Before discussing the terms ‘evil’ and ‘menace’, it is indispensible to define the terms ‘imperialism’ and ‘terrorism’. The word terror and terrorism have become nearly-synonymous to our daily lives.
These two terms are not new for us, but still ambiguous. Succinctly, imperialism is the process whereby powerful countries try to extend their power and increase their wealth by bringing the world under their control. On the other hand, terrorism is the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political, religious, or any sort of other aim.
Imperialism has been the most powerful, and the gravest, force in world’s history. The imperialist nations, in the past, had destroyed natural resources, people’s lives and property and routed civilizations just to make their countries strong enough for future exploitation of the resources of weak nations. They divided people on the basis of caste, creed and colour, and massacred millions of innocent people to fulfil their nefarious designs. One of such inhumane instance was when France, in 1947, killed nearly 80,000 Madagascans to crash a nationalist uprising. United States and United Kingdom have also killed tens of thousands of innocent people in their colonies, only to protect their own interests. In the contemporary world, the strategy and form of old imperialism has changed altogether. The presence of multinationals, military bases, interference in internal affairs of underdeveloped countries, and war on terror speak volumes about neo-colonialism.
World War II devastated the world and its aftermath was an elongated period of confusion, hatred and mistrust. Soon after the WWII, the world was divided into two poles, viz. Capitalist and Communist, lead by the US and Russia respectively. The Capitalist and Communist blocs started devising new policies and conspiring against each other which ensued in a Cold War that lasted for almost forty-five years. During this War, the American slogan was ‘Communist threat’, and ‘the world peace at risk’. However, the real motives behind this slogan were quite different. The US was aspiring to bring the whole Europe under her control. For this purpose, the US designed an economic plan known as ‘Marshal Plan’.
In today’s world, however, time has changed and so has the slogan. Now, the imperialists raise voice for ‘war on terror’ and ‘the world peace’. This slogan has provided them with a fertile plain, especially in the Muslim world, to usurp the wealth of these nations and split them on the basis of Sunni and Shia, Arab and Non-Arab, etc. With the object of strengthening their economy, the US and its ‘allies’ have carved out a new form of imperialism namely ‘Neo-colonialism’.
Kawme Nkrumah, the leader of Ghana and its predecessor state, the Gold Coast, opines:
‘Neo-colonialism is the worst form of imperialism. For those who practice it, it means power without responsibility, and for those who suffer it, it means the exploitation without redress.’
After 9/11, the US embarked on to work more savagely to protect her interests within and without. The first victim of this savagery was Afghanistan. Afghanistan, indubitably, had always been a strategically-important country. After the US onslaught there, tens of thousands of Afghans have been killed and are still being slaughtered and millions are leading their lives in refugee camps.
Iraq is another important Muslim country that was attacked by the US-led forces in 2003 on the pretence of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs). After capturing Baghdad, the US got control over all of its oilfields and the Iraqis ‘real owners of this wealth’ became strangers in their own homeland. The US and her allies have drained the Muslim countries’ wealth off. The consequences are right before us in form of what is happening in Iraq today.
Some countries of Africa and Middle East are still the victim of American interference. The fiendish US plots have, unfortunately, given rise to sectarian violence in Muslim countries and a Muslim is cutting the throat of another Muslim. Political instability and civil wars are common in the Muslim world.
After remaining abominably successful in their plots, the US and its allies are now eyeing the economic potential of Central Asia. War in Afghanistan is a pretext to this because it connects Central Asia, Middle East and Pakistan with hot waters and Far East countries through Gwadar. The US isn’t going to stop here; its next victim is likely to be Iran. The insurgency, civil war, and mass killings in Syria, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and Pakistan expose the ulterior motives of the US. It thinks that it can preemptively strike any country where its interests are at risk; without caring for UN resolutions.
The US wants to rule the world in the decades to come. To achieve these objectives, it is creating uncertainties and fanning the hatred in Muslim world that can provide it with a good opportunity to occupy their natural resources. The Americans make no compromise with their national interests and they pursue their policy at any cost. For this, it had rejected a number of UN and UNSC resolutions. Since 2001, the US has been pursuing a hardline policy towards the Muslim world and the evil agenda ‘war on terror’ is another bullying tactic.
The corrupt, despot but puppet leaders of the Muslin world are equally responsible for this fiasco.