There are two places in the Middle East which have been consistently in the news: Egypt and Syria. Two countries that are on the edges of anarchy – one in serious disarray, the other in the midst of complete madness. Ironically, each one has different scenarios, which, if not resolved quickly, will end up in serious danger.
Egypt, like all other Arab nations, was not spared from the revolution of the Arab Spring, where the Arab people felt the need for change. They felt it was time to remove the regimes that was governing them, they wanted control, they wanted to choose their own government and, indeed, it was and is their right. But what started out as peaceful demonstrations suddenly turned into violence, destruction and absolute chaos, where buildings were set ablaze, brought to the ground, properties were vandalized, hundreds and thousands of people were hurt and ultimately people were being killed.
The people of Egypt got what they wanted; they removed Hosni Mubarak and elections were held. Muhamed Morsi became the first democratically elected president of Egypt but soon after the calm the people of Egypt were not satisfied and again the world began to witness calls for the removal of the Government. The Government called for calm and requested the masses to give time to government. But, again violence began and innocent protesters were killed. An elected president was removed and chaos prevails in Egypt.
In Syria, similar events started to unfold, where Syrian people wanted change. They want the government to stand down. They want Assad’s regime to finish, like the previous regimes in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia but Assad and his government refused and is refusing, with the cost to human life on a scale which is not acceptable to any moral, ethical, principled person.
The recent use of sarin gases, which killed over a thousand men, women and children and mostly children has prompted worldwide anger and naturally so. The haunting photos are still fresh in my mind and, I am sure, in the minds of the world. But we must ask a question: when is it right for a country to make demands and interfere with another sovereign country? Should not those countries be left to resolve their own internal affairs? Why are America, the UK, and France insisting that a military strike is the only option? Have we not heard this before and what was the result? Just look at Iraq and Afghanistan and answers become very clear.
So what is the answer? Should international countries ignore this unfolding tragedy in Syria? The answer is quite simple: no! But the means and the way they do it is what is important. The spiritual head of the world wide Ahmadiyya Muslim community, Hadrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad khalifatul Masih V aba has for the last three years traveled the world to stress the need for tolerance and patience by those countries which would seem to want to strike at Syria and Iran. He has written to Barack Obama, to David Cameron, to the president of Israel and the prime minister of Israel. He has written to the former president of Iran, to supreme spiritual leader of Iran, and to Pope Benedict and his holiness Pope Francis, urging them to find the path to world peace. He has addressed the House of Commons, Capitol Hill, the European Parliament in Brussels and indeed where ever he has gone on his travels. He has urged restraint.
So my position on this is that of our spiritual leader of the world-wide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. There should be no military strike in such a volatile region as it will spread in to a regional war causing more innocent people to die.
A coalition should be built to bring about a diplomatic solution to the problem, but this can only be possible if we put the principles of justice before any national or regional interests. The UN must be utilized and not ignored each and every time a decision goes against major western powers, otherwise what is the purpose of the UN? Why was the UN created? The international communities should, if the situations arise, allow the Arab countries to unite, and take action if it is needed, to stop such cruelties in countries like Syria, but it should be limited to the neighbouring Arab countries. (The US, the UK and France should not be leading such efforts.) In this way, it would not seem like a Western invasion.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim community is the only international community whose leader, the khalifa of the promised Messiah, has been warning the world of a third world war for a number of years. We must remember that the conditions of the world today are very similar to the conditions of the world just before the break out of world war two. The rest of the superpowers should not allow such nations to further their interests. If a strike is made on Syria, we should be clear a third world war is inevitable.