Unending Wars: Is Nationalism the Snag?
Nationalism has been the major cause of wars since time immemorial
and the most pronounced of it was World War I. Although the rhetoric of
nationalism is seemingly less used after the major wars, because it adopted
a new name, ‘self-determination’ – as enshrined in the UN Charter, Chapter
I article 1 –, it remains in the background of many political discussions today
and we continually see a global rise in collectivism, marked by religious
fundamentalists of ethnic nationalist ideologies, which have resulted in
nothing but fierce conflicts in almost every part of the world. Having noticed
this increasing phenomenon, this paper tries to establish the relationship
that exists between the world’s agenda to globalise and national interests,
which have left the world in a rather saddened situation of protracted wars
between and within states, and its main thesis is that nationalism has played
and continues to play a major role in the violent conflicts that sparkle around
the world today, in the guise of ethno-religious conflicts.