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Libya and Syria: Two Wars Against ISIL/Daesh, Two Different Western Reactions


Libya and Syria: Two Wars Against ISIL/Daesh, Two Different Western Reactions

By: Andrew Korybko

Kashmiri demonstrators hold up a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a demonstration against Israeli military operations in Gaza

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The Western reaction to the Libyan government’s request for anti-terror assistance is the polar opposite of how it responded to Damascus’ similar requests. While the West seems intent on sabotaging Syria, it appears to be going out of its way to accommodate Libya. ***(the west is accommodating the illegitimate terrorist Hassi’sregime which holds captive the capital of Libya, when Egypt and the National Congress democratically elected last summer asked from the UN to lift the ban for arms so that the National Libyan army can fight the terrorists, the USA and Britain vetoed against the lift, and forcing the legitimate government to sit down with the terrorists and try to unite.. So estimating the way of the Anglo-American axis want Libya by all means to install ISIS/DAESH as the legal government.)

Libya and Syria are both facing severe challenges from ISIL, yet the US is once more playing favorites at the expense of the latter. Despite terrorism in Libya obviously being the more pressing threat to Europe’s security, no unilateral intervention against ISIL is even being considered at this point, showing that the West is eager to respect the unpopular legitimate authorities’ desire to empower its armed forces instead.

On the flip side of things, the US and its allies have repeatedly disrespected the popular government in Syria by unilaterally bombing its territory for months, despite ISIL there not being an immediate threat to European security interests, and haven’t even considered for a moment that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is the most valuable weapon in the country’s war on terror. This blatant hypocrisy in anti-terror approaches can be clearly attributed to ulterior interests and insincerity in fighting ISIL in Syria.

Big Differences Equal Bigger Hypocrisy

Libya and Syria both have their situational differences, but when compared amongst themselves, the North African state is arguably weaker and less prepared to fight against ISIL, yet it is the Libyan government’s interests that are being accommodated by the West and the Syrian government’s that are being ignored and even countered by them. Here’s a back-to-back comparison that most vividly illustrates their differences:

Libya:

Cairo International Airport, Cairo, Egypt

© Flickr/ Stefano F 300 Egyptians Flee Libya Following Execution of Coptic Christians by ISIL

The legitimate government was voted into office during the summer general elections, with only 18% of the electorate deciding to take part. Since then, the authorities were kicked out of the capital and now reside in the far-flung eastern city of Tobruk near the Egyptian border, *****(it was not kicked out as the Russian Journalist writes but left Tripoli due to security reasons such as to avoid kidnapping, assassinations and blackmail by the defeated party which was the Muslim brotherhood together with Daesh, Libyan Dawn and other terrorist entities. The National Congress has secured most of the East and South of Libya, so I do not understand why the Journalist is trying to manipulate the truth) by the  having ceded many major population centers to the terrorists *****(also this is not true, other than Tripoli being held hostage by Western Terrorists, Misurata and Derna are the hub of importing terrorists from the West and Middle East the rest of the cities are free from being terrorized on daily basis. So when he says “ceded major population he means 3 cities which one major city is held hostage) as they retreated. This has left ISIL with unhindered control over much of the country’s coast, raising fears that it might try to directly attack Europe in the future. The group even went as far as to say that “you have seen us in Syria, now we’re right here, just south of Rome.” *****(Isil/Daesh is contained in the 2 cities which are DERNA AND MISURATA in Tripoli its the Muslim Brotherhood, the alleged group that warned Europe were WESTERNERS AND IT WAS NOT IN THE SHORES OF LIBYA BUT QATAR. Claiming that Isil/Daesh “controls over much of the country’s coast, raising fears that it might try to directly attack Europe in the future” is a BLATANT LIE, causing panic for no reason. I have no idea where this Russian Journalist is getting his information but through this article he has manipulated the truth about Libya to the core.)

Nonetheless, the Libyan authorities have rejected outside military intervention against this seemingly imminent international threat, and the Western community has complied.  Tobruk is now requesting that the arms embargo on the country be lifted and that an international blockade be imposed to prevent arms from entering areas where the government has no control. Although no decision has been made as of yet, *****(decision has been made the US and UK vetoed it so the west is not listening it wants to install the Muslim Brotherhood by force)the West is listening with open ears and appears ready to abide by the Libyan government’s recommendations.

Syria:

Northeastern Syria

© Sputnik/ Alexander Makarov At Least 150 Christians Abducted by ISIL in Syria

Syrian President Bashar Assad was re-elected during the June presidential election, winning 88.7% of the vote with a 73.42% turnout. Since then, the government solidified its control over the capital and its surroundings, and engaged in successful offensives against the terrorists in the northern and southern reaches of the country. Although ISIL does infest large parts of eastern Syria, the group is not as immediate or direct of a threat to the West as its counterparts in Libya are.

The SAA has insisted that it can handle the terrorist problem on its own, provided that its neighbors do their legal part in preventing the free passage of terrorists and weapons into the country. This has of course not happened, nor has the government’s opposition to unilateral foreign strikes been respected. Throughout the past four years, the West has placed weapons sanctions on Syria, while countries like Russia that provide it with anti-terror material support have been slurred for ‘supporting a dictatorship’. 

The Right Way To Fight Terrorism

US Marines from Battalion Landing Team, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, walk nearby a mosque in the desert of Jebel Petra, near Aqaba seaport, south of Amman, Jordan. File photo

US Marines from Battalion Landing Team, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, walk nearby a mosque in the desert of Jebel Petra, near Aqaba seaport, south of Amman, Jordan. © AP Photo/ Mohammad Hannon Top Secret? Jordan Furious After Pentagon Reveals Anti-ISIL Training Site

After having read about the West’s completely divergent ways of responding to terrorism, one may now wonder what the proper method is. Believe it or not, it’s actually the way that ISIL is being dealt with in Libya that represents the right way to handle the situation, although the West’s response is extremely hypocritical since this proper method isn’t being applied in Syria, which actually has better and more stable grounds for its application (as was seen above). To avoid any confusion, here are the characteristics that make the current (key word) Libyan approach the right one:

* Respect for the will and decisions of the democratically elected government

* Eagerness to assist as requested in preventing external elements from aggravating the situation

* Belief that empowerment of the national armed forces is the most effective front line solution

Be that as it may, the West’s attitude to Libya’s War on ISIL may very well change (and rapidly at that), but as it stands, it represents the most effective and legal way to handling terrorism all across the world. The question is, why doesn’t the West behave this way towards Syria?

The ‘Anti-ISIL’ Masquerade

Objectively speaking, there’s nothing that prevents the West from confronting terrorism in Syria according to the same legal and effective guidelines that it’s currently (key word) practicing in Libya. If it was serious about combating ISIL, it could follow the SAA’s recommendations, since it already has an over four-year-long track record in directly fighting terrorists. The weapons sanctions imposed on the popular and democratically elected Syrian government can be immediately lifted, and Turkey and Jordan, which are definitely threatened by ISIL, could step up their border control and make sure no terrorists or weapons pass through to Syria. The so-called ‘anti-ISIL’ coalition could halt its unilateral and uncoordinated strikes in Syria and await further instructions from Damascus, but none of these simple and logical steps are being taken.

The reason that the ‘anti-ISIL’ coalition isn’t doing any of these things is because it’s actually a regime change coalition (RCC) disguised in misleading and convenient ‘anti-terror’ rhetoric. None of its members want to see ISIL completely destroyed right now, otherwise they’d assist the SAA in making that happen and wouldn’t’ have provided (at the very least) the situational and early material assistance that made the group’s creation possible.  Instead, the aim of their bombings is to destabilize Syria even further and provoke the SAA into firing on the RCC aircraft, which would then create the pretext for an all-out regime change bombing campaign modeled off of the 2011 War in Libya.

As a perfect case in point, reports are now circulating that the foreign-supported ‘moderate opposition’ in Syria (a myth if there ever was one!) will be able to call in RCC airstrikes against ISIL. While they may try to get some external assistance in eliminating their extremist rivals, what’s more likely is that they’ll eventually call for strikes in heavily populated and civilian areas or even directly against the SAA, all ostensibly to defeat ‘ISIL’. Should just one ‘mistake’ like this happen and the SAA rightfully respond to the aggression being unleashed against it and Syria’s citizens, then the RCC won’t hesitate to repeat their 2011 Libyan scenario in Syria (their intent all along) and officially transform the former pearl of the Mideast into its most impoverished and terror-stricken area.

 

 

Libya Lies – Rape as a Weapon of War – Made in the USA?


Libya Lies – Rape as a Weapon of War – Made in the USA?

By Felicity Arbuthnot | Dissident Voice

It’s really 19th century behavior in the 21st century, you just don’t invade another country on phony pretexts in order to assert your interests.
— Secretary of State, John Kerry, “Meet the Press”,  March 2, 2014

Various professional psychology sites state succinctly: “Projection is a defense mechanism which involves taking our own unacceptable qualities or feelings and ascribing them to other people.”

Further: “Projection tends to come to the fore in normal people at times of crisis, personal or political, but is more commonly found in the neurotic or psychotic – in personalities functioning at a primitive level as in narcissistic personality disorder or borderline personality disorder”, opines Wiki.

With that in mind it is worth returning to the assault on Libya and the allegation by Susan Rice, then US Ambassador to the UN, in April 2011, that the Libyan government was issuing Viagra to its troops, instructing them to use rape as a weapon of terror.

However, reported Antiwar.com, MSNBC was told “by US military and intelligence officials that there is no basis for Rice’s claims. While rape has been reported as a ‘weapon’ in many conflicts, the US officials (said) they’ve seen no such reports out of Libya.”

Several diplomats also questioned Rice’s lack of evidence, suspecting she was attempting “to persuade doubters the conflict in Libya was not just a standard civil war but a much nastier fight in which Gaddafi is not afraid to order his troops to commit heinous acts.” ***(here is were everybody is making the same fatal mistake there was no civil war, there was a protest march were the protesters had guns killed 4 police officers and 2 soldiers, question to you readers what would your government do if your protesters had killed police officers?)

The story was reminiscent of the pack of lies which arguably sealed the 1991 US-led Iraq onslaught — of Iraqi troops leaving premature babies to die after stealing their incubators. The story, of course, was dreamt up by global public relations company, Hill and Knowlton Strategies, Inc., then described as the world’s largest PR company which had been retained by the Kuwait government.

A tearful hospital “volunteer”, Nayirah, gave “testimony” which reverberated around an appalled world. It transpired she was the daughter of the Kuwaiti Ambassador to Washington and was neither a “volunteer”, “witness”, nor in Kuwait. Amnesty International obligingly backed up the fictional nonsense suffering lasting credibility damage.  However, as with Libya two decades later, Iraq’s fate was sealed.

The US Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice and Foreign Affairs advisor, Samantha Power are credited with helping persuade President Obama to intervene in Libya. By the end of April 2011, Rice was also pushing for intervention in Syria, claiming that President Assad was “seeking Iranian assistance in repressing Syria’s citizens …” In the light of all, she vowed: “The United States will continue to stand up for democracy and respect for human rights, the universal rights that all human beings deserve in Syria and around the world.” (Guardian, April 29, 2011)

Looking across the world at the apocalyptic ruins of lives and nations resultant from America’s continuance in uninvited “standing up” for “democracy”, “human rights” and “universal rights” there are surely few who could not only silently weep.

Amnesty, perhaps “once bitten” not only questioned the Libya Viagra nonsense but denied it in categorical terms. According to Donatella Rovera, their Senior Crisis Response Advisor, who spent three months in Libya from the start of the crisis: “We have not found any evidence or a single victim of rape or a doctor who knew about somebody being raped.”

Liesel Gerntholtz, heading Womens Rights at Human Rights Watch, which also investigated the mass rape allegations, stated: “We have not been able to find evidence.”

The then Secretary of State, Hillary “We came, we saw, he died” Clinton, was “deeply concerned” stating that: “Rape, physical intimidation, sexual harassment and even so-called ‘virginity tests’ “were taking place not only in Libya, but “throughout the region.” Presumably leaving the way open for further plundering throughout Africa in the guise of bestowing “democracy”, “human rights” etc.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court obediently weighed in, telling a Press Conference of:  “ … information that there was a policy to rape in Libya those that were against the government. Apparently (Colonel Gaddafi) used it to punish people.” A bit of a blow for the impartiality and meticulous evidence of the ICC it might be thought.

A week after the bombing of Libya started in March 2011, Eman al-Obeidy burst in to a Tripoli hotel telling the international journalists there she had been raped. She was removed by Libyan security. Government spokespeople claimed she had mental health problems, was drunk, a thief, a prostitute and would be charged with slander. The world sneered.

By June 2011 Ms al-Obeidy had ended up in Boulder, Colorado, US, granted asylum with remarkable speed, with the help of Hillary Clinton, according to US news outlets.

In November 2014 al-Obeidy, now known as Eman Ali, was arrested for “violating conditions of her bail bond and probation.” It was her third arrest. Prosecutors allege that she tested positive for opiates and alcohol. The probation and bail bond relate to an alleged assault case in a Boulder bar with Ms al-Obeidy-Ali accused of pouring drink over a customer and then lobbing a glass at her.  The trial is scheduled for 17th February with the possibility of her asylum status being rescinded.

However, back to projection. It transpires that the Pentagon has been supplying Viagra to US troops since 1998. That year it spent $50 million to keep troops, well, stiffened up.  “The cost, roughly, of two Marine Corps Harrier jets or forty five Tomahawk cruise missiles …”

By 2014 the cost of extra-curricular military forces’ frolics had risen to an astonishing $504,816 of taxpayers money. An additional $17,000-plus was spent on two further erectile enhancing magic potions.

The Washington Free Beacon helpfully estimated: “that the amount of Viagra bought by the Pentagon last year could have supplied 80,770 hours, 33 minutes, and 36 seconds of sexual enhancement, assuming that erections don’t last longer than the 4 hour maximum advised by doctors.”

Surely coincidentally on February 14, St Valentine’s Day, Joachim Hagopian released an article: “Sexual Assault in the US Military – More Rapists Attend the Air Force Academy Than Any Other College in America.”

In a survey taken in 2012 “an unprecedented number” of over “26,000 incidents of unwanted sexual contact was reported by service men and women.” Further, weekly: “another high profile officer often in charge of reducing assaults was being investigated and charged himself.”

The US Air Force at Colorado Springs, writes Hagopian “has more rapists on Campus than any other college in the country.”

But then the US military planners would seem to be sex and bodily function obsessed. In 1994 they contemplated releasing pheromones (a hormonal stimulus) against enemy troops “to turn enemy soldiers into flaming love puppets whose objects of affection would be each other.”

“While enemy troops were preoccupied with making love instead of war …” America’s finest could blow them to bits. This bit of military dementia was dubbed the “gay bomb.”

Also dreamed up have been halitosis, flatulence and vomit-inducing chemicals to unleash on foes. Body function obsession clearly rules in the armed forces, officially and unofficially.

Projection: “ … is more commonly found … in personalities functioning at a primitive level.” Indeed. And to think both Saddam Hussein and Colonel Gaddafi were labeled mad by such as these.

IF YOU WANT TO BOMB A COUNTRY AND RE-INVADE IT THIS IS WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO


IF YOU WANT TO BOMB A COUNTRY AND RE-INVADE IT THIS IS WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO

1. You have to make a plan to get rid of the government, you do that by Demonizing the government through the media who are the lap-dogs of the West-Zionists. The media do not care that it does not publish the truth, the journalists do not care that they have blood on their hands as long as their Bank Accounts are getting filled with millions.

2. You plant some snipers, spooks and you do a covert operation like a demonstration, you have placed the snipers on the roofs and they start shooting at the demonstrators – you have organized the media to be there so that they can take live feed and spread the lie through the media a picture a thousand words. You get some secret agents and some outside contractors to flood the social media with pictures and videos demonizing the government.

***(Does that remind you of a movie? It’s not this is reality)

3. You go to the UN and ask for a mandate, that the government has to be ousted because it will kill its own people. ***(It seems that while America has killed its own people  other governments will do the same.)

4. Once you get the OK from the UN then you call in the big guns NATO, its orders is to bomb the country to shambles while at the same time you organize all the scums of the earth to go to that country Under the Mask of FREEDOM FIGHTERS(FF). These FF have been financed and trained by contractors of the west, so that they can show to all of us idiots that they country really has a problem and these FF will free the country and bring DEMOCRACY!!!

5. Once the NATO has bombed all the infrastructure of the country killed thousand innocent people, freed all the psychopaths, murderers, rapists from jail and they let them loose always masked as FF to roam the streets and they start killing, rapping, kidnapping innocent civilians and they call it a civil war……

6. They go back to the UN and ask for this country to have an extended embargo and no fly zone so that any government that comes to power can not restrain these psychopaths and to keep the fighting going on. So that the civilians when the time is right they will accept anything the WESTERN POWERS OFFER so that they can have some peace, quiet and security. In the mean time the country is completely destroyed easily to loot all the resources of the country. Entering the IMF which of course if anyone knows that once you enter the IMF you never get out. So once a sovereign country;  becomes enslaved by the West and it will be divided into 3 pieces.

7. Wait there is more… sometimes the 1st plan does not go the way the Westerners had planned so they have to come up with plan B.

8. Plan B is so twisted that only barbarians could think of it. They collected the best behavior prisoners from GITMO and other black operated prisons, showered them, dressed them in black with black masks but unfortunately they were not enough so some Europeans, Americans, Australians, Canadians, Africans, Middle Easterners and Israelite  who played video war-games and now they are going to play in real life were collected. They were well-trained in a hidden base in Jordan they are being payed from $600 to $1000 monthly and have the best gadgets with them from American jeeps which are not exported and some how these terrorist have them, the latest rifles, guns and American knives known to be used by SAS troops. ****(Still you think you are watching a movie? Here comes the reality check…)

9. The countries I am talking about are: Lebanon totally destroyed, Yugoslavia now balkanized and divided because of it’s resources, Afghanistan totally destroyed their the excuse was to get rid of the Soviet Union, but in reality it was the CIA drug cartel and America’s CIA created the Al Qaeda group with Bin Laden, Yemen for the same reason drugs, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Iraq for its oil and other resources, Libya for oil, water and other resources, Syria for the same reason with Iraq and Libya, Sudan for oil and it’s divided, Somalia, Horn of Africa, Latin America has also some horror stories, Vietnam and Korea also have their horror stories and the list can go for ever….

10. America together with Israel are destroying Europe in a very different war an economic war which is worse as the Europeans can not see the enemy. Very soon Europe will have to enter the war as so many immigrants from war zones are flooding their country and there are not enough supplies to maintain them thus the rise of the fascist parties. Coincidence you say? I don’t think so, everything is planned.

So now we have in the one hand the European psychopaths Fascists and on the other hand the psychopaths who call themselves ISIS OR ISIL. These nice people in the last few months they have made so many atrocities that even Pinochet would have not dared to do. But America and Israel sit silently and do nothing they have not gone to the UN and to get a mandate to bomb them, on the contrary both countries are  trying to persuade their senates to grant them money so that they can continue to finance them and to keep on beheading Muslims, Christians and anything that has two legs but first they need to rape their victims – that’s how demented they are….. on your TV sets both governments say we are bombing them but they are bombing empty buildings. Isis, Al Qaeda, Daash, Nusra and other extreme entities are the cheap labor and expendable instead of using their own Armies. Had they use their own army they would have a riot in their countries.

So lets see why Libya will be invaded again, Isis has executed Egyptian Copts, from RT here is what they write:

Islamic State militants have released a new graphic video showing what they claim are the executions of 21 Egyptian Copts kidnapped in Libya. The video was published on the Twitter account of a website that supports the jihadists.

The Copts – native Christians of Egypt – are shown in the video dressed in orange jumpsuits with their hands tied behind their backs, while being walked along the seaside by jihadists dressed in black. The Egyptian men are then forced to kneel before being beheaded.

Several very graphic images of the killings appeared on Twitter. RT will not run the images, believing it is unethical to publish the footage or pictures of atrocities committed by terrorists even if they cannot be immediately verified.

A caption on the five-minute video read: “The people of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian church.”

Before the killings, one of the militants stood with a knife in his hand and said: “Safety for you crusaders is something you can only wish for.”

ISIS = WESTERNERS HIDING UNDER THEIR MASKS

ISIS = WESTERNERS HIDING UNDER THEIR MASKS

REMINDER OF GITMO PRISON THE ORANGE CLOTHES, WHY??? WHAT IS THE MESSAGE?

REMINDER OF GITMO PRISON THE ORANGE CLOTHES, WHY??? WHAT IS THE MESSAGE?

THE AMERICAN KNIVES THAT CAN CUT YOUR HEAD OFF

THE AMERICAN KNIVES THAT CAN CUT YOUR HEAD OFF

AMERICA & ISRAEL HAVE FINANCED ALSO THEIR TV STATION AND PHOTO REPORTERS

AMERICA & ISRAEL HAVE FINANCED ALSO THEIR TV STATION AND PHOTON REPORTERS. SEE HIS KNIFE & CHECK HIS SKIN COLOR HIS LIGHTER THAN ANY LIBYAN I KNOW.

ISIS ACTIVITIES IN LIBYA

 At the very least, ISIS has left its footprints in Benghazi, Sirte, Tripoli, and portions of southern Libya. The group has broadcast very little from its media office for “Fezzan Province,” though it did claim responsibility for the January 3 attack on a Libyan army checkpoint outside of Soukna that left over ten soldiers dead. ISIS media offices for Barqa and Tripolitania are much more active in broadcasting “soft” activities such as hisba 

(religious accountability) and dawa 
 (proselytizing), in tandem with “hard” security- and violence-related content. In Barqa, ISIS activities extend far beyond what has been written on Derna. The group has publicized hisba 
 activities such as burning cigarette cartons; destroying waterpipes used for smoking; demolishing “polytheistic” statues and shrines
and persuading Muslims in open-air markets to leave their commercial activities and join them at the mosque
 (more coercive measures are used in Syria and Iraq). Its
dawa  activities have included distributing “medical guidance” in Cyrenaica, general aid to the needy,  and sweets and gifts to children in Benghazi. “Harder” ISIS activities in Barqa have included the execution of two Tunisian  journalists, street fighting in Benghazi, and gunfights, rocket fire, and guerrilla activities in Ain Mara.
 In addition to targeting General Haftar and his forces, ISIS counterpropaganda also singles out the Sahwat (Awakening), a group of irregular forces fighting alongside Operation Dignity who are named after the Sunni tribal “awakening” against al-Qaeda in Anbar, Iraq, where ISIS has its roots. The Libyan Sahwat were likely organized as a parallel counterinsurgency force for Operation Dignity after ASL and its allies routed Haftar from Benghazi in July 2014; they became well-known during the October counteroffensive.
 ISIS photo essays have since attempted to blame Benghazi’s destruction on Haftar and the Sahwat, whom the jihadist  writer Moaz Abu al-Barqawi (i.e., “of Barqa“) described as an “awakening of apostasy.”
 In Tripoli, ISIS has benefited from the relative calm to conduct more relaxed dawa  activities such as “meet and greets”
 and distributions of cash and clothing. But the most immediate threat to Tripoli’s calm is ISIS itself: the group has claimed credit for a spate of attacks targeting foreign symbols, including a diplomatic security building, the Algerian embassy, and the Corinthia Hotel. Reports of gun battles against Islamist.
With all that said its 99.9% that the Western Allies will intervene for a second time with the excuse to help the civilians.

 

Obama’s Gun-running Operation


Obama’s Gun-running Operation

If you thought the Isis war couldn’t get any worse, just wait for more of the CIA
Even America’s top spies know that arming rebels is ‘doomed to failure’ – but that can’t stop Obama’s gun-running operation

By Trevor Timm

Information on secret weapons already flowing into Syria has been kept in hiding from most of the people who approved paying for them. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty

Information on secret weapons already flowing into Syria has been kept in hiding from most of the people who approved paying for them. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty

As the war against the Islamic State in Syria has fallen into even more chaospartially due to the United States government’s increasing involvement there – the White House’s bright new idea seems to be to ramping up the involvement of the intelligence agency that is notorious for making bad situations worse. As the Washington Post reported late Friday, “The Obama administration has been weighing plans to escalate the CIA’s role in arming and training fighters in Syria, a move aimed at accelerating covert U.S. support to moderate rebel factions while the Pentagon is preparing to establish its own training bases.”

Put aside for a minute that the Central Intelligence Agency has been secretly arming Syrian rebels with automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and antitank weapons since at least 2012 – and with almost nothing to show for it. Somehow the Post neglected to cite a front-page New York Times article from just one month ago alerting the public to the existence of a still-classified internal CIA study admitting that arming rebels with weapons has rarely – if ever – worked:

As the Times’ Mark Mazzetti reported:

‘One of the things that Obama wanted to know was: Did this ever work?’ said one former senior administration official who participated in the debate and spoke anonymously because he was discussing a classified report. The C.I.A. report, he said, ‘was pretty dour in its conclusions.’

The Times cited the most well-known of CIA failures, including the botched Bay of Pigs invasion and the arming of the Nicaraguan contra rebels that led to the disastrous Iran-Contra scandal. Even the agency’s most successful mission – slowly bleeding out the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s by arming the mujahideen – paved the way for the worst terrorist attack on the US in its history.

But as anyone who has read journalist Tim Weiner’s comprehensive and engrossing history of the CIA knows, the agency’s past is a graveyard rife with literally dozens of catastrophic failures involving covert weapons deals to countless war criminals and con artists in an attempt to overthrow governments all over the world. Not only has the CIA failed repeatedly, but oftentimes its plan has completely backfired, solidifying the very power of the actor it sought to remove and leaving the people the agency claimed to be helping in a much, much worse-off spot than before the CIA gun-running mission began.

We’ve already seen Syrian fortunes turn for the worse as the US has stepped up involvement in the past few months, as Bashar al-Assad has gone on the offensive against the US-backed rebels, and as the US airstrikes have reportedly led to Isis and al-Qaida reuniting, after being sworn enemies for more than a year. The two terrorist groups then proceeded to route the “moderate” rebels in combat and are currently in possession of many of the US-made weapons previously owned by the rebels.

Two months ago, the US Congress voted to send hundreds of millions of dollars in more arms to Syria. Even the politicians voting on sending countless more US weapons into the middle of a civil war were kept in the dark about the CIA’s internal report. That should be a scandal, right up there with the torture report the CIA is trying to keep secret, too.

But at least a few in-the-know elected officials were aware of the dangers of insanity of Congress’ Syria vote. The Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim and Sam Stein quoted an unnamed Democratic Congressman in September who was even more blunt, insisting that the CIA’s belief in arming rebels was “doomed to failure”:

‘I have heard it expressed, outside of classified contexts, that what you heard from your intelligence sources is correct, because the CIA regards the effort as doomed to failure,’ the congressman said in an email. ‘Specifically (again without referring to classified information), the CIA thinks that it is impossible to train and equip a force of pro-Western Syrian nationals that can fight and defeat Assad, al-Nusra and ISIS, regardless of whatever air support that force may receive.’

The unnamed Congressman added: “The CIA also believes that its previous assignment to accomplish this was basically a fool’s errand, and they are well aware of the fact that many of the arms that they provided ended up in the wrong hands.”

But the information on the secret weapons that were already flowing into Syria has been kept in hiding from most of Congress. John Kerry refused to answer any questions about the CIA’s activities in Syria when asked by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, despite the news of the agency’s involvement in Syria being on the front page of newspapers for years. “I hate to do this,” he said. “But I can’t confirm or deny whatever that’s been written about and I can’t really go into any kind of possible program.

Perhaps the most shocking part is that we know Barack Obama himself has read the CIA study and knows that arming rebels in Syria – or anywhere – was an incredibly dangerous idea. Seemingly referencing the study, Obama told David Remnick of the New Yorker earlier this year:

Very early in this process, I actually asked the C.I.A. to analyze examples of America financing and supplying arms to an insurgency in a country that actually worked out well. And they couldn’t come up with much.

So even though the CIA “couldn’t come up with much” proof of any time when sending tons of weapons into a war zone full of extremists has worked in the past, or that the agency itself has told Congressmen arming the rebels was “doomed to failure,” the Obama administration is ready to do just that.

No one doubts that Isis is a horrific terrorist group that’s terrible for the entire Middle East – as it proved over the weekend by barbarically beheading another innocent aid worker – but further entrenching the CIA and its weapons into an already awful situation can really only make things worse. Much worse.

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What Laws of War? We do what we want! The USA administration don’t care, as usual, of people’s lives: they do not care about the lives of the Americans themselves…


Originally posted on the real SyrianFreePress Network:

Since George W. Bush declared the “War on Terror” in October 2001, it has cost the American taxpayer approximately 6.6 trillion dollars and thousands of fallen sons and daughters (Garikai Chengu)

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~ by Dave Lindorff ~ This Cant Be Happening ~

In a perverse way, maybe it’s progress that the US is now admitting that it doesn’t really care about how many civilians it kills in its efforts to “decapitate” a few suspected terrorist leaders.

Still, it’s disturbing in the extreme to see this admission reported without comment in the US corporate media, which treats the information like just another announcement about how the latest war is being fought — say what kind of ammunition is being fired by the Reaper drones being sent into Syria, or what kinds of bombs the F-16s are dropping.

Here was the White House announcement, as reported by Michael IsIkoff in Yahoo…

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