How the West Created the Islamic State
… With a Little Help From Our Friends
By Nafeez Ahmed
"...Missing from the chorus of outrage, however, has been any acknowledgement of the integral role of covert US and British regional military intelligence strategy in empowering and even directly sponsoring the very same virulent Islamist militants in Iraq, Syria and beyond, that went on to break away from al-Qaeda and form ‘ISIS’, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or now simply, the Islamic State (IS).
“… exploiting fault lines between the various Salafi-jihadist groups to turn them against each other and dissipate their energy on internal conflicts.”
“… shoring up the traditional Sunni regimes… as a way of containing Iranian power and influence in the Middle East and Persian Gulf.”
Why 'Forever War'?
The untruthful and simplistic propaganda narrative spun by President Obama about ISIS and everything else, is nonsense.
It is repeated by the mainstream media, but it does not help to explain what is really going on in our world, because they do not intend it to. They intend to confuse and manipulate public opinion.
Perceptively, Russian President Putin recently said: "Anything U.S. touches turns into Libya or Iraq."
Certainly, the only result of U.S./Western intervention seems to be more terrible death and destruction, more terrorism, more failed states, more insecurity and endless war.
The 'Empire of Chaos'(Pepe Escobar) is also clearly a 'Vampire Empire'. (James Petras)
How else can we describe a system which is sucking the life out of all that is decent, and destroying the environment of our planet, to satisfy and enrich a few?
This failed system is even destroying its own indebted, bankrupted economies and militarised, corrupted societies, in which the rich just get richer while everyone else goes backwards.
Can the 'powers that be' really be that stupid? I don't think so.
Surely, the only way to understand what is really happening is to understand that this is not the result of 'stupidity'; it is all very deliberate. It is following some long term, strategic plan.
While millions of ordinary people lose, there are of course beneficiaries, including the war-crazed neo-cons who are safely well away from the battlefields, the military-industrial-security complex, the promoters of imperial oil and gas pipelines, and the Zionist State of Israel.
To understand war, follow the money.
What is taking place in the Middle East & North Africa, today, is precisely what has been clearly stated in various U.S. neo-con strategic plans: region-wide chaos, 'regime change', and Muslim-on-Muslim violence, for imperial control of vital resources, and in order that Israel establish hegemony over the entire region.
The idea repeated regularly that the Iraq wars were 'a terrible mistake' is either based on ignorance of these strategic plans, or is an attempt to whitewash them from public consciousness.
The same goes for U.S. military attacks on Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, and, soon, Syria, Lebanon and Iran. It's all part of a regional plan, clearly outlined in at least three well known documents:
The Project for a New American Century (PNAC)
A Clean Break: A new strategy for securing The Realm
“Greater Israel”: The Zionist Plan for the Middle East
Excerpt, Oded Yinon: “The plan operates on two essential premises. To survive, Israel must 1) become an imperial regional power, and 2) must effect the division of the whole area into small states by the dissolution of all existing Arab states. Small here will depend on the ethnic or sectarian composition of each state. Consequently, the Zionist hope is that sectarian-based states become Israel’s satellites and, ironically, its source of moral legitimation …"