Washington's "Good Terrorists, Bad Terrorists" Policy In Middle East

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Nauman Sadiq,

Karl Marx famously said that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. The only difference between the Afghan jihad back in the ‘80s that spawned Islamic jihadists like the Taliban and al Qaeda for the first time in history and the Libyan and Syrian civil wars, 2011-onward, is that the Afghan jihad was an overt jihad: back then, the Western political establishments and their mouthpiece, the mainstream media, used to openly brag that the CIA provides all those AK-47s, RPGs and stingers to the Afghan so-called “freedom fighters” to combat the Soviet troops in Afghanistan.

After the 9/11 tragedy, however, the Western political establishments and corporate media have become a lot more circumspect, therefore this time around, they have waged covert jihads against the Arab-nationalist Gaddafi regime in Libya and the anti-Zionist Assad regime in Syria, in which Islamic jihadists (aka terrorists) have been sold as “moderate rebels” with secular and nationalist ambitions to the Western audience.

Since the regime change objective in those hapless countries went against the mainstream narrative of ostensibly fighting a war against terrorism, therefore the Western political establishments and the corporate media are now trying to muddle the reality by offering color-coded schemes to identify myriads of militant and terrorist outfits that are operating in Syria: such as the red militants of the Islamic State and al-Nusra Front, which the Western powers want to eliminate; the yellow Islamic jihadists, like Jaysh al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham, with whom the Western powers can collaborate under desperate circumstances; and the green militants of the Free Syria Army (FSA) and a few other inconsequential outfits, which together comprise the so-called “moderate” Syrian opposition.

If we were to draw parallels between the Soviet-Afghan jihad of the ‘80s and the Syrian civil war of today, the Western powers used the training camps located in the Af-Pak border regions to train and arm Afghan “Mujahideen” against the Soviet troops in Afghanistan.

Similarly, the training camps located in the border regions of Turkey and Jordan are being used to provide training and weapons to Sunni Arab militants to battle the Shi’a-dominated Syrian regime with the collaboration of Turkish, Jordanian and Saudi intelligence agencies.

During the Afghan jihad, it is a known historical fact that the bulk of so-called “freedom fighters” was comprised of Pashtun Islamic jihadists, such as the factions of Jalaluddin Haqqani, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf and scores of others, some of which later coalesced together to form the Taliban Movement.

Similarly, in Syria, the majority of so-called “moderate rebels” is comprised of Sunni Arab jihadists, such as Jaysh al-Islam, Ahrar al-Sham, al-Nusra Front, the Islamic State and myriads of other militant groups, including a small portion of defected Syrian soldiers who go by the name of Free Syria Army (FSA).

Moreover, apart from Pashtun Islamic jihadists, various factions of the Northern Alliance of Tajiks and Uzbeks constituted the relatively “moderate” segment of the Afghan rebellion, though those “moderate” warlords, like Ahmad Shah Massoud and Abul Rashid Dostum, were more ethnic and tribal in character than secular or nationalist, as such.

Similarly, the Kurds of the so-called “Syrian Democratic Forces” can be compared with the Northern Alliance of Afghanistan. The socialist PYD/YPG Kurds of Syria, however, were allied with the Baathist regime against the Sunni Arab jihadists for the first three years of the Syrian civil war, i.e. from August 2011 to August 2014.

At the behest of American stooge in Iraqi Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, the Syrian Kurds have switched sides in the last couple of years after the United States policy reversal and declaration of war against one faction of the Syrian opposition, the Islamic State, when the latter overstepped its mandate in Syria and overran Mosul and Anbar in Iraq in June 2014, from where, the US troops had withdrawn only a couple of years ago in December 2011.

Regarding the Western powers’ modus operandi of waging proxy wars in the Middle East, since the times of the Soviet-Afghan jihad during the eighties, it has been the fail-safe game plan of the master strategists at NATO to raise money from the oil-rich emirates of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Kuwait; then buy billions of dollars’ worth of weapons from the arms’ markets of the Eastern Europe; and then provide those weapons and guerilla warfare training to the disaffected population of the victim country by using the intelligence agencies of the latter’s regional adversaries. Whether it’s Afghanistan, Chechnya, Libya or Syria, the same playbook has been executed to the letter.

More to the point, raising funds for proxy wars from the Gulf Arab States allows the Western executives the freedom to evade congressional scrutiny; and the benefit of buying weapons from the unregulated arms’ markets of the Eastern Europe is that such weapons cannot be traced back to the Western capitals; and using jihadist proxies to achieve strategic objectives has the advantage of taking the plea of “plausible deniability” if the strategy backfires, which it often does. Remember that al-Qaeda and Taliban were the by-products of the Soviet-Afghan jihad, and the Islamic State and its global network of terrorists are the blowback of the proxy war in Syria.

On the subject of the supposed “powerlessness” of the US in the global affairs, the Western think tanks and the corporate media’s spin-doctors generally claim that Pakistan deceived the US in Afghanistan by not “doing more” to rein in the Taliban; Turkey hoodwinked the US in Syria by using the war against Islamic State as a pretext for cracking down on Kurds; Saudi Arabia and UAE betrayed the US in Yemen by mounting airstrikes against the Houthis and Saleh’s loyalists; and once again Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt went against the ostensible policy of the US in Libya by destabilizing the Tripoli-based government, even though the renegade general in eastern Libya, Khalifa Haftar, is an American stooge who had lived for two decades in the US right next to the CIA’s headquarter in Langley, Virginia.

If the US policymakers are so naïve then how come they still control the global political and economic order? This perennially whining attitude of the Western corporate media that such and such regional actors had betrayed them otherwise they were on the top of their game is actually a clever stratagem that has been deliberately designed by the spin-doctors of the Western mainstream media and foreign policy think tanks to cast the Western powers in a positive light and to vilify adversaries, even if the latter are their tactical allies in some of the regional conflicts.

Fighting wars through proxies allows the international power brokers the luxury of taking the plea of “plausible deniability” in their defense and at the same time they can shift all the blame for wrongdoing on the minor regional players. The Western powers’ culpability lies in the fact that because of them a system of international justice based on sound principles of morality and justice cannot be constructed in which the violators can be punished for their wrongdoing and the victims of injustice, tyranny and violence can be protected.

Leaving the funding, training and arming aspects of insurgencies aside, but especially pertaining to conferring international legitimacy to an armed insurgency, like the Afghan so-called “freedom struggle” of the Cold War, or the supposedly “moderate and democratic” Libyan and Syrian insurgencies of today, it is simply beyond the power of minor regional players and their nascent media, which has a geographically and linguistically limited audience, to cast such heavily armed and brutal insurrections in a positive light in order to internationally legitimize them; only the Western mainstream media that has a global audience and which serves as the mouthpiece of the Western political establishments has perfected this game of legitimizing the absurd and selling Satans as saviors.

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ebworthen's picture

The Middle East has become the Waterloo of the U.S.A.

And people think it was Vietnam or Korea.

Alt RightGirl's picture

Fixed if for you:

Good Terrorists = the friends of ISISrael

Bad Terrorists = everybody else.

Trump is Risking a Full-On War With Iran


Art Van Delay's picture

I see the author is trying to normalize jihadi freedom fighters.

FAIL

Ace006's picture

What part of "selling Satans as saviors" is unclear?

OpTwoMistic's picture

"Trump is Risking a Full-On War With Iran"

Pres. Turmp has nothing to do with this.  Deep State BS.

Ace006's picture

Just from the confusion if nothing else.

Supporting and training head choppers.

Fighting with and against Iran.

Willful blindness re results in Libya and Afghanistan.

Fighting "terror" in Syria and Iraq while in coalition with world's largest exporter of terrorism.

Obviously ignoring US Constitution and international law.

Lying about chemical weapons.

Lying about implementing Israeli foreign policy.

DirtySanchez's picture

Middle East USA Friend:
-Use US currency always.
-Purchase massive amounts of weaponry from the USA.
-Allows US air and land military bases.
-Does what it is told by corrupt US establishment politicians.

Middle East USA Foe:
-Chooses not to use US currency.
-Purchases weapons on the world market.
-Allows non US military forces access to its ports and land.
-Tells corrupt US establishment politicians to fuck off.

I have a lot more respect for the USA adversaries.

Laddie's picture

This, once and for all, shows that Trump is just another politician. His son-in-law, his daugthers-in-law are Jewish... His father donated VALUABLE NYC real estate to the Jewish people, FREE.

Why would Israel be devoting massive amounts of resources to assisting ISIS terrorists?

Israeli commandos save Islamic-militants Syrian warzone risking their lives for sworn enemies London Daily Mail ISIS buds with the Israelis

US charged with de facto invasion of Syria and openly supporting Isis June 16, 2017

Assad is a decent man, unlike the government of the USSA. Which is a satrap of Israel and the (((GROUP)))

Globalists and Neocons: Two potent forces opposing the Assad government in Syria Dr. Kevin MacDonald July 21, 2012

The average white person gets its news from the Televitz...
US Attacks Assad’s Troops, Claims Self Defense Syria Asks UN to Ask US to Stop Bombing in Support of ISIS May 27 2017

Well it will all come down and HARD...

"The media runs the world. Absolutely. No tanks or planes. The media and the public companies. This is what The Protocols of [the Learned Elders of] Zion [is all about].

"The Zionists, last century, were persecuted in Europe. So they immigrated to the United States. They had a target. They were united. And they did not permit [statements] critical of Zion. They went all the way to control the world and to control the minds of the people through the media. There's a lesson to learn from them.

"They have control of the media here. We know it. They did not do it through tanks or machine guns. They planned of course. They united. Did you see Pat Buchanan's book [The Death of the West: How Dying Populations and Immigrant Invasions Imperil Our Country and Civilization]? He makes sense."

Moustapha Akkad, the kebab who produced Carpenter's "Halloween" movies

FoggyWorld's picture

I'll just pick off the one I know.   Trump's father got two things in return.   Access to jews who tend to be the lenders of rank in NYC.   To that he would received the biggest tax deduction of your dreams.

Trump didn't pick Kushner:  Ivanka the ambitious one did.   Trump's other 4 children are Christians as are their parents.

 

VWAndy's picture

  That so many fall for this BS is what pisses me off.

Horseless Headsman's picture

Which BS? Please be more specific.

Yen Cross's picture

   I was discussing a topic that pertained to this subject earlier.

 Er-ummm. I lost my ? Train of thought.

 

     My name is Elon Musk, and I own[lease] a Gulfstream G-650

shutterbug's picture

EASY: The BAD TERRORISTS are USA government and all it's allies.

Looking @ EU countries too.... we need war criminal courts to judge all those politicians for freely bombing people when they want.

These is no war declaration, no UN order, nothing but war criminal acts against Syria and it's population (not counting ISIS) ...

Except for Russia who was officially asked to help by the government of Syria... The others are all war criminals.

 

vegan's picture

"One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter." - Gerald Seymour, Harry's Game, 1975

JailBanksters's picture

A Good Terrorist is one that wants to overthrow the same forgeign Government that the White House wants to change.

A Bad Terrorist is one that supports the same foreign Government that the White House wants to overthrow.

A Good Terrorist gets all the Money, Arms, Support and Military advice from the USA.

A Bad Terrorist fights the US Military

A Good Terrorist resides on the Syrian side of border, cross the border into Iraq and your a Bad Terrorist.

 

Last of the Middle Class's picture

Good terrorists pursue the DNC's policies. Hillary, Huma, Bill, McCain, Pelosi, etc. They're actually pretty easy to spot if you watch CNN.

esum's picture

SUNNI VS SHIA is the game

Clinton, always looking to enrich herself, tried to grab Lybia's oil, gold and was willing to support al queda (by any name you wish to call it) and willing to sacrifice the ambassador who was tortured and sodomized and hung out to dry...

Youri Carma's picture

THANK YOU AMERICA

Thanks to the Americans I am able to meet people from all over the globe in my own country.

In December 2016 I did my good anti-Scroogy deed by giving some medicine smoker to three Afghan people who could only speak Dari. One could understand English a bit. The booty war never ends there. They say it’s that fucked up Taliban Islam version which still fucks up the country. They think it’s exported from Pakistan. Shit we have so many people, the Kurds, The Armenians, the Iranians, The Syrians, the Tajikistans, …

Oh, I forgot, the Georgians. They praised me for being the first Dutch peep they’ve met who, firstly, knows about Georgia at all and secondly, made the right assessment of the Georgian situation.

Also met a lot of Iraqi’s here which some of them could speak Dutch perfectly and are fully integrated already in Dutch society with a job and all.

So again, thank you America for making the Netherlands such a colourful place.

gdpetti's picture

Call them what they really are... mercenaries.

Gohigher's picture

I am Allan Bin Snackbar, son of bin Saladman forhire ! I have 50 out of work men and 75 supporting women. I have cheap AK-47s. We have one Hilux to every 10 mercs. What am I bid for this powerful force ?

Saudi: 10000 dinar

Israel: 1500 sheckles

CIA: 10,000 dollars

Russia : 1 Kaliber

Qatar: um, I need to think this out

Iran: Bloodline or Political appointee for Allah's successor?

Turkey : fuck the USA, fuck the Kurds! Fuck a -durks-durr! (can I get more money from EU-NATO ?)

Back At the SBFC headquarters.........

GOD, (speaking to the Super Best Friends members.) My children are stupid, stealing the Golan for water.  Jesus Christ! Yes God, my Father! No, Jesus I meant that as an exclamation...... Budda, what do you think?  Well, God, I think we should just kill em' all and let god sort it out. (ALL GASP) Fuck Budda, why do I have to deal with all this shit.... Is it just that I am the oldest monotheistic religeon or that I created everything? (ALL MURMURING AMONGST THEMSELVES)

Me dammit ! WHAT? WHAT?

Seaman: Well, God, Joseph Smith cannot support the motion from Buddah, even in jest, as it is just not polite.

God: I can't belieive I voted to let the Mormons in here........ God! God! Yes Mohammed? 

Mohammed: We could kill every first born male child in Israel as punishment for the Yodin Plan!

Vishnu: I got no cow in this fight, "lamb-bast" em'.... ;-)

God: Good me, why can't you guys have some original plans for fixing all the shit religeons have caused??

(God's cell phone rings) Hold on, I gotta take this.... Yes, we are considering that. OK, then go long on Paintbrushes and buy Lamb's blood futures now! Follow up with investment in painting services. Yes, all in. Let Gregg Lemkau and Marc Nachmann know, I'll get Satan to contact Barron Rothchilds,  Jens Weidmann  and Jamie Diamon and this time don't tell the fucking Pope!. Godnight Mr. Mammon.

Jesus:  But God, you said no more to insider trading !! Remember me in the temple?? I thought I was doing your plan to save  mankind??

God: Call the pontiff, I have a confession !  (LONG PAUSE)

ALL :  Ha Ha haaah guffaw ha ha ha !!!!!!!!!!!!!