Some people mention the possibility of having a World War III. The tensions are high. The recession aggravates things but it’s just a small part in the equation. So is religion. Though the tension is apparently between the West and the Islamic world, religion is just an umbrella for more serious underlying issues, such as greed, injustice, corruption, poverty and deep resentments. Extremists both from the left and the right have got entangled in conspiracy theories about a New World Order and worldwide dictatorship. While in my opinion creators and believers of these theories verge on serious paranoia and delusions of grandeur reminding me of Charles Manson, most of what they say is actually based on facts (it’s the way they link one thing to another to arrive at their bombastic conclusions is why they shouldn’t be taken seriously).

 

However, amid all the uncertainties, there is one thing for sure. This is not World War III, but yes, we are in Cold War II. Many might not acknowledge this (possibly because it is too scary to do so) but in reality the world is not safer that the 60’s, the peak of the first Cold War.

 

Some say, in war everybody loses. I beg to differ. If there were no winners there would be no wars, cold or not. So who are the winners? The West or the Muslim world? None of them. The winners are on both sides, so are the losers. And for each winner, there are a million losers. And we, the non-guilty no matter what our religion or race are the majority – the losers.

 

The winners are easy to spot out. The weapons industry is one of the most victorious. The more the tension, the higher the profits. Dictators in Muslim countries, and fringe terrorist groups are also gaining a lot. For the latter it’s more a question of power than money, though the two are usually sides of the same coin. The fear of the bad West and its oppression of fellow Muslims especially in Palestine is carefully manipulated to consolidate their power.

 

The list includes the corrupt criminals at Congress, turban wearing sheiks in Saudi Arabia, fanatic Zionists, some of the gamblers at Wall street and last but not least every corrupt dictator in Third World Countries. The latter sporting some solid gold Rolls Royce with a personal professional driver who knows which streets to avoid the overly thin or overly bloated corpses of the locals.

 

And we the losers? Hard to name every category but, generally speaking we are either dying of hunger, scared shitless of a terrorist attack or both. And we will keep on losing as long as the winners convince us the enemy is in the East or the West and not them. And they are succeeding. They do not only care about us, they love us. Angry at the other side but nearly always they are smiling.

 

Seen the Bin Laden clips? Despite his rage for the murdered Palestinian children, despite killing thousands of innocent civilians whose fault was only that to be at the wrong time and the wrong place (something he says was the will of God), he smiles. Yes the son of a bitch smiles, like the sweet Imam in Pakistan who mesmerised journalists by saying in a well mannered soft voice that he wants nothing ‘except full Sharia law for country’ In other words power given to him by God itself, power to rule a country that has nukes, together with people who won’t find it hard to use them.

 

And on the other side? First we had that awful blond, sending troops to kill and die for his ‘noble cause’. To destroy a man accused of having weapons of mass destruction (never found) by invading his land with white phosphorous, an illegal weapon for mass destruction. And when the American citizens got fed up, they chose a black guy, changed a little bit here and there (better than nothing?) but is still fighting the same ‘noble cause’. The noble cause Cindy Sheenan mother of one the deceased who fought it, never got any reply about what was so noble about it. And both the ginger and the black President smile for the cameras to keep us happy.

 

In a land so far away, still featured in many travel magazines (not for long), there is a man, a dictator actually screaming and shouting to get our attention. The President of the Maldives’ mantra, coming out from his severely abused vocal chords, has changed slightly lately. He used to yell ‘Stop global warming, we are going to drown’. Now he yells ‘we are drowning, literally’. Unfortunately, this little rich boy is telling the truth.

 

While mother earth is lashing at us with vengeance for being so bad, the winners insist with their agenda. The Cold War needs to go on, or the profit will decrease substantially. Gorbachev saved the world once. He is not in a position to do it again. Now it’s up to us, the losers, the majority. Unless we unite against our real oppressors we’ll keep on living and dying in our fear.

 

And at the risk of sounding repetitive I still insist, this war can only be won by not being fought.

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