Who is behind ISIS?

March 24, 2016 OPINION/NEWS


Sattar Rind

Is this news not enough for the world to stand up? On Tuesday morning thirty five innocent people were killed at Brussels’ Zaventem Airport and Maelbeek metro station by Islamic extremists in the European Union’s symbolic heart.

I think it would be better if we instead write “Brussels I love you” messages in chalk on a historic city square, a place for raucous celebration that has become a scene of grief after Belgium’s worst terror attack?

As opposed to mourning the world must be united and stand up to fight back. If the civilized and peaceful die simply due to being liberal or civilized, then one must not forget that civilization had not been achieved without being barbarian with the barbarians.

This may sound very ordinary and a reactionary tone to the killing of the thirty five in Brussels, commuters who never did anything against the killers, nor thinking they would ever die in this way.

How much time has passed since the Paris incident, whose culprit was arrested four days before the Brussels killings? How much time passed since such killings in Ankara, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Lebanon, India, Yemen, US, UK or any other country?

Who is mentoring these killers? Who is supporting them? Who is training them and providing weapons? Who is financing them? Who are they? Are they those we know under a different name like Islamic State (IS), Daesh, jihadist, Militants, Islamic States of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) or the Taliban?

If anyone tries to pretend that he or she knows nothing, and that either individual at state or government level is behind them, then he or she is doing nothing but assuming that the rest of the world has gone out of their mind.

Every other day seemingly we are exhausted by the killings and subsequent lilting sad songs, lighting of candles and flowers for those killed without reason. In addition to this the changing of profile pictures in social media in their memory, sending sad messages, pointlessly attempting to be guilty deep in our soul, shows how helpless we all are.

It is a fact we are definitely unable to help, except to be depressed and seek refuge in the news channels in order to know what is going on, listening to every broadcast and watching each movement carefully on TV as if our next step would be more striking and focused that we were able to drag the terrorists into an imaginary deserted area to let them die without mercy.

But we know that we are only dreaming and wishing this could become true. While on the other hand we know that instead of controlling or chaining the militants, we were unintentionally calculating which city would be their next target.

In such a case what could we ordinary people do when the Interior Minister of Belgium Jan Jambon announced Belgium’s terror threat had been raised from three to a maximum of four, and the country’s National Security Council was going to discuss what to do next? It should also be noted that Belgium is also the headquarters of NATO, if one may have in any case forgotten this.

Turkey, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and other Gulf Council countries are members and friends of the NATO member countries, USA and UK, and they are, as is being claimed by everyone, directly or indirectly behind these terrorists. But no one seems ready to ask them to stop this situation.

I have repeatedly written that terrorists could be eliminated within a year if their supporters stopped supporting them. Every country should decide that they are no longer required in this world. It would be the beginning of their end.   

However, the world will only observe, in the retaliation of the Brussels transgression, a few more strikes through NATO fighter jets in the militants’ controlled areas in Iraq and Syria, and the Brussels chapter will be closed.

Further we would observe a great rush of articles and number of new theories in which we would then know the ‘what’, ‘when’, ‘where’ and ‘how’ to these questions. Furthermore we would also be equipped with philosophical ideas that these militants basically are fanatical people who will always remain in each society; therefore we need to have a long strategic plan to curb them.

Hence we have to bear the loss of innocent people, in Brussels one constable even losing both legs in the suicidal blast. He should be shown as injured and to be sending a sign for his “new life”, thus indicating to the terrorists the world has not been distracted by the killings.

Consequently we must keep candles lit in respect of victims and wait for another incident and for another day of mourning which has yet to come.

Is the knowledge that these people are Salafis/Wahhabis not enough to act against them and that they are not more than 5% of the Muslim populace and have for along time been supported by Saudi Arabia principally for the killing of Shiite Muslims? However, a few of them might have changed their direction for reasons known only by those who are their masters.






Sattar Rind

Sattar Rind lives in Sindh, Pakistan. and is an Author with four books to his credit. three poetry and one on politics. As a Columnist he has written for a number of newspapers and magazines since 1991. Sattar can be contacted at the following email address: [email protected]


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