What is Daesh used for?

Published 10.04.2017 20:43
Updated 10.04.2017 23:11

Maybe not immediately, but sooner or later, the world will learn how Daesh has been constructed and who has been supporting it behind the scenes. It is of paramount importance to expose which powers have helped this organization to understand its function and the role it plays in the global balance of power. It is important because "the fight against Daesh" has become coded language in the current global power game.

We know that more than 40 countries have been contributing to the fight against Daesh in the last three years. The number of people killed or displaced because of Daesh terror will soon outnumber the victims of a number of wars. It's like we are in the middle of a world war: new alliances appear and the old ones fall to pieces continuously. All these new alliances appear with the hope of eradicating Daesh, and we haven't heard about any alliances established to support this terrorist group.

That's where things become a little bit weird: You have, on the one side, plenty of countries, among whom are great powers, who are trying to eradicate Daesh, while on the other side, the terrorist group appears to be all alone. How come all these countries cannot defeat one terrorist group? Maybe they are not fighting hard enough or maybe Daesh is backed by one or more states that give it the ability to resist or maybe Daesh is stronger than any country in the world. There really is no other possible explanation.

The terrorist group is now controlling vast territories in Iraq and Syria, and as a result, the governments in Damascus and in Baghdad are now being considered the lesser evil by the international coalition against Daesh.

By suiting Assad's interests indirectly, Daesh has allowed Iran and Russia to play a greater role in Syria. In the meantime, through the attacks it carried out in Europe, Daesh has tried to destabilize European governments and provoke anti-immigrant sentiment, boosting populism in those countries. Because of the migrant waves, governments in those countries have begun thinking that Assad's removal from power is no longer a priority.

In brief, Daesh has kept Europe out of Syria while Russia and Iran have reinforced its presence there.

International relations are not linear, so it is not possible to say that those who have benefited directly from the situation are those who are behind Daesh. Maybe there is another explanation and the equation is different. Maybe those who claim that the U.S. and Russia had come to an agreement, while the U.S. would accept some Russian influence over Syria, Russia would accept some degree of American influence over Ukraine. That's where Daesh joined in the game.

The terror group's actions have pulled the U.S. once again into the Syrian theater, forcing it to play a bigger role in the crisis.

Maybe some players did not like the idea of having the U.S. wait in a corner while Russia beefs up its presence in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea basin. Maybe they believe that the U.S. remains the only player that is able to stop the Russian advance. So maybe they thought a new player like Daesh could alter the game. The U.S., however, refused to intervene in Syria for a long time and tried to use Kurdish militant groups to fight Daesh.

When we say, "players behind Daesh," you automatically think about states, but maybe it is a mistake to think that states are monolithic entities. Maybe even within the American state mechanism, there are some who are trying to push the U.S. into the Middle East, who knows? What we know is those who constructed Daesh are those who wanted the U.S. to intervene in Syria. As soon as the intervention takes place, Daesh will accomplish its mission and Assad will find out that he is more fragile than ever.

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