Speaking to US broadcaster CBS, King Abdullah II said the world powers needed to take a “global perspective” when fighting Islamic extremism and terrorism, particularly given the troubles in the Middle East.
“The ethnic makeup of the region is pretty glaringly obvious for us that live in the region, that advisers and think tanks in the West seem to know us better than we supposedly know ourselves,” he said.
He also said that the complex geopolitical situation was hindering the fight against Daesh — also known as ISIL — and other jihadist groups.
“I think the problem with the West is they see a border between Syria and Iraq. Daesh does not — and this has been a frustration, I think, for a few of us in this area with our western coalition partners, for several years. You know, the lawyers get into the act and say, ‘but there’s an international border.’ And we say, ‘for God’s sake, Isis [Daesh] doesn’t work that way,'” he said.
“So if you’re looking at it and want to play the game by your rules, knowing that the enemy doesn’t, we’re not going to win this.”