km. Matin Baraki’s reports from Afghanistan have been confirmed by many other local witnesses. For instance, the former member of parliament Malalai Joya reported in the German newspaper “Junge Welt” (21 April 2016) that the situation for the Afghan population had continuously deteriorated since the beginning of the Western occupation. After the Western intervention, the country had become a safe haven only for one group: for terrorists. “Millions of people are suffering insecurity, corruption, unemployment, poverty. The rights of all people, especially those of women, are constantly violated. Occupants and fundamentalists share the power in the country.”
Willy Wimmer, former undersecretary of state in the German Ministry of Defence, claimed that the US and its allies had cut a swathe of devastation from Kabul to Timbuktu. This is material and cultural devastation which involves immense human suffering.
The question may be left open whether this was the specific intention linked to a Neo-Conservative-Trotskyite strategy of chaos or the true face of an elitist Western megalomania which is now faring as did the hybris of classical tragedies. For 25 years now, ever since the decomposition of the UN member state Yugoslavia, the Western hegemon has, together with his vassals, time and again broken international law and defied all commandments of humanity.
It sounds cynical if these same Western states now come up with the hubris of “helping” millions of migrants from other cultural spheres and of “integrating” them. Integrating them into what? Integrating them into a world of nihilist, power-crazed “elites” lacking all cultural substance? Integrating them into a dog-eat-dog society which tramples all the principles of humant social nature underfoot? The absurdity of this idea is fast becoming obvious. Who will want to follow this path?
If the West really wants to assume tasks in the world of today and tomorrow, this will only be possible if there is a renaissance of its cultural substance. We can expect nothing from the US. It is Europe’s turn. This includes putting the request for a mandatory universal ethics as a framework for all cultures and religions back on the agenda. In 1945 and the following years, there was an effort made resulting in the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which are still applicable law in most states on earth. History has shown that there is a mutual relation of religions and secular ethics. In their painful and at times bitter history, Christian religions have come a long way in essential aspects. It cannot be God’s will to ask for what deeply contradicts the nature of his creature, man. Other religions also have this duty and they are on their way. And they are all well capable of going this way because all great religions have a manifold substance to offer, so as to contribute towards a peaceful and fair coexistence of all people – as soon as the focus is no longer on the striving for power but on man and his fate.
The direction will be determined by the people. The large majority of humans in Europe still have a conscience and an intuition for what is humane. Hence the perspective is to listen to the voice of the peoples. •
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