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Nonviolence – A Panacea for the Bleeding Wounds

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Nonviolence – A Panacea for the Bleeding Wounds

“Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. Indeed, it is a weapon unique in history, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. I believe in this method because I think it is the only way to reestablish a broken community. It is the method which seeks to implement the just law by appealing to the conscience of the great decent majority who through blindness, fear, pride, and irrationality have allowed their consciences to sleep,” these words have been spoken by Martin Luther King Jr.
War and violence will lead to destruction and compound the pains and sufferings of mankind. The historical wars, which outraged human conscience, left millions dead and wounded and humiliated their rights and honors, however, failed to bring peace and stability. The past and present wars root in racial discriminations, religious intolerance, radical ideology and men’s megalomania. Claiming racial and religious superiority and treating others with contempt will arouse public tensions and result in horrible consequence, which was witnessed by the history.
Sadly, the historical wars repeat in the present and violence and bloodshed continue around the world, mainly in the Islamic societies. For instance, the war in Syria, which started in March 2011, killed more than 250,000 people. The war erupted after some teenagers painted revolutionary slogans on a school wall. The freedom-fighters sought to protest against the subjugation and called for liberty and building democratic government – which is widely accepted around the globe. The regime resorted to violence to repress the voice of the public. This voice for freedom sparked off large-scale tensions and led to outpouring of carnage and will end in Pyrrhic victory. This war paved the ground for terrorist activities as the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, formed in post-Saddam administration in Iraq, is widely involved in the war. It is believed that Syria’s war is one of the worst political blunders ever made in the history and an irreparable blow to the region, mainly to the Islamic societies, since the issue led to the proxy war. The war has been highly challenging and complicated and hard to extinguish this fire which devours men, women and children voraciously. Hence, will violence lead to peace?
History shows that violent practices will inflict heavy casualties upon human societies and destroy the world – it is the very repetition of the history. Streams of blood will be spilled, women will be dishonored and ethnic minority groups will be killed in the worst possible way for nothing. War for nothing?  What a stupid war it is!
Whenever war roots in man’s selfishness or radical mindsets of some ideologues, it will lead to mere casualties and violation of rights and dignity. The current wars largely originate from fundamental ideology and formed radical parties such as ISIL, Taliban and Boko Haram groups. The religious and ideological war has been passed in the history of Europe and lasted for about three decades when large number of Christians, mainly Protestants, was killed.
Currently, the religious fundamentalists repeat the same text in Islamic context and used as pawn in the political game, played by masterminds. However, the violence has increased and almost the entire world is blackmailed by them in one way or another. The insurgents spew forth their venom around the globe and all people, including the children, are affected by the trauma of violence and bloodshed. The question is that why the international community has not taken step to end the killing of the masses?
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) found out that “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world” and declares that “disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts”. Since men and women are bestowed natural rights and dignity, their rights must be respected regardless of their caste, color and creed. In other words, spilling the blood of mankind on the basis of their racial and religious backgrounds is against the international instruments. The UDHR is approved to alleviate the pains and sufferings of mankind and put an end to war and violence. All nations have realized the fact that violence will hardly ever result in peace and war will be the last resort when all diplomatic ways are closed.

Whenever superiority is claimed by a nation or a group and radical ideology prevails in the world, violence will never come to an end. All nations must practice tolerance, respect the rights and beliefs of one another and treat one another with the spirit of brotherhood so as to live in peace. Nonviolence and peaceful treatment will build the utopian world of the mankind and vice versa. The current dystopia, which is filled with fear and hatred and the blood of men, women, and children, is the result of radicalism and intolerance. It is believed that secularizing political issues will decrease violence in the region. After all, the hotbed of radicalism and its supporting factors should be abolished so that the terrorist networks no more find room for their activities. Moreover, establishing regional and international counter-insurgency institutions besides national ones will lead to elimination of terrorism and reduce violence to a great extent.

Hujjattullah Zia is the permanent writer of the Daily Outlook Afghanistan. He can be reached at zia_hujjat@yahoo.com

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