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Why We Need New Humanized Mobilization Groups

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Photo source

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Photo source

The unprecedented technological advancements in mass media and telecommunications have broadened the options of knowing what is happening in this turbulent world. Nowadays, people see how terror attacks, kidnapping, bloody armed conflicts and civil wars roam all around the globe. Thereon they wonder why the concerned authorities did not grasp the nettle of matters at early stages or at least neutralize the schemers so that such devastating occurrences are avoided.

Most people get a line about many drawn-out peacekeeping operations and interminable peace-brokering processes originated to promote peace and preserve security. Yet, they find themselves wondering why many peace endeavors have ended up being either inapplicable or irrelevant. Likewise, they hear about so many disaster relief initiatives projected to minify the aftereffects of traumatic natural disasters, such as tsunamis, earthquakes, and typhoons; and to provide humanitarian aid to the needy and unfortunates. Nevertheless, many of those efforts are marked to act in modest effectuality.

Apart from where we live in this world, whether in the Eastern or Western hemisphere, all share one compound question: Why super governments along with the international community always fall short to attain their self-proclaimed global and regional objectives—let alone the national ones. It is quite difficult to find independent analysts and thinkers who believe that over-rich omnipotent nations, like the G-20, which account for around 85% of the Gross World Product (GWP), 80% of world trade, and hosts to two-thirds of world’s population, are meager to fulfill the needs and hopes of the people: peace and prosperity.

So, what are the cardinal reasons for this inordinate shortcoming? Is it the strategy or level of commitment? Is it the lack of expertise or impracticality? Or, what?

The answer, however, is partly nestled in the presence of red tape and tightened hierarchic structures, the absence of impartial reconciliatory patterns, and lack of out-of-the-box professionalism—not to discuss corruption and bribery.

On that matter, people tend to inquire if there are alternative remedies that can add much to the current unsatisfactory efforts to stop the ongoing bloodshed, prevent terror, and defuse prevised wars. Pacifist thinkers are in continuous search to reckon how peace can be better served and largely secured. Likewise, human-centered advocates still looking for the best effective methodology and mode through which help and aid are adequately delivered to hundreds of millions of poverty-stricken and hapless people.

Given the chronic failure of most governmental associations and ineffectiveness of most international and regional organizations to maintain peace and deliver aid to the needy, the alternative is definitely not within the officialdom brackets of pro-government organizations.

The world needs to have professional nongovernmental associations that can play the main role in future humanitarian undertakings and human development initiatives, without political influence or bureaucratic limitations. The world needs specialized mobilization associations that have businesslike structure and features but operate without being single-minded towards maximizing profits. The philanthropic and mediation domains need transnational groups that have multinational advisory committees, diversified topnotch management and qualified hands-on expertise who can operate with a focus to bring in results even for adversely affected people; while remain committed to impartially serve all the needy people according to the necessity and condition, not according to one political agenda or another.

Yemeni Refugees Children in Al-Mazrak IDP camp Photo source

Yemeni Refugees Children in Al-Mazrak IDP camp Photo source

At that, one might point out to many similar existent groups or organizations, and hence to the absence of necessity for the like. On the face of it, though this supposition might seem logical; yet, when it comes to efficiency and neutrality, they are few. Actually, the largest part of NGOs is either of theoretical nature or without a professional functional body to cope with world’s adversities.  While the rest are widely viewed to be either politically swayed, bureaucratically thwarted, or poorly funded. Unfortunately, the reality is that there are only a small number of surefooted organizations and groups to carry out remote peace and recovery missions effectively and promptly, in a similar mode of many successful franchised businesses and dealerships.

All the same, the fact remains that the need for new practical and responsive organizations would not have come to mind, should prominent international organizations and leagues, like the United Nation (UN), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Arab league (LAS) and many others, had been able to promptly serve peace and human development missions.

By all odds, this loose commitment to human issues and irresponsible antiquated means of approach should be ruled out from the humanitarian operating sphere and be replaced with more pragmatic and result-driven techniques and strategies. It is daydreaming to conclude that the current pattern of thinking and approaches of most international organizations would be reshaped soon in the near future. Keeping in mind that, the majority of world population is living in distress or in fear cannot wait another seven decades to see an end to all regional wars and armed conflicts.

The world’s economic catalysts, be they financial organizations or rich governments, cannot afford to waste hundreds of billions of dollars again, most of which were depleted in the name of peace and human development, while one-third (2.3 billion people) of the world’s population still live under the poverty line ($2.00 a day).

Alas, considering the barren methods of activities of most international organizations and transcontinental groups, it is reasonable to know that this notion of self-change is invalid. Bearing in mind that our world needs competent devotees and groups of professional expertise that hold fresh reasoning and humanistic considerations instead of sleepy former foreign ministers, old-hat bureaucrats, and dormant human rights demagogues. However, the only practical alternative is to start over and support new organizations, like Critical Mobilization Group and the like, so that we can hope to see the change in our lifetime.

In all likelihood, if we do nothing to change our today, today will change our tomorrow.

An Anglo-Irish philosopher and statesman of the 16th century once said:

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

Edmund Burke


Author’s Note: This article is also published at Arabian Gazette & Critical Mobilization Magazine


17 comments on “Why We Need New Humanized Mobilization Groups

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  2. Patrick D. Kirby
    February 8, 2015

    Mohammad, I enjoy reading your thoughts and am a bit stunned by the positive potential implications of what in my view is really a new innovative model for facilitating the efforts to respond to assist government entities helping their own people. Since the creation of the UN, regardless or in spite of one failure after another; even their successes are really less dramatic failures, there have been no novel change(s), no new approach, no out of the box thinking. Over and over again, across the planet we keep reassembling the same pieces of a failed model to no avail. Our arrogant insensitive attitude and total lack of consideration of the unique cultural issues in third world countries has also magnified problems.

    I fully agree with you comment “In fact, the only practical alternative is to start over and give our full support to new organizations, like Critical Mobilization Group so that we preserve the hope to see change in our lifetime. The time is right, the seeds for change have been sowed and there is gradual recognition amongst free thinkers across the planet that the very issues the divide us; politics, religion, economics, culture, also represent our best opportunity to truly create a better world. Ironic is it not, that it is our collective vices that hold the secret to a more harmonious peaceful world.

    I am an old warrior not an academic, perhaps I lack the skill to write memorable prose and I am no scientist and sadly I do not find it difficult to wage war, I find it extraordinary difficult to wage Peace. Yet, from where I sit, CMG is about waging peace and facilitating a process that creates a new model to help bring first stability then peace. I am humbled to be a part of it.


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  3. sally chams
    June 21, 2014

    Thank you Mr. Mohamed for inviting me to this amazing website. Actually I am gaining lot of knowledge throughout your articles.
    Hopefully we can read more and more.
    Sally Chams (Canadian VAC)

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    • Mohammad S. Moussalli
      June 21, 2014

      Sally, It was a pleasure to know you. I am very pleased to see you here. Thank you for your nice words.
      Thank you for everything


  4. Stephen J. Higgins
    June 18, 2014

    In working through the website of CMG – it is a very tangible and doable response to the discontinuous change (change is changing) in our current world. Let me know how I might help, it appears to be both educational (for non-trauma) and transformative in actions for those needing significant care and help (hope). This is not a time for cynics or ignorance (which is not bliss) which is the safe ground or soon there won’t be safe ground. I applaud and pray for all the efforts as it launches in strength of will and hopeful purpose. Cheers!!


  5. Stephen J. Higgins
    June 17, 2014

    Mohammad, my friend – I am sorry to respond so late to your much needed written words and strong outcome focused action to help. You have keen insight as always.
    Very few of us see the world from a wholistic point of view that “A” does effect and affect “G” and so on. I am always delighted to see that you are one of them. Now the unintentional or intentional actions on the part of these leagues and “super” governments seem to be only compartmentalization specialist on steroids. Plus many of these groups “UN” and Nations, have chosen to give only a “half a solution” so they can control the lives of people and weaker or corrupt governments. For example Rwanda and Burundi refugee camps they have not repatriated them (they have been in western Tanzania since 1996/7) not because they fear violence, but because they make money off of them: in making uniforms and Tanzania gets 100’s of millions of USD to house them in the middle of non-farmable land. So they are totally dependent on the UN. I have been there many times, they do want to go home and their countries what them too, they are teachers, and college trained people, plus craftsman, now middle aged and older along with a generation that has only known “camps”. Or like Bhutan and Nepal 10×10 huts for over 30 years now, so the UN is “dumping” into various cities in the US without anything except a $4,500 bill they have to pay for the airfare plus care to the U.N. They have now done this for the last 7 years because neither country felt the need to accept them back (one Hindu and the other Buddhist). At the College I was president of we reached out to the younger people and tried to help the older ones who are terrified of our culture. The same thing will I fear occur again with Syrian and Iraq brokenness of the non-natural disaster of evil men.
    You see you are right! Half a solution or no solution is all they do.
    Therefore, what is root of this only giving a “half” solution, some is these Leagues and Nations love to control people and treat them as assets. Also this is the most passive way to do it, the other is violence which we see in our headlines today. Both end in the slavery in the 21st Century which is evil! However what is deeper still behind this broken solutions. A simple word but it is a worldview “Modernity” drives them, it was supposed to be the answer to the perceived problem of evil in this world. Modernity began as a philosophy in the late 1700’s. This movement grew into a political method, before the 1800’s, to give answers to the cause of evil minus a wholistic worldview. Modernity was a way of saying, “Well, nasty things may happen, but we’re basically going to organize the world within an inch of its little life, and as a result we will actually banish evil from the face of the earth.” Isn’t it amazing that our politicians can still talk about that today, as though that is a successful agenda in solving the World’s evils and natural evils with its sets of dire problems? “We’re going to make these moves and changes in the tax laws, IMF, Leagues of Nations (under different titles), then we will subsidize housing conditions they will improve life and do this in Africa and this in Asia, oh even in the Middle-east all they need is an organization around oil, then we will basically have gotten this evil men and nature thing under-control.”

    Our way of life here in the States and throughout the world, seems to have been changed from the moment that 9-11 occurred. Evil was no longer under control as they thought (as if it was ever was and only because it happened in the Western World did things change). To emphasize that fact, new “Draconian Political” choices were made that have broken freedom in many ways (as I am sure this is being read by them), and even more evil events have occurred since 9-11, both natural and very un-natural. Now, we as humans seem to always find ourselves right back to the beginning of time, Cain is killing Able again, floods and famine occur along with earthquakes, plus the lovely warming an cooling of the earth without the help of man at all! Nevertheless, we are currently led by many “modernist dreamer” leaders who fail to know what do to when radical evil or even natural events occur.

    Here is one example of “doing” it without them. Accordingly, without the UN or USA in 2003, it was suspected to be hard winter in Afghanistan. So a group of three of us here asked on the radio, schools and in churches here in Colorado Springs for “NEW only” clothing for new born size to young adult (complete sets shoes to underwear, shirts to jacket with gloves). And 14 tons of new cloths came in to a warehouse in 18 days. We packaged them individually (6 of us 4 days of long hours) wrap them marked them, then wrapped them again on pallets and got them shipped for free, over 2000 clothing sets given to 6 villages in the Northern area distributed by another group that taught framing (non-poppy farming) by October 1. In less than 26 days an response to help save children.

    You are right as usual, let us get a group of “wholistic” thinkers together and put feet to your thinking. Logistical teams of people in strategic regions who act not to control but to serve, give and be hopeful with a hand up. We have the gifting’s, skill and tenacity as human beings, now let’s put it to action. What can we do when we work together…almost anything!

    “We have been silent (many have thankfully we haven’t and mustn’t) witnesses of evil deeds; we have been drenched by many storms; we have learnt the arts of equivocation and pretense; experience has made us suspicious of others and kept us from being truthful and open; intolerable conflicts have worn us down and even made us cynical. Are we still of any use? What we shall need is not geniuses, or cynics, or misanthropes, or clever tacticians, but plain, honest, and straightforward men (people). Will our inward power of resistance be strong enough, and our honesty with ourselves remorseless enough, for us to find our way back to simplicity and straightforwardness?”
    ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

    Let us add other voices and feet to act!

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    • Mohammad S. Moussalli
      June 17, 2014

      Dear Stephen,
      Thank you very much for this humane comment. I simply agree, and prefer not to add anything to your worthy comment, except that you have inspired me to write about the subject.
      All the best, my friend


  6. Dr. Paul "Chip" Hill
    June 15, 2014

    Mohammad, I would offer the following comments:

    First, governments operate on a best practice principle that helps maintain its own power base. Often, you are correct, the UN/G20 is extremely slow to move needed aid and resources – which are readily available – into a crises; often there are political inferences that enter into how fast aid arrives. However, just as often, the UN/G20 may throw humanitarian resources into a crises only to find the receiving government is skimming portions (sometimes huge portions) of the relief resources to be used as power-generating leverage to maintain itself… the government is basically robbing their own people of the aide being sent.

    Likewise, when the receiving nations’ political process is not ‘dirty’, and the receiving government is trying to alleviate the pain and suffering of its citizens, we often see a collapse of an infrastructure to distribute and disburse the sorely needed relief resources… aid stacks up in warehouses while people continue to starve of die from needed vaccines.

    Lastly, and most difficult to appreciate – the UN/G20 get the job done and send the aid in a timely fashion; the local government facilitates the distribution process and the aid begins to flow into the countryside; but, the people refuse (do not understand or may be fearful) to take advantage of the resources because of huge gaps in how the aid has been prepared for use, verses the local rudimentary understanding of diet preparation. In essence, a freeze-dried product packaged in a cheap but cost effective vacuum sealed package is a fantastic way to ship and transport resources; however, without the knowledge and means to understand the directions of how to prepare the resources, the aid goes unused.

    I appreciate the frustration and confounding circumstances associated with the current practice of aid relief (or lack of aid relief); however, the problem is not always with the ‘giver’ of the aid. I would actually argue that the UN remains the best option for exercising aid relief. I would like to see the UN act more strongly to ensure aid sent gets into the hands of the people it was/is intended to help. Dependent upon friendliness of the receiving government, infrastructure abilities, and educational requirements to train the citizens in crises… the UN falls short.

    Many thanks for your continued wonderful insights! You comments always provide fertile grounds for thought which always helps inspire a better world.

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    • Mohammad S. Moussalli
      June 17, 2014

      Dear Chip,

      At first, I apologize for my unintentional late response to you worthy comment.
      I agree that the problem rests on both the giver and taker; as they more or less share the responsibility of this big failure. However, I lean to hold the givers the responsibility of incompetence and sluggishness, while I hold the responsibility of corruption on the takers.

      But we cannot start the required reform on the takers front or receiver-countries first, since such events are unknown, variant and unpredictable in nature and location. I think we should start reforming the concept and process of providing help and support so that to compel the takers to comply and hence achieve our good and human goals.

      It is like reforming a school, we cannot change the way students and teachers act before we change the head principal and the management system, for example–I am sure you will agree on that.

      Thank you Chip


  7. Alaha Ahrar
    June 14, 2014

    This is a wonderful written piece!


  8. Tariq
    June 13, 2014

    It would be wishful, but the powers that be would ensure an organization such as what you propose would never get off the ground. While I may sound cynical, I do agree that individually we can all contribute towards a better future. If in the process we fall and fail, so be it. At least we have tried. Best of luck, Tariq


    • Mohammad S. Moussalli
      June 13, 2014

      Thanks Tariq for your contribution. Though I can imagine why you see it hard to be achieved, yet I wonder what are the alternatives we have–even on the theoretical level. However, if we consider this possibility,there is nothing to lose– ” at least we have tried”.
      Good luck


  9. nonentiti
    June 10, 2014

    I totally agree with this and you are so right. I would love to see a new sort of organization in place with the power to do something. The UN and the likes are extensions of political organizations and stuck with the same bureaucracy and often the same types of people – politicians are not by nature capable of leading. Natural leaders seldom put themselves forward in elections, because they tend to dislike popularity contests. Organizations like Amnesty International, Greenpeace and Medecins sans Frontieres seem to work better, but they have limited power and often a limited scope.
    I truly believe that the only way to change this is to get true leaders in a position of power, which means changing the idea most people have that leaders come from learning politics in a university. And this mindset change needs to come about fast – like you say, the suffering majority cannot wait decades and neither can the Earth herself.

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