Zil-Hijjah / Muharram 1423 H
Volume 16-03 No : 195
Camps \ Workshops
Only the naïve can believe that the war the US wants to wage in the Middle East will be a simple military strike to uproot a dictator. It will be one among the last few military engagements by the ‘Global cop’ to erase the remnants of resistance to its establishing global capitalist economy. That could, however, just be the smaller part of the objective. Next to follow will be a definitive push for ‘Made in the US’ model of democracy whereby policies, persons and parties hand-picked by global economic interests, chiefly the US multi-national corporations (MNCs) will be promoted for ruling the resource-rich third world. Thirdly, the networking, subsidiarisation and centralisation of the media, both electronic and print, points to the dangerous trend of eliminating dissent, alternative viewpoint and space for ideologies other than capitalism. Media increasingly getting tethered to its heads in the global capitals, is all likely to dance to the global tunes even more.
We have been witness to a good deal of all these during the 13 years India, and many of those Islamic countries in its neighbourhood, have been pursuing the so-called economic reforms for liberalisation, globalisation and privatisation. Its results, nay repercussions, are not difficult to be perceived. Industries are closing, employment is shrinking, actual economic growth in terms of goods which ultimately ensures more employment, is declining. Service sector is expanding with tourist, transport, banking, insurance, publishing, entertainment, all becoming purveyors of the services in the developed world, chiefly the US. Foreign Direct Investment, which was touted as the mantra only a decade ago, is causing heavier outflow of national resources. It works out even costlier than debt servicing. In the final analysis, American brand of Liberalisation is proving to be a blueprint for rendering the third world into a purely servile, totally subservient, and completely subordinated appendage of the developed world. Welcome to the neo-colonised third world!
That is only the economic side of the neo-colonisation drive being peddled under Structural Adjustment Programme. In terms of values, the third World is writhing under more lethal blows of Western cultural onslaught. Gambling comes in the form of nationally televised, tech-wrapped quiz programmes, doling out bits of information but peddled as knowledge. Going by the countless tele-ads that puncture them, it does not need any extraordinary wisdom to perceive that they lure the youth into conspicuous consumption. Consumption and indulgence are rather two chief motives underlying all entertainment industry.
Televised sports events now evoke maniacal, raucous, rabid and even aggressive sentiments against rival nations or neighbours. In the third world where national boundaries were drawn not on any historio-civilisational faultlines, but merely to serve the interest of the Western war industry, such emotive games come handy to promote hatred of minorities and jingoism. Native languages too are undergoing hybridisation due to the thoughtless influx of foreign culture making it rather difficult for the native poetry, literature, drama, films and other media programmes to survive, let alone making any original contribution to the existing corpus.
Cloaked under disarming Iraq, even without the fig leaf of a UN mandate this time, the United States is now promoting an agenda of reducing the entire world to its, and its Zionist controlled war and media industry’s servitude. In this democracy, liberal ethos, freedom of the media, women’s lib, free movement of global capital are being brandished as sops for the ‘enslaved’ third world.
But only the naïve would be fooled. ‘War on terror’ in Afghanistan has not eliminated the hounded ‘terrorists’, but yielded only a pipeline through Afghanistan and Pakistan in order that the US tankers could tap the Central Asian oil round the year in the warm waters of Arabian Sea. The killer of nearly 5000 of innocent citizens of Bhopal, Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson still roams scot-free but Pakistani killer of two CIA men, Aimal Kansi has been executed. Yemen was bombarded as US Airforce hounded the bombers of USS Cole, but no media dare dub the US navy’s downing of the Iranian jetliner over the Gulf killing 254 innocent as American terrorism.
War on Iraq will lead us to a more unequal, unjust world where the United States would be the sole maker of the global destiny. Quo vadis!