Centered on Civil Liberties & Political Issues, Human Development & Socioeconomic Matters
War is the most destructive action in the history of humankind. Some nations and militarized groups wage war for the mastery of their beliefs, interests, and dominance. While others engage in war to protect their existence, land or doctrine.
Throughout the last several decades, terror and bloodshed have outspread in which the whole world became an unsafe place. The killing of innocent people, whether executed by nation-states or militant groups, is the most condemned crime in human conscience, which should be sternly punished. However, irrespective of any justification, punishments should not be enforced on blameless people, but on the criminals, collaborators, and plotters.
In most cases, any two confronted groups, the offenders and defenders, equally claim the righteousness of their judgment and proclaim some rational reasons for their cause or intention. Yet, the main reasons for their deadly game are their ill-advised political predispositions, which they usually try to camouflage it with security reasons and ethical motives.
In essence, neither Islam nor Christianity nor any other faith urges its followers to crush or subdue dissimilar people and prohibit unlike notions. In parallel, these same beliefs do not suggest, in any way, the exploitation of the right of self-protection to brutalize people or occupy other nations.
The past century was full of warfare and bloody battles, which have been waged to impose or defend some political notions, like democracy; or to secure potential economic prerogatives, such as oil supplies. Retrospectively, in the first half of the twentieth century, there were two World Wars and several armed revolutions along with many armed conflicts, which devastated most of the world and brought down tens of millions of casualties and refugees, and hundreds of millions of poverty-stricken families.
While, the second half of the same century was saturated with unending regional wars and military aggression, such as the three Arab-Israeli wars (1967, 1973, 1982), Indian-Pakistani conflict over Kashmir, and some multifaceted civil wars like the Lebanese civil war and the Bosnian-Serbian ethnic war, for example. Furthermore, there were many military invasions and occupations; such as Vietnam War, Korean War, Turkish invasion and occupation of North Cyprus, US invasion of Panama, invasion of Falkland Islands, Iran-Iraq war, USSR invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, and U.S.-Iraq war over Kuwait, which destructed and destabilized most of the world.
Despite the proclaimed raison d’état of those confrontations, many political analysts believe that the real motives of military aggression are the inclination of ultra-leaders to subdue and overthrow unlike civilizations, especially whose ideologies comprise international dimension or could grow to challenge their ascendency in due time. However, over and above their political and ideological reasons, the hidden stimuli of occupational campaigns are of economic nature: monopolization of foreign resources and controlling the markets.
Radical strategists and politicians still suppose that poor and isolated people are feeble to stand for their freedom and beliefs, as they are fully occupied in feeding themselves. Whereas, liberal strategists see that the poor and defeated people always resist and retaliate since they have no other option to free their lives.
Though military campaigns steer the conquered people to poverty and powerlessness of which their free political and economic choices are diminished. Yet, earlier experiences prove that military onslaughts and occupations have pushed the overruled to use all available means to recapture their lost liberty, mainly by stirring up armed resistance. However, once they lose the ground and become hopeless, they drift to embrace terrorism instead of continuing the struggle as a legitimate armed resistance.
By all odds, resisting a foreign military occupation is a legitimate reaction, but slaughtering of innocent civilians, premeditatedly or not, in the name of liberation or retaliation is an unjustified terrible crime in all norms.
Head of states as well as militant leaders should know by now that neither terrorism nor military campaigns will ever work to accomplish their goals, since violence and aggression always entail revenge and hatred.