Endless Enemies. Vietnam in the Middle East: America’s War on Terror is destabilizing the entire region. It was half a century ago, but I still remember it vividly.
“We have to help South Vietnam,” I explained. “It’s a sovereign nation being invaded by another nation, North Vietnam.” “No, no,” my friend protested. “There’s just one Vietnam, from north to south, divided artificially. It’s a civil war. Muslims are combating radicals too: I’m an American Muslim who served as a Marine in Iraq — and now it’s overwhelmingly Muslims who are battling ISIS. In the aftermath of the attacks in Paris, Beirut and San Bernardino, California, inspired or conducted by a self-labeled Islamic extremist group, a heated debate on Islam has ensued.
Common questions touch on the role of Islam and the Muslim identity of the perpetrators, while the religious identity of the vast majority of ISIS’s victims and of those who combat ISIS is absent from media talking points. The simple answer is yes; ISIS fighters are Muslim, and the fact that they follow a radical and twisted interpretation of Islam does not strip them of their Muslim identity. But individuals like Adel Termos, the Lebanese police officer who sacrificed his life tackling a suicide bomber in the Beirut attack, are also Muslim. I first become aware of the positive role Muslims play in countering radicalism while serving as a U.S. Marine in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2006. Ali, Adel Termos and Moath al-Kasasbeh are not anomalies—they are the norm.
America Created Al-Qaeda and the ISIS Terror Group. Among Global Research’s most popular articles in 2016.
Incisive article originally published by GR in September 2014. Terror attacks or mass shootings allegedly perpetrated by the ISIS, the question that should be asked: who are the State sponsors of Al Qaeda and the ISIS? What ISIS Really Wants - The Atlantic. What is the Islamic State?
Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. The enduring damage of 9/11: How the War on Terror gave rise to a bigger threat in the form of ISIS. “Never forget” is the oft-repeated refrain used when talking about the 9/11 attacks.
Yet, it often seems an empty phrase brought out yearly for memorial services and invoked by politicians seeking to justify the latest round of new counter-terrorism efforts. Despite the phrase perhaps being overused, the attacks themselves should never be forgotten as they marked a key turning point in modern history and would, arguably, lead to the birth of a much more dangerous enemy in the form of ISIS. Not since Pearl Harbor had the world’s only superpower been attacked within its domestic borders and what was so surprising was that the attack was not carried out by another state but by a then little-known terrorist group — Al Qaeda.
Put the blame where it belongs: Bush, Reagan, Kissinger and the real history of the rise of ISIS. “The Islamic State would not be with us today if the United States hadn’t invaded Iraq”: Islam, religion, and the interview Donald Trump and Ted Cruz must read now. At approximately 9:40 p.m., on Nov. 13, 2015, three heavily armed gunmen stormed into the Bataclan theater in Paris and began killing people at random.
According to some of the survivors, the attackers shouted “Allahu Akbar,” meaning “God is great.” But the gunmen also reportedly exclaimed, “This is for Syria” and “What are you [the French] doing in Syria? You’re going to pay now.” “My mother and aunt were killed. Everyone but me was killed” ISTANBUL, Turkey — Al Gharra is a mud-brick village built on hard, flat Syrian desert and populated by the descendants of Bedouin.
It is a desolate place. Everything is dun colored: the bare, single-story houses and the stony desert they stand on. There is not much farming — it is too dry — just a few patches of cotton and tobacco. Before the war, villagers got a little money from the government to look after the national park on Mount Abdul-Aziz, a barren rock that rises 3,000 feet behind the village and stretches miles into the distance. Mount Abdul-Aziz is named after a lieutenant of the 12th-Century Muslim warrior Saladin, who built a fort to dominate the plain below. This is how the U.S.-led coalition investigates itself when accused of killing civilians. BEIRUT, Lebanon — Civilians are being killed by US airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.
That is not in question: the Pentagon has admitted to it and expressed regret. The scale of the killings, however, is in question. To date, the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State has acknowledged killing just 22 civilians during Operation Inherent Resolve, as the campaign is known. Independent monitoring groups put the toll much higher. Airwars, an organization that tracks reports of civilian casualties, says coalition airstrikes have probably killed between 862 and 1,116 civilians during the campaign so far. Next Time Your GOP Friends Or Relatives Say Obama Isn't Fighting ISIS, Show Them This. Image Via Department of Defense From what we’ve heard out of the GOP and their Fox News puppets this week, you’d think President Obama and the United States are sitting back and letting all the other nations take the fight to the terrorist group ISIS.
One minute they’re wrapping their arms around Russian President Vladimir Putin and then next they’re praising French President Francois Hollande. Former Head Of U.S. Special Forces: ISIS Would Not Exist If Bush Hadn't Invaded Iraq. Image Via YouTube The hawks on the right love to claim that the invasion of Iraq during the George W.
Bush Administration was a good thing for Iraq, the United States, and the long-term security of the Middle East, even though it has been proven time and time again to be a bigger myth than unicorns. Now the former commander of American special forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, retired Lt. Gen. ISIS. We’re already caving to ISIS: Bloodthirsty jingoism is precisely what the terrorists want. As the world reels from the last Friday’s terrorist attack in Paris, millions of people have taken to Twitter to share their grief and outrage. Many called for a very specific course of action: The desire to immediately strike back at ISIS with overwhelming force is understandable.
It took under 48 hours for the French military to retaliate for the attack with air strikes against targets in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria. However, it’s important to remember why groups like ISIS mount large-scale spectacle terrorist attacks against Western targets in the first place: to provoke a dramatic military reaction that brings moderate Muslims around the world into agreeing with its worldview. Retaliatory strikes against ISIS will certainly weaken the group, maybe even destroy it, but that type of response is precisely what ISIS is hoping to elicit. More from The Daily Dot: “Why an H.I.V. diagnosis is treated like a crime in most U.S. states” “There can be no compromise in a cosmic war. The GOP is a gift to ISIS: Paris, Osama bin Laden and the shadow of the Twin Towers.
Honestly, I don’t know whether to rant or weep, neither of which are usual impulses for me. In the wake of the slaughter in Paris, I have the urge to write one of two sentences here: Paris changed everything; Paris changes nothing. Each is, in its own way, undoubtedly true. And here’s a third sentence I know to be true: This can’t end well. Other than my hometown, New York, Paris is perhaps the city where I’ve felt most at ease. I’ve never been to Baghdad (where Paris-style Islamic State terror events are relatively commonplace); or Beirut, where they just began; or Syria’s ravaged Aleppo (thank you, Bashar al-Assad of barrel-bomb terror fame); or Mumbai (which experienced an early version of such a terror attack); or Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, now partly destroyed by the U.S. And it’s never stopped since because, just as bin Laden dreamed, Washington helped loose al-Qaeda and its successor outfits from the constraints of a more organized, controlled world.
King Of Jordan Warns The ISIS Conflict Is Leading To 'Third World War' Image Via NDTV Jordan’s King Abdullah issued a chilling warning on Tuesday of a “third world war against humanity.” The king also described ISIS as “savage outlaws of religion.” During an official visit to Kosovo, King Abdullah said that both Europe and Islam were under attack from the “scourge” of terrorists who can strike anywhere and at any time. At a press conference, Abdullah remarked: “We are facing a third world war against humanity and this is what brings us all together. The West vs. the world: Facebook, the media, and the ignorance which guarantees more attacks. The terrorist massacre in Paris was a gruesome illustration of an ideology opposed to modernity, frightened of freedom, and hostile to life.
The live music fans, restaurant patrons, and pedestrians who lost their lives in brutality and without warning deserve the world’s sympathy and support. The human impulse to mourn is an expression of the goodness in direct competition with the atrocity vendors and death merchants who too often dominate headlines. ISIS. Ted Cruz, ISIS propagandist: It’s almost like the GOP wants another massive Middle East war. Are Republicans getting paid to write propaganda for ISIS? If I worked for ISIS, I’d consider cutting them a check or at least a thank you card for all the hard work they’ve been doing, helping create the narrative that the United States is so anti-Muslim, so consumed with hatred with all things Islam, that they can’t even tell the difference between bad guys like ISIS and the victims who are trying to find safety, i.e. the Syrian refugees.
If I were trying to stoke the us vs. them narrative that ISIS uses to recruit people to join their apocalyptic war-mongering cult, I would argue that “the West” hates the ordinary Muslim as much as the ISIS fighter, so you might as well be the latter. But why should ISIS bother writing that propaganda, when Republicans are willing to do it for them? The left has an Islam problem: If liberals won’t come to terms with religious extremism, the xenophobic right will carry the day. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to talk about Islam.
For liberals in particular, it’s a kind of heresy to suggest that Islam, at this particular moment in history, has a problem. This is unfortunate, and it has to end. All religions are not the same. All faith traditions are not equally wise or equally tolerant or equally peaceful. A fundamentalist Jain is not the same as a fundamentalist Christian. All of this should be obvious to anyone paying attention, and yet it isn’t. What happened in Paris last weekend was both tragic and banal. This is what ISIS wants: How the right’s bloodlust plays right into the terrorists’ hands. We brought this on ourselves: After Paris, it is time to square our “values” with our history. No credible threats found in US after Paris attacks as cities step up security. Intelligence officials found no evidence of any specific or credible threat targeting American soil following the deadly Paris attacks, US officials told the Associated Press.
Still, patrols were stepped up and added security measures put in place nationwide. How Paris could actually tear us apart: Inside the dangerous collision of politics & fear. There is nothing like a horrifying tragedy to make you wish the internet did not exist. The response to Friday’s devastating attacks in Paris provided yet more evidence that the age of social media has only served to ratchet up the cynicism with which we greet such horrors.
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