The Sixth Crusade


The Sixth Crusade

by Jim Kirwan

In 1095 the first of five Crusades were initiated against the Muslim world, by the Pope, to wipe out the Muslim world for Christendom.

The first five fake Crusades all failed.

This time the Khazarian Supremacy together with their lackeys have now declared their privatized version of a Sixth Crusade against the planet:

But this time they’ve created their own “Conquest Army” to wipe out both Christianity and the Muslim World in today’s global blood-bath that has never before been seen, much less experienced. Those who have tried to rewrite all of ancient history are now trying to erase the past for all of us still living today. This is what has been behind the ongoing attempt to liquidate the many thousands of years that remain in the ruins of all the ancient civilizations that once marked the rise and fall of man throughout time from the eleventh century to the present day…

All of this to supposedly pave the way for their one-world wet dream of a privatized corporate oligarchy to enslave every man woman and child on the planet. The wholesale slaughter of the nations of the world has already begun.

The crucible for all of this, this time, has been shifted after already having moved on from Afghanistan and Iraq through Libya to have arrived in Syria for a struggle to the last drop of blood, that will supposedly be achieved by the current global-army of Conquest, which supposedly cannot be stopped. But for the record that “war” has been going on now for over four years, and the ‘Conquest-Army’ is still failing to crush their must-conquer-targets which have always been first Syria and then Iran. CrossTalk http://rt.com/shows/crosstalk/258701-syria-civil-war-is/

Since the Irresistible-force still refuses to factor in Russia or the global failures of the EU, it’s more than likely that they will lose this confrontation once again ­ but that could easily force the Barbarians to shift the whole process over into nuclear war. The creatures in the global-supremacy cabals are fixated on the money, and that addiction has blinded them to all the real facts of life, which are in total opposition to the ‘Full Spectrum Dominance which they continue to seek: While the world did nothing!

All of this became crystal clear to the world when we blatantly murdered Libya and denounced both Gadhafi and his works as “evil”.

Thanks to David Dees for these excellent illustrations ­ We can now see what we did to Gaddafi, and what we got in return was nothing but ruination:

This time around there’s yet another redevelopment of a very old idea: Their semi-eternal Death Squads which they used to get this far in the first place. These same ‘death-squads were used to start the wars in what used to be Yugoslavia, and now what is being prepared in Romania as well as Ukraine, where of course they’re beginning to be forced into another massive collapse because the whole structure of the failed state of Ukraine that’s been a star-crossed failure, from the day it was artificially begun, with the lies beneath the murders in the Maidan-slaughter that lacked all legitimacy from the very beginning. And that farce must come to an ignoble end within the next few months ­ because there’s no way out of the Labyrinth they’ve built for themselves, from the very beginning, with no facts at all behind any of their continuing and wildly bizarre proclamations that have no basis in any reality – anywhere except in the Dreams of Madness to which the fake leadership of Kiev still clings.

The Death Squads worked. so long as they were only used against smaller nations, but in the wider world they’re as transparent as glass, by whatever name they are used and they cannot be successfully used against major nations no matter how degraded those states might be at the moment. The fact that another attempt is being made now to restart the Kosovo wars to block the next European pipeline, from Russia, will not succeed, once the world can see what the endgame there is really all about. Because while “Sanctions” are only impacting the EU states and refugees are now flooding Europe, country by country: Not even Death Squads can stop the natural movements of millions of people, towards freedom and away from global-slavery, that was set in motion by the first thirty or so “Color-Revolutions” that have finally lost the ‘cloaking-devices’ they once enjoyed:. Because all of this is going the same way now, just as the U.S. refuses to count the fifty-plus millions of immigrants which the government is bringing in to undermine this country, the same thing is coming up for all the Western-leaning people that supported the slaughter of Libya, just as they supported the wars against Afghanistan and Iraq in the last fifteen years of this global war. This is happening because the victims of those wars did not all die and far too many have survived to create the latest aspect to the global-nightmare that will not end until the Oligarch’s pay for their crimes against humanity ­ on the guillotine or in the streets where they will be stripped and murdered for what they thought they had protected themselves from; with a fake global-government where they and only they would remain immune to the rage and outrage that’s beginning to make its comeback now.

This lawless and barbaric place cannot survive in this condition where such a miniscule few can control all the life upon this planet ­ any more than they can actually control the winds, the weather or the planet that has been awakened to the crisis from which no one will remain unscathed. . . The human race needs the earth, the seas and the skies to survive, but nature has no need of mankind in order to continue. Nature will adapt where mankind will probably perish. That lesson is something that no Oligarch, Banker or Khazarian Supremacist has ever been able to understand, much less the global-military-industrial-complex that will be the first victim of this world without a functioning currency.

The reason that all of this will and indeed must fail is because the Global-Supremacy’s that have decided to “own” the world, have never had any plans to rebuild the ruins they have left to the survivors. They create nothing. They destroy everything they touch, while they promise freedom & democracy while bringing torture, dismemberment, rape and the chains of eternal slavery.

These ‘sages’ that ‘determine’ everything now by money, money, and only money, are about to get that rude awakening that always follows whenever ‘global-leadership’ disappears or becomes addicted to the fallacy’s of power without vision or humanity to guide whatever passes for “power” – in whichever world we end up dying in. Like it or not the world of humanity demands that people pursue their desire “to thrive as well as to survive” – because there is far more to this life than just money, or as someone once said: “We have become so poor, that the only thing we have is money”. All of that is what is about to be put on the public chopping block, once more ­ ask yourself where will you be once this begins to happen, because each of us must choose which side we want to defend?

IS TURKEY THAT INNOCENT? Sniper Bazaar Turkey: The New Land of Assassins?


IS TURKEY THAT INNOCENT? Sniper Bazaar Turkey: The New Land of Assassins?

by Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

Busy hands…

VT Sniper Platform

 

American built sniper rifles and specialized optics, thermal and light amplification, all very restricted, are flooding into Turkey.  They are going to Al Qaeda.  The production is from small shops, one or two owned by dilatant Fox News “generals” and GOP mercenary groups.  VT is the primary designer of these weapons but has the wrong politics.

Israeli “businessmen” have been roaming the US, visiting the many and sundry machine shops and custom assembly facilities that produce sniper rifles.  They pick up samples, often without legal transfer as required by law, as foreign nationals can’t buy weapons in the US.  That doesn’t matter, these are Israeli’s and weapons they get can go out on El Al planes, diplomatic pouches or be carried to Israel by members of congress, they own more than a few of those.

The weapon wanted is the mysterious AR 10, the .308 and/or 7.62x51mm version of the old semi-reliable M16 or M4 carbine.  The weapons are showing up in Turkey, mostly in sniper configuration.  I know a bit about these things as VT has an affiliated custom shop that produces more models of AR 10 sniper rifles than any other.

These are low production specialized weapons.  There is little standardization for the AR 10, no “mil spec” as it were.  Parts from one don’t fit another, springs and triggers don’t fit, receivers are non-standard and most bolt carriers don’t work in any weapon, not as manufactured.  Why do people want these weapons?

11 inch barrel, .308

The standard sniper rifle used in much of the world is the Dragunov in Russian 7.62x54R, a rimmed cartridge from well over 100 years ago.  These are outstanding weapons but have no buffer group, don’t adapt to modern optics well and, though semi-automatic, can’t put out rapid accurate fire at above 500 meters because of recoil.  The AR 10 has no recoil.

Are sniper rifles the only weapons being gathered for Al Qaeda?  First of all, it should be a reasonable concern that weapons like these are going into the hands of terrorists.  It might also be a concern that they are coming from the United States and flowing directly to the group that many Americans, those who believe our government, a smaller group every minute, believe was responsible for 9/11.

Who are they going to kill with these things?  Will it just be Syrian soldiers or are there other plans? ****This is a dangerous game they are playing as it’s not only sold to the extremists in Syria but also to Libya that is why the Turkish Ship was hit by the Libyan army as it was trying to dock in Derna to supply them these arms..

Quality weapons aren’t that hard to get.  However, these fire much like the American M4, a very underpowered but highly accurate and very light rifle.  What they do that the M4 and AK47 does not do is shoot 800 meters with deadly accuracy.  A child can kill at extreme distances with one of these with almost no training at all.  These weapons were what the US didn’t have in Afghanistan and why the US bought back a shipload of aging Garand style M14s from Korea, weapons that are primitive in comparison although excellent.

VT came upon the sniper rifle bazaar because we are embedded in that community.  These weapons are made from limited production parts with companies like Armalite, DPMS, Matrix Aerospace, Aero Precision and Palmetto putting out the majority of basic receiver sets.  The sale of these is tracked and mass production has not been ramped up though we are obviously going to see it now.

Moreover, there are only dozen or so gunsmith/designers who have worked with this “build platform” more than casually.

The partnership between Israel and Turkey is no surprise.  The superiority of American weapons is a surprise to some but it shouldn’t be.  What should be of note is that Al Qaeda feels totally free to come to the United States to gather needed hardware designed only to murder specific medium to high value targets and nobody seems to care. ***Why should they care Al Qaeda is an American/Israeli proxy instead of using American/Israeli soldiers they use Al Qaeda it’s cheaper and the American/Israeli mothers will not receive their sons/daughters in body bags and start a riot against their government policies… they learned this lesson from Afghanistan and Iraq.

With a 24 inch Ar 10 with a thermal scope, a SWAT officer nearly a thousand yards away wearing extensive camouflage and obscured by smoke can be killed quickly and easily with a single shot.  A skilled shooter with a Semi-Automatic Sniper System can erase an entire special operations team in 15 seconds.  There are specialized optics available for these weapons that automatically track a chosen target and operate the trigger as well.

We don’t even want to begin discussing remote sniper systems that work off an I pad anywhere on earth.

Someone has decided to “inoculate” themselves from American SEAL teams and Special Forces by flooding the battlefield with “low rent” amateur snipers.

This is one weapon system, just one.  How many others are getting the same “quick to market” promotion near Al Qaeda’s Hatay, Turkey training camps?

While Britain & its Allies are at Fault for the failed state in Libya they Want to continue destroying Libya by drafting a UN security resolution that would authorise mission to hit vessels used by human traffickers for dash across Mediterranean


While Britain & its Allies are at Fault for the failed state in Libya they Want to continue destroying Libya by drafting a UN security resolution that would authorise the mission to hit vessels used by human traffickers for dash across Mediterranean

Reading the famous Guardian electronic newspaper which is supposed to have integrity my stomach turned when I read that Britain and its allies the  Cabal are planning to destroy again Libya, it was not enough the damage they did in 2011 they want by all means possible to install Muslim Brotherhood into power so they came up with a scheme about the refugees and human traffickers.

Lets put the facts in a time line so you can understand how psychopathic these western Governments  are:

  • When Cameron, Sarkozy, Obama, the Obese Prince from Qatar, the House of Sand, Ertogan from Turkey, the princes of the Emirates, the Kuwaiti Emir and the Jordanian King decided to destroy Libya in 2011

  • because Libya as Muslim country had come closer to the 21 century regarding the women,

  • the country was independent and did not owe a centime to the Cabal banks in Europe and America.

  • Was preparing to get rid of the petrol dollar which is just plain paper and worthless to back it up with the Gold Dinar

  • Africa was joining with Libya on the Gold Dinar something the West did not Like.

  • Libya had installed a new satellite for Africa so it would not have to pay the west the thieving prices and would not be controlled by the west what the African nations would watch…

  • Libya was at the works in making an Pan – African bank which meant that the French who had colonized some African countries and now where independent would not have to sent to France their Revenues and ask permission from France for an allowance…

  • One of many great achievements of Libya was the man-made river which supplied all of Libya with drinking water and in the future plans was to supply also to neighboring poor countries with water WHICH IS  A BIG NO NO for the European colonizers. How could they explain to their citizens that the Africans are not dying from thirst all those charities that you and I pay believing that it goes to Africa but alas it does not it goes into the Cabals pockets.

  • Another Achievement of Libya was absorbing most of the refugees in Libya instead of coming to Europe

  • Libya was nobody’s fool we talked with Europe and demanded that the European countries cough up an amount that they had to pay us for keeping the refugees away from Europe. You guessed right Europe refused only Italy accepted.

  • All Libyans (women and men) were highly educated more than I can say about Europe.

  • France and Qatar wanted the big contracts of oil which Libya refused to give as both countries had nothing to give in return

  • Sarkozy presidential election was financed by Libya – Sarkozy had promised that he would give something in return and that was declaring war.

  • Qatar could not accept that he will not be the only one supplying gas to Europe. So it used its electronic media Al Jazeera to start the false flags. Everything was proved without a shred of doubt that everything was fabricated.

  • America and the Cabal could not stand the gold Dinar that would take them out of business and the American/Israel empire would collapse.

  • The Emirates, Kuwait and Turkey were the Jokers in this whole facade, they would assist or go against whenever they were told that is the Cabal system.

  • Once Libya was ruined by NATO, we the Libyans thought that the war finished and that we would rebuilt our country better than before but how wrong we were…  NATO left behind the hyenas to tear the rest of Libya into pieces.

  • These animals are worse than scums, NATO OPENED THE DOOR OF THE PRISONS AND LET OUT rapists, psychopathic murderers on the loose the same thing did all of the involved countries who declared war to Libya they dressed them up into military gear and they let them go on a shooting trip with steroids bad combination.

  • These people who NATO AND ALLIES left behind are the ones who do the human trafficking in Libya they talk to them everyday and they know each other very well… they get handsomely paid for their services.

  • England, France and America are sole responsible for all refugees in the world. Where ever they have meddled in a sovereign country they destroyed the country’s infrastructure, their livelihood, they have installed puppet governments and as puppets they chase their own citizens if they do not agree with their policies putting them in jail or worse killing them on the spot where it comes impossible to live in your own country and have to seek refuge in another country.

Instead of Britain and the Cabal taking responsibility for all this mess that they have cultivated now they are planning to draft a UN security resolution that would authorise the mission to hit vessels used by human traffickers for dash across Mediterranean, isn’t that grand?

They have decided that we need to depopulate the world by hitting any vessels that the refugees are on which means if they are not killed by British & Co. cannons they will drown… how humanitarian is that? I am wondering who came up with this bright idea? I need to congratulate him/her by paying them back the same way they are planning to do to the poor refugees who are escaping from their country with only their clothes on their back. So their plan is this:

The European Union has drawn up plans for military attacks in Libya to try to curb the influx of migrants across the Mediterranean by targeting the trafficking networks. It is to launch a bid on Monday to secure a UN mandate for armed action in Libya’s territorial waters. ***While the European Union talks everyday with the trafficking network as they are earning billions of dollars and Euros….. I mean what an Hypocrisy?

Britain is drafting the UN security council resolution that would authorise the mission, said senior officials in Brussels. It would come under Italian command, have the participation of around 10 EU countries, including Britain, France, Spain, and Italy, and could also drag in Nato although there are no plans for initial alliance involvement.

Federica Mogherini, the EU’s chief foreign and security policy coordinator, is to brief the UN security council in New York on the plans for a “chapter seven” resolution authorising the use of force. The British draft is believed to call for the “use of all means to destroy the business model of the traffickers”.

This would entail having EU vessels in Libyan territorial waters, including the Royal Navy flagship HMS Bulwark – currently in Malta – and deploying helicopter gunships to “neutralise” identified traffickers’ ships used to send tens of thousands of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East on the short but highly risky voyage from the Libyan coast to the shores of southern Italy.

I wonder what the UN will do; under the UN 1951 Refugee Convention which says COUNTRIES ARE OBLIGED TO PROTECT REFUGEES.

If the above mentioned countries had not meddled in the weaker but sovereign countries you the West would not have the problem with refugees.

DO YOU THINK WE WANT TO LEAVE OUR COUNTRY, OUR LOVED ONES, EVERYTHING WE KNOW TO GO TO A STRANGE COUNTRY WHICH IS HOSTILE TO FOREIGNERS/RACE/COLOUR. NO WE DO NOT WANT TO LEAVE OUR COUNTRY BUT YOU YES YOU BRITAIN, FRANCE, AMERICA AND THE CABAL FAMILIES HAVE MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO LIVE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY AND HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO BRING OUR CHILDREN AND FAMILY TO SAFETY…

HAVE YOU? YES YOU! THAT YOU ARE READING MY ARTICLE HAVE YOU LIVED A WAR? NEITHER HAD I TILL 2011 MY COUNTRY WAS BOMBED 24/7 FOR EIGHT WHOLE MONTHS WE COULD NOT SLEEP, WE COULD NOT GO OUT WE COULD NOT EVEN BUY THE NECESSARY THINGS BECAUSE YOUR GOVERNMENT WAS RUNNING OUT OF MONEY AND NEEDED A NEW WAR SO THEY COULD STEAL EVERYTHING FROM OUR ASSETS, OIL, WATER AND KILL ANYONE WHO TRIED TO BRING PEACE TO THE COUNTRY. IT WAS NOT A CIVIL WAR IT WAS AN ILLEGAL WAR FROM YOUR RESPECTIVE GOVERNMENTS BECAUSE THEY ARE GREEDY AND WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO MY COUNTRY SOON WILL HAPPEN TO YOU THE INDIVIDUAL THROUGH ECONOMIC SANCTIONS…. JUST WAIT AND SEE…. COUNT HOW MANY HOMELESS YOU HAVE, HOW MANY LOST THEIR JOBS DUE TO ECONOMIC COLLAPSE…. BUT THEY FOUND THE MONEY TO GO TO WAR…. AND NOW THEY FOUND ANOTHER WAY OF GETTING RID OF THE SCUM POPULATION BY SINKING THE BOATS.

I CONGRATULATE ALL OF YOU WHO STAND FOR THOSE KIND OF IDEAS… WE MAY DIE BUT VERY SOON YOUR TURN WILL COME.

Islamic State is the Cancer of Modern Capitalism


Islamic State is the Cancer of Modern Capitalism

By Nafeez Ahmed
Islamic State is the Cancer of Modern Capitalism

The brutal ‘Islamic State’ is a symptom of a deepening crisis of civilisation premised on fossil fuel addiction, which is undermining Western hegemony and unravelling state power across the Muslim world

Debate about the origins of the Islamic State (IS) has largely oscillated between two extreme perspectives. One blames the West. IS is nothing more than a predictable reaction to the occupation of Iraq, yet another result of Western foreign policy blowback. The other attributes IS’s emergence purely to the historic or cultural barbarism of the Muslim world, whose backward medieval beliefs and values are a natural incubator for such violent extremism.

The biggest elephant in the room as this banal debate drones on is material infrastructure. Anyone can have bad, horrific, disgusting ideas. But they can only be fantasies unless we find a way to manifest them materially in the world around us.

So to understand how the ideology that animates IS has managed to garner the material resources to conquer an area bigger than the United Kingdom, we need to inspect its material context more closely.

Follow the money

The foundations for al-Qaeda’s ideology were born in the 1970s. Abdullah Azzam, Osama bin Laden‘s Palestinian mentor, formulated a new theory justifying continuous, low-intensity war by dispersed mujahideen cells for a pan-Islamist state. Azzam’s violent Islamist doctrines were popularised in the context of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

As is well-known, the Afghan mujahideen networks were trained and financed under the supervision of the CIA, MI6 and the Pentagon. The Gulf states provided huge sums of money, while Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) liaised on the ground with the militant networks being coordinated by Azzam, bin Laden, and others.

The Reagan administration, for instance, provided $2 billion to the Afghan mujahideen, which was matched by another $2 billion from Saudi Arabia.

In Afghanistan, USAID invested millions of dollars to supply schoolchildren with “textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings”, according to the Washington Post. Theology justifying violent jihad was interspersed with “drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines”. The textbooks even extolled the heavenly rewards if children were to “pluck out the eyes of the Soviet enemy and cut off his legs”.

The conventional wisdom is that this disastrous configuration of Western-Muslim world collaboration in financing Islamist extremists ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union. As I said in Congressional testimony a year after the release of the 9/11 Commission Report, the conventional wisdom is false.

Protection racket

A classified US intelligence report revealed by journalist Gerald Posner confirmed that the US was fully aware of a secret deal struck in April 1991 between Saudi Arabia and bin Laden, then under house arrest. Under the deal, bin Laden could leave the kingdom with his funding and supporters, and continue to receive financial support from the Saudi royal family, on one condition: that he refrain from targeting and destabilising the Saudi kingdom itself.

Far from being a distant observer of this covert agreement, the US and Britain were active participants.

Saudi Arabia’s massive oil supply underpins the health and growth of the global economy. We could not afford it to be destabilised. It was pro quid pro: to protect the kingdom, allow it to fund bin Laden outside the kingdom.

As British historian Mark Curtis documents meticulously in his sensational book, Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam, the US and UK government continued to covertly support al-Qaeda-affiliated networks in Central Asia and the Balkans after the Cold War, for much the same reasons as before – countering Russian, and now Chinese, influence to extend US hegemony over the global capitalist economy. Saudi Arabia, the world’s leading oil hub, remained the conduit for this short-sighted Anglo-American strategy.

Bosnia

A year after the 1993 World Trade Center (WTC) bombing, Curtis reports, Osama bin Laden opened an office in Wembley, London, under the name of the Advice and Reformation Committee, from which he coordinated worldwide extremist activity.

Around the same time, the Pentagon was airlifting thousands of al-Qaeda mujahideen from Central Asia into Bosnia, in violation of the UN’s arms embargo, according to Dutch intelligence files. They were accompanied by US special forces. The “Blind Sheikh”, convicted of the WTC bombing, had been deeply involved in recruiting and dispatching al-Qaeda fighters into Bosnia.

Afghanistan

From around 1994, all the way until 9/11, US military intelligence along with Britain, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, covertly supplied arms and funds to the al-Qaeda-harbouring Taliban.

In 1997, Amnesty International complained about “close political links” between the incumbent Taliban militia, who had recently conquered Kabul, and the US. The human rights group referred to credible “accounts of the madrasas (religious schools) which the Taleban attended in Pakistan,” indicating that “these links may have been established at the very inception of the Taleban movement.”

One such account, reported Amnesty, came from the late Benazir Bhutto – then Pakistan’s Prime Minister – who “affirmed that the madrasas had been set up by Britain, the United States, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan during the Jihad, the Islamic resistance against Soviet occupation of Afghanistan”. Under US tutelage, Saudi Arabia was still funding those madrasas.

US government-drafted textbooks designed to indoctrinate Afghan children into violent jihad during the Cold War, now approved by the Taliban, became part of the Afghan school system’s core curriculum, and were used extensively in militant madrasas in Pakistan being funded by Saudi Arabia and the Pakistani ISI with US support.

Both the Clinton and Bush administrations were hoping to use the Taliban to establish a proxy client regime in the country similar to its Saudi benefactor. The vain hope, clearly ill-conceived, was that a Taliban government would provide the stability necessary to install a Trans-Afghan pipeline (TAPI) supplying Central Asian gas to South Asia, while side-lining Russia, China and Iran.

Those hopes were dashed three months before 9/11 when the Taliban rejected US proposals. The TAPI project was subsequently stalled due to the Taliban’s intransigent control of Kandahar and Quetta, but has been shepherded along by the Obama administration and is now being finalised.

Kosovo

NATO continued to sponsor al-Qaeda-affiliated networks in Kosovo by the late 1990s, reports Mark Curtis, when US and British special forces supplied arms and training to Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) rebels who included mujahideen recruits. Among them was a rebel cell headed by Muhammad al-Zawahiri, the brother of bin Laden’s deputy, Ayman, who now leads al-Qaeda.

In the same period, Osama and Ayman coordinated the 1998 US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania from bin Laden’s office in London.

There was some good news, though: NATO’s interventions in the Balkans, accompanied by the disintegration of socialist Yugoslavia, paved the way to integrate the region into Western Europe, privatise local markets, and establish new regimes supportive of the Trans-Balkan pipeline to transport oil and gas from Central Asia to the West.

The Middle East redirection

Even after 9/11 and 7/7, US and British addiction to cheap fossil fuels to sustain global capitalist expansion led us to deepen our alliance with extremists.

Around the middle of the last decade, Anglo-American military intelligence began supervising Gulf state financing, once again led by Saudi Arabia, to Islamist extremist networks across the Middle East and Central Asia, to counter Iranian Shiite influence in the region. Beneficiaries of this enterprise included al-Qaeda-affiliated militant and extremist groups from Iraq to Syria to Lebanon – a veritable arc of Islamist terror.

Once again, Islamist militants would be unwittingly fostered as an agent of US hegemony in the face of rising geopolitical rivals.

As Seymour Hersh revealed in the New Yorker in 2007, this “redirection” of policy was about weakening not just Iran, but also Syria – where US and Saudi largess went to support the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, among other opposition groups. Both Iran and Syria, of course, were closely aligned with Russia and China.

Libya

In 2011, NATO’s military intervention to topple the Gaddafi regime followed hot on the heels of extensive support to Libyan mercenaries who were, in fact, members of al-Qaeda’s official branch in Libya. France had been reportedly offered 35 percent control of Libya’s oil in exchange for French support to insurgents.

After the intervention, European, British and American oil giants were “perfectly poised to take advantage” of “commercial opportunities”, according to Professor David Anderson of Oxford University. Lucrative deals with NATO members could “release Western Europe from the stranglehold of high-pricing Russia producers who currently dominate their gas supply”.

Secret intelligence reports showed that NATO-backed rebels had strong ties to al-Qaeda. The CIA also used Libya’s Islamists militants to funnel heavy weapons to rebels in Syria.

A Canadian intelligence report from 2009 described the rebel stronghold of eastern Libya as an “epicentre of Islamist extremism”, from which “extremist cells” operated in the region – the same region, according to David Pugliese in the Ottawa Citizen, that was being “defended by a Canadian-led NATO coalition”. Pugliese reported that the intelligence report confirmed “several Islamist insurgent groups” were based in eastern Libya, many of whom were also “urging followers to fight in Iraq”. Canadian pilots even joked privately that they were part of al-Qaeda’s air force, “since their bombing runs helped to pave the way for rebels aligned with the terrorist group”.

According to Pugliese, Canadian intelligence specialists sent a prescient briefing report dated 15 March 2011 to NATO senior officers just days before the intervention began. “There is the increasing possibility that the situation in Libya will transform into a long-term tribal/civil war,” they wrote. “This is particularly probable if opposition forces receive military assistance from foreign militaries.”

As we know, the intervention went ahead regardless.

Syria

For nearly the last half-decade at least, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, Jordan and Turkey have all provided extensive financial and military support primarily to al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militant networks that spawned today’s “Islamic State”. This support has been provided in the context of an accelerating anti-Assad strategy led by the United States.

Competition to dominate potential regional pipeline routes involving Syria, as well as untapped fossil fuel resources in Syria and the eastern Mediterranean – at the expense of Russia and China – have played a central role in motivating this strategy.

Former French foreign minister Roland Dumas revealed that in 2009, British Foreign Office officials told him that UK forces were already active in Syria attempting to foment rebellion.

The ongoing operation has been closely supervised under an on-going covert programme coordinated jointly by American, British, French and Israeli military intelligence. Evidence in the public record confirms that US support alone to anti-Assad fighters totalled about $2 billion as of the end of 2014.

While the conventional wisdom insists that this support to Islamist extremists was mistaken, the facts speak for themselves. Classified CIA assessments showed that US intelligence knew how US-led support to anti-Assad rebels through its Middle East allies consistently ended up in the hands of the most virulent extremists. But it continued.

Pentagon officials were also aware in the year before IS launched its campaign of conquest inside Iraq, that the vast majority of “moderate” Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels were, in fact, Islamist militants. It was, officials admitted, increasingly impossible to draw fixed lines between “moderate” rebels and extremists linked to al-Qaeda or IS, due to the fluid interactions between them.

Increasingly, frustrated FSA fighters have joined the ranks of Islamist militants in Syria, not for ideological reasons, but simply due to their superior military capabilities. So far, almost all “moderate” rebel groups recently trained and armed by the US are disbanding and continuously defecting to al-Qaeda and IS to fight Assad.

Turkey

The US is now coordinating the continued supply of military aid to “moderate” rebels to fight IS, through a new arrangement with Turkey. Yet it is an open secret that Turkey, throughout this entire period, has been directly sponsoring al-Qaeda and IS as part of a geopolitical gambit to crush Kurdish opposition groups and bring down Assad.

Much has been made of Turkey’s “lax” efforts to curb foreign fighters crossing its territory to join IS in Syria. Turkey has recently responded by announcing that it has stopped thousands.

Both claims are mythical: Turkey has deliberately harboured and funnelled support to IS and al-Qaeda in Syria.

Last summer, Turkish journalist Denis Kahraman interviewed an IS fighter receiving medical treatment in Turkey, who told him: “Turkey paved the way for us. Had Turkey not shown such understanding for us, the Islamic State would not be in its current place. It [Turkey] showed us affection. Large number of our mujahedeen [jihadis] received medical treatment in Turkey.”

Earlier this year, authenticated official documents of the Turkish military (the Gendarmerie General Command) were leaked online, showing that Turkey’s intelligence services (MIT) had been caught in Adana by military officers transporting missiles, mortars and anti-aircraft ammunition via truck “to the al-Qaeda terror organisation” in Syria.

“Moderate” FSA rebels are involved in the MIT-sponsored Turkish-Islamist support network. One told the Telegraph that he “now runs safe houses in Turkey for foreign fighters looking to join Jabhat al-Nusra and Isil [Islamic State].”

Some officials have spoken up about this, but to no avail. Last year, Claudia Roth, deputy speaker of the German parliament, expressed shock that NATO is allowing Turkey to harbour an IS camp in Istanbul, facilitate weapons transfers to Islamist militants through its borders, and tacitly support IS oil sales. Nothing happened.

The US-led anti-IS coalition is funding IS 

The US and Britain have not only remained strangely silent about the complicity of their coalition partner in sponsoring the enemy. They have tightened up the partnership with Turkey, and are working avidly with the same state-sponsor of IS to train “moderate” rebels to fight IS.

It is not just Turkey. Last year, US Vice President Joe Biden told a White House press conference that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Turkey among others, were pouring “hundreds of millions of dollars and tens, thousands of tons, of weapons” into “al-Nusra and al-Qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis” as part of a “proxy Sunni-Shia war”. He added that, for all intents and purposes, it is not possible to identify “moderate” rebels in Syria.

There is no indication that this funding has dried up. As late as September 2014, even as the US began coordinating airstrikes against IS, Pentagon officials revealed that they knew their own coalition allies were still funding IS.

That month, Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was asked by Senator Lindsay Graham during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing whether he knew of “any major Arab ally that embraces Isil [IS]?” He said: “I know major Arab allies who fund them.”

Despite this knowledge, the US government has not merely refused to sanction these allies, but rewarded them by including them in the coalition that is supposed to fight the very extremist entity they are funding. Worse, the same allies continue to be granted ample leeway to select fighters to receive training.

Key members of our anti-IS coalition are bombing IS from the air while sponsoring them behind the scenes – with the knowledge of the Pentagon.

The arc of Muslim state-failure

In Iraq and Syria, where IS was born, the devastation of society due to prolonged conflict cannot be underestimated. Western military invasion and occupation of Iraq, replete with torture and indiscriminate violence, played an undeniable role in paving the way for the emergence of extreme reactionary politics. Before Western intervention, al-Qaeda was nowhere to be seen in the country.

The continual input of vast quantities of money to Islamist extremist networks, hundreds of billions of dollars worth of material resources that no one has yet been able to quantify in its totality – coordinated by the same nexus of Western and Muslim governments – has over the last half century had a deeply destabilising impact. IS is the surreal, post-modern culmination of this sordid history.

The West’s anti-IS coalition in the Muslim world consists of repressive regimes whose domestic policies have widened inequalities, crushed legitimate dissent, tortured peaceful political activists, and stoked deep-seated resentments. They are the same allies that have, and are continuing to fund IS, with the knowledge of Western intelligence agencies.

Yet they are doing so in regional circumstances that can only be described as undergoing, in the last decade, escalating converging crises. As Princeton’s Professor Bernard Haykel said: “I see ISIS as a symptom of a much deeper structural set of problems in the Sunni Arab world… [It has] to do with politics. With education, and the lack thereof. With authoritarianism. With foreign intervention. With the curse of oil … I think that even if ISIS were to disappear, the underlying causes that produce ISIS would not disappear. And those would have to be addressed with decades of policy and reforms and changes – not just by the West, but also by Arab societies as well.”

Yet as we saw with the Arab Spring, these structural problems have been exacerbated by a perfect storm of interlinked political, economic, energy and environmental crises, all of which are being incubated by a deepening crisis of global capitalism.

With the region suffering from prolonged droughts, failing agriculture, decline in oil revenues due to domestic peak oil, economic corruption and mismanagement compounded by neoliberal austerity, and so on, local states have begun to collapse. From Iraq to Syria, from Egypt to Yemen, the same nexus of climate, energy and economic crises are unravelling incumbent governments.

Alienation in the West

Although the West is far more resilient to these interconnected global crises, entrenched inequalities in the US, Britain and Western Europe – which have a disproportionate effect on ethnic minorities, women and children – are worsening.

In Britain, nearly 70 percent of ethnically South Asian Muslims, and two-thirds of their children, live in poverty. Just under 30 percent of British Muslim young people aged from 16-24 years are unemployed. According to Minority Rights Group International, conditions for British Muslims in terms of “access to education, employment and housing” have deteriorated in recent years, rather than improving. This has been accompanied by a “worrying rise in open hostility” from non-Muslim communities, and a growing propensity for police and security services to target Muslims disproportionately under anti-terror powers. Consistently negative reporting on Muslims by the media, coupled with grievances over justifiable perceptions of an aggressive and deceptive foreign policy in the Muslim world, compound the latter to create a prevailing sense of social exclusion associated with British Muslim identity.

It is the toxic contribution of these factors to general identity formation that is the issue – not each of the factors by themselves. Poverty alone, or discrimination alone, or anti-Muslim reporting alone, and so on, do not necessarily make a person vulnerable to radicalisation. But together these can forge an attachment to an identity that sees itself as alienated, frustrated and locked in a cycle of failure.

The prolongation and interaction of these problems can contribute to the way Muslims in Britain from various walks of life begin to view themselves as a whole. In some cases, it can generate an entrenched sense of separation and alienation from, and disillusionment with wider society. This exclusionary identity, and where it takes a person, will depend on that person’s specific environment, experiences and choices.
Prolonged social crises can lay the groundwork for the rise of toxic, xenophobic ideologies on all sides. Such crises undermine conventional mores of certainty and stability rooted in established notions of identity and belonging.

While vulnerable Muslims might turn to gang culture, or worse, Islamist extremism, vulnerable non-Muslims might adopt their own exclusionary identities linked with extremist groups like the English Defence League, or other far-right extremist networks.

For more powerful elite groups, their sense of crisis may inflame militaristic neoconservative ideologies that sanitise incumbent power structures, justify the status quo, whitewash the broken system that sustains their power, and demonise progressive and minority movements.

In this maelstrom, the supply of countless billions of dollars to Islamist extremist networks in the Middle East with a penchant for violence, empowers groups that previously lacked any local constituency.

As multiple crises converge and intensify, undermining state stability and inflaming grievances, this massive input of resources to Islamist ideologues can pull angry, alienated, vulnerable individuals into their vortex of xenophobic extremism. The end-point of that process is the creation of monsters.

Dehumanisation

While these factors escalated regional vulnerability to crisis levels, the US and Britain’s lead role after 9/11 in coordinating covert Gulf state financing of extremist Islamist militants across the region has poured gasoline on the flames.

The links these Islamist networks have in the West meant that domestic intelligence agencies have periodically turned blind eyes to their followers and infiltrators at home, allowing them to fester, recruit and send would-be fighters abroad.

This is why the Western component of IS, though much smaller than the number of fighters joining from neighbouring countries, remains largely impervious to meaningful theological debate. They are not driven by theology, but by the insecurity of a fractured identity and psychology.

It is here, in the meticulously calibrated recruitment methods used by IS and its supporting networks in the West, that we can see the role of psychological indoctrination processes fine-tuned through years of training under Western intelligence agencies. These agencies have always been intimately involved in the crafting of violent Islamist indoctrination tools.

In most cases, recruitment into IS is achieved by being exposed to carefully crafted propaganda videos, developed using advanced production methods, the most effective of which are replete with real images of bloodshed inflicted on Iraqi, Afghan and Palestinian civilians by Western firepower, or on Syrian civilians by Assad.

The constant exposure to such horrifying scenes of Western and Syrian atrocities can often have an effect similar to what might happen if these scenes had been experienced directly: that is, a form of psychological trauma that can even result in post-traumatic stress.

Such cult-like propaganda techniques help to invoke overwhelming emotions of shock and anger, which in turn serve to shut down reason and dehumanise the “Other”. The dehumanisation process is brought to fruition using twisted Islamist theology. What matters with this theology is not its authenticity, but its simplicity. This can work wonders on a psyche traumatised by visions of mass death, whose capacity for reason is immobilised with rage.

This is why the reliance on extreme literalism and complete decontextualisation is such a common feature of Islamist extremist teachings: because it seems, to someone credulous and unfamiliar with Islamic scholarship, to be literally true at first glance.

Building on decades of selective misinterpretation of Islamic texts by militant ideologues, sources are carefully mined and cherry-picked to justify the political agenda of the movement: tyrannical rule, arbitrary mass murder, subjugation and enslavement of women, and so on, all of which become integral to the very survival and expansion of the “state”.

As the main function of introducing extreme Islamist theological reasoning is to legitimise violence and sanction war, it is combined with propaganda videos that promise what the vulnerable recruit appears to be missing: glory, brotherhood, honour, and the promise of eternal salvation – no matter what crimes or misdemeanours one may have committed in the past.

Couple this with the promise of power – power over one’s enemies, power over Western institutions that have purportedly suppressed one’s Muslim brothers and sisters, power over women – and the appeal of IS, if its religious garb and claims of Godliness can be made convincing enough, can be irresistible.

What this means is that IS’s ideology, while important to understand and refute, is not the driving factor in its origins, existence and expansion. It is merely the opium of the people that it feeds to itself, and its prospective followers.

Ultimately, IS is a cancer of modern industrial capitalism in meltdown, a fatal by-product of our unwavering addiction to black gold, a parasitical symptom of escalating civilisational crises across both the Muslim and Western worlds. Until the roots of these crises are addressed, IS and its ilk are here to stay.

 

The World’s Most Widely Used WMD: Depleted Uranium


The World’s Most Widely Used WMD: Depleted Uranium

In the light of ongoing reports of a huge rises in the incidence of birth defects in Iraq we investigate one of the likely causes, depleted uranium.

Depleted uranium is the world’s most widely used weapon of mass destruction, and yet because it does not come with an associated mushroom cloud, this deadly killer goes largely unreported. However its effects last for centuries and it is currently used indiscriminately used by the major armies of the world with little or no research as to its effects long after the initial explosion. This is especially so in the countries in which they have been most extensively used, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. So what is depleted uranium and why should it be considered a weapon of mass destruction?

The Science:

  • The uranium remaining after removal of the enriched fraction contains about 99.8% 238U, 0.2% 235U and 0.001% 234U by mass; this is referred to as depleted uranium or DU.

  • The main difference between DU and natural uranium is that the former contains at least three times less 235U than the latter.

  • DU, consequently, is weakly radioactive and a radiation dose from it would be about 60% of that from purified natural uranium with the same mass.

  • The behaviour of DU in the body is identical to that of natural uranium.

  • Spent uranium fuel from nuclear reactors is sometimes reprocessed in plants for natural uranium enrichment. Some reactor-created radioisotopes can consequently contaminate the reprocessing equipment and the DU. Under these conditions another uranium isotope, 236U, may be present in the DU together with very small amounts of the transuranic elements plutonium, americium and neptunium and the fission product technetium-99. However, the additional radiation dose following intake of DU into the human body from these isotopes would be less than 1%.

The History:

  • Enriched uranium was first manufactured in the 1940s when the US and USSR began their nuclear weapons and nuclear power programs. It was at this time that depleted uranium was first stored as an unusable waste product. There was some hope that the enrichment process would be improved and fissionable isotopes of U-235 could, at some future date, be extracted from the depleted uranium. This re-enrichment recovery of the residual uranium-235 contained in the depleted uranium is no longer a matter of the future: it has been practiced for several years. Also, it is possible to design civilian power reactors with unenriched fuel, but only about 10 percent of reactors ever built utilize that technology, and both nuclear weapons production and naval reactors require the concentrated isotope.

  • In the 1970s, the Pentagon reported that the Soviet military had developed armor plating for Warsaw Pact tanks that NATO ammunition could not penetrate. The Pentagon began searching for material to make denser bullets. After testing various metals, ordnance researchers settled on depleted uranium.

  • The US and NATO military used DU penetrator rounds in the 1991 Gulf War, the Bosnia war, bombing of Serbia, the 2003 invasion and subsequent war in Iraq, in Afghanistan since 2001 and Libya in 2011.

APPLICATIONS OF DEPLETED URANIUM

  • Due to its high density, about twice that of lead, the main civilian uses of DU include counterweights in aircraft, radiation shields in medical radiation therapy machines and containers for the transport of radioactive materials. The military uses DU for defensive armour plate.

  • DU is used in armour penetrating military ordnance because of its high density, and also because DU can ignite on impact if the temperature exceeds 600°C.

In just a three week period of conflict in Iraq during 2003 it was estimated over 1000 tons of depleted uranium munitions were used, mostly in cities

EXPOSURE TO URANIUM AND DEPLETED URANIUM

  • Under most circumstances, use of DU will make a negligible contribution to the overall natural background levels of uranium in the environment. Probably the greatest potential for DU exposure will follow conflict where DU munitions are used.

  • A recent United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report giving field measurements taken around selected impact sites in Kosovo (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) indicates that contamination by DU in the environment was localized to a few tens of metres around impact sites. Contamination by DU dusts of local vegetation and water supplies was found to be extremely low. Thus, the probability of significant exposure to local populations was considered to be very low.

  • A UN expert team reported in November 2002 that they found traces of DU in three locations among 14 sites investigated in Bosnia following NATO airstrikes in 1995. A full report is expected to be published by UNEP in March 2003.

  • Levels of DU may exceed background levels of uranium close to DU contaminating events. Over the days and years following such an event, the contamination normally becomes dispersed into the wider natural environment by wind and rain. People living or working in affected areas may inhale contaminated dusts or consume contaminated food and drinking water.

  • People near an aircraft crash may be exposed to DU dusts if counterweights are exposed to prolonged intense heat. Significant exposure would be rare, as large masses of DU counterweights are unlikely to ignite and would oxidize only slowly. Exposures of clean-up and emergency workers to DU following aircraft accidents are possible, but normal occupational protection measures would prevent any significant exposure.

POTENTIAL HEALTH EFFECTS OF EXPOSURE TO DEPLETED URANIUM

  • Kidney Disease

  • Lung Cancer

  • Erythema (superficial inflammation of the skin)

  • Reproductive or developmental effects

  • Issues in the central nervous system (CNS) tissue.

  • Gulf War syndrome and soldier complaints

WHO RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Following conflict, levels of DU contamination in food and drinking water might be detected in affected areas even after a few years. This should be monitored where it is considered there is a reasonable possibility of significant quantities of DU entering the ground water or food chain.

  • Where justified and possible, clean-up operations in impact zones should be undertaken if there are substantial numbers of radioactive projectiles remaining and where qualified experts deem contamination levels to be unacceptable. If high concentrations of DU dust or metal fragments are present, then areas may need to be cordoned off until removal can be accomplished. Such impact sites are likely to contain a variety of hazardous materials, in particular unexploded ordnance. Due consideration needs to be given to all hazards, and the potential hazard from DU kept in perspective.

  • Small children could receive greater exposure to DU when playing in or near DU impact sites. Their typical hand-to-mouth activity could lead to high DU ingestion from contaminated soil. Necessary preventative measures should be taken.

  • Disposal of DU should follow appropriate national or international recommendations

NOTE: NONE OF THESE RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED IN IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN OR LIBYA