The COVID-19 Pandemic crept upon us unawares so much so that the first warnings were dismissed. The dismissal resulted in a situation where we lost sight of the reality before our eyes. Conspiracy theories, adulterated opinions, fake news and un-researched opinions and views dominated the news and; when the pandemic hit, the world was overtaken by a COVID -19 tsunami. The COVID-19 tsunami is the catastrophe we are experiencing today. Like this, the water crisis is looming but, we are under the yoke of disbelief because, we see water every time we open the tap or flush the pan. COVID-19 changed the nature of global markets and water shortages are going to change the reasons for bolstering a global war economy.
When I looked at the war economy that has engulfed the world from 1914 it dawned upon me that we are on the verge of a new catastrophe. Then my reading of Tarfia Faizullah’s “I Told the Water,” gave me the sense that we see the essential need to live but, we overlook the dire need for looking after water which is life giving. I wondered how many a soldier cried out for water at the time of gasping for life’s last breath and; how we wasted the precious resource which is in midst of an unjustified war. This precious resource is looming as the next reason to embellish the sordid reasons to keep the war economy alive and flowing. Her words run deep into the reality that we have overlooked the growing scarcity of water and we are on the precipice of a new world that is captured by a next world order. This next world order has blinded us with hate and fear to the extent that we have become puppets on a chain and believers who shelved the reason to think, question and act.
The time to act is now and now is never too late. I am reminded by a tradition of Muhammad ﷺ which is:
The tradition inspired me to rethink how we act and behave in situations of crisis because in it lies the answers to what we actually fear and resent. We fear death because we see it as end whilst the Muslim/believer views it as the means to meeting Allah, the High the Eternal. We also see what we resent. There is a resentment for others sharing in the resources of this world and this resentment is dressed in garbs of racism and hate but, camouflaged in the fight for human rights. Water is gift to all of creation and it is not evenly distributed across the vastness of the earth and like gold and oil; it will soon become the means to exploit those we resent in the name of human rights to get hold of this precious limited resource. Limited resources like gold, platinum and oil are traded on the stock exchange to accrue great financial returns and most importantly, power and control. When commodities are in control of just a few megalomaniacs, it translates that it must never be shared equally even if it means going to war to protect it. The Stock Exchange is a barometer of mankind’s greed for power and control too.
“Water Is Being Traded on the Stock Market for the First Time” wrote Drew Costly in February 2021 on FutureHuman.com. This startling news tells you that there is a looming catastrophe and being forewarned is being forearmed. The Bitcoin also began in such a way that it looked strange and as an improbable currency to compete with gold and the dollar. 2020 came with the surprise of COVID-19 and catapulted bitcoin owners into the realm of millionaires. Today, we are all chasing the bitcoin mine but the exorbitant prices pushes the haves into the skies and the have nots deeper into the pit of the begging bowl. When the decision was taken to put water on the stock exchange, there was a thunderstorm of debate and counter views. Here are just a few droplets from the cloudburst:
Basav Sen, climate justice project director at the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank, told Earther that he was “horrified” when he first read about the exchange.
“What this represents is a cynical attempt at setting up what’s almost like a betting casino so some people can make money from others suffering,” Sen told Earther.
Landry, however, says that a “people versus the market” narrative is false. “I don’t think anyone wants people in our society to go without water,” he says.
“This isn’t going to solve any water problems. This isn’t going to produce more water,” Gleick says. “It’s a financial tool to hedge changes in the price of water, which might provide a little bit of an economic benefit to certain well-water users.”https://futurehuman.medium.com
People dread cloudbursts because it signals flooding and therefore, are apprehensive when ominous rainclouds gather. Human nature is such that when the rainclouds run out of rain, the storm is forgotten. We have the evidence of global warming in front of us and we are witnessing climate change but; we are not taking cognisance of depleting natural resources. We believe that all natural resources are infinite therefore, we continue on the trajectory of waste, greed and obscene consumerism. This trajectory is fast becoming a tangent and when it moves of the circumference there is no turning back. This is when water wars will replace the war on terror. The War on Terror emanated out of fear of a clash of civilisations and we thought it ended with the Crusaders however, it has metamorphosed into Islamophobia. This metamorphosis has led to the dehumanisation of Islam to the extent that wars raged from Iraq to Syria to Afghanistan on the pretext of defending human rights whilst the undercurrent was the usurping of oil. People don’t live on oil, people lives depend of water and fresh air.
Water wars are on the horizon when you look at how Ethiopia plans to begin generating power from its controversial Blue Nile River dam and at the same time it is experiencing a water shortage more than 40% of its population. The Nile meanders through Egypt and it has long since been the lifeblood of human existence but, now with the controversy it is enough to crack the walls of negotiation. What we don’t pay attention to now will become the focus of the next crisis in the Middle east and Egypt will be in hot water. The Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is filled with controversy and it indicates that national security of three countries are converging on the brim of water crises.
CAIRO – 27 July 2020: Sudanese Minister of Cabinet Affairs Khaled Omar Youssef said Saturday that the process of initiating the second filling of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is a very dangerous step that threatens the security and safety of Sudan.https://www.egypttoday.com
Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan are at loggerheads over the $4-billion dam; Cairo voiced concern over its water share [55.5 billion cubic meters] after Ethiopia started building the dam on the Blue Nile in May 2011.https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/105412/2nd-filling-of-Ethiopian-dam-threatens-security-Sudanese-official
Water crises is a world problem and we are only acutely aware of it because the drums of war and occupation has drowned reason so much so that the current demolition of businesses in Silwan in Occupied Palestine is seen as a right of justice by the Zionists. Therefore, we need to look into the future and ask ourselves what will be plight of the nation states whose water reserves dry up because of colossal dams that are strategically built to secure fresh water supply more better and faster than the lands that lay beyond the dam. Think on how Sudan and Egypt will in the long term suffer water shortages when the dam is filled to capacity. If in the case of a drought, the colossal dams will be a saviour for the immediate nation state closest to the dam and not for those far downstream. Added to this is the depletion of the Amazon Rain Forest which in actual fact contributes infinitely to the generation of oxygen and fresh water supply will cause a shortage of the water supply which will be further affected by global warming. Think on which countries will be condemned to a man made catastrophe of drought, famine and food shortages. Agriculture requires water and tons of it too therefore, water wars will be fought on the basis of preservation of life by protecting arable land that have access to constant and consistent irrigation. Now you see that water wars will replace the war on terror.
Abu Rajab was given an order to tear down their own home by Israelis(Photo:File)https://www.palestinechronicle.com
Don’t forget Palestinians are marginalised to access fresh water.
The war on terror began out of a psychological fear of Islam and Muslims resulting in wars, occupation, invasions and regime decapitations which changed the Arab Spring into a bitter winter harvest for a hot, dry summer. Now the water wars will take another facade because it must look like a human fear and not a natural fear of disasters. I do not have the answers on how the war image will take but, I am certain that water is going to be primary reason to invade, usurp and decapitate other regimes to ensure the survival of high-tech north countries and their closest allies. This said, Africa will remain the fertile land for the ‘globalisation of poverty’, to use the title of Chossudovsky, Michel in the illustration of the point made. Water wars will replace the war on terror because it is a new fear that can drive a war economy.
The economies of the world continue to take a beating under the COVID-19 pandemic but, we see no ceasefire in war torn regions like the Middle East, an end to the brutal occupation and demolitions of homes and villages in Occupied Palestine or a stop in plundering of natural resources in Africa. Why? The agenda is far bigger than that. The Roman Empire is dead but; the ideal and concept of the Empire is still alive and thriving. The armies of Rome moved on its stomach and the nations states survive on the production of food because of the population explosion therefore, water has to be secured and it must controlled by those who want world dominance. World domination is bent of resource extraction, exploitation and land occupation therefore, with water becoming scarce it is logical to deduce that world domination will also hinge on water security. Controlling water means controlling harvest and seed banks resulting in former colonial powers still having great power to usurp natural wealth in the guise of food aid programs and the likes. Water wars will replace the war on terror and it is now that we act to save this resource and; become global citizens for the protection of water – our collective resource to life. The COVID-19 Pandemic will pass but, earth without water is a dry wasteland that lay waste the ambitions to live on Mars.