Unity, Peace, And Cooperation: A Price To Pay

For a decade now in international and local affairs, the world, in general, have been facing all sorts of issues. These issues have stemmed from war, conflict, disintegration, and terrorism. In addition, the huge violation of human rights and human dignity have been perpetrated by some tyrant leaders and some terrorists and extremists. These matters, alone, have gone a long way to disorientate the debate surrounding conflict resolution, environmental degradation, integration, and governance.

In recent times, the world has been experiencing constant attacks from the east, west, north, and south. For instance, on the list of recent attacks include the following:

  • According to BBC, there was the June 3, 2017 London Bridge attack that left six people dead.
  • The Westminster attack in March of 2017.
  • The June 19, 2017, Finsbury Park attack.
  • The Manchester Arena terrorist attack and suicide bombing that left twenty-two people dead and 116 injured, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation.
  • The Taliban killed eight Afghan Security guards.
  • The June 17 attack in Afghanistan that injured seven U.S. troops.
  • November 13, 2015, Paris attack, which was the bloodiest attack ever to take place in Paris.

In line with this is the fact that many countries have decided, due to narrow-minded economic reasons, to slow down the process of regional integration and environmental degradation. An example of this would be President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the Paris Agreement on climate changes.

Many of these attacks have really deteriorated the level of corporation among countries and the practice of non-combative measures towards world peace and development. With that said, the level of terrorism, trust among nations, killings, and cyber criminality has greatly endangered our planet and it inhabitants. For instance, world powers today see other nations in Africa and the Middle East as terrorist countries, and as a result, they are less inclined to want to form a coalition block with them to combat terrorism. While the United States of America sees these nations as terrorists, these same nations also view America as being a terrorist. This begs the question of who the terrorist truly is: is it America or these ‘other’ nations.

However, apart from the fact that there is not much true cooperation between countries, it is still factual to say that superpowers want to demonstrate their dominance in world politics by suppressing weaker nations through policies that will not favour them.

Meanwhile, today, emerging nations, such as North Korea have become a direct or indirect threat to world peace and its actions could lead to another war, and maybe even the “Third World War.” It is widely said that the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, wants to build a strong military empire that will be strong enough to face off against world superpowers like America, Great Britain, and France. Subsequently, on July 5, 2006, North Korea launched a two round missile test and later conducted a series of other tests. Presently, it may be safe to deduce that Kim Jong-un hopes his military arsenal will be a deterrent against the U.S. This has really deteriorated the level of cooperation between both countries as it comes amid tensions between Washington and Pyongyang over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

With that said, recently, North Korea tested a new rocket engine as part of their efforts to build a missile that is capable of reaching the American mainland, despite international condemnation.

Thus, while Africa is known for dictatorship, hardship, and corruption, and the Middle East is known to be an endless war zone. However, America, Britain, and France are known for their legitimate supremacy as they often clamour for disarmament, when in reality they do not disarm zones like North Korea, which is known as a new world peace threat.

In a nutshell, if nations do not discuss their differences and seek out resilient solutions for their problems, the world will continue to be a place of terror. Therefore, world leaders need to strongly advocate and implement unity, peace, and cooperation.

Adewale Daniel Omojowo
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