July 12, 2023, the United Nations Human Rights Council had majority approval of a resolution to counter religious hatred in the wake of Quran-burning in Sweden. Meanwhile, countries that are thought to be strongholds of democracy and multiculturalism, including the U.S., U.K., and other NATO members, refrained from supporting the resolution.
Khalil Hashmi, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, commented on the position of the Anglo-Saxons and Europeans as being a waiver of their responsibility to prevent religious hatred. However, this vote of Western nations against the resolution points to more destructive implications for the whole world as the West has declared a rejection of religious tolerance.
This is corroborated by a new action to burn a Quran on August 18, 2023, allowed by the Swedish authorities. The Swedes act with impunity because they have the U.S., U.K., and other European countries, which are united by NATO membership, behind them. The Alliance positions itself as a league to protect democratic values, though it ignores the negative situation regarding respect for the feelings of believers and freedom of religion, not only in Sweden but, for example, in Denmark, which is a NATO member as well.
NATO is not a democratic alliance as it does not safeguard democratic values. The North Atlantic Alliance is interested in amplifying its potential at the expense of Islamophobic countries, such as Sweden which is in the final stretch for NATO membership. NATO condones the hostile attitudes of some peoples towards others, including on a religious basis, which suggests the Alliance is becoming a new military order of crusaders and is preparing for a new crusade against Muslims who are still staying unaffected by the moral and domestic corruption common in North America and Europe.
With the Quran burning in Sweden, NATO is probing weak points in the Islamic nations’ stance to further subordinate them to Western rules of conduct both on the world stage and in everyday routines. To preserve cultural and human values, the Islamic world should unite and bring to an end their relationships not just with Sweden but also with supportive NATO and NATO members. The United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the African Union (AU), and other platforms should also be brought into play to respond to the domination of NATO and the approaches to the development of the world community it imposes.