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Perspective

49,000 Afghan people are dead at the hands of the U.S. military.  No one cares.

1,700,000 Iraqi people are dead at the hands of the U.S. military.  No one cares.

35,000+ Pakinstai people are dead at the hands of the U.S. military.  No one cares.

1,833 people died in Hurricane Katrina, went without water and food for days before hand.  The U.S. was slow to respond.  Barbara Bush said the  people staying in arenas was “working out well for them” since they were underprivileged anyway.

1 American person dies of Ebola, and everyone loses their fucking minds.

The vicious cycle continues

priceofliberty:

Eight Civilians, Including Children, Killed in US Airstrike Against IS in Syria

MOSCOW, September 23 (RIA Novosti) – Airstrikes, carried out by Washington and its Arab allied forces against the Islamic State (IS), have killed eight civilians, three of them children, Reuters reported Tuesday.

The head of Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters that apart from civilian casualties, the attacks resulted in the deaths of about 30 fighters from the so-called Nusra Front jihadist group.

Earlier in the day, the Unites States carried out a number of airstrikes against IS positions in Syria, using aircraft, drones and Tomahawk missiles. Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates also reportedly took part in the attacks.

There are 50,000 homeless veterans in this country.  Don’t give me your “supporting the troops” bullshit mantra.  You’re as hypocritical as the government you support.

The US and ISIS aren’t that dissimilar.  They both have some alleged strict moral code that they’re willing to brutalize innocent people over in an attempt to engage the population at large into following.  Islam is ISIS’s religion, patriotism is the U.S.’s. 

ISIS beheads innocent journalists and civilians.  The U.S. is only a bit more covert in their violence, since their propaganda is actually used in convincing its citizens to volunteer to be put in harm’s way under the guise of freedom and patriotism and duty, and will even give them a uniform, shelter, and food to do it, and pay the family if one of them gets killed.  Wait - al Qaeda did that, too.  Wait - ISIS is an off-spring of al Qaeda.  Wait wait - the U.S. created al Qaeda, and trained them.  So if the CIA trained al Qaeda, and ISIS is an off-spring of al Qaeda, then …………

Looking at things logically, and from everyone’s point of view in the world, then one wonders who is a bigger international threat:  A renegade group of militants willing to shed blood at the drop of a hat in order to establish dominion across the planet, or ISIS.

How to make Isis fall on its own sword | Chelsea E Manning | theguardian.com

If properly contained, Isis will not be able to sustain itself on rapid growth alone, and will begin to fracture internally. Photograph: via AP

The Islamic State (Isis) is without question a very brutal extremist group with origins in the insurgency of the United States occupation of Iraq. It has rapidly ascended to global attention by taking control of swaths of territory in western and northern Iraq, including Mosul and other major cities.

Based on my experience as an all-source analyst in Iraq during the organization’s relative infancy, Isis cannot be defeated by bombs and bullets – even as the fight is taken to Syria, even if it is conducted by non-Western forces with air support.

I believe that Isis is fueled precisely by the operational and tactical successes of European and American military force that would be – and have been – used to defeat them. I believe that Isis strategically feeds off the mistakes and vulnerabilities of the very democratic western states they decry. The Islamic State’s center of gravity is, in many ways, the United States, the United Kingdom and those aligned with them in the region.

When it comes to regional insurgency with global implications, Isis leaders are canny strategists. It’s clear to me that they have a solid and complete understanding of the strengths and, more importantly, the weaknesses of the west. They know how we tick in America and Europe – and they know what pushes us toward intervention and overreach. This understanding is particularly clear considering the Islamic State’s astonishing success in recruiting numbers of Americans, Britons, Belgians, Danes and other Europeans in their call to arms.

Attacking Isis directly, by air strikes or special operations forces, is a very tempting option available to policymakers, with immediate (but not always good) results. Unfortunately, when the west fights fire with fire, we feed into a cycle of outrage, recruitment, organizing and even more fighting that goes back decades. This is exactly what happened in Iraq during the height of a civil war in 2006 and 2007, and it can only be expected to occur again.

And avoiding direct action with Isis can be successful. For instance, in 2009 and 2010, forerunners to the Isis group attacked civilians in suicide and car bombings in downtown Baghdad to try and provoke American intervention and sectarian unrest. But they were often not effective in their recruiting efforts when American and Iraqi forces refused (or were unable) to respond, because the barbarity and brutality of their attacks worked against them. When we did respond, however, the attacks were sold to the Sunni minority in Iraq as a justified response to an occupying government favoring the Shia government led by former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Based on my intelligence work in Iraq during that period, I believe that only a very focused and consistent strategy of containment can be effective in reducing the growth and effectiveness of Isis as a threat. And so far, Western states seem to have adopted that strategy. With very public humanitarian disasters, however, like the ones on Mount Sinjar and Irbil in northern Iraq, and the beheadings of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, this discipline gets tested and can begin to fray.

As a strategy to disrupt the growth of Isis, I suggest focusing on four arenas:

Counter the narrative in online Isis recruitment videos – including professionally made videos and amateur battle selfies – to avoid, as best as possible, the deliberate propaganda targeting of desperate and disaffected youth. This would rapidly prevent the recruitment of regional and western members.
Set clear, temporary borders in the region, publicly. This would discourage Isis from taking certain territory where humanitarian crises might be created, or humanitarian efforts impeded.
Establish an international moratorium on the payment of ransom for hostages, and work in the region to prevent Isis from stealing and taxing historical artifacts and valuable treasures as sources of income, and especially from taking over the oil reserves and refineries in Bayji, Iraq. This would disrupt and prevent Isis from maintaining stable and reliable sources of income.
Let Isis succeed in setting up a failed “state” – in a contained area and over a long enough period of time to prove itself unpopular and unable to govern. This might begin to discredit the leadership and ideology of Isis for good.

Eventually, if they are properly contained, I believe that Isis will not be able to sustain itself on rapid growth alone, and will begin to fracture internally. The organization will begin to disintegrate into several smaller, uncoordinated entities – ultimately failing in their objective of creating a strong state.

But the world just needs to be disciplined enough to let the Isis fire die out on its own, intervening carefully and avoiding the cyclic trap of “mission creep”. This is certainly a lot to ask for. But Isis is wielding a sharp, heavy and very deadly double-edged sword. Now just wait for them to fall on it.

ISIS is not a global threat.

They’re doing exactly what the CIA taught al Qaeda in the 80s.  The occupier of a country ends up going broke.  That’s how you defeat an enemy.  bin Laden was part of al Qaeda when they were still the friend of the U.S. (post Russian invasion of Afghanistan).  The CIA taught them that if you can engage an enemy to the point that they go bankrupt, then you win a bigger war.  They taught al Qaeda to injury, not kill, the enemy.  It takes more resources to nurse a soldier back to health than it does to ship his body home & bury him. 

bin Laden said that al Qaeda’s goal was to bankrupt the U.S.; to cause financial ruin.  Create a little uproar here or there, and then the U.S. would go into overdrive to defeat them.  It’s exactly what’s happened.

ISIS is an off-shoot of al Qaeda (in a round about way, not getting into particulars here).  They know the training from 30 years ago that the CIA itself gave them.  The beheadings, while gruesome and vicious beyond belief, are a simple tool to them.  It’s another way to continue the ongoing bankruptcy of the U.S.  That is why they’re a threat, not because of religion, or lack of democrazy.  It’s not because our women wear pants, or free enterprise, or Starbucks.  They simply want the U.S. out of that part of the world. BUt they know if they lob off a few heads of American citizens, the whole damn brigade will put every penny they have into stopping it.  It doesn’t mean it’s logical, it means that’s what they’re doing.

The U.S. never left after the Russian-Afghanistan situation in the 80s.  The U.S. is the occupier for thirty years.  (Hell, the U.S. is still in Japan, and Germany, sixty-nine years after the war ended.)  Houseguests and fish start to stink after 3 days, they say.  Every single time a civilian or soldier has been beheaded on video, every time a building or a ship or whatever is blown up - the same demand has always been on the list:  LEAVE.  The U.S. doesn’t have squatter rights in any country.  They’re uninvited, unwanted, and over-bearing.  The U.S. is the terrorist to people in that part of the world. 

Soldiers aren’t defending freedom; they’re instilling fear and dominion under the hidden guise of Imperialism.  If anyone is defending their freedom, it’s people who are trying to push the U.S. out of their neighborhoods, their schools, their shops, their streets, and their country.  And now murderer-in-chief barry obama has taken on dubya’s tactics of doing whatever the fuck he wants to engage a pretend enemy.  It’s just that the innocent people that are going to die under a drone strike aren’t anyone’s enemy.  But what’s a few more dead towel heads in the name of freedumb?  MURRICA!

sugashane:

"Yes, we should have never invaded Iraq in the first place but it’s our duty to invade Iraq again!" - People of the internet trying to pretend they have morals. 

ereditaa:

That’s funny, I don’t recall you saying “never forget!” about the roughly 2 million innocent civilians the US subsequently bombed to justify their illogical war against an ideology that is no way representative of a religion followed by 1.5 BILLION people worldwide

I wonder why that is, hmm

#NailedIt

crusadermaximus:

War is a racket.  It’s not about safety.  It’s not about killing bad guys.  

It’s about making politically connected contractors rich, and defending corporate interests abroad.

priceofliberty:

We will send boots back to Iraq, the majority of Americans will accept it, and we will be 20 trillion in debt by 2016 elections.

The U.S. will send boots back to Iraq, the majority of Americans will accept it, and the U.S. will be $20,000,000,000,000 in debt by 2016 elections.

Made a few minor corrections, one for fun, the others because …you know.  :-)