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Who Shall Inherit the Earth?

24 June, 2005

By Anwaar Hussain

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The present chaos in the world is painted by some as a struggle between dictatorships and democracy, yet others have termed it a war between Christianity and Islam, calling it a Crusade. There is neither any such struggle between democratic and dictatorial forces visible anywhere, nor are there are any Crusades going on. We are only witnessing a continuing saga of the Haves and the Have-nots.

Regardless of cast, color, creed national identities or isms, the world is divided into two main opposing social classes, the tiny Haves and the massive Have-nots. The main driving force of modern history is simply the struggle between these two classes. Religious polarization is merely another tool in the hands of the Haves to keep the Have-nots busy, heads down, in their myriad struggles lest they pause long enough to behold their own emaciated selves and the folds of fat around the frames of the slave masters.

The chief instruments of the Haves are state institutions, propped and funded by huge corporations, through which they keep the Have-nots in line while continuing to milk them. The teeming billions, groaning under the yoke of their own labor, are frequently given strong doses of patriotism---laced with enough religious fervor---to numb the feelings of pain and keep the mills grinding.

Just in case any one doubted that the world’s population is divided between a small fraction who own most of the wealth and the enormous bulk who must work for them in order to survive, here are some facts.

According to a UNDP report, the net wealth of the 10 richest billionaires is well above $130 billion, more than 1.5 times the total national income of the least developed countries.

The WDM (World Development Movement) says that the causes of world poverty are the policies currently pursued by governments and multinational companies. It continues

"Policies of governments and companies are keeping people poor. Policies that ensure global trade benefits the rich, not the poor - the three richest men in the world are wealthier than the 48 poorest countries combined. Policies that give increasing power to multinational companies - for every £1 of aid going into poor countries, multinationals take 66p of profits out. The powerful are exploiting the poor to make bigger and bigger profits."

To show the current extent of global poverty, following are some key quotations from the UNDP Human Development Report 2003

"More than 1.2 billion people – one in every five on Earth – survive on less than $1 a day. During the 1990s the share of people suffering from extreme income poverty fell from 30% to 23%. But with a growing world population, the number fell by just 123 million – a small fraction of the progress needed to eliminate poverty. And excluding China, the number of extremely poor people actually increased by 28 million." Hence "in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Arab States, Central and Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa the number of people surviving on less than $1 a day increased."

"Some 54 countries are poorer now than in 1990. Of the 54 countries with declining incomes, 20 are from Sub-Saharan Africa, 17 from Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), 6 from Latin America and the Caribbean, 6 from East Asia and the Pacific and 5 from the Arab States."

"Poverty has increased even in some countries that have achieved overall economic growth, and over the past two decades income inequality worsened in 33 of 66 developing countries with data."

The evidence shows that not only has global inequality not been reduced over recent years, but some recent research has argued that it has actually increased (The Economist 26/04/2001). The Economist puts it another way. It points out that, "This level of inequality is equivalent to a situation where 66% of people have zero income, and 34% divide the entire income of the world among themselves equally!"

As the earth’s resources continue to diminish fast, the greed of the Haves has now reached a feverish pitch in direct proportion. In their quest to siphon out the last of the riches from the earth’s bowels, they will travel far with their false ideologies and insidious creeds. Anyone hindering their feeding frenzy will be obliterated without a second thought.

Take the saga of a resource-rich region of the world, for example. The history of Middle East since the discovery of oil has evolved around the lengths to which the UK and USA will go to maintain control of this oil and to prevent any rival from gaining a foothold there. Mass murder of Middle Eastern people, political coups, assassinations and various stage-managed social upheavals have been but merely the cause and effect of the plan to loot and plunder. The more the media statements from politicians and their subsequent actions are analyzed, the more apparent the monumental deceit and deliberate misleading becomes.

Therefore, to think any more that the present Iraq war was foisted simply to overthrow a brutal dictator and free the Iraqis or to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction is as naïve as it sounds. It is being fought over a key energy source, oil, of which Iraq has the second biggest reserves after Saudi Arabia. The chief aim is to secure future supplies of such energy resources, essential to the political and economic well being of the ruling elites. Period.

In other words, this war is no different from any of the wars that have taken place in modern times. It's a commerce war. The greed of a few is driven by the competitive struggle for profits between corporations and states. Conflicts over sources of raw materials, investment outlets, markets, trade routes, and strategic choke points to control and protect these are the essential manifestations of the gluttony of the few.

When the Haves judge that their "vital interest" is threatened - e.g. needing to secure access to a key raw material, trade route or military outpost - they go to war. Global greed of the Haves, therefore, breeds war. Consequently massive propaganda exercises are employed by the state to stoke the fears and anxieties of the Have-nots regarding their material poverty and physical insecurity to justify these wars.

The problem is further compounded by the fact that there are competing gangs even among the Haves because of the natural rivalry of their greed. Although secret organizations like the Bilderbergers do exist to minimize this competition and help share the loot equitably, unquenchable avarice can be a dangerous thing. The real evil in this world is thus caused by the adversarial gangs of ruling class hoodlums who control all media outlets, and the ignorance of the Have-nots who support them. The purpose-built divisiveness of class, race, nationalism and religion by the ruling elites further strengthens their cause. It is thus that the world is brought to the brink of a blood-bath for possession of its precious assets.

In one sense, though, the present conflict may be called a Crusade. Currently, the Muslims happen to be sitting on 70% of the world’s energy resources, and the Christian West’s ruling elite are rooting for the same. But if by some quirk of fate, a few alternate sources of fossil riches were found out in, let’s say, Greenland or Iceland, the Crusade would shift there faster than one can say the names of these countries.

The only counter to this onslaught of the Haves then is a united world community without frontiers based on all the Earth's resources, natural and industrial, becoming the common inheritance of all humankind and being used to satisfy people's needs rather than for cutthroat profit--all the while guarding against the rise of yet another class of Haves amongst the Have-nots. A simple human necessity, the idea needs no ism for crutches.

It is by now a given that the present ruling elites propagate wars. Therefore, to get rid of wars, the threat of wars and the constant preparation for war represented by maintaining huge armed forces - this class of blood suckers has to be got rid of. To break the yokes around their necks, the Have-nots of the world have to combine their energies. And while they are attempting that, they have to make sure not to ally themselves with even a tiniest fraction of the Haves. Carrying their swords and Crosses wrapped in national flags, the Haves tend to behave like yeast fermenting the entire milieu around them.

That voices were raised against the war, millions of voices, shows that there is hope…..the hope that the Have-nots will one day realize the potential for mutual dependence and support, the hope that this is not merely wishful thinking and has tangible basis in material reality rather than mere moral conjecturing.

The ultimate question, then, between the Haves and the Have-nots: Who shall inherit the earth?



Copyrights : Anwaar Hussain

Courtesy: Fountainhead

Reader Comments:

Who Shall Inherit the Earth?

I am sure not Bush. He is least interested to hold the earth and will never claim totally conquered. Earth belongs to all those are living on this planet. Greed and wrong thinking does make some humans to go beyond and later they repent. Let us not forget there is always a saturation point and we will see that greed will minimize at some stage.

mohammad, United Arab Emirates - 24 June, 2005

Coudln't agree more

Nicely done, absolutely nailed it!

ABU SAFWAAN, Pakistan - 24 June, 2005

Who shall inherit the earth?

You are eloquent and a desperately needed voice. I only wish that your commentary was printed in the USA--where there are many have-nots and with the current government intent on increasing that number,they hasten their demise. Latin America is rising up and if the USA's current government thinks that by importing Latinos to the United States to fight their wars is a good idea, I think they make a fatal error. Keep writing the truth and we will inherit the earth. Thank you.

pfb, United Kingdom - 24 June, 2005


Excellent, eloquent, powerful and nothing but the truth.

The article cuts across all religions, races and nationalities. We have-nots better wake up sooner or else there will be nothing left to inherit.

Thank you Anwaar Hussain.

Jimmie, Ukraine - 27 June, 2005


The author needs to be congratulated to have paid heed to some of the commentators here and changing the theme from the American bashing subject. After all he is a F-16 pilot, who are trained to move from one target to another. The theme of this article is not as silly as the hate pieces, as the 'few' and the 'many' divide has been discussed ad nauseum throughout the centuries.
From a purely religous pulpit, no one can inherit earth, as only the Source of the Universe is sovereign over it. Inheritance of this planet is out of line totally for humanity, we are here for a transitional period after our first parents were thrown out of heaven. In our Holy Book, we have been told of how this world is divided in between two parties, one which follows the Creator and the other which follows the devil. That to me seems like the most important of all divides. Entry in which group, I think is not based on which religion one does or does not follow, but on his or her actions here, for which one is going to held accountable on the day of judgement.
It is Gods will to whom is given what or not. We really are not competent and cannot pass such a judgement. However we must acknowledge that those who have reached the top in their respective fields have done so, not without hard work and the will of the Creator. It is really really ironic, that those who do reach the top, do not maybe contribute as much as they sould have or could, but to put all the blame on the few is maybe not justified. The first lesson in time mangement is that every one does get equal amount of time, no one gets more or less. What seems like the cosmic truth to me atleast, is that one does only reap the harvest that has been sown. And that bad means have bad ends and not the other way around.
Would really appreciate if the learned author will share with us knowledge of flying and capacity of the American aircrafts he once used to fly and rule the sky.

Malik Shahid, Pakistan - 27 June, 2005

Our Feudalistic Systems

More and more our world seems to have reverted back to a feudalistic system of control. True democracy does not exist anywhere on Earth. Year after year, in all countries, the same groups, or types of groups, funded by corporate and banking industry "aristocrates", secure the most important offices of government.

One can look throughout all history and see that those who held power and wealth have used people like pawns on a chessboard, never looking beyond their own greed and selfishness.

For those of us on the lower rungs of the economic ladder, hard work does not ensure us a reasonably comfortable life.

The ruling elites have no natural or divine right to be above us. Why should they only receive schooling designed to uphold their class domination; while children of the working class and poor scarcely receive a formal elementary training, designed only to produce servility?

Upholding class distinction even further, mind crushing theologies pushed by religious institutions asks the common man to forego paradise on Earth by promising a fictitious heaven.

The Creator never intended us to live this way. In a fair and just society there is no room for the aggrandizement of the few who hold wealth way beyond their needs at the expense of others.

The common people should not expect any help from current governments or religious institutions in their struggle against the exsisting system. We, the little people, must always remember that a privileged class will never surrender its rulership, or tryanny without being forced to do so.

Michelle L. Zewe, United Kingdom - 30 June, 2005

A crystal clear picture.
One of the best articles i have read.Amazing!

mehdi, Pakistan - 30 June, 2005

Anwaar..Well thanks for opening my eyes !!!

So right and not far out..I am just giving up,just simply canot catch with the greedy ones,I worked my way out to get some where in life here in UK and USA.I am still poor to the millions and billions.The only least I will surely inhirit is 6 foot of this earth.That I hope will be "My love and my country Pakistan".when the time comes ..No one can take anything with them . So Who cares the rest and why worry.Life is once so be happy and healthy.

Nick Lodhi, United Arab Emirates - 04 July, 2005

Who Shall Inherit the Earth

Anwaar Hussain has made excellent analysis of the subject. Here are insightful guidance from the Qur'an also:

The Jews happen to be the oldest living community on earth. When God promised to give them a home land in Palestine, they wanted to know more about it from Prophet Moses. Here is what Qur'an mentions about the incident: "(And) Moses said unto his people: "Turn unto God for aid, and have patience in adversity. Verily, all the earth belongs to God: He gives it as a heritage to such as He wills of His servants: and the 'hereafter' belongs to the God-conscious."

Very thought provoking words, aren't these?

The Jews succumbed to the glammour of this world only and see its result.

Another message from the Holy Qur'an:"And how many atownship have We destroyed because it been immersed in evildoing--and now they (all) lie deserted, with their roofscaved in! And how many a well lies abandoned, and how many a castle that (once) stood high! (Al-Hajj, verse45).

Here is a formula laid down for mankind's guidance unto the Resurrection Day: "Say: O God, Lord of all dominion! Thou grants dominion unto whom Thou wills, and takes away dominion from whom Thou wills; and Thou exalts whom Thou wills, and abases whom Thou wills. In Thy hand lies all good. Verily, Thou has the power to will anything."
(Al-Imran, verse 26).

In above verse, it has been stressed that in the giving and taking away power from people, Allah keeps the good of humanity a priority.

Finally, this message represents a silver lining for all mankind: ""If God had not enabled people to defend themselves against one another, (all) monesteries and churches and synagogues and mosques in (all of) which God's name is abundantly extolled -- would surely have been destroyed (ere now). And God will most certainly succour him who succours His cause: for, verily, God is most powerful, almighty, (well aware of) those who, (even) if we firmly establish them on earth, remain constant in prayer, and give in charity, and enjoin the doing of what is right and forbid the doing of what is wrong; but with God rests the final outcome of all events." (Al-Hajj, verses 40-41).

Also God rotates the days of fortunes and misfortunes amongst nations: "and this to the end that God might mark out those who have attained to faith, and choose from among you such as (with their lives) bear witness to the truth -- since God does not love eveildoers -- and that God might render pure of all 'dross'those who have attained to faith, and bring to nought those who deny the truth." (Al-Imran: Verses 140-141).

It is worth mentioning here that the creation of our beloved country took place at a mostauspicious moment in history. It was "Jumma-tul-wida" and the "27th of Ramadan) both combined to evoke God's blessings to the newly created state. Its future lies in thenhands of the "Young Turks" rising from political democracy and spreading it to Afghanistan and the Central Asian Republics, with God's blessings.

Sher Mohammad

Sher Mohammad, Pakistan - 12 August, 2005

The Diligent Shall Inherit the Earth

Whoever shall work diligently for it shall inherit the earth, it is as simple as that. Whoever prefers to spend time in leisure, shall not inherit this world, no matter how pious that person is.

Tarek Masud, Bahrain - 17 September, 2005

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