The Politics of Solidarity
Expecting love from hatred is bizarre, so is justifying hatred. The attack in Paris should indeed be condemned undoubtedly, and voicing solidarity with Paris is of utmost importance now. But at the same time it is important for us to recognize and infer from the socio-political vehemence that is the outrage felt by different countries gulping down the intolerable realities that rarely come out of the veil of prejudice in their own zones. On one end when Obama condemns the Paris terror attacks and says, “This is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share” on the other end he receives a lot of flak from the Republicans for what he himself has instigated during his tenure. Rick Santorum during the Sunshine Summit in Florida remarked, “This president doesn’t plan. This president has completely abandoned ship.” It is clear that politicization of such sorrowful issues have become inevitable in the lines of advancing international relations. Condemning the attack is the token for all, but the question lies behind the motive behind condemnation.
When Obama condemns the attack in Paris: Syria, Iraq and Gaza are covered tactically with politically nurtured stimulus which is openly left without any compunction. The same invokes the thought of vulnerability and suspicion when Putin expressed his solidarity by saying, “This tragedy has become another testimony of terrorism’s barbarity, which poses a challenge to human civilization.” The tie up between Moscow and Damascus and the long standing friendship of Putin and Assad has played vital roles in the sectarian war in the Middle-East, which has resulted in bloodshed and terrific violence in their own lands.
The tactical politics of solidarity is not only linked to the Proxy roles of Western countries in the Middle Eastern soil, in fact the politics is also being played by every other leader to light an inimitable virtue of ‘humanity’ in the global public sphere to garner support. It was actually confounding when former Pakistan president, Pervez Musharraf who lately acknowledged that his country had supported and trained Lakshar-e-Taiba to fan militancy in Kashmir also came to the public podium and condemned the Paris attack through a social media post. Musharraf’s expression of heartfelt solidarity seemed to be a hided idealistic hypocrisy since the LeT,which he claims to be trained and supported by his own state while he was the Major General, was one crucial reason for political instabilities and terror attacks that befogged a political propaganda in their own state and neighboring countries. The linkage to the chain of International allies for a wider support by expressions of solidarity doesn’t end there.
When Modi says, “My heart is filled with sadness due to what happened in Paris. This was an attack on entire humanity & humanitarian forces” it is interesting and indeed deserves a rational scrutiny because our PM has been condemning and reprimanding the terror attacks since a very long time and logically analyzing, those remarks aren’t expected from a person who has been adamant and obstinate enough to be unapologetic about what happened in 2002 under his own vigilance in his own state. The hypocritical politics behind such expressions of solidarities are to be condemned primarily, even before the global sphere becomes a podium for leaders like these, to sympathize and garner support for another attack they would later condemn for their own motives.
The nexus between socio-political agendas and public spheres is complex and the tight knots of preconceptions remain unknotted. As mentioned earlier, expressing solidarity with ‘Paris’ is important, but at the same time the question of ‘selective- solidarity’ remains unanswered. The loud chanting of ‘Solidarity’ that is being heard widely now, becomes a mere whisper when it comes to the hundreds and thousands dying in Palestine and Syria. According to the reports of Gaza Health ministry, in 2014 alone around 2200 civilians were killed and nearly 10,600 were wounded (including 3,374 children, of whom over 1,000 were left permanently disabled), during the Israel-Gaza conflict, where the USA openly backed Israel. The terror is gain replicated in Yemen, where the price of the sectarian war was the death of nearly 1600 civilians. 400,000 people died in Syria last year and the question of global support is often just unresolved .When 1.6 million people were killed five years ago in Iraq , the world closed their eyes, for they knew the consequence of condemning the decision of a self-proclaimed global power and that indeed is the power of ‘politics of hatred’.
When the human value drastically decreases from Paris to Syria and Gaza, the glory is of those who play the politics of ‘power and hatred ‘ in the name of religion and sects. When the barter for petrol and other resources continue with wars and conflicts, the primitive idea of fraternity is used as a trump card to retain the power and influence. So let’s condemn the attack in Paris, not in the name of any religion but for the betterment of the evolving mankind. Let’s support the people of Paris, not in accordance with any ideology but with a notion of ‘peace’. Let’s all unite for the people not only in Paris but also in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Nigeria and other African states, for they are innocent and guiltless too. And with soulful sympathies let’s all reflect the echoes of solidarity across the globe, not for the sake of political divisions but for the sake of the mightiest religion, the religion of ‘humanity’.
Nadeem Ahmed is a reporter at The Manipal Journal.
All views expressed in this article are personal.