BETWEEN TWO EVILS -- Organiser Weekly
THE WORLD BETWEEN TWO EVILS
By M.S.N. Menon, Organiser
The world is caught between two evilsthe evil of
American hegemony and the evil of Islamic terrorism.
Both must be fought and defeated.
They represent the same viewthat they know better,
that they have, therefore, the right to rule over the
A hundred years ago or so, we dreamt of an ideal world
order. What we got were nightmaresFascism, Nazism and
Communism, each trying to deny men their freedom,
trying to make them zombies. However, by the end of
the century, they were all discredited. Empires were
gone. Utopias were gone. But the world paid a heavy
price for these experiments.
We were almost sure that no one would try to put us
back into a pen. We were mistaken. America wants us to
be in an American pen. And the Islamists want us to be
in an Islamic pen. They offer no other option.
It was the Christian civilisation that spawned these
evil ordersall making promises of a world flowing
with milk and honey. How we lapped up these false
promises! We got no milk or honey. Instead, we got
poison. We are now being promised the
Nizam-e-Mustafaa new paradise. We saw a glimpse of it
in Afghanistan under the Taliban. Are there any takers
for this paradise? Of course, there are, for men
never learn from history. Which is really the human
The new threat to humanity is worse because it comes
from a source which is not democratic, which does not
believe in reason. I mean the Islamic world. It has
not produced one democratic country in all these
years. That makes the present situation alarming.
There are over a billion Muslims in the world. Some
red in tooth and claw. Many of them are ready to die
for their faith. It is a frightening thought.
True, America is an evil empire. In sixty years, it
played havoc with the destinies of many peoples and
nations. And it turned the world into a milch cow for
the benefit of the Americans.
But America is a democracy. It responds to world
opinion and to domestic criticism. That gives us hope.
It is not the Satan that it is said to be.
But no Muslim country responds to the world. And there
is little domestic criticism.
Remember, the Taliban destroyed the Bamiyan Buddha
although the world stood against it. September 11it
is loved by their God, they say. Take the case of bin
Ladena crackpot and criminal, a Pol Pot in the
He enjoys a substantial measure of support among the
educated Muslims of the world. And there is the silent
majority which admires him from afar.
The Muslims prefer to bury their past. Much of it lies
like a silent cemetery. It is full of revengeful
ghosts. But the Maulanas tell their flock that they
created paradise on earth and that it is the West
which destroyed it.
I think it is time to make a law to banish anyone who
proclaims that he has a solution for all the ills of
men. Such a man is a dangerous lunatic. He should live
in an island. Call it Utopia, if you like, for poetic
There is no panacea for our ills. When nature itself
goes about by trial and error, we can do no better
than follow nature. Try and try again.
Today, says and authority, Islam has come to be
identified with the mullaha semi-literate man, with a
scruffy beard and gown, the Taliban with his AK-47,
burqua-clad women, madrasas and frenzied masses. The
Muslims must come off this repulsive image.
Terror has no place in Islamthis is the claim. If
this is so, let the sane Muslims work to prove it.
Change is the essence of justice. Without change,
there can be no correction, there can be no justice.
But some say: Not a comma of the Quran will be
changed! With what result? Muslims continued to call
the Mahatma a kafir, India a Dar-ul-Harb. And look at
the shame of the Muslims of India having to look at
the face of their Hindu brothers after this!
We in India fought the British empire without taking
to violence. Mandela of South Africa followed the
Indian example. And Martin Luther King of America
followed the Gandhian path in his fight against racism
in America. But Jinnah chose the path of violence.
Why? Because his religion had laid down the path of
violencejihadfor him. The way of peace has never
been an option.
Who can do the correction then? Only they can do it.
Remember, Lincoln fought a war against his own
brothers when they went wrong, when they insisted on
keeping slaves. Can Islam produce a Lincoln? (That is
the test . of a civilisation.) I wonder!
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