Tehran, Nov 22, IRNA – To follow their hegemonic goals, the big powers are trying to keep control on the terrorist groups across the world and use them to achieve their ends.
But as international affairs analyst Seyyed Abass Moussavi argues in an opinion piece published by the English-language paper Iran Daily, labeling terrorists as good and bad ones is not going to help countries root out global terrorism.
Below you can find the full article:
More than 150 terrorist groups with various goals and ideals are estimated to be operating across the world, mostly listed by states and international organizations. In the Middle East, at least 60 groups are carrying out acts of terror. The most notorious groups are ISIL and the al-Nusra Front.
Most of these bands are directly or indirectly created and run by intelligence and security services of regional or Western states to achieve their objectives by wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq.
That terrorists are mere puppets of regional and trans-regional powers, having a long history. While ignoring consequences, these powers have recently taken an awkward policy of pushing terrorist groups into peace negotiations. Hence, these groups are officially recognized to have a role in the structure of political power. Labeling terror groups as good or bad or moderate and extremist is a dangerous game that would certainly come to a tragic end by terrorists themselves.
Keeping terrorist groups under control in the long-run would prove to be troublesome for their regional and Western supporters.
In other words, after a while, due to some reasons like having ambitious goals, gaining financial independence, and getting used to killing and looting, terrorist bands begin to disobey their backers and even criticize them. In some cases they see their supporters as barriers to their goals and subsequently get into confrontation with them.
A review of terror acts since 9/11 attacks suggest that terror groups supported by Western states now have left their backers behind and are viewed as a serious threat to them. Therefore, those regional states that see terror bands as good players to secure their interests should learn lessons from terrible consequences that now West suffers and review their policies. Iran has always warned the West and Arab states that extremism is a serious common threat to the region and the world. Using terrorism as a tool is a gross mistake and the world should not act selectively in countering terrorism. There are no more good and bad terrorists.