Why Are Scientists Afraid Of Politics

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Being in science for most of my adulthood I have somehow felt, and realized that scientists, mostly, prefer not to associate with politics. This sounds strange but it is strangely true. And reasons for this choice may vary but it appears that funding and rewards are the two most influencing facets to it.

Every serious scientific investigation needs funding, and fortunately or unfortunately these funds are often locked behind political locks, and the keys are usually with politicians. Thus, when a scientist applies for funding it can only be approved if it satisfies a number of conditions set by a government. And these conditions serve as keys to funding, and politicians make sure to share these vital keys only with people who they can “tame” easily.

This is the stage where genuine science has to die a terrible death. As it entails compromise, which will always work against the credibility of science. It seems this is one of the major reasons for failure of scientific community to get organized on a global scale. That could also be one of the major reasons to argue why science has not taken a proactive role plus responsibility in minimizing the destructive policies of various governments in the world.

Ideally politics and science go hand in glove. So, scientists should preferably take a very strong position in political decisions. Why not. If good science tries to make life comfortable on the planet Earth and if bad politics completely destroys that very vision then what shall we achieve by our sincere and hard work. The fact remains politics cannot be ruled-out from any scientific discourse but unfortunately researchers largely remain at distance from political arenas fearing funding problems, and conflicts with the established political spheres. This is also one of the reasons why retired scientists often speak openly against government policies! But, alas, it is too late to turn. This clearly suggests that because of fear, I reckon, scientists have often taken minimum-to-no-role in political decisions. And this deserves utmost attention as it has serious implications for the entire humanity and the role of humans on the planet and beyond.

Ideally politics and science go hand in glove. So, scientists should preferably take a very strong position in political decisions. Why not. If good science tries to make life comfortable on the planet Earth and if bad politics completely destroys that very vision then what shall we achieve by our sincere and hard work. The fact remains politics cannot be ruled-out from any scientific discourse but unfortunately researchers largely remain at distance from political arenas fearing funding problems, and conflicts with the established political spheres. This is also one of the reasons why retired scientists often speak openly against government policies! But, alas, it is too late to turn. This clearly suggests that because of fear, I reckon, scientists have often taken minimum-to-no-role in political decisions. And this deserves utmost attention as it has serious implications for the entire humanity and the role of humans on the planet and beyond.

Now, I ask you, is global warming going to create more havoc than what we are already witnessing around us; look at the scale of sheer devastation in Iraq, which is still considered as one of the culturally rich places in the world, and people are famous for kindness, hospitality and love. History books will consider the decision to invade Iraq as one of the most brutal realities of the modern world. This is because it was based on lack of sincere, credible, and responsible information, and therefore it led to the unthinkable devastation of an entire country, and most importantly with it the present level of humanity, which is said to have achieved milestones in progression and wellbeing of humans on the planet. We know how much we have progressed, and where we stand. Look at Iraq again, and the fact that Iraq war was based on mere deception is outrageous as it questions our claims of process, wellbeing, and educated species on the planet.

In 2013 one of the reports published in the newspaper The Telegraph says “Much of the key intelligence that was used to justify the war was based on fabrication, wishful thinking and lies – and as subsequent investigations showed, it was dramatically wrong. Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction (WMD).”

So the war that was started on false grounds has taken a huge toll on humanity. Until now the total number of documented civilians killed in the ongoing war are estimated to be about 173,319 – 193,520 (source:https://www.iraqbodycount.org/database/). And this does not include the combatants. This war has created painful memories, traumatized childhood, mass-executions and appalling acts of violence. Most dreadfully and regretfully, as in true to all previous wars, women were raped in the most horrendous and vicious way possible. Data from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Refugee Agency, shows that more than 3 million Iraqi people have left their homes, and have taken shelter in relatively stable parts of the country since the start of 2014. Another more than 220,000 people are reported to have fled Iraq and have taken refuge in other countries. The political forces responsible for fabricating lies that led to Iraq war are still rooming freely. No concrete action has been taken against them and therefore they are contiguously prosing threat to the world peace. Same forces are now actively engaged in destroying another sovereign country in the Middle East, Syria, as exactly similar war mongering is now evident that had foEnvironmentllowed Iraq destruction.

Now that we have enough of credible and substantial evidence to support that Iraq war was based on lies therefore who will bring that country back to normal, and who will take responsibility of the loss of life, property, and total devastation that has ruined the entire country and its inhabitants. It is impossible to bring back peace to that country, except if we all work together and work for justice. If we don’t unite against the evil forces we will surely take this planet into unprecedented destruction. It is time to realize that destruction is at our doorsteps, and we are probably waiting for a full-scale nuclear war to end this world, and that may happen much before climate change or global warming can severely impact us. It is pertinent to ask why scientists are more concerned about the incoming effects of climate change than the lives of millions of people that are effected right now in wars. Isn’t it ironical that most of the scientists work hard to somehow bring smile on people’s faces? It can be a doctor working to bring back life from a dying patient, or an earthquake scientist working endlessly to achieve a simple goal, which is how to save people from earthquake hazards. But when it comes to wars why we largely pretend to be unconscious and dead at heart?

Colleagues, it is high time for the entire humanity, and particularly good and responsible scientists to work out a comprehensive plan to bring peace on the planet. Forget about funding fears and work for the integrity and welfare of this planet that we have watered from centuries of hard work. Truth will freed one, and we ought to work for it, and not against it. This planet needs a sincere, hardworking, open-minded, and responsible breed of scientists to form a rigorous international review board about wars, and conflicts. Any political conflict in the world should pass through such a review board so that actions are taken with utmost care, love, affection, sincerity and based on factual evidence.

 

 

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