Con­struc­tive chaos through proxy wars

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Has­san Al-Essa

In his book ‘Shadow Wars, The Se­cret Strug­gle for The Mid­dle East’, Christo­pher David­son quoted a mil­i­tant speak­ing in an in­ter­view with The Guardian, say­ing that Bashar Al-As­sad wanted the op­po­si­tion to be rad­i­cal, and if peace­ful street demon­stra­tions had con­tin­ued, his regime would have top­pled within a few months. The mil­i­tant added that As­sad re­leased Mo­hammed Al-Joulani of Al-Qaeda, the real back­bone of ji­hadists. He also re­leased Awwad Makhlouf, who later be­came an IS rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Sim­i­larly, Ye­men’s Ali Ab­dul­lah Saleh re­leased Al-Qaeda mem­bers to de­scribe his op­po­si­tion as ter­ror­ists.

As­sad did not stop at cre­at­ing a mon­ster. GCC states and char­ity groups in these states used mil­lions of dol­lars to fight the sec­tar­ian Alaw­ite regime in Syria, as Gulf mil­i­tants sup­port the revo­lu­tion and are against the Alaw­ite mi­nor­ity that has been rul­ing Syria. Thus, our con­ser­va­tive coun­tries showed keen­ness and sup­port to the Syr­ian revo­lu­tion, as if these states spear­headed the po­lit­i­cal change start­ing with the Arab Spring. They never sup­ported counter revolutions and helped kill the Spring on in­cep­tion to avoid set­ting ex­am­ples for fur­ther regime changes.

Bil­lions poured in with the ex­cuse of supporting mod­er­ate rebels in Syria such as the Free Syr­ian Army, while this army shrunk and its troops merged with mil­i­tants, es­pe­cially af­ter cor­rup­tion pre­vailed in the ar­eas it ran, with the even­tual re­sult that Nusra Front and other ji­hadist groups took over. Yes, we feel sorry for the death and de­struc­tion in Aleppo and other Syr­ian cities. We are an­gry with Iran, Rus­sia and Hezbol­lah’s in­ter­fer­ence in Syria as if they are noth­ing but hu­man­i­tar­i­ans supporting ‘mod­er­ate’ rebels in that war-stricken coun­try.

It is as if we are not re­spon­si­ble for shed­ding the blood of civil­ians in­clud­ing women and chil­dren when our char­ity groups sup­ported re­li­gious pow­ers that used civil­ians as hu­man shields and took them as hostages to be used in their war against the regime. We do shed tears for the peo­ple of Aleppo to­day, as it be­came easy to blame others like the Syr­ian regime for ev­ery­thing and kept silent while ter­ror­ist groups be­headed peo­ple, blew up churches and stole his­toric doc­u­ments.

Does any­one re­mem­ber the Pales­tinian cause? Have we for­got­ten the dream of es­tab­lish­ing a Pales­tinian state? So, greet­ings to this con­struc­tive chaos un­fold­ing in the form of sec­tar­ian proxy wars.

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