Politics like modern firearms and weapons of mass destruction seem to have many commonalities as illustrated by the world wars and current development in the Middle East. Both have to do with power- -power to protect or destroy. Both can be a blessing or a curse. Those who hold political power can dictate terms to those who don't, even when they are in the minority. Those who hold the power will utilize it to retain that power for as long as possible with little concern for human life. And those who hold the power always think that they are right and the others are wrong....the smoldering and shredded sky
Politics, in the hands of the "wrong" hands, can be as dangerous and deadly as the modern weapon of mass destruction. What is 'wrong' or 'right' can be determined by those in power. Thousands upon thousand of lives can be vanquished in the process of the struggle to gain control of the power or trying to retain it once secured. Once political and weaponry power assumes control over a society, human ideals and consideration, human values and sensitivities, and human faith in God and fear of purgatory seem to be entirely forgotten. Men become like animals, willing to kill whoever they consider as enemies without question or conscience. Nay, they become worse than animals, for animals do not kill their own kind on a massive scale, although they have no religion, no reasoning power, and no conscience.weapons of death
This seems to be the moral of the story as told by the world wars of the past and the bloody political unrest tearing the Muslim countries in the Middle East.It's not a story of trying to gain freedom and independence from the superpowers of the world anymore. It is a story of people professing the same religion and praying to the same God - Allah the Most Beneficent and Merciful- allowing political power and the destructive forces of modern weaponry which they have acquired in the past to retain that power and force their will on their fellowmen who don't agree with the way they run the sate. They are killing all those who oppose them, those who appear as a threat to them, and those who stand in their way, committing some of the most bizarre acts of savagery and cruelty in the interest of holding on to the power - and doing it in the name of Allah the Most Beneficent and Merciful. Iraq (which has been returned to the Iraqis), Syria, Egypt, Afghanistan etc are in the grip of such a calamity now, when political interest rule over religious and cultural affinity and human life is held to ransom. The political power in Iran is reputed to prosecute Muslim activists from the Sunni mazhab(sect) and if found guilty send them to the gallows, including women who normally follow the mazhab of their husbands or parents. In all these countries, the age-old enmities between the Shiah and Sunnah groups of Muslims seem to be intent on destroying each other, using political power and the destructive force of modern weapons to weed away the "enemies'. the powers in control
No one can actually say who is right and who is wrong. Left to political and military judgement, affinities and mutual interest determine whose side you are on. That's politics and the need to control power. What should disturb the conscience of a Muslim more is the fact that politics has ruled human mind more than religious faiths and beliefs. All Muslims subjugate themselves to the same God i.e. Allah. They read and obey the same holy book - the al-Quran. Yet, they do not hesitate to kill each other because of the differences in mazhabs as already anticipated by the Prophet, Muhammad SAW.
They do no hesitate ro kill each other because of the love for power over men and the material world. They feel that they are strong and powerful enough to rule over their fellow countrymen even against their wish.
More importantly, they have friends who support their hold onto power because it serves their own interest. That support is their excuse for holding on to power even if they had to agree with killing off all their foes, although they are as much a Muslim as they are. There is no more fear or repulsion in the shedding of human blood, the blood of their own fellowmen, a fear that Allah would punish them for doing so at the end of the day or in the afterlife. Their friends and supporters give tham a wrong impression of their right to rule over other people and decide on their fate, that they have the right to kill off all enemies.
That's when politics ruled humanity and the fear of God and Allah has been displaced by the greed for power, political, military or both.