The U.S. government provides arms to ISIS, al Qaeda and the Taliban. It sometimes does this directly, as in Afghanistan in the 1970s and 1980s and Bosnia during the 1990s. Other times it arms ineffective and corrupt governments, warlords or insurgents who then give the arms of ISIS, al Qaeda and the Taliban.
The U.S. government is an enemy of the nations fighting ISIS, al Qaeda and the Taiban. These include Syria, Iran and Russia and, in the past, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. I’m not praising these nations’ governments. I’m just pointing out they are the enemies of the terrorists the U.S. government supposedly is making war on.
The U.S. government declines to confront nations from which ISIS, al Qaeda and the Taliban draw support. I’m thinking of Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf emirates and Turkey. Oil flows out and money and arms flow in.
U.S. military intervention creates the kind of environment in which ISIS, al Qaeda and the Taliban flourish. When the structure of civil government and civil society are smashed, as happened in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, only criminal, religious or military groups can flourish, or criminal religious warlords such as ISIS, al Qaeda or the Taliban.
One motive for joining ISIS is to take revenge for killing of bystanders in U.S. military operations.
Drone operations, bombing campaigns and support for oppressive governments create more terrorists than they eliminate.
Many Americans support the claims of ISIS, al Qaeda and the Taliban to be true representatives of Islam. Presidents Obama and George W. Bush distinguished between terrorists and mainstream Islam, but many American politicians and journalists seem to be intent on turning a struggle against a tiny group of terrorists into a crusade against the world’s more than 1 billion Muslims.
Ironically, many Iranians and Iraqis believe that Americans intentionally created ISIS. I’m sure there was no such intention. I just think that certain people in the U.S. government sought to use the war on terror as a screen to achieve other geopolitical objectives which they gave higher priority.
One of these objectives was to be the dominant military power in the Greater Middle East. Another was to control oil, gas and pipeline routes. A third was to back Israel, Saudi Arabia and other allies against their enemies and rivals.
They neither achieved these objectives (unless waging war is a goal in itself) nor effectively fought terrorism.
If we Americans are serious about waging a war on terror, we should stop doing things that make the terrorists stronger.
Syria: Ultimate Pipelineistan War by Pepe Escobar for Strategic Culture Foundation (via Counterpunch). The real motive for Syrian intervention.
The continuing nightmare by Joseph Cannon for Cannonfire. [added 12/9/2015]
Obama says he’s against ISIS? Yeah, RIGHT! by Joseph Cannon for Cannonfire. [added 12/9/2015]