I was wrong. I wasn’t cynical enough to ‘write the script’.
The truth (if there is any one truth in this mess) of the geo-political politics at play are not only devastatingly dangerous for us all – they at least have the grace to sound stranger than the craziest conspiracy-theorist’s confection.
But really. It’s all about the oil (yawn – yes, again). And the arms of course.
Discredited ravers and loonies like George Galloway* (former MP and ‘indefatigible’ pal of Saddam) knew (almost). But then he was certifiably bonkers, wasn’t he? And Jihadi Jez – well, he has always known but he’s also well enough aware when to keep his mouth shut – because look where opening it and voicing conspiracy-sounding mumbo-jumbo got you: on Celebrity Big Brother lapping Rula Lenska.
So, the solution was predetermined and – as Hollande was always destined to decide it is – we have the intensified bombing of Syria (but carefully avoiding catastrophic damage of any area around a pipeline or oil field).
ISIS/ISIL/Daesh – a death cult incubated and nourished by the US as a tool against Assad. Assad who stood in the way of the Qatar pipeline and trillions in oil supplies.
And it’s a fucking despicable immoral disgrace that I’m not speculating.
Declassified secret US government document which were obtained by the public interest law firm, Judicial Watch, show that Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad.
Now, Judicial Watch is a Conservative Foundation right enough – and usually I’d be running screaming in the opposite direction – but in my book the exposure of corruption is non-ideological. So I am relieved that someone (though I’d really rather it wasn’t them) is forcing the US Government to release documentation through court pursuit of FOI requests. I’m just astonished that the governmental-fuckers haven’t tampered with the goodies before release (or maybe they have).
It’s the US military-industrial complex that is the clear winner here. With billions of dollars (just a link to one example – you can google or imagine the rest) of arms contracts just signed and sealed in the last months – continuing a long-established and lucrative practice.
The UK arms manufacturers get a look in too.
Amnesty International issues calls for cessation of the sales – but they’d be better farting into the wind. All the whistle-blowers in the world could trumpet their truths from the roof-tops of every house – but there’d be nobody listening or prepared to believe them. We’re all too pumped up, hating on refugees from the wars we have created and sponsored. We’re all to busy punching Muslim shop-keepers in the face.
US Vice President Joe Biden, for instance, admitted last year that Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar and Turkey had funnelled hundreds of millions of dollars to Islamist rebels in Syria that metamorphosed into ISIS.
Where – at least here, in the UK mainstream press, has that been reported?
And now I don’t wonder why.
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