thoughts and actions is not just plain falsehood and cruelty to
the prevalent facts of human life but challenges to the US official stance
in a global theatre. America and Israel both need a strong moral,
intellectual and political challenge to come to terms with the Arab Middle
East. Do the tribal cult based Arab rulers possess the moral, intellectual
and political capacity, vision and courage to challenge the US and Israel
for an equal treatment in global affairs? Could the dummy and ignorant Arab
authoritarian rulers stand up to encounter the Israelis in face to face
dialogue and make logical discourse that the international community could
grasp some hard facts of the Middle Eastern tragedies? Imagine, in
September 2010, President Obama made an international declaration at the UN
General Assembly that he hoped to see a new member State of Palestine
sitting in at the UN body by next year. But in 2011 close to the
re-election campaign, he started talking in-between, playing with broken
promises and words on Palestine. The same Obama administration opposed the
Palestinian bid to seeks UN membership as a State in November 2012. There
are no solid moral and political principles on which the nations and leaders
take a stand. What is missing in this ball game and political drama across
the global media screens? One fact outweighs all other factors of
expediency that the Arab nations do not have any educated and intellectually
competent and politically credible leaders to come out in front at a global
stage and REASON the UNREASON. The world pays attention to those who know
how to communicate the ideas and issues logically and effectively. Arab
rulers have wasted time and energies on futile projects negating the Islamic
values and spirit of leadership. What if there were people-run and
open-ended system of political governance and 21st century educated and
proactive and intelligent people of the new generation making the policies
and representing the Arab political governance at a global theatre?
Would Obama and Netanyahu dare not to listen to those powerful voices of
Imagine, what would the history say about the Arab rulers complacent in America’s led bogus War on Terrorism - a crusade against Islam and about their leadership role model for the future generations to come? Take a moment and have a cool breathe and THINK if you can, of the on-going planned massacres and killings of the innocent people in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen, political horrors and physical injuries, intellectual and moral insult to Muslim conscience, and deaths and devastations that these monsters have caused to the traditional and valued culture of the Arab people. How should the world view the Arab people, societies, Islam and their sense of moral values? Does oil-pumping assumes more value than Islam and its values? Have the traditional Arabian hub of moral, spiritual and intellectual cultural values been drained out and replaced by hurriedly affixed fake imagery of the oil prosperity? What would history speak about the Arabian moral and intellectual losses and decadent culture? Were there no conscientious and intelligent folks, scholars and thinkers to THINK of the navigational change and challenge the absurdity of anti-Islamic authoritarianism? Was there nothing else other than handful of sadistic rulers, oil pumping and militarization as the culture and economy of the Arab people? What kind of moral, intellectual and cultural images are beaming out of the traditionally cultured and civilized Arab societies to which the global community should take notice to understand its impulse and values?
There are more daunting challenges and opportunities ahead for concerned
Arab-Muslim scholars and thinkers to grasp the momentum and try to determine
and plan feasible alternatives and remedies and workable solutions. The role
and tasks of the societal planners and managers - people dealing with change
and management of development is painfully formidable and progressive over
certain period of time. The societal problems are complex and there is no
single pill to diagnose the cancerous sickness and disorder
institutionalized by the Arab authoritarianism. Professor Fouad Ajami (Arab
Predicament) said it right: “the problems of the Arab world are the result
of self-inflicted wounds.” If the one track rulers were open to listening
and learning (vital traits of effective modern leadership), the current
catastrophic wars against the Arab people - firing on demonstrators in
streets, funeral processions and worshippers in Masjids, killings of
innocent citizens and destruction of the social environment and emerging
political horrors could have been avoided.
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