« Burns Oregon Live Stream | Main | Burns Oregon »

Commentary re: Saudi Arabia, the CIA and the arming of Syrian rebels

Re: Saudi Arabia, the CIA and the arming of Syrian rebels | US support for Syrian rebels is the latest chapter in its relationship with Saudi Arabia

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/us/saudi-arabia-the-cia-and-the-arming-of-syrian-rebels-1.2508641

Comments:

  • flawless

Ah, the New York Times, always to be relied upon for a skewed version of events when it comes to US foreign affairs! 
http://www.salon.com/2015/05/25/noam_chomsky_the_new_york_times_is_pure_proganda_partner/ 

It's quite clear at this point to anyone paying enough attention that the US has been actively training militant extremists in the Middle East with an aim to destabilise the whole region. 
Training up moderate rebels? We now know that that's a complete misnomer. 

"The CIA training programme is separate from another programme to arm Syrian rebels, one the Pentagon ran that has since ended. That programme was designed to train rebels to combat Islamic State fighters in Syria, unlike the CIA’s programme, which focuses on rebel groups fighting the Syrian military." 
That $500 million Pentagon program which, top US military officials at a Senate hearing admitted a year after its inception, had only had produced 4 or 5 fighters in active service against ISIS. You couldn't make it up! I think it stretches credulity to believe the US are so clueless and out of touch with what's going on in the Middle East that they were unknowingly fueling Islamic terrorist extremism in the region rather than helping to fight it. 

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/25/noam_chomsky_the_new_york_times_is_pure_proganda_partner/

  • JoeyWalshy

There is a great deal to be glad about in seeing an article like this in the Irish Times, since it refers to many covert operations that are well documented but are not usually spoken off in such polite society. 

However, the impression is given that a lot of these activities are reactions to problems outside the control of these major powers. No doubt with the intention of providing a vent for our moral indignation, without allowing it to boil over. 

The plan to divide and conquer Syria is long in the making. It goes at least as far back as "A Strategy For Israel in the 1980s" by Oded Yinon followed by "A Clean Break" by the neo-cons at The Project For A New American Century. And then there's General Wesley Clark claims regarding a conversation he had at the pentagon just after 9/11, where he was told about a plan to go to war with seven countries including Iraq, Libya and Syria. 

Relevant too is the transportation of arms and fighters from Benghazi across the mediterranean to Turkey and into Syria, at the start of the conflict, for which Obama and Hilary Clinton are clearly implicated. 

Also, we have the declassified U.S. Government Documents which were "written by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency on August 12, 2012 … years before ISIS burst onto the world stage."
This quote from the document clearly states the intention to help facilitate the creation of ISIS in eastern Syria : "… there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist Principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime …." 
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/05/newly-declassified-u-s-government-documents-the-west-supported-the-creation-of-isis.html

Newly-Declassified U.S. Government Documents: The West Supported the Creation of ISIS

Posted on May 24, 2015 by WashingtonsBlog

Judicial Watch has – for many years – obtained sensitive U.S. government documents through freedom of information requests and lawsuits.

The government just produced documents to Judicial Watch in response to a freedom of information suit which show that the West has long supported ISIS.   The documents were written by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency on August 12, 2012 … years before ISIS burst onto the world stage.

Here are screenshots from the documents. We have highlighted the relevant parts in yellow:

ISIS1

[A. INTERNALLY, EVENTS ARE TAKING A CLEAR SECTARIAN DIRECTION.

B. THE SALAFIST, THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, AND AQI ARE THE MAJOR FORCES DRIVING THE INSURGENCY IN SYRIA.

C. THE WEST, GULF COUNTRIES, AND TURKEY SUPPORT THE OPPOSITION; WHILE RUSSIA, CHINA, AND IRAN SUPPORT THE REGIME.]

Why is this important? It shows that extreme Muslim terrorists – salafists, Muslims Brotherhood, and AQI (i.e. Al Qaeda in Iraq) – have always been the “major forces driving the insurgency in Syria.”

This verifies what the alternative media has been saying for years: there aren’t any moderate rebels in Syria (and see thisthis and this).

The newly-declassified document continues:

ISIS-2

[TRAIN THEM ON THE IRAQI SIDE, IN ADDITION TO HARBORING REFUGEES (SYRIA).

C. IF THE SITUATION UNRAVELS THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A DECLARED OR UNDECLARED SALAFIST PRINCIPALITY IN EASTERN SYRIA (HASAKA AND DER ZOR), AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE SUPPORTING POWERS TO THE OPPOSITION WANT, IN ORDER TO ISOLATE THE SYRIAN REGIME, WHICH IS CONSIDERED THE STRATEGIC DEPTH OF THE SYRIA EXPANSION (IRAQ AND IRAN).

D. THE DETERIORATION OF THE SITUATION HAS DIRE CONSEQUENCES ON THE IRAQI SITUATION AND ARE AS FOLLOWS:

--1. THIS CREATES THE IDEAL ATMOSPHERE FOR AQI TO RETURN TO ITS OLD POCKETS IN MOSUL AND RAMADI, AND WILL PROVIDE RENEWED MOMENTUM UNDER THE PRESUMPTION OF UNIFYING THE JIHAD AMONG SUNNI IRAQ AND SYRIA, AND THE REST OF THE SUNNIS IN THE ARAB WORLD AGAINST WHAT IT CONSIDERS ONE ENEMY, THE DISSENTERS. ISI COULD ALSO DECLARE AN ISLAMIC STATE THROUGH ITS UNION WITH OTHER TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA, WHICH WILL CREATE GRAVE DANGER IN REGARDS TO UNIFYING IRAQ AND THE PROTECTION OF ITS TERRITORY.]

Yes, you read that correctly:

… there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist Principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what thesupporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime ….

In other words, the powers supporting the Syrian opposition – the West, our Gulf allies, and Turkeywanted an Islamic caliphate in order to challenge Syrian president Assad.

Sure, top U.S. generals – and vice president Vice President Joe Biden – have said that America’s closest allies support ISIS.  And mainstream American media have called for direct support of ISIS.

But the declassified DIA documents show that the U.S. and the West supported ISIS at its inception … as a way to isolate the Syrian government.  And see this.

This is a big deal.  A former British Army and Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism intelligence officer and a former MI5 officer confirm that the newly-released documents are a smoking gun.

This is a train wreck long in the making.

___

  • JoeyWalshy

Likewise, regarding the Saudis helping to arm the "mujahideen rebels to drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan". Zbigniew Brzezinski (National Security Advisor under Carter, at that time) admitted later the clear intention "of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap", and thereby "giving to the USSR its Vietnam war." 
http://www.counterpunch.org/1998/01/15/how-jimmy-carter-and-i-started-the-mujahideen/ 

All of which was then followed by the inculcating of further violent jihadism into the Afghan culture by spending millions on the brainwashing of their children with school books "which were filled with talk of jihad and featured drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines [which] have served since then as the Afghan school system's core curriculum." 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2014/12/08/the-taliban-indoctrinates-kids-with-jihadist-textbooks-paid-for-by-the-u-s/

January 24, 2016 in Current Affairs | Permalink