By: FA ME
What comes after the airstrikes on ISIS strongholds in Syria and Iraq? The reports that I read from Syria itself and from activists inside the battle field shows that these airstrikes are merely a demonstration of power so far! Some people may say that the U.S. strategy and plan to destroy ISIS hasn’t even achieved its goal yet, and I agree that this will take time and this is what the Pentagon has announced yesterday that the war on ISIS could take years.
But the question remains, what do we really need to battle? is it some equipment and some idiots who have no real life? where does the danger lie?
Activists in Syria said that the Headquarters that were targeted for both ISIS and Al-Nusra Front (that is affiliated to Al-Qaeda) were empty and vacant of equipment and people. there was no real effect to the attacks that took place couple days ago. I believe that strikes on the oil refineries might be of effect, since it will cripple ISIS’s financial support.
In reality, we are before two camps of Islam – the Islamic radicalism and terrorism represented in ISIS and other groups. And the Islamic States in Arab Gulf and Sunnis in Iraq, who at some point renounce what ISIS is doing. But if you don’t read Arabic, you will find it hard why ISIS is in a stronger position in terms of explaining why waging Jihad and the way they interpret their actions.
I will put it in simple words what do I believe that both Muslim camps are alike in so many ways. Take for example Saudi Arabia who is participating now in the coalition to strike ISIS and have started a campaign that led in arrest of many supporters in Saudi Arabia itself. This oil rich Arab country has implemented Islamic teachings in its society for decades now, the judicial law in Saudi Arabia is very much similar to what ISIS has been practicing in Syria and Iraq, such as chopping the hand of the thief or beheading the adulterer – besides, this Gulf country forbids building Churches or other places of worship other than Muslim places, they also prohibit any form of worship.
The only difference is that ISIS is publicly announcing the practices they are doing in an attempt to terrorize the opposition, therefore they can expand and claim more land, and also establishing the Caliphate which the Muslims have longed to see for hundreds of years now.
So I think airstrikes will have very limit effect instead we need to look into why do these people have this mentality and concepts? Actually there are several reasons:
1) Feel angry, alienated or disenfranchised.
2) Believe that their current political involvement does not give them the power to effect real change.
3) Identify with perceived victims of the social injustice they are fighting.
4) Feel the need to take action rather than just talking about the problem.
5) Believe that engaging in violence against the state is not immoral.
6) Have friends or family sympathetic to the cause.
7) Believe that joining a movement offers social and psychological rewards such as adventure, camaraderie and a heightened sense of identity.
And in order to treat these symptoms there are actually 3 components (ways):
An intellectual component, often involving moderate Muslim clerics who hold dialogues with imprisoned detainees about the Qu’ran’s true teachings on violence and jihad.
An emotional component that defuses detainees’ anger and frustration by showing authentic concern for their families, through means such as funding their children’s education or offering professional training for their wives. This aspect also capitalizes on the fact that detainees are weary from their lifestyles and imprisonment.
A social component that addresses the reality that detainees often re-enter societies that may rekindle their radical beliefs. A program in Indonesia, for instance, uses former militants who are now law-abiding citizens to convince former terrorists that violence against civilians compromises the image of Islam.
References: American Psychological Association