Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding
Opinion Editorials, December, 2016
Authoritarian leaders kill people just as butcher slaughter cattle. Casual allusion and changing power metaphors hardly distinguish between people and animals across the Arab world. The cycle of dreadful humanitarian crisis unfolding in Aleppo is baffling as if global humanity and institutions do not exist for other than Americans and Europeans. Our failure to grasp the compelling realities of authoritarian atrocities against the helpless civilians makes us feel to be standing at some of the darkest timeline of history. Is the surrender of Aleppo to powerful insanity inevitable? Given the informed and resourceful 21st century global community, we were capable to avert the bombardment and to extend security and sense of humanity to the besieged population.
Yet, the UNO Security Council and US-Russia kept on talking and talking about paper resolution, abstract dialogue and no concrete action to preserve human dignity and freedom. If values of human life and wisdom were the signs of intelligence and responsibility, the situation warranted an urgent powerful intervention to safeguard the entrenched people of Aleppo. Witnessing the authoritarian cruelty, bombardment and the on-going cold blooded massacres of innocent civilians in Aleppo, the conscientious Arab masses wonder if there are any Arab leaders to offer sense of security to the people. Shocking as is to discover that there are no Arab leaders to protect the people in conflict situations. They are foreign agents of influence imposed on the helpless Arabian people. The entrenched people kept on calling upon the global humanity to come to rescue them but it was an illusion turned fantasy and nothing else.
The global humanity, the UNO, America and humanitarian protection laws are just empty words devoid of life, morality and just written in school books with dry ink that means nothing to the suffering humanity in Aleppo. Abdullah 72 years old man carried his seventy years old wounded wife on a wooden cart and was waiting for medical help but shell fell and Al-Jazeera reporter showed the clips how she died there in split second but Abdullah kept on moving with the dead body in search of the unknown. London-based Al-Jazeera moderator asked 15 years old school girl -Aminah Abubaker, if she was safe and had enough food. She answered, for two weeks, we are hiding in the basement watching deaths and destruction and nowhere to go and no food and no shops around here. Is this catastrophic humanitarian crisis out of the nowhere? The inhuman political metaphor is sugarcoated by Syria’s enriched neighbors - a treacherous cluster of petro-dollar economic prosperity to furbish modernism that prevails in palaces, not amongst the masses.
Millions are forcibly displaced to become unwelcomed refugees in European
continents, several millions killed and others waiting to be consumed by the
insanity of the Assad regime and its military allies. In a global age of
knowledge and information, Arab leaders cannot pretend being ignorant and
unaware of the catastrophic humanitarian crisis unfolding daily on the
television screen. The alleged war crimes is just a scenario for the
uncertain future but reality warranted swift action to safeguard the human
lives entrapped in the war zones, and honor of Muslims and their habitats
across Aleppo, Idlib, Baghdad, Mosul and Yemen. None of the puppets had
courage and will to challenge the deliberate pillage and insanity imposed by
the Assad forces and the superpowers. Are there no Arab Generals and no Arab
armies to help the believers? If not, why do these leaders spent
billions of dollars to acquire weapons from the US and Europeans? How could
the rest of the Arab leaders differentiate between their role and what is
being carried out by the Assad regime? Are they all sadistic criminals and
violent robbers of peoples’ right, human dignity and future? Isn’t the same
insane egoism and militarism that brought downfall of Saddam Hussein,
Ghaddafi and many others in the region?
Sigmund Freud (Civilization and its Discontent, 1930) noted that “the
inclination to aggression is an original self-subsisting instinctual
disposition in man, and that it constitutes the greatest impediment to
civilization.” The Arab Middle East is no exception. In view of
the unstoppable cycle of political killings and daily bloodbaths across
Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and spill-over to other oil producing Arab
nations - and reactionary militancy against the authoritarian rule and
dismantling of the socio-economic infrastructures - is the Arab world
coming to its own end because of the sadistic dictators? The Arab
rulers and the masses live and breathe in conflicting time zones being
unable to see the rationality of people-oriented governance. Perhaps, the
worst is yet to come, surrender to foreign forces as there are no leaders to
think of the future or the Arab armies to defend the people. Borrowed
weapons and corrupt and failed rulers cannot extend moral or intellectual
security to the masses. The question is how to decode treachery, greed,
incompetence and dead conscience to tell the future generation - the real
story of the Arab ruler’s aggressiveness and drudgery interjected and
internalized in egoistic conscience to manage the governance.
Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja as an academia spent more than a decade in Saudi
Arabia and pioneered the development of two new liberal education
universities and teaching the new generation. He specializes in global
security, peace and conflict resolution with keen interests in
Islamic-Western comparative cultures and civilizations, and author of
several publications including: Global Peace and Conflict Management: Man
and Humanity in Search of New Thinking. Germany, May 2012), and a
forthcoming publication - One Humanity and the Remaking of Global Security,
Peace and Conflict Resolution.
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