International “Bullies”

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October is celebrated across the world as Bullying Prevention Month with different sponsors in every country. Millions of schools are proud to consider themselves signatories of the movement through annual festivals and awareness presentations, yet after years of failed attempts the project seems to become increasingly abandoned day after another, which is not in any way unexpected or surprising.

Bullying is not a matter between strong children who beat up the younger ones for their lunch money, but it is an issue of moralities between every human being.

It is basically the norm for most animals, the strong prey on the weak for food or any other sort of winnings. Life has been going on that way for millions of years. The problem raised recently is that humans as a whole have started to adapt a similar way of life, just on a more sophisticated and advanced level. Human nature has evolved into following a savage-way of life, not only on the scale of children in local schools, but on the international level which is the real problem.

Just like any school, the world possesses its strong and weak members, and typically, the strong benefit from the fear of the weak. From the military point of view, the United States of America, Russia, and Israel, have all proven to have used chemical agents and committed war crimes, yet the United Nations fails to impose any form of punishment. Why? Because those are the strong kids, and because of their strength, even the teachers can’t stand up for them.

On the other side of the story and focusing on economics, in a statistic ran by the Wall Street Journal in 2012, over 35% of the American Manufacturing Industry has been moved to be based abroad in the last ten years, which leaves a hugely negative impact on the American power due to a decrease in job opportunities. This process of using other nations’ resources to maximize the profits is known as outsourcing, or basically the colonization of world economies, a hidden form of capitalist imperialism. Even though this system leaves minimal traces of benefit to the outsourced as it provides them with money and cheaper services and manufactured products, the advantage remains obsolete due to the negative long-term effect that impacts the economy. In some frequent cases such as in India and Sri Lanka, such projects rely on forced labor (a form of direct slavery), attempting to decrease employment spending. Outsourcing is not only limited to working hands, but natural resources and manufactured goods are also crucial factors to the procedure. For example, Egypt produces raw materials such as cotton and transfers ten dollars worth of it to China to be processed, the Chinese manufacture it for two dollars, and then export it back to Egypt to be sold for not twelve, but twenty or thirty dollars. The countries in which their citizens and resources are being used by someone else for a weak or low exchange can only do nothing about it, just like the kid who loses his everyday lunch money to the bullies.

Before you teach your children to stand up for bullies in their school, teach them to stand up for international bullies, the bullies that colonize the land and kill its original occupants, the bullies who go to war and take millions of lives for money represented in an oilfield tender; teach them to stand for what they believe in, only then may the moral issue of bullying be solved for eternity.

Youssef El Ghazzawy

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