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The game of political economy

While the current wars are over oil and energy resources, the future wars are forecast to be the eco wars

The game of political economy

Ecological, environmental, economic, water wars and food wars, may be in Africa, the Middle East and even South Asia, between India and Pakistan over Indian captive Kashmir, which houses Pakistan’s natural life support system of river sources. The UN has been warning for long about water and food shortage and population explosion in the near future.

In view of the likely emerging scenarios, the pathology and politics of power need to be understood seriously in all of their complex diversity, because imperialism seeks absolute power to attain its objective: colonialism. The absolute power is multiple: military, political, economic, and socio-cultural. Thus, it is geosociological, targeting the political economy, and is tantamount to tyranny.

With the advent of capitalism, especially in the 19th and 20th century, and particularly after the collapse of Soviet communism by 1990, political economy has increasingly become a menacing manifestation of imperialism, both international and indigenous, more so after 9/11. With the communist challenge gone, the world’s sole superpower — the USA — in collusion with the European world big powers, especially their fighting arm NATO, set about conquering the world, militarily as well as geopolitically and geoeconomically in terms of the political economy.

Its rabid result is the rampant globalism and globalisation of international corporate capitalism. It is the 21st century’s new international imperialism of oil. That is the game of the New Rulers of the World, in John Pilger’s opinion. Is the global humanity, then, set on “Another Century of War,” asks Gabriel Kolko, because of capitalistic-imperialistic extremist exploitation and impoverishment of the Third World.

“It is both an economic cold war and a military WMD hot war — or wars — targeting Islam and the Muslim world. Iraq and Libya have been destroyed. Afghanistan is under occupation. Iran and Syria are being targeted tragically. The Muslim Middle East has been destabilised and is in turmoil. Pakistan is the bleeding target of interstate terror and war orchestrated by the USA, India and Israel. Iran is a Western-American eye-sore ever since its Islami revolution in 1979, says Dr Ikram Azam in his book “The Geosociological Imperative and the Imperial Hubris,” published by PFI (37, School Road, Islamabad) in 2013.

“In view of the current militant aggression of American global imperialism, Pakistan is currently at the crossroads of its history and destiny, as never before. It needs to wake-up before it is too late.”

He underlines: “The geosociology of national defence and security is the best means of combating and defeating imperialism: the peoples’ power, both as the nation-at-arms, and as national integration and social cohesion by means of patriotism and nationalism or patriotic nationalism as in the elements of geosociological national power. These include: sea power, air power, land power, nuclear power, and people’s power. These, in turn, are the products of natural and human resource development by means of modern-futuristic education, science and technology: Irfan – enlightenment.”

“A resource constrained Third World Muslim country like Pakistan must learn to manage modestly within its own honest meagre means and resources. And this can be done, given an honest and dedicated Pakistani patriotic collective leadership and system” based on “Four DS” – development, demographics, defence and security, and debt.”

“In view of the relentless onslaughts of western, especially American global imperialism, the Third/Muslim world, particularly Pakistan, should delink itself immediately from the Western Debt Trap and international aid as loans,” asserts Dr Ikram Azam in this 224 page book. “It should tighten its belt in the image of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (MBUH) who tied stone-rocks to his stomach to pacify the pangs of hunger.”

For augmenting state revenues, “a thoroughly honest and efficient national taxation system must be installed.” Furthermore, “the corrupt — politicians, bureaucrats and all others — should be forced to cough up the plundered national wealth of Pakistan.”

“The nation should adopt, at once, the one-point national agenda of Sovereign Strategic Self-Reliance in all geosociological fields of national life, and particularly the political economy, national integration, defence and security. Additionally, Pakistan should seriously and sagaciously strive for enlightened geosociological regionalism and regionalization. It must also join hands with friends in the Third and Muslim world, China and Russia, and strive strategically for democratic multipolarity for the global balance of power for peace” and also to checkmate Euro-American NATO, and Indo-Israeli imperialism, advocates Dr Ikram Azam. “Pakistan should also distance itself from the Western MIC: Euro-American Military Nexus, and diversify to other more reliable and sustainable sources of arms. China has been, and remains its most steady and steadfast friend. Pakistan’s strategic partnership with China needs to be ‘Futurized’ on a long-term basis.”

“Pakistan urgently needs to do some ‘out-of-box’ strategic futuring in the realm of the political economy. Its present economists are simply incapable of that, being trained and trapped in the enslaving capitalistic paradigm. It urgently needs economists who are motivated by compassionate welfare and altruistic ethical economics and Islamic economics. Above all, Pakistan should seriously study the current Chinese military model as well as that of its political economy, for adaptation to suit its present and foreseeable future needs.”

“In view of the current militant aggression of American global imperialism, Pakistan is currently at the crossroads of its history and destiny, as never before. It needs to wake-up before it is too late. The present political collective leadership is allegedly corrupt to core, and thoroughly incompetent. The very first step to salvation and survival is an immediate peacefully democratic constitutional regime change,” opines Dr Ikram Azam.

According to him, Pakistan’s prime problem is that it has learnt no lesson from its tragic-traumatic chequered history despite the December 1971 events. He holds the civil, political and military bureaucratese-cum-authoritarianism responsible for this with the result that history continues to repeat itself divisively. “The antidote lies in an incorruptible patriotic-nationalistic modern-futuristic Islami-Pakistani Indigenous System and Leadership. Exceptions apart, today many of the so-called leaders are allegedly misleaders. They are thoroughly corrupt: materially and intellectually. What is worst, they, themselves, are said to be the worst kind of terrorists and war mongers.”

Dr Ikram Azam calls for unity in the rank and file of the Pakistani nation. He writes: “A united nation is a stable and secure nation. A divided nation and a split society are weak and vulnerable. The best guarantee of state sovereignty is the twinning of national defence-cum-security, and national integration-cum social cohesion, cumulatively and continuously. No extent of armed forces modernization, alone, and by itself, can guard and guarantee state sovereignty, without national cohesion, unity and oneness.”

He stresses: “The future of national integration and social cohesion lies doubly in Islami renaissance and the revival of the original Islami national spirit which created Pakistan. Above all, it lies in true justice and equality for all of the Pakistani citizens — each and every one of them. It lies in actually developing all the four provinces of Pakistan, equally and equitably.”

“Above all, it lies in Sovereign Strategic Self-Reliance. Islam is the single and sole most unifying factor in an otherwise naturally diverse Pakistan: a plural society and a federal policy.” Dr Ikram Azam adds: “That is also true of the Muslim World and its Islami Ummah.”

In a nutshell, he underlines, the solution is simple: End war to end reactive, reactionary terrorism. End imperialism to secure sovereign, sustainable peace.

Alauddin Masood

alauddin masood
The writer is a freelance columnist based at Islamabad. He can be reached at [email protected]

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