SUDDENLY, the world is preoccupied with the so-called ‘DAESH’ organization which managed to occupy, in no time, a large part of Iraq and Syria. It has reached Libya, and it has expanded to Yemen and some African countries.
Also, the coalition of more than 60 countries was formed suddenly to fight against the group. Land forces were gathered while battleships and aircraft were dispatched. The horizon over Syria and Iraq is clogged with all types of fighter jets, and the plan to annihilate ‘DAESH’ was announced, followed by influx of migrants and displaced people.
News inform us daily that ‘DAESH’ has occupied this or that town, or terrorists have been defeated here and there, yet we never see their bodies or captives or injured members or even any sign of them, apart from slogans written on walls or flags.
On the other hand, this organization continues to post video clips, through what is known as ‘caliphate press’ on social media platforms, about their trainings, mass executions or their suicide bombers blowing themselves up, as if we are watching a Hollywood movie about the end of the world.
Are these countries fighting ghosts that cannot be seen with naked eyes, whereas millions of dollars are spent daily in a war similar to the war of windmills, in which the organization cannot be defeated?
Is it to this extent that the group of outlaws and murderers has become more powerful than countries which have the means to spy on throbbing hearts of people from a distance and document their daily lives in detail?
Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared all of a sudden to announce that his armed forces in Syria will fight until they wipe out terrorists who are threatening civilians. In the same manner, American President Barack Obama appeared suddenly to say that wiping out this organization requires a long period of time and it will not be done within days or weeks.
Then, French President François Hollande appeared, hesitating whether to intervene or not through land forces; whereas the Iraqi government provides us information daily about the number of deaths on the side of ‘DAESH’, saying the number exceeds 100,000 whereas all other statistics say that the number of ‘DAESH’ fighters does not exceed 50,000.
Countries are arresting scores of sleeper cells, and others are drying up funding taps and monitoring the breath of people so that none of them falls into the net of extremists.
It has reached a point where people are convinced that ‘DAESH’ is either created by those who came up with the legendary queen ‘Scheherazade’ to keep nations in a state of fear from massacres, enslavement and displacement; or the nations’ new game whose main character today is ‘DAESH’. We do not know what tomorrow holds for us.
All this makes someone almost convinced that the fiction ‘caliphate state’ is one of the lies which our Arab world fell for, starting with the lie on the international coalition. We do not know when the last lie will happen.
Contradictions … and contradictions on the issue of fighting against ‘DAESH’ make Arab and non-Arab nations wonder how strong the major countries are. Who are armed up to their teeth with the most modern and sophisticated military weapons to fight against this ‘imaginary’ organization?
Are these countries really striving to defeat the organization or it is just something they have fabricated in order to sell weapons and stipulate laws which will allow them to seize the wealth of countries and people?
Is it not strange that about 85,000 soldiers from various countries are unable to liberate, for instance Mosul town in Iraq, from the hands of a group of about 6,000 fighters; let alone the fact that military leaders participating in this liberation agree that the operation will take months?
Of course, governments will not answer many questions on this issue, because the main beneficiaries of this war against ‘DAESH’ ghosts want the war to continue until they achieve their goals or blot the area with weapons; so farewell to development, stability and dignified life of people in their nations.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times