Week of ter­ror

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Muna Al-Fuzai muna@kuwait­times.net

In one week, ter­ror­ism, fiery com­ments, dis­putes and the threat of use of the nu­clear weapons took the lead in the in­ter­na­tional scene in most of the world’s cap­i­tals, from US to North Korea to Europe and all the way to the Gulf. Ter­ror­ism is no longer only tar­get­ing in­no­cents in a French street, but has turned into a global dis­as­ter that af­fects the se­cu­rity, safety and the lives of mil­lions of peo­ple. Ye­men is still strug­gling and going from bad to worse, and the dis­pute in the Gulf re­gion is still on­go­ing.

Is this the end of the world? A com­men­tary a few days ago said ten­sion and threats are no longer acts by ex­trem­ist groups tar­get­ing peo­ple in a com­pound or cof­fee shop, but rather by coun­tries that be­lieve they can con­trol other coun­tries and per­haps the world be­cause they have so­phis­ti­cated weapons.

All the news to­day re­volves around the tense sit­u­a­tion be­tween North Korea and the United States. North Korea stated clearly that it is ready to give America a “hard les­son” with its strate­gic nu­clear power if mil­i­tary ac­tion is taken against it. The US, Aus­tralia and Ja­pan urged the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to pres­sure North Korea to aban­don “threats and provo­ca­tion” tactics and im­pose more diplo­matic and eco­nomic sanc­tions against it for its mis­sile tests.

The for­eign min­is­ters of the three coun­tries said in a joint state­ment at the end of their meet­ing on the side­lines of the Manila fo­rum that “new sanc­tions on North Korea must be strictly en­forced”. Wash­ing­ton, which ini­ti­ated the new sanc­tions res­o­lu­tion, said strict ad­her­ence by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to sanc­tion North Korea would de­prive Py­ongyang of one-third of its cur­rent for­eign cur­rency rev­enue of $3 bil­lion.

It is clear that the Amer­i­can re­luc­tance to re­spond with mil­i­tary force is due to the fear that a pre­emp­tive strike on North Korea would most likely lead Py­ongyang against its neigh­bor South Korea, which could lead to the death of thou­sands, in­clud­ing US mil­i­tary and in­ter­ests sta­tioned in the coun­try. The way now is to in­crease US mil­i­tary pres­ence in the re­gion to show strength, but this method has so far brought lit­tle ben­e­fit to the US. The US de­fense sec­re­tary said US ef­forts to re­solve the cri­sis with Py­ongyang is cur­rently fo­cused on diplo­macy. I don’t think it will change North Korea’s plans after all.

Some Euro­pean par­lia­men­tar­i­ans have called for an ini­tia­tive to cre­ate a new de­fense struc­ture for the Euro­pean Union, ex­press­ing con­cern about the “am­bi­gu­ity” of the fu­ture of its mil­i­tary re­la­tions with the United States and UK. But a num­ber of re­searchers have ques­tioned the abil­ity of this union to stop coun­tries from at­tack­ing and threat­en­ing other coun­tries. Some claim that 28-na­tion bloc may not be able to be seen as a de­ter­rent power, but rather as a united group of big na­tions.

These in­ter­na­tional dis­putes and con­flicts have neg­a­tive im­pli­ca­tions on the world and not only on the price of gold and the rise or fall of the dol­lar, be­cause they pose a na­tional threat to the en­tire ex­is­tence of coun­tries due to dif­fer­ences in views and poli­cies. Mil­lions of peo­ple could pay with their lives. This is ter­ror­ism in the world to­day.

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