History Repeats Itself! Are we on a brink of a World War?
An analogy of contemporary ME events with crusades & world wars – Part II
Speaking about the history, we also need to discuss the contemporary events. 2011 was the year of rebels & revolutions. The famous Arab Spring was triggered in Tunisia & it spread like wild fire taking Egypt too in its flames. Libya was invaded by US in 2008 & in 2011 rebels hunted down Gadaffi & took over. Some protests were also reported in Turkey in the following years but they were not serious armed conflicts. But the most affected nation by civil war is Syria who is still burning & may burn the whole region. Syrian conflict between Assad & the rebels is as complex as crusades where many forces & nations are involved either directly or as proxies, but it is a topic for another debate.
Meanwhile a terrorist group calling itself Islamic State or ISIS emerged enduring horrific brutalities on civilians, captured enemies & even foreigners. This terrorist group is so cruel that even Al Qaeda have made a statement about them to be too extremist. The leader of that group Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has declared himself the Khalifa i.e. the Islamic equivalent of the Pope. ISIS has gone past all limits of inhumanity in modern times. They took undue advantage of the present Syrian refugee crisis & have boasted to have infiltrated around 4000 ISIS terrorist into Europe. At the moment, Europe is caught on a back-foot after the 13th November #ParisAttack. France & Belgium have come to stand still & out of revenge France has started bombing the ISIS held area along with US & Russia. More civilians are getting killed than the ISIS monsters.
You may ask me how I can link the two crusades & world wars with the present situation which seems more like hunting down a terrorist group. Here two countries or people are very important, the Jews & the Turks! They are seen playing important role in previous four events.
Here we recall that the 1st Crusade was to get back the Holy Land & the city of Jerusalem. In the present scenario, Jerusalem is the state of Israel. The rivalry of modern Israel with Arabs/Muslims is as old as its statehood. Recently in past two months, the events of Palestinians stabbing the Jews in Jerusalem have increased exponentially and around 25 Israelis are killed. As a result Israeli police had raided the historic Al Aqsa mosque in eastern Jerusalem to hunt down Hamas terrorist. Here my point is that Jerusalem is on boil these days & with strong leader like Netanyahu any retaliation is possible.
Though Israel was not directly involved in the WW2, but the formation of the state of Israel was the result of the war. Harry Potter maybe a fiction, but Lord Voldemort (the one whose name can’t be taken) was very real with his army of Death Eaters. They killed about 10 million innocent civilians, but most importantly they killed nearly 6 million Jews as a Final Solution (die Endlösung). The people who were expelled for 2000 years found their homeland in Israel & have prospered since then, but they are oppressors in the eyes of Islamic world. But the strange fact is that Christians too massacred Jews all along the history along with Muslims & most famously during crusades. In 1st Crusade Jews & Muslims defended Jerusalem against the Christians.
The second important city in this discussion is Istanbul. The beautiful Istanbul, that was once Constantinople. Turks fought the 1st Crusade for the Jerusalem & final Crusade resulted into the fall of Istanbul. Mehmed II became most celebrated figure is Ottoman history due to the capture of Istanbul. Ottoman Emperor Mehmed VI got involved in the WW1 helping the Germans but in the end they lost the war & 600 years old Empire finally came to an end. Ottoman kingdom was disintegrated into many countries, but the soul of Istanbul is modern day Turkey. Though Ottoman Empire was dismantled but they had their few moments of glory, under the leadership of Mustafa Kamel Ataturk in 1915 at Gallipoli the Ottomans defeated the allies and a new national hero emerged. Ataturk laid the foundation of Turkey as a secular republic in 1923, even discarding the Arabic script & adapting the Roman.
One point that we often forget is Ottoman Emperors were officially the Khalifas, the head of Islamic Ummah. The last Khalifa was Mehmed VI & since 1923 there was no head of Islam, but ISIS boss Al-Baghdadi declared himself Khalifa 90 years later in 2013. He is accepted as Khalifa by Muslims is another question, but he occupies the position at the moment and that is the bitter truth. Turkey & Ataturk were sane to not get involved in WW2 and concentrated in rebuilding the fallen nation.
…………………..to be continued
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