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IN the midst of sectarian, doctrinal and racial conflicts which have spread like wild fire in the entire region accompanied by world condemnations of crimes committed by DAESH, we remember Mahatma Gandhi.
The late Indian Father of Nation then said, ‘Every time the Indians united against the British occupiers, they killed a cow and threw it in the middle of the road. This was their way of provoking chaos (for Hindus the cow was something ‘sacred’) between Hindus and Muslims to engage them in bitter fights the sole purpose of which was to weaken the resistance and prolong the lifespan of the British rule in India.
What we see in the region is a similar scenario. The ‘cow’ has been slaughtered and thrown in the midst of Arab religious and racial components but the question is: Who is the butcher who has spread this menace all over the Arab world?
What the British occupation forces practiced in India did not end with the return of its soldiers to Great Britain. The carcass of the cow which was thrown in the middle of the road was the reason for the partition of India on religious basis after the declaration of its independence.
It did not end there; Pakistan was later divided into two on racial basis which gave birth to ‘Bangladesh’. Thus, if Britain went out of the door of independence, it erected an elephant of divisions through the religious and racial window.
The same is applicable to our Arab world when this great power entered the region to help get rid of the Ottoman Empire and when it left it planted among the Arabs religious mines — sectarianism and racism through the Sykes-Picot Agreement which is ready to explode any moment. To add insult to injury, the pariah Jews from Europe were planted in Palestine.
Today, as we approach the centenary of division — division of the Arab world between the French and the British — big nations including the US have awakened the butchers whom they fed in their incubators not to slaughter the cow but to practice the most heinous crimes against innocent people belonging to all religions and sects.
Is the rapid change in the behavior of some Western countries not serious enough motives for us to be suspicious of what is prepared for us behind closed-doors concerning the re-division of the region after the Sykes-Picot Agreement became extinct?
This time DAESH has been used as a tool after the big powers succeeded in getting rid of the European Jews in the last century to divide the Arab world. Is it not DAESH used as a pen and the ruler to demarcate the borders of the region — the DAESH that mercilessly slaughters the Sunnis, Shiites, Christians, Kurds and Yazidis?
Perhaps, the countries that came up with the savage idea hardly considered that someday they will loose their grip and the cannon will be turned against them. As they begin to experience crime in their native soil, they have realized that no lessons were learnt from the US concerning Afghanistan and September 2001 incident.
We are doubtful of statements the countries continue to make concerning the destruction “DAESH”, as we notice lack of seriousness in their efforts that started over a year ago. Thousands of air campaigns have not curbed the strength of the terrorist group or the position of fighters in destroying the terror group.
While the US is engaged in battling terrorism with election slogans, the UK is fit into place in its old style of dealing with issues, and France and Russia appear to be looking for new frontier of influence in the region by splitting up the area.
The countries involved will only bring woe and destruction upon themselves through their efforts, just as they woo Iranian regime and submit to its exploitation and continue to lose trust of their people who have become victims of all kinds of terrorism for the sake of short-term and temporary interests.
It is time the countries realized that the world is unable to pay the cost of political adventures, so as to mend what has been destroyed, but nothing can be mended without waging war to destroy DAESH, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, Brotherhood and other terrorist groups, and uprooting the Mulla regime in Iran which continues to breed terrorism. Otherwise, there will always be someone killing a cow and throwing it in the middle of the road to incite sedition and chaos whenever the situation calls for it.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times