For many decades, the world continued to be unipolar with America remaining unchallenged in its hegemony of the world. The whole of West, willingly or unwillingly, bowed to its diktats.
It had become so unipolar that “international “almost always meant Western, or more specifically, American. American opinion was always right. It was changing regimes at will. The Islamic World was the worst sufferer.
Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Egypt – all succumbed to its bombs. Syria was the only remaining country in the Arab World, which had refused to fall. It had the backing only of Iran, which has been a thorn in American and Israeli eyes since its Islamic Revolution, and a tacit one of Russia.
America with the help of Western and Arab allies decided to export heavily armed rebellion into Syria. Syrian Government under Assad was held responsible for all the bloodshed that followed, and he was presented to the world as a cruel dictator killing its own people.
While American interventions did take hardly any time to succeed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Egypt, all the Western and Arab wealth, money and West-trained fighters failed to topple Assad.
With the entry of Hezbolalh around two years back, things changed fast in favour of Assad. The ISIS which had the backing of West till then, even if they did not want it to seize power, slipped to Iraq occupying a large area.
Within no time, ISIS was declared the most dangerous terrorist organisation of the world. But it was an enemy only in Iraq. It was still a close military if not a political ally in Syria. Two years of apparent campaign by the West yielded hardly any results as far as the strength of ISIS was concerned. West would not act against it till Assad was removed.
With West-Iran nuclear treaty, things took a quick turn. Instead of coming close to Washington, Tehran chose to isolate it. European delegation, political and business, started pouring in Tehran. Europe saw in it an opportunity to come out of its Economic Crisis.
It was time for Moscow to enter the scene with a bang. It had the backing of Iran, and the two were confident of keeping Europe away. Taking advantage of Western campaign against ISIS, it started its military mission in Syria with air bombardment. Within two months, ISIS has been hit hard beyond repair. Now, the international media seems to have gone silent on the cruelty of ISIS. While striking targets in Syria, Putin has shown hardly any respect for American concerns. The world is not today what it was two months back.
Politics almost always means selfishness at its worst. Every country without an exception acts only in its own interest with hardly any care for justice. This was true of America, and this is true also for Russia. Russia seems to have vowed to regain its lost prestige. Over a period of time, if its successes continue, it will also start looking for ways to have its share of the world. But a two polar world can perhaps bring more balance to the world. We can hardly hope for an ideal world without poles.
Muslim World, in recent decades, has unfortunately been part of one block or the other. It has now to learn to make its strategy independent of the designs of the world powers. Its dealings should be purely based on its own interests, with the difference that its interests must never cross the rule of justice enshrined in Islamic principles.
If West had shown respect towards Islam and Islamic World, and instead of trying to subdue them had developed a two way relationship based on mutual respect and non-intervention, it would not have become as unpopular in the Islamic World as it has in the last two decades.
Hopefully, it will learn lessons from its past mistakes and will help the Middle East in becoming peaceful and prosperous. Hopefully it will stop boasting itself as the “civilised” world even when the facts prove otherwise.