If ISIS Ends, Will They Resurge?

By: Jumana Ghunaimat

تم نشره في Thu 23 June / Jun 2016. 12:28 AM - آخر تعديل في Thu 23 June / Jun 2016. 12:58 AM
  • Jumana Ghunaimat

Recent reports and analyses, by experts, indicated ISIS will be over soon, in Syria and Iraq, mindful of the cruelty and high costs of the war against them. Still, this does not mean the ISIS line of thought will fade as well, at all. Contrarily, experts see ISIS will soon die, yes; but they will also find a way back into an even worse, more extreme state, evidently, given their evolution.

Riddance of ISIS and ilk will not relieve Jordan. It will create even more anticipation and concern, perhaps motivate the Country to face the expected result; we have thousands of indoctrinated Jordanian youths.

The youth will form a more difficult challenge than before, by the end of the war against ISIS in Syria and Iraq; Jordan will face domestic pressures, implosive of several direction, in this regard. And this only means that the war against terror is long and weary

The State has to now turn to the inside, after the Rukban terrorist attack, where such loss of youthful lives was incurred; ISIS and other terrorist organisations will endeavour to sneak into the Kingdom and operate from its midst.

We need not say, but only confirm, that extremism and terrorism evolves violently, towards further bloodshed and crime. And it does so for as long as the objective conditions that allow for its evolution endure, particularly the violence and oppression in Syria and Iraq; albeit by the standing regimes there or terrorist groups, while the prior pave with their crimes and transgressions, suitable hosting environments for the nourishment of the latter.

In all this turmoil, Jordan naturally falls in ever so culminating pressures. This leads us to talk about our cultural and intellectual battle against ISIS and similar groups, which has yet to commence. Should it have begun, well; then it is shortcoming of tools and perhaps will, to some extents.

In this discourse, latest news confirm the Anti-Terrorism Unit assigned with implementing the strategy, headed by Retired Gen Sharif Omari, has relocated from the Ministry of Interior to Culture, while it would have served better at the Prime Ministry; granted the authority to pursue the implementation of the counter terrorism strategy State-wide.

Nonetheless, the relocation sends an important message; that fighting terrorism and extremism starts with thought, mind, and intellect, which is entirely true.

Finishing off ISIS and ilk requires the prefacing of a social, cultural, and economic environment on the basis of openness, plurality, and creativity, without marginalisation or discrimination, in order to lay the foundations of social justice. Otherwise, whether it be intentional or not, failing to pursue these goals, only enables the resurgence of terrorism and extremism socially.