Saturday, August 30, 2014
FRight-Wingers are at it again, alleging a conspiracy called "Love Jihad" and I am not sure if I should laugh, get irritated,amused, angry, indifferent, outraged, sympathetic or feel all of them at the same time. Both the words, "love" and "jihad" have beautiful connotations but now distorted into a grotesque shape. While the connotation of "love" is self-explanatory, the meaning of jihad has undergone changes, especially for those looking from distance. Jihad essential means "to struggle in the way of GOD", it can be an inner spiritual struggle called greater jihad and fighting tyranny and persecution, through violent or nonviolent means, which is called lesser jihad.. Do note, the meaning of the word jihad is "struggle" which implies it is for self-defence and fighting against persecution. However, in context of this allegation of "Love Jihad", other political parties, members of civil society, journalists have exposed it as a lie but it perplexes me why women's rights organisations haven't launched Jihad (non-violent kind) against those who manufactured this hoax. .
Sunday, August 24, 2014
‘Apocalyptic’ Isis beyond anything we've seen' is bit alarming for two reasons (other than the alarm manifest in the headline itself). The first being, did it take the all pervasive, heavily invested (finance,skill, forfeiture of individual rights) US surveillance mechanism this long to arrive at a conclusion which by now known to anyone who keeps an eye on the situation in MENA region ? Or does it mean the US is once more contemplating a Gulf War like approach to handle this threat ? Although, unlike previous Gulf Wars, this time the US has far more legitimate reasons to intervene. The current state of affairs in Syria-Iraq is a direct fallout of the hare-brained ex-US President's misadventure in 2003 of ouster and execution of Saddam Hussein and destabilization of the entire region in its wake. Some bloggers and commentators seem to blame US for directly or indirectly creating another Frankenstein monster called ISIS, but I believe the US is responsible for creating the horrific mess in Iraq from which this monster has arisen, but not the monster itself (its Al-Assad's monster though, Frankenstein or not). Now the billion dollar question is, can US really clean up the mess without leaving behind a bigger mess ?
Monday, August 18, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Underneath the seemingly chaotic, ethno-sectarian conflicts raging on in MENA (Middle East and North Africa), lie powerful subterranean forces of regional powers contesting with the aim of establishing hegemony over the entire region. Of course, world powers are neither unaware nor uninvolved in this conflict but are not as proactive as they are when fighting with their own agenda. Arabian Peninsula ,Levant and North Africa now seem like a huge board game littered with corpses and gunmen issuing whimsical orders. Since I cannot come up with a better term, I would call these forces geopolitical networks, comprising of nation-states as well as non-state-entities (including organised resistance such as Hezbollah and numerous small groups of militants) . In MENA, three such networks are active, each with eye on capturing the entire region. The first and most visible geopolitical network is Iran-Iraq-Syria-Hezbollah and other Shia militant outfits. Its main rival is the Sunni/Salafi network of Arab countries-Saudi Arabia-UAE-Bahrain- various Sunni militant groups and believe-it-or-not Israel . The third network in this bizarre game of power comprises of Turkey-Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
In my last post I mentioned that Hamas was trying to inflict a strategic defeat on Israel in the ongoing attrition warfare by depriving Israel from taking moral high ground. The global public opinion has changed drastically after the massacre of more than 1800 Palestinians, many of them children and women. The attack on UN schools and vehicles reveals a reckless Israeli war-machine trying to avert a disaster but it could well be a result of insecurity of its political leadership. Over the last two decades, two simultaneous strategies have been playing out- increase in number of new Israeli settlements in occupied territories and Palestinian bid to statehood recognition by the UN and international community. Whether Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu genuinely believes Israel faces unprecedented threat or is worried about his political career remains to be seen. The ongoing Gaza war is certainly his decision since both the charges against Hamas - kidnapping and murdering three Israeli teenagers and starting fresh violence- have been proven wrong.