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World Joins the Real ISIL War: What Next?

It sounds simple, but it isn’t: The United Nations Security Council has approved France’s resolution to take “all necessary measures” against ISIL.

The resolution calls for unity among member states to “intensify efforts to stem the flow of foreign terrorist fighters to Iraq and Syria and to prevent and suppress the financing of terrorism.”
This is while President Obama refuses to stop his failed strategy, which is support for “moderate” terrorist groups in the war on Syria. The terror attacks in Paris notwithstanding, Obama puts the US strategy and even the UN estimation of where the war is going into serious doubt. Perhaps he should listen to what Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has to say in this respect. This is essential, as last time Obama refused to do so:
* The ISIL war should never be confined to the battlefield. It should also be a battle to win hearts and minds. All UN member states “should give their Muslim communities the chance to engage in inter-faith dialog and proper Islamic activities. They must reinforce moderate thinking streams to help block the infiltration and spread of un-Islamic Takfiri-currents” and Islamophobic groups.
* Despite the anti-Muslim hysteria, “Islam is religion of fraternity, kindness and benevolence.” The crimes committed by ISIL in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and France “have nothing to do with Islam.” Those who behead and burn innocent people “are strangers to Islam and its teachings.”
* Iran is involved in the ISIL war because there is no commandment greater than this. “The welfare, progress and security of Iraq and Syria” is Iran’s welfare, progress and security. The country does nothing out of selfish ambition, sectarianism or vain conceit. It doesn’t just seek its own good, but also the good of others. That’s why Tehran encourages others to join the true War on Terror, just as in fact it is doing.
* Besides the military campaign, Iran has proposed a framework to bring about a resolution to the conflict. It is based on the principle of non-interference, which respects the Syrian people’s right to self-determination and condemns the idea of exploiting terrorism as a political tool.
All this makes the latest UN resolution and counter-terrorism efforts challenging, but not impossible. There are successful models for suppressing all manners of terrorism and extremism which enjoy the support of certain regimes, including Saudi Arabia and the United States. There are also successful models to reach a political solution to the conflict that could make peace with the “true Islam” as outlined by Iran’s Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.
However, defending the dreadful strategy of:
-Pursuing the temptations of empire in the region
-Playing with jihadi groups and un-Islamic currents
-Weaponising “moderate” goons to affect regime change
-Keeping the “Jihadist Super-Highway” open in Turkey
-Purchasing stolen oil from Iraq and Syria and shipping it to Europe via Turkey
-Housing ISIL cells that supply funds, weapons and terrorists
-Blaming refugees for terrorist attacks in Europe and shutting them out
-Abdicating responsibility for the current bloodshed and chaos
-Entertaining a climate of fear and paranoia against Muslims and refugees
and so on and so forth is not one of them.

Date:November 28, 2015

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