Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD.;
Towards understanding the Impulse of Time, Nature of Things, Peace, and Conflict Resolution
Are we witnessing a time when most exemplary vigilance is subject to unthinkable surprises?
We, the People,, the Humanity realize that the horrors of wars, the forced displacement of several millions of people, and human sufferings and pains coming out of the raging war between Russia, Ukraine, and the West are not the substance of human kindness and compassion tormenting us day and night for the last over a year. Our common lives, social, moral, intellectual minds, and political-economic perceptions if not fully ravaged or at least exhausted to the lowest level of human thinking that we are unable to THINK of a navigational change. Yet, most world leaders appeared indifferent and inept not to speak directly – about how to arrange a dialogue for an immediate ceasefire and peace-making. China’s President Xi Jinping is not a despot in his thinking and understanding of the continued conflict and in a highly critical and furious situation, he has taken the lead to offer his good offices for a meaningful pursuit between the warring parties. While the political adversaries against universal peace and brotherhood were propagating a new era of catastrophic fault lines for a nuclear showdown and a Third World War, Mr. Xi Jinping has a vision and proactive ideas to the touchstone of reason and adaptability to a navigational change for the good of humanity.
Strangely enough, none of the Western leaders – be it the US, NATO or the EU with the exception of Emmanuel Macron (France) had fostered a vision for a dialogue with Russia and China or to forge understanding for a peaceful resolution of the conflict. It was absurd that knowledgeable leaders of the Western alliances could miss several opportunities for a face to face meeting with President Putin or China’s President to explore the possibilities for an amicable end to the hostilities. Complementing his historic ties with the Russian Federation, China appears to be making the logical headlines for a peaceful change and a new beginning between Russia and Ukraine. Perhaps most Western strategic thinkers and intelligence communities assigned too much intellectual power to their current political leaders or their hourly hired political advisors having the moral and intellectual capacity to be entrusted for effective role-play in dealing with Russia and China. The missing intelligence to know and understand the Nature of Things and the conflict within the universe and to human nature, they failed miserably lacking proactive vision and have become silent dummies and perhaps vices to endanger the peace and future of mankind. Their indifference, obscure intents and primitive impulses of political reflections of Russia, Ukraine and China are simply games of puzzles – games of numbers of external affairs arising from absurd notions of ignorance and arrogance of their own powerful egoisms for hegemony and control of the world.
After more than a year, the continued dreadful tragedy of Russian-Ukrainian conflict could lead to infallible results to encroach mankind prematurely into accidental annihilation by the use of tactical nuclear weapons. An evil is inseparable from contemporary global politics but glory lives in the conception of good, not in evil. All the nationalistic leaders compete in media propagation to have superior imagery for hegemonic politics and affluence. They were not prepared and are afraid of being replaced by the phenomenon of change and future-making. Morally and intellectually bankrupt leaders have no time to understand the aspirations of global mankind. We, the People of the globe aspire for peace, not for wars or destruction of human habitats by nukes and aggression against the weak and powerless.
A rational conflict analysis and search for peace involves listening and learning to divergent viewpoints and finding a common place of reasoning without agreeing or disagreeing to halt the animosities. This is effective communication and enlightened leadership traits. But the US, NATO, the EU, Russia and Ukraine are stuck in a seamless but vicious entanglement. Ironically, desperation could aggravate anyone to use nukes unilaterally with global catastrophic consequences.
This state of affairs reflects complete societal breakdown and march towards self-annihilation. Political condemnations and economic sanctions will not change the course of history but a reasoned dialogue of direct talks could produce desirable outcomes for peace. Recently, China has successfully managed to restore relationships between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Its ripple effects appear to be making peace between the sectarian parties in Yemen. Despite Western skepticism and psychological reservations, the center of gravity will change and we hope that Chain’s President initiatives will produce tangible outcomes for an immediate ceasefire and peace-making process to end the conflict.
We, the People , We, the Humanity must demonstrate Unity of Purpose for Peace
Political rationality requires moral and objective-oriented reasoning. Nationalism and nationalistic Empires have long gone to the unknown pages of history. Those leaders who imagine reconstructing the self-preserving and wretchedness of dead history must rethink and change to be living in the 21ts century of knowledge and universal brotherhood. We hope that the people of Russia, the US, Britain, France, Germany and other EU nations are not the victims of dreadful and inhuman tragedies of the past. Unlike the US, NATO, Britain and France; China did not invade or occupied Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia or Syria and has no history of colonization. It did not explode “Mother of Bombs” in Afghanistan or massacred three millions in Iraq. We, the People of globe believe in human unity, peace and the leaders need to learn how to co-exist in universal harmony and be at peace on this Earth. Wee the human beings are a by-product of Earth and its lifelines must be protected for our common good and survival. Bombs and ballistic missiles hit the Earth and destroy all living things. Earth was meant for life and human progress, not destruction by human wickedness towards the Nature of Things. The Earth is a living entity and is meant for us – the human beings. The Divine warning clarifies our role on this Earth:
Do no mischief on the Earth after it hath been set in order, but call on God with fear and longing in hearts. For the Mercy of God is always near to those who do good. (Chapter 7: 56: The Qur’an).
We, the conscientious people of the globe possess rational understanding of an equilibrium and balanced relationship between Man, Life and God-given living Universe in which we all reside. We, the People of knowledge wonder who else except God created life, the Earth and the living Universe floating in space well balanced and functional since time immemorial. Who else other than God determined the Earth spinning of 1670 km per hour? Who else than God ordained it to orbit the sun at 107,000 km per hour? And who else than God made it to spin at 28,437 km per hour at the equator? (https://www.newscientist.com/question/fastearthspin/#ixzz7C8p37S9X). Be aware that the earth average distance to the Sun is about 93 million miles (105 million km); the distance of Moon from Earth is currently 384,821 km equivalent to 0.002572 Astronomical Units and if the distance between the Earth-Sun and the Earth-moon were ever to change, there will be no sign of life, human civilizations or habitats left on Earth. You as a human being as One Humanity has one origin – why can’t we co-exist in peace and harmony? Do people ponder and realize how human beings are created by God and how societies flourish since time immemorial?
It is God Who has created you from dust; Then from a sperm drop,
Then from a leech-like clot; Then He does get you out (into the light)
As a child: then lets you (grow and) reach your age of full strength; then lets you become old,
Though of you there are, some who die before;
And lets you reach a Term appointed; in order that ye May learn wisdom. (Chapter 40: 67: The Qur’an)
This understanding is critical for peacemaking and peaceful coexistence within the Universe. The continued bombardments and missile attacks on civilians will increase tragic tensions, not the unity of the masses targeted by war machines.
Looking for a Navigational Change – We cannot Imagine a Third World War
We, the People, We, the Humanity are reliving the unthinkable horrors, bloodbaths, and massacres of innocent civilians watching the daily news screen in Ukraine and what happened during the Two European World Wars – still fresh on the human slate of memories. NATO, the EU, the US and Russia created strategic divides and breathe in perpetuated animosities. What a human catastrophe and ignorance, they cannot think outside the mindless box. They all invest in military campaigns and military solutions. SIPRI reports a major increase in weapons production, sales, and profiteering by the US, China, and Russia. No check and balance strategy is open to international accountability – no international law or so-called preservation of the Geneva Conventions. When ignorant and wicked leaders transgress the limits of the Laws of God and target the innocents, they are often punished by God for violating the basic covenant of human life on Earth. We call it to change in the historic landscape.
Every beginning has its end. Those looking for military confrontations and solutions are mindless figures. The few obsessed with invincible armies and political powers – the self-centered maniacs – all causing massive deaths and destruction to endanger life, human habitats, and the sanctity of Planet Earth. The NEED is urgent to understand – how to change the egoistic and embittered insanity of a few warlords into an equilibrium of balanced relationship between Man, Life, and the God-given living Universe in which we reside all. If we bent on ignoring the living Time and opportunities for peaceful change, our common sense could lead to a cataclysmic ending. It is an irresistible necessity of time and truth that the war between Russia and Ukraine must come to an end. Tyranny of any kind is always powerless and transitory, and it must end for the beleaguered masses of the regions.
We, the People of Conscience hope and imagine that all parties in this unwarranted conflict will realize that we are One humanity, and our unity and future are inseparable from each other. To make peace and resolve the conflict peacefully, several months earlier, this author proposed a rational framework of direct communication between President Putin, President Biden, NATO, the EU and Ukraine leadership at the earliest:
“Why Russia, NATO, the EU and Ukraine cannot Make Peace?” https://english.pravda.ru/opinion/152450-peace_ukraine/ https://www.uncommonthought.com/mtblog/archives/2022/06/22/global-conflict-management-why-cant-russia-nato-the-eu-and-ukraine-make-peace.php
[Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja specializes in international affairs-global security, peace, and conflict resolution with keen interests in Islamic-Western comparative cultures and civilizations, and author of several publications including the latest: One Humanity and the Remaking of Global Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution. Germany, 12/2019]