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European political leaders are making the same mistake in reacting to the massacre at the Christmas fair in Berlin, in which 12 died, as they did during previous terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels. There is an over-concentration on the failings of the security services in not identifying and neutralising the Tunisian petty criminal, Anis Amri, as the threat he turned out to be. There is too little focus on bringing to an end the wars in Syria and Iraq which make this type of atrocity unstoppable.

In the aftermath of the killings the visibility of Amri, who was shot dead in Milan this morning, as a potential threat looks misleadingly obvious, and the culpability of those who did not see this appears more glaring than it really was. The number of possible suspects – suspected before they have done anything – is too great to police them effectively.

No politician or security official wishing to retain their job can tell a frightened and enraged public that it is impossible to defend them. Those in charge become an easy target for critics who opportunistically exploit terrorism to blame government incompetence or demand communal punishment of asylum seekers, immigrants or Muslims. At such times, the media is at its self-righteous worst, whipping up hysteria and portraying horrifying but small-scale incidents as if they were existential threats. This has always been true, but 24/7 news coverage makes it worse as reporters run out of things to say and lose all sense of proportion. As the old American newspaper nostrum has it: “if it bleeds, it leads.”

But in over-reacting, governments and media play into the hands of the terrorists who want to create fear and demonstrate their strength, but whose greatest gains come when they provoke an exaggerated self-destructive response. 9/11 was the most successful terrorist attack in history, not just because it destroyed the Twin Towers but because it lured the Bush administration into invading Afghanistan and Iraq. Subsequently, Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, rendition, torture and “targeted killings” (otherwise known as assassination campaigns), all justified by 9/11, have acted as recruiting sergeants for al-Qaeda type organisations.

The war on terror has failed more demonstrably than most wars: al-Qaeda numbered in the hundreds in 2001, but today – along with Isis – it has tens of thousands of fighters and supporters spread across dozens of countries.

Political leaders are not blameless, but they tend to be blamed for the wrong thing. Contrary to talk about “lone wolf” terrorism, most people like Amri turn out to have had sympathetic or supportive connections. In his case, US officials say he had communicated with Isis and was in contact with a Salafi preacher. He would have needed little more than inspiration and encouragement, since driving a truck into a crowd of people celebrating Christmas requires no special expertise.

Isis remains crucial to the present wave of terrorist attacks in Europe because it provides ideological motivation and justification and can, as in Paris and Brussels, control and sustain a terrorist cell. So long as there is a well-organised de facto Isis capable of providing these things, terrorism cannot be defeated; there will always be a “breakdown in security” to be exploited.

The continuing existence of such a state is proof of the failure of US and European leadership. It is they who created the original conditions for the rise of Isis by invading Iraq in 2003. They allowed Syria to be torn apart by civil war after 2011 and believed the consequent anarchy could be confined to Iraq and Syria. It was only in 2014 and 2015 – after the creation of Isis, the flood of migrants fleeing to central Europe and the terrorist attacks in France and Belgium – that politicians and officials really took on board the potential danger.

Yet two-and-a-half years after it was first declared, Isis is still in business. Some 2,885 Iraqis were killed in November alone, most of them as a result of fighting between Isis and the Iraqi security forces. Over the last month international focus has been on the fall of east Aleppo and too little attention is given to the fact that Isis has been holding its own in Mosul and has recaptured Palmyra in Syria.

There is a dangerous disconnect in the minds of governments and news organisations between what happens in the war in Iraq and Syria and the long-term consequences this has on the streets of Europe. When the Iraqi armed forces and their Kurdish allies began on 17 October their advance on Mosul, by far the largest urban centre held by any of the Salafi-jihadi groups, it was widely believed that Isis was about to be defeated in its last lair.

It has not happened. The elite units of the Iraqi armed forces, notably the 10,000 strong “Golden Division”, have suffered as much as 50 per cent casualties. They are being ground down by skilful tactics in east Mosul whereby mobile Isis units rapidly shift their positions in built-up areas using holes cut in the walls of houses and a network of tunnels. They avoid permanent fixed positions where they can be located and targeted by artillery and the US-led air coalition. They ambush the Iraqi military forces in their vehicles as they move through narrow streets. The UN says that almost 2,000 members of the Iraqi security forces, including paramilitary Shia units and Kurdish Peshmerga units, were killed in November alone.

The offensive is largely stalled and still has not reached the main part of Mosul city on the west bank of the Tigris River. Districts in east Mosul captured weeks ago have to be captured again. The main thrust of Iraqi government forces attack on Mosul was meant to come from the south, but this front has not moved for six weeks. Isis is even reported to have sent 500 fighters from Mosul across the desert to retake Palmyra, in the first important territorial gain by Isis for 18 months.

ORDER IT NOW

This is not an organisation that is going out of business fast, or even at all. The failure of Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham and other insurgent groups to defend east Aleppo more resolutely and successfully will probably lead to a haemorrhage of the most experienced and toughest fighters to Isis. It will have the advantage of being less dependent than the other rebel groups on outside support from Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar who are close to accepting defeat in Syria. This may not save Isis in the long term because of the sheer number of its enemies, but it has shown once again that it is more resilient than the Pentagon had supposed.

There are serious consequences here for Europe: Isis can keep going for years with the low-level terrorist attacks like that which just happened in Berlin. It does not have to do much by way of exhortation or material aid to achieve this. When a terrorist incident does take place it is capable of shifting the political agenda in a country as large as Germany. Isis knows this and while it exists the terrorism will not stop.

(Republished from The Independent by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. How’s the weather there on Planet Zorgon? The reason that France, Germany, the U.S., etc. have Muslim terrorism is that they have Muslims. Japan has done nothing to to destroy ISIS, probably barely concerns itself with questions of which bat-shit crazy batch of Muslims is killing each other this week and where they’re doing it, and insults Islam every minute by refusing to permit Muslim immigration but remains (shockingly!) free of Muslim terrorism.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    , @RobinG
  2. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    Why would the West destroy ISIS when they were the ones who set up the group, trained them in Jordan and Turkey so they could invade Syria, causing death and destruction while the lying MSM blabbed about fighting ISIS, the USAF and NATO was providing them air cover, funds, weapons, political backing and lies, lies and more lies from the worthless MSM.
    Israel also helped by treating wounded ISIS thugs in Golan Heights IDF field hospitals and the more serious were taken to Haifa to a real hospital. This isn’t some ‘conspiracy theory,’ its the truth, easily found on the ‘Net as long as you don’t read the LYING MSM.

    Now we’re supposed to believe another terror attack, pulled off by someone who was clumsy enough to leave his ID behind, which the Germans didn’t find in the truck for nearly 48 hours, only till after the first patsy had a solid alibi?
    Then he gets killed, how convenient for the endless ‘Wars for Wall Street and Israel.’

    • Replies: @Posa
  3. Has it ever occurred to this fellow that the “War on Terrorism” is not supposed to end, but to continue as long as those western governments who in large part created it need to continue and tighten their rule:

    “The entire population, and the young people in particular, become suspect in the eyes of power. At the same time, if artificial terrorism claims to be the only real phenomenon, all the spontaneous revolts….become, in accordance with the ‘police conception of history,’ a conspiracy that has been artificially plotted and conducted by forces that are ‘hidden’ and yet ‘quite identifiable,’… Everything that power cannot foresee, because it hasn’t organized it, thus becomes a ‘conspiracy’ against it. On the other hand, artificial terrorism, since it is organized and conducted by the masters of the spectacle, is a real and spontaneous phenomenon that these masters continually feign to combat for the simple reason that it is easier to defend oneself against a simulated enemy than a real one. And power would like to refuse the very status of enemy to its real enemy, which is the proletariat. If the workers say they are against this demented terrorism, ‘they are for the State,’ and if they are against the State, ‘they are terrorists,’ that is to say, enemies of the common good and thus public enemies. And against a public enemy, everything is permitted, everything is authorized….

    For us, it is certainly not a question of ‘disagreeing’ with terrorism in a stupid and abstract manner, as do the militants… nor is it a question of admiring the “comrades who are mistaken,” … On the contrary, it is a question of simply judging terrorism according to its actual results, who practices it and what usage the spectacle makes of it, and finally coming to conclusions about it.

    The true terrorism is the practice of continually obligating everyone to take positions for or against mysterious and obscure events that are prefabricated with this precise intention in mind.”

    Gianfranco Sanguinetti

    • Replies: @utu
  4. ISIS is far too convenient a tool to be allowed to end. Why the hell do you think it’s exactly like a cartoon villain, and in fact, as soon as the focus shifts elsewhere, drags attention back to itself by some act of cartoon villainy? For example, it’s been kicking Turkey to the kerb at Al Bab while the West was whining about Aleppo – so why suddenly draw attention to itself by (allegedly) burning two Turkish captives alive? (One of whom was apparently a fervent ISIS supporter himself, according to his social media posts, at that.)

  5. Some great examples of fake news here:

    1. “lured the Bush administration into invading Afghanistan and Iraq.” Lured? That’s funny!

    2. “They allowed Syria to be torn apart by civil war” A civil war? This was an invasion of Syria by foreign funded and trained jihadists, as was done in Libya and Kosovo.

    3. “the rise of Isis” Isis doesn’t exist. It is just a name created by the CIA to pretend a threat exists. It refers to various criminal gangs that roam Iraq and Syria funded by the USA, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. Yes Israel, a nation that attacks Syria weekly, provides aid to these groups, while evil Isis never fires a mortar or a bullet across the fence at Israel.

    4. “al-Qaeda numbered in the hundreds in 2001, but today – along with Isis – it has tens of thousands of fighters and supporters spread across dozens of countries.” Al Qaeda is another fake organization created by our CIA, who runs its websites and does its new releases. It does not exist. This is why we are told “al-Qaeda” quickly spread to Africa. Any Muslim tribe or gang that opposes western military objectives becomes “al-Qaeda.

    5. There is no “Isis” in Mosul. These are Turkish backed Sunnis led by officers of the old Iraqi Army. Mosul is a reclaimed Turkish city, stolen by the British in 1918. The Turks keep announcing this and the western media doesn’t understand. Turkish armored units are inside Iraq near Mosul watching this game, and will roll forth and squash the Shiite Iraqis and Kurds should they truly threaten Mosul.

    5. Al-Qaeda and Isis do not exist, so they can never be defeated. This assures fat profits for military contractors for perpetual war. The more innocents they kill with reckless bombing, the more “terrorists” they create to prolong an endless and senseless conflict.

    • Agree: utu
    • Replies: @Posa
  6. The arch terrorist, Osama Bin Laden, revealed that the leading cause of Islamic Terrorism against the West was because of the West’s support of Israeli’s terrorism against the Palestinians. It should be noted that in the minds of Islamic Terrorists, they are just reacting to Israeli Terrorism. So any logical view of the causes of terrorism, leads to the conclusion that the only effective solution to Islamic Terrorism is to stop Israeli Terrorism upon the Palestinians. This conclusion is so straight-forward, that AIPAC, the Corporate Media, etc. see this as their main goal – keep the American public so agitated about Islam that they never see this connection.

  7. A fairly reasonable and informative piece, complemented by extremely erudite and thought-provoking comments.

  8. Corvinus says:
    @Diversity Heretic

    “The reason that France, Germany, the U.S., etc. have Muslim terrorism is that they have Muslims.”

    No, the factors for Muslim terrorism are two-fold: resistance to western colonialism and religious zealotry.

    “insults Islam every minute by refusing to permit Muslim immigration but remains (shockingly!) free of Muslim terrorism.”

    There is no shock here. Europe and the United States has no need for this “Japanese solution”.

    • Replies: @Stop Islamization
  9. The corporations who run our snews agencies and pull the strings of their marionettes in elected office want to scare the American public and justify this over-priced nonsense to enrich themselves. One is 4,000 times more likely to be harmed in a traffic crash on US roads than harmed by terrorism, but the marionettists want to distract from real dangers.

  10. utu says:
    @E. A. Costa

    Do you have a link to the quote you posted?

    • Replies: @RobinG
  11. Daniel H says:

    >>They are being ground down by skillful tactics in east Mosul whereby mobile Isis units rapidly shift their positions in built-up areas using holes cut in the walls of houses and a network of tunnels. They avoid permanent fixed positions where they can be located and targeted by artillery and the US-led air coalition. They ambush the Iraqi military forces in their vehicles as they move through narrow streets<<

    You know, the Russians handled tactics such as this quiet easily, within 2 weeks, when they took Berlin in 1945. They handled such tactics quiet easily in Grozny in 2000. Maybe the lesson is, when you want some real fighting done, call in the Russians.

  12. Agent76 says:

    December 21, 2016 New Report Suggests Yemen On verge Of ‘Absolute Collapse’

    Save the Children warned that an estimated 1,000 children currently die every week from treatable diseases.

    https://www.mintpressnews.com/new-report-suggests-yemen-on-verge-of-absolute-collapse/223362/

    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
  13. Posa says:
    @Greg Bacon

    Spot on Greg. As a matter of policy, the US and Israel want utter chaos and destruction to prevail in the Middle East. It’s been an ongoing project since Desert Storm. The US is following the path of global domination called the Wolfowitz Doctrine, which was adapted locally by neoCon Likuds as “Operation Clean Break”. The latter called for serial Regime Change starting in 1996, and this is what has occurred. The European Oligarchs and NATO passively accepted these Doctrines which as Cockburn indicates, have backfired to tear apart Western Europe. Maybe they’re even encouraging false flag attacks, since all these terrorists are known to the police and security agencies, yet they waltz around the whole EU unmolested. The wholesale displacement of European Populations was called for by Oligarch Richard Coudenhove- Calergi as a way to create an artificial EU superstate (The United States of Europe), so such a plan has long been articulated. Merkel is a recipient of the Coudenhove- Kalergi Prize.

    http://www.westernspring.co.uk/the-coudenhove-kalergi-plan-the-genocide-of-the-peoples-of-europe/

    There’s some objectionable language in this article but quite a bit of factual evidence as well.

  14. Posa says:
    @Carlton Meyer

    Carlton: I can’t vouch for the accuracy of everything but I believe there is substantial basis to back most of your claims, especially the “synthetic terror” angle, and the staged terror spectacle know as “9/11”

  15. Patrick Cockburn thinks a man who killed a dozen and maimed many more is a “petty criminal”. The man needs his head examining.

  16. @Corvinus

    So are you saying Muslim terrorists can commit terrorist attacks without being physically present in a country? Wow, you seem to be a great thinker. You see possibilities others don´t.

    “Europe and the US have no need for this “Japanese solution””- because you say so. Proof by assertion.

    Cockburn says terrorism will continue until ISIS is defeated. Big, fat lie. Muslim terrorism existed before ISIS, and will continue to exist when ISIS is gone. I concede, of course, that American intervention has made things worse. But Islam will continue attacking everyone else until it, Islam (not ISIS) ceases to exist (Dar-al-Harb/Dar-al-Islam, jihad, taquiyah… do we have to go through this over and over and over again? Are the useful idiots of Islam really that stupid?). The fight between Islam and everyone else has been going on for a millennium and a half. Wouldn´t it be time to notice?

    Cockburn says the media overreports terrorist attacks. But he carefully omits that the same media says almost *nothing* about the spike in rape and crime that these colonizers have brought with them. I see no need to sacrifice Europeans so these people can have an all-inclusive tax-payer financed life in Germany instead of being in a refugee camp in Turkey or Jordan. They don´t need to fear for their lives there. Their enjoying higher living standard is not worth the death of Europeans, our decrease in quality of life and our spending a fortune in safety measures.

    Listen, I don´t want to punish Muslims. I just want them to go. The have more than 50 Muslim countries to choose from. Europe does not need Islam. It is a huge burden for us in every respect. Let them be happy and live in their homelands. There will be no hard feelings. But allow us to be happy in our homelands. Good fences make good neighbours.

    I don´t hate Muslims, I fear them. And it is not just terrorism. I live in a European capital and I have already been beaten up by them. I have seen them, Muslims, attacking people on the street several times. Knocking the head of women against the ground (this one I did not see – it just happened to someon working in my organization). I once had to leave a party because there was a bomb threat. And, more recently, I had to wait 2 weeks to get a package that had been sent to me from abroad because a bomb threat had disrupted the delivery chain. Every time of my life I go to an airport I wast precious time of my life due to the security measures we need because of them. Europe does not need them. They hate us, they are a drain on our resources, they want to islamize Europe and openly say so. They are incredibly sexist and hate gays. And us in general.

    We owe this people nothing, absolutely nothing. Cockburn, I don´t know what you believe, in your head, that you are doing. But what you are doing in fact is: promote islamization. Stop it, please.

    Que la remigration commence!

  17. RobinG says:
    @Diversity Heretic

    Japan “barely concerns itself ” with Muslims?

    Japan was the first sovereignty to provide significant financial support to Syria’s “White Helmets” – the terrorist allied NATO propaganda front that operates in ‘rebel-held’ parts of Syria. (Note how they evaporated from the Aleppo pocket before its liberation – if they were ever really there!)

    Isn’t this tribute paid to ISIS, like protection money to the mob? [Or did the US lean on Japan to ante up for the WH?)

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
  18. @Agent76

    In the case of Yemen, how could they tell. What, after all, is the difference between mere collapse, utter collapse and absolute collapse?

  19. @Daniel H

    Although I by no means advocate sending American troops to Syria, American troops became quite skilled in urban fighting in WWII–they simply moved room to room, blowing holes the wall then using flamethrowers through the holes on anyone who survived the blast. Then move to the next room, lather, rinse, repeat. It does take a degree of ruthlessness.

    • Replies: @E. A. Costa
  20. @Stop Islamization

    I too live in Europe and see the burden this Muslim invasion imposes on the indigenous European people. I fear, however, that Western Europeans simply can no longer see the Muslims as the threat that they are. The Eastern Europeans, may God bless and preserve them, now see this invasion for what it is and are resisting. The Reconquista will have to come from the East.

    • Replies: @E. A. Costa
  21. @Peter Crawford

    Cockburn was talking about before the attack. The Deutsch apparently had their eye on him but stopped surveillance after concluding that he was “only a small time drug smuggler”. From which I gather that being a drug dealer is fine in the world of Liberalistan.

  22. Corvinus says:
    @Stop Islamization

    “So are you saying Muslim terrorists can commit terrorist attacks without being physically present in a country?”

    You made that implication, not I.

    “Cockburn says terrorism will continue until ISIS is defeated. Big, fat lie. Muslim terrorism existed before ISIS, and will continue to exist when ISIS is gone.”

    How many terrorist attacks had the United States on their home soil endured prior to 911?

    “The fight between Islam and everyone else has been going on for a millennium and a half. Wouldn´t it be time to notice?”

    The fight between religions has been taking place for almost two thousand years.

    “Listen, I don´t want to punish Muslims. I just want them to go. The have more than 50 Muslim countries to choose from. Europe does not need Islam. It is a huge burden for us in every respect. Let them be happy and live in their homelands. There will be no hard feelings. But allow us to be happy in our homelands. Good fences make good neighbours.”

    Europe does not need radical Islam.

    “I don´t hate Muslims, I fear them. And it is not just terrorism. I live in a European capital and I have already been beaten up by them. I have seen them, Muslims, attacking people on the street several times.”

    Yes, the violent Muslims, those that ought to be deported.

    “They hate us, they are a drain on our resources, they want to islamize Europe and openly say so. They are incredibly sexist and hate gays. And us in general.”

    Some, not they.

  23. 9/11 was the most successful terrorist attack in history, not just because it destroyed the Twin Towers but because it lured the Bush administration into invading Afghanistan and Iraq.

    I stopped right there. If you believe this you are a fool.

  24. Anonymous [AKA "SF Jeff"] says:

    Wasn’t there a hard-left mouthpiece named Alexander Cockburn?

    Now we have the clearly Islamist Patrick Cockburn. Could they be related?

  25. @Daniel H

    “They are being ground down by skillful tactics in east Mosul whereby mobile Isis units rapidly shift their positions in built-up areas using holes cut in the walls of houses and a network of tunnels. They avoid permanent fixed positions where they can be located and targeted by artillery and the US-led air coalition. They ambush the Iraqi military forces in their vehicles as they move through narrow streets.”

    Those happen to be a defensive variation of Iraeli-developed tactics keyed on Guy Debord, etc.:

    http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/art-war-deleuze-guattari-debord-and-israeli-defence-force

    Wonder how many Israeli advisors ISIS has?

  26. @Diversity Heretic

    That was an offensive version of the tactic, ISIS (probably with Israeli advisors) is using a defensive version.

    The Israelis have used an offensive version, keyed on militarizing Guy Debord and others, in Israel, see link above.

  27. Not that there is not already a vast amount of well documented evidence that the US, Saudi Arabia,Israel and so forth, created, nurtured, unleashed, fund and support ISIS, here is a recent 1 + 2 = 3:

    (1) https://www.rt.com/news/371939-iran-defense-minister-interview/

    (2) https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2484782/turkeys-president-tayyip-erdogan-claims-us-led-coalition-forces-have-supported-isis/

    (3) http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/12/25/top-u-s-general-two-more-years-to-beat-isis.html

    Which is to say, ISIS in Mosul and Raqqa are being coddled by the US and its coalition to provide a long term supply of ISIS to continue fighting in Syria–just as one predicted when the US started the Mosul operation and said it would take two months, jeje.

  28. MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. Moscow considers the permission to supply MANPADS to Syria in the new law on US defense spending to be a hostile move, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said on Tuesday.

    She noted that the transferred weapons would quickly end up in the hands of jihadists, and Washington must realize this. “Perhaps, they even expect this to happen, since they actually sponsor the Jabhat al-Nusra, which is a unit of al Qaeda. This can hardly be called otherwise than aiding and abetting terrorists,” the diplomat went on to say.

    http://tass.com/politics/922686

  29. @Diversity Heretic

    “indigenous European people’

    Oh, too precious for words. You mean the Basque?

  30. @RobinG

    Its fair to say that limited immigration does indeed reduce terrorism, though. I also think that we need to stop f*cking with the Middle East and let them be horrible to each other, if they so desire. Its none of our business and we’ve put in way too much pain and money toward it.

  31. freefall says:

    I remember the late great Ronnie Reagan and his creation of “freedom fighters” who forced the USSR out of Afghanistan. The CIA and its expert clandestine capabilities recruited the late great OBL and provided millions of taxpayer dollars and untold amounts of weapons, training, and technology. They deserve the credit for the creation of Al-CIA’da. So we help a nation rid itself of invaders. Why in Gods name did we then invade Afghanistan ourselves? Here it is in a nut shell. After the collapse of the USSR and the end of the cold war, the world was ripe for peace, world wide peace. Those whose fortunes are linked with the military industrial intelligence entertainment mass media complex suddenly realized the sheer horror of not having the justification necessary for the gigantic monstrosity that our defense department has become. No justification for the outrageous budget was possible. The only way out was to create a new enemy. The great brainstorm was on and what you see in the world today is a result of some of the best minds in the world solving the pending crisis of peace breaking out.

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