The first issue I would like to address is the widespread notion that ISIS is the facto a product of the U.S.A intervention in Iraq. The implication is very clear. If the U.S.A wouldnâ€™t have invaded Iraq there would be no ISIS around. How would you comment on this?
Ibrahim: Facts are facts.Â Before the US invaded, Saddam Hussein was renowned for suppressing Islamist movements.Â Indeed, one of the reasons for his later human rights abusing reputation was that he was brutally stomping out the jihadis, a label Western media regular omit when talking about secular Arab dictators using brutal means, such as Assad and his efforts against jihadis.Â A decade after Saddam was ousted, killed, and the U.S. proclaimed victory for having brought â€œfreedom and democracyâ€ to Iraq, all we have to show is the emergence of ISIS, which, when it comes to human rights abuses, makes Saddam look like Santa Claus.