Recent reports that Al-Qaeda militants have taken over parts of Iraq serve as a stark reminder that the United States has for decades played a crucial role in both directly and indirectly aiding in the spread of terrorists around the Middle East and North Africa as a Machiavellian tool of neo-colonialism. There’s a very good reason why Al-Qaeda now controls more territory in the Arab world than ever before.
In recent years, the symbiotic relationship between Al-Qaeda and the U.S. military industrial complex has become more transparent than ever.
When Ted Cruz infamously warned against the U.S. acting as “Al-Qaeda’s air force,” he was referring to White House support for rebel jihadists in Syria, the most effective of whom represent groups like ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra.
While the Obama administration has claimed all along that it only seeks to aid “moderate” rebels, studies show that the civil war in Syria has allowed groups like ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra to gain a new foothold, leading to a process of “revival and resuscitation” for Al-Qaeda, a group that had previously been on life support.
When Jabhat al-Nusra was declared a terrorist organization by the State Department, after which it swore allegiance to Al-Qaeda, 29 so-called “moderate” rebel groups in turn professed allegiance to Jabhat al-Nusra, rendering the Obama administration’s claim that it was only backing “moderate” militants completely meaningless.
These same militants, backed not only by the US but by every major NATO power, have repeatedly voiced their hatred for and intention to destroy America, as they ransack Christian churches, burn US flags, chant anti-American slogans and sing the praises of Osama Bin Ladenwhile glorifying the 9/11 attacks.
As the New York Times reported, these very same terrorists killed U.S. troops in Iraq and yet western backing for the insurgency against Bashar Al-Assad has enabled violent extremists to seize power in pockets of Syria and beyond into Iraq.
As multiple reports now confirm, Jabhat al-Nusra, the main Al-Qaeda group in Syria, is now commanding rebels and is engaged in “the heaviest frontline fighting” in Syria. As the London Guardian reported, rebels in Syria are admittedly being led by Al-Qaeda terrorists, who meet with them “every day” and train them how to make bombs. Sheik Moaz al Khatib, head of the Syrian National Coalition of Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, has also publicly affirmed his support for the terrorist group.
These same terrorists have also vowed to attack the United States once they are finished in Syria, while proclaiming their desire to see the Al-Qaeda flag flying over the White House.
However, despite the Obama White House, along with close allies like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, playing a key role in funneling terrorists into Syria, the administration is now citing infighting amongst Al-Qaeda groups like ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra, as well as Al-Qaeda’s presence in Iraq (which couldn’t have happened without US support for rebel jihadists in Syria), as a reason for the U.S. to become entangled in both Syria and Iraq once again.
In supporting Al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria as part of the effort to impose regime change, the Obama administration is following the same disastrous policy it pursued in Libya, backing the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Libyan Islamic FIghting Group, which also killed U.S. troops in Iraq, to overthrow Gaddafi.
That led to a country ruled by thugs who have rounded up, tortured and executed thousands of black Libyans. It also led to the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, which was carried out by some of the very same LIFG terrorists the United States had backed just a year previously.
After the overthrow of Gaddafi, NATO powers aided in airlifting LIFG militants into Syria to continue the fight to impose Sharia law across the region.
However, using Al-Qaeda militants as pawns on a geopolitical chess board to justify neo-colonial expansion isn’t a modern phenomenon restricted to the Obama administration.
Under George W. Bush, Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups like Jundallah were used to carry out bombings and assassinations in Iran as part of a wider destabilization campaign aimed at Tehran.http://rinf.com/alt-news/breaking-news/military-industrial-complex-needs-al-qaeda-best-enemy-money-can-buy/
The extremists are being used as pawns by various nations (USA-Israel) to further geopolitical goals. Also the creation of the War on Terror serves to justify military spending in general since the end of the Cold War.
[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 29th, 2014.]