Ramblings of History
The world has not quite been the same since the multiple jets hit sites in the US on September 11, 2001 and unfortunately, the terror continues well into 2016.
The jihad is much like a that of a desperate, cornered beast. Their war on the West can be said to be one of nomads desperately seeking to turn back time. Let me explain.(1)
When the hordes of Genghis Khan swept from Asia into Europe, their attacks were that of a nomadic tribe seeking to displace the Romans from parts of their Empire. The Romans, for what little credit they are given, were a civilized society. (Yes, the Romans were barbaric but they laid the foundation for modern Western society.)
The hordes of Genghis Khan were a nomadic collection of warriors mounted on horseback. They originated in what is now the Mongolia-China region of the world. Nomads are feudal tribes — they do not farm nor herd cattle nor sheep. They subsist through violence and terror. Much like the jihadists, I believe a fair comparison can be drawn to the hordes of Genghis Khan.
The eventual decay and demise of the Romans had multiple factors, but the Mongolian horde hastened the Roman demise. The demise of Rome led to a power vacuum where Rome once dominated.
When Christianity filled the power vacuum left by the Romans, it was a natural order of civilization. Christianity (given its merits and faults) helped to stabilize the regions once held by Rome.
Lessons of the Early 21st Century
The military responses of the West against terrorist cells have crippled the abilities of the jihadists — but as the decade wore through the 2000s to 2016– the mood of the public has changed. In Africa, jihadists are still strong; however, much of the world is not concerned with Africa. Presently there a few resources to exploit.
As long as we are incapable to mount a full response in areas that lack economic resources, our actions are mute. It reeks of shallowness
and of greed. In other regions of the world, Nationalism has spurred Nazi sympathies.
And the following question might be appropriate–
Power Vacuums and Political Instability?
Parts of the Mid-East and parts of Africa are still populated with terrorist cells. Much of the Mid-East is unstable, as well.
The Arab Spring coupled with the rise of Nationalistic sympathies seem to have made instabilities though much of the world.
I personally don’t believe that the West will fall. However, what is frightening is the poor humanitarian responses that Nationalistic sympathies seem to have brought. If the jihadists are to be defeated (or at least made to believe differently), they need reasons to do so. And, breast beating hegemony from parts of the US and other parts of the world will hasten further conflict.
We and much of the world are perched for armed conflict–in my humble opinion.
So, what do I believe should be done?
Seek a third path– While much of world seems perched with an unstable attitude and potentially toward war, Nationalistic sympathies need to be assuaged. The fomenting attitudes of Nationalism seemingly are based upon an attitude that says — the former status quo is not good and denying basic human rights to those who are suffering is justified.
Those who are presently fomenting hate need to be thrown out of power….before it is too late.
These patterns were seen prior to WWII– the Axis powers and used them to justify the slaughtering of Jews, gypsies, and many who were deemed unfit… (none-Aryan)
Well, as any student of history will tell you, anyone who does not understand their own mistakes will repeat them.
1. The Ascent of Man, Jacob Bronowski. BBC Publications 1973.
Jacob Bronowski (1908–1974) was a mathematician, biologist, science historian, and author. His well-known works include The Origins of Knowledge and Imagination and The Ascent of Man.