Gulf states missing from the fight against Islamic State

At last week’s conference in Sydney on countering violent extremism, Tony Abbott claimed Islamic State was “terrorism with global ambitions”, and that “Daesh is coming, if it can, for every person and for every government with a simple message: submit or die.”

Just last month, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop reiterated the doomsday narrative when she told a Sydney Institute audience that Islamic State and other jihadi groups represented “the most significant threat to the global, rules-based order to emerge in … 70 years”.

There are obvious domestic political reasons for senior political figures to express such views regarding the scale and scope of this threat. Unfortunately, the nation states in the region in which Daesh operates do not appear to share the concerns expressed by our leaders. How else to explain their complete absence from the battlefield in Iraq, and now Syria?