It’s widely recognized that Daesh (the Arabic acronym for the terrorist group often called IS, ISIS or ISIL in the West) depends on oil sales to fuel its armies. Until recently, it’s been less clear who is buying Daesh’s oil, and how it ends up in their hands.The evidence is overwhelming that the US Empire and its associated medieval Arab allies (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates), Turkey, and Israel all conspired for different reasons to create this terrorist army to bring the Assad government down. (Simply enter "ISIS" into one of my search boxes to bring up articles loaded with evidence.) I think that this qualifies as another kind of false flag operation because it diverts attention away from the actual perpetrators onto a terrorist organization that has in fact been organized and supported by this coalition of nations.
However, recent reports suggest that the oil flows to Europe and Asia through a complex process that implicates allies of the United States like Turkey and Israel. The U.S. is also facing increasing criticism for its failure to target the terrorist group’s oil infrastructure in a serious way until recently. [Only after the Russians became involved and were particularly effective in attacking ISIS's oil infrastructure.]
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