Injustice, Root Cause of International Tensions

Sunday, May 25, 2008

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Injustice in international relations as well as manipulation of international bodies by big powers and even use of terrorism to scare nations, has led to unprecedented spread of tensions in the world.

At a time that economic instability has destabilized the world and in a century which has been called by the American political thinkers as the century for war of civilizations, injustice can be considered the root cause of all international abnormalities.

Some Western political thinkers and philosophers maintained that injustice was inevitable for balance of power in international community. Now, it has become a breeding ground for various abnormalities.

The world has been progressing at a time that some countries control most sources of power and wealth and the others should let them exploit their national resources in order to survive.

The United Nations, which has now 192 members, was founded to pave the way for participation of all countries in international decision-making process, but it is also plagued with injustice.

By granting the veto right to big powers which had won the World War II and which were founders of the United Nations, the world body has been rendered unable to approve decisions that are not in line with the interests of those powers and other countries should resort to the five big powers in order to have their national interests realized.

Five countries including France, China, the United States, Russia, and England created the United Nations and have tried to use it as a tool to institutionalize their power throughout the world. They enjoy right of veto which enables them to balk at any decision by the United Nations, which is not in line with their interests.

Now, terrorism is considered an international anomaly while insurgency against the central government is another form to it. At the same time, big powers are occupying smaller countries and are even challenging each other.

State terrorism of the Zionist regime has been plaguing the Palestinian people for six decades and has been met with total silence of international organizations and even some big powers like the United States are supporting the illegal regime both financially and militarily.

The United States and its allies have brought instability to the Middle East by occupying Iraq and Afghanistan and have caused millions of their citizens to be killed, wounded, or dislocated.

Now, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq which have been formerly among regional bases of US influence are breeding grounds for terrorism.

Insurgency in Colombia and elsewhere in Latin America, Basque separatism in Spain, Taliban in Afghanistan, PKK in Turkey, as well as dissents against China in Tibet is telltale of widespread instability in a unipolar world.

At present, the dialogue among countries has become similar to Cold War period after 9/11 terror attacks and presidents of the United States and Russia have frequently threatened each other with military action.

Impressed by global injustice against Muslims and influenced by the American and British intelligence agencies, al Qaeda has depicted the worse and most illogical picture of Islam and has paved the way for more influence of Western countries in the Islamic world.

While the United States is charging many independent countries like Iran with terrorism and introduces resistance movements as terrorist groups, terrorism has become a term with many connotations.

At present, any form of religious and ethnic resistance to Western liberal democracy is considered terrorism and this term is being used to overwhelm other nations.

A return to period of colonialism has started with the declaration of war against terrorism by US President George W. Bush. The big powers are no more relying on political and economic methods alone, but use the fight with terror to face any party who is opposed to the world order which helps to meet their interests.

Now, after about seven years of the beginning of war with terror, many political sociologists are of the opinion that as long as there is injustice in international relations, the existing abnormalities and tensions will be in place and even spread.

Escalation of terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as increased tension in the occupied Palestine indicates inefficiency of the theory which says injustice is inevitable.

When international community considers injustice to be inevitable, terrorism and other abnormalities should be also accepted as undeniable realities.


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