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OIC: Most ineffective organization in resolving conflicts of muslim world

Yesterday, the Jewish state announced that it had conducted five thousand military operations with aircraft and heavy weaponry over Gaza. However, the leaders of the 57 Islamic countries gathered at the emergency summit in Riyadh could not reach any agreement on joint and practical action against the Zionist regime to stop the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza. These 57 leaders are the heads of state and government of countries with a combined Muslim population of 1.9 billion, and these 57 countries are members of the “Organization of Islamic Cooperation,” the largest and most influential political organization in the Islamic world. However, they were unable to take unified action against the Zionist regime’s bombardment or killing of innocent people in Gaza. Three weeks ago (October 21, 2023), Arab leaders in the “Arab League,” who had a similar summit in Cairo, also failed to reach a unified and practical decision regarding Zionist’s cessation of the Gaza massacre. Interestingly, amusingly, and still sadly, in that summit, Lebanon and Algeria proposed preventing the export and import of oil to the Jewish state Still, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain opposed this proposal. At the Riyadh summit, each of the leaders and rulers of Islamic countries, from Recep Tayyip Erdoðan to Ebrahim Raisi and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, delivered speeches. All of them, with different tones, condemned the war in Gaza and called for a ceasefire. However, they did not reach any agreement on a joint action to implement a ceasefire and force the Jewish State to a ceasefire. While the members of this summit and the leaders of the 57 Islamic countries have all the tools and means of pressure and confrontation with the Jewish state at their disposal, and even without direct military conflict, they could compel the Jewish state to stop genocide and crimes against humanity in Gaza through political and economic pressure. They could have reached agreements on severing political and diplomatic ties with the Jewish state, which some Islamic countries have, and on ending any economic relations, including the export and sale of oil and gas, with the Jewish state. However, these leaders did not demonstrate faith, courage, and even Islamic and human conscience and compassion, not even to the extent shown by non-Muslim countries in South America like Bolivia. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which had an official meeting in Riyadh regarding the Gaza war, is the largest official body in the Islamic world, established in May 1971 to foster unity among Islamic countries. This organization has 57 members, including Palestine. However, despite the influential capacities of Islamic countries in terms of geographical location and mineral resources, this organization lacks a significant and influential role in global power relations. The organization has never succeeded in promoting unity among Islamic countries or achieving any success in solving the problems of Muslims worldwide. It has not resolved the issue of Palestine, nor has it come to the aid of Muslims in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has not effectively countered military attacks by Western and Eastern governments against Islamic countries and Muslim communities, nor has it demonstrated efficiency and effectiveness in addressing the crises and problems of the Islamic world and Muslims. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has been unable to solve even one internal problem of Islamic countries in the fields of security, economy, and society over the past half-century. While the Islamic world has witnessed significant events and challenges during these years, the organization has consistently held meetings and sessions. The occupation of Palestine by the Jewish state, the issue of Kashmir, the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan, the eight-year bloody war between Iraq and Iran, the war in Sudan, the occupation of Kuwait by the Iraqi government, the war in Afghanistan, and the interference of neighboring Muslim countries in the 1990s, the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq by America, popular uprisings in some Arab countries, and wars in Libya and Syria—all of these make up a part of the bloody events in the Islamic world in the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the new century, during which the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and Islamic countries were solely observers of these wars and instabilities, but didn’t take any practical action. The extensive dependence of many Islamic countries on the Western world across various aspects of life is another challenge and reality embedded in the Islamic world. This dependency encompasses economic, military, and scientific domains, as well as aspects of security, human rights, social issues, political independence, and territorial integrity for several countries and Muslim communities. It implies that some Islamic countries and Muslim societies rely on cooperation and support from the West to maintain their independence, territorial integrity, security, and human and social rights. The astonishing point is that some of the wealthiest Muslim countries feel secure with the military presence of the United States on their soil and waters. Further examples of countries and Muslim communities relying on Western nations for security, independence, territorial integrity, and even civil and social rights are observable and documented. Given all these challenges and miserably existed in the Muslim world, the Islamic Organization of Cooperation failed to unite the Muslim World, put an end to their conflicts, and unite the Muslim World once again. To conclude, what can put an end to the ongoing crises in Islamic countries, reclaim the occupied lands in Palestine from the Jewish state, rescue the backward and impoverished Muslims, and elevate the Islamic world to a great power is unity and solidarity among Islamic countries, along with removing national and regional barriers that colonialists and occupiers imposed on Islamic lands in the years past. Mukhtar Safi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.