13/06/2014 - 23:00
'ISIS Phobia' by Kovan Direj

ISIS Phobia: In dictatorship systems, they used to teach their own people to be afraid from their enemies.

In Syria, they used to teach people to be afraid of Israel meanwhile the regime itself was killing people in the name of national security.

That was hardly ever done for national security, but rather for their own security.

After the revolution, the regime could not manage itself in the same way they did before, thus tried to find another enemy or create another phobia for their people.

During the Syrian revolution, after the regime released criminals and Al-Qaida leaders from jail and the regime knew the last one would try to bring Afghanistan to Syria.

As a witness of the war in Syria, it's clear that the regime withdrew from Raaqah and handed it over to al Nusra and ISIS in a strategic move. The governor of Raaqah was one of the many who was arrested by radicals, after a media interview nobody knew where he was.

Many rumours pointed to him having been handed back over to the regime.

During the last year while ISIS had control of Raaqah, all Syria was shelled by regime air force except for the bases of ISIS in Raaqah.

As any dictatorship regime, they will do anything to remain in a power position and what happened in their position. Bashar Al-Assad was sending a clear message to his people: "me or them". His message resulted in positive response to him, which was apparent in the last elections. It was not about how good or fair the election process was but rather about the number of people who participated in the election process.

Across the border in Iraq, Prime Minister Maliki was very close to being removed from his position and he followed his only friend in the Middle East, Bashar Al-Assad.

What has been happening in the past week in Iraq regarding ISIS invading the second biggest city in the country and aiming next for Baghdad it was just a play but not as good as Bashar's.

As a problem for the whole Middle East with a long history of dictatorships, when the leaders take office, even within democratic systems, they fail to leave once their time is up.

Maliki was ready to get Iraq involved in a civil war just to keep himself in power which he partly succeeded in.

1. Maliki declared the "Emergency Law" in the parliament: this would allow to keep him in power lawfully and grant him further power to carry out his wishes.

2. Sent a message to the Shiia of Iraq stating that there is a war against them and only he can protect them.

3. Maliki put the Kurdish forces from the Kurdish Region in an open land war against ISIS to not allow Kurds to have more power, or to think about independence from Iraq.

4. He told the whole world that Assad's regime is fighting terrorists. Many of the above goals he was able to achieve but the greatest question remains: were all these actions made my PM Maliki, or by some other countries in the region.

What is remarkable, however, is that the three Commanders who handed Mosul over, they headed to Erbil in civilian clothes and from there, headed to an undisclosed location.

A soldier serving in Mosul said: "we woke up and we didn't see our commanders, only us, soldiers were in that place." He continued: "there was no war close to us, in any part of Mosul but there were some scattered clashes."

An official statement from the Iraqi government said that 3000 ISIS attacked Mosul but 10,000 soldiers armed with heavy artillery and police forces around the city were protecting Mosul.

Yet, another soldier claimed: "I did not see any ISIS fighters and I walked from Mosul to Kirkuk and did not see any ISIS at all." He further stated that: "This was a betrayal against our Iraqi people and our dignity." Statements from key eye witnesses point to sad fact that Mosul (and parts of Kirkuk) were simply handed over by Iraqi officials, and it was not, as it has been portrayed, a fight between ISIS and the Iraqi Government.

Kovan Direj

Kovan Direj is a journalist from Rojava. Follow him at Twitter on @kovandire

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