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Isis And The Recent Developments In Iraq And Syria

category international | anti-war / imperialism | other press author Saturday June 14, 2014 16:18author by fred Report this post to the editors

Partially fuelled, no doubt, by US and Saudi money and weapons supplied for the fight in Syria, ISIS, a branch of Al Qaeda has routed the Iraqi military in a series of offences across the country, taking control of significant parts of the country. These are the exact same people fighting for freedom and democracy with US and Saudi backing just across the border in Syria. The staggering cynicism of US policy in the middle east and the blatant doublespeak of their media is laid bare by these recent events in Iraq in the last few days. In an article posted to WSWS, Bill van Auken picks through the wreckage

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Here is a quote from the article:

An essential component of the American strategy in launching a war to topple Saddam Hussein was to exploit Shia resentments in order to win allies against the Sunni-based Baathist regime. Washington crassly manipulated sectarian tensions as part of a divide and conquer strategy that ultimately unleashed sectarian warfare that led to countless thousands of deaths and the displacement of entire populations.

Even as it encouraged Shia religious parties in Iraq, the US simultaneously pursued an aggressive policy against Shia-led Iran, where these same parties had sought refuge during the reign of Saddam. Until last year, it appeared that Iran would be the target of a US-Israeli attack.

These contradictions have only intensified as Washington has sought to exploit Sunni Islamist radicalism as a force to topple the regime of Bashar al-Assad in neighboring Syria. The net result is that, while opposing Al Qaeda-linked forces in Iraq as “terrorists,” US imperialism is supporting them on the other side of the border in Syria as fighters for “democracy” and “freedom.”

The policies pursued in one country collide with those employed in another. The US is now sending arms and contemplating air raids to prosecute the “war on terrorism” against an offshoot of Al Qaeda in Iraq, even as it and its Arab Gulf allies continue to send arms and aid to promote and strengthen these very same tendencies in both Libya and Syria.

Everywhere, US foreign policy is based not on principles, but on crude pragmatic maneuvers in pursuit of immediate interests, with the “war on terrorism” or “human rights” invoked as increasingly discredited justifications.

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 #   Title   Author   Date 
   some people think this is Invasion of Syria by the backdoor...     fred    Sat Jun 14, 2014 16:39 
   ISIS "liberate" $429 million in cash and lots of US weapons in Mosul     fred    Mon Jun 16, 2014 17:41 
   ISIS is a joint operation by US, France, Saudi Arabia     T    Mon Jun 16, 2014 23:35 
   ISIS: An Instrument of the Western Military Alliance     T    Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:58 
   win win for the US here     fred    Thu Jun 19, 2014 18:16 
   Burn, Men in Black, burn     Crazy Cat    Fri Jun 20, 2014 12:53 
   syria,why its our problem..     mike    Fri Jun 20, 2014 20:42 
   focus on Asylum seekers is a political distraction, but that said, let's be logical about resources etc.     racist reggie    Fri Jun 20, 2014 21:28 
   No natives here     Foghat    Mon Jun 23, 2014 17:02 
 10   ISIS in Iraq stinks of CIA/NATO ‘dirty war’ op     KM    Tue Jun 24, 2014 13:24 
 11   The Islamic State     Crazy Cat    Thu Sep 25, 2014 17:16 
 12   how the US helped create Al Qaeda and ISIS     magpie    Fri Sep 26, 2014 17:03 
 13   some more links as the situation develops     fred    Mon Sep 29, 2014 20:42 
 14   Bomb Everyone     Crazy Cat    Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:02 
 15   Scandal of McCain’s Fraternization with ISIS Terrorists Breaks into Mainstream Media Headlines     T    Wed Oct 01, 2014 22:10 
 16   IT article on Syria     anon    Sat Oct 18, 2014 23:08 
 17   ISIS Attacked Kurds with Chemical Weapons in July with help from Turkey     anon    Wed Oct 22, 2014 00:08 

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