Crimes committed in the name of Al-Qaeda

Not surprisingly, different countries resort to using scarecrow tactics to keep internal differences at bay. Over the last decade, different players have created Al-Qaeda bogey for various political agendas.

For instance, the United States exploited the issue of this radical organization in the running up to elections, Iran capitalized on the attack on Shiite leadership when Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility, and every now and then the Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki uses Al-Qaeda to press the panic button.

Now, the Syrian regime is trying to use the same scarecrow. Damascus is trying to create an impression that the acceptance of the Arab League’s initiative only encourages terrorism. Some observers say that there is a kind of security coordination between Baghdad and Damascus. A case in point, the recent explosion in Baghdad was used by the Al-Maliki government to drive home a message that there will be chaos in the country without Al-Maliki being in power. The explosion in Damascus was meant to send a similar message.

This tactic is now exposed. In Syria, the regime is also trying to convince the West the need for survival of the regime by using Al-Qaeda and terrorism. The insistence of Damascus that Al-Qaeda is about to interfere in Syria and that the collapse of the regime will create a vacuum for Al-Qaeda to fill, thus threatening the interests of the West.

This strategy of using Al-Qaeda is employed with coordination between Tehran and Baghdad. During his recent visit to Washington, the Iraqi prime minister conveyed a message from Tehran and another one from Damascus to the US administration. Iran said that what was happening in Syria was a matter of internal affairs that Iran would not meddle with. Iran also sent the message that it respected the will of the Syrian people. This was a ploy of course.

For instance, the United States exploited the issue of this radical organization in the running up to elections, Iran capitalized on the attack on Shiite leadership when Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility, and every now and then the Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki uses Al-Qaeda to press the panic button.

Read more on ARABNEWS: http://arabnews.com/opinion/article556173.ece

Note by the editor: Well, they are just learning from the USA. In Iraq the USA in the beginning blamed so much on al Qaeda, when they were not yet there, so that they just ‘had to’ establish themselves…

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