UK journalist Patrick Cockburn has published a profile of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of ISIL, the armed group of Sunni fundamentalists that has captured several cities in Iraq over the past couple of days.
The most interesting disclosure in the article is that al-Baghdadi was apparently a US prisoner for five years, which to me lends a lot of credence to the theory that ISIL is being backed, at least indirectly, by the US. Yes, there has been talk from the Obama administration about possible air assaults to halt ISIL’s forward momentum–and perhaps we’ll see something of the sort materialize–but I’m inclined, for right now, to view such talk as nothing more than attempts at making an appropriate pretense of alarm.
ISIL, also referred to as ISIS or DAASH, has been associated with numerous atrocities, including beheadings, so obviously US government officials, to a certain extent, are obliged to put on a show of being concerned about the recent series of events in Iraq. But the fact is the US and Israel for many years now have been trying to ignite a war between the two major sects of Islam. In the case of Israel, the policy was articulated more than 30 years ago in the plan drawn up by Oded Yinon.
The chief backer of ISIL is Saudi Arabia, but it is highly unlikely that the Saudis would be training and arming these people, and also paying their salaries–reportedly $400 a month–without a nod of approval from the US. Saudia Arabia’s support for ISIL puts it at loggerheads with Iran. Should the Iranians intervene on the side of the Iraqi government, we could see the conflict escalate into a shooting war between them, the Saudis, and possibly other Gulf states as well. A regional war of this nature could easily set the stage for something much worse. All worth considering as you read the article below by Kevin Barrett.
Iraq Chaos Highlights US ‘Idiocy’
After 9/11, the US declared war on al-Qaeda. Then it declared war on Saddam Hussein.
No evidence was presented linking al-Qaeda to 9/11, and no substantial proof was presented that Saddam Hussein possessed WMDs. But the American people were terrorized into compliance.
On May 1, 2003, George W. Bush, a deserter from the military, dressed up in military uniform and declared “mission accomplished” in Iraq. Later on May 2, 2011, Obama declared that Osama bin Laden had been assassinated and then thrown into the ocean “according to Islamic custom.”
Mission accomplished? Saddam hanged? Bin Laden thrown to the fishes? Iraq and Afghanistan happy, peaceful, prosperous democracies?
Afghanistan has become a narco-terrorist playground and a failed state. The US is tripping over its own feet and bombing its own soldiers as it tries to find a way out of the “graveyard of empires.”
And now a “too extreme for al-Qaeda” spin-off called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has taken over Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, and much of Nineveh Province. It has menaced Tikrit and plans to march to Baghdad. This band of fanatical terrorists is backed by remnants of Saddam Hussein’s old loyalists. It is also backed by America’s supposed Mideast ally, Saudi Arabia. Many wonder whether the US itself and its partner-in-crime, Israel, are also secretly supporting ISIL.
The American people have good reason to wonder what is going on.
Why would the US let its ally (some would say puppet) Saudi Arabia back ISIL, a terrorist group so extreme that it horrifies even al-Qaeda? Why has the US tacitly allowed the Saudis to wreak havoc in Syria and Iraq by arming terrorists whose viciousness makes Osama bin Laden look small by comparison? And why is the US standing by as the Saddam loyalists and ultra-terrorists overrun Iraq, threatening to destroy it as a coherent, unified state?
The innocent explanation: The US is run by incompetent idiots.
This explanation seems plausible. Official cheerleaders for the Iraq war claimed that it would be a cakewalk. They said the whole Iraqi population would greet the American army with candy and flowers. Saddam would just disappear and Iraq would magically transform itself into a pro-Israel democracy with McDonalds hamburger outlets and Wal-Mart stores dotting its desert landscape. Some even suggested the Iraqis would all convert to born-again Christianity.
Did anyone actually believe this? If so, they really are incompetent idiots.
But a darker explanation also suggests itself.
Many analysts suspect that the real purpose of the war was to destroy Iraq, not save it. They argue that the Zionist neoconservatives of Project for a New American Century were the real authors of 9/11 and the wars it spawned. These agents of Israel tricked the American leadership into invading Iraq. They convinced idiots like Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld that the war would be a cakewalk. But their real plan was to balkanize Iraq by smashing it into three miniature states: A Shi’ite south, flanked by Kurdish and Sunni sectors to the north. This has always been Israel’s “Oded Yinon” Plan for breaking up Middle Eastern countries into tiny, powerless statelets that could be easily dominated by Zionism.
The “Oded Yinon theory” explains why US and British special forces, and their Israeli handlers, sparked sectarian strife by carrying out false flag bombings of mosques and markets throughout Iraq. Two members of British special forces, for example, were arrested by authorities in Basra on September 19, 2005 trying to carry out a false flag car bombing of the Basra market. The British army smashed the walls of the Basra jail with tanks in order to free the two false flag terrorists.
Countless reports circulated of “suicide car bombings” that were actually homicide bombings by Occupation forces. The Occupiers would hire a driver to transport a cargo to a particular place in a market. When the driver arrived at the destination, his “cargo” (and he and his vehicle and everyone in the vicinity) would be blasted to smithereens by a remote-control bomb. If it was a Shi’a market, the crime would be blamed on a “fanatical Sunni suicide bomber.” If it was a Sunni market, just the reverse. In many cases these bombs were detonated by helicopters that trailed the “delivery vehicles.” Numerous Iraqis escaped with their lives by figuring out what was going on and abandoning their vehicles before they exploded.
Journalist Dahr Jamail wrote, “The word on the street in Baghdad is that the cessation of suicide car bombings is proof that the CIA was behind them. Why? Because as one man states, ‘[CIA agents are] too busy fighting now, and the unrest they wanted to cause by the bombings is now upon them.’”
The purpose of the Occupation’s wave of false flag terror in Iraq was to start a Sunni-Shi’ite civil war. Today, the unrest they wanted to cause by these bombings is upon them in the form of the decimation of Iraq by the rabid liver-eating terrorists of the ISIL.
So perhaps the Zionist-led West is perfectly happy to sit back and watch Iraq get torn apart by the ISIL. Some even argue that the ISIL, like al-Qaeda, was created by the West for this very purpose.
And how about Abu Ghraib? Was the horrific Israeli-inspired US policy of sexual torture, including raping children in front of their parents, as Seymour Hersh reported, really mere “incompetence?”
Abu Ghraib was just one example of America’s policy of systematic brutality toward Iraqis. Such behavior did not win any hearts and minds. But it helped drive Iraq crazy and push it toward becoming a failed state. That is what the Zionists wanted all along.
And how about the assassination of hundreds of Iraq’s best scientists by Israel’s professional killers? This intellectual genocide was all part of the plan. Israel wants a weak, helpless Iraq, and an Iraq that is permanently broken into pieces, an Iraq that cannot defend itself, or Palestine, from Zionist depredations.
And what about the poisoning of Iraq by depleted uranium? This, too, was part of the plan. Future generations of Iraqis will be genetically damaged. Iraq’s weakened, sick population will be easily dominated by Israel.
The Takfiri terrorists afflicting Iraq – like the American invaders – are tools of the Zionists. It is time for the people of Iraq and the Middle East to wake up to what has been done to them… and then rise up and throw the Takfiri terrorists, Zionists, and occupiers out of the region.