Countries, Religion, Money, Climate Change

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one.

John Lennon, 1971

I agree with Lennon that fighting for one’s country or religion can be blamed for an awful lot.  But conflict is much more complicated than that. I would place economic reasons at the centre (yes, Marx) with the free market creating a struggle for resources, and alienation of the have-nots.  This will get worse as the world’s population expands and climate change hits in further.

What a horrible twist conflict has taken with the dreadful actions of the terrorist groups ISIS (Daesh), Boko Haram, Taliban and al-Qaida. Made even more bizarre by countries changing their minds as to whether groups are allies or enemies and many of the enemies now using weapons provided when they were allies.

I fear yet more military intervention in the Middle East; the west is responsible for so much that is wrong there, starting with the carving up of the region after the First World War.

I fear the rise of a xenophobic, anti-islam wave in Europe – particularly in France, where the forthcoming regional elections threaten to give power to two members of the Le Pen family – the niece even more awful than her aunt.

I fear for the prospect of civilised assimilation of the wretched refugees, with closing of frontiers and a culture of fear used to put up the mental barricades.

What a mess.

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