September 9, 2013
We do Not Need Any More Wars Now!
From a so-called Moderate GCC Arab!
During the times of the Black September wars years ago – between elements of The Palestinian forces and the mainly Bedouin Jordanian Army – I was very much confused and mystified – when I watched this Al Jazeera Television programme – where the being defeated Palestinians preferred to surrender to the Israeli forces – rather than to the fellow Arabs in the Jordanian army! The Israelis had come – as naturedly expected to support and to help the Jordanian army! The Israelis are famous in supporting whichever adversary side that was less Palestinian, Arab and or Muslim – and in that order too!
I was also watching this interview of a Mali Muslim celebrating and cheering of the French invasion into Mali – and as they drive away the ‘Muslim Fundamentalists’ away – and deeper into the desert. The poor man had his hand amputated by these so-called Muslim fighters – using the name of Islam in vain and in bad taste. Again I was surprised and amazed at how a Muslim would cheer his ‘fellow Muslims’ being defeated by forces that were ‘non-Muslims’ to say the least! It boggles and shocks the mind!
I was reading this article by one Columnist Hasan Kamoonpuri in Analysis – The Oman Daily Observer of September 9, 2013 – titled ‘Syrian Refugees’. You can find the full article here. I agree fully with Hasan – http://main.omanobserver.om/?p=12336
I had written several articles in my books and columns about being against war and the Invasion of Iraq. In my first book with titles like More Dangerous and Troubled Waters Ahead – over 12 years ago – No More Wars, Please! – Several times – and the highly emotional traumatized one here at – http://majidall.com/2012/02/12/no-more-wars-please/ – and the latest one two weeks ago – The Drums of War!
In my article – http://majidwrite.com/2013/09/02/drums-of-war/ – in The Oman Daily Observer – http://main.omanobserver.om/?p=11155 – I had said – Quote –
Reading the hearts, souls and minds of people all over the world – including those near at home – everyone is dead tired of going again and again into wars! After what has happened in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya etc – people are no longer prepared to hear more lies being fed into them! Personally, I am still very much confused, disturbed and disoriented – because we have seen ‘live’ images of dying children in front of our very own eyes!
These tragic terrible heart breaking traumatic images must be true and real? So what is really happening here? Who has done these despicable and terrible massacres? Crimes against humanity!
It was reported that during the Yugoslavia NATO drive against Serbs – over 30,000 civilians were killed as a result! As a result of ‘collateral damages’ – as the ‘pinpoint’ accuracy hits are just myth anathema! There is simply nothing like that in reality!
Plus the point that nobody is talking still yet about the subsequent consequences, scenarios and repercussions of an intervention in Syria.
A survey conducted by a local newspaper – Muscat Daily of today’s date – found both residents and citizens against the intervention – because more innocent lives would be wasted away! So what to do now? The words of my ex boss still lingers on – You are damned if you do – and damned if you do not! – Unquote.
Many liberal voices in USA itself are putting advertisements of being against wars! A very good friend from my USA Books Publishers has personally asked me to write a full column as to why The GCC Arabs themselves the citizens are against new wars being made in their name!
If people are talking so consciously and ethically about ‘helping the poor Syrian peoples’ – how come the same people are not talking about the brutalities and aggression of Israel against The Palestinians? They seem not to notice this part at all and does not count in their calculations a single bit! The hypocrisy and double standards are shocking – to say the very least here!
For two nights or more I could not stop seeing images of the dying gassed children. But like Hasan says in his article – Quote – Also, many countries have no right to make humanitarian and moral claims given their track record in Afghanistan, Iraq, Abu Ghraib prison, Guantanamo Bay detention camp, the infamous rendition programme, drone killings, and their support to Saddam Hussein’s use of chemical weapons against Iraqi Kurds. The large-scale and hugely costly US-led presence in Iraq and Afghanistan had little to show for the effort except a continuing cycle of bloodshed and instability. The attack on Syria will be the ninth direct Western military intervention in an Arab or Muslim country in recent years, following Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Mali, as well as a string of drone assaults on Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan.
Most experts believe that a US attack against Syria could have unintended consequences; it is easy to start a war but putting an end to it will be beyond anyone’s control. Polls show many war-weary Americans strongly oppose US military action in Syria. In much the same manner, ordinary Arabs in the streets and Muslims throughout the world strongly oppose military action in Syria – Unquote.
I could not have put it any better – Hasan – my good friend!
We do Not Need Any More Wars Now!
With Sincere and Due Apologies.
Majid Al Suleimany