by: Dr. Manzur Ejaz, USA
Courtesy: Wichaar.com, June 9th, 2009
…Such an ideological blind is not US specifics. Most countries like Pakistan are even worse when it comes to distribution of wealth and social services. Despite being the worst case in the capitalist world—Canada, Europeans and Japan have a much better system of social services—the US still has several programs to safeguard the poor in extreme distress. But, Pakistan and most other developing nations, including India, favor rich at the expense of the poor. The ruling elites in these countries perpetuate the ideological blind in various ways. As a matter of fact, the religious extremism has helped the ruling elites in this regard.
Due to obvious destruction caused by Taliban and other religious extremists people’s attention is focused on them. It is interesting to note that during the period religious extremism was proliferating in the subcontinent, the rich were getting richer and the poor were falling to dust. Therefore, the religious extremism supported by ruling elites or not, strongly supported the ultimate ideological blind: an inequitable socio-economic system.
The real ideological blind prevailing in the US, Pakistan, and elsewhere causes millions to die because of poverty and lack of care. The elimination of Taliban and other extremists is pertinent but what are we going to do about the mother of all evils: extreme inequitable systems?