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November 2002
Volume 15-11 No : 191
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Editorial


Jingoism versus Terrorism


Jingoism versus Terrorism

The grandma’s fable of the tiger and the innocent lamb had us convinced that if one is bent on mischief and murder, no amount of reasonable pleading can deter him. The United States’ war-mongering President, George Bush requires not even fig leaves to hide his hideous war designs against Muslim people and nations. Nor does the Zionist lobby, which fuelled the electoral campaign of the Republican President and currently fools the innocent Americans through its monopolised “free media”, seems amenable to reason. If Afghans were the victims last year, hapless Iraqis and President Saddam Hussein appear to be the candidates for the current war effort of the maniacal US administration.

The refusal of the West European nations to be roped into the war and reluctance by the Gulf Arabs to join the US has tore the thin veneer of the justification the US had been assiduously trying to raise for mounting the offensive against Iraq. It was not too long ago that Iraq was being accused of hiding atomic, biological and chemical weapons from the scrutiny of the UN inspectors. But the axis of allegation has been turning away from it for the last two months. Saddam is now being projected as the harbourer of ‘international outlaws’ of Al-Qaeda such as Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar. Though Saddam’s Baathist past does not provide even the remotest hint of donning this new avatar, the US has been trumpeting the allegation with usual lack of embarrassment. Add to this, Bush’s childish “he wanted to kill my dad” charge. Though all this is utterly laughable, the world finds itself simply outmatched militarily as well as in terms of media capability to dissuade or counter the US.

The US imperialist designs in the third world are now too evident to be ignored. “Bringing perpetrators of the September 11 attack to justice” was the ostensible motive behind the war against Afghanistan. But somewhere along the campaign, the Al-Qaeda, Laden and Omar receded into the background. All that the world has seen so far is installation of a puppet regime in Kabul headed by Hamid Karzai, a former employee of the US oil giant, Unocal. Preparation seems to be on to ensure safety of passageways for pipeline from Central Asian oil reserves to the warm waters of Indian Ocean. A puppet regime had already been put in place in Pakistan to subserve the larger US imperialist and economic designs in the region. All that talk of the US associating peace with democracy and authoritarianism with aggression has vanished into thin air.

But then Israeli atrocities in the Occupied Palestine have messed up the Middle East situation necessitating the US to move the theatre of war back to Iraq. If Iraq is begun to be attacked, under whatever ruse, Israeli atrocities against Palestinians will no longer be talked about. The Zionist controlled media will then successfully deflect the attention from the injustices of the Jewish state to the “Tyrant from Tikrait”.

Terrorism might be a reality in some sectors of the world, and not totally without reasons. But defence industry-funded war against terror campaign and MNC greed for riches of the developing world are emerging as greater twin dangers to the World peace and order. The fact that shares of the defence industries such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin etc, were the only ones to register gains on the NASDAQ goes to prove that American democracy, Zionist media, war industry and lobbyised election funding in the US have come to develop a symbiotic relationship. And currently, jingoism serves its purpose best. One therefore wonders if the terrorist outfits and terrorism as a phenomenon are not being sustained and fostered by the very same forces who acquiesce in the face of injustice by its minion states like Israel. Given the backdrop of CIA’s machinations in Chile, Iran and several others nations, such doubts only gain strength. It spells danger to the future of democracy too. If democracies and capitalist economy cannot survive without a constant enemy, their claim to peace and prosperity needs to be thoroughly reviewed.

As far as Islam and Muslim people are concerned, let us say that military threat to the West from Islam ceased three centuries ago. But religious and intellectual challenge of Islam continues. If the US intends to counter it with canards like war against terror, it is exposing its own ideological bankruptcy. As for imperialist designs and war for promotion of economic interest, the US already stands exposed.

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