War only hurts the common man

10 January 2020 | Opinion

There is an ugly but realistic chance that Trump's America might go to war against Iran following the escalation of tension between the two nations.

Iran has vowed to exact a “crushing revenge” on American forces in retaliation for the killing of Quds commander Qassem Soleimani - leaving the Middle East on the brink of a conflict that could quickly spiral into World War 3.

Since then, disheartening footage of ordinary citizens of both countries have emerged, in which they expressed fear that any such war would wipe them off the earth while the warmongers themselves would not be affected personally.

Wars birth humanitarian catastrophes, as tens of thousands of people are forced to leave their homes when bombings escalate.

Neither the initiators of that war – Donald Trump or Iran's Hassan Rouhani – would be in refugee camps staring at the sky in anticipation of the arrival of food aid during such a war.

It is the children of the ordinary Iranians who would be maimed and killed if this war starts. It is those kids who would miss out on education as they would spend their days running for their lives instead of going to school.

Soldiers on both sides, who themselves are children of their own families, will die and leave a trail of poverty in the homes they financially sustained.

Financial resources that could have been channelled towards the betterment of mankind would now be used contrary to this – to destroy mankind.

Where there is a chance not to go to war, the world must grab such chance and create peace.

Some world superpowers may be itching to test the strength of their arsenals, but at what cost?

Wars leave a trail of millions of widows, widowers, and orphans. They reduce infrastructure to ashes and produce hunger instead of food to feed nations.

At the 1991 Madrid Middle East peace conference, Yitzhak Shamir said: “I am sure that there is no Arab mother who wants her son to die in battle—just as there is no Jewish mother who wants her son to die in war.”

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