Causes of Conflicts in Modern Day Democracies
Since democracy came into place and many countries in the world took it, loopholes emergency which has changed the process of governance to conflicts. However, this doesn’t mean that democracy is a source of conflicts since it has its own pros. Conflicts can be brought by numerous needs connected one another and issues addressed for some long period of time. The situation has escalated in some countries like Syria and this has led to a major war between the people and the government.
Conflicts in democracies have been brought about chiefly by a variety of factors. The major sources which causes conflicts include economic, political and military factors. Politics leads to conflicts when government distribute resources to the natives in unequal proportion. It can also occur when people accuse the government of using natural resources in a way that favors some people more than others.
Most of the time, conflicts that have just been sparked by two ethnic groups often escalate to a national level. This is because of tribal affiliations, ethnic affiliations, and political views of those involved. This often happens in places where there are two or more major tribes, and each feel that they deserve more than the other. Conflicts arise whenever there is an indication than one group is getting more than the other.
Some section of the population may wrongly accuse the government of distributing resources unequally. This leads to the formation of groups that rebel against the government – a situation which grows in to conflicts in many cases. When these conflicts occur in particular areas, people will pull out of these places as it is the cases with the Syrian oil fields. As a result, mining companies cannot operate in the region and the economy has suffered as a result. The government, on the other hand, will shy away since its involvement will just lead to further conflicts and division.
In the military, divisions have led to the creation of an army that doesn’t function effectively. It has turned into an instrument for committing crimes against civilians and even preventing people from having an opinion. A divided army is always subject to crimes including theft, extortion, and human rights violations which aren’t addressed in war torn countries.
Among the political class in democracies, greed has brought about major conflicts. Taxpayers are often hurt when the government embezzles funds meant for development projects and this leads to conflicts. As always, in democracies, there are pro-government and anti-government protesters who clash and when the situation is not corrected, it often leads to major conflicts.