The Conflicts on the Pretext of Terrorism Is the Manifestation of the “Third World War”
Before the World Wars the Empire’s behavioral patterns were to exercise their hegemony and belligerency by occupying the foreign lands through physical wars, after the world wars the evolution of the concept of territorial sovereignty-nation state has given birth to the proxy wars principally in the shape of Cold War. Thus, the multipolar world has ultimately changed into unipolar. Since September 11, 2001 US has shifted its geo-political discourse to entangled the world into a new phenomenon- “War against Terrorism”, the hues of “Islamophobia” that accentuated from the Samuel Huntington’s “Clash of Civilizations” has appeared in the form of conflicts; chaos; clashes; and contentions especially in the Muslim world. These war engagements have a ploy to watch guard the Sino-Russian economic strategies in the Eurasian region and to sabotage the nuclear programme of North Korea as well.
The war waged on the pretext of security context in Iraq, Palestine, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Egypt has jolted the edifice of Muslim countries. The hostility and confrontation was started in Middle East due to the emergence of the Jewish state. The Israel-Palestine conflict is the main reason behind the divergent strategic interests in the region. US have maneuvered the region by inciting the sectarian rifts in the wake of oil politics. ISIS is the formidable approach of US to put the region into turmoil and cauldron of sectarian bloodshed.
In the African region, the countries: Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Congo are struggling with wars and everlasting crisis. The ISIS terrorists have a major in a brutal and ruthless civil war of Somalia; Boko Haram of Nigeria is playing equivalent role.
In the Western Asia and South Asia, the Afghan war and occupation by the US and allied forces have fully devastated the country. The war-trodden country has now become the safe haven for more fundamentalists and militant groups especially for the ISIS. Concerning Iran US has always had contentious relation with her; Iran has endured several economic embargoes and prohibitions from US and her allies. Pakistan has already paid a heavy price being the ally of the US in the war on terror in the shape of humanitarian and economic crisis; India is playing a role of a strategic ally of US and has pursued anti-Pakistan policy. However, Pakistan and Iran are standing erect on the basis of their nuclear assets.
Beijing’s string of pearls strategy, its sponsorship of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, its joint opening of a new gold window with Russia, and its series of bilateral agreements, with Russia increased threats to the hegemony of US. Moreover, China’s setting up of alternative funding sources to those sponsored by US subjugated institutions such as the IMF and World Bank – providing investment in Africa, infrastructure in Eurasia and buying Russian oil and through invitations to join the SCO to Iran and the declaration of membership to India and Pakistan all these activities mean conflict with the US.
The Kremlin has reemerged as the principle ideological and strategic adversary of the West. The Russian revanchism in Ukraine and her close ties with the China is a source of concern for the US. Russia is increasing her military strength and economic strength. The Kremlin perceives her interests in destabilizing the Western economic institutions and military alliance and the increasingly liberal governments across the West.
The Russo-Chinese alliance is grave threat to the hegemonic universalism of the US; Chinese hegemony might mean a world market without the full dominance of any one power. It might instead mean greater flexibility for national sovereignty for each individual nation-state. This could in turn provide the basis for a program that could appeal to countless national states that would have a stake in a new order that went beyond US hegemony with its bullying and its ideological insistence on homogeneity of social organizations and policies.
Washington has always tried to sabotage the nuclear programme of North Korea with economic sanctions and embargoes because it would demolish the balance of power in the region, according to US imperialist strategists. North Korea argues that nuclear power is crucial for her survival. North Korea has strong ties with China and Russia; China is her biggest trade partner but after the continual missile tests of Pyongyang the relationships with both states have become perplexed.
US is watching Kremlin, Beijing, and Pyongyang in the wake of Russia’s territorial conflicts with Japan over South Kuril Islands; Ukraine over sea of Azov, Crimean peninsula, Tuzla Island and sea of Kerch and China over South China Sea with Vietnam, Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan and with Japan over East China Sea and with India over Himalayan border. US have supported the other side of contenders covertly and openly. To watch the North Korean nuclear aims US has military bases in Japan; has stationed more than 28,500 troops in South Korea, has more than 5000 troops permanently stationed on Guam-an island.
In the post-cold war era the US has chosen the pretext of terrorism in order to pursue a geopolitical game to rejuvenate her hegemonic dominance. US interventions in Middle East, her militant support in Africa, intrusions in Asia all are the manifestation of a “Third World War”.