Visual inspection of the brutal past; How desires of a few killed billions in the past!
Aristotle truly said that “count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self.” Desires are the highest reason for unethical behaviour. Excess desires were and always will be cause of human demise for centuries in the past and centuries to come.
Past was no exception. Take the example of the tyrannous Genghis Khan, who desired the unification of Mongolian empire under his rule. His desire was self centred and he only wanted greatness. Under his rule, he burned, annihilated and erased ~11% of population from the face of the earth in the early part of the millennium. He burned entire cities to the ground if anyone tried to conquer his will.
In the early world war 2, Japanese wanted more and more influence in the world. Their desire to spread Japanese empire throughout the world by force meant killing 1000’s of Americans in Pearl Harbour incident. This ultimately lead to the killing of millions of people and birth of the nuclear bombs that vaporised 150 thousand people in 2 bombs that were thrown at japan within seconds.
The generations that followed showed signs of Cancer, eye burns, radiation deaths that were moaned for next 25 years!
Same happened with Hitler’s desire for control over the world, and his desire of getting rid of the Jews. His desires lead to mass genocide of Jewish people and prisoners of war during the world war 2.
Not many talk about it. In 1945, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, leader of the Muslim league in United India wanted Muslims to have their own independent state. This lead to conflicts and regional tensions over Muslims and Hindus in India, that killed ~600,000 people in 1946. His desired backed by British greed to control the region for the resources lead to one of world’s worst partition killing more than 1 million people on either side of the borders. The 3 wars that were fought also saw economies crippled!
Same was in Vietnam, where Americans threw poisonous gas bombs and missiles on communist soviet backed north vietnam that ultimately killed millions of Vietnamese and 70000 US troops in 1960s. All this was because Americans desired world to not become a communist dominated power under the soviet union.
Same was the case at the height of the Cold war. While US and Soviets desired to be the greatest military, US never wanted world to become dominantly communist. This lead to rise of proxy wars throughout the globe and unleashing havoc by producing weapons of mass destruction that brought world to almost a brink of nuclear holocaust during Cuban Missile crisis.
In Kashmir, While India and Pakistan want the entire piece of the cake, millions of Kashmirs have been polarised either side of the border. Each country has left the region in ruins. On each side of the border lie half a million soldiers ready to kill in the blow of a whistle. While Kashmir’s economy is crippled from head to toe, billions of dollars being thrown into ruins just to express dominance in politics and over the region. This has lead millions to suffer.
The Iran–Iraq War was an armed conflict between Iran and Iraq, beginning on 22 September 1980, when Iraq invaded Iran. Although Iraq hoped to take advantage of Iran’s post-revolutionary chaos, it made limited progress and was quickly repelled; Iran regained virtually all lost territory by June 1982.The conflict has been compared to World War I in terms of the tactics used, including large-scale trench warfare with barbed wire stretched across fortified defensive lines, manned machine guns posts, bayonet charges, Iranian human wave attacks, extensive use of chemical weapons by Iraq, and, later, deliberate attacks on civilian targets. An estimated 1,000,000 Iraqi and Iranian soldiers died, in addition to a smaller number of civilians. The end of the war resulted in neither reparations nor border changes.
Battle of Syria, Oil crisis in the middle east, and so on. Clearly, the desires of a few have caused so much suffering. I wonder what would world be without borders, without guns, without divide between societies, between religion, between ethnicity and gender.
This was a overview and summary of discussions in world world politics at Model United Nations conducted. Please feel free to share your thoughts!