Trump runs risk of ‘Im­pe­rial Over­stretch’

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Farouk Araie

THE PRO­FOUND let­ter by Dr Firoz Os­man (“Trump ex­poses US hypocrisy”), war­rants a re­sponse.

Thirty-two years of both Demo­cratic and Repub­li­can rule, en­com­pass­ing a scorched-earth strat­egy, has to­tally and ut­terly de­stroyed ev­ery ves­tige of nor­mal­ity in the coun­tries they sav­agely bombed into sub­mis­sion.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump will have to in­herit a shat­tered and frac­tured Mid­dle East. The US may be the sole re­main­ing su­per­power, it is also the world’s largest debtor na­tion.

His mil­i­tary pol­icy, from an eco­nomic stand­point looks like the clas­sic over­reach of a de­clin­ing su­per­power go­ing into debt to main­tain yes­ter­year’s pres­tige.

Trump now runs the risk so fa­mil­iar to his­to­ri­ans of the rise and fall of pre­vi­ous great pow­ers, of what might be called “Im­pe­rial Over­stretch”.

Rus­sia is fully in­volved in the Syr­ian con­flict, a death march to­wards Ar­maged­don. A fully-fledged war is in progress, with the pos­si­bil­ity that it could ig­nite World War III.

The evils of war are great in their en­durance and have a long reck­on­ing for ages to come. Peace re­mains elu­sive in Syria and Iraq as the grim bat­tle for sur­vival and supremacy rages on.

The psy­chol­ogy of killing and wit­ness­ing of such raw vi­o­lence, will af­fect young Arabs for decades to come. The hor­rors of this war will never re­cede from their col­lec­tive mem­o­ries.

War de­mol­ishes the progress made by mankind. It is ret­ro­grade step in the de­vel­op­ment of hu­man­ity. As the sword of Damo­cles hangs over the Mid­dle East, the world watches on silently. His­tory will not be kind to us. It will judge us harshly.

These Western-con­trived wars are about killing peo­ple, and it is ex­e­cuted with in­hu­man beast­li­ness. When civil­ians suf­fer in war, it is of­ten a de­lib­er­ate act.

These are the strate­gic de­ci­sions of po­lit­i­cal and mil­i­tary lead­ers who make civil­ians their tar­gets to gain the up­per hand in their quest for global domination.

Women and chil­dren in the con­flict zones, who played no role in the con­flict, are the peo­ple who have suf­fered most.

The world is shocked and in a state of po­lit­i­cal coma, un­able to solve the killings in Syria.

Its con­science has been shaken by re­ports of sys­tem­atic bru­tal­ity that has en­veloped the land mass of Syria. The UN has been con­fronted with in­ex­pli­ca­ble bru­tal­ity com­mit­ted in ev­ery corner of Syria. No area re­mains untouched; it has be­come a des­o­late land,as the in­ter­ven­tion­ists re­sort to car­pet bomb­ing, which is a grave vi­o­la­tion of ev­ery facet of in­ter­na­tional law.

Dur­ing the Nurem­berg tri­als, Nazi lead­ers were hung for sim­i­lar breaches of laws re­gard­ing war crimes against hu­man­ity.

What is hap­pen­ing in Syria, Ye­men and Iraq re­flect the bar­bar­ity of our times.

The ICC re­mains silent on these is­sues. It is an in­sti­tu­tion that has out­lived its rel­e­vance and its only op­tion is to dis­band and be rel­e­gated to the dust heap of his­tory.

What’s hap­penng re­flects bar­bar­ity of our time

Joburg

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