“Hearken to your Lord before there comes from Allah the day which there is no averting. You will have no refuge on that day, nor will it be yours to make a denial.” —Holy Qur’an 42:47
The nations are boiling with anger and intensified push back and counter push back between adversaries is growing daily. Wars and rumors of more wars are on the horizon and the world appears to be swaying into the shadows of total destruction. There are conflicts in Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. Observers say tensions are reaching new highs, big power competition is trumping cooperation and collaboration and cynicism has replaced dialogue and disarmament.
Governments are seeking security in stockpiles of war-ware and spending billions of dollars on doomsday weapons that they believe would protect their power, wealth, and future. America, the top economic and military power, like her counterparts on the global landscape is perplexed to find peace and maintain influence.
As conditions deteriorate, will arrogance continue to blind them from heeding right guidance and warnings of divine men among them? For decades the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad of the Nation of Islam and his foremost student, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, have proclaimed that the nations have entered a time of Divine Judgment and Universal Change, spoken of in the scriptures.
Minister Farrakhan delivered a near five-hour presentation in February at the Nation of Islam Saviours’ Day 2022 convention at its National Center, Mosque Maryam in Chicago. His address was titled “The Swan Song.”
Minister Farrakhan warned that the war in Ukraine opens the door to the prophesized global war of Armageddon. When that happens, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said U.S. soldiers would go away to war in the thousands and come back in the tens, the Minister warned.
“Do you know how the war of Armageddon starts?” asked Minister Farrakhan. “It starts with a Messenger of God teaching people the truth. Then people fall on either side; if you disbelieve the truth then you will continue in your way,” he stated.
“The liars are so thick that you can tell the truth and the truth does not seem to move the lie. Do you know why? Because the forces that uphold the lie are upholding the lie with their power. So, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, my teacher, said that means that it has to be physically removed. It is about to happen,” the Minister warned.
Along with divine chastisement hovering over America, she also faces the threat of atomic war between the nations of the earth. There are nearly 13,000 nuclear weapons held in arsenals around the world. New research, development and testing by nations are on the rise. Crises with nuclear undertones are festering from the Middle East and the Korean Peninsula to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, said observers.
“All this at a time when the risks of proliferation are growing and guardrails to prevent escalation are weakening,” said Antonio Guterres, secretary general of the United Nations. The UN head lamented that world powers are: “just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation,” citing the war in Ukraine.
The grim picture was expressed August 1 at the “Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)” at UN headquarters in New York. The conference is convening August 1-26.
Russian diplomat Alexander Trofimov addressing the symposium said the conflict in Ukraine did not warrant Russia’s use of nuclear weapons. But Moscow could decide to use them in response to the use of weapons of mass destruction or a conventional weapon attack that threatened the existence of the Russian state.
“None of these two hypothetical scenarios is relevant to the situation in Ukraine,” Mr. Trofimov disputed. The diplomat accused NATO countries of a “fierce hybrid confrontation” against Russia that “dangerously balances on the edge of open military clash,” reported Iranian Press TV.
“Such a move would be able to trigger one of the two emergency scenarios described in our doctrine,” said Mr. Trofimov. “We obviously stand for preventing this, but if Western countries try to test our resolve, Russia will not back down,” he warned.
The Non-Proliferation Treaty was established to bar the spread, and eventual eradication of the deadly weapons. However, anti-nuclear advocates argue the reverse is happening. The Russia-Ukraine war has rebooted fear and the menacing threat of nuclear war. Meanwhile, member countries to the treaty are increasing their nuclear arsenals.
“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine under cover of the threat to use nuclear weapons has fractured the NPT community, heightened the risks of nuclear weapons being used, and increased the likelihood of nuclear proliferation,” said Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a multinational coalition of non-governmental organizations, in a statement.
“At the same time,” added Ms. Fihn, “all five nuclear-armed NPT member states are violating their disarmament obligations under the treaty and increasing the risk of catastrophic nuclear war.”
In July ICAN issued a legal analysis of the compliance of each nuclear-weapon state—America, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom. It concluded each power is in violation of their obligations to the treaty. These violations include:
• Increases in arsenal sizes (Russia, China), or raising the cap on the maximum number of warheads (UK)
• Fueling a new nuclear arms race by spending billions on nuclear weapons each year, including building new and more dangerous weapons systems (United States, Russia, China, France, UK).
• Failing to pursue negotiations in good faith to end the nuclear arms race and to negotiate in good faith for nuclear disarmament (United States, Russia, China, France, UK).
With global discord intensifying, “hiding behind vague affirmations” and “empty promises is not enough,” said Ms. Fihn.
ICAN’s “Squandered: 2021 Global Nuclear Weapons Spending,” report issued in June said in 2021 the nine nuclear-armed nations—U.S., China, Russia, France, India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan and the UK—doled out $82.4 billion upgrading and maintaining their estimated 13,000 nuclear weapons. The amount represents a nine percent spike from 2020 spending, according to ICAN’s estimates.
The report highlights those countries spent a combined $156,842 every minute of 2021 on weapons of mass destruction, despite a global pandemic and surging food insecurity. The spending failed to deter war, as in Ukraine, and millions of their own citizens struggle for healthcare, housing, heat, gas and food. “Spending on nuclear weapons is violence that costs lives,” the report said. “This corrupt cycle of wasteful spending must be put to an end.”
A world in chaos
For Bill Fletcher, past president of TransAfrica Forum, the state of world affairs is a “multidimensional problem” and reflects an empire of chaos.
“I think that’s a good description of what we’re living through, an empire of chaos, and where things are not being resolved,” said Mr. Fletcher.
There are these multiple things going on such as realignments of nations, particularly with pushback against powers like America. In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, most of the world vehemently opposed it and just a small number supported Russia.
Some Global South nations weren’t in support of U.S.-led sanctions on Russia, because of dependency on Moscow, explained Mr. Fletcher. Others were furious with the hypocrisy of Western tolerance on issues like Morocco’s invasion of Western Sahara or Israeli occupation of Palestine, while acting for Ukraine under Russian invasion.
WNBA superstar Brittney Griner, who is Black, is currently being caught in the middle of U.S.-Russia escalating tension. Ms. Griner was playing in Russia during the offseason when she was arrested and jailed Feb. 17 for possession of cannabis oil at a Moscow airport. She was sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in prison by a Russian court on drug possession charges on Aug. 4. Pressure is mounting on the Biden administration to secure her release including the possibility of a “prisoner swap,” to bring Ms. Griner home.
Analysts argue Ms. Griner is being used by both sides as a political pawn and have called out America particularly for its duplicitous posturing across the world.
Middle East tensions
In the Middle East, America professes freedom, peace, and respect for a “rules-based order,” but uses militarism and bloated military industrial complex to foster conflict and instability, critics argue.
Hypocritically, Washington supplies Israel an annual bag of nearly $4 billion, while supplying lip service to oppressed Palestinians. With Israel and Saudi Arabia, America is at the center of targeting Iran as a regional enemy, causing potential war.
“If you look at a map of where they got interventions, a lot of it has to do with the Middle East and with Israel in the past 30, 40 years, much more than any other region,” said Mazin Qumsiyah, a professor and researcher at Bethlehem University.
“So, it’s understandable … logically, not justifying … that U.S. foreign policy driven by Israeli Zionist interests would target Iran,” he reasoned.
As a Palestinian and social activist, Mr. Qumsiyah told The Final Call that U.S. relations with Arab nations is based on a puppet-on-a-string equation. “Arab monarchies like Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have always been puppets of Western governments,” said Mr. Qumsiyeh. “Installed as dictatorial regimes similar to the banana republics in South America … now rebelling against U.S. hegemony,” he said.
They were propped-up to guard regional interests of Washington, its military industrial complex, and Zionists. “That’s their function,” explained Mr. Qumsiyeh, “to serve the interests of hegemony … perpetual war, and conflict in the Middle East, while enriching the pockets of a few people.”
According to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute that tracks conflicts and global weapons sales, America is the leading supplier of war-ware. The U.S. Department of Defense announced Aug. 3, the Biden Administration approved a $5 billion plus arms sale to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The deal includes a $3.05 billion sale of 300 Raytheon Patriot MIM-104E missiles to Saudi Arabia, and 96 Lockheed Martin Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missiles worth $2.25 billion for the UAE.
The decision came a day after a two-month extension of an UN-brokered cease-fire in Yemen was inked, where a U.S. backed, Saudi-led coalition that includes the UAE waged war against Iranian backed Houthi rebels. Some Mideast watchers say the deal shores up U.S. anti-Iran aims in the region.
U.S. foreign policy lacks a moral compass
“There is no morality, it’s now just a matter of supporting imperialism,” said Dr. Wilmer Leon, commentator, author, and political scientist.
Supporting imperialism causes America to continually fan the flames of conflict, contends Dr. Leon. “So, that the United States can justify to the American electorate selling weapons to foreign countries,” he adds.
American weapons firms like McDonnell Douglas, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin profit from America’s penchant for conflict, which Dr. Leon argues is a “money laundering scheme,” using U.S. taxpayers’ dollars.
America as a nation divided and unraveling was witnessed in the “see no evil, hear no evil” handling of the touchy visit to Taiwan by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in early August. The trip sparked more fire and anger in U.S. – China relations. To China the trip was a menacing chest bump against its sovereignty. Beijing long claimed Taiwan as its territory, which America has accepted since 1979 under its “One China policy.” But despite the recognition which the Biden administration says remains, Washington holds vast unofficial ties with Taipei including selling it arms.
The friction has heated drastically with China conducting “precision missile strikes” Aug. 4 off Taiwan’s coasts as part of military exercises, which raised tensions in the region. Beijing announced the live-fire drills in response to Ms. Pelosi’s visit.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen criticized the drills in a public video address, saying China “destroyed the status quo and violated our sovereignty” with its “irresponsible actions.” She urged China to be “reasonable and restrained,” said media reports.
“We are calm and not impulsive, we are reasonable and not provocative,” she said. “But we will also be firm and not back down.”
Beijing accused Washington of using the island of 23.8 million people to meddle, which they contend will fail. “The U.S. intensified their efforts to try to play the Taiwan card, continuously adding fuel to the fire, making plans to contain China through Taiwan,” insisted Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of China’s State Council.
President Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party “relying on external support, willingly took on the role of pawns and stepped-up provocations in the quest for independence,” said the spokesperson Aug. 2.
The Biden administration kept aloof from the matter, saying the trip was solely a choice of Ms. Pelosi, representing a separate branch of the U.S. government. The visit could have been dismissed as a routine junket made by lawmakers if Ms. Pelosi were not third in line for the U.S. presidency as House Speaker. Others said the trip was reckless.
Global analyst Bill Fletcher was blunt, calling the trip “idiotic and unnecessary.” She should not have gone, he argued. The trip was “pointless,” and caused tensions to be “unnecessarily heated,” between the two powers, he reasoned.
It appears the nations are preparing for disaster, without calculating on the presence of a Higher Power whose stockpile is more destructive.
“We can see the world is on the brink of not only war, but destruction from a lot of other things—which people call natural things—look at the weather,” said Abdul Akbar Muhammad, the International Representative of the Nation of Islam and Minister Farrakhan.
“The fire … the floods … the amount of rain and in the midst of it all is the drumbeat of war in China, Ukraine, Russia, and all that’s happening in the East Bloc,” Minister Abdul Akbar Muhammad added.
“One would have to be knocked out cold, dead, or oblivious not to see the hand of God in the calamities,” said Abdul Akbar Muhammad.
Minister Farrakhan also warned his teacher has taught that the war in Europe would start with conventional weapons but would eventually involve nuclear weapons.
“It is a very dreadful time that the populations of the earth are now living in,” wrote The Honorable Elijah Muhammad in his monumental book, “Our Saviour Has Arrived,” published in 1974.
On page 212, Elijah Muhammad compared the motion of change to the fall of ancient Babylon, a wicked nation of the past destroyed for its evil.
“‘At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth is moved, and the cry is heard among the nations.’ Here the Bible teaches us, and we see today, at the fall of the old world, there is a great noise of war, the fighting of war, the destruction of nations, towns, and cities and the killing of their citizens,” wrote Elijah Muhammad, referencing the biblical book of Jeremiah 50 :46.
“There is disagreement and confusion of the heads of nations,” he further wrote.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad explained this is the time for the destruction of an entire world. However, America is first for her record of injustices done worldwide, and domestically to the Black once-slaves and Indigenous Native American populations.
The Earth, land, and sea are set in battle array. Every type of deadly weapon is fashioned and is now being used against man and man. The nations are reeling in the corruption their hands have shaped.
“There cannot be any peace for man under these conditions,” wrote Elijah Muhammad. He warned that the actions of the world leaders have angered God and His chastisement is now present.