A freedom of anarchy greeted by gunfire
By Shahid Ahsan Khalid
Yemen is not a sectarian issue. It is not about Muslims either. Middle East and many African countries suffer from internal backwardness. When western industrial revolution and imperialism changed the face of the world forever, these societies were at tribal stage. Well covered and served by the Ottoman Empire for centuries, its demise exposed the whole Middle East to modernity. The British intervention and fragmentation of the whole area did not help at all.
A lesson of history: when the Ottomans lost their European colonies the result was Balkanization, it still haunts Europe. What would happen when its Oriental former colonies start to show the same pattern?
The fragile position of the society is compounded by weak state and selfish rulers. Usually such personalities are dictators, who are marked by ruthlessness of their tactics in their own country and by their ill gotten wealth in the Western countries. Politically and socially, the whole area is in middle ages.
Resultantly, whenever even third rate dictators like Saddam or Qadafi are thrown out (there is no decent way of removing them), the whole artificially fabricated mirage of a solid and stable, forward looking society just collapse. Old tribal rivalries with older claims and modern lethal weapons just emerge again and again. The idea and reality of my tribe replace the concept of the so called country at the first opportunity. Another solid reason to kill more humans. The whole world is watching this recurring human tragedy with as much seriousness as an exciting motion picture demands. Libya, Iraq and now Yemen are some bleeding examples.
In the present situation, Iran for ideological and national reasons is the most destabilizing factor in the region. Exporting revolution is never easy. On the other hand, Saudi Arabia is pillar of stability, in the region, for all the wrong reasons. They want to keep the status quo intact. Preserving status quo seems the only way to save monarchies and dictatorships of the worst kind.
This historical parallel is frightening indeed. So are we going to watch and the inhabitants of the region suffer, just like their European counterparts did. And remember the ordeal of Ottoman Empire’s occidental parts is not over yet.
Balkanization is the term given by these colonies to Mega- anarchy. In near future it seems peace is going to elude the unlucky region. There was graveyard security, provided by bloodthirsty rulers. And now freedom of anarchy, greeted by gunfire.
Is there any chance of peace in the area? We all are keeping our fingers crossed.