By Latheef Farook –
In a televised speech on Wednesday 10 September 2014, President Barack Obama outlined what he described “as a reasonable strategy” for attacking the so called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS, renamed Islamic State -IS.
He said “We will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq. Instead, this will be a war where others—mainly Iraqi soldiers—fight on the ground, while American advisers devise the battle plans and American pilots pummel the enemy with missiles and bombs.
The message is clear- get Iraqis to kill Iraqis and destroy Iraq and Syria. America will supervise the destructions and killings besides bombings both Iraq and Syria to the benefit of Israel.
To justify his military strikes on Iraq and Syria, Obama used in his speech the same language what American and British Zionist war criminals George Bush and Tony Blair used to justify their invasions of Afghanistan 27 days after11 September 2001 and Iraq in March 2003.
Obama is busy blackmailing and building up a coalition in the same way Bush and Blair blackmailed and built up a coalition to invade Afghanistan and Iraq. According to US Secretary of State John Kerry ten Arab regimes, not the people, agreed to join Obama’s coalition for war. No less than five out of these ten happen to be the ones who trained, weaponized and facilitated the “flowers of evil” of IS blooming in Syria.
Certainly the aerial bombardment will destroy what is left of both Iraq and Syria besides slaughtering hundreds of thousands of innocent people as Bush and Blair did when they invaded and destroyed Afghanistan Iraq by exploiting the media to sell lies and deception.
America together with Saudis ruling Satans created Al Qaeda and Taliban. They demonized them and spread fear psychosis to justify their invasions. In the footsteps of Bush and Blair, Obama is making war preparations to destroy the very same Islamic State which, many suspect, is an American creation.
The barbarity unleashed by IS so far demonstrate that it is a group of fascist murderous thugs to further demonize Islam and Muslims to serve war mongers’ evil designs.
The IS does not represent Islam in any way. Instead they harmed the inspiring and peaceful Islam which contributed to the growth of not only human civilization but also Western civilization. One should not forget that certain section of Jews, like the present Zionist Jews, were enemies of Islam from the very inception of Islam.
Muslims worldwide condemn the IS which serves as a tool for the Israeli, US and European anti Muslim crusaders’ propaganda machinery.
The question is who are these well trained, well financed and well equipped IS gangsters? From where did they descend in the land locked Syria and grab northern Iraqi territories in lightening speed? How did they bring their weapons into these areas? Who provided such good military training? How did they cross the desert with a skilled, full-fledged army crammed with advanced artillery to capture a territory larger than the UK?
According to reports IS was funded by Saudi’s brutal and oppressive regime, equipped with weapons by US which is threatening humanity with its wars to help corporate conglomerates to loot the world and trained by Israel’s Mossad in Jordan- another US -Israeli stooge.
IS is also a conspiracy to set the Sunnis against Shiites who lived in peace before the advent of US-European invaders to destroy what is left of the already destroyed Iraq and Syria. American stooge Nuri al Maliki had already prepared the ground work for such a conflict by openly supporting Shiites and discriminating and dismissing the Sunnis.
So it’s no wonder the Arab Street is drowning in skepticism about who’s really running the IS show. It can’t be Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a.k.a Caliph Ibrahim, all by himself. How come The Caliph, out of the. No less than five out of these seven happen to be the ones who trained, weaponized, and facilitated the “flowers of evil” of IS blooming in Syria.
IS is a formidable machine oiled by all forms of extortion, kidnapping for ransom, outright bank and jewelry robbery and taxing of residents. But the Holy Grail is definitely oil smuggling.
The Caliph now controls seven oil fields and two refineries in northern Iraq, plus six oil fields in northeastern Syria – extracting, realistically, at least 40,000 barrels a day. They sell all this oil at a cut-rate $25 to a maximum of $60 a barrel. Brent crude, as a comparison, is currently over $100 on the London ICE Futures Europe exchange.
The Caliph is making roughly $2 million a day, and everything paid for in cash or bartered goods. No one knows who’s buying from the Islamic State’s complex distribution network of middlemen, but the fact is the oil flows from Caliph-controlled“Syraq” to Turkey and Jordan.
If the Obama administration were really serious at targeting The Caliph, they’d be following the money, deploying local Intel to track where the money actually is (certainly not in a bank). Instead, all the rhetoric is about more bombing of – another historical irony – made in USA hardware left behind by the Iraq army; more drones; and eventually, more “boots on the ground”. .
Washington has already got regime change-lite in Baghdad. The CIA and the Pentagon are thinking in terms of We bomb The Caliph/Caliph fights Assad/Hezbollah gets involved/Divide and Rule and More Chaos/We bomb a little to the side/Assad falls.
It won’t work, though. Washington thought – until the capture of Mosul – that The Caliph was under control. But he has a mind of his own – and a lot of cash still flowing from Saudi and Kuwaiti backers, apart from the oil smuggling. The Caliph dreams of being intimately involved in the House of Saud’s succession, and even making a play for power himself.
Columnist and author Sunny Hunda said that in many ways it is perhaps the worst development in recent Muslim history since 9/11. This is likely to cause even greater unrest in countries where Muslims aren’t a majority, and could tear apart the Middle East and cause further unrest for generations.
The overt support of IS, combined with the fact that it is battling the same Syrian government the Obama administration overtly sought to wage war against just one year ago, strongly suggest the organization’s sponsorship by Western intelligence and military interests.
“During the Cold War, but also in its aftermath,” columnist Michel Chossudovsky observes, the CIA—using Pakistan’s military intelligence apparatus as a “go between”—played a key role in training the Mujhadeen. In turn, the CIA-sponsored guerrilla training was integrated with the teachings of Islam. Both the Clinton and Bush administrations have consistently supported the “Militant Islamic Base”, including Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda, as part of their foreign policy agenda. The links between Osama bin Laden and the Clinton administration in Bosnia and Kosovo are well documented by congressional records
The Arabic version of Doha based Aljazeera, has joined the growing chorus questioning the beheading of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. The news channel says the videos are “unconvincing” and Foley and Sotloff are actors right out of “Hollywood” casting. It believes the videos were produced as a pretext ahead of a U.S. invasion of Syria. “Perhaps the first thing that draws the attention of the viewer” in the first beheading video is that “Foley was playing the role of champion not the victim only, for he recites a lengthy statement in peerless theatrical performance, and it seems from tracking the movement of his eyes that he was reading a text from an autocue,”
As the United States and world observe the thirteenth anniversary of the most momentous false flag in modern history, the American public would be well-served to remind itself that IS is the new Al Qaeda—in other words, the new pretext that will in all likelihood be used to take police state measures at home and military aggression abroad to new, perhaps unprecedented, levels.
Meanwhile well known Indian columnist Prof Ram Punyani wrote in an article titled ISIS, Oil Politics and Peaking of Islamophobia that; there are enough good resources to tell us about the scheme of US in the West Asia to control the oil wealth. The US dictum for this area has been ‘Oil is too precious a commodity to be left to control of natives’. While one has burnt midnight oil to unravel the trajectory of US policy through books with solid scholarship, the job of understanding this has become easy with a small video clip of Hillary Clinton. Very smartly and briskly she tells us that it was US which created Al Qaeda by indoctrinating the Muslim youth. A peep into the history of the region tells us that this indoctrination was done by using the distorted version of Islam, Wahabbism to be more precise.
This force, Al Qaeda was created, richly funded and armed to the teeth by US, to fight the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. With the brutality of Al Qaeda being manifest, US media presented its demonic image by coining the word ‘Islamic terrorism’ after 9/11 2001. Before this 9/11 episode, the acts of terror were not linked to religion, though people coming from different religions have resorted to such acts. From killer of Mahatama Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, to Buddhist monks resorting to terror acts in Thailand, Mynmar, Sri Lanka to Anders Berling Brevik of Norway, people coming from different religious stocks have indulged in acts of terror for diverse political reasons. After 9/11 the acts of terror was associated exclusively with Islam.
Interestingly the version of Islam picked up by US to create Al Qaeda, to indoctrinate Mujahideen in to terror trails, was formulated by Abd al-Wahhab, who had started rigidifying Islam; imposing his exclusive version in the projection of Islam.
This version suited the Saudi ruling family in keeping their control over oil resources and the same version suited the US designs, where the meaning of Kafir (One who denies the truth) is changed to the non Muslim, the ‘other’.
What do they do now with Wahabi Islam in head and armaments received courtesy the United States, in hands? So IS comes up in due course, and the illusion that they can now rule the World, they will install Khalifa, and all the insanity follows!
As such US has been out to play ‘divide and rule’ like the earlier colonial powers. In India colonial powers sowed the seeds of communal politics. In West Asia, during last few decades after the demise of Soviet Union; US imperialism is aiming to create smaller states along ethnic-sectarian divides and feeding into the divides and clashes along Shia-Sunni-Kurd lines. ‘Divide-et-empera’ (divide and rule) is at its peak but is also at the same time demonizing the Muslims Worldwide through the Islam phobia which is constructed around the evil deeds of the likes of Al Qaeda or IS.
How can we bring in reason in ‘social thinking’ in the face of powerful vested interests who want to use and abuse religion for their political goals, demonize a religious community is a question not easy to resolve. Challenging the prevalence of ideas of the dominant sections, dominant social powers; is a tall order, which has to be taken up in all seriousness if we want peace and progress in our society.
In an article titled “Obama Threatens War on humanity” American columnist Stephen Lendman said “Permanent war is official US policy. Obama is the latest in a long line of rogue warrior presidents. He’s waged multiple direct and proxy wars. He’s done so throughout his tenure. He has lots more death and destruction in mind. More on this below. America’s culture is violent. It’s always been this way. It glorifies wars in the name of peace. It has the highest homicide among Western nations by far.