By Mohamed Chebarro
29 June 2015
In the name of God they kill.
In the name of prophets they kill.
In the name of the holy month they kill.
In the name of their leader they kill.
In the name of a vane idea they kill.
They kill too because they disagree with
someone else’s god.
They kill too because they deem other
They kill too because they reject other
They kill too to disrupt other faith’s
They kill too because the other is
In protest to oppression they claim to
In protest to their dispossession they
insure that they kill.
In protest to social norms they disagree
with they kill.
In protest to their alleged alienation and
lack of social skills they kill.
In protest to their lack of fortune they
In protest to their lack of social
adaptability they kill.
In protest to their failure they kill.
In thuggery and petty crimes they believed
and now they killed innocents.
In lunacy and in the hearing of voices,
some of them believed and killed innocents in response to those voices that no
one else has heard.
In freedom they never believed.
In freedom of expression they never
In tolerance they never believed.
In multiculturalism they never believed.
In peace on earth they never believed.
In earth and the life on it they never
believed, and in their killing innocents they believed that they will win the
Against the Satan they claim to stand.
Against imperialism they claim to fight.
Against the American way of life they pretend
to have gathered to fight.
Against the oppressive Israelis they said,
they scream, that they have rallied.
Against their brothers and sisters mosques
and neighbourhoods they fight.
What of it?
And the results? The Palestinians have not
been liberated and some sadly recall the days they lived peacefully under
They claimed to be helping Syrians break
the clamp of dictatorship but their attacks seem more engineered to break the
revolution of the Syrians’ back, and increase the suffering of civilians of all
faith, sects and ethnicity in that country.
The struggle in Iraq is to redress balance
between an oppressed Sunni population in post Saddam Iraq and the oppressing
Shiites who were installed in power due to Western intervention and later Iranian
clout and influence. But it is the Sunni Iraqis that are displaced and Sunni
Iraqi cities and heritage that they continue to destroy after looting them.
In Libyan town, Kuwaiti and Saudi mosques
the victims are innocent civilians, in Somalia, Egypt and Yemen too.
ISIS, the Brigades of God, Ansar Bayt
al-Maqdis, al-Shabaab, Hezbollah, all of these groups are tools to divide and
The lone gunmen in Tunisia that killed
unarmed holiday makers is simply a criminal. These acts hurt Tunisia and its ten
million hardworking citizens who care not for afterlife but for the immediate
life of their kid’s fortune and education. Is this not what all Holy books
called for, to live and strive to win in the afterlife?
In Kuwait, a mosque was targeted, just as mosques
in Saudi Arabia were, and ISIS or others claimed responsibility for attacks
that killed and maimed civilians. Attacking a mosque clearly disregards the
sanctity of prayer, regardless of whether it is a Shiite or Sunni who is
praying. They have claimed they are hitting at Iran and its growing influence
and intervention in the region. It is bizarre how a group of villains believe
that killing Kuwaitis in Kuwait, or Saudis in Saudi Arabia is likely to hurt
Iran or its allies.
The three attacks on three continents is
yet another ISIS effort to drive a wedge between states in the Middle East, and
a wedge between Sunni and Shiites to divide those states and societies, as well
as to further divide communities that have made up those countries for many
years and to alienate Muslims living amidst non-Muslims.
Whether the attacks were planned to take
place simultaneously or not, one thing is crystal clear - the perpetrators and
their heinous crimes were against God, religion, culture and mankind!
Chebarro is currently an Al Arabiya TV News program Editor. He is also an award
winning journalist, roving war reporter and commentator. He covered most
regional conflicts in the 90s for MBC news and later headed Al Arabiya’s bureau
in Beirut and London.