Tuesday, 29 November, 2022

War cannot be an option for anyone

War cannot be an option for anyone

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It is very difficult to forget the pale and anxious faces of thousands of innocent civilians who have been bearing the brunt of geopolitics and wars. If history is anything to go by, war means more humanitarian crisis than anything else. This is why every peace-loving individual or nation is against the use of weapons as a language instead of language a weapon. And being an advocate for this ideology, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, while delivering her speech at the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, gave utmost importance to dialogue to resolve crises and disputes urging the world community to stop the arms race, war and sanctions for building a peaceful world.

In the last two decades, the world community has observed several wars across the globe— in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Africa and Europe very recently. The true analysis of wars tells that these wars did not produce any winner rather than caused the suffering of millions of people not only in the war-devastated countries but also across the globe. The effects of these wars are widespread. In the last ten years, millions of people were killed in wars.

On the other hand, by punishing one’s rival country with sanctions and counter-sanctions, the entire world, including women and children, is being punished. Therefore, wars put the lives and livelihoods of the people at greater risk and infringe on their fundamental rights; people are deprived of food, shelter, healthcare and education. The worse victims become the children whose future is lost in darkness.

Whatever argument may people make in favour of wars, they cannot help but acknowledge that war does not bring any positive outcome. For that reason, war is not acceptable to any peace-loving nation. Therefore, it is expected that all parties involved in wars in different parts of the world will sit for dialogue and consultation and seek reasonable solutions to address each other's concerns on the basis of equality and mutual respect. War cannot be an option for anyone.