War nei­ther re­vived ‘Ku­laib’ nor re­stored peace in Syria

Arab Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Ahmed Al-Jar­al­lah Edi­tor-in-Chief, the Arab Times Email: ahmed@al­jar­al­lah.com Fol­low me on: ahmedal­jar­al­lah@gmail.com

IT was called “Arab Spring”, but it later turned out to be a win­ter of blood, the trem­bles and storms that al­most took down all Arab na­tions with­out ex­cep­tion.

Through it, ex­trem­ist groups, start­ing from the “Mus­lim Broth­er­hood Group” and not end­ing with “Hezbol­lah”, “Pop­u­lar Mo­bi­liza­tion”, “al-Qaeda” and “DAESH”, gained ap­petite to in­crease their spoils through blood­shed and de­struc­tion of coun­tries.

These groups de­stroyed Libya, Iraq and Ye­men. Re­gard­ing Somalia, the story is dif­fer­ent. The de­struc­tion went on to set­tle in Syria, which has been liv­ing in in­com­pa­ra­ble hell for the past seven years.

There is no hori­zon left in Syria for mer­ce­nar­ies to enter under the pre­text of lib­er­at­ing the na­tion from re­pres­sion and op­pres­sion. Due to this, poverty, op­pres­sion and mas­sacres in­creased to such a level that dis­place­ment, mi­gra­tion and death be­came the only way out of this mis­er­able sit­u­a­tion for mil­lions of Syr­i­ans.

De­spite all this, there is one per­son who is still striv­ing to im­pose his will and por­tray him­self to be the right one. In fact, some claim they sym­pa­thize with Syr­i­ans more than the Syr­i­ans them­selves. They do not want a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion but are in­stead seek­ing to top­ple the regime.

This regime is the one whose pres­i­dent said, “Syria is dif­fer­ent from other coun­tries” from the very first mo­ment of the con­flict when the coun­try con­tracted the win­ter plague of killing and de­struc­tion.

All of those who in­ter­fered in this Arab coun­try re­garded the in­ci­dent that oc­curred in the Syr­ian city of “Daraa” as their mo­tive. They re­peated what Jas­sas Ibn Mur­rah said, “Bring back Ku­laib alive in or­der for the war to end”. It how­ever is what ren­dered the war to con­tinue.

No blood brought Ku­laib back to life; in fact, the war only came to an end af­ter the par­ties in­volved were locked in a per­pet­ual cy­cle of vengeance.

The war was be­tween two cousin-tribes in the pre-Is­lamic Ara­bia. It be­gan with the killing of a camel owned by a man named “Saad Bin Shams” who was a refugee under the pro­tec­tion of a woman named “AlBa­sus”.

These two tribes, Tagh­lib and Bakr, fought for roughly forty years (from 494 CE — 534 CE), which took a toll on thou­sands of mem­bers on both sides. We can­not help but wonder if Syria will be of the same case, given that ev­ery­one is stub­born and ig­nor­ing the ob­vi­ous so­lu­tion.

They sought the help of mer­ce­nar­ies from ev­ery part of the world. The United States of Amer­ica en­tered with its might in Syria, while the regime sought help from Iran and its hired mili­tias. Af­ter that, it sought help from Rus­sia to com­bat all Arab and non-Arab coun­tries that en­tered this con­flict di­rectly or in­di­rectly.

To­day, Syria has be­come a coun­try that is oc­cu­pied by five coun­tries namely Rus­sia, Iran, Tur­key, the US and France, and per­haps more coun­tries. For­eign fight­ers of ev­ery color are awash on this land.

Is this the revo­lu­tion that was meant to bring jus­tice to the dis­placed peo­ple of Syria? Do Syr­i­ans still have a place among the thou­sands of fight­ers, or is it a proxy war the fuel of which is the help­less Syr­i­ans?

At the start of the con­flict, the me­dia hype in­ten­si­fied and even the Arab press sup­ported the claims of those who were called rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies. The Gulf coun­tries stood by them under the pre­text of res­cu­ing the Syr­i­ans from op­pres­sion which ex­ists in ma­jor­ity of the coun­tries world­wide.

For the past seven years, Syria has been liv­ing a sce­nario which is not that dif­fer­ent from the sce­nario that led to the mur­der of “Ku­laib”. This means, Syria is locked in a per­pet­ual cy­cle of vi­o­lence from which the only way out is through po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tions.

There is nei­ther a vic­tor nor a loser besides Syria — nei­ther the op­po­si­tion nor the regime. There should be a joint gov­ern­ment in­volv­ing the op­po­si­tion’s in­tel­lec­tu­als and elites from the regime in or­der to set a roadmap that will bring an end to this mis­ery.

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in Syria sus­tained 50 min­utes of bom­bard­ment by three coun­tries but that oper­a­tion did not lead to any pos­i­tive re­sults, while the regime claimed that it man­aged to with­stand the strikes.

With­out any doubt, it has be­come clear to ev­ery­one that a mil­i­tary so­lu­tion will achieve noth­ing more than fur­ther fri­vol­ity and mess. There is no other so­lu­tion for Syria ex­cept di­a­logue among the Syr­i­ans them­selves.

When Japan was de­feated in World War II, its em­peror at that time was sa­cred. He was forced to come out to speak to his peo­ple through the ra­dio, and go to the US naval de­stroyer to sign a dec­la­ra­tion to sur­ren­der for the sake of his peo­ple.

Here, we are talk­ing about the de­feat of Pres­i­dent Bashar Al-As­sad. In fact, it is the de­feat of the “mil­i­taries” that en­tered his coun­try. Why can’t these mil­i­taries lift their hands off Syria and leave it to de­cide its own destiny? Do these mil­i­taries think Syr­i­ans are still ju­ve­niles?

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