War, a Mission of Generations

BERLIN (Own report) – Following last Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, leading German media have begun speaking of a new world war. A renowned daily, for example, wrote that “a third world war” is currently being forced upon “the entire planet,” warning that the war against IS “is not yet being waged with the intensity needed in a world war.” Other journals are calling for resolute action without “half-heartedness” or even “self-recrimination.” The fact that after 14 years of the “War on Terror,” terrorism is stronger than ever before and the Arab-Muslim world is in shambles is allegedly not the result of a misguided western policy. The West supposedly bears no responsibility for the fact that “processes of disintegration and decivilization” have begun within the “Muslim belt of crisis stretching from Pakistan to Morocco,” which has led to a “breakdown of civilization.” In addition to the continuation – and even expansion – of the policy of military intervention, various media are also calling for broadening domestic repression. In the case of a “terror threat,” the Bundeswehr should take on the task of protecting endangered streets. Among Germany’s main national media organs, only one renowned business journal is not participating in this comprehensive orchestration of public opinion and preparation for a “world war.” Military escalation “does not bring peace,” it only “spawns suicide bombers,” warns its chief editor and calls for finally searching for alternatives.

“Decivilization Processes”

According to prominent editorialists, the reason why jihadi terrorism is stronger than it has ever been – more than 14 years after the West declared its so-called war on terror – lies, not in the West’s unsuccessful policy of aggression, but rather in the internal development of the Arab-Islamic World. According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine daily – not otherwise specified – “deterioration and decivilization processes” have begun.[5] The Süddeutsche Zeitung, once reputed to be liberal daily, perceives “the cause of terrorism” also in a “breakdown of civilization” in the “Muslim belt of crisis, extending from Pakistan to Morocco,” which, incidentally, has provoked “the massive wave of refugees” coming to “Europe.” Within this “belt of crisis” there is “lawlessness and no state,” “despotism has taken power.” “Syria and Co. are the wholesale exporters of trouble.”[6] Editorialists either play down or totally pass over in silence the fact that the total collapse of Afghanistan; Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen have each succeeded the West and its allied Arab Gulf dictatorships seeking to execute “regime change” through military interventions, as well as the fact of the West and its Arab allies’ tactical support for jihadis – particularly in Afghanistan, Libya and in Syria – had laid the groundwork for these groups to become stronger. (german-foreign-policy.com reported.[7])

“No Half-Heartedness”

The trivialization of the West’s responsibility for havoc in a growing number of Muslim countries is accompanied with the demand that the West continues, and even intensifies, its policy of aggression. The anti-jihadi war is “a mission of generations and cannot be accomplished in a few years,” it is predicted. The current lack of success “should not be looked upon with self-recriminations, retreat,” or with “half-heartedness.”[8] One commentator declared that it is “well known” that “the struggle against terrorism has failed, because of half-heartedness. The West has lacked cohesiveness and perseverance.” Besides, we must rely more on local allies, he claims, and contends, it has been shown “that stability cannot be imposed on the societies of the Muslim world only from the outside.” Therefore, in the future “the local ethnic groups must lead in the liberation from oppression.”[9] The – not otherwise specified – “moderates” and “the Kurds” in Syria and Iraq are mentioned as examples.

Full article: War, a Mission of Generations (German Foreign Policy)

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