Why Or­lando shooter killed so many

Geopo­lit­i­cal notes from In­dia

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS - M D Nala­pat

- the child can hardly be blamed for be­ing the con­se­quence of such a birth - ex­cept in a mind al­ready twisted, as Hitler’s was In­ter­est­ingly, many of the peo­ple in Iran con­sider them­selves to be “Aryans”, or the same pre­sumed race cel­e­brated as the Mas­ter Race by the Na­tional So­cial­ist Ger­man Work­ers Party (NSDAP), as do some even in In­doa, a coun­try where DNAs have be­come as swirled to­gether as is tak­ing place these days in US, and for the good. Hu­man­ity is a sin­gle en­tity, chil­dren of same Almighty, and need to be treated as such.

All hu­man­ity are brothers and sis­ters to each other, and those who see them oth­er­wise are go­ing against the teach­ings re­vealed in the Holy Qur’an. In the case of the Or­lando shooter as well, what ap­pears to have taken place is a mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Word of God. Those re­cruit­ing for pur­poses of ter­ror prom­ise eter­nal life in Par­adise for those fall­ing prey to their blan­dish­ments. The fact is that only Almighty can de­cide whether it be Hell or Heaven, and that too af­ter life is over. Pre­tend­ing that such a power vests in the hands of or­di­nary mor­tals is against the teach­ings re­vealed 1500 years ago, and yet thou­sands if not more young peo­ple ev­ery year fall vic­tim to such false teach­ings.

Com­ing to the case of Omar Ma­teen, it is clear that he was bur­dened by guilt at what he saw as un­for­giv­able ex­cesses com­mit­ted in his per­sonal life. Un­for­tu­nately, too many false teach­ers claim that an act of ter­ror is all that is needed to re­deem such in­di­vid­u­als and en­sure Par­adise in the af­ter­life. Ma­teen clearly be­lieved such non­sen­si­cal views and acted in ac­cor­dance with them, con­demn­ing more Email: mg­nala­pat@gmail.com than a hun­dred in­no­cents to death and se­vere bod­ily harm. If more such mis­guided depreda­tors are to be stopped, what is needed is a pro­gram that shows the truth of the quan­tum of pun­ish­ment

be­ing in the power of solely the Almighty. Un­for­tu­nately, sev­eral re­li­gious teach­ers hes­i­tate to say this, be­cause it would cut at their own power to en­sure obe­di­ence from their fol­low­ers by promis­ing en­try into Par­adise for the obe­di­ent and Hell for the oth­ers. Such preach­ers ig­nore the fact that the Holy Qur’an has em­pow­ered ev­ery hu­man be­ing to make his or her own de­ci­sions about what should be the life path to be fol­lowed. The layer of self-de­clared re­li­gious “ex­perts” has in ef­fect sought to di­lute and even negate the democ­racy that is at the heart of the re­vealed teach­ings

Un­for­tu­nately, such false teach­ers have been en­cour­aged by the UK as well as the US at dif­fer­ent times in mod­ern his­tory. Wa­hab­bism was used to sep­a­rate Arabs from Turks in the early part of the pre­vi­ous cen­tury and later, in the 1950s and the next decade, to lessen the ef­fect of Arab na­tion­al­ism of the kind cham­pi­oned by Ahmed Ben Bella and Ga­mal Ab­del Nasser, nd which chal­lenged the Euro­pean pow­ers and the US. For it needs to be re­mem­bered that the Dulles brothers aligned Wash­ing­ton with the colo­nial states in Europe, thereby lead­ing to such dis­as­ters as US in­volve­ment in the French war of colo­nial oc­cu­pa­tion of Viet­nam.

Af­ter ev­ery Euro­pean power in­clud­ing Bri­tain lost to Ja­pan, af­ter the war was over, a sen­si­ble course for the US to fol­low would have been to cham­pion the rights and free­doms that Win­ston Churchill sought to re­serve for those of Euro­pean ori­gin only. In­stead, the Dulles brothers, as­sisted by the slow-think­ing Dwight D Eisen­hower sought to lengthen the colo­nial op­pres­sion of Asia by Europe, in the process dam­ag­ing much of the good­will within the con­ti­nent that had been won by Pres­i­dent Franklin D Roo­sevelt and would have been car­ried for­ward by John F Kennedy, had he been al­lowed to live rather than be killed in a shad­owy shoot­ing episode in 1963.

Un­for­tu­nately, his suc­ces­sor Lyn­don John­son showed a split per­son­al­ity, stand­ing up for hu­man dig­nity and civil rights within the US while act­ing as a colo­nial force in Viet­nam, a mis­take that fi­nally doomed his ca­reer in pol­i­tics. Sub­se­quently, Henry Kissinger en­sured that Viet­nam, Cam­bo­dia and Loas were bombed to the ex­tent pos­si­ble in the 1970s, an act for which he was awarded No­bel Peace Prize.

Omar Ma­teen knew that he was a flawed hu­man be­ing. He was aware of sev­eral ac­tions that in his mind would have ex­cluded him from ever en­ter­ing any­thing other than the por­tals of Hell. Un­for­tu­nately, he fell prey to some of the thou­sands of preach­ers who pre­scribe paths to the af­ter­life, ig­nor­ing the fact that the Fi­nal Judge­ment is made us­ing scales that are un­known and un­seen to hu­man be­ings. Omar was among the many who bought a phony pass­port to the af­ter­life through an act of ter­ror. Along with their dupes, such false preach­ers need to be con­demned and pun­ished as well, and their false teach­ings ex­posed for the un­truths they are. Hu­man­ity should be spared such ac­tions as took place days ago in Or­lando. —The writer is Vice-Chair, Ma­ni­pal Ad­vanced Re­search Group, UNESCO Peace Chair & Pro­fes­sor of Geopol­i­tics, Ma­ni­pal Univer­sity, Haryana State, In­dia.

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