Muhammad Bilal Iftikhar Khan
Politics is a game of trickery and luck for authority. You cannot judge things on their face value. Friends of today may not be friends indeed and enemies may not be enemies in fact. Thomas Hobbs and other thinkers rightly pointed towards the selfish nature of human beings and their lust for power. History repeats itself as it is the story of unchangeable human nature. Nations and states are made up of a human that is why they behave in similar manner as an individual human behaves. A study of human history exposes the cruel, greedy and deceitful human nature and man’s fight with his fellows to prove he is right and absolute.
A few years ago I read a novel, ‘Wild justice’ written by Wilbur Smith. Its story revolved around a terrorist who left his signature ‘Caliph’ wherever he commits his terror acts. World’s intelligence agencies and intellectuals consider this ‘Caliph’ and his group as Middle Eastern in origin because of his signature but in the end it is revealed that the Mossad and CIA are running this operation and an officer in Mossad is code worded as caliph for the benefit of global capitalism.
While researching on profile and activities of Osama bin Laden for my project in final semester of my masters degree, the ‘caliph’ of Wilber Smith’s ‘Wild justice’ came to my mind due to many resemblances and the story of Osama and American and Western war against terror became easy for me to understand.