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Erdoğan, impotent against ISIL terrorists, threatens Kurds instead

Erdoğan: We shall crush Kurdish militias within 3 months

According to Anadolu News Agency, the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in an urgent meeting with his ruling party’s (AKP) member of Turkish Parliament vowed to disarm the Kurdish militias in Southeastern Turkey, namely Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Mr. Erdoğan further accused PKK of establishing close ties with beleaguered Syrian President Assad, adding, PKK is receiving substantial financial assistance from the Assad regime.

The Turkish increasingly hostile president promised that Syrian regime will collapse in next three months and then Turkish army will inflict the final crushing blow to PKK terrorists and subsequently will end the Kurdish question once forever.

Many political experts believe Erdoğan’s fiery comment might mark a dramatic escalation in Ankara’s campaign against the outlawed PKK militants.

Meanwhile Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister slammed the Turkish Islamist-leaning administration for providing weapons to Jihadist militants fighting to topple Syria’s Assad adding that the scope of Erdoğan’s cooperation with terrorist organizations such as ISIL is far too extensive.

“I think Turkish government wants to take revenge from all Europe when we torpedoed Ankara’s EU accession bid in 2011,” SANA quoted Fabius as saying.

Since the Syrian conflict began in March 2011, scores of European radical Muslims have traveled to the war-torn Arab country to take part in “Jihad” against Syrian secular regime and since jihadists weren’t able to achieve their goals, many of them plan to return to Europe and this certainly will pose major threats to the security of European countries.

In this regard, Claudia Roth, the deputy of German Bundestag (Parliament) urged NATO to take necessary measure to prevent Turkey from its preposterous support for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

Claudia Roth

Claudia Roth

Turkish government is using ISIL as a proxy to weaken and ultimately annihilate its Kurdish dissents and we learned that Turks are letting ISIL to sell its oil via Turkish port of Ceyhan and Erdoğan‘s secret liaison with terrorist organizations is totally unacceptable for us, said Ms. Roth.

Ankara categorically denies any alleged cooperation with ISIL, but according to returning Jihadists’ accounts, numerous wounded ISIL fighters are treated in Turkish military hospitals and Turkish border guards are flagrantly turning a blind eye on ISIL oil and arms smuggling.

 

US Escalates its Failed Strategy in Syria

Yusuf Fernandez

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Turkey and the United States have recently signed an agreement to train and equip 2,000 fighters of the “moderate” Syrian opposition, according to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News. The training of these forces of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) will begin “late December” at the Turkish Gendarmerie´s Kirsehir Training Center, located 150 kilometers southeast of the Turkish capital, Ankara, added the Turkish newspaper mentioning unidentified sources.

The training of these militants will be carried out by Turkish and American military, but the equipment and the cost of the training will be entirely paid by the US, wrote Hürriyet. The final details of the plan were agreed at a meeting between the military leaders of the two countries.

Shortly aft.er, The Washington Post indicated that the US government has been studying plans to increase the CIA’s role in arming and training “moderate” (a term meaning they are willing to surrender their country to Western powers) terrorists in Syria, a move aimed at escalating covert US support. For its part, the Pentagon is preparing to establish its own training bases, US officials said. According to the Post, “the proposed CIA buildup would expand a covert mission that has grown substantially over the past year”.” The agency now arms and trains about 400 rebels each month” and a similar number is expected “to be trained by the Pentagon when its program reaches full strength late next year”.

However, this strategy is now facing the first obstacles. Firstly, it has led the ISIL and the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front to sign an alliance in order to fight both the Syrian Army and the US-backed forces. Both groups, the largest ones of the Syrian terrorist camp, agreed in a meeting held on November 2 in northern Syrian town of Atareb not to fight against one another and cooperate against their common enemies.

Before the US started its airstrikes in Syria in September, ISIL and The Nusra Front were fierce enemies who fought each other to dominate the insurgency. The US air war targeting both groups, however, have persuaded them to cooperate against their mutual enemy. Such an agreement will present more difficulties for the American strategy against ISIL. The union of both groups will make them more effective against US-backed rebels, who are already considered weak and disorganized.

The Nusra Front has already almost wiped out the Syrian Revolutionaries Front and the Hazm Movement, two rebel groups armed and trained by the United States. On November 1, SRF surrendered after the fall of Deir Sinbal, its main stronghold in Syria, and agreed to hand over all their weapons and bases to The Nusra Front. Other dozen rebel-controlled villages in the Idlib province were also captured. “As a movement, the SRF is effectively finished,” said Aymen al-Tammimi, a Syrian analyst, to the Daily Telegraph. “Nusra has driven them out of their strongholds of Idlib and Hama.”

The captured US weapons included anti-tank missiles and GRAD rockets, which added to the sizable stock of US weapons now in the hands of ISIL and The Nusra Front in Iraq and Syria. Despite being small factions within the terrorist camp in Syria, the US gave SRF and the Hazm Movement large amounts of advanced weapons.

The following day, the Harakat Movement also surrendered their military bases and weapons to The Nusra Front, when the latter seized the villages it controlled in northern Idlib province. ISIL sent 100 fighters to help The Nusra Front to take over the town of Khan al Sunbul in northern Syria but their intervention became unnecessary because the Hazm Movement surrendered without fighting and 65 of its militants defected to The Nusra Front.

The Nusra Front also took over the town of Minnig in Aleppo Province, on the outskirts of the city. Its fighters ordered all other US-backed rebels there to disband and turn their weaponry over to them,. As a result, there are already only two effective fighting forces in the Aleppo province now: The Nusra Front and the Syrian Army.

Another report by Associated Press confirmed that the “moderate rebels” that Washington is trying to boost “are instead hemorrahaging on multiple fronts”. Some of their leaders have been killed. “This is the end of the Free Syrian Army,” said Alaa al-Deen, an opposition activist in Idlib, referring to Western-backed militant groups. He added that in recent weeks dozens of leaders of “moderate” terrorist groups have been eliminated.

For the United States, the defeat of these groups, which had been trying to present as successful examples of its efforts in Syria, is a humiliating blow at the time that the US administration is increasing the training of rebels.

The Syrian population is also becoming fed up of these terrorists who are supported by the US, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. While Washington has been selling the idea that these people, who largely share the extremist ideology of their new enemies, are “freedom fighters” Syrian people consider them just as terrorists, bandits and brutal exploiters. In Douma, the main rebel stronghold in Eastern Gouta, near Damascus, several clashes occurred on November 14 after an attack by the inhabitants of the city against a grocery store controlled by a rebel group.

According to the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, based in London, the riots began when residents of the Syrian city tried to break into the store in charge of the takfiri group “Army of Islam” affiliated to the so-called Islamic Front. Both are led by Zahran Allush, an agent of Saudi Arabia.

“Guardians of the store opened fire on citizens and some of the latter fired, in turn, against them”, a resident said. Several people were injured in the clashes, which continued the following day in parts of Douma. “People are hungry, the city is under siege and the Army of Islam only distributes the food and medicines received from the Red Cross among its members. They charged artificially high prices to the rest of the inhabitants and made people starved. This led residents to rise up”.

Syrian ArmyOn the other hand, the US and Saudi patronage of these “moderate rebel groups” have convinced Syrians that they are just mercenaries who seek to impose foreign control over Syria and put an end to the prominent role that the country has played in the Middle East for decades. Therefore, Syrians will fight these forces in order to maintain the independence of their country.

Moreover, US support for terrorist groups in Syria violates the international law, which prohibits states from giving aid to foreign insurgents seeking to overthrow the legal governments of other countries.

In this sense, US actions against Syria are a threat for the whole international community and the international legal framework. They are also a proxy war against Syria´s allies, especially Iran, Russia and China.

In short, the new US plans in Syria are only a recognition that the previous strategy against ISIL both in Iraq and Syria has failed. However, instead of drawing the right lessons from this failure, the first of which is that any successful strategy against terrorism in Syria needs the cooperation of the Syrian Army and State, which are the most effective forces in the anti-ISIS fight, the US Administration sticks once and again to the failed strategy of supporting non-existent “moderate rebels”. It means that there is not a new strategy but an escalation that has been going on in recent months and which will become a more serious failure of the US foreign policy.

Source: Al-Manar Website

21-11-2014 – 16:21 Last updated 21-11-2014 – 16:34

 

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Sorry Al-Quds… Kin’s Fighting a Priority

Ahmad Farhat

The “Jihadist” projects of the Takfiris never crossed the boundaries of occupied Palestinian territories. There is no longer room for Palestine and the sacred sites in the glossaries of this approach that are used by the leaders of these groups. Seemingly, they are subjected to demolition as was the case with many of the tombs of the Prophets in Syria and Iraq, not to mention the graves and shrines of saints that were exhumed in Syria.


Not only the Zionists are threatening Al-Aqsa Mosque, but also those who follow the Takfiri approach. This raises a number of questions: 

suppose that those groups came to Jerusalem, what will happen to its sacred sites? Would they be demolished as well? Are these groups going to implement all the things that the Israeli entity has been afraid to do for decades?

Of course, these Takfiri groups will not enter occupied Palestine as long as it remained under the Israeli occupation’s control. This comes because we have always heard calls for “General Mobilization” and “Jihad” in almost all the Islamic countries, but not in occupied Palestine. They aim at waging a war against the Muslims only, at controlling their properties, and at demolishing their homes as well.

For instance, Jerusalem, geographically speaking, is nearer than Syria in terms of the thousands of Tunisians who came to fight in Deir ez-Zor, Raqqa, Aleppo, Damascus, and in other areas. Moreover, the militants of the “Salafi movement” in Jordan, those who are fighting in Syria in order to liberate Jerusalem at a later stage as they claim, are just a stone’s throw away from the West Bank, occupied by the Zionists.

ISIL leader, in his most recent message, urged his fighters to fight in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco, but did not refer to Palestine, as there was no hint of it. This clearly excludes the possibility of fighting the Muslims’ primary enemy that is violating the Islamic sanctities.

Not only Al-Baghdadi kept occupied Palestine out of his “jihad-based” circle, also the leader of al-Nusra Front Abu Mohammed al-Joulani, in a recent interview with Al-Manaarah Al-Baidhaa’ Foundation that belongs to al-Nusra, did not mention occupied Palestine on purpose, and took no notice of practicing Jihad therein.

According to the text of the interview, he said:

“…Not forgetting as well, there is a sensitivity that reached its peak with the arrival of the Mujahideen to the border between them and Israel. This no doubt, incites fear within Israel, which is a state that all contending parties are seeking to protect. It also places fear within those who have created alliances in the fight to take control of the entire region, (if we say America and Russia). We are able to say regarding the area of Shaam; the black and white have gathered against it, various nations of Kufr (disbelief) have gathered against it”.

Al-Joulani did not use the term “occupied Palestine” when he talked about the border, but he said instead the borders of “Israel”.

Accordingly, why didn’t the scope of the war of al-Nusra militants expand to include the occupied territories to liberate them, isn’t this their goal as they claim? Perhaps al-Nusra Front that is confronting in the Levant so as to gain influence is also seeking to protect the occupation countries!

This also raises a question: is al-Nusra Front ready to move forward towards the occupied territories and to abandon the “humanitarian” services provided for it by the Israeli army such as the artillery fire directed at Syrian army positions and the treatment of its injured elements in the Israeli hospitals?

Over and above, there is also a similar group called “Jund Al-Aqsa” (the soldiers of Al-Aqsa), but it seems that it is unfamiliar with the path that could take it to Jerusalem. It began to fight in Idlib, Damascus and in other areas, as if it is searching for the road to Jerusalem or perhaps its ally state that is now controlling the crossing border with occupied Palestine is preventing it from getting there.

In fact, a quick review of the armed groups on the Syrian arena reveals that their tongues and deeds lack the concept of practicing jihad in occupied Palestine against the Zionists. Quite the opposite, they have all expressed their willingness to collaborate with the Israeli entity against the Syrian State, and they announced this in mass media and in International conferences.

Why are they perpetrating brutality against the Muslims, and restoring friendly relations with the occupiers?

 

Fighting the Near Enemy

They believe in a number of concepts and fatwas that provide justifications for not practicing jihad in occupied Palestine against the Zionists, at the least at the current stage. According to what they believe in, fighting the near enemy takes precedence over fighting the far enemy, and “the near” means here those who reside in a Muslim country and disagree with their standpoints. They are convinced that it isn’t yet the right time to liberate Al-Aqsa, despite the increasing number of attacks against it.

Al-Qaeda’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, the most prominent theoretician of this organization even before the killing of Osama bin Laden, says:

“The origins of the Islamic Law give high priority to fighting those apostate rulers over fighting other pure infidels for three reasons. The first reason is that a defensive jihad takes priority over the offensive jihad because those apostate rulers are enemies that dominated the Islamic countries. The second reason relies in the fact that the sin of the apostate is graver than that of the pure infidel. Whereas, the third reason comes because they are the nearby enemy”.

Although al-Zawahiri was speaking here about the rulers, yet the same goes for those who disagree with him, and thus giving priority for the near enemy over the far one is the main function of these takfiri groups. In this context, the theoretician of the takfiri tendency Hani al-Sibai says:

“The near enemy is a malignant tumor destroying and devastating the body of our nation, is the root of all disease, and the origin of the scourge, and thus getting rid of it is a legal duty”.

Al-Sibai in this is talking about the individuals and not the rulers.

Hence, according to them, fighting the Muslims is a legal duty that has a priority over liberating Al-Aqsa and defending the sacred sites. It has been found to displace the Muslims and to slaughter them with various justifications. In this regard, a number of fatwas authorizing the normalization of relations with the state of the Zionist occupation have been issued. For example, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz, the Mufti of Saudi Arabia from 1992 until his death in 1999, issued a fatwa authorizing the so-called making normalization conventions with the Israeli enemy, where he stated that

“So if it in the interests of Muslims in a certain country to reconcile with the Jews, with regard to exchanging ambassadors, selling and purchasing and other transactions deemed lawful by the purified Shari’a (Islamic law), there is nothing wrong with this”.

As stressed by the advisor of the Mufti of Egypt, Dr. Ibrahim Najm, the terrorist organizations are misusing the verses of the Holy Quran and the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his household), including the Hadith that call for Jihad. He pointed out that these takfiri groups

“are pretending that they are calling for jihad and are really applying the Shari’a Law, while they are conducting acts of intimidation and terrorism and distorting words from their [proper] usages”.

Based on the aforementioned, we find that the takfir groups are extending the hand of reconciliation to the state of occupation, at the same time as they are raising the sword in the face of the Muslims who are mostly carrying the banner of Palestine and defending the sacred sites. This puts emphasis on their dogmatic deviation and highlights many suspicions surrounding their proximal and distal goals.

Adopting this approach, the followers of the takfirist thought “migrate” to the battlefronts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Chechnya, Somalia and the Maghreb. It sounds as if it will never be Palestine’s turn until fighting the “Rawafid” (Shiites), the “Nusayris” (Alawites), the “Nazareth Christians”, the “Murtadeen” (Apostates), and the “Seculars” completely. This will also never happen but only after exterminating the “Abstainers” and eliminating those who are the followers of the same school in the internal battles. Just then, the Islamic Nation will not exist any longer, except for those Islamic countries upon which Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, has mercy.

Translated by: Maysa Hazimeh

Source: Al-Manar Website

19-11-2014 – 11:24 Last updated 19-11-2014 – 11:24

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Assad says ISIS not ‘out of thin air’, as Israel continues to treat Syria Terrorists

A handout picture released by the Syiran Arab News Agency (SANA) shows President Bashar al-Assad addressing members of the ruling Baath party of the Tartous branch in Damascus on November 20, 2014. AFP / SANA


Published Friday, November 21, 2014

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“International cooperation” is necessary to crush the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday, while Israeli media claimed Wednesday that hundreds of wounded Syria rebels have been treated in Israel.

“The region is going through decisive times” and the most important factor in determining the outcome is whether there is “real and sincere international cooperation” against the jihadists, Assad said.

“[ISIS] did not appear out of thin air. ISIS came to cap accumulating wrong-headed policies by parties involved in the war against Syria that have supported, armed and funded terrorist and takfiri organizations to undermine Syria and strike Syrian unity,” state news agency SANA quoted Assad.

On Sunday, a United Nations panel investigating war crimes in Syria said in a report that ISIS militants have been receiving “external support” in the last four years.

“They did not fall from the sky. They have been entering Syria with external support in the last four years,” said Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, chair of the inquiry, adding sarcastically that the presence of ISIS was not a “big discovery.”

Assad was speaking to members of the ruling Baath party, just days after US President Barack Obama rejected any alliance with the Syrian president against the jihadists.

Obama said on Sunday that Assad, who has managed to stay in power after four years of turmoil, “has lost legitimacy with the majority of his people.”

“For us to then make common cause with him against ISIS would only turn more Sunnis in Syria in the direction of supporting ISIS and would weaken our coalition,” he claimed.

However, in July, official returns showed Assad winning 88.7 percent of the presidential vote.

It was the first contested presidential election in Syria. Previous votes had been referendums to approve the appointment of Bashar and his father, Hafez al-Assad, who died in 2000.

Russia, which has supplied the Syrian government with crucial diplomatic and military support, said the election had been fair, free and transparent and criticized governments that denounced it.

Several Syrian officials have constantly repeated that Syria must be part of the coalition against jihadists because the country is a key victim of terrorism and its army has been battling extremist groups for over three years.

ISIS militants now hold up to a third of Syria as well as large swathes of Iraq, and have declared a ‘caliphate’ in the territories they control.

Other militant groups have also taken part of the Syrian crisis, fighting in different regions against the Syrian government.

Syrian rebels work ‘hand in glove’ with Israel

Earlier on Thursday, fighters from al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front and other insurgents attacked and attempted to seize control of Baath City in southern Syria, the Syrian army’s last major bastion in a province flanking the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights.

The battle is part of a campaign launched by the insurgents this week to take control of the entire Quneitra province. Only Baath city and neighboring Khan Arnaba town remain under the control of the Syrian army.

About 2,000 militants were taking part in the southern offensive. They were locked in street fighting with the Syrian army in the city center overnight but were pushed back to the outskirts, activists said.

Syrian state media and pro-government newspapers said the army repelled the militant push in Baath City. They reported heavy fighting after a barrage of rebel mortar and artillery fire hit the city center and municipality building.

For the extremist groups, taking full control of the Quneitra province, close to the Golan Heights and Jordan, is important because they want to open a path towards Damascus, Syria’s capital, which lies just 65 kilometers to the north and link up with insurgents there.

Al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front and other Islamist brigades and rebels fighting under the umbrella of the Western-backed Free Syrian Army, who the US and other allies want to arm and train, currently have “the upper hand in the area,” Abu Yahya al-Anari, a militant from the Ahrar al-Sham rebel group, said.

“The rebels are using all kinds of weapons from tank fire to mortars, as well as raiding groups,” said Abdullah Saif Allah, a Nusra Front field commander in al-Hamidiya town near the frontier with the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights.

Damascus repeatedly accused so-called “rebel groups,” such as Nusra, who are active in Quneitra countryside, of working hand in glove with Israel from which they receive logistic support.

SANA, quoting Israeli media, reported that Israeli occupation forces transported early Wednesday “two wounded terrorists” from Syria to an Israeli hospital in the northern Israeli-occupied territories of Palestine for medical treatment.

Israeli Walla website said “the Israeli army transported two wounded people from Syria” and “they were admitted to Nahariya hospital in western Galilee Wednesday morning.”

The website cited that the hospital has treated 439 militants wounded in Syria so far.

Last February, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited a field hospital in the annexed Golan Heights for wounded Syrian rebels. Netanyahu’s visit was much appreciated by many opposition leaders including Mohammad Badie, who said from Istanbul that he and his friends “would like to thank Netanyahu for his public support for wounded Syrian rebels.”

Moreover in October, an exposé by Israeli political commentator Ehud Yaari confirmed an existing relationship between the two sides.

The Israeli writer also spoke about an “undeclared truce” between Israel and Nusra, who so far have not engaged in any clashes with the Israeli army.

Baath city was named after Syria’s ruling Baath Party as an act of defiance after the destruction of nearby Quneitra city in the 1967 war with Israel. Quneitra was abandoned and Baath is now the provincial administrative center.

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometers (460 square miles) of the Golan Heights during the Six-Day War of 1967, then annexed it in 1981 in a move never recognized by the international community.

(AFP, Reuters, Al-Akhbar)

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ISIS is far too useful to the USA to be defeated

US Never Intended to Defeat ISIS

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A torrent of “foiled” terror plots have recently undulated headlines across the Western World. In Rochester New York, the FBI netted a man they claimed was plotting a shooting spree targeting US service members. In Australia, over 800 security agents swooped in on 15 ISIS suspects whom the Australian government claimed were plotting to randomly behead a member of the public. In the UK, 4 suspects allegedly linked to ISIS were arrested before carrying out a plot Scotland Yards claims was aimed at the Queen of England herself.

According to Western security agencies, in addition to ISIS’ regional campaign of brutality stretching from Lebanon, across Syria, and into Iraq, it is also working ceaselessly to carry out attacks against targets within the US, across Europe, and even in the Pacific.

US Policymakers Claim ISIS is Neither a Threat Nor Necessary to Defeat

Considering the hysteria generated by ISIS’ alleged global exploits, it should then be infinitely curious to readers who happen across US policymakers claiming that ISIS may pose a threat, but constitutes by far a lesser threat than Iran or Syria – the two principle nations leading the real fight against ISIS and its international sponsors. Furthermore, US policymakers claim there is no urgency to defeat ISIS, and it should instead be “contained.” Of course, this “containment” will be within states targeted by US-backed regime change – serving as a convenient agent of destruction, destabilization, and perhaps even regime change itself.  

There are other hard questions for even bigger threats in the Middle East, such as how to ensure a nuclear free Iran and how to deal with the Assad regime in Syria. For ISIS, though, we may have it right.More troubling still, such policymakers hail from the US-based Brookings Institution, a prominent corporate-financier funded policy think-tank that has helped direct American foreign policy for decades. Brookings “Federal Executive Fellow” Robert Hein, a career US Navy officer, has presented analysis under an article titled, “The Big Questions on ISIS.” After diminishing the threat ISIS actually poses to the US and suggesting that the battle against the terrorist organization will be perpetual.

It would have been interesting if Hein did qualify that final statement – explaining how an extraterritorial terrorist army armed and funded by some of the largest, most influential nation-states on Earth, currently ravaging three nations while allegedly plotting against the rest of the planet is somehow a lesser threat than Iran and Syria – both of which have not threatened the United States, and in fact, according to the Brookings Institution itself, have expressed a specific desire to avoid a confrontation with the West.

ISIS is a Lesser Threat – But a Lesser Threat to Whom? 

As bizarre as Hein’s analysis may seem, it strikes at a troubling but undeniable truth. If by “US” Hein meant the American people, America’s service members, and victims of various staged attacks aimed at justifying foreign wars, then ISIS is a threat. For the many millions living in the Middle East or North Africa, ISIS is undoubtedly a threat. For corporate-financiers on Wall Street, the many corrupt politicians in Wall Street’s pocket in Washington, or corporate-financier funded policymakers like Hein himself, ISIS is not only not a threat, but an indispensable asset.

As such, prioritizing ISIS’ destruction is not part of Wall Street or Washington’s agenda – rather – perpetuating this threat for as long as possible is. Hein is unabashed about this notion, claiming:

Should we defeat ISIS? Rather than defeat, containing their activities within failed or near-failing states is the best option for the foreseeable future. The United States has no desire to build nations, and without a stable Middle East, terror groups will continue to find safe haven; if not in western Iraq or Afghanistan, then in Yemen or Somalia. The Middle East and Africa have no shortage of ungoverned or poorly governed territories. The current strategy of prolonged engagement, development and training of local militias, logistic support and air strikes against real targets may be the best solution after all.

Hein’s strategy also works exceedingly well if ISIS was intentionally created as a proxy mercenary force, deployed by the West against its enemies. Such a notion, while dismissed out of hand by many as a “conspiracy theory” is not only plausible, but in fact a documented fact. The use of terrorists and sectarian extremists is a reoccurring feature in Western foreign policy – including its most notorious use in the mountains of Afghanistan in the 1980’s where the US created Al Qaeda to begin with. As recently as 2007, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh documented a conspiracy to once again use sectarian extremists aligned with Al Qaeda to target, undermine, and overthrow the government of Syria and wage a proxy war against Iran.

His report titled, “The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?” stated (emphasis added):

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda

It would be difficult to read Hersh’s 2007 report and attempt to deny that is not precisely what has unfolded, verbatim, beginning under the cover of the US-engineered “Arab Spring” up to and including the creation of “ISIS” and its growing fighting capabilities possible only through an immense, coordinated multinational effort.

The creation of ISIS and what appears to be concerted attempts to justify the slow burn prescribed to “stop it” are echoed in Hein’s proposal of “not stopping ISIS to stop it.”

Why Syria and Iran are Bigger “Threats” 

Ironically, it was an extensive policy paper produced by the very think tank Hein belongs to – Brookings Institution – that noted Iran (and therefore Syria) not only did not want war with the West, but was willing to weather endless covert provocations to avoid giving the West an excuse to wage hegemonic war against the nations. Within the pages of Brookings’ “Which Path to Persia?” report published in 2009, it was stated:

With only one real exception, since the 1978 revolution, the Islamic Republic has never willingly provoked an American military response, although it certainly has taken actions that could have done so if Washington had been looking for a fight. 

Thus it is not impossible that Tehran might take some action that would justify an American invasion and it is certainly the case that if Washington sought such a provocation, it could take actions that might make it more likely that Tehran would do so (although being too obvious about this could nullify the provocation). However, since it would be up to Iran to make the provocative move, which Iran has been wary of doing most times in the past, the United States would never know for sure when it would get the requisite Iranian provocation. In fact, it might never come at all.

The report would also state:

…it would be far more preferable if the United States could cite an Iranian provocation as justification for the airstrikes before launching them. Clearly, the more outrageous, the more deadly, and the more unprovoked the Iranian action, the better off the United States would be. Of course, it would be very difficult for the United States to goad Iran into such a provocation without the rest of the world recognizing this game, which would then undermine it. (One method that would have some possibility of success would be to ratchet up covert regime change efforts in the hope that Tehran would retaliate overtly, or even semi-overtly, which could then be portrayed as an unprovoked act of Iranian aggression.)  

The entire report is a documented conspiracy to justify and provoke war with a nation actively seeking to avoid war even at the cost of suffering innumerable humiliations, covert attacks, assassinations, decades-spanning sanctions, and other forms of terroristic provocations.  When Hein and other US policymakers refer to Iran and Syria as a “greater threat” than ISIS, they do not mean a threat to the national security of the American people or the territory of the United States itself – but rather a threat to their own hegemonic interests well beyond America’s borders and even interests that lie within the borders of Iran and Syria themselves.

Deciphering the deceptive, criminal language used by US policymakers illuminates the ongoing conspiracy in which ISIS plays a central part. ISIS is considered not a threat – not because the US can manage what they claim is an inherently “anti-Western” terrorist organization – but rather because the US itself created and controls it. Syria and Iran, while not actual threats to the West, are considered instead “threats” to US interests – more specifically – the interests of the corporate-financier elite on Wall Street and their lobbyists in Washington D.C.
First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2014/11/20/us-never-intended-to-defeat-isis/

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