posted on 24 November 2015
Written by Frank Li
The answer is very simple: because of human nature - People are competitive and some of us are just evil!
The harsh reality is that unless we all work towards peaceful co-existence, including keeping the evil in check, we will end up with World War III, accidentally (Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border, Moscow denies airspace violation) or by design. Either way, it may destroy us all, as a species!
1. Human beings
We, as the sole surviving hominid species, are competitive by nature! Not only do we compete against other species, we also compete among ourselves, individually as well as by group (e.g. country, race, and religion). Three informative readings:
Sadly, some of us are inherently evil. Two examples: Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein! Can we prevent the bad ones from perpetrating their evil? No! But we must try to minimize the damage and suffering they cause!
2. WWI and WWII
WWII was even larger in scale and more destructive than WWI. To prevent another world war, the United Nations was created.
3. The United Nations
The UN is mostly democratic, now with 193 member states enjoying equal rights in voting (i.e. one state, one vote).
The UN is not truly democratic in one aspect at least: it gives the veto power to five Permanent members of the UN Security Council: the U.S., the U.K., France, China, and Russia.
Why the veto power to the privileged five? There are too many special interests to allow true democracy in the UN, then at the inception and now!
Although the UN has addressed many issues since its inception, its chief focus can be easily found by examining the vetoes exercised by the big five. Here is a highlight (Vote power at the UN Security Council):
Because the Cold War is over, for the purposes of this discussion, let's forget about Russia and focus on the U.S. alone: what is the status of the Middle East today? It's a mess, thanks to America's brainless foreign policy and reckless actions! For more, read: Middle East: Past, Present, and Future.
4. The International Court
Another important international organization governing the behaviors of nations is the International Court. Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia - International court:
Why did the U.S. withdraw in 2012? It might have something to do with George W. Bush and the Iraq War! Specifically, here are two perspectives:
What, then, is Mr. Blair's position on the Iraq War? Here is the latest news: Tony Blair's acceptance that Iraq war facilitated rise of ISIS is a first step to acknowledging the conflict was a disaster. What about President George W. Bush's position? No change of heart, yet!
5. Is George W. Bush a war criminal?
Perhaps, at least by some international standards as well as by a few American standards! Two examples:
6. America vs. the world
America may never concede to handing George W. Bush over to the International Court, but we must truly understand the Iraq War, not only from the American perspective, but also from the international perspectives! For more, read: America vs. the World.
Specifically, despite the recent terror attacks in Paris, Americans must not be un-American on two critical issues: religion and immigration!
Avoid a religious war between Christianity and Islam!
America has the responsibility for both Iraq and Syria - We destroyed the former and we have ruined the latter - The world knows it! For more, read: Paris Was Attacked, Again!
Not all of us get along all the time. Some can’t get along any of the time. But for any hope of world peace, some of us must get along all the time from now on. Specifically, I am referring to the big three: America, Russia, and China! For more, read: Three New Kingdoms.
Among the big three, America obviously holds the most important key to the world! If we promote peace and harmony, the rest of the world may follow suit. On the other hand, if we continue our current war-mongering policy, we will inevitably cause World War III, in which America will be involved and destroyed for sure. The only two questions are: (1) which of the other big three will be directly involved against America in MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) and (2) will the last one of the big three be left standing after the war? For more, read: Don’t Mess with Nuclear-Armed China!
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