No matter what happens now, we have demonstrated that it is possible for us to perform a united services without relinquishing our special philosophy and point of view to make a total America. In the long run this accomplishment may be more important than anything we have done, for unity amidst diversity is a fundamental problem of world peace.
(Chester Barnard 1886-1961)
Amongst the great civilizations and cultures (e.g., those of Babylonia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, India, China, and the Arab peninsula) Iran anciently known as Persia figures conspicuously; it is the citadel of great prophets, reformers, poets, mystics, philosophers, and scientists, ranging from, for instance, Zoroaster, Mani, and Muzdak, and Ferdousi, Attar, Rumi, Khayyam, Hafiz Sherazi, Sa’adi, Mahmood Shabistri, Urfi, Abdul Rehman Jami, Hussain ibn Mansoor Hallaj, Farabi, al-Beruni, al-Khwarizmi, al-Ghazali, Naseer-ud-Din Tusi, Mulla Sadra, and hundreds others, to whom human civilization owes great works and masterpieces of creative, imaginative, and intuitive human genius, so much extolled and paid tribute to by world’s scholars and orientalists.
Suffer no anxiety, for he who is a sufferer of anxiety becomes regardless of enjoyment of the world and the spirit, and contraction happens to his body and soul. (Zoroaster)
The world famous symbolic story: Kalila and Dimna (names of two animals) was originally written in Sanskrit language by an Indian philosopher to communicate political wisdom and golden rules of governance to the benefit of kings and rulers; it was translated in Persian language for the first time, from which it was translated in Arabic. Books of similar nature on political wisdom were originally written in Persian, which form a valuable heritage of ancient political philosophy.
All humans were a single community, but they differed amongst themselves, then God raised Prophets and Messengers to judge on their conflicts according to what He revealed.” - Koran
Taking the first footstep with a good thought the second with a good word and the third with a good deed I entered Paradise” (Zoroaster)
Besides, sacred books of ancient Iran including Zend-Avesta (containing Zoroaster’s revelations) and Yasna available in English translations are still a source of inspiration for many seers, mystics, and philosophers. The great German philosopher Nietzsche inspired by Zoaraster’s mystique wrote his world-renown philosophico-intuitive work: Thus Spake Zarathusra. From Zoaraster to Rumi we see the web and flow of Persian genius in its marvelous unfoldment.
The Qur’an, Purana, Upanishad, Granth, Veda, Zend-Avesta, and Gita
Are treasures replete with pearls
O’ man! Pick them up into the lap of thy heart
The light of Torah, Psalm, and Gospel
Was taken up by the Qur’an
And spread here and there
(Dr. M. Jamil Qalander)
Rumi, Hafiz Sherazi, and Khayyam have greatly influenced learned men and women of East and West, especially in India, Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt, Japan, Germany, Britain, France, and now to a great extent in America. In America, Rumi’s works have been studied from psychological point of view, and have been regarded as of enormous psychotherapeutic value. For example, an American lady specialist in psychiatry has written a book on him: “Rumi: Rebirth in Creativity”
“Knowledge has two wings, Opinion one wing: Opinion is defective and curtailed in flight.
The one-winged bird soon falls headlong; then again it flies up some two paces or (a little) more.
The bird, Opinion, falling and rising, goes on with one wing in hope of (reaching the nest)
(But) when he has been delivered from Opinion, knowledge shows its face to him: that one-winged bird becomes two-winged and spread his wings.
After that, he walks erect and straight, not falling flat on his face or ailing.
He flies aloft with two wings, like Gabriel, without disputation”
Iran like great Babylonia is a great terrestrial museum of ancient civilizations and cultures, historico-archeological monuments and vestiges, stadiums / gymnasiums, palaces, forts, tombs, shrines, temples, and mosques --- all intact and extant till this day.
Iran has been exposed in its history to some tragedies and misfortunes. It was Iran, where there were huge libraries containing oldest records and manuscripts of Persian ancient culture, which, like Library of Alexandria and libraries of medieval Baghdad and Basra, were unfortunately destroyed during foreign invasions and internal wars.
“Diversity, variation, and difference of opinions amongst my community of followers are a blessing”. (Muhammad)
Ever since the advent of Islam in the Arab peninsula and its surrounding regions, Iran has virtually remained isolated and segregated partly due to her adherence to Shia school of thought, and partly due to a misunderstanding created by a saying attributed to the second Caliph of Islam Umar: “I wish, there were walls of mountains between the Arab peninsula and Persia” – a saying that is a hearsay not substantiated by historical evidence.
"...O people, you have some rights on me which you can always claim. One of your rights is that if anyone of you comes to me with a claim, he should leave satisfied. Another of your rights is that you can demand that I take nothing unjustly from the revenues of the State. You can also demand that... I fortify your frontiers and do not put you into danger. It is also your right that if you go to battle I should look after your families as a father would while you are away. O’ people, remain conscious of God, forgive me my faults and help me in my task. Assist me in enforcing what is good and forbidding what is evil. Advise me regarding the obligations that have been imposed upon me by God...”
- Umar (Second Caliph)
Another reason may be the fact that Iran has accepted Islam, but taken and interpreted it according to her spiritual, mystical, and poetic thinking, imagination, and intuition, in contrast to the Arab peninsula, where Islam, after the golden days of early Islamic Caliphate of 6th century, was taken on its face value and applied to different and various situations in a non-philosophical.
…research has shown that what European scholars knew of Greek philosophy, of mathematics, astronomy, and like sciences, for several centuries before the Renaissance, was, roughly speaking. All derived from Latin treatises ultimately based on Arabic originals; and it was the Koran which, though indirectly, gave the first impetus to these studies among the Arabs and their allies. Linguistic investigations, poetry, and other branches of literature also made their appearance soon after or simultaneously with the publication of Koran; and the literary movement thus initiated has resulted in some of the finest products of genius and learning.
(The Koran translated from the Arabic by J.M.Rodwell, with introduction by G. Margoliouth, published by London J.M Dent & Sons LTD, New York E.P.Dutton & Co INC, 1957, page ix of Introduction)
The Shia version of Islam has retained this liberalism inspired initially by the philosophical and religious wisdom of Imam Ali, Imam Hussain, and Imam Ja’afar al-Sadiq. Imam Ali himself left behind encyclopedic works now intact and extant in various languages of the world – works that exhibit an intellectual, spiritual, mystical, social, political, moral, and cosmological wisdom of enormous depth, breadth, and magnitude, later on reflected and elaborated in the works of Imam Ja’afar al-Sadiq, and presented in a condensed, but inter-disciplinary, holistic, and multi-dimensional fashion, in the four volume encyclopedia: Treatises of the Brethren of Purity – a masterpiece work of its kind and on its subject, unparalleled and unprecedented in human history.
“The intellect is what arrives at what is correct through reasoning, and recognizes what has not yet happened through what has already taken place. Use your intellect to understand something when you hear about the intellect that examines, that is, and not just the intellect that repeats what it hears, for surely there are many who repeat the knowledge that they hear, and there are few who examine it.” – Ali (Fourth Caliph)
At the moment, Iran is confronted with two kinds of dilemma: (1) First, it is not acceptable to the Sunnis, who form a majority part of the Muslim world, due to its being a Shia community affiliated to Ali and his family and descendants as a spiritual hierarchy, and (2) Second, it is regarded by the West as a community conservative to the extent of being extremists and hardliners, despite the fact that the actual reality is quite the opposite.
Throughout history of the Muslims, after the assassination of Imam Ali, and martyrdom of his son Imam Hussain through evil intrigues and maneuverings of the Umayyad autocratic and despotic rulers Amir Mu’awia and his son Yazid respectively, the close companions and followers of Imam Ali known as Shias on that ground were persecuted, oppressed, suppressed, brutally killed, and banished so much so that they were not in position to show their identity for fears of further persecution and elimination. Logically and naturally under these adverse and hostile conditions and environs, they receded and went underground for centuries. Since they could not afford further persecution to the extent of elimination of their identity, they were forced and compelled to retain their Shia identity by hook and crook. It was this state of affairs, which naturally and logically necessitated a kind of conservativeness on the part of Shias, which may be misunderstood and dubbed as extremism. Iran being a Shia minority within the Sunni majority of the Muslim world has to be conservative, but happily blended with sentiments of compassion and benevolence created by the pathos of the tragedy of Karbala.
“The one who has an intellect longs to be like the righteous people so that he can be of one of them, and he loves them so that he can be united with them in his love, even if he falls short in emulating their actions.” – Ali (fourth Caliph)
Imam Khomaini, who had a keen retrospective insight into, and broad vision of the history of his Shia community, felt an urgent and emergent need to save this community and its culture and civilization from oblivion by resorting to what is normally and commonly designated as Iranian revolution. Despite its apparent and seemingly misleading hardliner show, it has never been, and is a threat to neither West nor East, and nor to fine arts, historico-archeological monuments of any race, creed, religion, and community, and nor to any group or nation on religio-politico-cultural grounds.
“O you who carry knowledge around with you, are you only carrying it around with you? For surely knowledge belongs to him who ever knows and then acts accordingly, so that his action corresponds to his knowledge. There will be a people who will carry knowledge round with them, but it will not pass beyond their shoulders. Their inner most thoughts will contradict what they display in public, and their actions will contradict what they know.” (Imam Ali – the fourth Caliph)
Fortunately, Imam Khomaini’s previous attitude toward America is on its way to liquidation, as Iranian society has entered its second phase of social change dictated by the exegesis of time. Hence, we saw and witnessed this change in the person of President Ali Mohammad Khatami-Aradakhani, a moderate who enjoyed over 70% of popularity by virtue of Pro-Khatami reformist coalition. Later due to changing geo-politics, Iraq crisis, Middle East changing dynamics, global oil and energy needs, and maintaining phases of revolution brought young conservative face – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, appears as combination of Second / Thirds phase of Iranian revolution as Khatami / Ahmadinejad factors, which would be in position to transform hardliners policies into moderate society. In particular, this time and space put the Iranian society to find the niche of their gradually evaluated real concept of Iranian Islamic democratic system that could bring happy blend between current complex modern ingredients in form of Islamic theocracy and democracy.
“Any one who moves away from the center is not a North star” (Nargis)
A system that is palatable and suitable to Iranian society and matured democratic societies in the oriental and occidental hemispheres of the world.
A political system is the resonance and amplitude of the rhythm of societal values, whereas, good political system is the consonance of these values that produce symmetrical melodies of policies, which are administered through the transmission of the well-composed symphonies of public services and administration under the elected and selected personals of societies living within the boundaries of national and international laws. (Imran Ibad)
Any external interference and intervention in the internal affairs of Iran at this stage would disturb and upset the natural and normal course of change, which Iranian revolution is following and hence it would totally lead to the undoing of the best of what this revolution has brought forth in terms of socio-political structure of tremendous antique cultural values worthy of preservation according to the principles of the law of conservation and unity amidst diversity, as it would be unwise and unjust to interfere in the internal affairs of the inner spiritual, imaginative, and intuitive realm of Great Vatican, which offers another diversity from Christian perspective. So it is high time for international community to develop socio-politico-economico-cultural ties with Iran instead of politico-economico-military segregation and isolation of Iran.
“No one starts a war – rather, no one in his sense ought to do so- without first being clear in his mind what he intends to achieve by what war….” Clausewitz
Fortunately, there are many political seers and diplomatic sages in the West, especially in America, like Senator Joseph Biden and Madeline Albright and many others, who have an emphatic understanding of Iran’s situations and problems, and have taken bold initiatives to bridge the gulf between US and Iran, and to develop cordial politico-economic relations between the two countries. But these initiatives remained a dream because of the current global situation, the Middle East crisis, and Gulf crisis.
Iranian Quagmire and Conflict Resolution
“What serious-minded men not engaged in the professional business of philosophy most wanted to know is what modifications and abandonments of intellectual inheritance are required by the newer industrial, political, and scientific movements… The task of future philosophy is to clarify men’s ideas as to the social and moral strifes of their own day. Its aim is to become, so far as is humanly possible, an organ for dealing with these conflicts…A catholic and far-sighted theory of the adjustment of the conflicting factors of life is philosophy.”
This complex, complicated, sensitive, delicate, mysterious, interesting, and intriguing conflict requires special local, national, regional and global positioning at distinct and distinguished vertical and horizon vertexes, in order to fathom out as many dimensions, angels, and dynamics to bring sound judgement to resolve conflicting circles that falls directly within the domain and jurisdictions on current US-Iranian Conflict. This conflict also requires revolutionary and evolutionary reactionary elements on both the sides to move in harmony on one end, while evolution – creation compounds to move in cohesion for the sake of unity amidst diversity amidst unity - Developing health bio-chemistry within the bounds of religio-spiritio-historico-philosophico-socio-politico-economico-military-education-legla-cultural arenas that are directly and indirectly related to all fellow human beings, who are sharing same blue and green planet for ages. While some ages were known and still few ages are unknown to majority of rational as well as faithful mind and heart living in this world of 21st century – information and communication age.
“Not perfection as a final goal, but the ever-enduring process of perfecting, maturing, refining, is the aim in living… The bad man is the man who, no matter how good he has been, is beginning to deteriorate, to grow less good. The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better. Such a conception makes one severe in judging himself and humane in judging others.” (John Dewey)
Given this background and perspective, Iran is in dire need of coming out of the atmosphere of misunderstanding and misgivings spread here and there about her policies and stands, especially in America and her allies due to lack of communication and gulf of polarization in all vital public and private sectors, society and community interacting grounds, and last but not least national and international forums for government-to-government interaction and initiating good inter and intra / national and international public policies, services, affairs, and administration that could facilitate policies, strategies, tactics, and techniques for taking Iran and US in particular out of imminent global conflict through comprehensive individual and collective WILLS. While neighboring countries and regional powers in general can provide timely assistance wisely, in order to diffuse the situation for the sake of regional and international peace, stability, security, and prosperity.
"I have ever thought religion a concern purely between our God and our consciences, for which we were accountable to Him, and not to the priests." - Thomas Jefferson
Due to some misgivings Iran has been unjustly placed in “Patterns of Extremism” – a notion based also on the fact of linguistic barriers that prevent men of one culture to probe the inner beauty, goodness, excellence, sublimity, and magic of another culture. Amongst these misgivings is the perception spread in some significant parts of the world, especially in the western hemisphere about some current significant socio-political segments in Iran as central bunker for terrorism in the Middle East and blockade for the road to democracy. In order to dispel these misgivings, it would be very wise to consult and employ a joint body of orientalists and occidentalists, especially experts in Iranian civilization and culture to bridge the gap of lack of communication and barrier of language, and play a role of liaison in bringing America and Europe in rapport with Iran. Furthermore, this body should find ways and means to initiate and develop a series of dialogues between US and Iran for the sake of maintaining logical understanding of regional strategic balance of power between pre-emptive and strategy of deterrence (defensive with limited offensive capability) doctrines between two sovereign nations and cultures as mandatory steps to avoid as well as contain any future aggression / transgression in thinking, intentions, and actions by any sides. In other words, keeping both sides cool by confidence building measures is indispensable in this arena.
“To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without battle (fighting)”. – Sun Tzu
As in the light of pre and post 9-11 era / Cold war – Campaign against Terrorism, the US-Iran Crisis has all the potential to grow into a mature international conflict being currently seen through the prism of nuclear subject. This prevailing perception divides into two main perspectives that are in dire need of building bridges over two opposing thoughts of philosophical in nature at Iranian and US national stand point in particular, and rest of the world being as witness as well as participants to deal with this delicate theater of threats, fears, concerns, and apprehension due to misunderstanding and miscommunication. Any further delay to resolve this crisis may gradually and consistently warm-up immediate theater of conflicts carrying different and distinct spheres, circles and subjects carrying distinguish and distinct measurements. US-Iran crisis needs far-sightedness and insightfulness approach that could visualize future regional and international paradigm shift, which historically and philosophically comes after ages.
“They possess free will and compulsion besides,
As in oyster shells raindrop becomes pearls.
Outside the shell they are raindrops, great and small;
Inside they are precious pearls, big and little.
These men also resemble the musk deer’s bag;
Outside it is blood, but inside pure musk.”
Iran on one hand, desires to acquire nuclear technology for national energy needs. Hence automatically, genuinely and logically connecting to philosophical offshoots, which are of geo-socio-politico-economico-military-culture in nature.
On the other hand, US and EU as leading world voice with politico-diplomatic supportive voice along with tacit / indirect support from China and Russia in particular and few countries in South East Asia, Middle East, Far East Asia in general [which can be termed as ‘Genuine Force Factor’ to Bridge over the gulf between Iran and US (along with her allies)’ during, immediate, and after the inevitable long-term regional and international conflict of complex and complicated circles of conflict} through the forum of IAEA and UN Security Council trying to acquire clarity of nuclear subject that doesn’t pose apprehension, concerns, and threats to the American strategic interests and efforts in particular and her allies in general to achieve multiple objectives on war against terrorism – Operation Enduring Freedom as outlines in direct, indirect, and supportive comparative respective doctrines, policies, strategies, tactics, and techniques under the ‘Rule of Law’, ‘International Laws’, and respective ‘constitutional Laws’ through retrospective political views, values, and apprehensions.
“If we decide to do this thing, I know we can do it successfully. And there's no doubt in my mind that the whole world hangs in the balance.” George C. Marshall
To pin point, all the above deductions have put US and Iran face to face as two concepts of democratic system struggling to understand better each other socio-psychological-cultural factors of respective diverse societies carrying sound philosophical foundations and existence.
“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” – Winston Churchill
Keeping in view all vital tracks of current global movement, while evaluating and considering current comparative oriental and occidental public opinions, national and international perspectives, and comparative doctrinal apprehensions since pre and post 9-11 and cold war in the light of ‘Comparative Rule of Law’; We, however, humbly put forward the following recommendations to be considered by the government and people of Iran, US, and international community (leading countries such as: United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China, India, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Jordon, Egypt, Israel, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, UAE, etc) to finally dispel once for all the climate of misunderstanding and misgivings spread about her within and without the Islamic world in particular and regional / international community in general.
2.Iran is advised to present its Middle East Peace Plan more elaborate, comprehensive, and promising than Saudi peace plan.
3.Iran has every right to support its pro-faith elements in the world. What is needed at this moment is to gradually change the mode of her support so as to bring it at par with international norms and standards of rationality, legality, and morality.
4.It would be further advisable for Iran that as Saudi government in her peace plan has tacitly and implicitly recognized Israeli community’s right to existence and survival, so Iran should experience no difficulty in normalizing her relations with that community.
5.If Iran overcomes her difficulties in developing good relations with America, then her energy needs and potential can be exploited well to the benefit of her native community, especially by assisting in resolving the current global energy crisis. In a nutshell, Iran needs a penta-angular relationship with Russia, China, America, Europe, and the Arab world in the areas of cooperation and collaboration related to regional peace, stability, security, and prosperity through mutual interaction at symposia, seminars, conferences, workshops, and educational programs. Initially, bringing conformity on Washington-Tehran-TelAviv-Moscow-Beijing-London-Paris-Berlin-Kabul-Islamabad-Dehli axis is mandatory to dispel US-Iranian conflict that has all the potential to become the leading conflict of the first quarter of 21st century, which can alter the regional and international frontiers and composition forever.
6.During the current Middle East issue and Iraqi crisis, Iran should explore ways and means to remove climate of polarization, miscommunication, and misunderstanding between her and America through restoring necessary positive diplomatic, socio-political relations with US as a bridge of building mutual trust and confidence, which would save much time, energy, and resources of both the countries that are otherwise spent as a result of this polarization. Iran as a leading member of OIC can play a leadership role in presenting and projecting the real spirit of Islamic culture and civilization as a great pacifist and knowledge inspiring force operative to bring peace, security, and prosperity to all humans in the most scientific, liberal, and humanistic way to the world, in collaboration with other leading countries and thinkers having written on Islam in the same vein and spirit– all this according to Iran’s best traditions of poetico-mystic vision, imagination, and intuition characteristic of her culture, and so much required by ailing, wailing, and suffering humans.
7.In this process of normalization, Iran needs to develop relations of cordiality, trust, and confidence with the Arab world, and for that she has to review and revise her policies, both theoretical and practical, over the disputes related to boundary lines demarcation between her and UAE, as a show of goodwill gesture to her immediate and remote neighbors, which would be certainly and surely reciprocated by positive response on the part of the Gulf States. This move would ultimately lead to de-militarization of the region, resulting -in turn- into enabling the region to act and play its role as a center of excellence in the field of business and industrial projects.
8.Iran has plenty of influence in Iraq through religious, historical, social, political economical and cultural sources and resources. On the other hand, US as well as the Arab and non-Arab allies may put their entire efforts to bring stability in Iraq during her current conflict. Due to strong opposing forces of diverse natures within the Arab / Islamic world, and due to deep clash of perspectives, reasoning, thinking, intentions, logic, and sentiments - the gulf among some nations, communities, societies, regions, and cultures is widening every day. Therefore, Iran due to her vast knowledge and leading role in the geo-socio-politico-economico-cultural areas, and her vast understanding of frontiers of delicate, complicated, complex, sensitive, intricate but mysterious, beautiful, and mystical part of this unique world region is needed to put all real efforts to establish and maintain direct diplomatico-socio-politico-economico—cultural-security ties with US and her allies during their sojourn for logically right philosophical efforts under ‘Rule of Law’ to establish timely effective, positive, and constructive democratic bridge for the sake of avoiding any grave global conflict of adverse consequences worst than Iraqi crisis in the significant part of humanity carrying asymmetrical shape of symmetrical pattern.
9.Iran is considered as a community of Ulemas (religious dignitaries and priests); it is a Muslim Vatican of spirituality and a valuable museum of antique Islamic values taken and understood in their inter-disciplinary, holistic, and multi-dimensional aspects in active inter-faith dialogue with other religions as envisioned by John Gordak in his world renown book on Imam Ali: “The Voice of Human Justice”. These Ulemas by virtue of their Platonic adherence to the trio of spirituality, rationality, and morality can build bridges of understanding, communication, and interaction with international community. They are sincerely advised not to repeat the mistakes made by the extremism of Wahhabism, and its by product: Talibanism.
“You yourself say that belief in God…has kept some men from crime; this alone suffices me. When this belief prevents even ten assassinations, ten calumnies, I hold that all the world should embrace it. Religion, you say, has produced countless misfortune; say rather the superstition which reigns on our unhappy globe. This is the cruelest enemy of the pure worship due to the Supreme Being. Let us detest this monster which has always torn the bosom of its mother; those who combat it are the benefactors of the human race; it is a serpent which chokes religion in its embrace; we must crush its head without wounding the mother whom it devour.” (Voltaire)
In a nutshell, Iran as community of enlightened, open hearted and broad minded Ulemas, moderates, and promising youth – all forming a trio of highly civilized, cultured, and polite community, can easily become a bridge for peace, stability, security and prosperity through her penta-angular relations with Russia, China, Europe, America, and the Arabs, with potential and capability to play as a self-sufficient cultural center of excellence through her projection and symbolization of the principles of Unity amidst Diversity, and Diversity amidst Unity.
“What one human being can be to another is not a very great deal; in the end everyone stands alone; and the important thing is, who it is that stands alone…The happiness which we receive from ourselves is greater than that which we obtain from our surroundings…The world in which a man lives shapes itself chiefly by the way in which he looks at it…Since everything which exists or happens for a man exists only in his consciousness, and happens for him alone, the most essential thing for a man is the constitution of his consciousness…Therefore it is with great truth that Aristotle says, “To be happy means to be self-sufficient.”
In conclusion, every civilization finds it necessary for its survival to adopt the policy of adhering to the quadruplet of mutual accommodation, adjustment, adaptation, and assimilation by entering into a process of negotiations and concessions to make its values more palatable to the outsiders. It should be borne in mind that each and every civilization and culture is a museum of human values, wisdom, and knowledge worthy of being preserved at all costs.
Therefore, in post cold war / 9-11 eras, it is important for the oriental and occidental civilizations in general and US-Iran-Euro-Russia-Sino-Indo-Islamic world in particular to share their common values and cultural heritage through mutual dialogues, conferences, symposia, meetings, forums, seminars, and visits, and thus build an atmosphere of mutual trust and confidence for the sake of peaceful co-existence of all civilizations. Let us consider this globe of ours as a huge museum, which we should never make any mistake to damage by waging unnecessary and irrational modes of war in the name of fighting terrorism. Otherwise, fighting terrorism would become another form of terrorism and it would be like asking peace from the hell.
If common values are not easily recognizable by virtue of barrier of language and lack of cultural communication, then we have to resort back to consult the world renown and qualified body of orientalists and occidentalists who have already contributed to the mutual understanding between east and west for locating good Laws in Reasoning and Faith that could protect the civilizations at large.
While trying to bring enemies of humanity, cultures, civilizations, art monuments of the antique world, museums, libraries, and archeologico-architectural wonders to justice, it should be borne in mind that this endeavor is required more than to killing human generation and damaging natural and man-made environment by coercive methods of using weapons instead of pen in the hands of the joint body of orientalists and occidentalists and well-wishers of east and west, and instead of logical, philosophical, and scientific methods of dialogue and persuasion. Let me illustrate my point by referring to the example wild beast of jungle such as falcons, snakes, tigers, lions, crocodiles, and sharks, if these are liable to be tamed by wise and rational methods of communication, then humans are far more susceptible to rational suggestions and logical maneuverings. This is the point which the Koran brings home by saying: “Repel evil by a method, which is the most beautiful and balanced one. And lo! The person between whom and you there is enmity would become your bosom friend.”
But if politic-military options are used as the only option available on the table to resolve issues and conflicts, then it is bitter fact of history that military solution breeds militancy, further aggravates terrorist activities, and exposes the agents to an atmosphere of insecurity and fear every where as it is evident from our current experiences since 9-11 era. We should take it into consideration that before the collapse of the ex-Soviet Union and US-Iraq two wars, America was received globally as a torch bearer of human rights, liberty, freedom, and respect for human cultures and civilizations, and one of the most innovative and creative civilization of humanity. But now the public opinion all over the world has taken a U-turn, which is not a good omen for the future of American people and rest of the world.
If the current campaign is against global terrorism in the real sense of the term, that is, to protect human values, civilizations, and cultures then it requires efforts of diverse nature. For the sake of this campaign going on against terrorism, it is very much necessary to insure that it should not be let become another form of terrorism creating a gloomy atmosphere of phobias, fears, psychosis, and neurosis at regional and international levels. But it should remain within the limits of rationality and logicality, apart from considering the US methodology of Clear-Hold-Build strategy to win over nonnegotiable demands imposed by elements considered to be detrimental to the broader, universally, and internationally agreed concepts of global peace, security, stability, and prosperity. But the art of global and regional conflict resolution also requires an evolution process that well-defines the articles and parts in conflict, and with the passage of time brings gradual and consistent methods, ways and means that could diffuse the undesirable situations amicably with the strength that could bring harmony within those articles and parts moving in conflict, even to the extend of adopting the motto: ‘forget and forgive from heart and mind,’ while also putting an effort to bring ‘center of gravity’ before the court of Sound Reasoning that enunciates atmosphere of justice for all for the sake of the betterment of Humanity and for the sake of the happy and bright future of humanity both distant and far-distant.
Imran Ibad is writer and author of Science and Art of Global Conflict Resolution and Crisis Management – A Sociological Philosophy of Global Policies, Strategies and Tactics for Peace. He is expert in developing strategic research papers and designing international projects.