| 2005 passed with war, earthquakes, hurricanes, terrorism, rainfalls, sexual abuse, forced displacement, extreme economic deprivation, global warming and many other difficulties for human beings all over the world, including Nepal.
The disasters of 2005 were a warning that the years 2006 and 2007 might not be so rosy. A warning that has, by and large, been completely ignored. Consider natural disasters and the great trials of war. When things get out of balance, the universe has a way of balancing things despite the wishes and desires of the rich and powerful. Needless to say, these things affect all the rest of us more.
The conflicts in Nepal to northern Uganda, Iraq, Palestine to Israel, Sudan and the Congo are examples of forced displacement and were cited as examples of complex situations that include terrorism. UN and International organizations were unable to undertake adequate humanitarian and peace programmes because no coherent and systematic attempts were made to end the conflict.
So, we don't see anything good from Iraq to Kashmir, from Afghanistan to Nepal, either for people or for warriors. Antiwar advocates are clamoring for an end of war involvement in 2006, because it cannot overcome the insurgents. Because of the many ethnic, and religious animosities in many countries, including in Nepal, people don't see how they can survive.
It is true, Iran and Syria continue to create "compromise." Iraq successfully passes a new constitution on December 15, but a mini-Civil War breaks out afterwards between Shia and Sunni interests. Nepal has also emphasised the need for lasting peace in order to boost the country's economic activities.
Israelis and Palestinians continue to make good progress. Israel successfully negotiated a modus vivendi with Hamas, but not, unfortunately, with Hezbollah. That will continue to be the card vis a vis the Syria, Iran and Lebanon issues. If Lebanon steps up, this can be solved quite neatly. Turkey continues in its perfect positioning. The 2006 Mexican presidential election and Nepal's general election will be the most interesting elections.
We are at present, facing an unprecedented crisis due to terrorism. As a result, all sectors of the world have been seriously affected in 2005. Thus, it is absolutely necessary to establish peace in the world including in Nepal in order to create a conducive atmosphere for greater investment flow in 2006.
But on the other side, terrorism is still will become the preeminent threat and wild card in 2006. More resources will have to be committed in terms of personnel, technologies and on-the-ground intelligence to counteract this amorphous new threat. Europe and Australia look to be the most likely targets. The Northern Route (Nepal-India border) appears well monitored, but the devastating Pakistan earthquake has, unfortunately, created a rather large new "tribal area" due to the difficulty of effectively getting aid and supplies there. The Midwest (America's heartland) Africa, Europe and the Baltics, China, India and Russia including Nepal are the most vulnerable target areas.
So if we want to bring peace in war affected countries including Nepal in 2006, then we must present the alternative in great detail, assuming we are dealing with large groups of people, not very small communities, so that we can be assured that it will work and not fall into chaos. It is true, only peace organizations cannot eliminate misery (maybe anarchy cannot either), but they can reduce it on the average and not just shift it around from one person to another.
Nepali people simply cannot afford another uprising of terrorism or another tension in 2006. Real and sustainable peace must be approached holistically. This year's budget must be spent on peace reconciliations. The year 2006 must promise to be good and peaceful for Nepali people because, political stability, and peace are some of the causes to encourage people to engage in non violence.
There are lots of outcomes. If we think that by just being peaceful, no matter what the circumstance, everything will turn out ok, then we are ok. If we think that when an aggressor attacks, all we have to do to avoid injury or death to our self, family, and friends is extend our hand in friendship or kneel and pray, then we are facing reality.
Therefore, people have to perform small and big tasks in many different fields on peace reconciliations. We have seen often in history where leaders have not thought out the details and ended up with a situation worse than before the change. Only way to eliminate war and terrorism is to beat on the politicians who have to decide on what to keep and what to discard.
Therefore, will we be able to live in peace in 2006? This question’s answer will depend on the coming days.
2006 and Nepal
Nepal, a country uniquely situated in the Himalayas, is in the process of a series of steps to come into the light of modern nationhood. Conversely, many of the most developed nations are retreating from the model of the rational state structure evoked in the 20th century into a more emotional and religious and even magical state system.
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Journalist and Story Writer Kamala Sarup is specializing in in-depth reporting and writing on Peace, Anti War, Women, Terrorism, Democracy, and Development. Some of her publications are: Women's Empowerment in(South Asia, Nepal)Booklet). Prevention of trafficking in women through media,(Book) Efforts to Prevent Trafficking in for Media Activism (Media research). Two Stories collections. Her interests include international conflict resolution, cross-cultural communication, philosophy, feminism, political, socio-economic and literature. Her current plans are to move on to humanitarian work in conflict areas in the near future. She also is experienced in organizational and community development. A meeting of jury members held on 21 March in Geneva has decided to attribute Kamala Sarup, The Conservative Voice, writer, with a Honorable Mention of International Award for Women Issue.
Its ok.. But.. katie
| Jun 23rd, 2007
I think this is very well written. Im not sure if I agree or disagree,
but I would like to point out something:
"When things get out of balance, the universe has a way of balancing things despite the wishes and desires of the rich and powerful..."
The Universe doesn't testify in court against goverment and war crimes, It doesnt help pay for food and water aids in unrest countries. The Universe doesnt help rebuild homes after tsumanis, and hurricanes.
It doesnt pay for the damage done to cities or the stadiums used to house people/
Wow. Since we get to use the Universe as not only a refrence and exscuse, but also a payable savior to all our problems, then I really need to thank the toothfairy for visiting little sally's bed side and leaving a quarter before New Orleans was destroyed..
Like come on K, You cant use the Universe as a reason the world is balancing out?
Without war, there is not Peace. Without hate, there is not Love.
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