The fight against ISIS, a group that most likely would not exist without the US-led war on terror, rages on as Western countries ramp up their efforts to bomb the threat into oblivion.
The US has carried out 80% of the “coalition bombing” against ISIS targets since September 2014, with France, the UK, Canada and Australia also taking part.
Until now, only a few Middle Eastern countries have bombed Syria on behalf of their Western arms suppliers. However, it seems that pressure is building on these reluctant countries to play a bigger role.
A group of 34 predominately Muslim nations recently announced their pledge to fight terrorism.
“This announcement comes from the Islamic world’s vigilance in fighting this disease so it can be a partner, as a group of countries, in the fight against this disease,” Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman said.
In true obedience to the narrative that bombs and bullets are the solution, mainstream media asked if the pledge included ground forces. Bin Salman said, “nothing is off the table.”
Military approaches, ranging from warplanes and troops to providing money for equipment, will be a primary track of the coalition’s initiative. This is a tenuous strategy for Muslim governments in the Middle East, as ISIS has a large group of support in almost all Arab countries.
Bahrain, for instance, is fertile ground for jihadists coming from within government ranks and the establishment, due in part to Bahrain’s hardline Sunni monarchy. Bombing ISIS, which a Bahraini minister called “a revolution against the injustice and oppression,” can be dangerous to the health of Western-backed dictators.
Saudi Arabia has been bombing targets in Yemen for months on behalf of America’s war on terror, killing civilians and intentionally bombing hospitals.
Since the US-led war on terror began in 2002, terrorist attacks have increased a staggering 4,500% in the Middle East. The pledge from the new Muslim coalition to increase military involvement against ISIS, which will certainly bring more death to innocent civilians, could stoke the terrorist problem to a far greater degree.
Another strategy of the coalition will be to combat terrorist ideology through religious scholars, educators and political leaders to “drown out the message of the extremists.”
This is particularly ironic considering that Saudi Arabia, the leader of the coalition, is governed by a monarchy that is strongly allied to a driving force behind terrorism—the Wahhabi religious sect.
How can this brutal dictatorship lead a coalition against terror when, according to the World Affairs Journal, “the roots and spread of violent Sunni jihad lead back to Saudi Arabia and its Wahhabi-centered clerical establishment”?
In exchange for financial support to spread their religious doctrine around the world, Wahhabi leaders protect the kingdom by denouncing protest against the ruling class as “un-Islamic” and punishable by death. This alliance has proved successful for more than two centuries.
Wahhabism, characterized by a fundamentalist crusade to restore “pure monotheistic worship,” has developed a reputation for intolerance and has helped inspire the ideology behind the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. It has become a source of global terrorism.
Besides the spreading of radical ideology by state-sanctioned religious leaders, funds for equipment and fighters flow out of Saudi Arabia through private donors.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud does not seem to mind that these monies are creating global jihadists, saying, “If there are those who change some work of charity into evil activities, then it is not the kingdom’s responsibility, nor its people, which helps its Arab and Muslim brothers around the world.”
Indeed, the new Saudi king has a long history of supporting extremist militants.
“Intelligence sources concur that Salman served as the royal family’s main fundraiser for jihadis in Afghanistan during the 1980s, and in the Balkans during the 1990s. He also served as the main conduit between the Saudi state bureaucracy and extremist clerics in the Wahhabi clerical establishment, in addition to directing the Saudi High Commission for Relief of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which has been linked by NATO to al-Qaeda and other jihad organizations.
Saudi Arabia is not the only one in the Muslim coalition that provides resources for jihadism. Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates “have also been linked to collection and transfer of funds supporting terror groups.”
In the face of all this, the US and its Western allies will gladly accept the pledge of the 34 Muslim nations to “fight terror.” It is much more important to give the appearance of a unified front to fight terrorism than it is to address the real causes of terrorism.