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A few stupid questions…

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on June 30, 2014

A lot of media coverage lately has been focused on Iraq and the birth of a a Sunni militia that call themselves the ISIS. Hours of prime time television are being spent on how this menace developed and how it should be tackled. I have also seen a lot of analysts fret about the danger posed by home grown jihadists, Western citizens fighting the jihad in the middle east. This is one time I am happy that Indians cannot travel to Turkey(or most western countries) without a travel visa. If we could, there would be millions of Indian Jihadis battling it out in Syria and Iraq. Returning to the analysis of the current situation in Iraq, almost everything has been discussed as a solution to the threat posed by ISIS. Almost everything.

I find it extremely puzzling that no one seems to explore the option of cutting off the supply of arms and ammunition to ISIS. An army that big surely needs a lot of arsenal to fight such a long battle. Obviously, someone is supplying it to them. And this someone has to be rich because bullets are more expensive than human lives these days. So should I dare ask why the focus is on fighting ISIS on the streets of Iraq when the US and its allies (Saudis and Israel are you listening?) can easily block the supply of ammunition to ISIS. The Intelligence services know where the weapons come from and what route they take (Turks are you listening?). They also know the sources of funding for such lethal acquisitions. Wouldn’t it be easier to just target these and let the militia run out of ammunition?

Israel’s silence during this entire episode makes me uncomfortable. So does the indifference with which the Saudis are treating the matter. Turkey seems surprisingly quiet and relaxed for someone who’s neighborhood is being run over by militants considered worse than Al Qaeda. Arms dealers around the world are enjoying a booming market.

Conflicts continue because someone wants them to, not because we can’t stop them.

Am I just asking stupid questions?

6 Responses to “A few stupid questions…”

  1. Anshuman said

    We live in an age where the easier wrong is the accepted order of things, rather than the harder right (to paraphrase Kipling) and the convenient excuse is preferred over the inconvenient truth. Your questions aren’t stupid by themselves, they’re just a little out of place. The way things stand, we remain firmly entrenched within a ‘realist’ balance of power pattern….with anarchy as the natural order and war as its instrument. But I guess that’s why dreams are such a significant part of our lives. So dream on, my friend.

  2. Raunak: Yes, everyone knows who is supplying the weapons, ammo and money! But governments are run by politicians (who need money and oil to stay in business), not by statesmen or those interested in people and the planet. You are right, it would be an easy job to cut off the supply of arms and wipe out the ISIS training camps if only someone (Obama are you listening) had the courage to cut off the snake at the head, not the tail.

    • John, glad to know I’m not the only one thinking along these lines. The news media has become extremely parochial in its analysis. In doing so it has become an accomplice to the atrocities that people of the world suffer.

  3. Right Raunak sir , the situation is getting worse with time, the world is inflicted by vices and we are living in a vulnerable world . I got back on wordpress after my boards now and read this awakening post today.

  4. Ah, I’ve missed your wisdom and interesting thoughts! It’s good to be back online and have my brain expanded.
    And of course for this issue, there is no answer, because you are absolutely right. Unfortunately.

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