WE have been concerned about three issues throughout the past years — the forces of Iranian Revolutionary Guard that have been flowing continuously into Syria and Iraq, the escalating Israeli tyranny over Palestinians and occasional Israeli airstrikes against Syria, and the entry of Turkish forces to Iraq.
The proverb, “We accepted affliction but it did not accept us,” is applicable to the three powers consisting of Turkey, Iran and Israel. If the so-called ‘injustice of geography’ has prompted the first and second to impose on us the need to maintain good neighbor relations with them for decades, the third is against the logic of history as it was planted in the middle of the Arab world because of our weakness and disunity. The scenario is distressful since the majority is ready to accept it, yet it does not accept them.
Historically, these powers are keen on dominating the Arab world. Iran is seeking, through all regimes which have been controlling Iranian policies since the battle of ‘The Qar’ and the imperial greed of old Persia, the phase of Shah’s rule up to the Mullah regime, illusion of ‘exporting the revolution’ and satisfying the desire to dominate Arabs. Nonetheless, we paid a high price and we are still paying today to foil such attempts.
Turkey and the Ottoman Empire’s dreams remain as nightmares for us. These dreams troubled us for four centuries during which we suffered from oppression, murder and displacement due to the Ottoman occupation. We were protected from the Turkish greed even after dividing the heritage of the ‘sick man’ during World War I. Ankara interfered in our internal affairs directly or indirectly under the guise of defending Muslims and Islam as if the Ottoman State has become the guardian of Arabs and Muslims all over the world!
Unfortunately, this fact does not exist in the minds of Arabs, who agreed to disagree on even the simplest issues. They did not stop their controversial talks on the gender of angels so they could look at their surroundings for them to realize where their enemy is and the enormity of destruction the latter caused in their countries, in addition to the flames of sectarian, doctrinal, religious and social chaos in their societies.
If Turkey is holding the Brotherhood flag today and fighting for the group, as well as gauging its relations with us through such perspective, it did not push its forces to occupy a part of Iraq to fight against DAESH as it alleges because it is clamoring for a seat at the table for dividing the Arab booty. How can a country, which helped a terrorist organization, opened its borders to the group and maintained relations with it, get up today to see the danger posed by the group? Where has it been over the past years?
DAESH is a product of the ‘marriage’ between Iranian, Turkish and Israeli interests. It is a new addition to the list of terrorist groups which came from the Iranian terrorism incubator like Hezbollah, Ansarullah, Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq, al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups which spread widely in the Arab world like cancerous tumors.
Unfortunately, the triangle of evil has several Trojan horses in our midst. They may have different names and slogans but they are part of one entity keen on destroying the Arab structure whose guards are busy with trivial internal conflicts at a time these guards, their entity, language and culture are in danger.
Therefore, the Arabs will not play any role in defining their future unless they unite and work towards dismantling the evil triangle which manipulates them. They have to fully understand the adage, “A hand consists of five fingers but when they hold a sword, they become one,” otherwise, they will be divided and distributed as shares to the evil power.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times