Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Mounting Threats against the Globe


Mounting Threats against the Globe

The magnitude of global crises and life-threatening issues increase in one way or another. Strong threats are posed to the life of mankind on day-to-day basis. The atrocities of terrorism, menace of ideological radicalism, and hazard of nuclear arms destabilize the world and threaten nations mentally and physically. We live in the world which is filled with peril. To protect their own lands, human societies violate the territorial integrity of others and support proxy wars; to exercise their own rights and freedoms, people curtail the rights and liberties of other individuals; and to live a quiet life, they target the peace and stability of their own fellows.
For instance, terrorism has remained a serious issue for the entire globe and scores of people lost their lives in terrorist attacks and suicide bombings from Kabul to Manchester and California and terrorist networks seek to continue their acts of horror and terror wherever possible. A large number of states, particularly NATO which is constituted of 29 countries, are embroiled in terrorist issue. This reflects the fact that terrorist networks have grown highly strong and will linger for many years. Thousands of people, including women and children, lose their lives in terrorist attacks around the globe.
On the other hand, the peril of nuclear arms looms large. According to reports, North Korea has detonated a hydrogen bomb capable of being carried by an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Sunday, which was the sixth nuclear test conducted by the North Korea so far. In July, Pyongyang test-launched two ICBMs that are believed to be capable of reaching the mainland United States. Nonetheless, Sunday’s test was the most powerful with a blast that experts said was far more destructive than the bombs that the United States dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.
Subsequent to the two tests in a month, the US President Donald Trump condemned the launch, saying that North Korea’s “second such test in less than a month” is the “latest reckless and dangerous action” by Kim Jong-un’s regime.
Following the Sunday’s test, the US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki R. Haley, who was speaking to the Security Council in an emergency session on Monday, said North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un “is begging for war.” She added, “We have kicked the can down the road long enough. There is no more road left.” To cut it short, fuel-related sanctions are the focus of the Trump administration’s latest efforts at the Security Council, according to the senior American officials.
On the contrary, Russian President Vladimir Putin held out against US calls for further sanctions on North Korea, warning of a global “catastrophe” despite the fact that he condemned North Korea’s “provocative” actions while speaking after an international gathering in China. Similarly, China’s ambassador Liu Jieyi warned, during the Security Council meeting, that the crisis was worsening and emphasized the need for dialogue and a diplomatic solution.
Regardless of the international reaction and condemnation, promoting nuclear arms will mount the global risk and put the life of mankind at stake more than ever before. Although the world is scrambling for enriching their arms, the main reason behind public anxiety is the threats posed against human life. Indeed, the indescribable casualties in the wake of historical wars, particularly during the First and Second World Wars, still haunt nations and fill them with great disgust. Therefore, the world has to minimize the threats.
Some political pundits ask what if one day terrorists get access to nuclear arms. Imagining this issue is extremely shocking. Needless to say, terrorists will show no iota of mercy to the world. They are killing people indiscriminately. Their radical ideologies leave no room for humanity or moral values. Hence, their barbarity is no more a mystery for the world. To put it succinctly, promoting (nuclear) arms will be self-destructive for the world.
Terrorism and nuclear arms are the two serious threats the world encounters. It should be noted that terrorism is a common enemy for all nations and must be rooted out or else it will lead to further human fatalities. To mitigate militancy, the root causes of terrorism must be targeted. Regarding nuclear arms, a peaceful solution will alleviate the tension. Indeed, military action or harsh deal will deteriorate the situation. Protecting the rights of mankind and stopping violence must be the top priority for the world. We are not supposed to endanger one’s life or curtail one’s freedom to protect our own lives and liberties. Practicing upon the Golden Rule (Do unto others as you would have them do unto you) is believed to be the best possible panacea for our problems.

Hujjatullah Zia is the permanent writer of the Daily Outlook Afghanistan. He can be reached at zia_hujjat@yahoo.com

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