Some readers may find this particular article a little different from those I have written so far. As you can gather from my profile, I am an economic analyst, who mostly covers Pakistan’s economy. This pushed me first to write about the political economy then to geopolitics in the region, and now to the issue of imperialism by the superpowers.
The bottom line is that the superpowers have created their hegemony by lodging and dislodging governments in countries that they consider important for enhancing their economic superiority, controlling energy and other mineral resources and above all creating conflicts so that their armament factories can operate over time. They have been abusing the word democracy the most, because most of their ‘obedient servants’ are dictators; even though some of them claim to be elected representatives. These rulers can be termed ‘viceroys’ of the colonial era because of being subservient to external powers rather than looking after the interest of their own people.
Going through previous articles of mine, one can also understand my point of view that the United States has been fighting a proxy war in Syria. Rebels there are becoming essentially an improvised type of CIA agents, who can tout receiving funds and arms from the United States. This fact also becomes evident when one reads US newspapers and listens to television networks. The ongoing suggestions from elected US representatives, who own or have substantial stakes in energy trade and armaments manufacturing, are the worst warmongers. They have sold the largest quantity of arms to Saudi Arabia and many other countries which don’t even have a regular army or face a threat from any country.
Warmongers have completely brainwashed Saudis, who now consider Iran a bigger threat than Israel. The situation has not changed a bit from the signing of the Camp David agreement, which led to the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.
However, some fears were aroused when it was shown that the Israeli army was no longer invincible. That brought a change in US foreign policy and various uprisings were initiated in Arabian Peninsula, Middle East and North Africa, all aimed at installing new viceroys. Some of these yielded favorable results for the United States, but many led to anti-US groups becoming the rulers. This in turn, led to a second wave of toppling and installing, in which Syria remains the biggest thorn, not because of its military might, but because it is believed to be the first defensive wall of Iran.
In other words to demolish Iran, the fragmentation of Syria is a must as all other attempts to create an uprising in Iran have failed.
And finally the cat has come out of the bag with the initiation of discussion regarding a direct US air assault on Syria — this time once again the reason being cited is the ‘possible use of chemical weapons’. One can still recall that the prime reason for the attack on Iraq was also the ‘presence of weapons of mass destruction and allegations of use of chemicals weapons’ by Saddam Hussein, both of these allegations having been proved to false.
Billions of tax-payer dollars have been used in these aimless wars and if one also adds Afganistan, the amount runs into trillions of dollars. Despite spending this enormous amount, this has also been accompanied with the killing of hundreds and thousands of innocent men, women and children, as well as acts of sabotage throughout the world.
I am also concerned because of the hostilities growing in Pakistan’s neighborhood. Iran has been enduring economic sanctions for more than three decades, war has being fought in Afghanistan for more than four decades, and Pakistan and India are living in a constant state of war since independence.
Over the years India and Pakistan have spent trillions of dollars on the accumulation of conventional, non-conventional arms and even atomic capabilities. It is true they can wipe out each other in seconds, but what would that achieve? Maybe huge stretches of barren land and millions of crippled people — obviously this is not the way of life. Instead, India and Pakistan should join hands and work for the prosperity of their people, and if India has to grant independent status to Kashmir, it would be worth doing as compared to accumulating arms.
Now I address my readers from the US, and directly and ask a question. Your country is the oldest democracy of the world. I strongly believe that you spend a lot on the welfare of humanity – I believe my mentor is, after all, Bill Gates. But still I must ask: Have you ever asked your elected representatives why they are spending taxpayers’ money on war, rather than spending it on the welfare of US citizens?
Are there no poor in the US? Or, is every US citizen as rich as Cheney, Bush, Obama and other legislative members who are suggesting a direct attack on Syria, because it is a threat for the US and the world?
Instead, I would suggest that it should be remembered that no one is threat for the world, except the warmongers. Please act before the world plunges into a Third World War.
About the author: Shabbir H. Kazmi
Shabbir H. Kazmi is an economic analyst from Pakistan. He has been writing for local and foreign publications for about quarter of a century. He also has his own blog at ‘shkazmipk blog’. He can be contacted at [email protected]