Man’s Ego and a Thriving War Industry- A Brief Retrospection

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Photo Credit – Al Jazeera

Men kill each other over ego and superiority instead of looking at the best interest of safeguarding innocent lives who most of the time are counted as collateral damage of conflicts and wars they have no knowledge about.

I am not from a rich country, neither am I wealthy nor comfortable. in fact the average nominal per capita income of my country is a little above $1,511.

But the fact is too many people have died and continue to die in wars created in political meetings spearheaded by politicians and stakeholders with vested interests. This self-sustaining war industry final interest rest  greed.I cannot overrule the influence of political and ideological underpinnings in such unfortunate conflicts but again why would a reasonable man want to profit from the death of another. From this standpoint, I tend to agree with Thomas Hobbes description of the state of man as “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short”.

No one seems to care about who dies anymore. Every minor political disagreement could be blown up by the media  and the end result is death of innocent people .

Earlier today,I was watching a news story on Al Jazeera News Network and my heart sunk further into my stomach because of the worsening famine situation of the people of Yemen.

Already one of the poorest countries in the Middle East, their problems  have been compounded by a civil war which doesn’t seem to see an end in sight. This war  began in 2015 and has brought nothing but more pain and devastation to the people.

Again I am not a saint. I have my shortcomings but I abhor any kind of violence. I find it very disturbing that humans would entertain the thoughts of war when much focus could be concentrated on sustainable development and repairing the already fractured bridge of peace that has eluded us for eternity.

Yemen is facing one of the largest humanitarian crisis in the world and I cant seem to figure out how the UN can’t find $2.1bn to provide aid but its richest neighbours Saudi Arabia strikes an arms deal worth over a 100 billion dollars with America. I will be the first to admit the complicated nature of geopolitics but this doesn’t sink in. at all.

To this, I ask where is our humanity?


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