Friend and Foe

Friend and Foe

Written By : Bakhtiar Hakeem
Where do we stand, and in which direction we are moving to in the inter-state and international relations? Can we re-look and re-evaluate and re-assess; especially the conflicts. Sure we can. Who is whose enemy and why and for how long? Were they enemies always? Are they still enemies, or have they become friends? If so why and since how long? How could they do that? What Islam has to do anything in international conflicts? Of course Islam means His deen, by His lexicon. The other name for Islam could be Abrahamic religions; 2:130-132 Quran. Were Jews and Christians shocked! May another horror and shock await you; read 2:62, and if that was not enough read 3:84. What role religions have played in inter-state and governmental relations? Or did religions had to do anything in this game.
Friend and Foe Muslim World____ Non-Muslim World Al-Qaida_____ISIS Where do we stand, and in which direction we are moving to in the inter-state and international relations? Can we re-look and re-evaluate and re-assess; especially the conflicts. Sure we can. Who is whose enemy and why and for how long? Were they enemies always? Are they still enemies, or have they become friends? If so why and since how long? How could they do that? What Islam has to do anything in international conflicts? Of course Islam means His deen, by His lexicon. The other name for Islam could be Abrahamic religions; 2:130-132 Quran. Were Jews and Christians shocked! May another horror and shock await you; read 2:62, and if that was not enough read 3:84. What role religions have played in inter-state and governmental relations? Or did religions had to do anything in this game. Countries, States and People Friendly to Pakistan a. China is a long standing, time tested friend and defence and economy oriented ally. b. Pakistan and Sri Lanka have been friendly or amicably disposed of towards each other. They have mutual training facilities agreement for their armed forces as well. c. Japan has been always a friend and support. There are numerous facets of social sector help and assistance for Pakistan. d. Pakistan has friendly or good relations with Nepal. They do have mutual training facilities for their armed forces. e. Vatican City and Romania; Pakistan has never had any problem with these two countries. And none of them has figured as enemy of Muslim world, ever. Never Al-Qaida or ISIS conducted any extremist attack in these two. f. Pakistan has never had any issues with Greece. At people level, Greek people have friendly feelings towards Pakistanis. g. Italy is, if anything, friendly to Pakistan. It has no enmity or any conflict with any Muslim country. Nor any Islamic extremist has ever attacked in Rome or in any other city of Italy. h. Pakistan has never had any problem with Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. How many Pakistanis even know the names of these three countries? i. There are about forty countries in the continent of Africa. Pakistan have had no issue with any of African countries. References for data in the column a. China is 47 % Atheist & 18 % plus Buddhist. Rest is Christian. b. Sri Lanka is over 69 % Buddhist. And 6th largest by Hindu population. c. Japan is Folk Shinto or not religious 51.82 %, and Buddhist about 35 %. d. Nepal is 81 % Hindu; more Hindu than India. e. Vatican is 100 % while Rumania is 99 % Christian. f. Greece is 98 % Greek Orthodox or Orthodox Christian. g. Italy is 83.3 % Christian and out of these 87.8 % are Catholics. h. All these three are now predominantly atheist. However, they had strong Jewish inclination. Palestine is 12-14 % Jew. Second largest Jew population after Israel. i. Whole of North; about ten countries are Muslim, while rest of Africa is Christian. Muslim countries a. Pakistan have had no relationships, or had very little to do with the following 12 countries. The list could be three times longer. b. Pakistan never had a friendly or even a positive start with Afghanistan. Morocco 99.9 % Mauritania 99.2 % Iraq 98.9 % Mayotte 98.8 % Maldives 98.4 % Azerbaijan 98.4 % Niger 98.3 % Djibouti 97.0 % Libya 96.6 % Gambia 95.3% Mali 92.2 % Kosovo 91.9 % It is 99.8 % Muslim. Germany, Hitler and Jews The Holocaust (HaShoah, in Hebrew) refers to the systematic murder of more than six million Jews orchestrated by Adolph Hitler and the National Socialist (Nazi) Party in Europe during World War II. Hitler was brought up in a Roman Catholic family. He was raised by an increasingly anti-clerical father and devout Catholic mother. There are people and countries who have been traditional enemies, perpetual contestants and at loggerhead always. Some of them were each other colonies, as well, like Britain was colony of France. a. Hindus and Muslims in Indian sub-continent. b. Serbs, Croats and Bosnians. All parts of former Yugoslavia. c. Greek and some Island nations of Mediterranean Sea; like Rhodes. The Trojan War is oldest example of complete war. d. Turkey and some Islands of Mediterranean, like Cyprus. e. Japanese and Koreans, Japanese remained occupying force for some time. f. Japanese and Chinese. Japan was an occupying force in some areas for some time, in a number of countries in Fareast. Japan occupied China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Burma, and Vietnam. All along in this period Britain was a contesting expanding colonial force in far-east and southern areas of Pacific, including Australia . g. British and French. Britain fought and won its independence from France in 1066. However, France was a leading colonial empire from 1534 to 980. h. British and Irish, people. i. Countries on both shores of Arabian/Persian Gulf…..Iran and KSA. Spain, Portugal, France and Great Britain were the imperial and colonial powers of past four to five centuries. Put together they had eighty to ninety percent of the world as their slaves and subjects. Then came the period of World War I. America entered as the fresh player in the arena of global hegemony. President Theodore Roosevelt was most ambitious to see and realize America as leading and influential world power. And he did that through his Navy. 1901 he became President, since then US has grown in its influence. Bringing in hope and greed for exploiters, power seekers, fears, apprehensions, deaths and trouble for the world. That has won USA hate of the world, USSR was runners up, but till 1991. Rest of the colonial powers, imperial regimes, oppressors, and killers of mankind have followed the race. Conclusion. There were series of questions in the opening paragraph. Look for the answers, how many could be replied, how many remained half satisfied, and sure some are still to be addressed.