BLEAK RE­AL­ITY

The Gulf Today - - OPINION -

THE world is in­deed head­ing to­wards its doom as the UN Sec­re­tary-gen­eral Antonio Guter­res warns, and un­less we take re­me­dial mea­sures, the in­evitable will hap­pen (“UN chief warns of ‘chaotic’ world order,” Sept. 26, The Gulf To­day).

The ram­pant break­down of world order seen all over is an in­vi­ta­tion for trou­ble and with in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion on the wane it is the coun­tries that are mil­i­tar­ily su­pe­rior which are ex­ert­ing their in­lu­ence over the rest. In fact it’s very de­press­ing to see the morn­ing news, be­cause it’s all about con­licts and wars be it Syria, Ye­men etc.

If not for strife pro­voked by ex­ter­nal el­e­ments, its re­li­gious di­vides and com­mu­nal ten­sion fos­tered by lo­cal gov­ern­ment that wreak havoc on the cit­i­zens. Not long back the UN was the vi­tal body in bring­ing about peace in war torn re­gions. To­day that seems to be ebbing with some irst world coun­tries un­der­min­ing its reach by us­ing strong arm tac­tics, pri­mar­ily cut­ting aid.

Though Guter­res has urged world lead­ers to re­new their com­mit­ment to a rules-based order, with the United Na­tions at its cen­ter, I have my doubts on the re­sponse to his call.

If one looks at the US for­eign pol­icy it points more to­wards dis­cord than peace. The two-state so­lu­tion to the Is­raeli-pales­tinian conlict has be­come more dis­tant now while the trade war is spi­ral­ing out of con­trol.

I don’t even want to say any­thing on cli­mate change. If the ground re­al­ity is so sick the air can’t be any bet­ter. Ce­leste Mar­quis

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