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WAR IS INHUMANE,AND DETRIMENTAL TO THE PROGRESS OF NATIONS.
WAR IS INHUMANE,AND DETRIMENTAL TO THE PROGRESS OF NATIONS.

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FROM NUREMBERG, … TO BOSNIA, AND RWANDA, …TO ISRAEL-PALESTINE, …ANDINDIA-PAKISTAN, …AFGHANISTAN, …NORTH KOREA, …AND IRAQ…PEACEBE ON THIS OUR BELOVED PLANET, HOW TO STOP HATING AND START LOVING?
On a somewhat cold winter morning, I happened to be thinking of what would happen toordinary people in
Iraq
if the United States attacked the country; sanctions had alreadydone so much of harm…. Besides, war could Destabilize the entire Arab World, in thewords of the Arab League, and thwart the Middle-East by usage of the Suez Canal, sovery crucial for any invasion Logistics… Then, something else caught my attention, andit went like this:“…Leading German officials were tried before the International Military Tribunal (IMT)in Nuremberg, Germany. The IMT consisted of judges from Great Britain, France, theSoviet Union, and the United States. The overwhelming majority of post 1945 war crimestrials, however, involved lower-level officials and officers. Among them wereconcentration camp guards and commandants, police officers, members of the mobilekilling squads, and doctors who participated in medical experiments. These war criminalswere tried by military courts in the British, American, French, and Soviet zones of occupied Germany and Austria; and in Italy. Others were tried by the courts of thosecountries where they had committed their crimes. Many war criminals were never  brought to trial or punished…”I was actually reading an account of the “Trials of War Criminals in Europe”of the Jewish Virtual Library, a Division of The American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise(2002)…So, Slobodan Milosevic was NOT the only one, I thought…It had been carried down theages by people as ruthless as Klaus Barbie and Adolf Eichmann…and the Khmer Rouge’s
Cambodia
…When the Khmer Rouge ruled the country in the 1970’s, more than amillion people died of Starvation, Disease, Torture, and Execution…It has been reportedthat Cambodians have still not recovered from the horrors of the slaughter that were perpetrated on them…But the story did not end with Cambodia…In the autumn of 1991, (a scene captured by a BBC Reporter), marching through the ruinsof destroyed Croatian town Vukovar, were gangs of blood-thirsty Serb Chetnikssinging…Slobodane, Slobodane,
 
salji nam salate;bi’ce mesa, bi’ce mesa-klat cemo Hrvate! In other words, calling up their leader Slobodan Milosevic:“Slobodane, Slobodane, send us some salad; It’s gonna be a lot of meat, a lotof meat- we will slaughter Croats!”Bosnian Serbs were massacring Bosnian Muslim civilians near Srebrenica, and rapinginnocent civilians (including children), the total figure being placed at 60,000 accordingto the Final Report of the UN Commission of Experts on the
Former Yugoslavia
, whichconcluded that about 16 rape camps existed, in addition to numerous concentration campsand death camps, forcing at least 1.5 million women and children from their homes andvillages to overcrowded and primitive refugee camps…
Rwanda
in Africa was at least as bad if not worse…In Spring-Summer of 1994, within amatter of weeks, every Hutu (in a majority) was exhorted to kill Tutsis, or face dire
 
consequences. What followed was perhaps one of the greatest “Genocides” ever committed in the history of civilization, or, lack of it rather. In three months time, between 500,000 and a million people were killed…Prior to 1994, Rwanda was the mostdensely populated country in continental Africa…Between April and August 1994,Rwanda lost about 20% to 40% of its population to slaughter and exile…Among theAccused were two Roman Catholic Nuns and a Professor of the National University of Rwanda. This left the International Community in a state of utter disbelief and shock…Ironically, this very Community was, following the carnage, debating whether trials wereto be carried out by an International Tribunal or by Rwandan courts…But then, haveconditions ever been better? The answer is an emphatic NO. Not in South African Apartheid, and more recently, as Iwould call it
, White Farmers and ‘Reverse-Apartheid’
in Robert Mugabe’sZimbabwe… We are already into the 21
st
Century, but war and ethnic violence continueson a sustained basis. In many societies of the world today, for people (and children???),violence and conflict have become daily realities…as common as perhaps the dailystruggle for food, clothing, education, medical care, shelter and safe drinking water…However, there is optimism about the fact that Nations of the World have startedsensitizing themselves to Crimes Against Humanity, like trying out War Persecutors andCriminal perpetrators…Indeed, Human Rights have come a long way…I dare quote a CASE IN POINT: ‘The Forensics of Genocide’:“Chris Joyce reports that creating a sense of normalcy in the former Yugoslavia after adecade of war has been a slow and laborious task. While aid agencies can provide moneyand advice, there remains an enduring wound that is slowest to heal-the disappearance of thousands of civilians. One group, Physicians for Human Rights, has focused on closingthat wound by creating a system for identifying bodies from mass graves and counselingthe survivors. It has become perhaps the world’s most comprehensive forensic projectdesigned for the survivors of war crimes, rather than for those seeking to prosecute the perpetrators.”- Jeff Rogers and Eric Stover (website: www.crimesofwar.org)So, is Collective Violence an aberration from Social Norms, or an inherited trait? No onewould know for sure…Even then, one could safely predict that very often, Violencewould be the direct or indirect way to deal (not cope) with
FRUSTRATION CAUSEDBY BAD REGIMES AND FAULTY OR POOR LEADERSHIP…
This factor, apartfrom
CHILD POVERTY
, would, undoubtedly, be the single most important cause of Crime, Violence and Conflict in the contemporary era…Take the case of 
Iraq
, which is in constant fear of war, in addition to an economy that isin tatters… We have begun to hear voices, of Iraqi dissidents, to those strongly opposedto a forced regime change in Iraq by US military intervention…Someone in Iraq feelsstrongly that the extent of the burden of its leader makes the forced removal of SaddamHussein the only ethical solution, and that, although the use of force may by itself beunethical, the rigorous demands of the situation in Iraq are enough to justify the use of force…Someone else, in the same tone that I do, feels that “Saddam Hussein has used thecomplex social and political landscape of Iraq to create a system of rule highly resistantto peaceful change…”. He goes on to add that militarism wouldn’t be the right answer,and that we must follow an intelligent strategy of novel creativity and careful thought-something like offering exile to Saddam and his clan on the one hand, and EconomicReforms on the other…At the same time, the anti-war Lobby is growing by the day,around the globe and in America alike, there is now more than ever before, genuine talk 
 
of the interests of the Iraqi people, the justice and Morality of War, US Power and theRole of the UN…
It wouldn’t be out of place or context to mention the traumatic effects of USSanctions against Iraq.
On the 6
th
of August 1990, the UN Security Council imposedEconomic Sanctions on Iraq in response to its invasion of Kuwait. All imports into Iraq(excluding medical supplies) and all exports from Iraq were forbidden, unless theSecurity Council allowed exceptions…what followed was a nightmare for the people of Iraq - Low birth-weight babies, maternal and child malnutrition, a horrific rise in pricesaccording to a UN World Food Programme Report, an intense deterioration ininfrastructure and standards of living, a breakdown in health care and hospitals, the returnof communicable diseases, child labor, as well as adverse effects on Iraqi Society andEconomy, which can all be summed up in the words of one man, Denis Halliday, theformer UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator in Iraq, who resigned in protest : “we are in the process of destroying an entire society. It is as simple and terrifying as that. It is illegaland immoral…”We can only hope that nothing of this sort will happen again in the history of civilization…No prizes for guessing, …but don’t you think we can do something
POSITIVE AND CONSTRUCTIVE
about not only Iraq, but also the tension in theMiddle East, and the relentless standoff between India and Pakistan, the War againstTerror, and every other bitterness that exists in the world today?Look at the
Middle East
first. A serious crisis looms large over the global horizon withIsrael and Palestine locked in Violent Hatred. There is more to this crisis than simplyviolence. There are lacunae in the political set-up as well. People in this troubled regionhave lost all hope. Having to endure the circumstances has been accepted as pre-ordained. An American Lady tells us that she was engaged to an Israeli, whose brother-in-law was murdered by Palestinians. Yet, she believes that “we need more than a tokenPalestinian state…” She is perhaps not the only one who dreams of peace in the Middle-East region. An Israeli, Yossi Alpher, former Director of the Jaffee Center for StrategicStudies at the University of Tel Aviv and once advisor to Prime Minister Barak (2000),and Palestinian Ghassan Khatib
together 
run “Bitterlemons”, a website for a morecomprehensive understanding of the Middle East situation. Although they have somewhatdifferent views, by and large they advocate
PEACE
…While Alpher feels “escalation of the search for a solution to the international level must be seen as a welcomedevelopment”, Khatib, a Palestinian analyst, sees evidence of genuine Arab andPalestinian interest in achieving
PEACE,
as well as an end to the occupation. Further, hereiterates the role played by the “Saudi Peace initiative” in the past, which offered Israel“not only Palestinian, but Arab willingness to bring about a comprehensive final peaceand normalization in return for an Israeli withdrawal to UN-sanctioned borders inResolution 242, as well as a solution to the refugee problem, according to UN SecurityCouncil Resolution 194…” Unfortunately, not only did Israel maintain that this was anunacceptable proposition, but also, “timed its reoccupation of Palestinian territories for the very same day of the Arab summit’s approval of its peace initiative…”SAD, VERY SAD, BUT THIS IS HAPPENING THE WORLD OVER…Take the case of the two “belligerent” South Asian neighbors,
India and Pakistan
…Their perpetualconflict lies deep-rooted in the circumstances under which they (Pakistan and India) werecreated. It started with the “
Two
-
nation
Theory” justifying Partition, but even after Partition is long-dead, factors such as raunchy Nationalism, Pseudo-politics and Falsifiedhistory remain…in fact,
CHILDREN IN THE TWO NATIONS ARE GROWING UPON A DIET OF “OBSCENE” HATRED…THEY REALLY HAVE NO CHOICE…

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