Equivalence of Grief

“Tonight in Jerusalem, next to the Garden of Gethsemane, under cover of war, while the world is not looking, Jewish fundamentalists are moving into an armed apartment block on land which belongs to the Palestinians; in the White House, Christian fundamentalists dream of moving on to murder and mayhem in countries beyond count; and on the stony hillsides of Pakistan and Afghanistan, Muslim fundamentalists dream of moving on to murder and mayhem in countries beyond count. The trade union of international politicians exercises an ever more Stalinist grip, moving countries and armies to wars they do not want. Only the people say no.”

They are the ones. The people of the world, the other super power.

Now as the present war is approaching its end in Iraq, the real heroes have begun to suffer barrage of insults, intimidation, and mockeries from pseudo left and neo-right.

People of the world do not wish to see war. People of the war do not wish to see the meaningless devastations in the name of power and rogue pride.

Fundamentalists are teething, screeching their groomed teeth for more blood and revenge. Osama’s another notorious tape is out. Falwell’s sermon is out for gloats and inciting other wars. In the forgotten occupied territory, the never-ending saga of killings and counter-killings continue. Suicide bombers are still blowing up in hearts of Israel, and Israeli tech-muscular missiles and pointed tanks are taking aim at Palestinians in the streets.

The digested pre-emptive strike policy is taking its formalized shape around the world. India and Pakistan have already exchanged threat of attack under the banner of Bush’s first strike policy. North Korea is blatant in its own delusion of thwarting the military giant’s unstoppable onslaught by increasing production of Nuclear Weapons and threatening the entire Korean peninsula. In Iran, the democratic entities under the rules of oppressive Mullahs are put in check. It’s time to secure national security. Time to build more weapons. Time to accelerate the apocalypse in the name of endless preventive wars. The old sleeping giant Russia is reportedly in great discomfort as well. The frustrated generals of past Soviet empire have begun to nurture unshakable thoughts of gaining back previous prestige they lost in the demise of old cold war. China is quietly building up its fortresses. And Germany and France are pondering on a joint military brotherhood.

Were these unpredictable? What was our leaders thinking? Didn’t they know that these all were unsurprising in days aftermath of killing thousands of civilians and soldiers from a grossly televised war while showing brute power to the rest of the world, throwing them clear warning sign in jargon-less tone who is the real boss of our world?

Unjustified wars bring more wars, more violence. Unjustified wars cause billions of people suffers around the world from direct war’s devastations or from related economic downfall.

The neo-conservatives wish to divert attention. Hence the boost up attacks on the peace activists. Anti-war folks are “thoroughly discredited and, if they happen to be Democratic presidential candidates they might as well withdraw and nurse their shame somewhere off the public stage. The debate over Gulf War II is as over as the war itself soon will be, and the anti’s were defeated as thoroughly as Saddam Hussein.”[2] é surely it wasn’t. Precious life of hundreds of child, ripped away, smashed and incinerated in bombing ferocity. Do they justify the war? The neo-conservatives would apply their moronic “greater good” scrap without hesitation, even they boast that they “would not loose sleep over it.”[2] é equivalence of sufferings by the victims and their family, their longing for their departed beloveds are universal. In the battlefield, enmity and survival instincts dominate a soldier’s mind. In the end, in the solitary corner of a solemn church in working class American suburb or in a humble mosque in the middle of dusty Iraqi town or village, the heartaches, tears and staring puzzles of orphan child and grief of widows and mothers are the same regardless of their race, creed or nationality.


[2] Julian Barnes, This War was not Worth a Child’s Finger, The Guardian, April 11, 2003.

Mahbubul Karim (Sohel) is a freelance writer. He contributed above article to Media Monitors Network (MMN) from Canada.