Mohammad Jamil: War in August?





The writer is Lahore-based senior journalist.

Man is a rational and social animal. And it is because of his intellect and creativity that human being is more ferocious than beasts. Recorded history reveals about the wars between the Greek and Roman nation states 2500 years ago. There was 100 years’ war between England and France though its duration was 116 years i.e. from 1337 to 1453. France and Germany had three centuries of hostile relations, and had at least one thirty-year war. However, it was only after the Second World War in 1945 that relations became the key to the unity between the European countries. Many a civilization has emerged and waned. 
 
“Birth, growth, breakdown and disintegration is the cycle of all civilizations”, said Toynbee. Such was the course of events that once sun did not set in the Great Britain but today it is only ‘Britain’ and sun hardly rises in this kingdom. The First and Second World Wars had started in August 1914 and 1st September 1939 respectively, and according to a report in Los Angeles Times said that there is a possibility of war in August, which may turn into a 3rd World War. Having seen enormous death and destruction, European countries led by the US wish to see Asia as the next theatre of war. 
 
America and its allies are hell bent on regime change in Syria, but their efforts have been frustrated when Russia and China vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution on Thursday that threatened Syrian authorities with sanctions if they did not halt violence against an uprising. It was the third time that Russia, a key ally of the Syrian government and China have used their veto power to block resolutions designed to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to halt the 16-month conflict. With the mandate for a U.N. observer mission in Syria was to expire at midnight Friday (0400 GMT Saturday), Western states that pushed the resolution to renew the operation under a threat of sanctions against Damascus reacted angrily to the vetoes. “The effect of their actions is to protect a brutal regime. They have chosen to put their national interests ahead of the lives of millions of Syrians,” Britain’s U.N. ambassador, Mark Lyall Grant, told the 15-member Security Council after the vote. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, called the Russian and Chinese moves “dangerous and deplorable” and said the Security Council had “failed utterly.”..



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