Skip to main content

How the Islamic State Became the Juggernaut It Is Today

How the Islamic State Became the Juggernaut It Is Today

It was
evident that Western governments had entirely
misread the situation in Iraq and Syria. For two
years Iraqi politicians had been warning anybody who
would listen to them that if the civil war in Syria
continued it would destabilise the fragile status
quo in Iraq. When Mosul fell everybody blamed Maliki,
who certainly had a lot to answer for, but the real
cause of the debacle in Iraq was the war across its
border. The revolt of the Syrian Sunni had caused a
similar explosion in Iraq. Maliki had treated the
Sunni provinces like a conquered country, but the
Iraqi Sunni would not have risen again without the
example and encouragement of their Syrian
counterparts. The ascendancy of ISIS that resulted
from its being able to act as the shock troops of a
general Sunni revolt may yet be reversible. But the
offensive they led in the summer of 2014 has likely
ended forever the Shia-dominated state that was
brought into being by the American invasion of 2003.



The fall of
Mosul was only the latest of a series of unpleasant
and unexpected events in the Middle East to catch
the outside world by surprise. The region has always
been treacherous ground for foreign intervention,
but many of the reasons for Western failure to read
the situation in the Middle East are recent and
self-inflicted. The US response to the attacks of
9/11 in 2001 targeted the wrong countries when
Afghanistan and Iraq were identified as the hostile
states whose governments needed to be overthrown.
Meanwhile, the two countries most involved in
supporting al-Qa‘ida and favouring the ideology
behind the attacks, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, were
largely ignored and given a free pass.



Both were
long-standing US allies, and remained so despite
9/11. Saudi Arabia may be now pulling back on its
sponsorship of jihadi fighters in Syria and
elsewhere around the world for fear of blowback in
the kingdom itself. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz
Sharif may insist that he is doing all he can to rid
the Pakistan security services of their extremist
elements. But until the United States and its allies
in the West recognise that these states are key in
promoting Islamic extremism, little real progress
will be made in the battle to isolate the jihadists.


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Nir Rosen: Gaza: Israel, Hamas and the logic of colonial power | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

Nir Rosen: Gaza: Israel, Hamas and the logic of colonial power | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk: "I have spent most of the Bush administration's tenure reporting from Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Somalia and other conflicts. I have been published by most major publications. I have been interviewed by most major networks and I have even testified before the senate foreign relations committee. The Bush administration began its tenure with Palestinians being massacred and it ends with Israel committing one of its largest massacres yet in a 60-year history of occupying Palestinian land. Bush's final visit to the country he chose to occupy ended with an educated secular Shiite Iraqi throwing his shoes at him, expressing the feelings of the entire Arab world save its dictators who have imprudently attached themselves to a hated American regime."

Torture, Murder and Donald Trump    :  Information Clearing House - ICH

Torture, Murder and Donald Trump    :  Information Clearing House - ICH

Torture,
Murder and Donald Trump

By Patrick
Martin



February
11, 2016 "Information
Clearing House
"
-
"WSWS"

Only four days
after his public defense of torture and “a hell of a
lot worse” in US military-intelligence
interrogations, billionaire Donald Trump added
assassination to his foreign policy arsenal as well.
Speaking Wednesday on the “CBS This Morning”
program, Trump said that his solution to the US
conflict with North Korea over its nuclear weapons
program would be to eliminate North Korean leader
Kim Jong-un.


“I would
get China to make that guy disappear in one form or
another very quickly,” Trump told interviewer Norah
O’Donnell. When she followed up by asking if that
meant having Kim Jong-un assassinated, Trump
replied, “Well, I’…

Al Jazeera English - GAZA: ONE YEAR ON - 'Birth defects' from Israeli bombs

Al Jazeera English - GAZA: ONE YEAR ON - 'Birth defects' from Israeli bombs: "Focus GAZA: ONE YEAR ON
'Birth defects' from Israeli bombs

Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip in 2006 and last winter have left a high concentration of toxic metals in its soil, according to the findings of a weapons research group made up of independent doctors and scientists based in Italy.

Doctors in Gaza believe the toxic wastes, along with the trauma of war, is the reason they're seeing a high number of babies with birth defects.

Sherine Tadros reports from Gaza."