Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
America's Little War on the Syrian Civil War
By Mahboob A Khawaja
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, September 2, 2013
“The hell of human suffering, evil and oppression is paved with good
intentions. The men who have most injured and oppressed humanity, who have
most deeply sinned against it, were according to their standards and their
conscience good men; what was bad in them, what wrought moral evil and
cruelty, treason to truth and progress, was not at all in their intentions,
in their purpose, in their personal character, but in their opinions.”
(Robert Briffault. The Making of Humanity, London, 1918)
If there were any moral, spiritual and intellectual values enshrined in the
UNO Charter, the 21st century’s global political affairs could have been in
more responsive shape and form than the warlike culture of the few. At
least, the global community would have attained better sense of moral and
legal accountability in the contemporary affairs. Not so, those who
envisaged the UNO embodiment, they were more concerned with the aftermath of
the 2nd World War and how best to put an end to human triviality and
dreadful acts of aggressions against one another. Are we in a different time
span than the political affairs, action-reaction of violence and threats of
aggression and what oppressed the mankind prior to the imposed human
insanity of the WW2? Both World Wars were fought by man against man.
Leaders and nations complacent in making the Two World Wars are again
coercing the mankind to animalistic thinking and behavior without realizing
the consequences of their sadistic folly. They failed to learn from the
living history. Peace never grows out of war as wars kill people. Who else
should know better than the Europeans and American who orchestrated the
grand scheme of things to wage wars and control and manage the global herd
as part of their economic development scenarios? Immanuel Kant’s spirit of
the Perpetual Peace’ must have been disturbed and crying loud when the
Europeans and American leaders are talking of more wars to show perversion
from their own history.
Agreeably, wickedness and righteousness
cannot be combined in one human character or official policy stance. Even in
the beginning of knowledge-based 21st century, the mankind has not fully
recovered from the scourge of the 2nd WW. The global powers and the UNO
betrayed the public trust and vision for a peaceful future without wars.
Rationality must overcome insanity that today’s world and the leading
powerful nations are again engaged in multifaceted experiments to endanger
life, habitats and the living Universe. America and its Western allies
pretend to be acting in good faith to safeguard the mankind from the scourge
of war and the use of chemical weapons against the innocent civilian
population in Syria. It is the self-interest and politically indoctrinated
strategic policy to shore up support and argument for another war on Syria.
How would it be different than the monstrous cruelty being imposed by the
Bashar Al-Assad regime for over two years on the people of Syria? Do
the US and other Western nations have a clean slate of their own history of
non-chemical warfare against the innocent mankind? The global community is
informed and painfully aware that those most hated and feared and equipped
with small wisdom, no knowledge but big mouth are active again in destroying
the humanity. It is a fun, an innovative game and they have the weapons to
play with the mankind knowing that it will cause unthinkable extermination
of life habitats and cultures.
None of the international powerful
leaders care for the safety and interests of the mankind. As early as during
the 1916 -1917, the British used mustard gas to kill several thousands of
Iraqi civilians agitating for their human rights and freedom from the
British colonial rule. It was Winston Churchill - the then
Secretary-Minister who did that crime against Iraqis. America had unchecked
freedom of political insanity to use napalm gas bombs and chemicals in
Vietnam and massacred millions until opted for secret negotiations to leave
Vietnam. No one could dare to call for American indictment in Vietnam.
The global nations had signed the agreement at Hague in 1899 and the Geneva
Convention of 1907 to ban the use of chemical weapons. It was reiterated in
the Geneva Convention of 1925 and the Chemical Weapons Convention. The Rome
Statute for the International Criminal Court specifically points out that
employing “poison or poisoned weapons” and “asphyxiating, poisonous or other
gases, and all analogous liquids, materials or devices” are war crimes,
under Article 8. During the 1980-90’s Iraq self-declared war on the
newly formed Islamic Republic of Iran, Saddam Hussein had the blessings of
the US and other Western nations to use chemicals weapons on the Iranian and
his own Kurd civilians to kill several thousands without any accountability.
The UNO and other international agencies are simply spectators and
issue paper-based statements and no forceful action to stop a monster
killing the innocent people. The Geneva Convention Related to the
Protection of Civilian Persons in time of War (Geneva IV) states clearly
“willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health” as a
grave breach, which constitutes a war crime. Do the contemporary holy
warmongers think that the mankind is shortsighted of its own history or do
they believe that it can be forced to believe the unholy virtue of the only
left-over superpower to have the divine right to impose its own will over
others? Since 2001 in Afghanistan and subsequently, in 2003 Iraq war,
the United States and Britain and others had free hand to use cluster bombs
and other prohibited weapons against the civilian population in both
countries. It is widely known across the globe that the United States used
cluster bombs, depleted uranium, and white phosphorous gas. Cluster bomb
canisters have been used containing tiny bomb lets, which could engulf large
segments of the population and areas. In Iraq and Afghanistan children have
been affected and killed by the unexploded and left-over cluster bombs
resulting in serious injuries and psychological scars for ages. It is well
known that depleted uranium (DU) weapons spread high levels of radiation
over vast areas of human habitats. Many Western analysts and reporters have
given eye-witness accounts of sharp increase in health related problems and
serious birth defects due to the use of depleted uranium in Iraq.
After the US led bogus "War on Terrorism," there is a frightening trend in
crime explosion against the innocent humanity worldwide. The warmongers go
freely to massacre innocent women, children and rape the youngsters - a
prevalent culture of the crimes of the Empires. The Arab Middle East and
other Muslim countries are no exception. Despite moral and intellectual
capacity, nobody takes up the initiatives at conflict management and crisis
management. Leaders appear more of insane egoistic character than
peacemakers. They are unmindful of the consequences of their own vicious
thought and priorities simply to double the imagery of popularity number
games. If the United States and its European allies go ahead to strike
on Syria and its chemical stock warehouses, the resulting casualties will be
more of civilians than the official parts of the authoritarian regime in
Syria. The question is, what would such a belligerent strike achieve in
short-long terms to help the global community to avoid future mishaps?
For over a decade, in Iraq, Afghanistan and its spill-over into North-West
Pakistan, millions and millions of people have been victimized by the US
failing war strategy.
How would the US and its European allies achieve any solid aim of
stopping the bloodbaths in Syria?
Over the years, lots of show and
tell political talks are reported between the warring parties in Syria.
There is no surety Assad regime will go away as it is not the strategic goal
of the Western nations. Peace-making is not the ultimate aim and rational
goal of any nations involved in the Middle East political turmoil. The
Arab leaders are themselves devoid of any
power or political role-play to sort out their own self-generated
misfortunes and crises of time and history. None of the Arab leader could
come to the global political arena and justify their credibility in any
sense of the political affairs and legitimacy of the governance.
All have been groomed and grown out of the
colonial match-fixing of the tribal history and European domination
of the region. For more than half of a century, there are no concerted
efforts to change the neo-colonialism into a democratic system of people’s
governance envisaged by Islam and its principles. Today’s Arab world is a
hub of despotism, political cruelty and coming of an unthinkable future of
political upheavals. If Egypt was evolving in the shape of civility and
people’s run system of new democracy under President Morsy, the hope is
stalled by the belligerent interests of the Western nations to encourage
military intervention and impose deaths and destruction on the Egyptian
masses. Unknown and uncertain as it appears to be, who will gain out of the
miseries and killings of the Egyptian society. The emerging dreadful scenes
of military barbarity- gassed massacres of people in Syria, killings in the
streets of Cairo and daily bomb blasts in Iraq against the people should
invite the Arab thinkers and intellectuals to reflect on the current affairs
- what went wrong and how could they imagine and articulate an action plan
out of imposed neo-colonial system of governance of the few?
drums of war are beating again. No one can imagine if America makes a
war-like strike on Syria, it will help the people of Syria to find a
peaceful solution of the crisis. There is no
impetus for peacemaking and conflict resolution. Then what is the
rationality of talking in-between when Assad regime in Syria and the General
Seisi in Egypt are actively killing the masses without any challenge. Do the
dictators ever listen to voices of REASON? When was the last time any
cruel monsters opted for a public dialogue to co-exist with rational people?
All the Arab authoritarian rulers enjoy the protection of the US and other
European leaders for their own self- interest and continued supply of oil.
President Obama and his European friends and policies they pursue do not aim
at conflict resolution in Syria or peacemaking elsewhere in the region. They
need more war-like opportunities to acquire domineering influence more than
what they already have to manage direct control over all the Arab countries.
This policy should be befitting to the American war economy and Israel’s
additional capacity-building for supremacy in the region. Conceivably, soon
all the Arab self-made kings, princes and authoritarian rulers will
surrender to the US-Israel strategies and challenges. Undoubtedly, the
Arab people and countries are the net losers on all the major fronts of
political affairs. If Immanuel Kant’s ‘Perpetual Peace’ was taken seriously,
today’s America and Europe would have been at peace, not wars within
themselves and with the global community. The crush for war is instinctively
part of human ignorance and arrogance. Wars contradict the human Nature and
the Nature of the living Universe. It is co-existence and peace that brings
people and nations together and helps to flourish life and
relationships befitting to the human Nature and the Nature of planet Earth
and the larger Universe. Civilizations grow out of peace not conflicts. None
of these civilized values are part of the US-European agenda for the future.
Would a war on war make any difference?
How could you burn something that is already burnt?
How could you stop a fire with a fire?
If there were any global moral, spiritual and intellectual powerhouses,
they should have taken initiatives to find peaceful ways and means to end
the authoritarian hostilities and massacres of the innocent civilians. The
history speaks loud and clear that few powerful rulers with individualistic
absolutism and most often, mentally retarded persons have always driven the
mankind to large scale slaughters, victimization, deprivation and long
term scars of why and how it happened, it never goes away from the written
pages of human history.
Eric Bogle wrote “The Green Fields of
France” and it was sung by Fureys:
Did you really believe, when they
told you the cause,
Did you really believe that this war would end wars?
Well, the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame,
The killing and
dying it was all done in vain
Oh Willy McBride it all happened again -
And again, and again, and again, and again.
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, May 2012.