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US war on ISIL: Barrel of volatile lies
by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Crossposted from PressTV
Sept. 13, 2014
There’s nothing like a war and the bombing of a foreign bogeyman to unite Americans. Since President Barack Obama made his nationwide announcement last week of open-ended war to destroy the militant ISIS network in Iraq and Syria – a terror network covertly set up by the US in the first place – the polls show a majority of American public now supporting the call for all-out air strikes.
And American politicians on both sides of Congress are also united in their support for the president’s burnished war effort. House Republican leader John Boehner has opposed Obama on all manners of domestic policies, but when it comes to going on a foreign blitzkrieg, well, that’s a “compelling case.”
Republicans and Democrats can’t seem to finalize on how much budget cuts to slash ordinary American citizens with, but they sure can close ranks on drumming up an extra $500 million to pour more weapons into war-torn Syria. It must be the “smell of napalm in the morning” that stimulates their erogenous zones.
Beyond the US, however, the newly formed “international coalition” for the American-led fight against ISIS, also known as IS or ISIL, is far from united. Indeed, early signs are that Anti-Terror Team USA is self-imploding from its own internal contradictions and dubious criminal nature.
Earlier this week, on the day before Obama’s 9/11 reminder speech for expanding the fraudulent war on terror, his secretary of state John Kerry was scouring the Middle East soliciting allies to bomb extremists in Iraq and Syria. On Wednesday, Kerry was telling CNN that such a coalition would involve “40 participating nations.”
After tours of Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, Kerry was able to dragoon just 10 Arab states into joining the US bombing manifest.
‘Arab States Give Tepid Support To US Fight Against ISIS,’ reported the New York Times on September 12. These states include Saudi Arabia and the other Persian Gulf medieval oil sheikhdoms of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Oman, plus Iraq, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. That’s hardly a constellation of legal probity and virtue; more like a rogue’s gallery of serial human rights violators.
A joint communiqué signed in the Saudi Red Sea port city of Jeddah stated a “shared commitment to stand united against the threat posed by all terrorism”. But the NYT noted: “The underlying tone was one of reluctance.” Even two of the signatories, Egypt and Jordan, expressed uneasy reservations about US plans to bomb ISIS into oblivion, despite signing up to the communiqué.
The Magnificent Ten in Jeddah vowed to: end financing of extremist groups; prevent the flow of weapons to such groups; halt the supply of fighters; curb the spread of extremist ideology; and increase humanitarian aid to Syria and Iraq. Saudi Arabia also promised to set up training camps for “moderate rebels” who would allegedly counteract the extremist ISIS network.
That chore list sounds rather more like a confession of past crimes that some of these US allies have been up to over the past three years: financing, arming, manning and promoting ISIS and its ilk to create a humanitarian catastrophe in Syria and Iraq. As for Wahhabi head-chopping Saudi Arabia setting up training camps to counteract its very own Wahhabi-sponsored head-chopping extremists in ISIS that’s just a risible joke.
Kerry tried to put a brave face on his dysfunctional regional posse. “Arab nations play a critical role, indeed a leading role,” he said in Jeddah, with a bravado that belied the fact that this proposed bombing campaign against ISIS is a US-led operation to give itself a license to bomb Syria for its long-held regime-change objective; the only critical role that these Arab puppets have is to give the covert campaign a veneer of Arab consent so that it doesn’t look like American imperialism on another criminal, murderous rampage – which it is.
NATO member Turkey, although non-Arab, dealt a blow from the outset to the US coalition by refusing to sign up. The Ankara government said it would not allow American warplanes to use its territory for air strikes against ISIS either in Iraq or Syria. Turkey has nearly 50 of its citizens currently held in captivity by the extremist groups in Syria and said that its “hands were tied.”
Ankara has also been a covert arms supplier of ISIS and other extremists, such as Jabhat al Nusra, along with the US and other NATO members, in a bid to oust the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad since mid-March 2011. That regime-change plan in Syria has failed miserably, with Assad winning overwhelmingly a presidential election last June, thus disproving the Western propaganda campaign of a popular revolution rising up against a tyrant.
Where the covert Western-backed terrorist campaign has failed on the ground, now Washington wants to add air power under the guise of “destroying” the ISIS terror network – a network that it in fact has spawned for the purpose of regime change in Syria. What are the bets that any US-led bombing of ISIS in Iraq and Syria will soon morph into US air strikes on Assad government forces, which is the main target for Washington, not its CIA-sponsored mercenaries in ISIS?
Turkey is mindful of blowback terrorism if it were to publicly join in US-led air strikes against ISIS. All of the Arab bombing coalition are no doubt mindful of the same treacherous contradiction, hence their reported reluctance to sign up to the scheme, as the New York Times noted.
Meanwhile, Russia, Syria and Iran immediately warned of the legal consequences of Obama’s bombing strategy. The Iraqi government has approved, so that gives Washington a claim on legality for continuing its strikes against ISIS in the north of that country. But not so the Syrian government.
Russia’s foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said that without the consent of the Syrian government in Damascus or a UN Security Council mandate, any US-led air strikes on ISIS inside Syrian territory would amount to “a gross violation of international law”. The Syrian authorities added that any such US intervention would be “an act of aggression on a sovereign country.”
Obama claims that he has “executive war powers” to bomb and kill whomever he wants, under the fascistic post-9/11 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF). But this White House Murder Inc. policy is increasingly threadbare and morally abhorrent. All the more so because Washington is exhorting the European Union to slap tougher economic sanctions on Russia for allegedly intervening militarily in Ukraine – which Moscow adamantly says it is not and moreover points out that there is no evidence of.
The dubious legality, not to mention logistical viability, of Washington’s latest bomb-first-ask-questions-later proposals to defeat the Frankenstein monster of its own creation in Iraq and Syria is cause for pause among even America’s pathetic European lackeys.
The French are balking at the prospect of bombing its former Syrian colony. French President Francois Hollande said: “France is ready to act, but once the political accord is there and in respect of international law.” That’s French diplomacy-speak for: “Don’t count on us being caught complicit in American war crimes.”
Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was even more categorical in spurning the US-led coalition. Speaking in Berlin the day after Obama’s bravura televised speech to his nation, Germany’s top diplomat said of possible air strikes: “To be quite clear, we have not been asked to do so and neither will we do so.”
Britain’s Foreign Minister Philip Hammond also ruled out British involvement in US-led air strikes inside Syria. Hammond said his government supported the US-led coalition – placating the megalomaniac Yanks – but he told Reuters: “Let me be clear: Britain will not be taking part in any air strikes in Syria. We have already had that discussion in our parliament last year and we won’t be revisiting that position.”
British Prime Minister David Cameron appeared to quickly snub Hammond later on Friday when he said that “nothing was being ruled out” as far as British warplanes are concerned in possible Syria operations with the Americans.
Nevertheless, despite Cameron’s obviously compensatory bluster, it seems clear that the US-led campaign to “destroy ISIS” is already running out of commitment, even among Washington’s most dutiful, pathetically servile allies; and no wonder, too. This US-led anti-terror bombing coalition is such a barrel of volatile lies, unstable contradictions and inflammatory expediency it is bound to implode before it even starts to roll.
Finian Cunningham, is a columnist at Press TV, the Strategic Culture Foundation and a Writer on Dandelion Salad. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Isn’t it astonishing how easily the American people can be deluded by American power. A few staged beheadings and they are ready to attack Syria, a war they rejected after the nerve gas false flag. All they have to do is to deceive the people for a short time, enough time to get committed to war, and then the military policy has a logic of its own.
You would think after so many false flags that people would learn from experience, but to misquote Hegel, the only thing we can learn from experience is that people don’t learn anything from experience.
I don’t believe that. But sometimes it does get frustrating.
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Compelling video, incisive and focused; also a commendable narrative from Finian ~ eminently coherent and precise.
A moment of great strength & confidence, is always that time to be most cautious; as it is also that moment of supreme vulnerability when over-compensated or plainly biased judgement is most likely to mislead….
America’s biblically-inflected neocon, corporate madmen have arrived at their crisis cusp, heading into the eye of the world storm.
This rhetoric about “WWIII” is in many respects inaccurate & actually redundant; because we have been living a genocidal “Third-World” war for decades; while a relentless and simultaneous fourth-world war on the biosphere has been unleashing unprecedented environmental and exponential ecocidal devastation…with all the necessary biological consequences ~ Ebola is clear enough evidence of this.
A “fifth-world war” is what is now erupting upon us. This is in truth an unambiguously spiritual war. A true Jihad ~ but with a different provenance.
The biblically demented dollar-evangelical cartel is desperate. The ancient schisms of old are being revisited ~ only re-badged and re-configured.
Israeli planners covet the golden gas reserves of the eastern Med, and miraculously peddle their manifest hegemonic Levantine destiny without let or hindrance. All the cynics rush to invest. Resistance is futile, all Arabs are treacherous, after all….Will honour, truth and sanity ever prevail?
Authentic Islam, the mystical culture of the Qur’anic spirit, is inevitably being precipitated into it’s chrysalis state of imminent transformation; only time will tell what will emerge.
Only one thing is certain, this obsessive debt dollar-fanatic high risk strategy of convulsing the entire world in nuclear fire is pathological lunacy. Do we really care about Kissinger or Dick Cheney’s “opinion?”
If the IS franchise is a madcap murderous pretext to save “Western civilization,” what’s really left to save?
I agree about the WWIII label. Seems like it’s been WWIII for some time now.
Not everyone has this talent…to find suckers willing to clean up and pay for the mess the US is making. Real talent! Is the US public really so dumb as to fall for this…again? Iraq wasn’t enough of a lesson? The ‘peace loving’ nation loving us to pieces.
Reblogged this on THE ONENESS of HUMANITY.
Thanks for reblogging, Jerry, always appreciated.
Powerful, accurate, timely analysis of the unprecedented and extremely dangerous geopolitical situation in Europe and the Middle East.
Thanks, Jerry. I had to post something so I could link to your post with the excellent interview.
If anyone missed it: http://onenessofhumanity.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/92-year-old-filmmaker-see-through-this-sham-before-its-too-late/
Yeah, they’re pretending to us and to themselves that a bunch of Sunni nations are willing to attack Sunni ISIS for America and their Shi’ite friends.
Lo, this is an extraordinarily valuable post! Thank you and congratulations!
Thanks, Tom, much appreciated.