War on IS the mystery monster

By Ameen Izzadeen
Thirteen long years after the terror attacks on the United States, it appears that the war on terror will go on till kingdom come. Well, President George W. Bush said so when he started the war on terror in September 2001 – and on Wednesday President Barack Obama indicated the same.
Addressing the nation, Bush on September 20, 2001 – nine days after the 9/11 attacks – said, “Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped, and defeated ….
“This war will not be like the war against Iraq a decade ago, with a decisive liberation of territory and a swift conclusion. It will not look like the air war above Kosovo two years ago, where no ground troops were used and not a single American was lost in combat.
“Our response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated strikes. Americans should not expect one battle but a lengthy campaign, unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes, visible on TV, and covert operations, secret even in success.”
Now from the Bushspeak that came in the aftermath of the al-Qaeda terror to Wednesday’s Obamaspeak:
“They execute captured prisoners. They kill children. They enslave, rape and force women into marriage… Such barbarity can bring only one response. Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL {the Islamic State, previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria/Levant} through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy…. I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq…. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”
Sounds like Bush, doesn’t he? The Obama speech indicates that the US has not veered from the Bush’s war-on-terror policy. Far from being seen as a president who wanted to go down in history for ending Bush’s wars, Obama appeared on Wednesday as another agent who wanted to execute the strategy devised by the neoconservatives and pursued by Bush.
Or has Obama the Nobel peace laureate fallen prey to the neoconservatives’ trap? If this is so, it leads to another question: Is the Islamic State the creation of the neoconservatives or a secret intelligence group which Obama knows little or nothing about? A conspiracy theory, one may say. But the history of international politics is replete with secret plans and manipulations. Did not Bush, a big-time neoconservative, blurt out in his speech that covert operations were a part of the war on terror?
That apart, conflicts and commotions help the neoconservatives to achieve two main objectives: the US domination of resource-rich West Asia and ensuring that Israel’s interests are well taken care of. Those who authored the neoconservative document ‘The Project for New American Century’ are also hardline Zionist supporters. Israel dreams of annexing the whole of Palestine — and much more. The neoconservative-Zionist plan can come to fruition, only if the Arab world is in turmoil, with the Arabs killing each other, while the Arabs are not allowed to think intelligently and act independently.
Ever since the Islamic State drew the world’s attention with its astounding victories first in Iraq and then in Syria, analysts and academics even in the Arab world have begun to question what the IS agenda is and who is behind it. They ask how eagled-eyed officials in the National Security Agency (NSA) failed to notice the rise of IS. After all, the fugitive US spy technician, Edward Snowden, has revealed that leave alone a terrorist, the highly sophisticated secret surveillance system does not take its eyes off even a friend.
Adding to the mystery is the manner in which the well-trained Iraqi soldiers abandoned their posts and allowed a few thousand lightly armed IS militants to acquire the Iraqi Army’s US-supplied weapons and capture one third of Iraq. Another question that remains unanswered is: How come more than 500 British Muslims left the country to join the IS without being detected by the British intelligence?
This is why some analysts suspect that IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a US, British and Israeli agent. A photograph widely circulated these days on the social media shows former Republican presidential candidate and Senator John McCain posing with Jihadi militants, whom the Americans then called the “good al Qaeda”. Most of these so-called good al-Qaeda in Syria are now with the IS after receiving US military training at camps in Jordan.
Some analysts claim that the West supported the IS and allowed it to make gains to get as many jihadists to rally around the IS, so that the US can enter the war at the right time and finish off all the jihadists. According to Obama, the time has come to kill the IS monster before it becomes a problem of a Frankenstein magnitude. The beheading of two American journalists by IS has generated enough revulsion among Americans for the IS.
Knowingly or unknowingly, Arab countries act according to the neoconservative-Zionist script.
After keeping mum during the IS’ early gains, the Saudis are now condemning the group, notwithstanding the fact that the IS, like the Saudis, follows the Wahhabi interpretation of Islam. The Saudis now call the IS leaders the Takfiris – a derogatory term used for the self-righteous who see only themselves as good Muslims and brand all the other Muslims as ‘infidels’ who can be killed.
Prior to this change of stance, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states had tolerated the IS or supported the group on the sly. This was because their primary target was to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – and they did not care how it was done or by whom.
Now suddenly, the IS is being dehumanised, projected as a monstrous and murderous group that should be done away with. Probably, the stage is being set for the US to enter the Syrian war. Obama last year backed out of the war option even though the Syrian regime had crossed the red line the US had drawn – the use of chemical weapons. He did so because US public opinion was overwhelmingly against another war. But now, the Americans are backing their president for a war on IS. They may soon see that, like Bush, Obama also misled them, when this war on IS becomes a war on Assad.
(This article first appeared in the Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka)

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About ameenizzadeen

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