Actually we are in the midst of the Third World War, not the war against terrorists but the war between terrorists and the peace loving anti-terrorists alliance, the war between the Axis of Evil and Satan. Both sides are convinced that they are right, that theirs is the fight against evil. Evil and Satan must be destroyed. Frightened, the world is taking measures to secure and defend at tremendous cost. But the main result is not security or freedom from terror attacks. The main result is to disrupt life, undermine investments and business, and generally to adversely affect economic growth world wide. It is going to be a long war because hatred, anger, bitterness rules our hearts. We both want revenge. We both will retaliate. You kill our people, we will kill your people. And so it will go on and on. Sanity has deserted both sides. The world has become small. It is said to be a village.
But we have not made much progress in the management of our world despite its diminished size. Just as in the stone age the man with the biggest club rules, in our modern and sophisticated global village the country with the biggest killing power rules. When the Cold War ended we thought that the world would see peace and prosperity. After all the people who believe in peace and universal justice won. The evil Empire has been overthrown. But the loss of a counter balance has resulted in the great exponent of justice and fair play to become unbalanced. While the Communists were there the Capitalists curbed their greed and avarice. They showed a friendly face. The exploitation of the world by the greedy, the double standards and the hypocrisy about human rights and respect for human lives, the oppressions of the weak by the strong, the disregard for human sufferings; the expropriation of other peoples' land and the expulsion of the people, all these have been aggravated by the ending of the Cold War and the victory of the righteous over the evil.
The worm finally turned. The weak have now hit back in the only way they can. Groping for the enemy, the strong hits out blindly in every direction, in every part of the world. No one is free. Fear rules the world. With the onset of this third World War, the world is in a state of turmoil. We now live in fear, even the rich are not as prosperous any more, while the poor are actually poorer. We have not made such a good job managing this Global Village of ours. There is no trust and no good governance. So how do we create trust and good governance in the new era? I don't think it can be done by seeking for a military defeat of the enemy and forcing them to submit. The forces against the Axis of Evil are not going to win because the target is wrong. All that can happen if they are defeated is to create more anger and a call for more revenge and retaliation by the people who are incensed by the injustice they believe they are experiencing.
On the other hand the other side are not going to win either. The enemy is just too big and too powerful. The only solution is through compromise. Trust must be built. The initiation must come from the good people. They must recognise that people do not tie bombs to their bodies or crash their planes for the fun of it. They must have a reason for it. We have to remove the reasons. Out terrorising the terrorists will not work. But removing the causes for terrorism will. Good governance is simple if we curb the greedy and forget about self-regulating markets. Governments are not yet anachronistic. They have a role to play. We need a paradigm shift, we need a new mind-set if we are going to put an end to this Third World War. We need victory for both, a victory where both sides will benefit. The world is big enough and rich enough for everyone. There is no need to take everything for ourselves. A win-win solution is possible. If we can overcome our anger and hatred, our craving for revenge, our unlimited greed, we can manage the world and achieve trust and eventually good governance.