Wars and Elections

In recent time, wars are becoming tried and tested formula for winning elections. Whenever Existing Government loses popularity and feels it difficult to win elections again, they either initiate a conflict or escalate any dispute to divert public attention from real issues.

Recently we saw same thing during Indian Election where BJP Govt. converted Pulwama attack  into Indo-Pak war. Now US Elections are coming and Mr Trump is losing popularity. Thus, it seems that Mr. Trump is considering a war as the solution to re-gain popularity.

Today we saw its beginning when U.S. airstrike killed Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, leader of the foreign wing of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard . Soleimani was not just Iran’s top-ranking military official but he is also very close to the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. In a message published to his official website, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “harsh revenge awaits the criminals” involved.

Pentagon is calling it a “decisive defensive action”. The Pentagon also blamed the Iranian general for orchestrating attacks on coalition bases in Iraq in recent months, including an attack on 27 december that culminated in the deaths of an American contractor and Iraqi personnel.

Iran influence is increasing in the gulf region and US and its ally does not like it. It is Election time in US and anything is possible. Any escalation from Iran side may convert this tension into a war.

We, as a citizen and voters of different countries must understand that we should not let wars and offensives distract us. We should cast our vote based on five year performance of government not on emotional outburst or instant patriotism. Because electing right government is more patriotic then supporting corrupt government. Governments will stop waging wars once they realise that wars will backfire on their popularity. Let’s say no to wars and yes to peaceful resolutions of any dispute. Let us keep humanity first and live with peace and harmony.  

Why we watch crime and war news on TV channels?  

Why do we want to watch news about wars, death, destruction and violence from across the world? Why we are interested in knowing all the bad stuff? Will it not make sense if we find news about creativity and compassion? At least we will feel like living a nice peaceful world. In doing so, we will sooner or later become peaceful and happier persons. So, what is the reason for such violent news shown on news channels in general?

There may be two reasons:

  • Human Nature.
  • Lack of good peaceful content

Let us discuss one by one.

Human Nature:

If you ask any businessman, what is the best way to be successful; he will tell you “give what people want”. So, if we want happy and peaceful news why TRP goes high when there is war coverage. Why crime news become sensational news? There must be something wrong in us or most of us at least. If you look at our past, around 8000 to 10,000 years back, we, the human were hunter and gatherer. World was a hostile place to live. Not only carnivorous animals were our enemy, but also we were our own enemy. Due to lack of culture and civilization, human keep fighting each other for supremacy and power. Later we fight for land and religion. Finally we are fighting for resources and ideologies. Our history is written in blood. Now, even though most of us are not fighting, still somewhere in our sub-conscious mind we are habitual of fighting. Action movies are instant block busters. Many famous video games are based on battle field. These are few examples to prove my point. Same is true with News. We are more interested in news related to crime and wars compared to peaceful news about development.

Lack of good peaceful content: I do not think that there is any scarcity of good peaceful alternative except in news. All news channels want to follow proven formula of selling crime, violence and war. There are retards who just buy newspaper to read news about rape and other such crime. For them, reporters have to find some such cases daily and publish them with intricate details. Besides news channels, we do have choice for good peaceful, informative and enriching channels showing good content programs. Take the example of Discovery and National Geographic channel. Both channels produce quality programs. If you need entertainment you can watch sports channel or comedy. Nevertheless, we choose action and graphic programs. We watch formula one car racing not to see winner or loser but to enjoy some car crashes. WWE is the favourite sport of new generation.

It is difficult to figure out who is responsible for the content of news channel. However one thing is clear, if we want to change our self no one can stop us. I hope someday news channels will understand the need and importance of peaceful, progressive news and someone somewhere will start some channel focussing on development and peace around the world.

 

War and Peace:

Part-1: WARS

Whenever I start believing we are living in most peaceful time ever, I found some disturbing pictures of mass killing and wars on social media. Last time it was Myanmar, now it is Syria. It seems like Muslims are becoming soft target everywhere. Partially Muslims are responsible for it. They keep fighting each other. Nevertheless, as Indian home minister rightly said during Gujarat riots, “one injustice cannot justify other injustice”. However, people keep justifying voilance as a tool for justice.

Waging war without proper investigation, without trying peaceful diplomatic solutions, is immoral. All nations must respect sovereignty of other Nations. If something wrong is happening in some country, economic sanctions and diplomatic means must be used by world community rather than waging war. Afghanistan, a war-ruined country, attacked by some of the mighty forces of the world just to capture one person. They toppled the government, destroyed the nation and killed thousands of innocent civilians but they were unable in capturing Osama Bin Laden at that time. CIA was not able to find one person. To capture him, America went on War on Terror. To hide their own failure, they diverted world attention towards war against Afghanistan. Similarly, in IRAQ no weapons of mass destruction were found, yet it was attacked, destroyed and left to breed terrorism. Same was the case with Libya. Blaming only Americans is wrong. Few Muslim countries do not want other gulf countries to have strong Army and economy. Whenever there is a war, they keep quite or help USA and her allies.
In Myanmar, America has no interest. Kill Rohingya peoples, rape them and kick them out of their country but it will neither qualify as Terrorism nor as human right violations. Because in this case it is Muslims who are suffering. Moreover, Myanmar (also known as Burma) does not have Petroleum.
If people like Aung San Suu Kyi (the State Counsellor, a position equivalent to a Prime Minister)  could win Nobel Prize for peace in 1991 without any investigation about her views on Rohingya Minority, I have serious doubt about the transparency and credibility of Nobel Peace Prize. If there is no provision of revoking Nobel Prize, in that case, at least they must criticize Suu Kyi recent acts of supporting violence and covering it up as against the spirit of Nobel peace prize.

PEACE :

Since WWII, there were very few major wars and border disputes across the globe, some are mentioned above. Every country has a well define international border. Though there are, some exceptions but that does not affect development of major economic powers. 70 years of peace for economic super powers means development in science, technology, weapons, literature, art, culture and medicines. More and more countries are striving to develop indigenous technologies. China emerged as fastest growing economy in world.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is increasing at unprecedented rate. There are two forces working together which are increasing speed of development. First, increase in population of educated youth. Second is human machine interface. For example, computing power increased tremendously paving the way to solve difficult problems. Storing, processing and sharing data is becoming faster. Internet has changed everything. Anyone can learn about the latest technologies around the globe. Countries are spending more on R & D than ever before. We are more connected than ever before across the globe. All these are fruits of Peace in world. If countries can resolve border issues and stop internal civil wars peacefully, this speed of development and prosperity can increase further. Let us force our government to choose peace over war.

Syria War: Death of Humanity

From last seven years, civil war is going on in Syria. Initially it all started as a peaceful protest against President Bashar al-Assad resignation. Mr. Assad was not able to control this uprising in peaceful manner. He used force to stop protest. Later it turns into a civil war.  

Syria is a Sunni majority country ruled by Alawite (one of the branch of Twelver imam of Shia Muslim) Al Assad Family. Alawite comprise of around 11% of total Syrian population. Due to the involvement of many other nations situation is escalated to civil war. Different countries are supporting different groups and consequently Syria became a battleground. More than 300,000 peoples were already killed in this civil war.

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U.S., Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Israel, France, and Libya are supporting Rebel groups. Whereas Russia, Iran, Iraq and North Korea are supporting President Bashar al-Assad. Civilians are dying in this tug of war where as, no one want to reach to a peaceful solution. No one is interested in right and wrong. All countries are politically motivated in supporting one group or the other. War Continues. Humanity is dying daily.