Saturday March 8, 2014
Backing the FSA is Slow Suicide for AmericansTim King Salem-News.com
Americans are Hoodwinked again; they are backing militants who are their own dreaded enemy.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Have you ever heard a racist make reference to Blacks or Hispanics in gangs and say, "Let 'em kill each other off"? I heard it more than once as a kid growing up in LA, and I am hearing it again in relation to Syria. People are calling for the end of the Assad government and those they support, the "rebels," are not the people we want running Syria. They would cut your throat if you disagreed with them.
Americans have been fooled again.
There are many types of Muslims, some are very peaceful, and some are extremely dangerous. Like the Jews, some sects see themselves as chosen and this offers the psyche a free pass, and the results are murderous power struggles over some supposed divine purpose. The hardcore types subscribe to the Salafist or Wahhabi doctrines which draw inspiration from 'Habibs' - stories drafted after the passing of the Prophet Mohammad, rather than from the Holy Qur'an itself.
These hardcore Muslims tend to live in countries friendly to the U.S. places like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait. Militant Sunni Muslims are extremely intolerant of anyone who is different. They are more dangerous to their own populations than Taliban, and extremely intolerant, refusing to allow women a place in society, education, the ability to drive, etc. Many battled U.S. forces in Iraq, and then were paid off to join the U.S. side. They became the Sunni militias, or 'Sons of Iraq'. Interestingly, Iraq under Hussein, and Syria today, have large Sunni populations, but Shia governments.
I just published EXCLUSIVE Interview with 'Sandman' - Member of the Free Syrian Army. This dedicated religious fighter rattled off a whole list of enemies, and at the top of the list were Shi'ite Muslims. It was clear he had no use for Jews. When asked about Christians in Damascus fearing the FSA each day and being killed, 'Sandman' stated, "Yeah those who support the government and fight the Mujahidin what do you expect the Mujahidin to do them? Plus let us not forget the government's propaganda that is meant to scare the public of the Mujahidin. Plus this is a war, what do you expect us to turn around and give them the other butt cheek?!"
This FSA member claims that Iran is not a Muslim country because it has a measurable Jewish population protected by national law. While stating that the Islamic Republic of Iran is not Islamic, he cited the little known fact that Jews in Iran live amongst the population, "... how come the 50,000 Zionist Jews that live in Iran haven't left yet with all the war theatrical false flag/deceiving propaganda that goes back and forth in front of the media?"
So, in conclusion, Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, and Bashar al Assad, are/were secular-oriented Middle east leaders who kept a balance; they kept people moving, working, eating and learning. Removing these governments or trying to, leads to murderous chaos. The U.S. built walls between Sunni and Shi'ite neighborhoods in Baghdad where none had ever existed. The American led war on Iraq was a setup for an internal civil war.
I took pictures of an Iraqi grocery store blown up by a vehicle born IED (VBID) that killed dozens of people, in a town called al Dujayl, or al Dujail, where an attempt was launched in 1982 to assassinate President Saddam Hussein. This failed attempt led to the al Dujayl Massacre, those who were not killed were locked up for 20 years, I was told. The explosion that killed and wounded so many people in that town, happened right across the street from the police station. It almost certainly was set off as an act of sectarian violence. (see video)
Regardless of what the mainstream news reports about Iraq, people continue to die violently constantly due to sectarian violence. All of it exists in the wake of the U.S. occupational war fought there over alleged weapons of mass destruction (WMD's) that as it turns out, never existed. And may I add, regardless of what anyone EVER says to the contrary, there were no WMD's. Talk about being hoodwinked, the Iraq war takes the cake.
The governments listed above did not force people to adhere to any religion, the populations of these countries, particularly those that did not rise up against their own government, existed in relative peace. The people who fought Coalition forces in Iraq, who are now in charge of Libya, are directly connected to those fighting in Syria, and they are BACKED BY THE WEST, and they are anything but secular. They are hardcore fighters who toppled the British WWII graves and a Christian cross in Benghazi immediately after the fall of Gaddafi. Plus, the siege of the embassy, the deaths of those Americans, same people. They are as Gilad said, mercenaries who move from one war to the next.
Western leaders are playing these Middle eastern countries like a game, turning people against each other, giving fuel to Muslim on Muslim violence, and taxpayers are paying for the butchery, as they did when the Afghan Mujahidin were fighting the Soviets in the 1980'a, only then it made sense, unlike today. It seems logical to ask, if Syria is such a bad place for Sunni people as the FSA contends, why is 60% of the country Sunni?
In his article, In Bed With Bibi, Gilad Atzmon writes about the supposedly progressive intellectuals Tariq Ali, Ilan Pappe, Fredric Jameson and Norman Finkelstein, calling openly for military action against the Assad government.
The violence started when the "rebels" assembled forces against the government, that is the order. It erupted out of the so-called Arab Spring, and the west motivated people to take part. Now the Muslim Brotherhood which employs Sharia law, runs Egypt, nice job France, Great Britain and the U.S. That didn't accomplish anything positive. And now, the government of Syria is the target, it is a terrible sad joke, as I began this report, the western governments are supplying the arms (as usual) for people in the Middle east to tear each other to pieces. The Assad government allowed people of all religions to live in Syria, if the FSA wins, I was told today by a respected Muslim scholar, the Christians, Jews and Shi'ites are all going to be killed, and the west will be responsible, along with every warmonger calling for this action. If the west quit supplying the rebels, the war would rescind, instead it keeps going.
The Independent reported a few days ago in the article, Syrian Shias flee to Lebanon to escape Sunni militias, that the testimonies given by Shia refugees who have fled to Lebanon paint a graphic picture of how the Syrian rebellion is becoming beset by deep-seated sectarianism. They report that hardline Sunni rebels are now bent on building and uncompromising Islamic state.
I know the answer to this, it is for the violence to end, for the west to stop trying to control what other countries are doing. There are no good answers, there are atrocities that both sides are responsible for, but the rooting for radicals over a previously stable government that tolerates people of all religions is mad.
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