Time to Move On for Russia and Turkey

22 06 2016

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by Harun Yahya

The spotlight has been on Turkey and Russia since the downing of the Russian plane on November 24th last year. Everyone is holding their breath and watching what leaders from both sides have to say. Even though both leaders have not taken practical steps to normalize relations, the Russian and Turkish people look forward to returning back to the good old days. Historically they are intertwined socially, culturally and economically.

It’s not hard to understand the initial reactions of both leaders when the event first unfolded. They were protecting their own country and they believed they were doing the right thing. Today, the Middle East is burning in flames and states that are involved in this war are all being affected in some way. Undoubtedly, Turkey and Russia are on the forefront and on top of that they are on opposite sides regarding the Syria issue. I never find it reasonable and I am completely against the idea of solving the problems through guns and bombs however it is inevitable that fatal mistakes will be made because it is a war environment and erroneous decisions may end with deaths.

Even though they never meant to damage relations, things became worse and both countries suffered psychologically and economically. Both Erdogan and Putin had strived very hard to reach a high level of friendship and everything was almost perfect prior to this unwanted disturbance occurring. Turkish leaders tried to make this up to Russia by stating that they did not know that it was a Russian plane, that it was a mistake and that they regretted this incident. They also requested meetings with their Russian counterparts on many occasions. However, the wound was fresh and a seemingly golden age in relations over the last 10 years came to a grinding halt despite Russia and Turkey trying to coordinate and make up for the incident. Lately, we have come across some gratifying signs of bettering relations, though it remains unclear. At the end of March for the first time after relations had soured, a Russian military mission visited Turkey for evaluation of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Around the same time, Maria Zakharova, the spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry, made a statement that the crisis between Turkey and Russia is temporary in an interview she gave to Radio Svodoba. Both of these incidents were unexpected and at the same time very pleasing occurrences.

Recently, with the election of the new prime minister, a new dawn has begun in Turkey. Since our region is in urgent need of new policies to put an end to the conflicts, the world today must give precedence to peaceful politics to stop people from being massacred. Thus, the foreign policy of Turkey must serve that purpose and embrace all people in the new era. Our new Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s statements regarding the new foreign policy seem to comply with this approach: “We’ll increase the number of our friends and we’ll decrease the number of our enemies.” I wish this change in politics will blow positive winds in our relations with our long-term friend and ally Russia. It is also heartening to hear PM Yildirim’s account specific to Russia in this regard: “Despite recent developments, we will keep our dialogue channels open with Russia, work to normalize our relations and work to find the lowest common denominator for improving our relations based on our common interests.”

From my perspective, I personally have felt a strong responsibility for the improvement of relations with our friend Russia. For this reason, I have written numerous articles in accordance with this desire that were published both in this column and in many other respected international newspapers in several languages. Moreover, I have always touched on this matter and commented on the importance of our relations occasionally on my live TV programs. I will keep on focusing intensely on this issue until my wish is accomplished and will continue to share my opinions on new ways of collaborations between two long-rooted nations even after normalization. Sufficient amount of time has passed and it is now time for both parties to make progress and take the necessary steps to act with reason since we know that everything will be different soon. There is no reason to let our peoples suffer for something temporary.

Putin’s words in Athens to expect Turkey to take the “first step” should be evaluated as a desire to better our relations even though some think it the other way. It would be wise of Turkey to make decisions to remove the tension with Russia. Perhaps stating that Turkey is in favor of forming a commission to bring those responsible to justice. In politics, sometimes relations between two nations may come to a gridlock and during those times the wisest thing to do is to impress the other party by some sincere rhetoric and convince them that these words will put into practice, as well.

Above all, Turkey and Russia are two strong nations and both have had their fair share of highs and lows. Historically, they have shared many valuable experiences in terms of long-term friendship between culture, economy, and even energy resources. For example, September 23rd, 2015, was a milestone for relations between Russia and the Muslim world. Putin, accompanied by Erdogan opened a new mosque in Moscow that can accommodate 10,000 people. The reliable ally that Russia has been seeking is undoubtedly the Islamic world. The Islamic world shares a lot of common values with the Russian people as Russia is home to twenty million Muslims who are living in co-existence with Christians. Strong unity and solidarity between Russia and Islamic world including Turkey in the future will lead to an unbreakable bond. In this respect, given the situation of the region, Putin’s address to the Islamic world made at Kazan, the capital and largest city of Tatarstan, is quite reassuring: “For the Islamic world, Russia will always be a reliable friend and partner ready to provide assistance in solving pressing problems,” Putin stressed. “We back active support of Muslim countries on strengthening the principle of justice and the rule of law in international relations.”

Negative coverage and analyses in the international media regarding the crisis between Turkey and Russia are not helping the path of peace. It is time to ease tensions and deliver kind messages of friendship, solidarity and cooperation. The peoples on both sides have suffered enough and it would be a great gesture to take the practical and concrete steps to get back on track where we left off and move on with the hope of good days to come.

 

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com 


700 Just a Number?

12 06 2016

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by Harun Yahya

From the comfort of our Bahrain sofas, we all watched in horror on our TVs 700 people dying in just three days. Seven hundred refugees, believed to be mostly unaccompanied adolescents, drowned in the cold water of the Mediterranean without ever having time to scream.

But since heart-breaking events like this have become so regular, this tragedy wasn’t enough to shake the world out of its stupor so that they could really see what was going on. Instead, most people chose to focus on news about the Cannes Film Festival, the latest album releases or celebrity divorces.

And when the story did manage to find a place in mainstream media, the news was once again received with a cold and calculated response by most of those who have the means to help. This happened despite the fact that something could have been done, and still can be, to end these tragedies. However, the frequency of these incidents and the incredibly high number of refugee casualties seem to have desensitised the world to such horrors.

This indifference and lack of empathy are certainly not normal. It is abhorrent, and it represents a truly shameful episode of our collective history. It seems that the world is losing touch with its humanity and reality, because it no longer comprehends these incidents as anything other than statistics or numbers. In truth, these are human beings, precious souls that deserve to live. Those 700 people who lost their lives in the Mediterranean might have been a beautiful baby, a precious daughter, or a smiling elder. They were definitely more important than celebrity news, fashion shows, politics or TV series. They were loved dearly; they were all valuable individual human beings. They all deserved respect, dignity and love just like those that chose to ignore their plight. Universal human rights should transcend religion, culture and ethnicity, but they didn’t. They stopped at Muslim borders.

It should also be noted that the persistent apathy seen in the Western world, a blatant aversion to refugees and mostly because they are Muslims, is playing a major part in growing anti-Western sentiment. In order to picture this better, put yourself in those people’s shoes.

Imagine that you have had to watch your relatives on TV drowning in high seas, because as they fled war, poverty or oppression, affluent Western countries didn’t want them. You would know that the world could have easily helped them, accommodated them, and protected them. You would realise that refugees were not welcome mostly because of their Muslim identity.

You wouldn’t be able to help but feel a surging resentment. And now, multiply this feeling by a million. This is what’s happening to those refugees’ families and friends who watched the Western world abandon their loved ones.

No one can deny the role this anger plays as terrorism becomes ever more intense. Even though there is absolutely nothing that can justify violence or terrorism, selfish and discriminatory behaviour towards members of a certain faith, to the extent they are abandoned to death, will inevitably generate hostility.

If we want any semblance of peace to come to our pain-afflicted world, this attitude has to change now.

This shameful apathy must come to an end. Our world has more than enough means to help these people, who need it desperately. People’s lives are more important than politics, national interests or money.

Let’s rise up to the task of being human beings and do every single thing we can to help the people that truly need it.

 

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


EU Unfair To Turkey Over PKK

29 05 2016

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by Harun Yahya

The refugee deal between Turkey and the EU has been in effect for several months now. Under the deal, in return for the refugees sent back to Turkey, a fund of 3 billion euros shall be provided to Turkey so as to spend on the refugees and a visa-free travel shall be granted for Turkey in Europe.

Turkey has met all but five of the 72 criteria stipulated by the EU for a visa-free travel. The condition of “the amendment,” in other words, “the alleviation of anti-terror laws in line with EU standards” has surprisingly become one of the terms of the deal. Turkey has been expected to tolerate the PKK terror organization. Turkish President Erdogan issued a harsh response to the EU: “Then, we’ll go our way, you go yours.”

Volkan Bozkır, Turkish Minister for EU Affairs, responding to the issue with a similar reaction, stated that it was not possible for Turkey to put the EU’s request on its agenda in the midst of ongoing operations. As far as the minister is concerned, Turkey may reconsider the Readmission Agreement and the fund of 3 billion euros, still not provided to Turkey, if necessary. In this way, the leadership of Turkey articulated that tolerance is not an option in fight against terrorism.

These reactions are all pretty reasonable and proper. The EU countries are already NATO members. For that reason, they are obliged to support their NATO ally Turkey in the fight against terror. However, Europe has yet provided no support to Turkey in its fight against terrorism, on the contrary, some EU countries are known for their public support for the PKK. The PKK terrorist organization is allowed to have television and radio channels in a number of European countries and also publicly supported by some European politicians.

In Belgium, where the Turkey-EU negotiations were held in March, the Belgian authorities allowed the PKK to pitch tents in front of the European Parliament, which has stuck in our minds ever since. The support for the PKK terrorist organization has been always there and on the agenda by Europe since the foundation of the PKK in the 1980s.

When European countries faced the scourge of terrorism for the first time they took extraordinary precautions to suspend some provisions of the Declaration of Human Rights as long as desired. This kind of precautions is still enforced in France and Belgium following the Paris attacks. The suspension of the provisions of the Declaration has been so far most employed by England and included in “fight against terrorism.” These countries ask a country like Turkey, where people suffer from terrorism every day, to make concessions with regard to terrorism. This suggests one possibility: The PKK terrorist organization is still being protected by Europe.

We should ask ourselves one question: To what extent is the EU a potential ally with Turkey?

It would be beneficial for Turkey to make amendments in line with the EU standards, to carry out reforms on the issue of human rights, and to ensure a better understanding of democracy to defend the fundamental rights and freedoms. Turkey is a part of the Middle East but also a European country. The country, on one hand, should protect the beautiful traditions of the Middle East, on the other hand, should rely on the popular values of Europe.

The EU is an important community, which has managed to stay together despite all the differences of opinion. It is beyond question that having a relationship with such a community would be always in favor of Turkey not only in regard to full accession and but also in relation to its borders. However, the EU accession or a visa-free travel is not mandatory for the improvement of fundamental rights and freedoms in Turkey. Turkey could easily live up to the reforms required for democracy without the need for a guide. As a matter of fact, we have an important value, which Europe lacks of, in regard to freedom of thought, democracy, fundamental rights and freedoms: The Qur’an. In fact, fundamental freedoms and liberties may prevail in a community in the light of our holy book. Even Europe does not have such a democracy described in the Qur’an.

As things stand, Europe is required to take into consideration an important issue: Europe is urgently in need of Turkey in regard to the law of refugees. On the other hand, Turkey does not need Europe for development and Europeanization. The country, by itself, could certainly achieve that by strengthening its own values. The EU has actually crossed the red lines of Turkey by proposing changes to the anti-terrorism law. The EU authorities made a huge strategic mistake this time.

The anti-terrorism law in Turkey should be in force in the strictest and most binding terms so as to include stronger precautions now and then, when necessary, and implemented by making no concessions. The communist terror should be ended by means of the implementation of the provisions of the law without any concession and an educational campaign. While our own soldiers lose their lives in the southeast of the country, we cannot afford to give precedence to the requests by Europe on the issue of fight against terrorism.

 

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


Key facts about homosexuality misrepresented to the public

22 05 2016

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by Harun Yahya

Families are the fundamental building blocks of society. In order for a society to flourish and remain healthy, the family should consist of a father and a mother who are able to produce and give rise to children. However, there is a rising trend in many Western countries, which is intrinsically in contradiction to what is considered a normal society: same-sex marriage. As of late, being modern and classy in society requires freedom, which is definitely true, but according to the changing western cultures and values that includes acceptance of same-sex marriage. Furthermore, many activists promote homosexuality as another human rights issue that must undeniably be protected. Some endeavor deliberately to oppose religious values and merits while some are misguidedly following them in order to be hip, modern, trendy and in tune with their notion of what a new modern culture should consist of. They are usually unaware of the damage it is imposing on society, especially on children and the young generation.

Accordingly, homosexual activists use every opportunity they get in order to spread their homosexual lifestyles both within their communities and outside their communities. The media seems to be the leading tool used to disseminate and justify their argument. Homosexual lifestyle and those promoting such rights are increasingly finding support and legitimization in the US via Hollywood movie and television shows, TV programs, reality shows, fashion related shows, news reports, columns, music videos, books, magazines and the list goes on. They intend to portray homosexual behavior as quite ordinary, healthy, and culturally hip. To intensify their argument, some activists depict homosexuals as very healthy, fit, good looking, classy, and successful people with executive professions within communities and societies. With the effect of these tools supporting the culture of homosexuality, 20% of Americans claim TV has shifted their opinion on the side of new form of marriages. Regrettably, in film and in the fashion industry people support homosexuality in order to get higher positions. The fact is however that reshaping marriage and marketing homosexuality are a grave danger to society via morality, physically and economically.

I feel it is important to remind the readers why I write this article. As a matter of fact, the purpose of this article is to remind young people not to fall into this brainwashing trap and to keep the strong spiritual values to have for an honorable life; in this way the members of society who pay heed to morals will respect them in the appropriate way. Therefore, it is everyone’s responsibility to disclose the heinous and abhorrent acts that are deemed to be in compliance with this “new way” of life style all wrapped up in the name of human rights. Most importantly, homosexuality is strictly forbidden in the divine religions (Koran 7/80-82, Bible Romans 1/24-28) and in the stories of the holy books people who engaged in such indecency mentioned in the holy books were penalized (Koran 15/68-75, Bible2 Peter 2/6-10).

Considering the matter in terms of morals and ethics, we encounter a higher rate of child molestation in same-sex couple households. It is a moral obligation to protect the interests of helpless children in our society. Extensive researches show that children of same-sex parents are more likely to experience sexual confusion and to engage in homosexual activities themselves that will eventually cause them to suffer from psychiatric disorders, substance addiction, sexual assault, suicide, and sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS. In the US alone, government investment in the domestic response to HIV has risen to more than $24 billion per year.

For this reason, it is alarming to view the statistics in terms of same-sex marriage and the increase in the number of children they adopt. For example, 94,627 children live with homosexual couples in the US and the estimated total number of children living with at least one homosexual parent range from 6 to 14 million. Similarly in the UK, as of March 2015, the number of adopted children by gay parents skyrocketed in the last 12 months reaching a record high. There have been many recorded cases of sexual molestation of boys by their homosexual parents and many more unrecorded because they are ashamed or afraid to report it. Thus, it is important to note Pavel Astakhov’s – Russian Ombudsman for Children’s Rights – evocative comments regarding the molestation cases of same-sex couples in an interview: “Russian orphans always attracted foreign perverts because of accessibility. The foreigners were simply coming and taking children for money.” In conjunction with this report, Russia made some adjustments on adoption of Russian children by foreign families banning American citizens from adopting Russian children in 2012 and in the following year the State Duma passed a law that banned the adoption of Russian children by foreign homosexual couples. It makes us wonder about the psychological trauma these little children suffer. The first step to overcome this situation is to train children in terms of this threat they may experience. Children starting from the age 4-5 should be informed very meticulously regarding this issue; they should learn to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and never hesitate to report the sexual abuses they undergo as it is not their fault and not an act they should be ashamed of.

In order to receive acceptance and compassion from society, homosexuals argue with some illogical excuses to justify their indecent acts such as claiming they have high estrogen levels or that they are genetically born that way. Yet, all these assertions have been refuted through scientific studies. There is no significant difference of estrogen or testosterone levels between homosexual and straight men. Also researchers have not found any supporting evidence that people who are homosexuals are somehow genetically dispositioned to be so. There is no genetic evidence whatsoever. Eight major studies of identical twins in Australia, the US, and Scandinavia during the last twenty years all conclude the same point, that homosexuals are not born genetically that way. It should be kept in mind that even if they were right, none of these would justify their indecent behavior. A person may be born without any sex or with two sexes or with some physical sexual defects but they do not constitute justification to behave in an indecent way. A person is responsible to keep their chastity on every occasion in order to live an honorable life.

Everyone should feel the responsibility to raise public awareness in order to have a better social and living environment by considering the examples and evidence enumerated in this article. It is crucial to inform and educate people about the serious negative effects of homosexuality on them and their environment. Besides, the activists should end promoting it as if it is something enviable because the truth is indeed on the contrary. However, it is important to stress that I am completely against violent and barbaric actions against homosexuals since what we are opposed to is only the abnormal acts they do. Therefore, people of good should join forces to protect against the damages which homosexuality inflicts on society as a whole.

Adnan Oktar’s piece in Pravda.ru:

http://www.pravdareport.com/opinion/columnists/12-05-2016/134394-homosexuality-0/

 

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com

 


Child Soldiers Are the Ones Who Suffer the Most in Many Conflicts

30 04 2016

Child Soldiers members from the SLA gerrilla. One of the rebel groups against the goverment in Jartum Two hundred thousands dead, six millon internally displaced, and nearly 800 refugees. this is the reality that ravages western Sdan because of the armed conflict between the goverment and the christian  gerrillas of the darfur region.

by Harun Yahya

Children are the future of our world; they are our progeny. Minors are dependent on us, the adults, no matter where they live and who their parents are. They are the innocents who have a long way to go to be able to separate the grain from the chaff. They are the pure souls who believe in a bright life.

However, there is a mindset that tries to blacken these pure souls with the darkness of war. According to a statement by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, about 12,000 children have lost their lives since the beginning of the civil war in Syria. Tens of thousands of them who survived lead their lives severely injured or have lost their eyes, their ears or other organs. Furthermore, there is the issue of child soldiers, who are forced to learn how to use weapons and to become a part of these wars at a young age. They are being trained to fight in the front line, to serve as suicide bombers or human shields.

In many civil wars, particularly in Africa, children are abused by armed groups. It is known that children are extensively recruited in armed conflicts in countries such as Mozambique, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Uganda. Reports show that child soldiers are forced by non-state actors to participate in the civil wars that broke out in countries such as Libya, Syria and Iraq. For instance, during the civil war in Libya, it was claimed that child soldiers were responsible for the security of the buildings together with Zwaya and Tabu units in Kufra and carried weapons.

There are at least 300,000 child soldiers being forced to fight in 30 different conflicts across the globe.

During the 17-year long war in Afghanistan, many children were used as soldiers as well so much so that 45 percent of the soldiers were children under the age of 18. 20 percent of the soldiers in Myanmar’s Army are under-aged. One third of the soldiers in Yemen are known to be children and there are currently 16,000 child soldiers fighting in South Sudan.

‘I became a good person’

Anyone can read the pain that surfaces in Simon’s eyes, a 12-year-old former child soldier from South Sudan, when he utters the following words on his years of service in the army:

“Being back home is better than being in the military because in the military, when you make a mistake, they take you to jail and they beat you for weeks. I was cooking and washing clothes, I became a bodyguard. So, when I was released as a soldier and they (UNICEF) took me to the care center, I became a good person. There, no one disturbed me. No one beat me. And I received food. I do not think small children should be soldiers.”

Although extensive initiatives are carried out later on for these children who are forced to fight, it is not possible to completely remove the scars of violence. Therefore, serious efforts should be made by political leaders and social authority figures to find immediate solutions to ongoing political conflicts, to make sure that civilian populations and particularly children are kept out of these conflicts and to prevent the outbreak of any new wars.

According to the Paris Principles, child soldiers are defined as “children associated with armed forces or armed groups.” This definition includes not only the children who are directly involved in armed conflicts but all of those children who are abused for various support roles, such as cooking or portering, reporting, laying mines, spying or for sexual purposes. Consequently, all of the children who are associated with armed groups meet this definition.

According to the First Article of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, “a child means every human being below the age of eighteen years.” The definition of “a child” is crystal clear in international law; however, such definitions do not change the reality of the world. There has been a significant increase in wars, and more and more children are being recruited in armed conflicts. Their young minds, easily intimidated by fear, threats or any other reason, are recruited as soldiers not only by armed insurgency groups but also by some governments. This increases the number of children who are orphaned, who witness the death of their families and friends, and who suffer the fear and misery of war every day.

Despite international actions and the sincere efforts being made by the international law, the use of “Child Soldiers” is still on the agenda as an unresolved issue. However, it is of course not possible to accept abandoning our children, who are our most precious treasure and our future, to such horrors.

Everyone should work together to resolve this problem and conscientious people, who certainly imagine a world in which all children, without any exceptions, live a happy life, should endeavor to rectify this terrible situation at once. International commissions should be established regarding this issue and campaigns should be carried out together with the media on all fronts. The non-governmental organizations, already striving hard to achieve world peace, should deal with the issue as a priority as well. Institutions such as the United Nations should place the solutions to this terrible situation experienced by child soldiers at the top of their agenda.

It should be noted that this is not a problem that can be solved by a single state or a community. Carrying out worldwide campaigns on this issue — and if necessary, imposing sanctions on those countries which insist upon the use of child soldiers — are some of the solutions that could be offered immediately. The meetings in which world leaders come together, such as the G-20, for example, are important opportunities to take concrete steps and precautions in this regard.

Everyone should go the extra mile to press the issue and mold public opinion so that children do not become the soldiers of violence. Certainly, what should really be done is to be determined to put an end to ever-increasing conflicts, wars and disturbances and resort to diplomatic solutions.

No issue has ever been resolved by military methods thus far, nor could anything ever be resolved in that manner. All those people who dream of a world in which children will grow up in love, kindness, compassion, peace and brotherhood and be happy, should strive together to wipe this affront from the face of the Earth forthwith.

 

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


Middle East’s Incessant Wars Must Come to an End

23 04 2016

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by Harun Yahya

Since the second half of the 20th century, the Middle East has been trapped in a vicious cycle of war, the likes of which it had never seen at any point in history. Arab-Israeli Conflicts, Iran-Iraq War, the Civil Wars of Jordan, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, the Egyptian Revolutions, Shiite-Sunni conflicts, and the minority genocides have all engulfed and inflamed the oldest regions known on the earth. More than 10 million Muslims perished in these seemingly endless wars while millions of others were left permanently disabled and millennia-old cities were destroyed. Mosques, schools, hospitals, factories were razed to the ground.

The most technologically advanced armies of the world employed their most powerful war machines upon these lands. American F-22 and F-15’s, Russian MIG-29 and SU-24 war planes, American Nimitz class and Russian TAVKR class aircraft carriers, Tomahawk and Cruise missiles, Russian S-400 missile systems, state-of-the-art tanks, light infantry weapons, heavy machine guns, bomber aircrafts, mustard gases, chemical weapons all had a helping hand in carrying out the most horrible massacres these lands had ever seen. These multi-billion dollar killing machines escalated the economic cost of the wars to astronomical amounts. Specifically the first period of the 21st century will go down in history as a dark period during which trillions of dollars were wasted on war.

In a state of panic caused by the September 11th terrorist attacks, the US administration first invaded Afghanistan, which was followed by the invasion of Iraq, under the guise of “War on Terror”. To convince the public of the necessity of Iraq, the US vice president at the time Chaney claimed that the cost of the operation would not exceed 100 billion Dollars. Today, many studies estimate the cost of the operations of Afghanistan and Iraq for the American public to be 6 trillion Dollars. When the indirect expenses such as the interest of the war debts and the post-war care of soldiers are added to the direct costs of war, the figures reach incredible heights.

The report published by the World Bank in 2016 revealed that 87 million Muslims were directly affected by the civil wars in 4 different countries. As a consequence of these civil wars, 80% of the population of Yemen now lives below the poverty line, 21.5 million people in Syria are in need of humanitarian aid. And 12 million people living in Iraq and Libya are counting on foreign aid for their survival.

These wars also hold the futures of the Muslims in the region hostage. The Lebanese economy was only able to mend the devastation wrought by the civil war that lasted 20 years. It is impossible to even give an estimated time for Syria and Iraq. An India-based think tank named Strategic Foresight Group pointed out an important matter while estimating the cost of the conflicts in the Middle East. The wars that had taken place in the region had a shocking ‘Opportunity Cost’. In other words, if all the material and moral resources of the Middle East wasted on wars had been used for the welfare of Muslims and the development of their countries, a profit of 12 trillion would have been made. This is the true cost of the conflicts that have been going on for 25 year since the first Gulf War.

Actually calculating the costs of wars financially is a great shame in itself. Every bomb that hits a city means children and women are about to be martyred. Every bullet that finds its target means leaving little souls fatherless, motherless and hungry out in the streets. Every massacre, every invasion stands for the millions of lives that will be wasted in pursuit of revenge. The people who lost their lives and are confined to clutches, who had to leave their homes behind and immigrated towards the unknown and who wait for their death in the refugee camps and, constitute the greatest cost of the war in the Middle East. It is impossible to justify and pay back the cost of such bloodshed, sorrow, and difficulty. These ceaseless wars in the Middle East have to come to an end. Otherwise, with every passing day, the world will become an even more dangerous place.

 

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


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