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Opinion: War on Sunni Arabs | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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What we see today in Iraq and Syria is not in the favour of Sunni Arabs. We will not talk about Khomeinist Iran because it is an adversary and tries hard to harm the Arabs and Sunnis. Neither will we talk about Russia, who is like Iran but has different motives.

We are talking about President Barack Obama’s lost administration- the disease of all diseases and the source of great damage. This administration has destroyed stability in the Middle East for the last five years.

The Obama administration is planting ticking bombs that are dangerous to the future of not just the Arab region but also the Islamic one and the whole world. The administration has also dragged Europe into this. The bombs will be capable of exploding even after Obama’s departure from the White House, and perhaps will turn him into a political activist, or, to put it frankly, a promoter of Iran, the beginning of which can be seen in Obama’s dialogue with The Atlantic.

Obama has deluded some Europeans into thinking that the only problem in the region is fighting ISIS, that this is the only criterion for political action in our countries and that the Russians and the Iranians have the same criterion, whether that is right or wrong. The purpose is to write off every other political issue. From here we understand the “abortion” of the political transition in Syria and the focus on the fight against ISIS which is a matter that made the Americans risk their relationship and NATO’s fundamental relationship with Turkey by uniting with Kurdish terrorist groups, according to Ankara.

This outright aggression against Arabs and Sunnis is not imaginary, rather it is reality. It is not just the Sunni opinion, but also the opinion of elite Arab writers who are not Sunni.

A few days ago, I read two articles; one that was published in Asharq Al-Awsat and the other in Al-Hayat. The first was written by my friend Eyad Abu Shakra and was published in this newspaper. An expression that Abu Shakra, an expert in the history and sociology of the Levant, used grabbed my attention. He wrote “What we see in front of us is an actual war on Sunni Arabs that will end with a new map for the Middle East…They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind”.

The second article was by the Lebanese author and intellectual Hazem Saghieh and was published in the Al-Hayat newspaper. He said “The facts are so strong that we cannot ignore them. What is between Qassem Soleimani and Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi and that is being disguised in a thousand ways in Fallujah, and the central presence of the Kurds in Manbij is exposing Sunni Arabs to a huge massacre”.

When the world abandoned the Syrian people to the benefit of Iran and Russia, out came ISIS. One wonders what will later emerge from the new rage’s womb and from international harmony!