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Issue #1712      November 25, 2015

Editorial

Who set terrorism loose?

While thousands upon thousands of innocent people die in big power wars, tens of millions displaced, the usual suspects profit from the death and chaos. A drumbeat for military escalation and internal repression becomes louder and louder. Terrorist attacks lead to big gains for defence stocks as investors bet on a jump in weapons spending. The Islamic State provided wonderful business opportunities for armaments companies. In almost two years Northrop Grumman’s share price has surged 160 percent, Lockheed Martin shares have climbed 150 percent.

And now those trying to channel the narrative about terrorist attacks are refuting claims that the groups emerged after and because of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. This is part of the message in the increasingly rabid “debate” in the mass media: take the official line of the war mongering status quo or keep your head down and your mouth shut.

It certainly does go back beyond 2003. In 1922 Britain excised a part of Iraq to set up an absolutist Sheikdom to protect Britain’s oil interests. That caliphate is called Kuwait. Thus, at the end of the 1980s Iraq moved to reclaim its territory. Again to protect big oil interests, the first of the Bush dynasty presidents, oil man George Sr, used it as a pretext to bomb Iraq’s infrastructure to rubble. They could not claim to be defending democracy in Kuwait; there isn’t even the pretence of it there.

This was a precursor to the second Bush dynasty president, son George W, to invade and occupy Iraq in 2003 with the “coalition of the willing” in violation of international law and based on a lie about claims of weapons of mass destruction.

There are more than a million Iraqis dead as a result. So, shine a light on the Opera House for them. No? For two reasons: some lives are valued over others, depending on where you are born, your skin colour and your religious beliefs and that it might prompt memory of those who were behind that crime.

Where ever John Howard is, he is not where he should be: in prison.

Now the coalition of the willing has cut a swathe of death and destruction through parts of the Middle East, but has hit a road block in Syria.

The atrocities of Paris were unspeakable and sickening. But what is not being said in the wake of the incident – what has been ignored by the mass media – is predictably telling and ominous.

As in the wake of 9/11, the people of the world are being provoked, agitated and mobilised; the fear, horror, rage and shock channelled and shaped into wave of collective vengeance and hatred.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks. But what is the Islamic State?

The fact that remains wilfully unacknowledged is that Islamic State is the guided military-intelligence and political apparatus of the West, created, trained, financed, advised and protected by the West and NATO – including France.

The Islamic State and Islamic extremism, including Al-Qaeda, functions on behalf of NATO and Western strategic interests.

Anglo-American war policy is what has set terrorism loose. It continues to sow, foment and expand terrorism in an unimaginable scale, with no end in sight. The trail of blood leads back to the policy, and its policy makers.

This apocalyptic crisis is not a war “on” terror, but a war “of” terror, committed by terrorists, guided by terrorists, and psychopathic war criminals that operate beyond the reach of law.

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