Love him or loathe him, John Pilger cuts to the chase in a recent article on ISIS, From Pol Pot to ISIS: “Anything that flies on everything that moves”
ISIS is the progeny of those in Washington and London who, in destroying Iraq as both a state and a society, conspired to commit an epic crime against humanity. WikiLeaks cables (see below) show that the US has been tracking, and exploiting, the rise of ISIS since 2006, when the organisation first appeared in Iraq as a direct result of the Bush-Blair invasion. Like Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, ISIS are the mutations of a western state terror dispensed by a venal imperial elite undeterred by the consequences of actions taken at great remove in distance and culture. Their culpability is unmentionable in “our” societies.
The question has to be asked whether ISIS have just taken the place of Al Qaeda, like the other insurgent groups before them an unforeseen consequence of Western meddling in the Middle East, Syria and Iraq in particular. Or are they a deliberate and deeply cynical puppet of the military industrial complex and the quest for Orwellian perpetual war and perpetual profits. (Look at how the share prices of US defence contractors have sky rocketed recently).
Can the military and intelligence elites of the big nations be so willfully blind to history, such slow learners, so incompetent that they cannot anticipate what will happen when they destabilise entire nations and regions? Einstein’s cliche about the definition of insanity being repeating the same action again and again expecting different results is valid here. It is so hard to believe, that it must almost certainly be deliberate. British, French and US deliberate interference in Syria and Iraq has a long history that can’t be ignored.
ISIS did not spring from nowhere. Wikileaks cables show the group has been followed for 6-7 years and their participation in the Syrian resistance was known well before the Western powers started planning another Syrian intervention several years ago.
Have ISIS “gone rogue” or are they consciously or unconsciously acting just as they were intended, to deepen western intervention and justify further military expenditure, as well as further intelligence agency encroachments on our privacy in the name of defending us from terror.
I rather doubt John Key contemplated any of these before making his somewhat lame contribution to the cause. If nothing else Key is a bit more sober than Tony Abbott who has completely lost all perspective as he tries to out do his Liberal predecessor John Howard in obsequiousness and deference to the US. Key has a more understated golfing take on important foreign affairs. I for one sleep better at night knowing he and our “intelligence” services are on the job.