The world is divided into countries each with their own religions and sects to these religions that influence their people. The need for inter-religion cooperation is heightened by the fact the for example, the Americans who are still waging war in Iraq are now facing more of religiously motivated insurgents and not regular army combatants they started with. The UK has long accepted the fact that there was wrong in the initial assumptions that the war was for common good and the battle has been long and bloody. In Afghanistan, former Russian military officers who have served in the Russian-Afghan war are raising the red flag saying the Allies are committing the same mistakes they made during their own battles a few decades back. The Russians had to face defeat from the allied backed Afghans who fought hard and used tactics that were not even conventional.
Global trade is another motivator of the need for to allow people to work together for the same economic goals, the need for cooperation in between them is vital. Religion plays a huge part in how we work from day to day even if we do not say so. The way we were brought up in our respective faiths dictates how we deal and work in the future towards others and others from foreign lands. The Allies were hailed as liberators when the war began but are now labeled as invaders by the very people they fought and died to liberate. There might have been a lesson that was overlooked in the current crisis between the Palestinians and the Israelis who since time immemorial have been engaged in a war of religions and the right to exist. The battle rages not only in the battlefields but also in the arena of trade and many fall victims to poor policy that does not consider religious differences. Let us just hope that the leaders of today realize this as a fundamental truth and not just a fad for the sake of those left to fight the war for others which in their belief is their service for a brighter and better future for all.
Originally posted on May 1, 2008 @ 2:14 pm