Bismillahirrahmanirrahim. Hi blog! I terribly miss you. It's my avidity to share my current reading that has brought me the urge to write here. Haha.
Dunia Tanpa Tembok by Ayman Rashdan Wong
Alhamdulillah. This is my third book for this month. I too am amazed that I managed to finish read all those three. Haha. The new planner does help! I wrote down all the book titles that i wish to read, and voila! It just happened!
Back to the book. Initially, i thought this is going to be a light reading. However, it is not! There are times that i have to re- read the phrases all over again, just to understand all those International Relation (IR) /political jargons - idealist, realist, balance of power, national interest, geopolitics, etc.
What i gained after reading this book?
It has given me a whole new perspective to all those wars, historical events in the past; the reasons behind it. Why does it happened? If you keep on questioning; Why does the middle east conflicts never subside? Can't they just live in peace? Why the USA, Russia, China always in the picture of any worldly affairs? Is it true that the USA really upheld the Zionists' agendas? Is it wrong to have this 'semangat kemelayuan'? Then, read this book. I feel so much at ease after reading it. 😊😊
The title really suits the whole content. DUNIA TANPA TEMBOK - from Malaysia to the global geopolitics.
A few days back, i watched a national georaphic series - inside syria's deadly dynasty. The film shows the story of the family of Assad and how the family have shaped the political arena of Syria and presumed to be the cause for the disastrous conflicts that occur in Syria. After Hafez al Assad died, it was suppossed to be Bashar's brother, Bassel to take over the throne. However, Bassel died in an accident and Bashar has to take over. He was an ophtalmologist, still studying in the UK, went back to Syria and took over the throne. Though the film continuously bashing Bashar's cruel attack on the people of Syria, a few questions just popped in my mind - Why didn't they ask Bashar why he did that? How come a gentle ophtalmologist who feel good after making someone's eyesight better turns into such a person? - he does not even have those military or political background before that. What are the things that he protects so much that he is willing to commit such brutality?
Reading Dunia Tanpa Tembok does not answer to this clearly. It explains how in the first place the war occured. What actually triggers the lost 'balance of powers' in Syria. I really love the author's reflection on the Syria's political crisis,
"Syria sepatutnya dijadikan pengajaran kepada kita supaya jangan melampaui batasan dalam berpolitik, menjaga adab sebagai pemimpin dan adab sebagai rakyat".
In short, read this book, peeps! You won't regret it. Though i still believe reading one or two books doesn't give you credits to make scholarly comments on something. But, at least, reading this will help your own intellectual growth in this area of international relation. 😊
Pheww. A very long post! 😅😅😅. Hope to find another book that can spark my joy! Haha (Marie Kondo sangat😊)