Forgive Us Our Trespasses, 私たちの罪を赦し, Rimetti a noi i nostri debiti, আমাদেরকে ক্ষমা করে দাও আমাদের পাপ, हमें माफ कर दो हमारे अपराधों

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Please forgive me for lumping together the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme with this year’s (2016) terrorist attacks in Europe, North Africa, the United States, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. But the news is all gloom and history has a way of catching up with us. I use the term terrorist and war loosely, and may be criticized-but death is death and the slaughter of innocent people is just that: slaughter of the innocence. The battles fields of Europe, Asia, the Middle East are often lumped together as historical manifestations of past wrongs (with blame shifting according to different interpretations) and we feel somewhat removed from these tragedies; but  cafes, schools, movie theatre , airports, beaches, night clubs – the places where we go to celebrate the joy and happiness of life have become the battlegrounds of the 21st century.

The sullied; those driven by an evil nihilist ideology and a hate for life and an extreme odious revulsion for the simple delight and exhilaration of others  kill for pleasure.

May be all war is like this? Historians will disagree-explaining in minutia the causes and effects, actors etc…and rightly so; but for me it is the consequences of this madness which affects me.

I’ve traveled to 40 countries of the work, lived and worked in 9 countries, including 14 years within Islamic humanity, and in a variety of different cultural contexts. I’ve always met engaging, hospitable, kind and welcoming people who have grown  numb with the incredulity of the madness of the death cults enveloping the planet and claiming allegiance to Islam.

People sitting in a café enjoying camaraderie and banter are slaughtered in the most perfidious and unimaginable way including a 33 year old woman, 7 months pregnant, working in a country where aid is desperately needed and providing that aid. In Baghdad ordinary people enjoying their recreation during the Holy month of Ramadan, chatting imbibing refreshment before beginning their fast are blown up by madmen. In Lahore families enjoying a Sunday out together a blown up. Men and women in a night club are gunned down, and people celebrating Christmas are shot and killed. Young police cadets deciding to serve their county are slaughtered by those old enough to be their fathers. What is this insanity? What hope for humanity?

The Unreturning by Wilfred Owen

Suddenly night crushed out the day and hurled
Her remnants over cloud-peaks, thunder-walled.
Then fell a stillness such as harks appalled
When far-gone dead return upon the world.

There watched I for the Dead; but no ghost woke.
Each one whom Life exiled I named and called.
But they were all too far, or dumbed, or thralled,
And never one fared back to me or spoke.

Then peered the indefinite unshapen dawn
With vacant gloaming, sad as half-lit minds,
The weak-limned hour when sick men’s sighs are drained.
And while I wondered on their being withdrawn,
Gagged by the smothering Wing which none unbinds,
I dreaded even a heaven with doors so chained.

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 For those slain though this lunacy may you rest in peace- because the living are not.

 

Double Standard: noun, a situation in which two people, groups, etc., are treated very differently from each other in a way that is unfair to one of them

The West’s hypocrisy on Crimea and the Ukraine is so blatantly apparent it’s embarrassing. The United States of America in particular has adopted a revisionist position in its readings of the history of the region. Unsuccessful presidential candidate John McCain’s rants continue to be embarrassing-even to himself.

President Obama, an increasingly impotent world statesman and leader, unable to rely on the euphoria of his two elections and the premature conferring of his Nobel Peace Prize struggles to assert any kind of world leadership in the midst of a contagion of global crises. Rather, like David Cameron in the United Kingdom, he chooses to bluster his way through the seemingly insignificant event in Crimea. It’s insignificant because the people of Crimea have spoken-in a very democratic way-about the direction they wish to see their region develop.


This is in comparison to the unparalleled death and destruction both Cameron, Obama, and the West allow to continue in Syria; a tragedy unknown to the world since the Rwandan genocide, Srebrenica, and the atrocities committed during the rule of the Third Reich in Nazi Germany.

Where‘s your Red Line now Mr. President?

Germany is perhaps behaving very cautiously toward developments in Crimea for obvious reasons although Chancellor Merkel claims she’s been deceived by Putin-all sound familiar?

What are we learning from all of this? Despite the delusion of globalisations for all, and its accrued benefits for the wealthy one percent, the concept of cultural integration is naïve, as understood in post-modernity and in an era of greater technological developments.The world is still a place inhabited by tribal hatreds and internecine rivalries unparalleled since the beginning of time. These will reappear in different guises for generations to come.