American President Barack Obama is happy he built an alliance of 20 countries, including five Arab states, to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) organization. An American friend commented, saying the truth is that Obama is the one who joined the alliance and not the other way around. He has finally been convinced, after declining for two years, and announced the U.S.-led dawn attacks on ISIS positions in Syria on Tuesday. This is the fourth American war in the region. The war on ISIS in Syria is different from the previous American wars of liberating Kuwait and toppling Saddam Hussein and the war against al-Qaeda. These wars were widely opposed by many countries, people and groups. However, this war against ISIS enjoys wide international, Arab and Islamic popular support. Even those who reject the campaign have done little to voice their disapproval. In this war, there is also great competition among countries as Iran wanted to be the U.S.’s major partner in the alliance. Iran first announced this in order to provide for the safety of the Syrian regime and to launch a new era of relations with Washington - an era that maintains its regional influence. On another hand, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries wanted to be the U.S.’s major partner to obstruct Syria and Iran and guarantee the West’s commitment to fight against ISIS.
Truth be told, we are the ones who were calling on the American president to intervene and he’s the one who objected to the ideaAbdulrahman al-Rashed