Middle East on Fire and America's version of terrorism

(Noshin Bashir, Karachi)

America's version of terrorism changes every now and then to satisfy their own policy gains. The Taliba - Once supported by USA militarily and financially - now stands fit for the American definition of terrorism. After 9/11 the America turned its guns towards Afghanistan and for now Afghanistan is all burning with flames of terror and fight.

It is now evident that America is now carrying out an air campaign alongwith its allies in Syria in order to relieve the country from terrorist's sanctuaries on one hand, but on the other hand America is O.K. with its armed support to Kurdish fighters. America is not only providing its armed support to the Kurdish figters but also extending its support for anti-Asad elements there.|

The country is get going with its aggressive policies towards Syria despite resistance by Turkey, which is against the American support of local fighter groups - Kurdish people.

If we look into the past the the anti-Saddam formula of American's was more about the blame game so is their invasion of Iraq in 2003 based on mere allegations of the presence of weapons of mass destructions(WMDs) inside Iraq. The resultant effect is the highly unstable Iraq with the larger and even safer sanctuaries of radical groups.

Two years on - American backed air campaign in Yemen in the name of retriving the Government's control there is in no way a success story. The war in Yemen and anti-government sentiments there were more about the economic and social concern which for now getting the shape of sectarian rifts and radicalization. Whether it is Syria or Yemen, the the radical groupss are utilizing the ordinary citizens as a shield and the air campaign is crushing haed this public shield, forget the figures of terrorists being killed by these air strikes.

The air campaign is making no difference to the hospitals, houses, funerals and rest of the burials are caused by the frequent suicide bombings there.

The Houthis has gained the ground sufficient enough to lead the future war and the country's is becoming weaker financially, geographically and politically for the local population. The ongoing war has brought a major toll on the life of people, their properties, their belongings, their businesses and has also destroying the residents socially and psychologically.

The years old policy of non-Muslims - to divide and rule - is in not dead anyway. They are still pointing their guns on the regimes in the oil rich Middle Eastern states, dividing them and destabilizing them geographically, economically and politically as well.

The Gulf Cooperation Council(GCC) was formed in 9981, based on suggestions of the Emir of Kuwait in the sideline meetings of the Arab Summit. The GCC, unlike European Union(EU), could not get that much cooperation but was doing better in many ways. The GCC countries were proceeding together in the fields of security, trade, technology, inter-state communications, military communication networks, people-to-people contant and on many other fronts.

The decision of sudden blockage of Qatar from GCC put a serious question mark on the credibility of organization itself. The Britain plan to quiet EU is still in the offings and they are still negotiating on the terms of Brexit with the European Union. But in the case of GCC, the blockage of Qatar from the organization seems to be a decision solely made by the Saudi Elite. Qatar was a part

of the Saudi led coalition in Yemen and was supporting it financially and militarily. The Saudi Arabia's decision to put Doha in separation and asking to do the same to its well wishers is likely to put a blame to through a burden of its failure to draw any conclusions from the Yemen air-campaign.

The officials in Conservative Kingdom of Saudi Arabia consider Houthis as a proxy working for Iranian interests in Yemen. With massive wealth and political dominance the Saudi Arabia is likely to continue an aggressive policy towads Yemen and Syria. Perhaps, if Saudi Arabia does not and did not support the legitimate Government of Yemen then these anti-govt. elements/rebels could become a threat to the regime in their own country. So anyhow, they are supporting their own interests in the region, not exactly of Yemen and Syria.

If Qatar issue is not going to get a resolve anysoon then the sectarian rifts will get futher spacing in the Middle East, so is the proxies. It is in the larger interest of the Middle East to maintain a good quality inter-state relationships with its regional allies and strive for the ultimate solution of the existent crisis to get the region out of the fire. The shaping of existent groupings in the Middle East to be a sectarian issue will not benefit the either side in the long term.

To end the proxies and to opt for the political solution of the Middle East crisis including Palestine will drawdown the ongoing tensions which is, unfotunately, not evident as per scenario of the Middle East and American policy towards the Middle East.

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