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Armed Confrontations Won’t Help


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 there are others who engage in  war to protect their existence, land or doctrine.

Throughout the last several decades, terror and bloodshed have outspread to which the world is turned into an unsafe place. Killing of innocent people, whether executed by nation-states or militant groups, is certainly the most awful crime in human conscience, which should be sternly punished. However, irrespective of any justification, punishments should only be enforced on the criminals, collaborators and plotters, not on blameless people.

In most cases, the two confronted camps, offenders and defenders alike, equally claim the righteousness of their judgment and proclaim some rational reasons for their cause or intention. Yet, the main reasons of their deadly game are their ill-advised political predispositions, most of which are camouflaged with security reasons and ethical motives.

In essence, neither Islam nor Christianity nor any other faith urges its followers to crush unlike people or subdue their 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 20th century, there were two World Wars and several armed revolutions along with a number of 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 20th 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. In addition , 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 US-Iraq war over Kuwait, which destructed and destabilized most of the world–let alone what happened in this new century.

Apart from the proclaimed raison d’etat of those confrontations, many political analysts believe that the real motives of military aggression is the inclination of ultra-leaders to subdue and overthrow unlike civilizations, especially those that might comprise international dimension or could grow to challenge their ascendancy in the future. Actually, 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 –are examples of a long list of hidden interests.

Radical strategists and politicians reckon that poor and isolated people are feeble to stand for their freedom and beliefs, as they are fully occupied in feeding themselves. On the other side, 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 towards poverty and powerlessness by which their free political and economical 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. keeping in mind that, once they become hopeless, they drift to embrace terrorism rather than 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 and militant leaders alike should know by now that neither terrorism nor savage  military campaigns will never bring them closer to accomplish their goals, seeing that violence and aggression always entail revenge and hatred.



7 comments on “Armed Confrontations Won’t Help

  1. Dr.Yasmine Jawad
    April 7, 2014

    The Best article that I ever read.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Walter Morauf
    March 27, 2012


    March 27, 2012 at 1:19 am This comment was left without name due to thinking of being logged in anyhow.


  3. Anonymous
    March 27, 2012

    AS long as we do not take care about the self-evaluation of the politicians involved, and consider their need for “feeling acknowledged” it will be difficult to reason with any one of those now in power.

    Looking at the trigger for conflict, from a more internal perspective, the first and most important point is always connected to ‘Pride’. Of one’s position, of one’s clan, of one’s country, of one’s belief, ..scientific achievements of one’s country people. The more difficult things are pride in one’s skin-color or physical strength/military strength for that as well.
    Negotiations have to be aware of this hardly ever included point. As the Far East says: “Do not make the other to loose his face.” As this is statement is ~ over 4000 years old, we should take notice of it especially today.


  4. Sushil Sharma
    March 26, 2012

    Armed confrontation won’t help. I agree completely with your well constructed view points for consideration. I would like to add, the pathetic is poverty, brain and human resource drainage including nations property losses and damages. By S. K. Sharma, Solutions Architect in humanitarian assistance in multi-facet actions having worked in 13 countries.


    • M. Moussalli
      March 26, 2012

      Thanks for your comment. Now it’s my turn to fully agree with your point.


  5. SAHA
    March 16, 2012

    I fully agree with you Mr.Moussalli. Negotiation is the soultion. Good post. Thank you


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