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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2641

Where are we being led?

By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh

It is always my habit to have a glance at any newspaper before selecting the best topic to start reading and in one of the issues of a foreign newspaper on 13 January, which attracted me most was the cartoon on its editorial page, captioned ‘Ban Ki-Moon launches Thai mediation effort’.

It showed that Secretary General addresses from his podium inscribed with UN logo and the wordings ‘ Useles Nations’; ‘I urge all involved to show ‘restraint’ and settle their differences peacefully, through dialogue…..’ Haven’t we heard this a million times more from him in the past?

The next part of the cartoon gives the ‘death blow’ to the UN, calling it ‘United Nothing’. No doubt, I consider this cartoon is a masterpiece.

I would like to recall here what the second Secretary General of the UN Dag Hammarskjold (1953-1961) once said ‘The UN was not created to take mankind to heaven, but to save humanity from hell’. Our question is whether this is actually happening now? The world has turned into a living hell.

The noble Swedish diplomat who died in a plane crash might have had his sincere vision but, unfortunately, it is not working anymore! Everyone is trying to settle score with gun and bomb….hell with the dialogue, who cares what is next!

In Central African Republic warring factions are eating each other’s' flesh. The picture I saw of a cannibal who is eating the BBQed leg of his opposite sect, with whom the conflict is, made me to lose my appetite for any food for two days.

South Sudan, Libya,Egypt, Syria, Iraq and many other countries are in real turmoil.

Ban Ki-Moon is going on preaching his same old 'restraint'! This lip service is definitely not going to work.
In the meantime, we note that there is trouble brewing in Thailand - luckily, this is limited to political issue.

Our real concern is how to preserve the peace we won in 2009. A country should undergo destruction by any means to realize the value of peace and harmony.

The 30 years of turmoil we underwent is enough. Let we all Sri Lankans join hands in preserving our hard earned peace by coexisting in harmony.

- Asian Tribune -

Second Secretary General of the UN - Dag Hammarskjold (1953-1961)
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