WE said it before that division between Arabs was the first reason behind the spread of terrorism. Today, we continue to say that global hesitance plays a major role in the spread of this plague (terrorism) which hit France recently.
Before France, it hit the United States of America, Spain, Russia and it will continue as long as temporary interests are upheld at the expense of the rights of the people to life and peace. It will continue to kill the innocent in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Syria, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.
Indeed, an Arab and Islamic environment was formed by political movements that claim to be Islamic. However, the real ‘incubator’ is Europe itself — currently being burned by its own fire — which expounded on their human rights slogans and what is known as, “listening to voices of the Arab opposition”, which secured the survival of the extremists by giving them shelter, podium, protection and even their nationalities. In fact, the western countries helped these groups (extremists) rise to power in some Arab countries.
The events that took place in recent years in France, and generally in Europe, were what former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak warned about in Paris in 2007. However, instead of comprehending the message, the French decision-makers went on to describe what Mubarak saw as “global terrorism”, to be just “reactions to Egypt’s oppression of the opposition, especially the Muslim Brotherhood.”
What happened after eight years was the outcome of the encouraging stance on terrorism. In fact, before all that, wasn’t France marketed as Imam Khomaini’s revolutionary scheme on the Shah under the pretext of Islamic Revolution by rendering him to practice political instigation and provided him support? Wasn’t France the first one to burn with the flame of ‘Iranian revolution terrorism’ through the assassination attempts on former Iranian officials on its land?
Didn’t the United Kingdom make its land a Brotherhood arena, followed by al-Qaeda and Taleban, among other terrorist groups whose elements reached a point of considering themselves at war with the UK? Wasn’t in 2005 when London tasted the pain inflicted by these groups through an explosion which led to the loss of scores of innocent lives?
Didn’t the United State of America call for listening to the voices of these people a long time ago, and went on to organize for them training programs on how to run countries and supported them in Afghanistan? In return, the US suffered from what it sowed during the attacks on Sept 11, 2001.
The ISIL, which announced responsibility for the Paris massacre, is the natural outcome of the Europeans’ nurturing of those groups. Do the ‘free world’ countries need more proof or bloodshed to be convinced by what Hosni Mubarak warned them about years ago and King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz a few months before his death?
The late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz warned the accredited diplomats of the free world countries in Riyadh that “the danger of terrorism will extend to the US and Europe if the world does not unite to fight against it. I am certain it will reach Europe after a month and the US after two months. “
Do the leaders of Paris, Washington, London and other western capitals remember the words of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz who spoke two months ago in the White House on the need for stability in the Middle East and global unity in the fight against terrorism?
Does US President Barack Obama still uphold his conviction that these terrorists are afraid of what he calls, “the global justice”, and that he will bring them to justice? Do President Obama and other western leaders think the terrorists believe in their justice?
Those who commit such horrific atrocities do not acknowledge human rights in the first place. They do not value anything to do with justice and tolerance. All they strive for is to impose their opinion on everyone through killing and bloodshed, and always, the first victims are those who open their doors for them.
Therefore, it is imperative for these countries to let go of policies which treat chronic terrorism illness with sedatives of security measures. Instead, they should seriously strive towards plucking out the tumor from its roots through a coalition with the Arab and Islamic countries in a war against terrorism.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times