Jul 05,2016 – JORDAN TIMES EDITORIAL
The three terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia on Monday have all the hallmark of Daesh hands.
The most ominous is the blast that struck at the heart of Islam, the Prophet Mohammad Mosque in Medina, where the Prophet was buried.
The other attacks were carried out in Jeddah, targeting the US consulate in this Red Sea city, and in Qatif, on the other side of the country.
These terrorist attacks occurred after the suicide bombings in Baghdad that killed no less than 200 people, in Dhaka, where a restaurant frequented by foreigners was attacked by a group of terrorists who killed 20 innocent people, and at Istanbul’s international airport, where scores of people were killed or wounded; they all show that Daesh’s wickedness and cruelty has no limits.
Carrying them out on fellow Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan and in the vicinity of Prophet Mohammad’s Mosque in Medina while people were praying in preparation for breaking their fast shows the terrorists for what they are: vile, bestial creatures with no religion and no respect for life.
Daesh terrorism has grown like a cancerous spread to the far reaches of the globe.
No country or people can declare itself safe from the cult’s wickedness.
The battle against it must therefore be global; regional and international resources need to be pooled to combat and defeat it at any cost.
The emerging cooperation and coordination between Russia and the US in the fight against Daesh in Syria could be the beginning of a wider and more comprehensive international collaboration.
It seems that Moscow and Washington could finally distinguish good from evil in Syria and so decided to deploy their joint military power against Daesh, and not against civilians, whose death by the hundreds under Russian and American rain of bombs only created the fertile environment where Daesh could flourish and win wider support.
This lesson should not be lost on the major players in the Syrian and Iraqi conflicts.
The common enemy is Daesh. The other, quite trivial by comparison, issues involved in the power game can be dealt with later.