News ID: 1101
Published: 0257 GMT September 03, 2014

US policies backfire

Double-standard policies of the US regarding terrorist groups continue to take its toll. ISIL terrorist group operating both in Syria and Iraq has released a new video showing the beheading of another American journalist, Steven Sotloff. The Sotloff footage came days after a video last month which showed James Foley, another American reporter, being killed by ISIL. ISIL also threatened to kill a British hostage who was also shown in the latest video.

Since the crisis hit Syria in 2011, Washington has been supporting terrorist groups, including ISIL, to topple President Bashar al-Assad. However, in view of the strong public support for the Syrian government, the militants failed to carry out the policies of Western and Arab states in the country. Now, because of the wrong policies of the US and its allies in supporting the terrorists groups in Syria, the conflict spilled over into neighboring Iraq. The Takfiri group has overrun large swaths of Iraq since June and the Western and Arab countries are in shock following the declaration of ISIL 'caliphate' in the occupied lands of Syria and Iraq.

Western spy agencies brought out ISIL 'Genie' from their 'Magic Lamp' and therefore they should return it to its place. But it seems that the terrorist group is out of their control and has started targeting Western allies and citizens.

Sotloff was beheaded by the terrorist group after the US intensified its airstrikes against ISIL targets in Iraq. It is true that the US decided to fight the terrorists in Iraq—where its interests have been threatened by ISIL—but it is not enough to contain the terrorist group in the region.

If the US and its allies are serious in fighting ISIL and other terrorist groups, they should do it honesty and in all dimensions. Terrorists are terrorists and there is no difference between their acts whether in Syria or in Iraq.

In reaction to the latest ISIL terrorist act against a US citizen, President Barack Obama has vowed Washington will not be intimidated by ISIL acts and will continue its strikes against them in Iraq. Obama said the US strategy was to "try to ensure ISIL is not an ongoing threat to the region".

This is while that Obama came under fire from American politicians days ago when he said that his administration does not have a strategy to address the ISIL terrorist organization in Syria.

And Senator John McCain, one of Obama's fiercest foreign policy critics, has tweeted that ISIL was the largest and richest terrorist group in history.

But it seems that the US considers ISIL in Iraq as a terrorist group and not in Syria.

If the US really wants to settle the problem of terrorism in the Middle East, it should end its double-standards toward terrorist groups and not repeat its past policies. The US supported terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and Taliban in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union but later the same groups turned against it and conducted the 9/11 terrorist attack.

   
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