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    The killing of three people in the south of France by a man claiming allegiance to Isis will make people doubt if this murderous cult is as dead as governments had announced and people had hoped. The answer is that the attack in the Carcassonne region by a single gunman, said to be a Moroccan...
  • ISIS fighters should not be allowed to surrender. Eliminating them would help cleanse the gene pool of its stupidest elements.

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  • It’s only a force where Muslims are. Like rape gangs that abuse tens of thousands of girls. Neither would be a problem if there were no Muslims living here.

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  • Suleiman Khalaf, also known as Abu Fadi, was killed 10 days ago in a fight with Isis in eastern Syria when the vehicle he was in was hit by a heat-seeking missile. “He was driving a bulldozer which was building an earth rampart when Isis hit it with a missile we call a ‘fuzia’,” said...
  • Most likely ISIS troops merely put on FSA or other uniforms in order to avoid death.

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  • @Bob Sykes
    ISIS’ base is the Sunni Arab populations of Syria and Iraq. As long as they exist, ISIS or its successors have a future. To eliminate ISIS, you have to convert the Sunni Arabs to supporting the (Shia) Arab governments of Iraq and Syria. What can we offer them?

    Eliminate cousin marriage. It’s the inbred Sunni cretins who support ISIS.

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  • @anonymous
    US must fuck off from Syria, and its propagandists, including imposter Juan Cole and Co. must stop lying to fool the public.
    Putin should force the invaders out, if they refuse, then shoot at them and destroy them all, otherwise he will be viewed as TRAITOR.

    Death to invaders in Syria and elsewhere. All are war criminals. ICC is a whore house and a tool of the criminal West.

    ALL INVADERS….All not asked into Syria should be exterminated..

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  • @exiled off mainstreet
    It is no surprise that as a result of yankee interference ISIS has regained strength. The illegal occupation of parts of Syria is aiding this. The yankee imperium is on the side of chaos and barbarism world wide.

    Yea it’s only the USA…you forgot Israel!

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  • If ever there was a case for a nuclear bomb this is it.

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  • I wouldn’t call Turkey an enemy of ISIS. Maybe a friendly competitor. They’re certainly running interference for ISIS by launching a spoiling attack on Afrin.

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  • ISIS’ base is the Sunni Arab populations of Syria and Iraq. As long as they exist, ISIS or its successors have a future. To eliminate ISIS, you have to convert the Sunni Arabs to supporting the (Shia) Arab governments of Iraq and Syria. What can we offer them?

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    Eliminate cousin marriage. It's the inbred Sunni cretins who support ISIS.
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  • anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    US must fuck off from Syria, and its propagandists, including imposter Juan Cole and Co. must stop lying to fool the public.
    Putin should force the invaders out, if they refuse, then shoot at them and destroy them all, otherwise he will be viewed as TRAITOR.

    Death to invaders in Syria and elsewhere. All are war criminals. ICC is a whore house and a tool of the criminal West.

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    ALL INVADERS....All not asked into Syria should be exterminated..
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  • It is no surprise that as a result of yankee interference ISIS has regained strength. The illegal occupation of parts of Syria is aiding this. The yankee imperium is on the side of chaos and barbarism world wide.

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    Yea it's only the USA...you forgot Israel!
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  • Turkey is recruiting and retraining Isis fighters to lead its invasion of the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria, according to an ex-Isis source. “Most of those who are fighting in Afrin against the YPG [People’s Protection Units] are Isis, though Turkey has trained them to change their assault tactics,” said Faraj, a former...
  • We’ve all heard the expression “turned Turk”, what were you expecting?

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  • Diversity, the Curse that keeps on bedeviling.

    http://theduran.com/syria-war-putin-erdogan-talk-crisis-escalates/

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  • How Erdogan can’t realize that the whole Syrian “Civil War” was a giant mistake? It only empowered Turkey’s real enemies, Kurdish separatists who are already supported by Israel and US.

    Keeping Assad in power and Syria unpartioned should be Erdogan number one interest, it’s no surprises the Israel run circles around a divided and dysfunctional Muslim world.

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  • As we have seen in the last 7 years, Turkey is making blunders after blunders and leading the areas deeper and deeper in violence and chaos.
    Erdogan thinks he is manipulating successfully Russia the USA, the EU and ISIS. His only aim is to get elected in 2019 ( or earlier) as the president in a new Constitution that gives him all powers.
    Theefore he has a year to get as much votes as he can. He publicly challenges the USA to please 70% of the Turks who dislike the Americans, he is flirting with the EU to respond to the popular demand of free visa to the EU for the Turks, he pampers Russia and Iran who are his energy and commercial parters and he make use of ISIS fighters whose extremist ideology is very popular in rural areas.
    Playing with all these powers is a dangerous game and if the plans fail, Erdogan may not obtain what has been dreaming of. The clock is ticking for him.

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  • ….though Turkey has trained them to change their assault tactics,”

    Taking into account the tempo of the operation into not very good tactics at all.

    Isis fighters are joining the FSA and Turkish-army invasion force because they are put under pressure by the Turkish authorities.

    Isn’t working so well, apparently. The motivation that is.

    Turkey is not in a very strong position militarily almost three weeks after its invasion of Afrin.

    Yup. Should’ve phrased it as “limited incursion into Afrin” but too much to ask from Independent asses. I mean assets.

    It can only win by bombing round the clock…

    And still….somebody has to clear and secure that bombed out position. The expandable assets. And they know it. The asses that is.
    How to build a new Ottoman empire with such motivation could be an interesting question.

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  • Who defeated the Islamic State In Syria? Before answering that question. What is the ISIS? Can the public overcome its chronic amnesia and think back to the sudden appearance of ISIS dressed in brand new black uniforms, gleaming white NIKE’s and driving Toyota trucks? They seemed to appear out of nowhere in 2014. ISIS looked...
  • A great article
    some times one thinks there will be no more light shining out of the United States society but this article gives us new hope
    the truth about USA lies and those who really defeated ISIS… we better remember what have been told by Hilary Clinton and trump himself in the elections … USA created ISIS … Iran and Russia Supported Assad to defeat it…
    Right now (it should be told too that) USA is moving the remaining soldiers of ISIS to Afganistan so it can build a blockade against china and Iran but the Mid-east yet becomes free for Iran to spread out towards Israel… So USA wants corrupted Arab Dictators like saudi regime to fill this vacancy … thats why no one tells anything about saudi invasion on Yemen and the mass murders of them against yemen

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  • @Philip Smeeton
    There would never have been a problem if they had let Assad and other dictators keep control of Muslim countries. Islam will never accept or understand democracy and freedom.

    Islam has no need for democracy The Imams have already decided everything , even which hand you are allowed to wipe your but with . There is absolutely no reason for more government rules or freedom .

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  • @jilles dykstra
    I think it was 1980 when a former Iranian president, Bani Sadr, wrote an article in the Paris Le Monde how the USA had created either the Taliban, or El Quaida, I've got the article stored, but too much trouble to find it.

    The story is well known among the interested, because of Vietnam the USA could not fight Russia in Afghanistan, with USA money, and on CIA request, the Pakistani secret service, IS is the name, I think, recruited fundamental Muslims all over the world to fight the Russians.
    When the CIA ran out of money, they began, through Afghan farmers, producing opium, that found its way to the USA, so the USA people paid in another way, to this day, one might say.
    Osama bin Laden was a fighter for the CIA, if he knew, I do not know.
    Just after providing Stingers to the Muslim fighters the USSR had to withdraw.

    Thereafer, according to Bani Sadr, these Muslims found new hunting grounds, such as Chechnia.
    It is amazing how good the USA is in creating sorcerers apprentices, this began in 1843 in Japan, then there was China, where Mao drove out the USA puppet Chiang, Ho Chi Min was a French creation, but the USA made him stronger, we have the present Iranian regime, we had Saddam, we have North Korea.

    One cannot destroy ISIS, ISIS is an idea, the idea that the USA has no business in the Middle East.
    One can destroy ISIS fighters, ISIS weaponry, but ISIS will not go away.
    ISIS has been beaten, we are told, but the Netherlands just sent eight or so E-16's to Jordan for bombing, and reconnaissance.

    Uri Avnery writes that force is the only language zionists understand, De Gaulle complained that the USA tries to solve any problem with force.
    Trump now seems to think that by stopping aid to the Palestinians he can force them to accept Israeli demands.
    What he accomplishes is that hatred among Muslims against the USA increases.

    Merkel imported large numbers of Muslims, right now German politicians, and some German jews, discovered that they also imported anti semitism.
    'Those who question the right of Israel to exist have no place in Germany', I just read on German tv.
    There are some ten million people with migration background in Germany.
    If half of them question the right of Israel to exist, the German authorities have a big job before them.

    a bullet to the head is the only language everyone understands.

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  • Who won? Well, for those who have some brains it’s a clear question, for others (which, I’m afraid, are majority in US) any explanation will do. Especially one which based on US indispensibility.
    The percentage of common sence in US mass media decreases dramatically with each year and each new president.

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  • @L.K
    Erebus:

    The RuAF may have stunned military observers with their combat efficiency, but on the ground it was the Syrian Army, Hezbollah, Iranian backed Iraqi PMUs (which included Afghans etc) and Iran’s IRGC commanders that did the daily heavy fighting.
     
    Absolutely true & this is crucial, since air power alone could NEVER have won this war. Plus the war began in 2011, not September 2015.

    Mark Sleboda was surprisingly candid in one of the RT CrossTalk shows and declared that without Iran, it would have been impossible to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

    Another point people also generally forget is that the major threat to Syria for most of the war was Al Nusra, now HTS.

    The ZUSA did its best to focus only on ISIS while trying to shield Nusra in Western Syria, under all sorts of pretexts, mainly that ZUSA's "moderate" gangs were too heavily mixed up with Nusra, so if Russia and Syria attacked them they would end up hitting 'their' guys.

    Which is true, since the "FSA" militias and the Nusra Front operated together.

    … air power alone could NEVER have won this war. Plus the war began in 2011, not September 2015.

    What Russia’s application of high intensity air power accomplished in 2015 is it bought the time needed for (largely) Russian trainers and advisors to fully assess and take control of a collapsing SAA, and its war weary allies.

    Mark Sleboda was not wrong. Iranian “aggression” (creating the Iraqi PMCs) and “support for terrorists” (aka: Assad & HZB) played a crucial role in saving both Iraq & Syria. Without Iran’s contribution, both would have fallen long before Sept, ’15. Of course, that’s why they’re vilified today.

    For their part, the Russians raised the coalition’s efforts to a whole new level of integrated warfare. Integrating enhanced signals/human intelligence, intense diplomacy, high efficiency air power, stand-off weaponry, and disparate fighting groups under a single Command & Control structure is what beat ISIS and is mopping them and other diehards up in Idlib now.

    ISIS, Nusra, AQ and the others knew how to fight and beat their SAA/HZB/PMC peers. In the US/Saudi/Israel defined theatre, with limitless materiel and recruits, they came very close to achieving their sponsors’ goals. Once the theatre was re-drawn to Russian specifications, they lost their bearings and fell apart in short order. Neither they, nor (I suspect) their sponsors really understood the nature of what hit them.

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  • @Erebus

    ... it weren`t them alone all the way.
     
    Indeed.
    The RuAF may have stunned military observers with their combat efficiency, but on the ground it was the Syrian Army, Hezbollah, Iranian backed Iraqi PMUs (which included Afghans etc) and Iran's IRGC commanders that did the daily heavy fighting.
    The Russians' contribution to that centred around re-equipping / re-training / re-organizing and then setting up the CnC and intelligence structures that coordinated their fight to maximum effect. It took until the end of 2016 to put all that together, but started paying dividends in 2017 as victories accumulated and morale improved. Finally, it resulted in the emergence of a new axis of power in the M.E. that simply didn't exist 2 years ago.

    The other unsung effort that probably did as much to defeat ISIS as killing them was the Russian led diplomatic efforts with the 100s of "moderate" rebel groups. By getting them to put down their arms, and even join the SAA, the "diplomats" removed 1,000s of armed combatants from the field. Though fully integrated into the Russian military, Russia's "diplomatic corps" reportedly outnumbered their regular military personnel at times, but whatever the numbers their efforts "won hearts & minds" and accelerated ISIS' demise. It also laid much of the groundwork for future political settlements.

    Erebus:

    The RuAF may have stunned military observers with their combat efficiency, but on the ground it was the Syrian Army, Hezbollah, Iranian backed Iraqi PMUs (which included Afghans etc) and Iran’s IRGC commanders that did the daily heavy fighting.

    Absolutely true & this is crucial, since air power alone could NEVER have won this war. Plus the war began in 2011, not September 2015.

    Mark Sleboda was surprisingly candid in one of the RT CrossTalk shows and declared that without Iran, it would have been impossible to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

    Another point people also generally forget is that the major threat to Syria for most of the war was Al Nusra, now HTS.

    The ZUSA did its best to focus only on ISIS while trying to shield Nusra in Western Syria, under all sorts of pretexts, mainly that ZUSA’s “moderate” gangs were too heavily mixed up with Nusra, so if Russia and Syria attacked them they would end up hitting ‘their’ guys.

    Which is true, since the “FSA” militias and the Nusra Front operated together.

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    ... air power alone could NEVER have won this war. Plus the war began in 2011, not September 2015.
     
    What Russia's application of high intensity air power accomplished in 2015 is it bought the time needed for (largely) Russian trainers and advisors to fully assess and take control of a collapsing SAA, and its war weary allies.

    Mark Sleboda was not wrong. Iranian "aggression" (creating the Iraqi PMCs) and "support for terrorists" (aka: Assad & HZB) played a crucial role in saving both Iraq & Syria. Without Iran's contribution, both would have fallen long before Sept, '15. Of course, that's why they're vilified today.

    For their part, the Russians raised the coalition's efforts to a whole new level of integrated warfare. Integrating enhanced signals/human intelligence, intense diplomacy, high efficiency air power, stand-off weaponry, and disparate fighting groups under a single Command & Control structure is what beat ISIS and is mopping them and other diehards up in Idlib now.

    ISIS, Nusra, AQ and the others knew how to fight and beat their SAA/HZB/PMC peers. In the US/Saudi/Israel defined theatre, with limitless materiel and recruits, they came very close to achieving their sponsors' goals. Once the theatre was re-drawn to Russian specifications, they lost their bearings and fell apart in short order. Neither they, nor (I suspect) their sponsors really understood the nature of what hit them.

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  • The West has had its claws in the Middle East continuously for over a century. In 1948 a bunch of colonial Europeans dropped into Palestine and the ethnic cleansing continues today. If all those countries had been left to develop in peace and organize their affairs as they see fit things would be very different there.

    If it didn’t cost so many lives, Western panic about Islam and Muslims would be almost comical. Even taking Daesh and AQ into account, both of which America helped create, the West has been left pretty much unscathed by Islamist terror groups. The vast majority of their victims have been Muslims. There is no Muslim country committing sanctioned genocide against Americans or Europeans like Israel is doing to Palestinians. Westerners invaded Muslim lands, not the other way around. (Funny how people who can see how NATO is encircling Russia miss that one).

    The Omar Khadr case is the ultimate symbol of American hubris and absurdity. A 15 year-old kid in Afghanistan chucks a grenade at an invading foreign army (Americans of course) and he gets hauled to Gitmo as a “terrorist”. No UN sponsored child soldier recovery tour for him. The widow of the guy he killed is trying to sue him now. “Hey you killed my husband who was invading the country you were in and shooting at you! How dare you!” lol The Beirut barracks bombing is another one they call “terrorist.” Um, no. lol

    What a warped world some people live in.

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  • @Erebus

    ... it weren`t them alone all the way.
     
    Indeed.
    The RuAF may have stunned military observers with their combat efficiency, but on the ground it was the Syrian Army, Hezbollah, Iranian backed Iraqi PMUs (which included Afghans etc) and Iran's IRGC commanders that did the daily heavy fighting.
    The Russians' contribution to that centred around re-equipping / re-training / re-organizing and then setting up the CnC and intelligence structures that coordinated their fight to maximum effect. It took until the end of 2016 to put all that together, but started paying dividends in 2017 as victories accumulated and morale improved. Finally, it resulted in the emergence of a new axis of power in the M.E. that simply didn't exist 2 years ago.

    The other unsung effort that probably did as much to defeat ISIS as killing them was the Russian led diplomatic efforts with the 100s of "moderate" rebel groups. By getting them to put down their arms, and even join the SAA, the "diplomats" removed 1,000s of armed combatants from the field. Though fully integrated into the Russian military, Russia's "diplomatic corps" reportedly outnumbered their regular military personnel at times, but whatever the numbers their efforts "won hearts & minds" and accelerated ISIS' demise. It also laid much of the groundwork for future political settlements.

    Excellent points! This isn’t given enough attention.

    Peace.

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  • @WHAT
    In all this brouhaha over russians defeating ISIS everybody somehow forgets sizable Irani and even Afgani contingents on the ground doing the fighting. True, russians provided air cover and sorely needed operational expertise, but it weren`t them alone all the way. And maybe it is for the better, if you consider the coalition that is taking form.

    … it weren`t them alone all the way.

    Indeed.
    The RuAF may have stunned military observers with their combat efficiency, but on the ground it was the Syrian Army, Hezbollah, Iranian backed Iraqi PMUs (which included Afghans etc) and Iran’s IRGC commanders that did the daily heavy fighting.
    The Russians’ contribution to that centred around re-equipping / re-training / re-organizing and then setting up the CnC and intelligence structures that coordinated their fight to maximum effect. It took until the end of 2016 to put all that together, but started paying dividends in 2017 as victories accumulated and morale improved. Finally, it resulted in the emergence of a new axis of power in the M.E. that simply didn’t exist 2 years ago.

    The other unsung effort that probably did as much to defeat ISIS as killing them was the Russian led diplomatic efforts with the 100s of “moderate” rebel groups. By getting them to put down their arms, and even join the SAA, the “diplomats” removed 1,000s of armed combatants from the field. Though fully integrated into the Russian military, Russia’s “diplomatic corps” reportedly outnumbered their regular military personnel at times, but whatever the numbers their efforts “won hearts & minds” and accelerated ISIS’ demise. It also laid much of the groundwork for future political settlements.

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    Excellent points! This isn’t given enough attention.

    Peace.
    , @L.K
    Erebus:

    The RuAF may have stunned military observers with their combat efficiency, but on the ground it was the Syrian Army, Hezbollah, Iranian backed Iraqi PMUs (which included Afghans etc) and Iran’s IRGC commanders that did the daily heavy fighting.
     
    Absolutely true & this is crucial, since air power alone could NEVER have won this war. Plus the war began in 2011, not September 2015.

    Mark Sleboda was surprisingly candid in one of the RT CrossTalk shows and declared that without Iran, it would have been impossible to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

    Another point people also generally forget is that the major threat to Syria for most of the war was Al Nusra, now HTS.

    The ZUSA did its best to focus only on ISIS while trying to shield Nusra in Western Syria, under all sorts of pretexts, mainly that ZUSA's "moderate" gangs were too heavily mixed up with Nusra, so if Russia and Syria attacked them they would end up hitting 'their' guys.

    Which is true, since the "FSA" militias and the Nusra Front operated together.
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  • @Avery
    You make good points.

    In addition, good or bad, one or more appointed federal judges can nullify results of a democratic vote.
    In effect, we are ruled by 9 unelected Supreme Court justices, who can invalidate what people or people's representatives have voted for. And in a 4-to-5 split vote, one individual in the magic black robe decides what law 320 million Americans are subject to. Not too much different from a king or queen, or Iran's supreme ayatollah.

    Indeed, Avery. The Supremes also have a hidden rule in place in regards to the doctrine of stare decisis. That doctrine is supposedly intended to keep the courts from replowing the same ground in deciding procedural rules in current cases. It’s supposed to be an administrative shortcut for judges to use to move trials along.

    The Supremes have an entirely different take on it, though. They interpret it to mean that any ruling that has not been overturned is, in effect, the same as properly passed legislation. This idea is referred to as “case law”. It should be obvious that a ruling in any case is binding only upon parties to the action in that particular case for that one instance.

    Also, the doctrine of stare decisis is not binding upon two entities in the legal system; The Supreme Court and the petit jury. The Supremes simply arrogate to themselves the option to either ignore “case law” or treat it as though it’s unchallengeable legislation, as it suits the purpose of the majority. Judges will also bully petit juries into accepting “case law” when it suits the judge’s purpose.

    This practice is what many refer to as “legislating from the bench”. The Supreme Court decision in the case, “Roe vs Wade”, for instance, is actually only binding upon parties to the original suit. The Judicial Branch is not granted the power (by the Constitution) to assign to any decision of theirs the force of law regarding any other case that is brought in the future.

    Legislation is an exclusive power of the Legislative Branch. The Constitution doesn’t make an exception for “case law”.

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  • Power without truth is the path to war.
    Countries don’t make war.
    Leaders make war, in an ecstasy of dishonest paranoid self enhancement.
    http://www.warafterwarafterwar.com

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  • In all this brouhaha over russians defeating ISIS everybody somehow forgets sizable Irani and even Afgani contingents on the ground doing the fighting. True, russians provided air cover and sorely needed operational expertise, but it weren`t them alone all the way. And maybe it is for the better, if you consider the coalition that is taking form.

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    ... it weren`t them alone all the way.
     
    Indeed.
    The RuAF may have stunned military observers with their combat efficiency, but on the ground it was the Syrian Army, Hezbollah, Iranian backed Iraqi PMUs (which included Afghans etc) and Iran's IRGC commanders that did the daily heavy fighting.
    The Russians' contribution to that centred around re-equipping / re-training / re-organizing and then setting up the CnC and intelligence structures that coordinated their fight to maximum effect. It took until the end of 2016 to put all that together, but started paying dividends in 2017 as victories accumulated and morale improved. Finally, it resulted in the emergence of a new axis of power in the M.E. that simply didn't exist 2 years ago.

    The other unsung effort that probably did as much to defeat ISIS as killing them was the Russian led diplomatic efforts with the 100s of "moderate" rebel groups. By getting them to put down their arms, and even join the SAA, the "diplomats" removed 1,000s of armed combatants from the field. Though fully integrated into the Russian military, Russia's "diplomatic corps" reportedly outnumbered their regular military personnel at times, but whatever the numbers their efforts "won hearts & minds" and accelerated ISIS' demise. It also laid much of the groundwork for future political settlements.
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  • It seems during the Iraq war to depose Saddam Hussein, the Russians did not help Saddam but just sat back and watched. All of the top latest weapons systems of USA and NATO countries were on display in action. The Russians and maybe even the Chinese just sat back and took notes.

    But the Americans were still in the dark about some of the latest technology the Russians had. In the Syrian war, Putin initially sent old generation weapons. And hence the Turks were told (and helped in) to bring down the Russian jet. It was a dangerous risk Turkey took, but that is what you gotta do to be part of America’s Empire, the vassal has to pay some kind of homage.

    Putin took the bait and then sent in some of the latest generation Russian weapons into the Syrian conflict and now the Americans and the NATO nations sat back and took notes.

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  • AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:
    @El Dato
    I don't see this ★★★ COMEDY ✡ GOLD ✡ RECORD ★★★ being mentioned?

    "US watched ISIS rise in Syria and hoped to ‘manage’ it — Kerry on leaked tape" (Jan 11, 2017)

    http://mondoweiss.net/2017/01/watched-manage-leaked/


    "Nusra makes it hard,” Kerry said, referring to Jabhat al-Nusra, the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria. “Nusra and Daesh [ISIS] both make it hard, because you have this extreme element out there and unfortunately some of the opposition has kind of chosen to work with them.”

    The rise of extremists had led to Russia’s intervention. Kerry said (at minute 26) that when Daesh, or ISIS, started to grow, the US watched and thought we could “manage” the ISIS situation, because it might push Assad to negotiate, but instead Putin came in. Kerry:

    “The reason Russia came in is because ISIL was getting stronger, Daesh was threatening the possibility of going to Damascus and so forth. And that’s why Russia went in. Because they didn’t want a Daesh government and they supported Assad.

    “And we know that this was growing. We were watching. We saw that Daesh was growing in strength, and we thought Assad was threatened. We thought, however, we could probably manage, that Assad would then negotiate. Instead of negotiating, he got Putin to support him.”

    The Syrian activists present wanted more US aid, but Kerry and an aide said more military aid was problematic. “Right now we’re putting an extraordinary amount of arms in,” the secretary of state said. His aide said that arms are a double edged sword, because “when you pump more weapons into a place like Syria, it doesn’t end well for Syria. Because there’s always someone willing to put in arms from the other side.”
     

    Well done, Kerry Harkonnen. Well done.

    Anon from TN
    Good to see some people not only understand the reality, but also read Dune books. However, I must suggest a correction: Kerry was a second-hand Corrino here, ISIS fighters are Harkonnens. This makes Assad an Atreides, Iranian and Russian troops Fremen who defeated Imperial Sardaukar. Extrapolating, one expects continental US to be Salusa Secundus.

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  • There is nothing new in this article. Outside the US, everyone knows who created ISIS and who defeated it. Even in the US some people know the truth. But it needs to be repeated often so that more people are aware of it. For that I commend the author for his efforts.

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  • @дулебг
    9/11 was not performed by Al Qaeda. They have never had such specialists, nor pilots who would die for Allah.

    … nor could a building specifically designed to withstand an airplane crash go down exactly like a controlled demolition
    … nor could a building not structurally compromised in any meaningful way… go down exactly like a controlled demolition

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  • The author has not told us anything new, but isn’t he a wonderful individual. After serving in Vietnam, he has found meaning and penance in fighting for good causes and against the monstrous Zionist beast. I enjoyed reading his short biography more than his article. But we should never get tired of reading the counter-fake-news writings, because 99.99% of US citizens would still never believe what he wrote here.

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  • @Twodees Partain
    What is so great about democracy, anyway? While you're at it, what does an average IQ have to do with democracy? Democracy seems to e to be such a royal screwing for its participants that a willing subject of a democracy would have to be pretty dumb to think it's a good deal for him.

    In the American version of democracy, there are two political parties who automatically have ballot access everywhere while any upstart party is required to devote massive effort and expenditure of resources to gain ballot access for each election year they run candidates. Elections are held at various intervals and the counting of votes is done secretly, and winners are announced in some elections before all the polls have closed.

    This scam is held up as the input of the people on everything the elected officials do from then on. That vote is the sum total of the subject population's input into the governing process, so how is that better than simply being ruled by someone selected by any other means?

    You make good points.

    In addition, good or bad, one or more appointed federal judges can nullify results of a democratic vote.
    In effect, we are ruled by 9 unelected Supreme Court justices, who can invalidate what people or people’s representatives have voted for. And in a 4-to-5 split vote, one individual in the magic black robe decides what law 320 million Americans are subject to. Not too much different from a king or queen, or Iran’s supreme ayatollah.

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    Indeed, Avery. The Supremes also have a hidden rule in place in regards to the doctrine of stare decisis. That doctrine is supposedly intended to keep the courts from replowing the same ground in deciding procedural rules in current cases. It's supposed to be an administrative shortcut for judges to use to move trials along.

    The Supremes have an entirely different take on it, though. They interpret it to mean that any ruling that has not been overturned is, in effect, the same as properly passed legislation. This idea is referred to as "case law". It should be obvious that a ruling in any case is binding only upon parties to the action in that particular case for that one instance.

    Also, the doctrine of stare decisis is not binding upon two entities in the legal system; The Supreme Court and the petit jury. The Supremes simply arrogate to themselves the option to either ignore "case law" or treat it as though it's unchallengeable legislation, as it suits the purpose of the majority. Judges will also bully petit juries into accepting "case law" when it suits the judge's purpose.

    This practice is what many refer to as "legislating from the bench". The Supreme Court decision in the case, "Roe vs Wade", for instance, is actually only binding upon parties to the original suit. The Judicial Branch is not granted the power (by the Constitution) to assign to any decision of theirs the force of law regarding any other case that is brought in the future.

    Legislation is an exclusive power of the Legislative Branch. The Constitution doesn't make an exception for "case law".
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  • @HBD Guy
    The average IQ of Arabs in the middle east is about 85. There is no hope for democracy in the middle east. People need to have an IQ of at least 90 before that can take place. A new ISIS will emerge again probably.

    What is so great about democracy, anyway? While you’re at it, what does an average IQ have to do with democracy? Democracy seems to e to be such a royal screwing for its participants that a willing subject of a democracy would have to be pretty dumb to think it’s a good deal for him.

    In the American version of democracy, there are two political parties who automatically have ballot access everywhere while any upstart party is required to devote massive effort and expenditure of resources to gain ballot access for each election year they run candidates. Elections are held at various intervals and the counting of votes is done secretly, and winners are announced in some elections before all the polls have closed.

    This scam is held up as the input of the people on everything the elected officials do from then on. That vote is the sum total of the subject population’s input into the governing process, so how is that better than simply being ruled by someone selected by any other means?

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    • Replies: @Avery
    You make good points.

    In addition, good or bad, one or more appointed federal judges can nullify results of a democratic vote.
    In effect, we are ruled by 9 unelected Supreme Court justices, who can invalidate what people or people's representatives have voted for. And in a 4-to-5 split vote, one individual in the magic black robe decides what law 320 million Americans are subject to. Not too much different from a king or queen, or Iran's supreme ayatollah.
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  • @EliteCommInc.
    I am not sure it matters to our interests if ISIS is gone. They were never a threat to the US. Their primary concerns were located in Iraq, but spread as we advanced regime change in other states creating vacuums in which they could operate. Their primary targets, were the Shia and its growth, given wide breadth after our Iraqi invasion. Shia growth.


    In fact, it is more likely they have just morphed into some other organization. The overall strategic landscape probably won't change much, if at all.

    Proof that ISIS was created and by Israel and the US is proven by the fact that ISIS has never invaded or threatened Israel in any way shape or form. As a matter of fact, on more than one occasion, Israel openly provided medical care and financial assistance to wounded ISIS fighters.

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  • @Don Bacon
    Who Really Defeated ISIS?
    It's like who really defeated Germany in WWII. Russia did.

    Bingo!!!!

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  • @WorkingClass
    In Syria the U.S., Israel, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have been defeated by Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia and Hezbollah with backing of China.

    True. A fact that’s yet to be recognized by a majority of the world’s population, including practically no Americans. The artificial state of Israel is more vulnerable today than it’s been since the UN created it in 1948. The next few years will be interesting, to say the least.

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  • @Man on the street
    Obviously Islam in its recorded history of invasion, subversion and oppression is very bloody. Nevertheless, many generations ago civilization and better humanity affected some Muslims in North Africa, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Jordan. These nations instituted parliamentary and Judiciary along with art and culture. Granted Pan-Arabism or socialism by the like of Nasser were mistakes, but, the populations of these Arab Muslim nations graduated highly intellectual cadres of thinkers. Fast forward to the 70s energy crisis, which created and an avalanche of petrodollars on raghead barbarians in the Arabian desert dwellers. These evil gang drunk with their new riches wanted to use the money to gain power and influence. They introduced their Stone Age Wahhabism to all Muslims around the world as a condition for any money. Voila, the entire Muslim population on earth was taken back to the seventh century barbarism. Of course such disaster was encouraged by the CIA to foment chaos and in-fighting between Muslims including the Shi’a/Sunni rift. Israel was of course behind the scene feeding and facilitating such evil transformations of semi-civilized population into barbarians.

    Islam was just another vehicle for globalization, as before was Christianity.
    And as is today a Democracy.

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    Like the Romans used to say: There is nothing new (And never will be.) under the Sun.

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  • @fnn

    The whole story of the US war on terrorism is an incredible and unbelievable tale of pabulum that Washington and its mainstream repeaters have been feeding to the US public since 9-11. It stinks.
     
    Nothing new about that. For example:
    http://library.flawlesslogic.com/map.htm

    Franklin Roosevelt often lied to further his goals. In a radio address broadcast to the nation on 23 October 1940, for example, he gave "this most solemn assurance" that he had not given any "secret understanding in any shape or form, direct or indirect, with any government or any other nation in any part of the world, to involve this nation in any war or for any other purpose." But American, British and Polish documents (mostly released many years later) proved that this "most solemn assurance" was a bald-faced lie. Roosevelt had, in fact, made numerous secret arrangements to involve the U.S. in war.
    Of all his speeches, perhaps the best example of Roosevelt's readiness to lie is his 1941 Navy Day address broadcast over nationwide radio on 27 October.
     

    ... in an effort to convince his listeners that Germany was a real threat to American security, Roosevelt continued his Navy Day speech with a startling announcement: "Hitler has often protested that his plans for conquest do not extend across the Atlantic Ocean. I have in my possession a secret map, made in Germany by Hitler's government -- by the planners of the new world order. It is a map of South America and a part of Central America as Hitler proposes to reorganize it." This map, the President explained, showed South America, as well as "our great life line, the Panama Canal," divided into five vassal states under German domination. "That map, my friends, makes clear the Nazi design not only against South America but against the United States as well."

    Roosevelt went on to reveal that he also had in his possession "another document made in Germany by Hitler's government. It is a detailed plan to abolish all existing religions -- Catholic, Protestant, Mohammedan, Hindu, Buddhist, and Jewish alike" which Germany will impose "on a dominated world, if Hitler wins."

    "The property of all churches will be seized by the Reich and its puppets. The cross and all other symbols of religion are to be forbidden. The clergy are to be liquidated. In the place of the churches of our civilization there is to be set up an international Nazi church, a church which will be served by orators sent out by the Nazi government. And in the place of the Bible, the words of Mein Kampf will be imposed and enforced as Holy Writ. And in the place of the cross of Christ will be put two symbols: the swastika and the naked sword."
     
    Of course the map was a forgery.

    Indeed- a forgery provided to that “unsophisticated warmonger” by none other than British intelligence operative William Stephenson, a.k.a. “Intrepid.”

    FDR and his predecessor Woodrow Wilson will go down in history as two of its most destructive characters.

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  • @jilles dykstra
    Nobody has been able to define intelligence.
    Therefore IQ just measures IQ, the test does have a cultural component.

    And why there should be democracy in ME countries, please explain.
    Iraq and Libia were relatively prosperous, and safe, countries under Saddam and Ghadaffi.
    One cannot eat voting, nor does it bring health care or education, as we see in the USA.

    Christopher Lasch, 'The Culture of Narcissism, American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations', 1979, 1980, London

    Trump now brags about his college education, I wonder what he learned there.

    Please do not be childishly ridiculous.
    Here is for you the definition.
    Intelligence is to come up with a new approach to solve the problem.
    Top of intelligence is to solve the problem.
    Intelligence cannot be measured by letting the subject to put the different block into different holes.

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  • @Tammy
    Cui bono, cui bono.....

    It is us Muslims who benefited the most from ISIS, specially the Shia. The Shia had to pay a very, very steep price, but it is worth the price, if ISIS theology is removed from Sunni Books, which crept in 250 years later after the demise of Prophet Mohammad (saws), based on Hearsay.....

    Someone told Bukhari 250 years later, that he heard from so and so, who heard from so and so, who heard from so and so ..... all the way to 250 years that Aisha said that she married Prophet Mohammad (saws) when she was six years old. Bukhari has authenticated that in this chain of Hearsay, everyone one is honest including Aisha, even though the Holy Quran calls Aisha a liar. Who would one believe Bukhari or Quran? Of course Bukhari.....

    And, then it is not the Prophet who is saying, it is Aisha signing her own songs but can Bukhari be wrong... To cast doubt on Bukhari paramount to casting doubt on Sunni Islam.

    She is the second most narrator of Hearsay in the Authenticated Bukhari Book of Hearsay about 23% narrations. The topmost narrations is by abu Hurairah, who narrated about 30% of the Hearsay. He was punished twice by the second caliph Omar, once for lying and another time for stealing.

    Let TRUTH be told and TRUTH to prevail....

    Well the availability of the internet has shed light on lots of crazy dogma of Islam, which previously swept under the rug like breast feeding stranger grown up men? How inconsistent is such logic for these idiot desert dwellers who want to protect their women from being seen by other men by covering them head to toe, yet letting stranger hold their boobs and suck on them

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  • @Tammy
    The best thing ever happened to us Muslims is ISIS.

    ISIS theology didn't come out from thin air. It is rooted in Sunni Islam.

    So, the two best things which came out from ISIS:

    1. Sunni Islam needs to look inwards and clean their books of this nasty theology, such as Prophet Mohammad (saws) tortured people with hot iron in their eyes, marring a six years old child and so forth.

    2. It empowered Shia. Who would be have taught that in 2017, Iran will be at the doorsteps of Israel.

    Blessed be HaShem!

    Obviously Islam in its recorded history of invasion, subversion and oppression is very bloody. Nevertheless, many generations ago civilization and better humanity affected some Muslims in North Africa, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Jordan. These nations instituted parliamentary and Judiciary along with art and culture. Granted Pan-Arabism or socialism by the like of Nasser were mistakes, but, the populations of these Arab Muslim nations graduated highly intellectual cadres of thinkers. Fast forward to the 70s energy crisis, which created and an avalanche of petrodollars on raghead barbarians in the Arabian desert dwellers. These evil gang drunk with their new riches wanted to use the money to gain power and influence. They introduced their Stone Age Wahhabism to all Muslims around the world as a condition for any money. Voila, the entire Muslim population on earth was taken back to the seventh century barbarism. Of course such disaster was encouraged by the CIA to foment chaos and in-fighting between Muslims including the Shi’a/Sunni rift. Israel was of course behind the scene feeding and facilitating such evil transformations of semi-civilized population into barbarians.

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    Islam was just another vehicle for globalization, as before was Christianity.
    And as is today a Democracy.

    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    Like the Romans used to say: There is nothing new (And never will be.) under the Sun.
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  • @Tom Welsh
    https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wxEKQP6eJcU/ViK0Qz3OtTI/AAAAAAAABlU/jImcRqmA_-8/s640/CRd2hEbWUAASp3b.jpg

    LOL

    Notice the U.S. dollar bills blasted from the terrorist’s pockets.

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  • @HBD Guy
    The average IQ of Arabs in the middle east is about 85. There is no hope for democracy in the middle east. People need to have an IQ of at least 90 before that can take place. A new ISIS will emerge again probably.

    Nobody has been able to define intelligence.
    Therefore IQ just measures IQ, the test does have a cultural component.

    And why there should be democracy in ME countries, please explain.
    Iraq and Libia were relatively prosperous, and safe, countries under Saddam and Ghadaffi.
    One cannot eat voting, nor does it bring health care or education, as we see in the USA.

    Christopher Lasch, ‘The Culture of Narcissism, American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations’, 1979, 1980, London

    Trump now brags about his college education, I wonder what he learned there.

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    Please do not be childishly ridiculous.
    Here is for you the definition.
    Intelligence is to come up with a new approach to solve the problem.
    Top of intelligence is to solve the problem.
    Intelligence cannot be measured by letting the subject to put the different block into different holes.
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  • I am not sure it matters to our interests if ISIS is gone. They were never a threat to the US. Their primary concerns were located in Iraq, but spread as we advanced regime change in other states creating vacuums in which they could operate. Their primary targets, were the Shia and its growth, given wide breadth after our Iraqi invasion. Shia growth.

    In fact, it is more likely they have just morphed into some other organization. The overall strategic landscape probably won’t change much, if at all.

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    • Replies: @Carroll Price
    Proof that ISIS was created and by Israel and the US is proven by the fact that ISIS has never invaded or threatened Israel in any way shape or form. As a matter of fact, on more than one occasion, Israel openly provided medical care and financial assistance to wounded ISIS fighters.
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  • @Tom Welsh
    https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wxEKQP6eJcU/ViK0Qz3OtTI/AAAAAAAABlU/jImcRqmA_-8/s640/CRd2hEbWUAASp3b.jpg

    Tom, you forgot the women and children on the left hand side.

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  • @Dan Hayes
    Once again watching the videos of Russian jets destroying ISIS oil tankers brought back fond memories of first witnessing it on RT.

    When queried why thy didn't take out the tankers, the US lamebrained response was that they didn't want to hurt the truck drivers! Chalk that preposterous response up to some combination of stupidity and arrogance with a large dollop of hubris.

    When queried why thy didn’t take out the tankers, the US lamebrained response was that they didn’t want to hurt the truck drivers!

    I guess that didn’t work, and so I read somewhere that the USM was concerned about the environmental impact, LOL!

    Chalk that preposterous response up to some combination of stupidity and arrogance with a large dollop of hubris.

    These and the 100s of other whoppers that litter the US’ narratives belie its apparently bottomless contempt for the rest of the world.

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  • @trixie dixie
    Thank you for the article, David William Pear.

    The Madelaine Albright clip was new to me, but not surprising from that creepy old war-mongering wheeze-bag; she makes Tillerson look like a thoughtful dove.

    While you make the connection to Saudi Arabia, and the wahabi nutbars, while summarizing Bush Jr.'s reasoning to go to war in Iraq, "... supported al-Qaeda, was involved in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US and had weapons of mass destruction", you failed to mention that there DOES in fact exist a land-occupying entity in the Middle East which in fact "... supported al-Qaeda [ISIS], was involved in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US and had [has] weapons of mass destruction".

    If it was justification for "shock and awe" war, how come it is not used in the case of an actual political entity, which has, and is well-known to have, committed these extremist acts of violence?
    Instead, of course, the US sends multiple billions of $$$s to this country, while hard-working Americans at home live on the brink of survival.

    There has been a war on, for a long time, against everybody... not in the... collective.
    This is the number one threat to humanity.

    Everyone still able to publish information to the public should be focusing on gathering evidence of these crimes against humanity of this rogue extremist collective.


    How did it get to this?

    Unfortunately for the vast majority of the people who self-identify with this collective, but perform only ceremonial or no observance at all to it, when the pendulum swings, held back by the many, many 'ways of deception' and systems of sedition used to 'realize the 'manifest destiny'', the retaliatory war won't discriminate too much, and they will be victimized again, as they are being victimized by the collective.

    9/11 was not performed by Al Qaeda. They have never had such specialists, nor pilots who would die for Allah.

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    ... nor could a building specifically designed to withstand an airplane crash go down exactly like a controlled demolition
    ... nor could a building not structurally compromised in any meaningful way... go down exactly like a controlled demolition
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  • The average IQ of Arabs in the middle east is about 85. There is no hope for democracy in the middle east. People need to have an IQ of at least 90 before that can take place. A new ISIS will emerge again probably.

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    Nobody has been able to define intelligence.
    Therefore IQ just measures IQ, the test does have a cultural component.

    And why there should be democracy in ME countries, please explain.
    Iraq and Libia were relatively prosperous, and safe, countries under Saddam and Ghadaffi.
    One cannot eat voting, nor does it bring health care or education, as we see in the USA.

    Christopher Lasch, 'The Culture of Narcissism, American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations', 1979, 1980, London

    Trump now brags about his college education, I wonder what he learned there.
    , @Twodees Partain
    What is so great about democracy, anyway? While you're at it, what does an average IQ have to do with democracy? Democracy seems to e to be such a royal screwing for its participants that a willing subject of a democracy would have to be pretty dumb to think it's a good deal for him.

    In the American version of democracy, there are two political parties who automatically have ballot access everywhere while any upstart party is required to devote massive effort and expenditure of resources to gain ballot access for each election year they run candidates. Elections are held at various intervals and the counting of votes is done secretly, and winners are announced in some elections before all the polls have closed.

    This scam is held up as the input of the people on everything the elected officials do from then on. That vote is the sum total of the subject population's input into the governing process, so how is that better than simply being ruled by someone selected by any other means?
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  • @Philip Smeeton
    There would never have been a problem if they had let Assad and other dictators keep control of Muslim countries. Islam will never accept or understand democracy and freedom.

    what is a dictator?
    is he ellected, may a small citizen say “I am hungry”
    what may White Male say in US

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  • @Tammy
    Cui bono, cui bono.....

    It is us Muslims who benefited the most from ISIS, specially the Shia. The Shia had to pay a very, very steep price, but it is worth the price, if ISIS theology is removed from Sunni Books, which crept in 250 years later after the demise of Prophet Mohammad (saws), based on Hearsay.....

    Someone told Bukhari 250 years later, that he heard from so and so, who heard from so and so, who heard from so and so ..... all the way to 250 years that Aisha said that she married Prophet Mohammad (saws) when she was six years old. Bukhari has authenticated that in this chain of Hearsay, everyone one is honest including Aisha, even though the Holy Quran calls Aisha a liar. Who would one believe Bukhari or Quran? Of course Bukhari.....

    And, then it is not the Prophet who is saying, it is Aisha signing her own songs but can Bukhari be wrong... To cast doubt on Bukhari paramount to casting doubt on Sunni Islam.

    She is the second most narrator of Hearsay in the Authenticated Bukhari Book of Hearsay about 23% narrations. The topmost narrations is by abu Hurairah, who narrated about 30% of the Hearsay. He was punished twice by the second caliph Omar, once for lying and another time for stealing.

    Let TRUTH be told and TRUTH to prevail....

    Why do you need all the Moslems to believe the same? Nations are different, and they can’t have the same religion. Persians say they are Arian people, Arabians do not – and how can you expect they can agree about every question in religion?

    I am an Orthodox. And I believe we shall never understand Catholics, and also they will never understand us. That’s OK.

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  • I don’t see this ★★★ COMEDY ✡ GOLD ✡ RECORD ★★★ being mentioned?

    “US watched ISIS rise in Syria and hoped to ‘manage’ it — Kerry on leaked tape” (Jan 11, 2017)

    http://mondoweiss.net/2017/01/watched-manage-leaked/

    “Nusra makes it hard,” Kerry said, referring to Jabhat al-Nusra, the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria. “Nusra and Daesh [ISIS] both make it hard, because you have this extreme element out there and unfortunately some of the opposition has kind of chosen to work with them.”

    The rise of extremists had led to Russia’s intervention. Kerry said (at minute 26) that when Daesh, or ISIS, started to grow, the US watched and thought we could “manage” the ISIS situation, because it might push Assad to negotiate, but instead Putin came in. Kerry:

    “The reason Russia came in is because ISIL was getting stronger, Daesh was threatening the possibility of going to Damascus and so forth. And that’s why Russia went in. Because they didn’t want a Daesh government and they supported Assad.

    “And we know that this was growing. We were watching. We saw that Daesh was growing in strength, and we thought Assad was threatened. We thought, however, we could probably manage, that Assad would then negotiate. Instead of negotiating, he got Putin to support him.”

    The Syrian activists present wanted more US aid, but Kerry and an aide said more military aid was problematic. “Right now we’re putting an extraordinary amount of arms in,” the secretary of state said. His aide said that arms are a double edged sword, because “when you pump more weapons into a place like Syria, it doesn’t end well for Syria. Because there’s always someone willing to put in arms from the other side.”

    Well done, Kerry Harkonnen. Well done.

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    Anon from TN
    Good to see some people not only understand the reality, but also read Dune books. However, I must suggest a correction: Kerry was a second-hand Corrino here, ISIS fighters are Harkonnens. This makes Assad an Atreides, Iranian and Russian troops Fremen who defeated Imperial Sardaukar. Extrapolating, one expects continental US to be Salusa Secundus.
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  • The whole story of the US war on terrorism is an incredible and unbelievable tale of pabulum that Washington and its mainstream repeaters have been feeding to the US public since 9-11. It stinks.

    Nothing new about that. For example:

    http://library.flawlesslogic.com/map.htm

    Franklin Roosevelt often lied to further his goals. In a radio address broadcast to the nation on 23 October 1940, for example, he gave “this most solemn assurance” that he had not given any “secret understanding in any shape or form, direct or indirect, with any government or any other nation in any part of the world, to involve this nation in any war or for any other purpose.” But American, British and Polish documents (mostly released many years later) proved that this “most solemn assurance” was a bald-faced lie. Roosevelt had, in fact, made numerous secret arrangements to involve the U.S. in war.
    Of all his speeches, perhaps the best example of Roosevelt’s readiness to lie is his 1941 Navy Day address broadcast over nationwide radio on 27 October.

    … in an effort to convince his listeners that Germany was a real threat to American security, Roosevelt continued his Navy Day speech with a startling announcement: “Hitler has often protested that his plans for conquest do not extend across the Atlantic Ocean. I have in my possession a secret map, made in Germany by Hitler’s government — by the planners of the new world order. It is a map of South America and a part of Central America as Hitler proposes to reorganize it.” This map, the President explained, showed South America, as well as “our great life line, the Panama Canal,” divided into five vassal states under German domination. “That map, my friends, makes clear the Nazi design not only against South America but against the United States as well.”

    Roosevelt went on to reveal that he also had in his possession “another document made in Germany by Hitler’s government. It is a detailed plan to abolish all existing religions — Catholic, Protestant, Mohammedan, Hindu, Buddhist, and Jewish alike” which Germany will impose “on a dominated world, if Hitler wins.”

    “The property of all churches will be seized by the Reich and its puppets. The cross and all other symbols of religion are to be forbidden. The clergy are to be liquidated. In the place of the churches of our civilization there is to be set up an international Nazi church, a church which will be served by orators sent out by the Nazi government. And in the place of the Bible, the words of Mein Kampf will be imposed and enforced as Holy Writ. And in the place of the cross of Christ will be put two symbols: the swastika and the naked sword.”

    Of course the map was a forgery.

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    Indeed- a forgery provided to that "unsophisticated warmonger" by none other than British intelligence operative William Stephenson, a.k.a. "Intrepid."

    FDR and his predecessor Woodrow Wilson will go down in history as two of its most destructive characters.
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  • What do the readers think about Kurds liberating one third of Syria from ISIS? I doubt if it were just a show of war? Two American protegeеs fight one with another – how does it count?

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  • I agree with the commenters who note that the article is nothing new, but recounts what needs to be recounted. ISIS, or whatever new names they gave it, was the creation of the yankee imperium and the barbaric states it cooperated with. The Syrians, helped by the Russians, Iranians, and others, including Hezbollah, have largely defeated this incarnation. The bottom line is that the yankee imperium and those who support it in the near east: the Saudis, gulf emirates, Israel et al, continue to support the raghead element to use a descriptive politically incorrect name which accurately describes what we are on about. Those opposing this element are those backing civilization, and should be supported. This makes the US and its acolytes the enemy of civilization.

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  • Well, as virtually everyone knows, it was Israel’s “remarkable restraint” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/381726/tragedy-israel-rand-paul

    and Saudi Arabia’s “Care Rehabilitation Center” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Care_Rehabilitation_Center

    that ultimately defeated ISIS.

    This seems obvious…

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  • Once again watching the videos of Russian jets destroying ISIS oil tankers brought back fond memories of first witnessing it on RT.

    When queried why thy didn’t take out the tankers, the US lamebrained response was that they didn’t want to hurt the truck drivers! Chalk that preposterous response up to some combination of stupidity and arrogance with a large dollop of hubris.

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    When queried why thy didn’t take out the tankers, the US lamebrained response was that they didn’t want to hurt the truck drivers!
     
    I guess that didn't work, and so I read somewhere that the USM was concerned about the environmental impact, LOL!

    Chalk that preposterous response up to some combination of stupidity and arrogance with a large dollop of hubris.
     
    These and the 100s of other whoppers that litter the US' narratives belie its apparently bottomless contempt for the rest of the world.
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  • @Tammy
    Cui bono, cui bono.....

    It is us Muslims who benefited the most from ISIS, specially the Shia. The Shia had to pay a very, very steep price, but it is worth the price, if ISIS theology is removed from Sunni Books, which crept in 250 years later after the demise of Prophet Mohammad (saws), based on Hearsay.....

    Someone told Bukhari 250 years later, that he heard from so and so, who heard from so and so, who heard from so and so ..... all the way to 250 years that Aisha said that she married Prophet Mohammad (saws) when she was six years old. Bukhari has authenticated that in this chain of Hearsay, everyone one is honest including Aisha, even though the Holy Quran calls Aisha a liar. Who would one believe Bukhari or Quran? Of course Bukhari.....

    And, then it is not the Prophet who is saying, it is Aisha signing her own songs but can Bukhari be wrong... To cast doubt on Bukhari paramount to casting doubt on Sunni Islam.

    She is the second most narrator of Hearsay in the Authenticated Bukhari Book of Hearsay about 23% narrations. The topmost narrations is by abu Hurairah, who narrated about 30% of the Hearsay. He was punished twice by the second caliph Omar, once for lying and another time for stealing.

    Let TRUTH be told and TRUTH to prevail....

    My impression of Bukhari was always that he was a boring old windbag who simply liked the sound of his own voice. But then, neither Sunni nor Shia, what do I know?

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  • There was a push to try to reel in the insane spending levels by the US military. The idea that perhaps we shouldn’t just throw billions of dollars in trying to solve problems created by the US military was gaining momentum in Congress.

    ISIS appeared shortly thereafter. And we haven’t had a word about not more and more and more money to the Pentagon ever since.

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  • US & its allies defeated IsIs…by simply changing its name again they are now all gone, become moderate FSA. Russia can never, because the Mother of ISIS is still actively preparing for her next baby delivery, with new name.

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  • US did not create ISIS. That is blatant stupidity. CIA was in process of creating free Syrian Army.
    They recruited huge number of Sunni mercenaries trained them and equipped them to fight and depose Sadat. What did happen was that part of this mercenary force instead going on the Damascus took wrong turn at Albuquerque and went east into Sunni areas and create their own state.

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  • AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:

    Anon from TN
    Well, the author hit the nail on the head: those who created, funded, trained, and armed ISIS certainly did not defeat it. ISIS was created by the US and Gulf satrapies to overthrow Assad. The long-term goal was to fracture Syria into a bunch of impotent Bantustans fighting each other, to achieve two things. One, Israel wanted weak neighbors that would not have the capacity to take back occupied Golan Heights. Two, Gulf satrapies wanted to build pipelines to transport oil and gas through the territory of Syria. Iranian and Russian forces foiled the plot of the US, Israel, and Gulf satrapies, enabling legitimate Syrian government to regain control over most of that country’s territory. Hence the hysterics of those who created ISIS and the lies of the mainstream Western media wholly owned by ISIS sponsors.

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  • @Don Bacon
    Who Really Defeated ISIS?
    It's like who really defeated Germany in WWII. Russia did.

    Actually the Soviets did.

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  • Great article. I admire Assad so much because he fought the Americans and Israel all those years and survived.

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  • Excellent article- this is the kind of stuff I come to UNZ for. Hoping for more great analysis like this in the future.

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    ‘A trillion dollars spent on the best of the best, the most of the mostest and shucks we can’t even beat ‘em’

    What America really needs is better logical fallacies and more propaganda – with touching consideration for the poors and homeless. More zeros for the victory of defeat.

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  • Who Really Defeated ISIS?
    It’s like who really defeated Germany in WWII. Russia did.

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    • Replies: @Beefcake the Mighty
    Actually the Soviets did.
    , @Carroll Price
    Bingo!!!!
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  • @Philip Smeeton
    There would never have been a problem if they had let Assad and other dictators keep control of Muslim countries. Islam will never accept or understand democracy and freedom.

    Neither is this country’s evangelical and neither the majority of the church goers who are somewhat less indoctrinated by the combined virtue of militant christianity and exceptionalism of manifest destiny of the indispensable nation.

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  • Why is NIKE as in Nike sneakers capitalized up there in the first paragraph? It is not an acronym.

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  • Russian engagement in Syria starting in Sept. 2015 changed everything including redefining the American position with respect to ISIS. Without it ISIS would be still running around.

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  • @Biff
    BORING!

    Thanks for stating the obvious.

    Not boring at all: not everybody is as well informed as you and many readers and posters @UNZ.com

    Oftentimes it is necessary to state the obvious – over and over again.
    That should be obvious: MSM achieves its highly successful mind-bending domination of the American ‘average Joe and Jane’ by incessantly repeating a meme.

    The current example is the so-called Russiagate: there is not one shred of evidence of _anything_, yet more than half of Americans think Trump did something unethical or illegal*.
    The whole kerfuffle was manufactured out of thin air – by incessantly repeating lies and false accusations.

    Even the author of this fine article falls into the trap. His last paragraph reads thus:

    [Yes, after six plus years of the most powerful military force in the history of the world, with the most technologically advanced weapons ever invented, and an annual military budget of $1 Trillion the US finally defeated a rag-tag mercenary paramilitary of about 30,000 fighters .]

    US military did no such thing: it was the heroic Syrian Arab Army and people of Syria, with crucial support of Russian AF, and ground support by Iranian RG and Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon which defeated ISIS in Syria.

    US military is still in Syria and is still training anti-Syrian ISIS terrorists**.

    So it bears repeating and keep repeating the obvious truth, until it is firmly embedded in peoples’ minds.
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    [New poll: 54% of Americans think Trump’s dealings with Russia were unethical or illegal]

    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/new-poll-54-americans-think-trumps-dealings-russia-unethical-illegal

    **
    [RUSSIA SAYS U.S. MILITARY TRAINING ISIS TO RETURN UNDER NEW NAME AND TAKE OVER SYRIA]

    http://www.newsweek.com/russia-says-us-military-training-isis-return-syria-760664

    [One of Russia’s highest ranking military leaders has accused the U.S. of using its base in Syria to train fighters of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), further destabilizing the war-torn country for which Moscow has led peace talks.}

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  • The cynical sponsoring and siding with radical Islam goes back to the British “Great Game” of the early 1900’s. It was the British double-dealing with both Sunnis and Shias to supplant the Ottoman Empire,

    Every day I wake up and thank Providence that I was born an Englishman, in England.
    As it is beyond certain that no other nation on the face of the Earth has, or ever has had the capacity for this sort of behaviour. Everyone else is just left in the dust, wailing naively and pathetically.
    It’s our culture innit.

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  • anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    This is all old hat to regular readers of Unz.com but may be surprising to a large segment of the population who get their information from the mainstream media.
    One lesson to be learned is that extremist Islamic jihadis are partly a product of western governments who have put resources into creating them as a tool to be used against one government or another. The west has been doing this for quite a while. Think of the famous Lawrence of Arabia and how he worked to undermine the Ottomans or how the US assembled jihadis to fight the Russians in Afghanistan. Another lesson is the huge scale of dead, injured, orphaned and turned into refugees. Never hear much about that even though it approaches fascist/communist body counts that Americans always love to point at. The silence is deafening.

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  • ISIS is fictitious, but that’s never a problem for the press who simply create something that isn’t there. I just read they are retreating but they might attack somewhere else. Believe!

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  • ISIS was created by the U.S. and ISRAEL and BRITAIN with support from SAUDI ARABIA and NATO and is semi defeated in Syria by Russia, Syria, Iran and Hezbollah, but will live on as the unholy trinity that created them is a warmongering satanic cabal that creates death and destruction as a sacrifice to their god satan.

    WAR IS PEACE, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY—ORWELL

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  • Thank you for the article, David William Pear.

    The Madelaine Albright clip was new to me, but not surprising from that creepy old war-mongering wheeze-bag; she makes Tillerson look like a thoughtful dove.

    While you make the connection to Saudi Arabia, and the wahabi nutbars, while summarizing Bush Jr.’s reasoning to go to war in Iraq, “… supported al-Qaeda, was involved in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US and had weapons of mass destruction”, you failed to mention that there DOES in fact exist a land-occupying entity in the Middle East which in fact “… supported al-Qaeda [ISIS], was involved in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US and had [has] weapons of mass destruction”.

    If it was justification for “shock and awe” war, how come it is not used in the case of an actual political entity, which has, and is well-known to have, committed these extremist acts of violence?
    Instead, of course, the US sends multiple billions of $$$s to this country, while hard-working Americans at home live on the brink of survival.

    There has been a war on, for a long time, against everybody… not in the… collective.
    This is the number one threat to humanity.

    Everyone still able to publish information to the public should be focusing on gathering evidence of these crimes against humanity of this rogue extremist collective.

    How did it get to this?

    Unfortunately for the vast majority of the people who self-identify with this collective, but perform only ceremonial or no observance at all to it, when the pendulum swings, held back by the many, many ‘ways of deception’ and systems of sedition used to ‘realize the ‘manifest destiny”, the retaliatory war won’t discriminate too much, and they will be victimized again, as they are being victimized by the collective.

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    • Replies: @дулебг
    9/11 was not performed by Al Qaeda. They have never had such specialists, nor pilots who would die for Allah.
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  • In Syria the U.S., Israel, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have been defeated by Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia and Hezbollah with backing of China.

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    • Replies: @Carroll Price
    True. A fact that's yet to be recognized by a majority of the world's population, including practically no Americans. The artificial state of Israel is more vulnerable today than it's been since the UN created it in 1948. The next few years will be interesting, to say the least.
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  • “ISIS” (Israeli Secret Intelligence Service) – Rothschild’s top trust-fund commanders have reassigned many of its useful idiots, to the European Union.

    “Ordo Ab Chao”
    Global ZioMuslim MultiCultural Meltdown!

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  • The Russians defeated ISIS. Putin will be remembered as one of the great statesmen of the 21st century. And one should not forget the sacrifices of the Syrian people.

    On America’s contribution:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-05/new-video-emerges-isis-convoys-leaving-raqqa-under-us-coalition-watch

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  • @Tom Welsh
    https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wxEKQP6eJcU/ViK0Qz3OtTI/AAAAAAAABlU/jImcRqmA_-8/s640/CRd2hEbWUAASp3b.jpg

    This cartoon is a succinct expression of what the inarticulate author of the article was struggling to say.

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    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
    This cartoon is a succinct expression of what the inarticulate author of the article was struggling to say.
    , @anti_republocrat
    Tom, you forgot the women and children on the left hand side.
    , @Vidi
    LOL

     

    Notice the U.S. dollar bills blasted from the terrorist's pockets.
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  • “It was, they say the US that “trained, supported and provided air support” to local Syrian rebel good-guys…”

    It was the US that “trained, supported and provided air support” to ISIS. (And still does, come to that – and Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra, and all the other filthy terrorist scum they can find).

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  • Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

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  • There would never have been a problem if they had let Assad and other dictators keep control of Muslim countries. Islam will never accept or understand democracy and freedom.

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    Neither is this country's evangelical and neither the majority of the church goers who are somewhat less indoctrinated by the combined virtue of militant christianity and exceptionalism of manifest destiny of the indispensable nation.
    , @дулебг
    what is a dictator?
    is he ellected, may a small citizen say "I am hungry"
    what may White Male say in US
    , @eric
    Islam has no need for democracy The Imams have already decided everything , even which hand you are allowed to wipe your but with . There is absolutely no reason for more government rules or freedom .
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  • BORING!

    Thanks for stating the obvious.

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    Not boring at all: not everybody is as well informed as you and many readers and posters @UNZ.com

    Oftentimes it is necessary to state the obvious - over and over again.
    That should be obvious: MSM achieves its highly successful mind-bending domination of the American 'average Joe and Jane' by incessantly repeating a meme.

    The current example is the so-called Russiagate: there is not one shred of evidence of _anything_, yet more than half of Americans think Trump did something unethical or illegal*.
    The whole kerfuffle was manufactured out of thin air - by incessantly repeating lies and false accusations.

    Even the author of this fine article falls into the trap. His last paragraph reads thus:

    [Yes, after six plus years of the most powerful military force in the history of the world, with the most technologically advanced weapons ever invented, and an annual military budget of $1 Trillion the US finally defeated a rag-tag mercenary paramilitary of about 30,000 fighters .]

    US military did no such thing: it was the heroic Syrian Arab Army and people of Syria, with crucial support of Russian AF, and ground support by Iranian RG and Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon which defeated ISIS in Syria.

    US military is still in Syria and is still training anti-Syrian ISIS terrorists**.

    So it bears repeating and keep repeating the obvious truth, until it is firmly embedded in peoples' minds.
    ____________________
    *
    [New poll: 54% of Americans think Trump’s dealings with Russia were unethical or illegal]
    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/new-poll-54-americans-think-trumps-dealings-russia-unethical-illegal

    **
    [RUSSIA SAYS U.S. MILITARY TRAINING ISIS TO RETURN UNDER NEW NAME AND TAKE OVER SYRIA]
    http://www.newsweek.com/russia-says-us-military-training-isis-return-syria-760664

    [One of Russia's highest ranking military leaders has accused the U.S. of using its base in Syria to train fighters of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), further destabilizing the war-torn country for which Moscow has led peace talks.}

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  • I think it was 1980 when a former Iranian president, Bani Sadr, wrote an article in the Paris Le Monde how the USA had created either the Taliban, or El Quaida, I’ve got the article stored, but too much trouble to find it.

    The story is well known among the interested, because of Vietnam the USA could not fight Russia in Afghanistan, with USA money, and on CIA request, the Pakistani secret service, IS is the name, I think, recruited fundamental Muslims all over the world to fight the Russians.
    When the CIA ran out of money, they began, through Afghan farmers, producing opium, that found its way to the USA, so the USA people paid in another way, to this day, one might say.
    Osama bin Laden was a fighter for the CIA, if he knew, I do not know.
    Just after providing Stingers to the Muslim fighters the USSR had to withdraw.

    Thereafer, according to Bani Sadr, these Muslims found new hunting grounds, such as Chechnia.
    It is amazing how good the USA is in creating sorcerers apprentices, this began in 1843 in Japan, then there was China, where Mao drove out the USA puppet Chiang, Ho Chi Min was a French creation, but the USA made him stronger, we have the present Iranian regime, we had Saddam, we have North Korea.

    One cannot destroy ISIS, ISIS is an idea, the idea that the USA has no business in the Middle East.
    One can destroy ISIS fighters, ISIS weaponry, but ISIS will not go away.
    ISIS has been beaten, we are told, but the Netherlands just sent eight or so E-16′s to Jordan for bombing, and reconnaissance.

    Uri Avnery writes that force is the only language zionists understand, De Gaulle complained that the USA tries to solve any problem with force.
    Trump now seems to think that by stopping aid to the Palestinians he can force them to accept Israeli demands.
    What he accomplishes is that hatred among Muslims against the USA increases.

    Merkel imported large numbers of Muslims, right now German politicians, and some German jews, discovered that they also imported anti semitism.
    ‘Those who question the right of Israel to exist have no place in Germany’, I just read on German tv.
    There are some ten million people with migration background in Germany.
    If half of them question the right of Israel to exist, the German authorities have a big job before them.

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    a bullet to the head is the only language everyone understands.
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  • Cui bono, cui bono…..

    It is us Muslims who benefited the most from ISIS, specially the Shia. The Shia had to pay a very, very steep price, but it is worth the price, if ISIS theology is removed from Sunni Books, which crept in 250 years later after the demise of Prophet Mohammad (saws), based on Hearsay…..

    Someone told Bukhari 250 years later, that he heard from so and so, who heard from so and so, who heard from so and so ….. all the way to 250 years that Aisha said that she married Prophet Mohammad (saws) when she was six years old. Bukhari has authenticated that in this chain of Hearsay, everyone one is honest including Aisha, even though the Holy Quran calls Aisha a liar. Who would one believe Bukhari or Quran? Of course Bukhari…..

    And, then it is not the Prophet who is saying, it is Aisha signing her own songs but can Bukhari be wrong… To cast doubt on Bukhari paramount to casting doubt on Sunni Islam.

    She is the second most narrator of Hearsay in the Authenticated Bukhari Book of Hearsay about 23% narrations. The topmost narrations is by abu Hurairah, who narrated about 30% of the Hearsay. He was punished twice by the second caliph Omar, once for lying and another time for stealing.

    Let TRUTH be told and TRUTH to prevail….

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    My impression of Bukhari was always that he was a boring old windbag who simply liked the sound of his own voice. But then, neither Sunni nor Shia, what do I know?
    , @дулебг
    Why do you need all the Moslems to believe the same? Nations are different, and they can't have the same religion. Persians say they are Arian people, Arabians do not - and how can you expect they can agree about every question in religion?

    I am an Orthodox. And I believe we shall never understand Catholics, and also they will never understand us. That's OK.
    , @Man on the street
    Well the availability of the internet has shed light on lots of crazy dogma of Islam, which previously swept under the rug like breast feeding stranger grown up men? How inconsistent is such logic for these idiot desert dwellers who want to protect their women from being seen by other men by covering them head to toe, yet letting stranger hold their boobs and suck on them
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  • The best thing ever happened to us Muslims is ISIS.

    ISIS theology didn’t come out from thin air. It is rooted in Sunni Islam.

    So, the two best things which came out from ISIS:

    1. Sunni Islam needs to look inwards and clean their books of this nasty theology, such as Prophet Mohammad (saws) tortured people with hot iron in their eyes, marring a six years old child and so forth.

    2. It empowered Shia. Who would be have taught that in 2017, Iran will be at the doorsteps of Israel.

    Blessed be HaShem!

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    Obviously Islam in its recorded history of invasion, subversion and oppression is very bloody. Nevertheless, many generations ago civilization and better humanity affected some Muslims in North Africa, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Jordan. These nations instituted parliamentary and Judiciary along with art and culture. Granted Pan-Arabism or socialism by the like of Nasser were mistakes, but, the populations of these Arab Muslim nations graduated highly intellectual cadres of thinkers. Fast forward to the 70s energy crisis, which created and an avalanche of petrodollars on raghead barbarians in the Arabian desert dwellers. These evil gang drunk with their new riches wanted to use the money to gain power and influence. They introduced their Stone Age Wahhabism to all Muslims around the world as a condition for any money. Voila, the entire Muslim population on earth was taken back to the seventh century barbarism. Of course such disaster was encouraged by the CIA to foment chaos and in-fighting between Muslims including the Shi’a/Sunni rift. Israel was of course behind the scene feeding and facilitating such evil transformations of semi-civilized population into barbarians.
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  • Easy Peasy! ISIS was defeated single-handedly by Barak Hussein Obama in deep consultation with Hillary Rodham Clinton. To believe otherwise is simply treason.

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  • I spent most of the last year reporting two sieges, Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, which finally ended with the decisive defeat of Isis. This was the most important event in the Middle East in 2017, though people are already beginning to forget how dangerous the Isis caliphate was at the height of...
  • @Greg Bacon

    and Syria since 2011, when the uprising started against President Bashar al-Assad.
     
    Uprising? Hardly. When the USA got money from KSA and Qatar, and support for the soon to be ISIS training bases in Jordan and Turkey, then trained tens of thousands of violent wanna-be Jihadis, armed them, paid them and helped transport them into Syria to set off what American NGO's and the unhinged Hillary Clinton's SD had already been priming, the overthrow of Assad to benefit Israel, that is NOT an uprising or civil war, that is an invasion that continues to this day, with the US shipping more troops and hundreds of tons of weapons into their illegal NE Syria bases.

    Now they will use the fig leaf of supporting the equally violent Kurds and the SDF to keep up the attacks against Syria, while Trump the Mad tweets and sonny boy Jared calls the shots in these never-ending 'Wars for Wall Street and Israel.'

    You should have also mentioned that exactly the same CIA-cooked “sniper gambit” was used in Saraevo (Bosnia), Deraa (Syria), and Kiev (Ukraine). “Uprising”, my foot!

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  • No, neither of these wars will come to an end. The US and Israel are still interested in creating chaos in the ME, so they won’t end wars they started in Iraq and Syria.

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  • Even if the wars “come to an end” (which they won’t), there is a huge investment to be done in reconstruction. Where is the money, manpower, skillbase and the production chain for that going to come from? Well, maybe China will be ready to deliver whole towns, ready-to-use, on loan.

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  • @Duglarri
    While we may now be seeing the Syria/Iraq wars wind down, there's every reason to expect a ferocious effort on the part of Israel to wind them back up again. Israel is not going to give up the enormous benefits of having their neighbors in chaos, and will do everything in their power to make sure these wars continue. An Israeli friend of mine says his news from Israel is that the next great war is coming, in which Israel will be forced to deal with the threat of Iranians in Syria, and occupy most of that country to keep Iran at bay.

    Israel may respond to the loss of these small wars by arranging for a much bigger one.

    Your Israeli friend needs to come back down to Earth. Israel will be “forced to deal with the threat of Iranians in Syria, and occupy most of that country…”? Occupy most of that country. Israel was unable to send men as far as the Litani River in Lebanon against a determined Hezzbollah in 2006, and today, in 2018, against hardened SAF, Iranian and Hezzbollah forces they are going to occupy most of Syria. They will be sent home with wet diapers, of that you can be sure. Israel isn’t going to occupy ANYTHING. Any massive air bombardment, which is of course how they always start these things, will be answered with missile attacks reaching all the major cities in Israel. They will bluster and make noise, try to push the US to attack Iran, set up and arm proxy forces, but they will NOT send their men into Syria; there are hungry Iranian and Hezzbollah wolves just waiting for that eventuality.

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  • and Syria since 2011, when the uprising started against President Bashar al-Assad.

    Uprising? Hardly. When the USA got money from KSA and Qatar, and support for the soon to be ISIS training bases in Jordan and Turkey, then trained tens of thousands of violent wanna-be Jihadis, armed them, paid them and helped transport them into Syria to set off what American NGO’s and the unhinged Hillary Clinton’s SD had already been priming, the overthrow of Assad to benefit Israel, that is NOT an uprising or civil war, that is an invasion that continues to this day, with the US shipping more troops and hundreds of tons of weapons into their illegal NE Syria bases.

    Now they will use the fig leaf of supporting the equally violent Kurds and the SDF to keep up the attacks against Syria, while Trump the Mad tweets and sonny boy Jared calls the shots in these never-ending ‘Wars for Wall Street and Israel.’

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    You should have also mentioned that exactly the same CIA-cooked “sniper gambit” was used in Saraevo (Bosnia), Deraa (Syria), and Kiev (Ukraine). “Uprising”, my foot!
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  • Mr. Cockburn is wildly optimistic. General Mattis just announced that the war in Iraq and Syria is not over, and more US troops will enter Syria to protect America’s newly conquered lands:

    https://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/12/29/mattis-war-not-over-iraq-and-syria.html

    The war against Iran has begun as CIA/Mossad funded “orange revolution” money has incited minor protests that will be major protests in the American media. Crazies in Congress will demand that we free Iran, even though it’s a rare democracy in that region and much freer than our allies there.

    The US is openly deploying thousands more troops to Afghanistan and Iraq to outflank Iran. Israel announced that it will protect its new lands in Southern Syria. It used proxy forces to take over another 40km of Syria north from the Golan Heights and said it will continue to bomb Syria at will and that Assad still must go, something General Mattis has said as well.

    http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Netanyahu-Israel-will-act-in-Syria-in-accordance-with-our-security-needs-514130

    Last week Michael Makovsky, President and CEO of the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA), and a former Pentagon official wrote:

    “Maintaining Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen in their existing forms is unnatural and serves Iran’s interests. There is nothing sacred about these countries’ borders, which seem to have been drawn by a drunk and blindfolded mapmaker. Indeed, in totally disregarding these borders, ISIS and Iran both have already demonstrated the anachronism and irrelevance of the borders.Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen are not nation-states as Americans understand them, but rather post-World War I artificial constructs, mostly created out of the ashes of the Ottoman Empire in a colossally failed experiment by international leaders.

    …President Trump should take the offensive to Iran. The current political structure of the Middle East serves Iran’s interests, and it’s time to upend it.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/12/25/one-way-to-counter-irans-aggression-change-map-middle-east.html

    Despite all this open source news, we have this expert Cockburn saying nothing to see here, all is peaceful now. Does anyone think the Imperial US war machine will now demobilize and Israel will abandon the Yinon plan?

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  • There will continue to be unrest and war in Syria and Iraq as long as the cause for the existence of a caliphate remains: the neo-crusades. For the same reason the Taliban will not disappear in Afghanistan.
    The neo-crusaders are us, NATO, and Israel.

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  • I agree that the future of the Mid East depends upon Russia. The USA has so debased its reputation as an impartial judge, that its opinions are laughable; and its economy is so bankrupt that its promises of future commitments are worthless. In spite of its reputation of ruining everything and fixing nothing, America thinks that its useless and biased presence is welcome.
    Russia, by contrast, saved Syria and immediately withdrew their military. It, seemingly, feels that it has no business sticking around in the Mid East. That has to have irresistible appeal to groups like the Palestinians. Everyone (except the “bad guys”) loves the Lone Ranger. Come into town, clear-up the problem, and then ride back out of town.

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  • Mr. Cockburn has entirely elided the vicious influence of Israel on affairs in the Middle East and the malignant ability of Israel’s neocon and Zionist agents in the USA to control that country’s foreign policy in dangerous ways that favor only Israeli interests. It is also disconcerting that the two most powerful and corrupt theocracies in the Middle East, Israel and Saudi Arabia, seem to be covertly colluding to preserve and extend one another’s regional influence. This does not bode well for the peoples of the region nor for world peace.

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