September 22, 2014

Sunni Grievances Against The Shiite Government In Iraq: More Fiction Than Fact

One of the explanations that has been given for the rising popularity of ISIS in Iraq is that the Maliki-led Shiite government persecuted Sunnis, and did not allow them to have any say in the government so they had no choice but to turn to ISIS as a way to take revenge against Maliki.

But that's not true.

Dr. Abbas Kadhim, an Iraqi-American professor and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, says that, "100 percent of local governance in every Sunni province is by elected Sunni officials. There is not a single Shiite official who rules in Anbar or Saladin or Mosul."

Those who see events and developments in Iraq and the Middle East only through the Sunni-Shiite lens don't bother to look for evidence to confirm their assumptions because they have an agenda to push, which is to split the Muslim world on a sectarian basis and thereby strengthen Israel's hand in the region.

The popularity of ISIS in Sunni areas of Iraq has been overblown to a great extent. Daesh kills Sunni clerics and Sunni tribal leaders who are defiant and who don't bow down to them on sight upon taking over a town and/or village. By doing that they send a direct message to the remaining Sunni residents of the area that it's either their word or the sword.

They're not looking to be loved, and they're most likely not loved by average Sunnis who just want to live a normal life. These are thugs and killers who impose fear by going around killing people for fun, and kill anyone who looks at them the wrong way, so most people who live under their control just keep their head down, go on with their business, and think, "at least it's not the Iranian-backed Shiite militias who are ruling over us, who will just massacre us and destroy our homes."

ISIS's rise could have been stopped. The Sunni people of Iraq did have some kind of a choice and most of them chose unwisely. They revolted against a weak, but relatively stable and secular state, while Shiite militias were waiting in the background ready to pounce on its carcass and remake Iraq in their own image. And for what? Because it hurt their pride to see Shiites ruling in Baghdad? Because they lost some money and power?

That speaks to the immaturity, stupidity, and lack of political leadership on the part of the Sunnis in Iraq, and their backers in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Video Title: Perceptions trumping reality in Iraq? Source: Stimson Center. Date Published: September 18, 2014. Description:
Discussing the Shi'a-Sunni conflict, Dr. Abbas Kadhim suggests that perceptions mold opinions more than what may be reality in Iraq, adding "all people see is the misery in their own towns."
"Let's remember that 100 percent of local governance in every Sunni province is by elected Sunni officials. There is not a single Shiite official who rules in Anbar or Saladin or Mosul. And that is something to really think about. They do elect people who tend to be under-performing, or also as corrupt as the rest. It is that they are not used to having this kind of misery. The Shiite have always been living . . . if you talk to them they say this is slightly better than the time of Saddam Hussein. In Saddam's time we did not have electricity, we did not have good roads or good hospitals, and our lives were a privilege. At least now nobody bothers us. . . For the Sunni lands it is a disastrous fall from what they used to have and what they have now." - Dr. Abbas Kadhim.

September 21, 2014

It's The Brainwashing, Stupid

ISIS, or Daesh, as it is commonly called in the Middle East and now by the French government, has used the tactic of suicide bombing with great success. In August it captured an air base in Raqqa, Syria by using a 14 year old suicide bomber. Here is an excerpt from, "ISIS captures major military air base in Syria using child suicide bomber" The Telegraph, August 25, 2014:
Located just 40 kilometres from Raqqa, Tabqa military base had been besieged for several weeks, forcing the Syrian regime to supply its trapped soldiers by parachute.

In recent days however, ISIS stepped up its campaign, dispatching suicide bombers to breach the base’s outer wall – including, according to its social media accounts on Friday, Sufian al Omar, a 14-year-old boy who it claimed had joined his father in a “suicide operation” at Tabqa.

Despite government air strikes to try to beat back the attack, the jihadis quashed the remaining pockets of resistance on Sunday and entered the base, killing dozens of soldiers and capturing others.

Capture of the base will allow ISIS to concentrate more its efforts on Iraq, where it’s steady advance has brought it within miles of Iraqi capital.
After consolidating their position in Raqqa, ISIS turned their sights towards Iraq and the Kurdish areas in Syria, especially Kobani, investing a lot of manpower and American and Russian weaponry in the fight. The result has been a mass exodus of Kurdish civilians from the town and nearby villages towards the Turkish border.

One of the main powers of ISIS is its ability to recruit hundreds and thousands of alienated, poor and unsophisticated people from all around the world to become suicide bombers. They tell them they will enter paradise, and be granted their virgins. And they can point to Islamic scripture to justify their methods because many of the recruits are not educated about the Koran, and have no idea that their religious recruiters are peddling bullshit to them.

A former member of ISIS, who goes by the name of Sherko Omer, says he joined the group mistakenly. His recruiters misled him by saying he was being taken to a Free Syrian Army camp which turned out to be an ISIS camp. He explains how ISIS disposes of its zealous and ignorant recruits who have no fighting skills or an educational background in this interview. Here is an excerpt: 
Nonetheless, many IS jihadist fighters truly believed all this but foreign recruits had no clue as to what the verses of holy Quran actually meant. I saw many foreign recruits who were put in the suicide squads not because they were "great and God wanted it" as IS commanders praised them in front of us, but basically because they were useless for IS, they spoke no Arabic, they weren’t good fighters and had no professional skills.  They were brainwashed into the “women in heaven” and those they could rape on earth before they eventually killed themselves. I am alive partly thanks to my qualifications.

You have to remember that IS has been portrayed as an organisation of gangs only, although this is evident what they do, but the political leadership pay unbelievable attention to education and educated recruits.
It is important to know that ISIS recruits people through deception and that the recruits, like the one in the interview above, feel trapped and too fearful to escape to safety. There are many interview of young Tunisian or European Jihadists on YouTube who regret joining ISIS and coming to Syria and admit that they fell for their exceptional propaganda.

Omer said that ISIS's leadership provides its members with all sorts of goodies, from foreign cars to conquered brides. They seek to recreate paradise on earth, for the short while they are here, and entice their brainwashed followers to commit to the cause with even greater fanaticism in order to get the reward of paradise for eternity in the afterlife.

This practice is not new. ISIS is not innovating anything. The brainwashing of suicide bombers in such a manner, especially the young and easily impressionable, was done by Hassan-i Sabbah and his Assassins. Below is an excerpt from, "A History of Secret Societies" by Arkon Daraul
Hasan began to attract young men from the surrounding countryside, between the ages of twelve and twenty: particularly those whom he marked out as possible material for the production of killers. Every day he held court, a reception at which he spoke of the delights of Paradise... "and at certain times he caused draughts of soporific nature to be administered to ten or a dozen youths, and when half dead with sleep he had them conveyed to the several palaces and apartments of the garden. Upon awakening from this state of lethargy their senses were struck by all the delightful objects, and each perceiving himself surrounded by lovely damsels, singing, playing, and attracting his regards by the most fascinating caresses, serving him also with delicious viands and exquisite wines, until, intoxicated with excess and enjoyment, amidst actual rivers of milk and wine, he believed himself assuredly in Paradise, and felt an unwillingness to relinquish its delights. When four or five days had thus been passed, they were thrown once more into a state of somnolency, and carried out of the garden. Upon being carried to his presence, and questioned by him as to where they had been, their answer was 'in Paradise, through the favour of your highness'; and then, before the whole court who listened to them with eager astonishment and curiosity, they gave a circumstantial account of the scenes to which they had been witnesses. The chief thereupon addressing them said: 'We have the assurance of our Prophet that he who defends his Lord shall inherit Paradise, and if you show yourselves to be devoted to the obedience of my orders, that happy lot awaits you'."

Suicide was at first attempted by some; but the survivors were early told that only death in the obedience of Hasan's orders could give the Key to Paradise. In the eleventh century it was not only credulous Persian peasants who would have believed such things were true. Even among more sophisticated people the reality of the gardens and houris of paradise were completely accepted. True, a good many Sufis preached that the garden was allegorical - but that still left more than a few people who believed that they could trust the evidence of their senses.
Nearly a decade ago, Robert A. Pape, a scholar and Professor from the University of Chicago, wrote the book, "Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism," arguing that military occupation, not Islam, is to blame for the rise of suicide bombing since 9/11. He wrote an article for Foreign Policy in October 2010 called, "It's the Occupation, Stupid." 

Occupation is a big factor when local Afghans decide to blow themselves up in order to drive the foreign NATO invaders out of their country. Only a blind fool would deny that. But what makes ISIS members use that same tactic against fellow Sunnis, the Syrian army, Kurds, Shiites, and Christians, who are not occupying their land?

This is where the brainwashing kicks in. And there is ample material within the texts of Islam which allows conquerors, under one banner or another, in one era or another, to convince gullible young people to become suicide bombers and reach paradise.

According to the interview linked above, ISIS members are told that they are pure, that ISIS has a pure and holy mission on earth, and that they must "purify" the Muslims who are around them before attacking the infidels and the Jews. In their minds 90 percent of Muslims qualify as impure, so if they have it their way, they will to do everything to kill all of them before they engage Israel and the West in war. Such simplistic thinking is a recipe for genocide, and it is why Christianity in Iraq is no more.

Video Title: Egyptian TV Host: I Can Understand Suicide Bombings in Israel, But Not against Muslims or Christians. Source: MEMRI TV. Date Published: September 21, 2014. Description:
Egyptian TV host Rola Kharsa said on her show on August 30, 2014 that although she does not condone suicide bombings, she can perhaps understand when people carry out such attacks against Israel. However, she cannot understand how people carry out suicide bombings against fellow citizens, Muslims or Christians.

President Obama Hypes The Feel Good Coalition In Radio Address; Washington Has Lost Too Much Credibility In Iraq And Syria To Be An Effective Global Leader In The Anti-ISIS Struggle

1. An excerpt from, "Obama on War: It’s World vs. ISIS - President Keeps Trying to Play Up 'Coalition'" by Jason Ditz,, September 20, 2014:
In his weekly radio address, President Obama continued to play up the idea that the war on ISIS is going to be fought primarily by a massive, worldwide coalition he has assembled.
The address appears like it could’ve been largely written the same time as the week and a half ago war speech, echoing the same attempts to downplay the scope of the conflict to the American public, while insisting that the bulk of the fight is going to be handled by a mythical foreign force.
Hitting ISIS and other radical Jihadists with targeted, but largely token airstrikes, whether they be in Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, wherever, is a quick way to gain international prestige and be seen as tough on terrorism on the global stage. But they don't do anything other than make France and the U.S. feel good about themselves. 

These airstrikes and targeted killings don't actually solve the problem because the attackers (NATO, US, France, etc) don't have the best of intentions, and contributed to the problem in the first place. They don't have a consistent anti-terrorism strategy, and actually support Jihadist terrorists with money, weapons, propaganda, and training when it suits their geopolitical and political interests.

This tweet by Erik Meyersson captures the inherent lack of credibility of Washington's anti-ISIS coalition: "A real anti-#ISIS coalition would be hitting organization's targets around #Kobani right now. A fake one wouldn't."

Kobani is in the Kurdish areas of Syria, close to the Turkish border, which has been a key stronghold of the PYD/PKK. Unlike Iraqi Kurdistan, it does not have any oil or U.S. military and CIA bases, so its strategic value to Washington ranges from minimal to zero. Hence the inaction on its part to stop the town from falling into ISIS's control.

2. An excerpt from, "Suspicions Run Deep in Iraq That C.I.A. and the Islamic State Are United" by David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, September 20, 2014:
Omar al-Jabouri, 31, a Sunni Muslim from a predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad who attended the rally and said he volunteers with a Shiite brigade, argued that Mr. Maliki had alienated most Iraqis, regardless of their sect.

“He did not just exclude and marginalize the Sunni people; he ignored the Shiite people, too,” Mr. Jabouri said. “He gave special help to his family, his friends, people close to him. He did not really help the Shiite people, as many people think.”

But the Islamic State was a different story, Mr. Jabouri said. “It is obvious to everyone that the Islamic State is a creation of the United States and Israel.”
People in Iraq and across the region are awake to the secret machinations and evil methods of the Islamic State of Israel and the States. They know who their real enemy is, and it isn't this funny-looking goof, who is not a charismatic speaker nor a military strategist, but a mere frontman who plays the role of a Caliph.

Washington has even less credibility in Iraq and the region than ISIS because their policies, actions, and anti-Assad rhetoric helped spawned this mass-murdering terrorist group. Washington has been destabilizing Syria, sending weapons into the country, and training foreign Jihadists to fight the Syrian army for over three years, and ISIS is the natural result of those activities.

The reality is that ISIS and Jihadism in general will never be defeated as long as the U.S. is the global leader forming coalitions against it. The world will be fighting this war for many more decades as long as Washington is the one listing the objectives and leading the war effort.

The U.S. is not a leader in the global war against terrorism, and never has been, not even in the days and weeks following the false flag 9/11 attacks. The best thing it can do in the anti-ISIS struggle is quit calling for the overthrow of Assad and stop using the bullshit rhetoric that legitimizes ISIS's narrative that Assad is a mass murderer and a tyrant who must be toppled.

Video: Muslim Brotherhood Regime In Turkey Provides Its Clean, Modern Public Transportation To Dirty ISIS Terrorists

U.S. and NATO ally Turkey has been key to ISIS's military victories in Syria and Iraq.

An excerpt from, "Turkey could take in Muslim Brotherhood leaders ousted from Qatar, Erdogan says" AP, September 16, 2014:
Erdogan also told a group of journalists on board his plane during his return from a visit to Qatar late Monday that Turkey could take in leaders of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood who have been asked to leave Qatar.
Erdogan also told reporters that Turkey could provide refuge to Muslim Brotherhood leaders now being forced to leave Qatar.

The leaders had sought refuge in Qatar following the ouster of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and the crackdown on his supporters. But their presence in Qatar had severely strained Doha’s relations with Egypt as well as with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, all of which view the more than 85-year-old Islamist movement as a threat.
Title: ISIL Militants Filmed on a Tram in Istanbul as Erdogan Paves the Way for Jihadis to Attack Syria. Source: Eretz Zen. Date Published: September 19, 2014. Description:
A couple of Iraqi nationals have recently spotted two militants from the "Islamic State" (aka ISIL or ISIS) terrorist group riding a tram in Istanbul. They managed to film them with a mobile phone.

This comes amid Western hints and accusations that the Turkish government is providing support for ISIL, not only by facilitating their entry into Syria from its territories but also by providing them with shelter, medical treatment, and weaponry. Turkey has also decided not to participate in the anti-ISIL military coalition that is being led by the US and even includes such terror-sponsoring states as Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

September 19, 2014

How To Defeat ISIS: Break Up Iraq And Make Up With Assad

According to the article below, written by a former Naval Intelligence Officer, the quickest and easiest way to defeat ISIS is to break up Iraq into three regions (Sunni, Kurds, Shiite) and make up with Assad in Syria.

As long as this war drags on in both countries ISIS will only get stronger and meaner. And the ideas that are outlined below make much more sense on a practical level than the drivel in President Obama's speech last week.

ISIS won't ever be defeated if Saudi Arabia has any role in the so-called international coalition, let alone a significant one, which it would if the Obama administration moves forward with its current plan. How the hell can you include KSA, who are funding ISIS, and leave out the PKK, who are fighting it?

It's an absurd strategy that will not end the war but will have the opposite effect. It will strengthen ISIS and boost its already rising reputation in the psychologically vulnerable minds of young Muslims in the Middle East and beyond who are without jobs, without hope, without leadership, and without any real future. When the global economy fully collapses, which will happen, ISIS will stand there, amidst the ashes of a collapsing world, and give them this irresistible message, "Do not go out like this, join Allah's conquering army and die with glory."   

The more time is wasted, the stronger ISIS will get, and the harder it will be to defeat it later on.

An excerpt from, "To Defeat ISIS, Keep it Simple" by J. Michael Barrett, War On The Rocks, September 15, 2014:
It is a fool’s errand to try to force the state of Iraq to remain intact when that outcome requires political compromises and burying of religious and ethnic hatreds that are all too evident throughout the entire region. The facts on the ground and decades of Western political and military failures support the conclusion that forcing these disparate sects together without also accepting a ruthless dictator brutal enough to force public acquiescence is simply not possible. And, obviously, this policy also means hoping against hope that the complex swirl of sectarian divides, unstable (if not untenable) power-sharing arrangements, and splitting of spoils and oil revenues can be contained while the central government fights the prolonged civil war against ISIS that has taken root within its borders. Yet the administration’s plans hinge on providing support to Iranian-backed Iraqi leaders in taking on the Sunni extremists of ISIS by arming and supporting moderate Sunnis who will be fighting to sustain their subservience to a Shi’a government. Wouldn’t it make more sense to recognize the reality of three distinct territories of what used to be Iraq and thus help Kurds, Sunnis, and Shi’a fight ISIS in the name of their own respective sovereignties? Then all the parties would be defending their own self-interest, and the anti-ISIS battle can be separated from the entangled complexity of objectives that arise when defeating ISIS leads to political outcomes against the fighting forces’ own interests.

Similarly, in Syria the administration has chosen the complexity of cross-cutting entanglements by being either unwilling or unable to make the necessary, but miserably distasteful, alliances with various actors like Syria’s President Assad and his Iranian backers – despite making alliances with those same Iranian backers in Iraq. Instead, we are choosing to try and find some elusive segment of Syrian society that, though they have not yet emerged three years into a civil war, is capable of bearing arms effectively against both ISIS and the Syrian military, is less radical than ISIS, and yet still strong enough to rule post-Assad. No such force exists, and building one — if it is even possible — would take years and require arming untold hordes of fighters, any number of whom could easily switch sides and join ISIS at any moment or, perhaps more likely, retreat from the fight and leave all the U.S.-supplied weapons systems in the hands of ISIS, just as happened with the Iraqi Army earlier this year. Again, the complexity and opportunity for failure as a function of unknown and uncontrollable events is impossible to calculate.

In his speech to the nation last week, the president clearly identified the three pillars of his real strategy for defeating ISIS: (1) ISIS must be destroyed, (2) he is unwilling to use our military on the ground to do it, and (3) he cannot or will not make hard choices like splitting up Iraq or partnering with Assad. Perhaps any two of these might be doable, but there is no way all three can hold for the period of time this effort will require. In the end, being unwilling to use our own troops means crafting a coalition of people with different interests, capabilities, and senses of morality. Accepting this truth should lead us to a simple, straightforward plan that partitions Iraq and makes a deal with Assad.

September 18, 2014

U.S. Congress Agrees To Arm Radical Terrorist Group ISIS Under The False Label of "Syrian Rebels"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approves the U.S. Congress's decision to arm ISIS.

The  U.S. Congress has voted to officially arm the "Syrian rebels" and implement the Obama administration's strategy against ISIS, whatever that is.

Technically, there is no such thing as "Syrian rebels." Those who wish it was true because they want to see Assad overthrown so bad really need to grow up and stop living in a fantasy world. It isn't true now, and it wasn't true three years ago.

This is not something that basement dwelling conspiracy theorists believe, but is a reality that even high-level Pentagon generals, mainstream journalists, and Middle East experts now admit after denying it earlier in order to justify the sending of American and Western arms into Syria.

These arms ended up in the hands of ISIS. There is a belief that this was done accidentally, out of U.S. cluelessness and ignorance of the various rebel groups, but that would be naive.

Robert Ford, the former ambassador to Syria, tried to restore the image of the so-called "moderate opposition" in Syria last month in an article in Foreign Policy. But no matter how much the U.S. government would like that to be true, it just isn't the case.

Even if the Free Syrian Army existed, they would have very little popular support inside Syria and would only win on the battlefield if the U.S. absolutely pummeled the Syrian army with its air power and destroyed Syria to pieces.

And their exile political leaders would only win in an election if over 80 percent of Syria was depopulated, whether by death or forced migration. Is that what the U.S. wants? It looks like it, because that is the only way that support for Assad and the current government would fade inside Syria.

So as long as war is imposed on them and they continue to be invaded by foreign Jihadists from every corner of the planet the majority of Syrians will stand by their leader. That is how every country, society, community, sect, cult, and tribe acts in a time of crisis, rightly or wrongly.

But depopulating a country in order to remove popular support for its regime is not a military or a political victory. It's genocide.

So what is Washington getting at by continuing to send arms to Syria, escalating the war, and taking diplomacy with the Assad regime off the table? The obvious conclusion, which has been self-evident from the very beginning of the so-called Arab Spring, is that they want to destroy Syria.

In the place of U.S. boots, they have opted for the boots of Jihadist terrorists. They are different boots, a little dirtier, more beaten up, not as shiny, but the traces of their footsteps both lead back to U.S. training bases. 

Sheikh Imran Hosein: "Israel Is Now Ready To Wage A Big War"

"This is what I explained in my lecture twelve years ago in Sydney. It's to create conditions which would allow the world to feel that Islam is rising once again as a force in the world, and the Islamic Caliphate will be returning. And that the Muslims are going to now slaughter the Jews in Israel. And if Israel does not do something to defend itself Israel will be destroyed, and, more than that, all of mankind are now going to be threatened by this evil force called Islam. It's a propaganda offensive.

And in order to succeed with that propaganda offensive you don't need more than one dollar worth of intelligence to realize that they created, they manufactured ISIS. And they're the ones who program [inaudible] to claim that they are now the Caliphate.

It's all part and parcel of the master plan, which would allow Israel to eventually wage a war that's already pre-planned. And Israel has all the weapons and the technology that the Arabs don't have to be able to wage that war and to be able to inflict horrendous damage on largely defenseless people who don't have the kind of weapons that Israel has.

The Prophet, Allah's blessings be upon him, prophesied that wiping out, the decimation of the Arabs. He did it. But I get emails from the Arabs themselves who are not convinced, who believe that my eschatology is fanciful. And I hate to say to them, we'll just wait and see. Just wait and see. The writing is on the wall if you can read the writing. That Israel is now ready to wage a big war.

But before Israel can wage a big war of territorial expansion to establish a political and economic dominion over the Arab world in particular there is one big impediment in the way. And that big impediment is the two superpowers, the NATO Alliance and Russia. That's the impediment. And in order to get rid of this major impediment these two have to fight with each other, a war of mutual destruction. That's the planning. That's Armageddon." - Sheikh Imran Hosein [2:45 - 5:32 in the video below].

Video Title: Divine Cunning Will Not Allow a Khalifa to be Restored - Sheikh Imran Hosein. Source: 108morris108. Date Published: August 31, 2014.