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What To Do About ISIS

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  • The first thing to do differently going forward: stop bombing nations into ruins, and stop shipping weapons into the area you’ve left in chaos.  
  • Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed

David Swanson, World Beyond War

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September 9, 2014 | Start by recognizing where ISIS came from. The U.S. and its junior partners destroyed Iraq, left a sectarian division, poverty, desperation, and an illegitimate government in Baghdad that did not represent Sunnis or other groups. Then the U.S. armed and trained ISIS and allied groups in Syria, while continuing to prop up the Baghdad government, providing Hellfire missiles with which to attack Iraqis in Fallujah and elsewhere.

ISIS has religious adherents but also opportunistic supporters who see it as the force resisting an unwanted rule from Baghdad and who increasingly see it as resisting the United States. It is in possession of U.S. weaponry provided directly to it in Syria and siezed from the Iraqi government. At last count by the U.S. government, 79% of weapons transfered to Middle Eastern governments come from the United States, not counting transfers to groups like ISIS, and not counting weapons in the possession of the United States.

David Swanson is an American activist, blogger and author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union."

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Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed, Patrick Cockburn, TomDispatch

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  • Washington is escaping the blame for the rise of ISIS by putting it all on the Iraqi government when, in fact, the U.S. actually created a situation where ISIS can survive and even flourish.
  • How to Ensure a Thriving Caliphate
  • The Rise of ISIS
  • The Engineered Destruction and Political Fragmentation of Iraq

 

Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed

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  • Washington is escaping the blame for the rise of ISIS by putting it all on the Iraqi government when, in fact, the U.S. actually created a situation where ISIS can survive and even flourish.
  • How to Ensure a Thriving Caliphate
  • The Rise of ISIS
  • The Engineered Destruction and Political Fragmentation of Iraq

Patrick Cockburn,  TomDispatch

 

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ReturnOfAlQaida_CVR_3D_062614-e1403881761508.jpgFriday 22 August 2014 | There are extraordinary elements in the present U.S. policy in Iraq and Syria that are attracting surprisingly little attention. In Iraq, the U.S. is carrying out air strikes and sending in advisers and trainers to help beat back the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (better known as ISIS) on the Kurdish capital, Erbil. The U.S. would presumably do the same if ISIS surrounds or attacks Baghdad. But in Syria, Washington’s policy is the exact opposite: there the main opponent of ISIS is the Syrian government and the Syrian Kurds in their northern enclaves. Both are under attack from ISIS, which has taken about a third of the country, including most of its oil and gas production facilities.

But U.S., Western European, Saudi, and Arab Gulf policy is to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, which happens to be the policy of ISIS and other jihadis in Syria. If Assad goes, then ISIS will be the beneficiary, since it is either defeating or absorbing the rest of the Syrian armed opposition. There is a pretense in Washington and elsewhere that there exists a “moderate” Syrian opposition being helped by the U.S., Qatar, Turkey, and the Saudis.  It is, however, weak and getting more so by the day. Soon the new caliphate may stretch from the Iranian border to the Mediterranean and the only force that can possibly stop this from happening is the Syrian army.

Patrick Cockburn is currently Middle East correspondent for the Independent. He has written three books on Iraq’s recent history. His forthcoming book, The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising, is now available exclusively from OR Books.

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The Engineered Destruction and Political Fragmentation of Iraq, Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research

  • Towards the Creation of a US-sponsored Islamist Caliphate
  • The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham: An instrument of the Western Military Alliance
  • The Human Price of Neocon Havoc

Prosecute Netanyahu for genocide and war crimes!

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Send a letter to the International Criminal Court demanding the prosecution of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for international war crimes and other crimes of aggression in the siege of Gaza.

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The Israeli massacre in Gaza has already taken the lives of nearly 2,000 people, and left thousands more wounded. The vast majority have been civilians and the Israeli government has targeted hospitals, schools and other civilian institutions. 

The siege of Gaza clearly meets the ICC's definitions of genocide ("the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group"), high crimes ("breaching the Geneva Conventions"), and war crimes ("widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population.")

I insist that the International Criminal Court carry out its declared mission and prosecute Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for these war crimes and crimes of aggression.

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The ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) works to build an anti-racist, peace and social justice movement through grassroots activism and education.

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The Problem in Gaza Is Not Hamas

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  • In analyzing Israel's current military campaign in Gaza, a leading Jewish activist says "the underlying problem is the denial for freedom and basic human rights to millions of people, for decades." The heart of the problem is not Hamas or who the Palestinian leadership is, it is the Israeli occupation, beginning with the expulsion of the Palestinians from their land in 1948 (what the Palestinians term the Nakba or "catastrophe").
  • A Rabbi and an Imam Write Together About Israel and Gaza
  • Whither Israel?

Donna Nevel, Tikkun Daily

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Man_see_school_nakba_1.jpg?itok=FpdfVU4EA Palestinian man sits on the edge of a refugee camp following the Nakba in 1948. Creative Commons/palestineremembered.com.

August 14, 2014 | In conversations about Gaza, I have heard many thoughtful people in the Jewish community lament the loss of Palestinian lives in Gaza but then say, “But Hamas…,” as if that were the heart of the problem. I’d like to suggest that, when we have these conversations about Hamas and Israel’s current bombing campaign, we begin with the necessary context and historical perspective.

Re: The Nakba

1. To create the Jewish state, the Zionist movement destroyed more than 400 Palestinians villages and expelled 700,000 Palestinians from their homes and land. Palestinians who remained in what became Israel were relegated to second-class citizenship, had much of their property confiscated, and, to this day, have fewer rights than Jewish Israeli citizens.

Donna Nevel, a community psychologist and educator, is a long-time organizer for peace and justice in Palestine/Israel. More recently, she is a founding member of Jews Say No!, on the board of Jewish Voice for Peace, and on the coordinating committee of the Nakba Education Project-US.

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A Rabbi and an Imam Write Together About Israel and Gaza, Sarah Posner, Religion Dispatches

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  • Seeking more blood for blood only perverts and discards the great traditions of Islam and Judaism. We abandoned an “eye for an eye” centuries ago. Now we urge our brothers and sisters in the Middle East to seek a solution that protects the self while fostering compassion for the other.
  • The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums.

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Whither Israel? Fred Reed, Fred on Everything

  • The Road to Ruad
  • Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’ 

 

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