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

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Are The US And Al Qaeda Friends Again?

Click here to access article by Dan Wright from ShadowProof

Wright puts together an excellent clip via YouTube of Joe Biden's speech on October 2nd of last year when he tried to deflect any blame for various terrorist armies onto Turkey and Saudi Arabia and its associates. The posting was obviously prompted by a long article in this month's Harper's Magazine entitled "A Special Relationship: The United States is teaming up with Al Qaeda, again." 

To be fair, I must admit that I have only had time to skim this latter article; but it appears to me that it too attempts to soften are role in creating ISIS by directing most of our attention to the machinations of Turkey and Saudi Arabia, etc. I also did a search for the terms "Israel" and "Zionist" on the pages of the Harper's article and neither was mentioned in this lengthy article! 

Harper's is a liberal magazine and while it occasionally exposes the dirty deeds of the Empire's directors, it must finally in the end provide some excuses for these deeds so that we are left with a reformist attitude that permits us to think that mistakes were made but they can be corrected in the future under the existing system. Hence the title of the article and this post. 

Last year I posted an article from RT which also cited Joe Biden's speech, and in my commentary I felt that his accusations about the role of Turkey and Saudi Arabia were an inept gaff. Now I feel that his speech was a conscious attempt at damage control directed toward liberals and assorted intellectuals (after all he was speaking to an educated audience) who have been exposed to many leaks of information that revealed US involvement. 

The Harper's article fully acknowledges the US sponsorship of the terrorist army called Mujaheddin to fight the Soviet-backed government of Afghanistan--but this might be considered ancient history and excused as payback to the Soviets for their support of the Vietnamese. After this history lesson the author implies that we had very little to do with Al Qaeda and sees the recent events in Syria as mostly a mistaken renewed friendship. Notice that the author totally buys into the mainstream story about 9/11 and omits any CIA involvement in that major terrorist event:
...Al Qaeda, employing a largely Saudi suicide squad, destroyed the World Trade Center. In a sane world, this disaster might have permanently ended Washington’s long-standing taste for mixing Islam with politics. But old habits die hard.
Although the author admits CIA involvement in the terrorist armies in Syria, the overwhelming emphasis is on the various machinations and conspiracies going on in the nearby Arab countries. If I am correct, then the Harper's article is also such an attempt at damage control for US Empire directors.

For a brief, but accurate history of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and associated terrorist groups, you must read today's post by Tony Cartalucci entitled "Islamic State or Wahhabi Colony?".