STATISTICAL COMMODITIZATION OF HUMAN LIVES

Statistical commoditization of human lives – from the Indian poverty Lines to the innocent human lives killed and mutilated in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Somalia, Congo (DPR), Sudan, Nigeria and many other African and Asian countries and elsewhere – to the recently spiraled moments of crisis in Gaza, in Ukraine and the Flight MH17 crash after taking a sophisticated missile hit at 30,000 feet in – loss of human lives – always manipulated and used to further self-serving agendas – of dictators, of global superpowers.

Manipulative wisdom of statistics to alter the scale and aftermath of human lives killed or taken away – lives reduced to numbers – my count, your count, their count and the loss of haves and have-nots – the deepening culture of ‘let go’ in the global geopolitics – don’t be surprised if it gives us the next Peace Nobel Laureate – recognizing the culture of non-interventionism in the name of global order even if it means hundreds of thousands killed every year in civil wars, in terror strikes and in religious/sectarian divides.

And if we talk of the big powers, the nations that affect and effect the balance of the global order the most, all are to share the blame – each one is culpable – because each one has manipulated and the circumstances and geopolitical factors to gain upper hand over the others – in history – and in modern times – MH17 and Ukraine are Russian designs – Bashar Al-Assad’s Syria of the day is Russian effect – the origin of the Afghanistan is USSR – the oil politics of the global powers has given the world the worst of the dictators from the oil rich Arabian and Middle East countries – Ukraine crisis is because the powerful European nations (heavily dependent on Russia for energy needs) preferred not to act tough on Russia – rich Islamic nations are the mainstay of the financial backbone of the terrorism in the name of Jihad – and the failure of the US administration in stopping Israel from launching the recent drive of the Gaza offensive.

Imperialism and global dominance have been in-built in the power projection styles of the major powers – can the non-interventionism led by Barack Obama change it?

It will be wild to guess about because Obama’s non-interventionism sounds more of compelled from an ‘indifferent attitude’ – because his non-intervention (and of US and its allies, who could not, as the US did not) has cost humanity countless lives and the toll is increasing every day – in the global crisis hotbeds of Asia, Africa and Middle East – Israel cannot move ahead with its Gaza offensive if the US says a firm no, if Mr. Obama puts his weight behind in restricting Israel – and some US allies have strongly differed from the stand taken by Mr. Obama in such cases (as France on action in Syria) – also, Mr. Obama is voicing his advice to the European nations to act tough on Russia on the MH17 issue in clearer terms.

In contemporary times, its pure global geopolitics of self-interests – and every crisis is seen from as many angles as the stakeholders involved deem fit to see – be it the nature inflicted ones with countries banning the international aid and rescue worker to have access to victims – or be it man-made ones like the MH17 mid-air missile hit – the protagonists, the antagonists, the viewers and the advocates – all scramble to see what suits their purposes the most – statistically amplifying or downplaying the scale and the aftermath.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

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