Colonial History is Not Forgotten

As long as Western forces are present where they do not belong, and as long as they try to interfere in the politics of sovereign nations, there is effectively no way to end ongoing conflicts in the world. The former and current imperialists and colonialists of the West, as long as their presence is felt, will be considered by large sections of the world’s population as enemies. The only way to shake off this image is to withdraw soldiers from foreign lands and allow these nations to decide their own fates. When there is no longer a perceived enemy, the politicians of hate and confrontation will have no reason to exist, and populations will either rise up against them or vote for other politicians.

 

Deaths caused by what the West considers terrorist acts are the result of anger arising from Western exploitation and interference in other nations. However unsavoury movements in other nations may be, they have a reason for existence. They don’t arise from a vacuum. In order to combat such movements, international relations must be based on non-intervention. Violence can only be justified if defending one’s nation from a direct military attack on their soil by a foreign power.

 

The West is not stupid. It has enough scholars to realise that violence simply begets more violence, and that constantly considering and treating those forces that resist imperialist aggression as terrorists is simply counterproductive. Supposing that Western governments are not stupid, their continued hostility towards and interference in nations around the world suggest that they are perfectly happy to allow never-ending wars around the world. Maybe they fear that, if people truly decide their own destinies, an international revolution will eventually be set into motion, the power of the wealthy global elites will collapse, and their world of division and conflict will fade away.

About Oso Sabio

Independent author and poet writing about the Rojava Revolution, the autonomous Zapatista communities in Chiapas, and other examples of libertarian socialist and anti-capitalist resistance. Catch me on Twitter at @ososabiouk. Also known as Ed Sykes and Marcos Villa.
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