Thesis Statement: The politico-economic interests of states – behind the contemporary combats – to topple unfavorable governments abroad, to seek easy trade deals, to utilize natural resources across the world and to establish a desired world order make the modern wars not the holy wars.
1. Political Interests behind the Modern Wars prevent them from being the Holy Wars.
(A) U.S led war in the Middle East is meant for establishing a favorable political scenario in the region.
(B) Russia, Turkey and Iran are fighting modern war in Syria to achieve regional political dominance.
(C) Saudi Arabia is fighting modern war in Yemen because of securing its political influence in that country.
2. Economic Interests make Modern Wars different from the Holy Wars
(A) States are fighting modern wars to seek control over natural resources.
– U.S. is still fighting its war in Iraq to exploit the latter’s oil.
– China and U.S. are engaging themselves in hostility in Africa for the sake of holding this region’s natural resources.
(B) Modern Wars are for trade and commercial interests rather than any holy agenda.
– U.S. and China are engaging in an undeclared war of ideas in South East Asia to maintain exclusive commercial hegemony.
3. Modern Wars are the combats against an ideology of terror not against any religion thus remaining apart from the Holy Wars.
(A) Modern wars hit the terrorism.
(B) Modern Wars are not against any religion including Islam.
(C) Modern Wars are against the idea of spreading terror.
Modern Wars are different from Holy Wars. Unlike the latter, the former is much more derived by politico-economic interests of the states rather than any religious or divine agendas.
Existence of wars can be traced back to the point when competition and conflict emerged as social concepts running parallel with cooperation. Human societies and nations have fought wars on various grounds i.e. religious, political and economic. The wars fought on religious basis were termed as Holy Wars which are quite different from the Modern Wars being witnessed today. Unlike the Holy Wars, Modern Wars remain considerably political and economic in nature. These are not derived by any pure religious rivalry or agenda. Nation states are indulged in fighting these wars to secure their politico-strategic interests, to protect their investments, to seek maximum benefits out of other countries’ governments and the trade opportunities available. Besides that, the combat against terrorism is another idea that overwhelms the Modern Wars thus making them apart from the Holy Wars.