Reuters reported, “JOHANNESBURG, Aug 24 (Reuters) – When a British economist coined the BRIC acronym two decades ago to denote Brazil, Russia, India and China, he didn’t have in mind an alliance that would seek to challenge Western dominance in global affairs… In a surprise decision at a summit this week in Johannesburg, the group invited Saudi Arabia, Iran, Ethiopia, Egypt, Argentina and the United Arab Emirates into the club. The move is aimed at increasing BRICS’ clout as a champion of so-called Global South Nations, many of which feel unfairly treated by international institutions dominated by the United States and other wealthy Western nations.”
Most peoples of the earth aspire to liberation from the unjust Western dominance. Western hegemony adopts colonialism as a way to impose its authority and might on the countries of the Third World. These developing countries are the wealthiest in terms of natural resources, yet, paradoxically, the weakest, because of the leaderships that are puppets of the West.
The most powerful countries amongst these developing countries, which are part of the BRICS countries, aspire to independence from the Western international order, or participation within it. They aspire to join the club of the most powerful colonialist countries in the world. This is in order to be able to protect themselves from the consequences of being devoured by the colonialist major powers. They also wish to reap some of what the major powers seize.
As for the countries that constitute the core of BRICS, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, they underestimate themselves. Their economies constitute a quarter of the global economy. Their population constitutes forty percent of the world’s population. Their lands extend over three continents. However, they lack a political compass to mobilize their capabilities to their full potential, and liberate themselves from Western hegemony.
What unifies these countries is what brought together the three bulls in the forest against the lion, as related in the Arabic fable. It is the instinct of survival and material interest. They were not brought together by a strong ideological thought that they jointly embrace. Their alliance can thus collapse, if the parties conflict over a greater material interest. This is what is actually happening between these BRICS countries currently.
On the one hand, China and Russia are coming together to protect themselves from America targeting them. The US is trying to trap them within the noose of countries affiliated, or collaborating, with America and the West. However, on the other hand, India, Brazil and South Africa are actually countries that revolve in an orbit close to America, to the extent of agency, and thereby constitute the American noose.
Consequently, it is not envisioned that this “alliance” would have the ability to liberate itself from American hegemony. Even if these countries came together for this goal, it is certainly not to be achieved by the latter three core member states. It is not even to be achieved by the other developing countries nominated for inclusion in the proposed expansion of BRICS, as most of them are agent states of America, too. The fate of this alliance is abject failure. The entry of these new countries into the group is to thwart its desired goal. It is even to contain and exploit the organization, by decision makers in the Western world, particularly America.
The BRICS operate on consensus and that presents “a major obstacle” to decision making, said Jakkie Cilliers, founder of the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS) think tank. “In the long term, my view is that the inevitability of China-India rivalry is probably the major challenge that BRICS will eventually be confronted with,” he told AFP.
In addition, there is the significant weakness of the third core party in the group, Russia. Russia fears war from the West. It is threatened in its survival within the club of the most powerful colonialist states in the world, if not its very existence. The attendance of the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, instead of Putin, is nothing but evidence of Putin’s fear of arrest or capture. Putin is the target of an international arrest warrant, on suspicion of committing war crimes in Ukraine. Therefore, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was dispatched as his representative.
Exiting the current colonialist, international system cannot be achieved by weak and enslaved states. States can only escape if they unify on a correct ideological thought that convinces the mind and agrees with the Fitrah nature of man. It must establish justice between its people and the other peoples of the earth. It alone can be a civilizational alternative to the secular creed and the capitalist ideology.
The secular creed is corrupt and corrupting. It does not convince the mind and does not agree with the innate Fitrah nature. It has created a global civilizational and spiritual malaise and vacuum. It has produced various psychological diseases in human societies.
The capitalist ideology incites material greed. It concentrated the enormous wealth of the world in the hands of a handful of corrupt people, whilst most of humanity would suffer from poverty and destitution.
Therefore, liberation from the domination of the secular capitalists can only be achieved by adopting the great Deen of Islam. It alone is the correct belief and sound ideology that establishes truth, and nullifies falsehood, and fills the earth with justice and light.
Allah (swt) said,
[هُوَ الَّذِي أَرْسَلَ رَسُولَهُ بِالْهُدَى وَدِينِ الْحَقِّ لِيُظْهِرَهُ عَلَى الدِّينِ كُلِّهِ وَكَفَى بِاللَّهِ شَهِيدًا]
“He is the One Who has sent His Messenger with guidance and the Deen of truth, making it prevail over all others. And sufficient is Allah as a Witness.” [TMQ Surah Al-Fath 48:28].
Bilal al-Muhajir – Wilayah Pakistan