“This is the world's fight. This is civilization's fight. This is the fight of all who believe in progress and pluralism, tolerance and freedom. We ask every nation to join us,” said former US president George W Bush after the September 11 attacks. But fifteen years later, the earth is hardly unified.
This week, world leaders of all stripes called for coalitions-both international and domestic-to fight Daesh (ISIS) and other groups, especially in light of Monday’s suicide bombings in al-Qaa, Lebanon near the border with Syria, and Tuesday’s Istanbul airport attack. Will states finally come together? Or will their words fall on deaf ears?
On Wednesday, Arabic-language media reported on Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s call for an “international participatory fight” against terrorism following the the explosions at Ataturk Istanbul Airport, which Turkish authorities believe to be the work of Daesh.
And following the al-Qaa attack, Lebanese media reported that Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah demanded an “official national strategy to fight terrorism” following the al-Qaa attacks.
Even US president Obama called for coordination with Russia this week to fight Nusra Front and other radical groups in Syria, despite the two countries quarreling on everything from Ukraine to Syria itself.
But despite the calls following recent uptakes in attacks worldwide, there’s no indication that the world will grow anymore unified. Hezbollah, as supporters of the Assad regime in Syria, are unlikely to join Erdogan’s coalition, since Turkey supports various rebel groups. Russia has yet to respond to Obama’s offer of coordination, and judging by Nasrallah’s comments, he’s content to only work with forces within Lebanon to combat their Daesh threat. And how much can he even do with so many Hezbollah troops in Syria?
In Independence Day: Resurgence-now in theaters across the Middle East-planet earth is completely unified militarily following an alien invasion twenty years prior. US and Chinese pilots fly the skies as one, bilingually communicating as they attack the queen alien. With the current state of the Middle East and the world, perhaps we need a common cyber enemy to unify us in real life.
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