Global Peace International in collaboration with two other Islamabad based organizations organized a international conference on the above mentioned topic @ Islamabad library, It was attended by intellectuals, diplomats, ambassadors, civil society activists and academicians, well know parliamentarian and ex federal minister interior Rehman Malik was the chief guest, I was also invited and represented Global peace International Turkey chapter beside social services program Pakistan. Sharing here my complete speech reflects my point of view on the subject matter for your critical review and feedback.
Respected Senator Rehman Malik, ex interior Minister, Chairman PIMRA, Secretary Information, Distinguished guests and Ladies and gentleman, Assalam o Alaikum
First of all would like to appreciate the sincere efforts of the organizers of this historic event. To cover the scope of such an important topic in just two hours is humanly not possible, I will try my best to cover the underlying causes of the global unrest, its socio economic and human losses in terms of killing, injuries and displacement, and, above all, post war impacts, I would also like to talk about the secret war of Laos and how Europeans define Islamophobia.
The American journalist Chris Hedges published his research in New York Times (July 6th 2003); almost every researcher agreed on a few dimensions of wars amongst which following are the key ones.
- Sub regional/lagging region issues
- Violent ideology
- Electoral competition for central power
- Identity (horizontal) and inequalities
If we look at the human history, during the last 3400 years, humanity could only breathe 268 years without a war, which is just 8% percent of the total duration and rest of the period we spent in killing each other either for controlling land, minerals central powers or for establishing our horizontal identity.
Would you believe that during 20st century, wars killed 108 million people, and the estimates of total number of human killings in the human history is between 150 million to 1 billion? If we look at its displacement aspect it is more panic.
5millions Europeans during (1919 to 1939) were uprooted.
During World War II 40 million non-Germans and 13 million Germans were displaced and a decrease of 20 million in population was also recorded after the war.
Half of the Bosnian population in early 1990,
Around 2 million in Afghanistan were killed, more than 50 million displaced
Back in 2003, in Basrah (Iraq) could you imagine that half of the 1.3 million population was trapped for days without food and kept under 100 degree temperature, 20 million displaced, same situation in Egypt, Libya and Syria (Turkey is currently hosting more than 30 millions Syrians).
This is worth mentioning that, during 21st century, conflicts resulted in more than 300 deaths per country.
Economic and Financial Losses are astronomic.
The aggregate economic and financial loss of conflicts around the world during 2014 was recorded 14.3 billion USD which is 13.4% of the global economy, think for a while we are spending this amount on the killings of innocent humanity. If we spend the same amount of money on the development of under developed nations, no one would remain under poverty line throughout the world but what can we do? Nothing, as the world is ruled by the five big ones and almost each one of them is thirsty for gaining more and more political and economical powers and, to achieve this goal, they commercialized the selling of mass destruction weapons, and for the continuation and survival of this industry, they need battlefields and regional issues. That’s why the number of active conflicts in the world jumped from 30 in 2003 to 50 the current figures. Alarming thing for humanity is the global strategic change in military approach, 100 years back, statistics shows that 90% casualties used to be counted for military and only 10 to 15 percent civilian loss, what is happening in the currently, global figures shows that 75 -90 percent civilians are being targeted or being killed why is so? No one among us knows and I am leaving this for the development professionals, human rights activists and ordinary citizens to conduct a study on it why this strategic change? , It’s a big question before us.
Post WAR Impacts.
Many countries of the world after facing wars are now faced with a cycle of repeated violence, wear governances and instability,
The Center for Systematic Peace disclosed in a recent report that interpersonal and gang killings are much more than political violence, statistics show that half a million people are killed by interpersonal and gang killings each year which means 1300 per day. Have you ever think on it? Unfortunately both these are interrelated (political violence and interpersonal) particularly in those countries were institutions are weak, and social norms became tolerant of violence.
Secret WAR of Laos: 1964-73
Very few people know about it. Even the ordinary Americans were not aware of it at the beginning. During Vietnam War, US made a world history by bombing 271 million cluster bombs on Laos with the help of 580,000 bombing missions, which means one bomb after 8 minutes and they killed 20,000, the rest of the population displaced. Laos became the world first ever country bombed to this extent and during that secret war, US spent in just 10 days 131 million USD on the killing of humanity which is much more than the amount they spent on the cleaning of Laos in 24 years, it was 118 million USD. Unfortunately we have resources for the killing of humanity and when it comes to the development of humanity, we are short of resources, more alarming is that out of the world 20 big military forces, 14 belong to the under developed countries and this will lead to keep backward these counties in terms of human and socio economic development.
Ladies and gentleman, for me the simplest definition of this engineered word is “fear from the religion Islam”
Few days back I asked the same question from an European friendand his answer was a complete surprise for me as his reply was “fear of spreading islam in their societies and as a result it may change :
- Culture, living style
- Existing values
- Will suppress our women and above all we the European feels that if it happens this will promote terrorism (???)
It reminded the golden words of one of my teacher: “When someone stands in front of the mirror, he/she will see his/her own face not that of mine or yours,” the answer of the above mentioned self-narrated lines lays in this statement.
Before leaving the forum, let me ask a simple question from every one sitting in hall, can the believers of a religion where the killing of one innocent human being is considered the killing of humanity and the saving of an innocent lives is equivalent to saving the lives of humanity can be terrorist?
The answer is absolutely No. Let’s join hands to promote and work for peace and harmony and brotherhood, each individual has the right to live with dignity and freedom, let’s work for interfaith harmony and respect each other’s religions and way of life.