FOR the past six years, “DAESH” has become a ‘magnet’ wherever it shows its face in the Arab world, and Western countries with Iran continue to interfere militarily under the pretext of ‘fighting terrorism’, while DAESH is left to expand and the countries in question continue to achieve their objectives far from their motto of intervention.
Ten years ago, Iran intervened in Iraq under the claim of fighting terrorism and again used the same justification to enter Syria after DAESH with other terrorist groups had gained access to the country and succeeded in perpetrating massacres and destruction against Arabs. The suspicious DAESH forces spread in all directions — as if its fighters are covered with a cloth that makes them invisible to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.
The same claim was used by Israel in supporting the international coalition to fight DAESH, as the latter claimed its ultimate objective was to liberate Quds (Jerusalem) but not a single bullet has since been fired at the Israelis lifting the banner of the Jewish State and refusing the two state solution in their so-called response to Islamic terrorism and protection of the world’s Jews.
Turkey hasn’t been far from the ‘bazaar’, as it continues to suffer from terrorist attacks, which DAESH claims responsibility. Turkey continues to intervene in Syria and strives to annihilate the terrorist organization but we have seen DAESH leaving towns and villages several times, unperturbed, in front of the Turkish forces to fight Syrian Kurd forces.
Ever since the “DAESH” drama started in Iraq, we have been introduced to new types of occupations, among them the Iranian occupation and Russian and United States occupation in Iraq and Syria respectively. The issue is completely different in Libya where the Islamic caliphate forces suddenly occupied a huge area and forced France and Italy to appear in the theater.
Are these interventions in the Arab world a matter of reaction or retaliation against the terrorist organization or execution of the plan for a new Middle East, which the new US conservatives have been exaggerating in their talk? Why is it that France, which was attracted to Mali by extremists, hesitates to intervene in some countries where DAESH controls a huge chunk of lands almost bigger in size than France and Belgium put together; or they are content to selectively fight terrorism in its former colonies in Africa, while keeping its eye on Libyan oil?
Today, some Western newspapers published report after report on the second wave of the Arab Spring and singled out news from intelligence leaks on DAESH, which is building its bases in Algeria and expecting its destiny to be similar to that of Syria. Will the Battle of Sirte in Libya, after Mosul in Iraq and then Raqqah in Syria be the end of the first part of the drama of “dividing the Arab countries” and then begin the second part somewhere else?
A few days ago, we were discussing “DAESH” fighters who transform to ghosts in the battle zones and how Iraqi-US forces enter towns and villages that were under “DAESH” control without finding any fighter to capture but the most important question is: until when will the game of ghosts continue to attract all kinds of foreign interventions in the Arab world? Until when will military fighter jets from Canada, France, United States, Russia, Denmark, Italy and other countries continue to jovially hover the Arab atmosphere under the pretext of fighting terrorism, while teaming up with the top producer of terrorism, Iran, and continue to increase protection fences of its partner, Israel?
The countries in question use groups of ignorant people who are obsessed with destruction and killing under the veil of religion and Islamic caliphate to divide and split the Arab world, whereas Arabs are not strong to take deterrent steps against them and continue to pay the price of their dependence on Western powers.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah – Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times