While John Kerry wasted his time in Israel, Syria became a jihadist den
By Dr. Guy Bechor
John Kerry was convinced that he had found the Archimedean point, which if he would hold onto, he would be able to solve all the problems of the Middle East – Israel.
This was also the perception of President Barack Obama and his Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel: A solution in Israel would allow stability in all of the Middle East.
Indeed, he was very late in understanding that not only are we not an Archimedean point with which the problems of the Middle East can be solved, but that we have a very weak connection to these problems. Only now, the Americans have realized that our conflict is at the margins of the margins of the real problems in the region.
But in the meantime, two years have passed. While Kerry wasted at least 13 journeys here, which showed just how wrong the Americans were in understanding the Middle East, Syria became a den of jihadist murderers, Iraq fell apart and ISIS grew stronger, along with the Islamic defiance to forcibly establish an Islamic caliphate aspiring to reach Western Europe and the United States as well.
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The Muslim sides in the Middle East want the United States to fight ISIS, and the US wants the local Muslim groups to fight this organization. Between all these, a real coalition is impossible and remains on the level of rhetoric.
The ISIS coalition already includes Turkey, through which military equipment and thousands of fighters are flocking to the organization (ISIS already has 31,000 fighters, and they all arrived through Turkey), and it is even buying cheap oil from ISIS which is flowing to the country through pipes in Iraq and Syria. There is no point in establishing a global coalition against ISIS as long as Turkey supports this organization and ensures that it prospers.
The coalition includes some of the moderate rebels in Syria, and even Syrian President Bashar Assad is a quiet partner of ISIS, with an agreement not to fight each other.