The evil monkey inside Chris’s Cupboard
“Prejudice blinds eyes, greed blinds soul!!”
Before you read on let me sum up my neutral opinion in following few words: “If there is greed on one side, all I see is idiots on the other. Due to their combined acts the whole world is burning and everybody is suffering, including Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, all.
Also, towards the very end of the current write-up there is a very important message for my fellow Aussies, and one for my American friend. These messages explain not only why I am doing all that I am, but also the basic concepts behind it, and more importantly, why what I am doing is important not only for the Aussies but also Americans, Iraqis, Iranians, Koreans and everybody else. Even if you don’t like what I’ve written in paragraphs below, I request you to go through that part for sure.
Please read on!
Time hasn’t moved too fast to forget so soon how Nazi Germany, under Adolf Hitler and his bunch of hoons, created a terror of monstrous proportions. Stories of World War II still fire up both the imagination of the fiction writers, as well as the enthusiasm of historians. But why am I working the ghosts of the past today for this write up? Is this piece going to be a work of fiction or a catalogue of history? Probably neither and probably either, even if only a bit!
Now let us just dissect the modus operandi of the then Nazi Nationalistic regime to set up a basic understanding about how corrupt regimes work; and I am using the word corrupt fairly liberally here for the corruption that I talk about is neither just about the greed for money, nor just for the lust of power, and perhaps it is about both. I understand completely if you are already feeling lost in the woods of words, but trust me, by the time you go through the last word in this write-up, you will be crystal clear about where you are, where everybody else is, and where all of us are heading today.
So how was a well meaning country like Germany first taken over and then mislead by the Nazis? Irrespective of the fact whether the Nazis were really motivated by national interests or lust for power or imperialistic greed, by the time the Second World War ended, reparable damage to economies and irreparable damage to millions of families across the globe had been done. Did it all take long? Well, is a decade and a half slow?
So how did the Nazis do it? Divide, persecute, wage were the three recurring themes of Nazi brand of Nationalism, or rather Nazi wave. First they divided the German society by inciting hatred against one section of the community, the Muslims (Oops! Sorry, it was Jews). Then they persecuted the Jews (legislations against face veils, head gears, frisking at the airports, detentions on suspicious grounds, finally followed by cold blooded murders and concentration camps like Abu Ghraib and Guntanamo). Last stage of their campaign was to inoculate public minds with fears for national security (chemical weapons in Iraq, Muslim militia in Afghanistan, nuclear missiles of Iran and North Korea) and then justify their invasions of other nations calling it a war for the promotion of national interests (Oil lobby).
Ok! So this piece is going to be a work of fiction! Heck yeah!
Now before I fragment the current topic into further details, let me add a few words about my Muslim brother too. The way a small segment of Muslim community responded to the situation, it not only fanned the fire but also added fuel to it. The actions of Taliban and Al Qaeda not only gave credence to the stories being propagated by the greedy bunch but also justified all their subsequent actions. The idiocy of this section of Muslim population has caused more harm to Muslims worldwide than the bombs and bullets that have killed their fellow men and women. Rather than promoting Islam, their actions have only succeeded in promoting hatred for Islam and Muslims. If they had set out of their homes to fight the “Holy Jihad” so that everybody could have a reason to hate Muslims, and so that certain sections of the society get an opportunity to kill Muslims and claim it to be the best thing anyone could have done for the global community, then all I can say is, “Bravo my brothers! You’ve done well!” As much as the corrupt political sections are responsible for all the turmoil today, this section of Muslim community cannot escape its’ share of blame. By not seeing through the actions of their opponents and playing straight into their hands, they leave me no reason not to call them idiots.
Anyway, getting back to the current topic, reading international news is generally a very painful experience for me. I call it painful for all I read is suffering, somewhere due to famine, somewhere due to disease and mostly due to war. Then there are letters in bold that highlight the ridiculous statements being tossed around by people who dare to call themselves leaders and pioneers of their respective national interests. Let me get down and dirty with a couple of stories (works of fiction) that I’ve assimilated out of various international news items.
Not that I am too happy about the headstrong and impulsive North Korean regime’s decision to go ahead with their space odyssey in spite of the harsh economic sanctions already in place on an impoverished economy, but the news of their mission’s failure, while it must have cheered up their detractors (read their own blood, their siblings, the South Koreans) and their so called enemies (greedy western business-political lobby), it made me re-access the global situation. While a few Tom Dick and Harry among the Republican Party were busy using the opportunity to promote their friends (Businessman-Politician lobby) agenda of divide, persecute and wage, I was thinking about how shamelessly they are misleading the public.
How can every one miss one simple fact that in spite of all that has been claimed about Iran’s hatred for US and its’ allies including Israel, all the distrust about Pakistan, all the hatred during the height of Cold War against the then USSR, and all the distrust regarding the Communist China, neither Pakistan has shared the nuclear know-how with Iran, nor has Iran shared missile technology with North Korea? Even USSR and China never shared the nuclear or missile secrets with either Iran or North Korea. How long will these greedy few keep misleading the whole world and waging war after war just to safeguard their financial interests? If all these nations were against US or a threat to the national security of US, don’t you think they would have already aligned, even if clandestinely, with each other? Do you think the North Korean missile would have fragmented above the South China Sea even before its’ first stage could separate?
Let me dig some more ghosts from the past. How was Vietnam a threat to US National security? It was a small nation looking to find its’ bearings at the end of a colonial era. The problems that face the Korean twins today are not because they were a national security threat to US. It was again the US Business-Politico lobby which didn’t want a communist Korea. Saddam Hussein’s forces might not have killed even a cow in Kuwait but it was the NATO forces which killed 100 thousand Iraqis in one war. How was Iraq’s Kuwait occupation a national security threat to US? The chemical weapons were never found in Iraq but 1 Million Iraqis are dead since.
Let us just for example imagine a situation where both Iran and North Korea were to develop a nuclear weapon and an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering the warhead across the oceans to both US and its’ allies’ shores, overnight. Do you realize how much distance separates US and its’ allies from both Iran and North Korea (except Israel and South Korea which I will touch in next paragraph)? Even within the limitations of the current missile defence shield technology, do you think it is still possible to hit any important targets in any of these friendly nations? And do you realize what the consequences for both Iran and North Korea would be after that? And most importantly, do you think they are idiots not to realize the same?
Now coming to the question of Israel and South Korea, agreed both Iran and North Korea can nuke the two if they had the ability. But then again the question is, “Do they have a reason or intention to?” The reason I raise this question is in continuity to the explanation given in the paragraph above. Both Iran and North Korea are well aware of the repercussions such an act will be followed with. Do you think the allies will let either survive after such an idiocy? And do you think Iranians and North Koreans are dumb not to know it? For those who think Iranians and North Koreans might go nuts and do a Kamikaze act, the question to ponder upon is, “If they had to go for a fight to death scenario, what is stopping them from doing it right now, after all nuclear ability or no nuclear ability, the result is going to be the same?”
For those who know world history would be well aware of the fact that Persian Empire was one of the ancient empires and the Iranians are their descendants. Their culture is based on dignity, honour, valour and virtues (which are different from western civilization). In such a scenario I never expect Iranians to come and say, “Look, we are scared of your might. We will toe the line you will mark for us.” I don’t think the Iranians want to fight, however, due to their cultural background they will never yield to international pressure for fear of their lives or due to economic embargo. Such moves are always going to be counter-productive. Did a weak Saddam Hussein yield to NATO allies? The fact that Iranians are saying, “We are ready to discuss peace, however, we need to get so much of Uranium ready for our peaceful uses,” goes on to show they realize both the gravity of the situation, and also the need and importance of peace. In such a scenario only those politicians are making irresponsible and inflammatory speeches who are either born idiots and not fit to lead their communities, or those who want war for their own greedy ends. All the international pressure is a direct handiwork of such section of corrupt leadership only.
While Iranians are ready for constructive talks, certain dishonest sections of world politics are instead trying to flare things up and stall the peace process, thus driving the Middle East towards another crisis. It is much the same as it was prior to the first Gulf War. Peace efforts take time to yield results and Iraq was not butchering anyone in Kuwait. The cost of the war finally paid in Iraqi blood was much more than what it would have cost in money had ample time been invested in the peace process. The war might not have happened at all, and so wouldn’t have everything else that has happened since.
Now lets’ take another burning example of our times, Pakistan! It appears that certain section among the US Political scene doesn’t want peace at all. A few months back when a group of Pakistani soldiers was waylaid by a freak US drone attack, the subsequent public outcry in Pakistan forced the outraged Pakistani Government to stop the NATO supply routes through its’ lands, supplying NATO forces in Afghanistan. Just a few days back, since it’s been a while to the said incident and the public outrage has subsided a bit, Pakistani Government unilaterally decided to re-open the supply route for non-combative supplies. But how did certain section of the US Government react? It came out with a statement that drones strikes on suspected militant targets on Pakistani soil will continue. Not that there is anything wrong with the decision, but the question is about how the decision has to be conveyed. Had it to be done publically to put the Pakistani Government in a spot amongst its’ own citizens? Is this the way friendly relations are promoted with allies?
The correct way would have been to raise the points of strife at the appropriate Government levels, in private. But current attitude in no way reflects an honest intention of patching up. If anything, I see it as a direct attempt to incite hatred against the allies in the hearts of Pakistani people thus forcing them into joining forces with the anti-social elements.
A very important message to my American friends:
But then things are not just wrong with the way international policies are been formulated and implemented today. Let me touch upon a very relevant and touching issue of the death of Martin Trayvon.
As much as the act needs to be condemned, it is important not to forget that this was an act of one prejudiced and possibly unstable individual, not an act of a race against race. But so dirty has the modern political situation become, the issue has been intentionally ballooned in a way to split American public on racial basis. What for? I don’t know how the previous elections in America were fought, but this election appears to me the dirtiest of all fought so far. An innocent has been murdered in a secluded act of one idiot and the situation has been conveniently and shamelessly manipulated to divide the entire public, or at least try to divide it.
I seriously hope the American public sees through the dirty trick being played in the backdrop of the now warming up political season. The thing to be remembered is, “It is not race which determines the future of America but economic policies.” What is more important to determine is which candidate has or will pursue policies conducive to the growth of general American populace. Rest is all crap! This is how elections are fought in India; on caste, religion and region lines. And this is exactly what I am going to fix about Indian politics very soon. However, my American friends may well be warned about what is going wrong in their own world beforehand.
A message to my fellow Aussies:
Now comes the most important part of this write-up; my message to my fellow Aussies. What I am going to write down now has either never been brought to the notice of Aussies, or has been easily sidelined by distractions. I am not only going to make a statement but I am also going to give you the reason as to why I made that statement, what my intentions are and how everything I am doing is very important for world peace.
I am not sure if my fellow Aussies have ever realized but Bali bombings were carried out neither by an Afghan nor an Iraqi, but by Indonesian born and brought up individuals belonging to a militant organisation from Southeast Asia. Yes Bin Laden made a threatening press release and linked Al Qaeda and the said organisation, but that in no way incriminated Iraqis or Afghans, and in no way justifies the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan that had happened much before it. Before the two Gulf wars and Afghan invasion, neither an Iraqi national (or Saddam’s man), nor a Taliban Militia had harmed any Aussie.
Australia is not a part of NATO yet the impetuosity and foolhardiness of the then Australian regimes dragged Australian forces into an act that can be described as nothing else but greed driven imperialistic invasion of a certain Politico-Business section. However, now we are so neck deep in this situation, we cannot get out of it just like that and expect everything to become normal. Now it will seriously compromise our national security. This is why what I am doing becomes all the more important.
I am desperately trying to salvage an amicable solution out of the current mess. I am desperately trying to create a scenario where lasting peace can be talked about and achieved. Even though my actions and words bear a testimony to both my efforts and intentions, I will still enumerate the steps of the process I am following.
Firstly, I am trying to show the people of both sides what has gone wrong, why it has gone wrong and how it can be fixed. If I am telling the people from the Allies how their politicians have cheated and mislead them into a war meant only to safeguard and promote their selfish business interests, I am telling the Muslim community how their actions have been wrong.
Secondly, I am trying to build compassion between the two sides by pointing out the losses already suffered by the Muslim world to the western world, and then trying to explain to my Muslim brothers and sisters as to how the ordinary people of western nations are not their enemies but rather scared of their own future and fooled by their own corrupt leadership.
Thirdly, I am trying to show the picture of a beautiful world that can be to both the sides, so as to hard-sell peace to both of them.
However, I cannot achieve all this on my own. A single voice is often lost in the crowd, while a solitary voice is lost in wilderness. It is really important to value people who sincerely want to make a difference to the society, for everyone is not equal or same in talents and abilities. A leader will be a leader, a teacher will be a teacher, and a soldier will only be a soldier. Let me scroll a few pages from history to explain my point.
Mao Zedong, a great visionary:
The other day I was reading about Mao Zedong and was impressed to know how it was his policy decisions that have worked wonders for China in the long run and made China what it is today. He took the hard decisions and Chinese lived them, often at the cost of their blood, but look at where they are today. A political entity that is barely 63 years old is one of the leading powers today. It is not that Mao Zedong never made a wrong decision. Some of his decisions did occasionally back-fire but most of the time it was either due to incompetence or corruption of those working for the regime in China. Yet none of the setback was big enough to alter the outcome of his visionary policies. The China we see today is a by-product of a great visionary and an honest leader, Mao Zedong.
Compare this to the situation in most of the former Soviet states. Where do they stand today? Look at the disparity, corruption, poverty and suffering that mars their societies today. Why did that happen?
Well friends, a nation that forgets the great sacrifices made by its’ citizens, a community that leaves and forgets the path shown and highlighted by its’ most trusted and best leaders, and a society which fails to respond to the calls of an honest leader, no one can save that nation, that community, that society from suffering the consequences of their actions and choices. The Soviet populace forgot the great sacrifices made by the revolutionaries and undid all the good work done by people like Lenin and Marx. They were bound to suffer the repercussions.
A piece of advice to a friend:
Lastly, I would like to make a point for the benefit of everyone in general and someone in particular.
“You don’t join the army because your partner cheated on your or dumped you and now you want to take it out on others by killing them, and army is the only place where you not only get a weapon but also legal permission to kill those demarcated as enemies. You also don’t join the army because you are fed up of killing Zombies and World War two Soldiers in 2D or 3D and now want to get a taste and feel of the real weapons and kill people in the Real-D.”
You join army because you love your country so much that you can kill for it, and you can die for it, in order to keep your country and fellow countrymen safe and make them feel proud. As far as the two scenarios mentioned in the paragraph above are concerned, while the person in situation one needs emotional support, the person in situation two needs social-rehabilitation. However, neither of the two deserves, nor should they be given access to uniform and weapons.
Anyway, I have done my job. Now it is up to you people to think about everything I’ve said, rationally and without prejudice.
Fatal Urge Carefree Kiss,
Amanpreet Singh Rai