Could The Youth Of Nations Prevent Global Drift Toward Cataclysm?

Posted on April 15, 2011


The Daily Times in Pakistan claims it is a new voice for the country.  We need to listen.  Today they featured a young Pakistani student in Singapore with a guest post:

VIEW: Save our civilisation

—Ishaque Malik


A global culture of universally acceptable values is surfacing. Educated young new generation of the world shares the same ideals of peace, democracy and prosperity irrespective of their being Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist or atheist

The recent upsurge of anti-authoritarian waves in the Arab world also portends ominous forebodings for the US. So far, they did not have to deal with the public passion that was against them; they instead had to pamper legitimacy-shorn dictators who always looked outside for strength to perpetuate their authoritarian rules. That order appears to be crumbling now. Imagine if public aspirations are reflected in their regimes in the Muslim world? Just think if the public scorn against the US is translated into official policy through introduction of democracy in the Muslim countries? It may not remain confined to the Muslim world only. The 1.2 billion strong India with the second highest Muslim population in the world is bound to take into account feelings of its 200 million Muslim population. Another 1.5 billion Chinese are hardly seen to be happy with the US. So, what if all anti-US forces configure together? Are we not heading towards cataclysm?

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Globalisation has increased the nations’ interdependence manifold. Ease of communication and free flow of talents has necessitated large-scale unnoticed migrations. A global culture of universally acceptable values is surfacing. Educated young new generation of the world shares the same ideals of peace, democracy and prosperity irrespective of their being Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, or atheist. Herein lies the hope for tomorrow which must not be shattered by again dividing our small global village into blocs of heroes and villains.

If somebody perceives any global leadership role for the US, it could be pursued by caring and not by killing. Love begets love. Hatred and firearms could ensure only mutual destruction. 9/11 had made only US citizens insecure; a decade later the entire humanity is insecure. Any incident now could prove to the proverbial last straw that would sink the ship of our civilisation. Let sanity prevail and Libya not become that last straw.

The writer is a student at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He can be reached at ishaque8@hotmail.com

Young and idealistic?  Perhaps a smidge.  But it is good to see this brand of idealism that gives quarter to differences rather than promoting a single way of life for all.  SH suggests we should look to the future with more hope – even if near term we may be forced to swallow jihadism for a few more decades.  Like all movements, it will change and perhaps fade, replaced by people such as this  youth with these laudable views.

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