origins of the current conflict
George Bush is
about to press the trigger on Iraq. Half of the European governments,
following in the steps of Wyatt Earp and Doc Haliday are behind him. The
others are scared stiff. The United Nations club has got its members twirling
around in circles hoping that their team of detectives headed by Poirot
Blix will come up with something. Nobody knows what! Meanwhile masses
of citizens from every corner of the earth are asking the same question
over and over again. What the hell is this all about anyway? Who started
the western world on yet another path of destruction in the name of freedom,
justice and democracy? Or is it perhaps an awakening to a threat that
has been brewing and growing for decades?
The recent imperialistic conflict was based on a freezing
war between creeping communism headed by Russia and democratic freedom
championed by the USA. Armed forces on either side of the confronted ideologies
took to the trenches in the most disparate areas of the world. Korea,
Vietnam, Nicaragua, Angola and a slither of smallies to name but a few
were the scenario of the most brutal conflicts since WWII. Yet the super
powers never confronted each other direct. It was like playing a football
game between Manchester United and Real Madrid, except one team was dribbling
in Paris and the other in Rome. The managers however were happily pulling
the strings from their plush bulletproof offices far away. Millions were
dying around the world. Then along came a guy called Gorbachov and introduced
a new word into the international vocabulary, Glasnost. He
spoiled the match and the Cold War was over. Meanwhile, back at the ranch
a more sinister evil was raising its ugly head, terrorism in the name
of Islamic Fundamentalism.
Since then, the world scenario has changed. As we enter the twenty-first
century a different kind of clash of Titans is taking place;
its between the expansion of Islam and the western worlds
daily bread known as consumerism. The latter is interpreted
as an individuals choice of almost anything within the law that
a free society has on offer. The former, as any foreigner who has lived
in a dominant Muslim country knows is completely the opposite. Islam and
the worshipping of God are above all else. The Koran is embedded from
birth in all good Muslims and whatever earthly goods are achieved or enjoyed
during life are in tune to a strict code of religious ethics. However,
this does not explain nor justify terrorism. On the contrary, the mere
longevity and consistency of Islamic preaching speaks for itself as a
peaceful interpretation of the word of God.
Or does it? Has something changed? Every journalist, politician, theologian
and high school student worth his salt has known about these simple statements
for years. Yet how has everything now got out of hand and the madness
that is going on is about to explode in our faces?
Enter anti-Americanism! The USA, the surviving super power, is the emblem
of the free world. It stands as an example of every conceivable post-WWII
achievement the human brain has exploited. Every section of the Yellow
Pages of advancement, be it financial, technological, medical, sport
you name it and theyve perfected it. The USA is the model of the
modern way of life, as we know it today. As a democracy and promoter of
free trade, it has never hesitated in opening its doors and heart to all
and sundry to participate in the building of a better world. Every citizen
of the United States of America is at liberty within the law, to chose
and pursue his own religion, habits, political beliefs and any other objectives
needed to achieve his goals. So why does the world hate America?
Envy, for one thing. The majority of the worlds populous lives in
poverty and cant stand the US opulence. Another is the smashing
of regional traditions and way of life. Theyve consistently and
successfully introduced hamburgers, hotdogs and jeans, pop music, bloody
films and video games to most areas of the planet earth. Everyone knows
Dirty Harry. Yet the worst American export has been and is
probably, if not the most serious of all drugs! Despite their drive
for democracy and freedom they have allowed the proliferation of this
shit and its related crimes to pollute international society.
Despite a solid legal system, law enforcing police and a sleuth of do-gooders
in the western world, the youth of today are constantly being subjected
to the aftermath of American illegal exports. Although the West continues
to put up with, as well as battle these wrongs in a similar way to the
United States, another section of the world has been keeping a watchful
eye on this creeping marabunta that is hitting at the core of their own
particular society. Somewhere deep in the heart of the Middle East, echoes
of dissent have been emanating and calling for action against this terrible,
in their eyes, evil. The devil has been uncovered right before their eyes.
Johnny Walker Black Label and a photo of Madonna are held in either hand
of Satan! Beware consumerism, Allah has declared war on you!
Not surprising. But when did it all start? Gulf War (circa 91) September
11th? No way! Long before that. Put away the history books and think.
Ever since Jerusalem was taken away from the Palestinians and the Jews
were allowed to create the state of Israel, the plot was set. The powers
to be, following WWII failed to understand that the future importance
of world convivial accord did not only lie in political stability. The
battles between dictatorships and totalitarianism against democracy and
freedom, rampant during the last five decades failed to identify the simmering
and festering sore already set in 1948. Harmony between Muslims and other
religious faiths, mainly Christians and Jews would be essential for the
future peace in the world. Of all the world leaders at the time, Ghandi
was probably the only human to appreciate this view. The old man in the
loincloth was praised for many reasons but not for his religious thoughts
for the future. Pity.
Despite the growth of global economies, the first blast took place in
Iran some twenty-five years ago, when the Shah was replaced by an Islamic
government. Iran had sent a message to the West, Islam condemns
your habits and customs. They are not accepted in our faith. The
Shah had allowed for far too many western liberties to be established
in a Muslim state. He ignored the voices of the clerics and was ousted.
The USA on the other hand, did not get the message. The rift began to
grow and grow and grow. So where do we go from here? Bush is advocating
the removal of the axis of evil which incidentally covers
a multitude of sins and includes Islamic fundamental terrorism. The Muslim
worlds prognostic is a western attack on the very foundations of
its faith. Whose right and whose wrong? Nobody and yet everyone.
Despite all the cards laid out on the table, there is no immediate answer
to the dilemma. There is however a staunch message coming forth from most
citizens the world over, no matter how naive it may seem. Peace
not war must be achieved at all costs.
© James Skinner, March 2003. Vigo- Spain.
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