Kenitra - In Kobani, a tiny city at the border of Syria and Turkey, everyone is looking for a perverted truth, a blatant fallacy and a false victory over an alleged enemy. In this isolated Kurdish town, chaos reins over order while hatred and sectarian violence prevail over love and unity.
Kenitra – In Kobani, a tiny city at the border of Syria and Turkey, everyone is looking for a perverted truth, a blatant fallacy and a false victory over an alleged enemy. In this isolated Kurdish town, chaos reins over order while hatred and sectarian violence prevail over love and unity.
This tragedy illustrates our present state of existence and what we are forced to confront: chaos, confusion and murder. “With a population of no more than thirty thousand,” Abd Al-bari Atwan thinks “Kobani is on its way toward becoming a new Stalingrad,” with an alarming tale of endless murder. This current siege now marks a new episode in the town’s history of bloodshed and loss.
In Kobani, contradictions abound and any sense of logic is lost. Both friends and enemies are fighting a war together against the unknown. Nothing is familiar in this useless war; there is no normalcy to hold onto. Here, I give two examples: the United States has always accused Iran of supporting terrorist groups. Now, the U.S. wants its support in fighting ISIS’ militants. Second: prior to this crisis in Kobani, many westerners have been blaming Saudi Arabia for backing the Sunni militants in northern Iraq against what the KSA sees as a sectarian government of Baghdad. Now, most of these militants have joined ISIS and the kingdom has to fight them alongside its American and European allies
In a televised interview with France24, Abd Al-Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai Al-Youm and the former editor-in-chief of the London-based Arabic newspaper Al Quds Al Arabi, said, “For almost a month and a half, more than twenty allied country jets have been bombing the city while thousands of Kurdish forces on the ground try to prevent its falling into the hands of the Islamic State’s advancing forces.” Unfortunately, no progress has been made and every effort has been in vain.
Five months has passed and conditions are stagnant; the imaginary state is resilient and its leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, still dreams of a Caliph crown. What explains this failure? It is either the Islamic State’s power or the international coalition’s failing strategy. What if it is both? No one knows.
Presumably, no one has an absolute answer to these questions. However, many are convinced that if ISIS is there, everyone can be there: Arabs, Kurds, Turks, Persians, Europeans and Americans. ISIS is there so everyone can be in the same place, at the same time and for the same purposes of confusion and distortion. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11th, America and its allies waged a war on Afghanistan; this was was seen as a legitimate response to an increasing threat from Al-Qaeda and its affiliations in the world. Years have passed and nothing has changed or been achieved.
In 2003, in a mission “to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, to end Saddam Hussein’s support for terrorism, and to free the Iraqi people,” America and its allies, Britain in particular, invaded Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Eleven years later, we can say without any reservation that the coalition’s mission of freedom, stability and prosperity has turned to a nightmare for both Iraq and the Middle East. Today, the world has a new threat and a new war; a war against ISIS – this is what the official conferences and media coverage carry for us. However, the truth is that it may be something else; it could be just a strategic war, a tactical war to control and manipulate the region.
No one in the world truly knows besides ISIS and its dark flags. The world doesn’t see anything other than ISIS’s barbarism and brutality and refuses to consider and reflect on what is carried on beyond this visible truth. The world knows no more than the blatantly false news it is fed and has therefore developed a fabricated image of killing.
The Islamic State is gaining more attention and is gradually turning into an icon of murder. ISIS is now more likely to be an incubator where everyone is confined with confusing thoughts, an apparatus for housing premature ideas until we can clearly see and know what is truly happening in the region. It is a scheme, a dilemma and a puzzle. Amid this confusing situation, many of us are being left without answers to the many questions we have regarding this new threat we call ISIS. What is ISIS? Who supports it? And for what purposes? Until these questions are answered, we stay locked within this apparatus.
According to the Financial Times, the Turkish government thinks that “the Iraqi Kurds are the godfathers of this scheme and ISIS is only a part of it; a dangerous one to change the current reality in this part of the Middle East; a scheme that Assad’s Syria knows very well and is wringing its hands in joy. Syria strongly believes that both Arabs and Americans’ predicament is deepening and its enemies are fighting.” According to Faress Al-Khatab, an Iraqi political analyst, the scheme was planned to, “create an atmosphere that is well arranged to serve a certain agenda; an agenda that cannot be described in any way as in favor of Iraq and Arabs.” This is an agenda whose details and physiognomy remain unknown.
In the Arab world, we usually reject deep investigation into these matters; we reject meditation and reflection. We look at what’s happening and don’t try to make any effort to see beyond what is politicized and fabricated, as does the rest of the world.
In this world that we call Arab, we distance ourselves from the truth and get closer to fallacies. We link the struggle experienced by the people of Kobani to that of ISIS’s brutality and its false dreams. This is a perversion of truth that is unfair to Kobani’s people.
Gohan Bashek, a Turkish scholar, explains that, “from now on, Turkey and the United States are not ideologically related anymore. What is between us is simply a relationship of necessity. Turkey changes.” It is a war against an imaginary enemy and an interest in creating greater chaos and confusion. Turks hesitate because they do not want to do the West’s, “dirty work.” Turkey doesn’t want to fight ISIS until it knows what will happen next. Turkey has its own concerns. A stronger Kurdish front across its borders may be a threat to its own interests and stability, and weakening ISIS and fighting it the way America and its allies have been fighting it may strengthen Bashar Al-Assad Syria’s regime; something that Turkey doesn’t want at all.
Mark Almond from The Telegraph wrote on this matter, saying, “we must be clear about this deal. Leaping at the possibility of quickly crushing ISIS via Ankara will seem cause for celebration today. After the party is over, however, we will wake up with a new Middle Eastern headache.”
In 1377, Abou Zayd bin Khaldun Al-Hadrami, a Muslim historian and a founding father of modern sociology and historiography, wrote in his well-known book The Muqaddima that, “if a person fails in his ability to mangle his morals and his religion, he will damage severely his humanity and become a monster of the truth.” Al-Hadrami lived for a significant period of time in a chaotically corrupt medieval Egypt; the Egypt of the Mamluk Sultanate. He recorded an early view of modern history and allowed us to reflect on his own experience and analysis amid the atrocities we face in the Arab world today.
Time has passed and nothing has changed. Our truth is still corrupted and we are still apprehensive to change. Our truth remains false and disfigured almost seven centuries after Al-Hadrami’s work. Yesterday it was Al-Qaeda, today it is the Islamic State. Yesterday it was Kabul and Kandahar, today it is Kobani. Tomorrow is another battlefield, another story and another “array of growing concerns.”
If we want to see things as facts, to see what is actually happening around us, we should consider the following two options:
Firstly, General Dempsey finds that, “The Islamic State is a learning enemy and they know how to maneuver and how to use populations and concealment, they’re becoming more savvy with the use of electronic devices, they don’t fly flags and move around in large convoys the way they once did. They don’t establish headquarters that are visible or identifiable.” They fight well and with advanced military skills and strategies. They fight like true warriors, a fact that explains why the allies are not yet gaining significant grounds in Kobani or the northern regions of both Syria and Iraq.
Secondly, John McCain stated that, “No one outside the Joint Chiefs of Staff believes we have a strategy,” to defeat and degrade ISIS. He continues that, “Panetta and Gates have recently written books which have criticized Obama. In his remarks, Gates likened Obama to President Lyndon B. Johnson in what he called, ‘micromanagement’ of military policy.” But what if we have a third more stable option? What if that option is a strong desire to interrupt and destabilize this region we call the Middle East?
Iran wants to destabilize the situation so that its ally, Bashar Al-Assad, can have more time and opportunities to maneuver his position. Turkey is cautious and hesitant of this as it fears a hidden agenda, Saudi Arabia is worried as it clearly sees the Americans gradually placing their bets on the Persians, Egypt is absent and confused with its own internal conflicts, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have money and are strongly searching for an influential spot…and we the normal people get lost in these horrifying murder scenes, on this bloody battlefield we call Kobani.
Beliefs are distorted, innocent children are orphaned and more smoke is on the horizon. Perhaps it is our destiny and our misfortune until we realize our need for a deeper understanding of the history of this dirty work we call politics.
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