The unprecedented technological advancements in mass media and telecommunications have broadened the options of knowing what is happening in this turbulent world. Nowadays, people see how terror attacks, kidnapping, bloody armed conflicts and civil wars roam all around the globe. Thereon they wonder why the concerned authorities did not grasp the nettle of matters at early stages or at least neutralize the schemers so that such devastating occurrences are avoided.
Most people get a line about many drawn-out peacekeeping operations and interminable peace-brokering processes originated to promote peace and preserve security. Yet, they find themselves wondering why many peace endeavors have ended up being either inapplicable or irrelevant. Likewise, they hear about so many disaster relief initiatives projected to minify the aftereffects of traumatic natural disasters, such as tsunamis, earthquakes, and typhoons; and to provide humanitarian aid to the needy and unfortunates. Nevertheless, many of those efforts are marked to act in modest effectuality.
Apart from where we live in this world, whether in the Eastern or Western hemisphere, all share one compound question: Why super governments along with the international community always fall short to attain their self-proclaimed global and regional objectives—let alone the national ones. It is quite difficult to find independent analysts and thinkers who believe that over-rich omnipotent nations, like the G-20, which account for around 85% of the Gross World Product (GWP), 80% of world trade, and hosts to two-thirds of world’s population, are meager to fulfill the needs and hopes of the people: peace and prosperity.
So, what are the cardinal reasons for this inordinate shortcoming? Is it the strategy or level of commitment? Is it the lack of expertise or impracticality? Or, what?
Actually, the answer is partly nestled in the presence of red tape and tightened hierarchic structures, the absence of impartial reconciliatory patterns, and lack of out-of-the-box professionalism—not to discuss corruption and bribery.
On that matter, people tend to inquire if there are alternative remedies that can add much to the current unsatisfactory efforts to stop the ongoing bloodshed, prevent terror, and defuse prevised wars. Pacifist thinkers are in continuous search to reckon how peace can be better served and largely secured. Likewise, human-centered advocates still looking for the best effective methodology and mode through which help and aid are adequately delivered to hundreds of millions of poverty-stricken and hapless people.
Given the chronic failure of most governmental associations and ineffectiveness of most international and regional organizations to maintain peace and deliver aid to the needy, the alternative is definitely not within the officialdom brackets of pro-government organizations.
The world needs to have professional nongovernmental associations that can play the main role in future humanitarian undertakings and human development initiatives, without political influence or bureaucratic limitations. The world needs specialized mobilization associations that have businesslike structure and features but operate without being single-minded towards maximizing profits. The philanthropic and mediation domains need transnational groups that have multinational advisory committees, diversified topnotch management and qualified hands-on expertise who can operate with a focus to bring in results even for adversely affected people; while remain committed to impartially serve all the needy people according to the necessity and condition, not according to one political agenda or another.
At that, one might point out to many similar existent groups or organizations, and hence to the absence of necessity for the like. On the face of it, though this supposition might seem logical; yet, when it comes to efficiency and neutrality, they are few. Actually, the largest part of NGOs is either of theoretical nature or without a professional functional body to cope with world’s adversities. While the rest are widely viewed to be either politically swayed, bureaucratically thwarted, or poorly funded. Unfortunately, the reality is that there are only a small number of surefooted organizations and groups to carry out remote peace and recovery missions effectively and promptly, in a similar mode of many successful franchised businesses and dealerships.
All the same, the fact remains that the need for new practical and responsive organizations would not have come to mind, should prominent international organizations and leagues, like the United Nation (UN), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Arab league (LAS) and many others, had been able to promptly serve peace and human development missions.
By all odds, this loose commitment to human issues and irresponsible antiquated means of approach should be ruled out from the humanitarian operating sphere and be replaced with more pragmatic and result-driven techniques and strategies. It is daydreaming to conclude that the current pattern of thinking and approaches of most international organizations would be reshaped soon in the near future. Keeping in mind that, the majority of world’s population is living in distress or in fear cannot wait another seven decades to see an end to all regional wars and armed conflicts. The world’s economic catalysts, be they financial organizations or rich governments, cannot afford to waste hundreds of billions of dollars again, most of which were depleted in the name of peace and human development, while one-third (2.3 billion people) of the world’s population still live under the poverty line ($2.00 a day).
Alas, considering the barren methods of activities of most international organizations and transcontinental groups, it is reasonable to know that this notion of self-change is invalid. Bearing in mind that our world needs competent devotees and groups of professional expertise that hold fresh reasoning and humanistic considerations instead of sleepy former foreign ministers, old-hat bureaucrats, and dormant human rights demagogues. However, the only practical alternative is to start over and support new organizations, like Critical Mobilization Group and the like, so that we can hope to see the change in our lifetime.
In all likelihood, if we do nothing to change our today, today will change our tomorrow.
An Anglo-Irish philosopher and statesman of the 16th century once said:
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Mohammad S. Moussalli is a renowned Lebanese writer. He has reputable journalistic record with well-known regional English newspapers, magazines and web-based gazettes. He holds a long list of esteemed published Op-Eds and online articles, mostly centered on civil liberties, human rights, socioeconomic and sociopolitical issues.
Mr. Moussalli is a management consultant and former managing director with senior executive experience in the Middle East and Gulf region. He devises reorganization plans and restructuring schemes, and provides advice on business planning, administration, operations, pay and benefit scales, and other business issues.
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