Xinhua International recently wrote a commentary article on U.S. anti-terrorist policies. The translation of an excerpt from the article follows:
“U.S. President Barack Obama proposed an international anti-terrorism summit, which will be held in Washington on February 18. The participants will discuss how to combat violent extremism around the world. The so-called international anti-terrorism summit is, in reality, a meeting of the union members that the United States organized and has been leading since last September. Its purpose is to oppose extremist organizations, such as ‘the Islamic State.’"
“Since the ‘9.11 incident,’ around the world, the United States has been acting as a ‘Big Brother’ of counter-terrorism. The then President George W. Bush, in the name of anti-terrorism, organized the anti-terrorism coalition, with their loyal allies as the core, and launched two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In reshaping the geopolitical map and implementing its ‘Greater Middle East Initiative,’ the U.S. war on terror has produced the ‘horror freaks [embryos]’ that have taken root in the Middle East, spreading the terrorism troubles to the world.”
“Over the past 13 years (since 9.11, which was in 2001), terrorist activities have continued worldwide, unabated. The new challenges that the global community faces in the fight against terrorism, such as the rapidly emerging ‘Islamic State,’ are directly related to the U.S. Middle East policy.”
“Compared to Bush’s anti-terror coalition, Obama’s newly established ‘anti-terrorism coalition’ appears to have gained wide ‘support.’ … However, hiding behind the fact is that this anti-terrorism coalition is not inclusive. The United States has excluded Russia, Iran, and Syria, who could play a role in the fight against the ‘Islamic State’ problem.”
“Therefore, the representativeness of the new anti-terrorist coalition has been questioned. Out of consideration for its geopolitical and global strategy, the U.S. limits the eligibility for the anti-terrorism coalition, shutting out the countries it does not like.”
“Another paradox is that, as the U.S. counter-terrorism operations are getting deeper, the terrorist threat to international security has been increasing rather than decreasing. After more than five months, the new anti-terrorism coalition has yet to come up with a clear strategic action plan in the fight against the ‘Islamic State.’ Purely on the basis of moral support or ‘giving money support,’ the aggregation may get into a fragile alliance that includes collective action problems.’"
“Terrorism is the common enemy of the world; all countries face it. To limit who is eligible to join the ‘coalition against terrorism’ results in, in fact, them tying their own hands and feet themselves. … If they blindly think about the use of force, or even have other selfish interests in the name of fighting terrorism, they will not get out the vicious cycle of ‘the more you strike, the more the terror.’”
Source: Xinhua, February 17, 2017