The current refugee/migrants crisis arising from millions of uprooted people of war torn Middle Eastern countries is one of the worst human tragedies of our times. The humiliation, indignation and even serious risks , some of these unfortunate people who are heading for Western Europe seeking political asylum, are encountering, have become daily scenes of our TV screens.
The misery, destruction ad devastation caused by internal conflicts and external interventions in Iraq, Libya, Syria and now in Yemen have changed the faces of these nations beyond recognition. The advent of Daesh/ISIS has added a new political dimension to the already highly charged situation in the region. This terrorist and tyrant force with evil designs, initially, was aided and abetted by the USA and its allies with the aim of dismantling Assad’s regime in Syria.
The ISIS is now busily engaged in indiscriminate killings of innocent people and forcing them to leave their homelands. Once more, the West has foolishly failed to learn any lessons from their humiliating defeat in the hands of the Taleban in Afghanistan. Iraq and Libya are still burning with unabated violence and Syria has reached the precipice where no solution is visible in the foreseeable future.
These countries are undergoing an existential crisis begotten by drastic changes and ruptures brought about by the external forces who deliberately want to create political and social chaos and turmoil in order to weaken them and impose their hegemony. Such militarily powerful countries refuse to acknowledge their misery, death and destruction as a result of their unethical and immoral policies of meddling in the internal affairs of weaker nations.
The United Nations has become an impotent and toothless organisation unable and incapable of maintaining and sustaining its impartiality in finding a peaceful solution of any serious international conflict. In reality, it has always played to the tune in favour of those who pay it. Hence, the concerns and grievances of poor members, who constitute the majority, are either ignored or vetoed by the powerful members of this club.
Let us not forget that the genesis of the current bloody situation in the Arabic speaking countries is the Iraqi war; an illegal war against Iraqi people for it was fought with clumsy excuses and deceits to justify it. George W Bush simply wanted to take revenge on behalf of his father and personal political glory. Our then prime minister, Tony Blair, willingly became his crime partner in this. The after effects of the Iraqi war were a rapid rise in extremism and terrorism and a window of opportunity availed for Al-Qaida and its allies who soon became a formidable force to reckon with. Subsequent attacks on Libya and Syria by America and its allies were responsible for the creation of further political instability, chaos, havoc and sectarian violence.
During the early stage of the formation, ISIS was sponsored, promoted and financially supported by the American and British secret agencies to assist the rebels fighting against the regimes of Gaddafi and Assad. This ill-conceived geo-strategy is a legacy of the persistent influence of the neoconservative ideology motivated by America’s longstanding ambitions to control regional oil resources and the commitment, to defend Israeli designs for expansionism, and in pursuit of these aims, to redraw the map of the Middle East.
Perhaps it was not expected, though foolishly, that ISIS will one day will become their staunch enemy. However, the folly of this policy has contributed to the suffering of innocent citizens of these unfortunate countries as a result of unparalleled terrible developments there.
We the public in Britain were deliberately misled by Blair and his cronies and plunged into a war that has benefited no one but has only caused misery, death and suffering of millions of people. And the cost to our tax payers has been enormous together with the irretrievable loss of lives of our soldiers.
Is it not ironical that the findings of the Iraq Inquiry, also referred to as the Chilcot Inquiry which commenced its hearing about six years ago, have still not been made public. Its publication has been continuously delayed without any sound reasons. This can only raise suspicions about its controversial contents and undermine its credibility.
It is said that when Machiavelli was ousted from his office, he went to live on .in his farm. But Tony Blair who was co-sponsor of the Iraq war was awarded with a noble role of a peace maker of the region. The decision of his close palls with the tacit approval of the supposedly conflict solving organisation namely United Nations, was incomprehensible. Blair made millions of pounds out of this highly paid job as well as a renowned international public speaker on global politics. A super intellectual with no conscience, whose ruthless political decision made the whole world a dangerous place to live in!!
Undoubtedly these two men are the main culprits of the illegal war against Iraq which was responsible for the unprecedented political instability in the region as well as loss of millions of civilian lives and a greater number of innocent families who now are seeking refuge in many parts of the world, including Britain. The lives of these people have become full of misery and extreme fear.
If, however, no punitive legal action is taken against such war criminals, humanity may continue to suffer from the future illegal wars. It is high time that all the peace and justice loving people of the world should do everything possible
to rid ourselves of a kind of political chicanery that is responsible, in the first place, for the destruction of humanity and subsequently to offer sympathy, solace and handkerchiefs to wipe the tears to those who, as a result, become destitute, helpless, homeless and above all… stateless.