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Mustafa Fetouri

Libyan analyst: "ISIS will not disappear overnight"

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS, did not exist in vacuum nor did the terror group come from outer space! More importantly the most dangerous terror group is here to stay and the world has to accept this fact in order to find ways how to eliminate it if ever possible.

We have to remember that IS is one of the consequences of the invasion, destruction, and occupation of Iraq in 2003 by superpowers led by the United States under long fabricated stories none of which was true. In 2003 the U.S. and UK ganged up against Iraq claiming, among other reasons, that the Iraqi regime, headed by the late Saddam Hussein, at the time, was aiding international terrorism, possessing nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. Rather than behaving by international standards as responsible world powers they told the world opinion a long list of lies to justify their vicious aims of invading Iraq and thus destroy one of the oldest countries in the region upsetting its society in the process thus paving the way for all kinds of chaos in the absence of strong state which Iraq has always had.

Instead of recognizing their errors and try to correct them both U.S. and UK repeated the same mistakes in Syria by supporting various insurgencies by well-known terror groups including Al-Qaeda after they did the same in Libya in 2011 destroying both countries further encouraging international terror to spread.

Since IS will not disappear overnight it is also clear that even if defeated militarily IS will pounce back in different forms somewhere circumstances allow. IS now is multinational enterprise spreading from Iraq and Syria to North Africa and beyond.

While fighting international terrorism is a collective effort by all capable states, since it's a world threat, however the U.S. and UK should be held accountable for their actions in the entire region. Accountability here is meant to prevent such actions are not repeated again.

It also calls for new world order in which mutual respect, none interference, and acceptance of international law are dominant factors in international relations. Hegemony and threats of force by big states against small countries should be abandoned at this age of humanity. Military actions against IS will not end the threat but could well further help spread it. Balance in world and settlement of serious conflicts are the only way to safeguard against such future threats.

Mustafa Fetouri, a Libyan analyst, autor at IHS Global Insight, award winning freelance journalist