In all their successive and accumulative efforts, the heavenly messages
have sought to create favorable conditions to build a human society that
is based on justice, right and protection of the weak. They have rejected
all kinds of social and racial discrimination, on the basis that all men
are equal like the teeth of a comb and that no Arab is superior to a
non-Arab except in piety.
Then all the various Islamic teachings came to
serve this goal of building such a society that ought to be strong,
coherent and based on the sound principles that take into account the
balance between all human nations and civilizations.
A quick review of all Islamic teachings
regarding social relations starting by the small family, and ending up
with peoples and nations is enough to prove that they aim at the
Firstly: The establishment of the principle of
brotherhood among humans. A human being is a brother of other humans and
not merely a business partner or a temporary friend. This principle
implies an unequivocal rejection to all kinds of discrimination.
Secondly: The establishment of the principle
of justice and fairness among all people, and the rejection of all kinds
of wronging as a basic principle of international human relations.
Thirdly: Solidarity and mutual dependence
among all people that implies the cooperation to achieve common goals and
exchange wealth in a way that safeguards the entire human community and
not a certain state or nation.
In the light of this, Islam rejects the logic
of the dominating state that imposes its inhumane laws on the rest of
humanity. It further monopolizes science and technology advancements and
appropriates the wills of nations and states in the name of the will of
the international community that hides its own will or that of the states
it is allied with.
On this basis, we would like to discuss the
term: "international community". We are not in principle against close
relations between various states or against international laws that serve
man and humanity in general. Islam was the first to establish the laws of
international relations that the UN charter adopted much of. But we are
concerned with how this term is politically manipulated: Who is this
international community? Does it include the small and weak countries?
Are such countries taken into account when the international community
makes its decisions?
Or are these decisions taken by the super
powers and the United States in particular that act under the guise of
the international community making it a gun that is always aimed at the
small and downtrodden states.
Thus we ask: How are we to understand the
adoption of double standards in the decisions of the so- called
"international legitimacy" that ignore the rejection of some of the
states of its resolutions while insisting on the compliance of other
countries regardless of how unfair these resolutions might be? We are
afraid that the "international community" is being used as a weapon to
prevent the downtrodden nations from exercising their right of
self-determination and achieving their independence, and consequently
preventing them form accomplishing their rights that will make them not
need others and be recognized among the international community.
In this perspective, we view the latest
decisions against the Palestinian Government, whether those taken by the
US or the EU, as part of the historical injustice against the
Palestinians in the name of the international community at a time these
states accuse those who criticize the Israeli policies by anti-Semitism
Another paractice of this double standard
attitude can be seen in the dealing with the Iranian peaceful nuclear
project that is subjected to various threats including those of the
Europeans, who said that Iran should understand that the International
community does not accept a nuclear Iranian state.
Nevertheless, Iran insists that its program is
peaceful, but this firmness against Iran changes into a flexibility, an
understanding or a silence when it comes to the Israeli nuclear project
that threatens the region and the entire world.
The Security Council and the UN have become a
tool to persecute the downtrodden nations or the states that wish to
liberate themselves from the pressures of the American policies.
The Quartet Committee too has turned into a
tool to pressurize the Palestinians who are asked to recognize the
Israeli occupation that does not recognize them as a people and commits
all kinds of atrocities against them.
We are afraid that the US, which had dragged
the so-called international community to the war on Iraq under the
pretense of weapons of mass distention, wants to drag it to another
bloody war in the region through its exaggeration of the Iranian peaceful
nuclear project, and its efforts to undermine the European, Russian and
Chinese initiatives. But such a war will not burn the region only. It
will also burn an entire American project that was built on fighting in
other peoples' countries and gaining their wealth. The world has changed
and the era in which one international party gained at the expense of
others has ended.