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Imagine that you despised your brother-in-law and wanted to kill him. But you didn’t have the guts to do it yourself so you hired a hit-man to do the job for you.

Would you still be guilty of murder?

You’re darn right, you would be. So let’s apply this same rule to US foreign policy: Would it be just as wrong to invade a country, kill its people and topple its government with militants that you funded, armed and trained as it would be with your own US troops?

Yep, it sure would be. So while some people might think that it was smarter for Obama to use a proxy-army in Syria instead of US soldiers, morally or legally speaking, there’s really no difference between what he did and what Bush did in Iraq. A US invasion is a US invasion. Period. It doesn’t matter if you use for-hire killers or your own guys. It’s all the same. Obama is just as guilty as Bush.

Why does it matter?

It matters because Obama’s Syrian policy has resulted in the deaths of 250,000 people and created 11 million refugees. That’s more refugees than Iraq. And the funny thing is, the media doesn’t even talk about it, in fact, there’s not one major media outlet in the entire country that has stated what everyone knows to be the obvious truth; that the United States is 100 percent responsible for the refugee crisis. 100 percent! Assad had nothing to do with it. US policy and our buck-passing president are entirely to blame.

The point is, the Democrats pursue the same policies as the GOP with some minor-tweaking at the edges. So if the hard-charging, but dimwitted Republicans decide to drag the country to war on a pack of lies, then the shifty Dems will try to be smarter about it; they’ll try to micromanage the public relations, preempt antiwar marches in US cities and avoid US casualties at all cost. Obama has succeeded in all of these things. There’s nobody in the streets protesting, the media has convinced most people that Syria is in the throes of a civil war, and there have been no flag-draped coffins returning to Andover Airbase because their are no US boots on the ground. For all practical purposes, the Democrats have created our first completely invisible war. That’s quite an accomplishment, don’t you think?

The only glitch is that, after 4 years, Obama’s plan for toppling Bashar al Assad has failed. True, he’s destroyed the world’s oldest civilization and condemned its people to a hardscrabble existence for the next 20 years or so, but he’s failed in his primary objectives; to remove Assad, partition the country, and secure the territory he needs for vital pipeline corridors. So, you see, all the sneaky, underhanded methods the Democrats have used to secretly prosecute their war on Syria have backfired because the US is going to lose the war anyway.

Why is the US going to lose the war?

Because the Russian-led coalition has stopped Washington dead-in-its-tracks and sent the terrorist vermin fleeing for cover, that’s why.

On Tuesday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and fighters from the feared Lebanese national militia, Hezbollah, recaptured the strategic Kuweires military airbase in North Syria killing hundreds of ISIS terrorists and liberating 250 Syrian soldiers who had been holding out at the base for more than two and a half years. The battle was downplayed in the western media mainly because it represents a critical turning point in the conflict. The Russian-led coalition is now the drivers seat while the “US-backed” jihadis are on the run. The war’s momentum has totally shifted in Putin’s favor which means that Putin’s going to win and Obama’s going to lose.

Kuweires is Syria’s Stalingrad, the famous WW 2 siege which lasted from August 1942 to February 1943 when the German Wehrmacht was repelled by the ferocious Red Army in the largest and bloodiest battle in the history of warfare. While the scale of Kuweires is smaller by many orders of magnitude, it’s importance can’t be overstated. It wasn’t ISIS that was defeated at Kuweires; it was US foreign policy, a policy which has reduced a large swathe of the planet, extending from North Africa, across the Middle East and into Central Asia, into smoldering rubble. Kuweires was a key node in Washington’s plan to topple Assad and plunge Syria in failed-state anarchy. That strategy has now been rolled back, not by people waving signs in the streets or politicians appealing for peace and sanity, or diplomats at the UN “talking shop” who have become the de facto rubber stamp for US aggression. No. US policy was rolled back by Russian warplanes, heavy artillery, armored vehicles and highly-motivated, stiff-neck fighting grunts who put their country before their own personal safety. Get the picture?

For the last 15 years, the US has ruled the world through force of arms. Well, guess what; other people have weapons too, and they’re ready to use them. That’s the meaning of Kuweires. Other nations are refusing to accept a model of global world disorder where one country unilaterally arms, trains and deploys homicidal jihadi psychopaths to achieve its own narrow geopolitical goals. That’s a model that is seriously broken and needs to be replaced ASAP. This is the task to which Putin and his fellow terror-liquidators have applied themselves, and they’re doing a pretty fair job of it too.

In the last week, the Russian-led coalition has made great strides in ending this madness and turning the tide on the imperial project. As a result, Washington has been forced to rethink its approach and adapt to the rapidly-changing conditions on the ground. The evidence of this is everywhere, like this goofy article which ran at Huffington Post on Thursday. Check it out:

“Supported by U.S.-led airstrikes, Kurdish Iraqi troops on Thursday seized part of a highway that is used as a vital supply line by the Islamic State group, a key initial step in a major offensive to retake the strategic town of Sinjar from the militants….

Hours into Thursday’s operation, the Kurdish Regional Security Council said its forces controlled a section of Highway 47, which passes by Sinjar and indirectly links the militants’ two biggest strongholds — Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in northern Iraq — as a route for goods, weapons and fighters….

“By controlling Highway 47, which is used by Daesh to transport weapons, fighters, illicit oil and other commodities that fund their operations, the coalition intends to increase pressure … and isolate their components from each other,” a coalition statement said.”

(“U.S.-Backed Kurds Launch Offensive To Retake ISIS-Held Iraqi Town Sinja r”, Huffington Post)

So they launched a major ground offensive and cut off ISIS vital supply lines?

What a novel idea? Too bad no one in Washington thought about that before wasting the last 18 months blowing up camels in the dessert or whatever the hell they were doing. And why has the Pentagon been playing circlejerk for the last year and a half while these freaks raped women, lopped off heads and wreaked havoc across the countryside when they could have pulled the plug on them long ago?

“Why”? Let me explain “why”?

It’s because ISIS is Washington’s favorite windup toy. They just let these hooligans “Do their thing” as long as they advance US geopolitical goals and, when they’ve served their purpose, they stomp them out like a stag beetle. That’s the basic program. That’s how it works. Only now that Putin has been mowing down these gobshite takfiris like a combine-harvester slashing thorough the corn patch, the Obama crew has had to move on to Plan B: Liquidate ISIS and hold-on to those areas that were under ISIS control. That will give Uncle Sam the territory he’s going to need to set up his “safe zones” that’ll be protected by US aircover and serve as sanctuaries for more troublemaking sociopaths who can be deployed back into Syria to perpetuate the conflict deep into the future. That’s the US strategy in a nutshell.

Washington knows now that the war is lost, so it’s looking for a way to keep a foothold in Syria for future mischief. The same is true on the Turkish-Syrian border where Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan is conspiring with Obama to set up a buffer zone on Syrian territory. Check this out in Today’s Zaman:

“In the run-up to the Nov. 1 election, signals were given that if the Justice and Development Party (AKP) won, Turkey might well start up a land military operation in Syria….

Looking at statements from top Ankara officials in the days prior to the upcoming G-20 summit in Antalya, it does appear that we’ll have action in Syria sometime soon. No matter how often government officials signal Ankara’s desire to cooperate in air operations over Syria, the real fact of the matter is, Ankara would like to see Turkish troops enter Syria by land in warfare situation….

Signals are now coming in fast and furious that Turkey will enter into this war. What’s more, the signals are not limited to AKP statements; the assumption is spreading in the West, too, that this will be Ankara’s course.” (“Is war on the horizon?“, Today’s Zaman)

Erdogan is a megalomaniac and a menace which is why Putin had better keep an eye on him. And the same goes for Obama too. Obama may be down, but he’s not out just yet. He still has a few more tricks up his sleeve and he’s sure to use them before this thing is over. Even so, the advantage definitely goes to Putin at this point. He took on the entire Washington braintrust and beat them at their own game.

Like him or not, you got to tip your hat to a guy like that.

MIKE WHITNEY lives in Washington state. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press). Hopeless is also available in a Kindle edition. He can be reached at [email protected].

(Republished from Counterpunch by permission of author or representative)
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  1. Excellent article on Syria.

    I like the “Democrats pursue the same policies as the GOP with some minor-tweaking at the edges” comment. Absolutely true.

  2. tbraton says:

    ” For all practical purposes, the Democrats have created our first completely invisible war. ”

    I was going to point out that Libya was the first, but then I remembered that it wasn’t actually a “war,” but rather “kinetic military activity.”

    BTW, after reading your post about Kuweires the other day, I did a little Googling and had difficulty finding anything in the American MSM re what looks to be an important victory by the Russian-backed SAA. Apparently it was covered extensively by the media in the Middle East. The Financial Times did carry a pretty long and detailed article on the relief of the siege at Kuweires. I did find articles in American MSM dealing with the Kurdish victory in Iraq over ISIS. But then they’re “our guys.” (Part of the problem is the spelling. Some spell it “Kweires” rather than “Kuweires.”)

  3. Sean says: To start with Fukuyama, the argument, following in the footsteps of Hegel, goes roughly as follows. History consists of man’s unceasing search for the best system of government as an indispensable step towards The Good Life. In 1776 (the American Revolution) and 1789 (the French one) that system, in the form of liberal democracy, was discovered. In October 1806, following Napoleon’s defeat of Prussia at Jena, it triumphantly asserted itself. Since then, in spite of many ups and downs, it had continued to make progress by overcoming the challenges, first of Fascism and then of Communism. Now that the latter had followed the former into the dustbin of history, it was poised to take over the entire earth. This is made evident by the spread of globalization and, with it, the invasion of McDonald, Coca-Cola, and Toshiba; nowadays, no doubt, Fukuyama would have added Google, Facebook, and To be sure, the road ahead would be rough. There were still many islands of backwardness around, plenty of hurdles to overcome. But the shining goal, liberal democracy, had become clear to all or almost all. As it spread and asserted itself war would wane way, giving birth to a peaceful, if somewhat “sad” and boring, world.

    Mike seems to think history has ended and Syrians are well pleased to be be ruled by Assads till the crack of doom, while any disruption of this natural order of things or perpetuating the conflict deep into the future must be a US designed destabilisation because Sunnis are as happy to be ruled by Alawites as Ukrainian Catholics are to be dominated by Orthodox Ukrainians backed by powerful neighbouring state

    Obama’s plan for toppling Bashar al Assad has failed

    Riiight, Obama wanted to overthrow Assad and draw Israel’s other neighbors into a civil war for an objective, which Mike does not bother spelling out (unless we are to assume the US wants to destroy an ancient civilisation for kicks). Here is the only reason for anyone to want Syria and the surrounding region to be in chaos:-

    … to hope for the collapse of the Hashemite Kingdom and its occupation by Daesh or some similar organization. That would create an opportunity to repeat the events of 1948 and throw the Palestinians of the West Bank across the River Jordan. This is the “solution” a great many Israelis secretly favor. And the longer the present uprising lasts, the larger their number will grow.

    I have never heard that Obama wants to facilitate Israel expelling the Palestinians

    The US killed the original leader of ISIS, severely injured the current one and killed their most notorious executioner. It also liberated a city (not a military base) from ISIS, which the populace have celebrated. What population centres has Assad liberated; none because he is fighting the population

    Only now that Putin has been mowing down these gobshite takfiris like a combine-harvester slashing thorough the corn patch, the Obama crew has had to move on to Plan B: Liquidate ISIS and hold-on to those areas that were under ISIS control. That will give Uncle Sam the territory he’s going to need to set up his “safe zones” that’ll be protected by US aircover and serve as sanctuaries for more troublemaking sociopaths who can be deployed back into Syria to perpetuate the conflict deep into the future. That’s the US strategy in a nutshell. Washington knows now that the war is lost, so it’s looking for a way to keep a foothold in Syria for future mischief. The same is true on the Turkish-Syrian border where Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan is conspiring with Obama to set up a buffer zone on Syrian territory. Check this out in Today’s Zaman:

    I’m losing track of who the US and Turkey are supposed to be helping, could we have the names of groups such such as Kurds, which Mike appears to be suggesting Turkey is helping!

    • Replies: @Kiza
    , @krollchem
  4. Kiza says:

    Ask your Hasbara handler to explain this article to you, if it is all too much for your lame brain.

  5. Kiza says:

    What a brilliant article by Mike. It gives the big picture: an alliance of thieves and crooks (US, UK, Canada, Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and France) has created a war, which they renamed into a civil war/rebellion. To steal other people’s property, they killed 250,000 people and made 11M refugees. They hoped to finish the war using mercenaires paid by Saudis & Qataris with minimal own special forces involvement (even less than in Libya). It did not work out. The Russians lost patience with government change practices, selected an opportune moment, and started countering the field forces of the scumbag countries. This is bringing results, which do not get mentioned in the MSM of the scumbag countries.

    The scumbag countries then either organised a shootdown of a Russian airliner, or used an airliner accident to attack the Russian leadership, by claiming that those are the victims of the Russian involvement in their war.

    I hope this sums up the big picture so far.

    I hope Mike does not intend to kill his own brother-in-law (lol).

  6. krollchem says:

    Please spend a few months studying articles at Unz Review and other literate websites before you make additional dumb statements. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

    • Replies: @Sean
  7. Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factory"] says: • Website

    Most American groups have no power over foreign policy.

    Obama is controlled by the Jews.

  8. Bravo! A fine piece. The Empire is cruel and stupid. The Empire is in steep decline.

  9. Shawn-D says:

    Excellent article, although now a little bit dated, since it was published before the Paris “terror attacks”, which will definitely serve as a wonderful and timely pretext for the “Western World” to unleash more fury at what is left of independent Syria. Putin is indeed “the Man”, and an awful lot now rides on his shoulders. Hats off too to the Russian pilots and spetsnaz who are wiping out the terrorists in their outhouses.

  10. Sean says:

    The Vietnamese communists received help from the US even after to war against Japan was over, the US certainly did not control the Vietnamese communists ever after.

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @Anonymous
  11. Realist says:

    “…. there’s not one major media outlet in the entire country that has stated what everyone knows to be the obvious truth; that the United States is 100 percent responsible for the refugee crisis. 100 percent!”

    Western Europe is a vassal of the US and the US is a vassal of Israel. There is absolutely no reason why the West is involved in the ME….none. Other than at Israel’s beck and call.

  12. Realist says:

    “…. the US certainly did not control the Vietnamese communists ever after.”

    But they tried, killing 58,000+ Americans in the process.

    • Replies: @Sean
  13. @Sean. Mike does give a reason for Obama’s policy. A pipeline through Syria would cause Russia great economic hardship. This is Obama’s goal. Preventing this pipeline is Putin’s main goal. You may disagree with Mike, but he did give a reason for the policy. Looking at the candidates for president, I doubt that it makes much difference who is elected, just like last time.

    • Replies: @Sean
  14. Sean says:

    Yes, the US has had connection to Syrian resistance groups including the original one of the Free Syrian Army, which included defectors from Assad’s army. However the connections to ISIS are far less than proven links to the Viet Cong and Taliban, both of which got completely out of any US control.

    The assertion being made by Mike is that the US is backing ISIS, because ISIS is indistinguishable from the Free Syrian Army. I don’t see any evidence being advanced for that view, although there is a lot of innuendo. Was the US backed free Syrian Army being attacked on a reversed front by ISIS while the FSA was being hit on the main front by the initial Russian airstrikes or were official US sources lying? Is the US, and its Kurds, fighting and driving back ISIS or is the entire world media lying?

    • Replies: @Realist
  15. Sean says:
    @Positive Dennis

    Russia can’t interrupt supplies or charge over the market price without provoking the US and EU to have terminal facilities built for fracked energy to be shipped from America, thereby losing Russia that market forever . The pain for Russia is current and a result of the Saudis trying to put fracking out of profit by dumping oil on to the world market.

    Obama would be taking a tremendous risk in destabilizing the Middle East for something (hurting Russia’s energy business) he could easily do by simply agreeing to supply East Europe and Germany with fracked energy.

  16. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The US appealed to Vietnamese nationalism to help fight the Japanese during the Pacific War. Then after the war was over, the US sided with and aided the French in their attempt to regain Indochina. That’s partly why the US lost influence with the Vietnamese communists.

    • Replies: @Sean
  17. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    This mike whitney guy sure appears to have a great man crush on putin, and appears to enjoy america’s defeat, a commendable trait for sure.

    And, he sure hates those jihadi vermin and gobshite takfiris.

    That is fine, but how about the other vermin who are the root cause of it all? I am not sure he condemns vermin on his side, strongly enough.

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
  18. Realist says:

    The US has no business in Syria, period.

    • Replies: @Sean
    , @tbraton
  19. Sean says:

    The first American teams in after the Japanese surrender were given orders to do nothing to enable French colonialists to re-establish themselves, and ignored the French warnings about Vietnamese communists. The US did not create the Vietnamese communists, US policy was neutral towards them, but changed very quickly, that is the similarity.

    ISIS is not the basis of the rebellion against Assad, the Free Syrian Army was the first armed force included high ranking defectors from the Assad army that that joined after they refused to have their men open fire on demonstrators and were certainly not Jihadists. Those were the rebels US intelligence had and still has connections to. The main US proxy force in Syria is Kurds and please don’t tell me ISIS is secretly working with the Kurds.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  20. Sean says:

    Assad was torturing the subjects of secret rendition for the US. Syria under Assad was not a target of a US policy for starting a civil war. The US is a global superpower and has interests in every country on Earth, which does not mean it is the main force in those countries. The populace of a state is the main force in that country. Syria is a country of 22 million people and Assad had a huge army and security apparatus. No CIA scheme could defeat that, even if they wanted to. The US had to invade Iraq, Syria was not invaded, there was a popular uprising. Assad is to blame for what happened to Syrians, and he is still the main one to blame for the people dying now.

    • Replies: @Realist
  21. Realist says:

    You watch too much Fox News and other MSM. Assad was elected by the Syrians. Actually the US should not be in the ME. The reason they are is at the behest of Israel.

  22. Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factory"] says: • Website

    Putin is a very flawed man, but he seems to be the ONLY force in the world that can offer some kind of counter-force, however limited, against all-powerful Zio-Anglo Globalism.

    Who else is there?

    For that reason, he is to be valued.

  23. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The US was neutral to the Vietnamese communists because they had been anti-Japanese nationalists during the war. The French had an interest in emphasizing Vietnamese communism because they hoped the US would help them suppress Vietnamese nationalism and recover Indochina. Once the US sided with and aided the French in their war to recover Indochina, the communists became regarded as the legitimate champions of Vietnamese nationalism. Later on in the French Indochina war, the US tried to cut its losses in geopolitical capital, dropped its support of the French, and began supporting pro-US, anti-communist Vietnamese nationalist elements.

  24. tbraton says:

    “The US has no business in Syria, period.”

    Well, we certainly have no business trying to deconstruct another secular country, the way we invaded and destroyed Iraq. At least from the time our numbnut President declared “Assad must go” four years ago, we have been secretly arming, training and supporting, completely contrary to international law, religious radicals seeking to overthrow the legitimate government of Syria, producing a large number of dead Syrians and an even larger army of refugees who are invading Europe. It was recently disclosed in testimony before Congress that we had spent a half billion dollars to produce 4-5 “moderate” Syrian fighters.

    Today I heard on one of the Sunday talk shows one of our leading light politicians calling for us to attack ISIS where they have their “base,” Iraq and Syria. I guess this unintelligent man didn’t stop and ask himself how ISIS could have a “base” in Iraq after we illegally and without justification invaded and took over Iraq in 2003. There was no “ISIS” in Iraq or Syria before we invaded Iraq, so I have a hard time understanding how further action in Iraq can help us get rid of ISIS. A good case can be made that the origin of ISIS can be traced to the disastrous decision of L. Paul Bremmer, either through stupidity or deliberation to produce chaos in Iraq, to disband the Iraqi army, thus putting out of work a well-armed, capable cadre of former Sunni officers who were told, in effect, that they had no place in the new Iraq. It now appears that ISIS has spread to Afghanistan, where we have had a military presence since 2001. And then there is Libya, where ISIS now has a presence after we foolishly fought a war to get rid of Qaddafi, who apparently was doing a good job of suppressing religious extremists.

    Now, there are two ways to react to the attacks in Paris. One is to instantly cut off the invasion of “Syrian refugees,” for, as we have discovered, even allowing in a lot of “innocent” Syrians means that a small number of jihadists will enter and do substantial damage to your country. The second is to stage attacks on ISIS, the “state” which launched the Paris attacks, in Iraq and Syria. Of course, the second approach is the one we are hearing from our “brilliant” political leaders in the U.S. and Europe. These people are too stupid to draw the natural conclusion that it was our meddling in the ME that produced the Paris tragedy, not to mention the invasion of “Syrian refugees.” It seems to me that further meddling in Iraq and Syria will only produce further blow back. Do these people ever stop and think and evaluate the consequences of their actions? But what do I know. I was one of those fools that the exceptionally brilliant Ross Douthat was attacking back in 2002 and 2003 for opposing the war against Iraq.

    • Agree: Realist
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  25. RobinG says:

    you said, “…we have discovered, even allowing in a lot of “innocent” Syrians means that a small number of jihadists will enter…”

    But we haven’t learned that. So far, all we know is that 2 of the perps were Belgian, and another 2 had forged Syrian passports. (Those are being sold to non-Syrian refugees in Turkey, but anyone could acquire one.)

    • Replies: @tbraton
    , @RobinG
  26. tbraton says:

    Well, your well thought through argument certainly convinced me. I just think we have no choice but to keep the flood gates wide open and invite the whole world to move to Europe or the U.S. And since anyone can acquire a forged Syrian passport in Turkey, then I guess we shouldn’t waste our time checking the documents of the invading refugees. Are you for real? Do you really believe your utterly brainless nonsense? Or maybe you agree that we should reinvade Iraq and take over that country and expel ISIS. I take it you were one of the sheep who bought the nonsense of the “Axis of Evil” back in 2002 and fully supported George W.’s war.

    • Replies: @RobinG
  27. RobinG says:

    You take wrong.

    • Replies: @tbraton
  28. RobinG says:

    Quoting annamarina,

    The “path of leftist nirvana” was paved by Cheney & military-financial complex.

    “You are now reaping the whirlwind.” Do you mean that Europe has been paying for the PNAC brilliant plans for the Middle East? Just to awake your imagination: Imagine that neither Saddam, not Qaddafi, nor Assad have been attacked by the US/EU superior military forces, and that there were no millions of displaced (homeless and jobless) people that have experienced the violent deaths of their children, parents, and siblings… Without these wars (initiated by the US/EU in accordance with Israel’s most fervent desires) the “whirlwind” of refugees would not has happened (and the economic migrants from sub-Saharan Africa would have continued to be under the control of the functioning Middle Eastern states). The “path of leftist nirvana” was paved by Cheney & and military-financial complex. Don’t you like now Bush the lesser, Blair the pious, the Kagans’ and Krystols’ family business of warmongering, and Feith’ and Wolfowitz’ lies and distortions? A dam was destroyed by the war/oil profiteers assisted by the “chosen.” Now you are unhappy with the ensuing flood. Perhaps you should turn your attention to those who applied the detonators…

  29. tbraton says:

    “You take wrong.”

    No tickee, no laundry.

    BTW here is what CNN reported:

    “Hiding among refugees?

    It’s possible suspects who were directly involved in the attacks remain at large, a French counterterrorism source close to the investigation told CNN.

    While investigators pieced together information about who could be on the loose, details emerged about several of the seven attackers who authorities say were killed:

    • At least three of the terrorists involved in the attacks had spent time in Syria, a French official told CNN Sunday. The official did not identify the attackers.

    • One of three bombers who detonated themselves at the Stade de France late Friday arrived on the Greek island of Leros on October 3 among numerous Syrian refugees, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour reported, citing an unnamed French senator who was briefed by the Ministry of the Interior.

    The senator told CNN that the man was carrying a fake or doctored Syrian passport, and also a registration document for refugee status issued by Greek authorities. The fingerprints taken by Greek authorities match those of the terrorist who blew himself up at the Stade de France, the senator said.

    • Bilal Hadfi, a Belgian resident who is thought to have fought in Syria, was one of the attackers, according to several sources. Hadfi, who was killed in the attacks, was 19 or 20, the sources said.

    • One of the suicide bombers has been identified as Ismael Omar Mostefai, according to Jean-Pierre Gorges, the mayor of the French town of Chartres, who is also a member of Parliament. Mostefai lived in Chartres at least until 2012, Gorges said in a Facebook post Saturday.

    Paris prosecutor Francois Molins described him as a 29-year-old French citizen with a criminal record from the southern Paris suburbs. The attacker, who was involved in the assault and hostage-taking at the Bataclan concert hall, was identified by fingerprints and was believed to have been radicalized in 2010 but had never been accused of terrorism, Molins said.

    Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, the Paris prosecutor’s spokeswoman, told CNN that six people — all family relatives of Mostefai — have been detained. It is common practice in criminal cases in France to place family members in custody. Mostefai’s relatives have not been charged or arrested.”

    But I guess you may be right. The evidence that the terrorist who pulled off the Paris attacks were part of the current invasion of “Syrian refugees” is rather sparse, so we probably have to conclude they were part of an earlier invasion. So there is no reason to call a halt to the current invasion since they are all presumed to be innocent and contemplate no harm to existing European society. The fault lies with the French for failing to educate and properly socialize the previous Muslim immigrants. In the same way, the fault for the 9/11 attacks against the U.S. had nothing to do with the fact that we let in the 19 hijackers into the U.S. in the first place but rather with the quality of the lap dancing provided in South Florida to folks like the innocent Mohammed Atta. Had he been given more enjoyment, I’m sure he would not have gone through with the attacks on 9/11. Sure makes sense to me. Despite your wobbly command of English, your logic is impeccable.

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