By Mahboob A. Khawaja;
“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), Professor at Cambridge University.
We, the People, We, the Humanity are being goaded prematurely into the coming of nuclear warfare – but are we prepared for it to face the perpetual reality? Wars are a product of action and reaction. Russia plans to place the nuclear arsenals in Belarus close to the epicentre of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The US and NATO will surely react without any second thought to match the unthinkable insanity of contemporary warfare. The dreadful tragedy is in the making of follies against the very mankind which resides on Earth. A Divine dwelling for all to co-exist in peace and harmony. Yet we are increasingly witnessing the usage of weapons of mass destruction as a prelude to destroying the mankind.
Do the leaders of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and NATO know what they are doing against themselves or are they all delusional by Nature? When We, the People of knowledge speak truthfully of the creation of human beings and human Nature, we echo inspiration from the Divine Revelations – the truth and nothing but truth – the Qur’an, the Bible and Torah reveal similar narrative as a staunch REMINDER:
“Behold, thy Lord said to the angels: I will create a vicegerent on earth. They said” Wilt Thou place therein one who will make michchief and shed blood; whilst we do celebrate Thy praises and glorify Thy Holy Name. God said: I know what ye not know.” (The Qur’an: Chapter 2:30).
The emerging conflicts between the old cold war era enemies represent amassed collections of deep mistrust, hatred and temptation of historic disorder to victimize the rest of mankind. There is no leadership vision and workable plan on table to change the course of contemporary tragic events, massive deaths and destruction as morality and human intellect continued to decline for a navigational change – for an immediate ceasefire- for workable peace. The leaders, global institutions such as the UNO and stated political agendas are devoid of reason and futuristic imagination stopping the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine and reversing the picture of utterly undecribale shadows of entrapment for larger global wars and human miseries. It is the common person that endures the unthinkable pains and sufferings caused by this unwarranted war. Leaders breathe oxygen in comfortable palaces surrounded by phoney advisors and guarded by paid soldiers. Our life, Time and Future witness endless self-repeating moments of tragic tensions of history as happened during the TWO WW overwhelmed by war economies and intriguing free will politics of the few warlords.
Are the Leaders of Russia, NATO and the EU are Victims of Wrong Thinking?
We, the People witnessing a planned scheme of things to exterminate humanity with superior weapons hitting targeted civilian towns and daily bloodbath as a new normal. Have we not learned any lessons from the European nationalistic wars of First World War and the 2nd World War? We, the Humanity continue to argue if wars have become part of new normal – unknown and unthinkable to human civilizations and rational thinking. We, the People are entrapped by dirty politics of the few. It needs a formidable challenge to rethink about the continuity of the current tragedy in Ukraine.
Military successes achieved by ruthlessness and viciousness lead to degeneration of human societies. After five months, the advanced war machines continued to bombard human habitats, killing and displacement of millions of innocent civilians and making millions to flee to foreign lands. NATO and the EU trying to bridge the gaps of perceptions and strategic plans by sending advanced weapons and money to boost Ukraine’s capacity to face the superior Russian war machines and encounters in various parts of Ukraine. The perpetuated chaos and nationalistic ideals of the few are leading to collapsed civilizations and resumption of dark ages. Could wars be ever the source of conflict resolution or peacemaking? No matter how time exists in a frozen intellect, Reason will haunt human thought if war is a prelude to peace-making. What are the so called intelligent leaders of NATO, America or the EU waiting for? Is America, the EU and NATO waiting and watching how Russia and Ukraine will end up in this cruel insanity of war? Or what advanced weaponry is being used by Russia to annihilate another neighbour? Is Ukraine a test ground for any futuristic planning and administration of more insane conflicts? Surely, men who are universally hated and feared are active in this embittered insanity – a revulsion against reason and against a helpless nation and people. Why the Russian, NATO and the EU leaders cannot meet face to face for a dialogue to initiate ceasefire and peace-making?
Towards being Solution-oriented and not being Conflict-oriented
Russia and its leaders must realize the humane urgency to agree for an immediate ceasefire and try to resolve the issues through peaceful dialogue and certainly not by conquest of Ukraine. Any violations of mutual relationship will have volcanic consequences to dehumanize the civic Russian principles and values. When noble ideals are misinterpreted, it could drain out all the good qualities of people and leaders. Political reasoning is a shared enterprise within the global systems of governance to which America, Russia and NATO and the EU failed to observe. The sanctity of peace and values of human life will encompass open-mindedness and readiness to listen and learn from each other concerns and experience for peace, harmony and viable neighborly relationships. Despite alarming tensions and engagement upheavals on many fronts, China is echoing new thoughts for a ceasefire and peacemaking in Ukraine. Perhaps President Putin is using Belarus to facilitate the meeting of minds to imagine an end to the war. What if President Putin, President Biden and the EU leaders would meet in person and hold dialogue for peace-making and conflict resolution? The violent assumptions of NATO outreach to Eastern Europe and outrageous hypothesis of military confrontations will lead nowhere – certainly not to peace-making or conflict resolution. Who could gain in these mindless and extravagant ideas of power and military warfare – Certainly None?
America, Europe and NATO’s historic record is plagued with violence and extravagant ideas to have invaded and killed millions and millions across the Middle East, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere. Lacking rationality of a just war, they have killed and displaced millions of people in Iraq and Afghanistan and Syria. Their claims of piety and credibility for the good are full of lingering suspicion and discard to be the office bearers of peace and security of the world. The need is urgent to foster a peaceful dialogue between Russia, Ukraine, America and NATO or else lack of rational imagination and action could destroy the national freedom and sovereignty of Ukraine. We, the People draw rational results what we see and what we hear; therefore, we are different, we are responsible and we cannot act or live like animals. There is a moral sense of spirituality and humanity to co-exist in harmony with the rest of all creations on this Earth. Goethe clarified the truth in its logical context:
“Truth has to be repeated constantly, because Error also is being preached all the time, and not just by a few, but by the multitude. In the Press and Encyclopaedias, in Schools and Universities, everywhere Error holds sway, feeling happy and comfortable in the knowledge of having Majority on its side.”
The unchallenging TRUTH arising from the emerging conflicts and leadership failure call of new THINKING and New People of ideas and ideals to reject the violent assumptions of militarization and egoistic triumphs by acts of genocidal plans . We the People of globe ask the global conscientious leaders to avoid the upcoming epicenter of cataclysm and listen to voices of reason for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine, stop acceleration of military confrontations between Russia, NATO, America, the EU and others. At the edge of REASON, war is anti-human.
Recently this author proposed a strategy of communication to global leaders to resolve the conflict on both side of the iron curtain: (“https://www.uncommonthought.com/mtblog/archives/2022/04/19/ukraine-russia-and-the-easter-of-insanity.php and https://english.pravda.ru/opinion/151200-easter/) 4/19/2022:
To stop the war in Ukraine, the US, the EU, NATO should have a direct face to face communication with President Putin. It could be facilitated under the G20 auspices. It is logical when people of diversity and opposing ideals come to talk directly, tensions and evil mongering is reduced to reason and mutual interest. This has not happened except military options for weapon supplies and enlargement of the scope of regional conflict. Time and history will not forgive nor forget any of the leaders if they failed to agree to an immediate ceasefire and peace deal.
[Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja specializes in international affairs-global security, peace and conflict resolution with keen interests in Islamic-Western comparative cultures and civilizations, and author of several publications including the latest: One Humanity and the Remaking of Global Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution. Lambert Academic Publications, Germany, 12/2019.]