The US and NATO have announced their intention to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and put an end to it for good. So there finally appears on the horizon some serious hope for a close to ISIL’s outrageous terrorist acts that have been the order of the day in Iraq and Syria since the beginning of this year, as well as to the ethnic cleansing of Christians in Mosul. More than a million people had to flee their homeland to escape the terror, humiliation, captivity and looting of property which ISIL systematically practised against them. The international community appeared not to move a hair as ISIL took the 21st century human race back to the dark ages with atrocious crimes at which the heart flinches. Through super fast modern-day media, the world saw the beheadings, the sale of women and children on slave markets, the stripping of persons of their belongings then forcefully marching them on foot out of their homes and lands. Yet no one on the international community appeared to care. Today, however, the international community has finally decided to take action against ISIL in the wake of its beheading of two American journalists.
I find it very difficult to grasp that substantial numbers of European nationals have joined the ranks of ISIL to partake in the savage invasion that is wreaking havoc with the Middle East. I can’t help wondering whether they really believe in what they are doing. Do they really arrive from Europe to help found the “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant”? And will they achieve this by slaughtering human values and going back to the barbarity of the dark ages? I find no rational answer for any of these queries. Such individuals can only be devilishly misled, or mercenaries who take up terrorism and murder as a profession in return for money. And with ISIL, money is no issue. It flows in from foul sources that endorse and bless the Islamic State’s evil practices, or through the ‘war booty’ ISIL copiously gathers wherever it sets foot.
So murder is now a lucrative career much in demand on world markets. Anyone with a dead conscience and stone heart is a prize for criminal gangs; a high calibre, qualified killer who performs terrorist operations in return for huge profit. Such persons honour no homeland, faith, or humane values. They gamble with their souls; if they die they don’t care and if they live they gain booty and wealth. Never mind that their hands are stained with blood and their character with disgrace.
The US and NATO never rushed to the rescue of Iraq’s Christians despite the horrifying crimes ISIL inflicted upon them. America only woke up after the two Americans were beheaded and video footage posted of the horrendous crimes. One of the killers came from the UK. This brought about an outcry from western media and politicians who reported on the growing number of European youth who joined ISIL, and warned that they would form a nucleus of terrorist activity once they go back home. So if the horrors undergone by Iraq’s Christians failed to move the West which only budged when two Americans were beheaded and fears arose of the return home of western terrorists, so be it. Now is hardly the time to settle accounts. It is pivotal to rally all possible forces from inside and outside the region to fight ISIL, purge the region of its evil and restore security and reassurance to its people.
Once the mission is successfully accomplished, we can search for answers to the questions which we now deliberately place on hold. We can look into who launched ISIL, blessed it, funded it and disregarded all the horrors it conducted, allowing it to confidently wreak havoc wherever it set foot. Yes, we will never forget how the world looked on as Mosul was being overrun and destroyed, and as its terrorised people fled their destiny, seeking refuge in the mountains near the Kurdish borders. When ISIL eyed the Kurdish headquarters, however, it directly threatened western interests. Only then did the US decide it would send over its drones to bombard the terrorist clusters and stop their advance. We observed and followed all this with incredulity and apprehension. Yet the Heavens were arranging for deliverance from ISIL through the two beheadings dwarfed by the former horrors. Now deliverance is at hand, and this is all that matters. For now, at least.
14 September 2014