We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The U.S. Has Already Completed Regime Change In Syria (1949), Iran (1953), Iraq (Twice), Afghanistan (Twice), Turkey, Libya and Other Oil-Rich Countries

Click here to access article from Washington's Blog.

The well documented history that this blogger has dug up shows that the use of ISIS by the Empire conforms to much of Western history in which we find many examples of the old strategy of "divide and conquer" to gain and keep control over this resource rich region. As the blogger stated in a post this summer on the same subject:
The Western powers agreed 100 years ago to arbitrarily divvy up the Middle East, without regard for historical boundaries.

Neoconservatives in the U.S. and Israel have long advocated for the balkanization of Syria into smaller regions based on ethnicity and religion.

The goal was to break up the country, and to do away with the sovereignty of Syria as a separate nation. (The same goal has long applied to Iraq and other Arab states as well.)
On the same subject, I couldn't help but notice that Greenwald's new website, The Intercept, has been running articles on ISIS (see this, this, and this) which completely ignores the evidence revealed by many astute bloggers supporting a theory that this terrorist group has been created and promoted by members of the US-led Empire. Instead they stick to the Empire's media script that ISIS just suddenly appeared well equipped and trained militarily with social media expertise out of nowhere! This raises the question in my mind that Greenwald and associates may be running a "gatekeeping" operation. (See also this, this, and this.) They may be receiving funding to keep them from crossing an ideological red line that would expose one of the latest dark secrets of the Empire--their funding and promotion of ISIS. (See also this for an in-depth examination of the issue of gatekeeping.)