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5 non-conspiratorial facts that prove a western liberal/jihadist alliance

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The internet is full of theories about just who controls ISIS and like-minded groups and why. Many are based only on circumstantial evidence though others do have some merit. Many more are outlandish however well meaning and some are just nonsense.

But one needn’t turn to conspiracy theories in order to prove a deeply frightening link between neo-liberal western elites and ISIS. The facts are widely available and many are well known, though hardly ever discussed in western mainstream media.

Here are the key facts

1. Self-professed Liberal Democracies Fund, Arm and Go to War for Jihadist Terrorists 

Syria and Libya are the two most strident examples of western countries funding Salafist terrorists including those openly calling themselves al-Qaeda and ISIS in western sponsored wars against secular Arab governments.

In Syria, western countries have actively backed terrorists under the guise that they are ‘moderate rebels’. In reality these are Salafist terrorists whose ethos, ideology and terrorist methods are the same as those calling themselves ISIS. Due to the fluidity of the war in Syria, the names of various groups, the status of various groups and the particular self-professed allegiance of individual fighters, changes with extreme rapidity. One can be in ISIS Monday, al-Qaeda Tuesday and the FSA on Wednesday. The fight and the ideology remains the same, only the names change.

Last year, even the liberal leaning Salon magazine published a detailed report of the crimes against humanity committed by the so-called ‘moderate rebels’ in Syria.

In Libya NATO fought a war on behalf of al-Qaeda and other Salafist groups to topple the legal government of Libya. Countries like Britain even used their intelligence services to help bring latent jihadists, some of whom were under police surveillance, to Libya in order to fight a NATO/Salafist war.

The result of this is a totally failed state on the southern Mediterranean. Libya is now the world’s largest open-air terrorist training camp whose jihadists sneak into Egypt to slaughter civilians and whose arms smugglers, people traffickers and narcotics rings stretch to southern Europe and beyond.

Far from realising that such policies create terrorist blow-back in their own countries which kills their own civilians as it recently did in the British city of Manchester, western elite leaders pretend that such a thing doesn’t exist. The US, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and their allies continue to fund, arm and act as the air force for jihadists in Syria, all while helping the Saudis to aid the Wahhabist/jihadist cause in Yemen.

It’s not a hidden alliance, it’s an open alliance. Calling the terrorists ‘moderate rebels’ doesn’t make it a secret, it just makes the justification duplicitous.

2. They Both Oppose The Same Things In The Arab World and Beyond 

ISIS and al-Qaeda want to destroy secular, progressive, modern Arab governments whether Ba’athist, Nasserist or in the case of Libya one based on the Third International Theory–western leaders want the same.

Jihadists believe it is their duty to replace secular governments with theocracy–western leaders back them up.

Israel which is a western state that only sometimes calls itself one is fighting on the same side in Syria as the Muslim Brotherhood style terrorist group Hamas–but neither want to admit it.

Countries like secular France, Israel, Germany the US and UK don’t like to talk about the fact that Libya was a secular state with mass literacy, women’s rights, protections and safety for black people and high living standards.

They likewise totally ignore or even lie about the fact that Ba’athist Syria under President Bashar al-Assad is a country which protects Christians and where in government controlled areas Sunni, Shi’a, Orthodox and Catholic live side by side, share friendships and even marry one another. Of course in Syria women are free to dress as they want and have roles in government and all other major professions, including in universities.

The liberal west and ISIS style jihadists both seek to destroy this.

Beyond the Arab world, in Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is a popular, democratically elected leader who has vowed to crush the terrible drug problem which kills more people per year than terrorism. Duterte also realises that drugs fund ISIS.

READ MORE: Rodrigo Duterte vows to cutoff ISIS drug money

Duterte, like Assad, Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein before that also have another thing in common. He is taking Philippines out of the US political and economic orbit. Is liberal western ideology, like jihad, just an excuse for a good old fashion war for imperial power? You bet!

3. There Is An Historical Basis For The Jihadist/Western Alliance

In the 1920s, Britain helped the young Muslim Brotherhood, a backwards, extremist proto-Salafist political movement which the British colonial authorities knew could help hold Egypt back from a revolutionary anti-colonial movement.

By the 1950s, Britain had failed to hold back the revolution and General Gamal Abdel Nasser. Britain however had more success in The Hejaz when in the mid 1920s, Britain switched allegiance from its war time ally The Hashemites who can trace their lineage to the Prophet Muhammad, to the obscure House of Saud. Britain helped the Saudis win the war where they ultimately established the Wahhabi Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932, which is the number one sponsor of terrorism in the modern Middle East.

Britain however, was not done with secular, revolutionary Nasserist Egypt. In 1956 Britain, France and Israel invaded Egypt in order to ‘take back’ the Suez Canal. The invasion failed as both the USA and the USSR in a rare moment of unity, forced the invading countries to retreat.

But Britain had its revenge on Egypt when during the North Yemen Civil War of the 1960s, British mercenaries and regulars forced Egypt to withdraw from the country by the end of the decade.

Britain, like America after it, realised that by allying with backwards theocratic obscurantists one could prevent post-colonial countries from becoming wealthy, happy, independent and strong nations. Some things never change and indeed they have not.

4. Both ISIS and the West Invoke Universalist Ideologies

While many in the west realise that by helping terrorists (aka moderate head coppers) the west is engaged in the 21st century version of old fashioned imperialism, others actually believe what they say.

The liberal ideology like the jihadist ideology (call it Slafism, Wahhabism etc) is a one-size-fits-all universal theory. According to western liberals, all countries should practice economic neo-liberalism and social post-modern liberalism. The lack thereof is justifiable cause for invasion and regime change. Likewise, ISIS and its copy-cats believe that the entire world should practice Wahhabism/Salafism and that the lack thereof is justifiable cause for invasion and regime change.

Neither care for the fact that different societies require different governmental solutions. It is their way or the highway in both cases. Universalist ideology is the easiest way to justify imperialism. The Spanish Conquistadors did it, the  French Revolutionaries did it, the Bolshevik Trotsky did it and now both liberals in the west and Salafists like ISIS are doing it world wide. The needs and wishes of real local people are ignored…the ideologues know best!

5. The West Turns Muslims Into Salafists and Conservatives Against Muslims–ISIS turns Sunni Against Shi’a and Christian Against Muslim

Western leaders, in funding jihad abroad have also come to both actively and tacitly define Islam as equivalent to Salafism. When this happens, conservatives in the west come to see Islam as a wicked threat to their existence, instead of understanding that Salafist jihad is a threat to everyone’s interests, Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist and atheist alike.

The liberal Islamophobia narrative enforces this false dichotomy and has the effect of shutting up western conservatives or otherwise keeping them in the dark about the real problem. This allows little room for a debate on western foreign policy which allies western armed forces funded by western tax dollars with ISIS like groups.

READ MORE: ‘Islamophobia’ is a fake piece of lexicon used to sell fake news

Likewise in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, al-Qaeda and ISIS are pushing a narrative which pits Sunni Muslim against Shi’a Muslim, Christian against all Muslim and Arab against non-Arab.

Both of these propaganda ploys achieve the same goal. It is classic divide and rule thinking. If you create false hatred, people will be too busy fighting each other to know what is actually going on.

Who needs a conspiracy theory to prove the west’s alliance with jihadists when these facts are there for all to see.

 

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Saudis Admit Khashoggi Killed At Consulate “In Fist-Fight”, King Salman Fires 5 Top Officials

Saudi Arabia confirmed tonight that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at its consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

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Democrat Congressman Adam Schiff has weighed in on the Khashoggi murder admission from KSA claiming “the Saudi report of Khashoggi is not credible.”

The White House issue a statement…

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Saudi Arabia confirmed tonight that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at its consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

In a statement put out on Saudi state television, citing an initial investigation by Saudi prosecutors, SPA said that:

“an argument erupted between him [Khashoggi] and others whom he met in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul leading to a fistfight which led to his death.”

Prosecutors said the investigation was still ongoing and that 18 people, all Saudi nationals, had so far been arrested, SPA reported.

“The Kingdom expresses its deep regret at the painful developments that have taken place and stresses the commitment of the authorities in the Kingdom to bring the facts to the public,” the statement said.

Additionally, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has removed a key royal adviser and a senior intelligence official..

King Salman issued an order to remove Saud al-Qahtani, an adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to the state-run Ikhbariya television.

The monarch also relieved deputy intelligence chief Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri.

This follows the narrative reported by The New York Times on Thursday that Riyadh is looking to blame Assiri for the purported murder of Khashoggi in an effort to shield Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from the blame.

Saudi King Salman has also ordered the formation of ministerial committee led by crown prince Mohammad bin Salman to restructure the general intelligence agency.

As Ali Shihabi, Founder, The Arabia Foundation, tweets:

“The removal of two top officials, a cabinet ranking, very powerful and close advisor of MBS and the Deputy Head of Foreign intelligence + 4 other Generals in foreign intelligence (virtually its whole top leadership) cannot be written off as a cover up. This is unprecedented.”

This is not saying “rogue killers” but implicating virtually the whole top leadership of foreign intelligence. They carried out a mission that went sour very quickly and tried to cover it up initially. Bad news travels slowly to the top.”

We await President Trump’s “very severe consequences.”

 

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Pat Buchanan: Caravan Puts Trump Legacy on the Line

Unwanted mass migration is the issue of our time, as there is no foreseeable end to it before it alters America irremediably.

Patrick J. Buchanan

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Our mainstream media remain consumed with the grisly killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and how President Donald Trump will deal with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Understandably so, for this is the most riveting murder story since O.J. Simpson and has strategic implications across the Middle East.

Yet far more critical to the future of our civilization is the ongoing invasion of the West from the Third World.

Consider the impact of the decision by Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2015 to throw open Germany’s doors to 1 million refugees from Syria’s civil war.

Last weekend, in a crushing blow to Merkel, the Christian Social Union, the Bavarian sister party of her CDU, won its smallest share of the vote in half a century, 37 percent. Her coalition party, the SPD, saw its share of the Bavarian vote fall to a historic low of less than 10 percent.

The right-wing Alternative for Deutchland saw its support rise to 10 percent and has become a force in German politics. Some conservatives are urging the CDU to adopt the AfD hardline on illegal immigration.

The message sent by the Bavarian electorate is the message voters across Europe have been sending to their own capitals for years: You are failing in your first duty — defense of the homeland from foreign invasion. Mass migration of unassimilable peoples and cultures from a global South represents an existential threat to our Europe.

As Merkel’s chancellorship approaches its end, French President Emmanuel Macron, her progressive EU partner, has seen his approval fall to below 30 percent.

The U.S.-led NATO alliance may guard the Baltic and Black Sea regions against a Russian invasion from the east. But in Central, Southern and Western Europe, the more feared invaders are the peoples of Africa and the Muslim world, whose numbers are expected to triple or quadruple by this century’s end.

And as their numbers grow, so, too, does their desperation to escape, even at risk of their lives, the poverty, wars and repression of their homelands to cross the Med and fill the empty spaces left by a depopulating Europe.

It also now appears that the U.S. elections, not three weeks away, may be affected by another immigration crisis on the U.S. border.

As of Thursday, a caravan of 4,000 refugees without visas had crossed from Honduras into Guatemala and was heading toward Mexico. By Election Day, it will either have been stopped, or it will be here. And this caravan is a portent of things to come.

According to The Washington Post, during FY 2018, which ended last month, 107,212 members of “family units” crossed over into the U.S., “obliterating the previous record of 77,857 set in 2016.”

Citing DHS figures, the Post adds, “Border patrol agents arrested 16,658 family members in September alone, the highest one-month total on record and an 80 percent increase from July.”

When Trump, under intense political fire, ended his “zero tolerance” policy of separating refugees from their children, this message went out to Mexico and Central America:

Bring your kids with you when you cross the border. They will have to stay with you, and they cannot be held for more than 20 days. Thus, when they are released, you will be released to await a hearing on your claim of asylum. The odds are excellent that you can vanish into the U.S. population and never be sent back.

Enraged, Trump has threatened to cut off aid to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala if they do not stop the caravans and has warned Mexico he will use the U.S. military to secure our border.

Unwanted mass migration is the issue of our time, as there is no foreseeable end to it before it alters America irremediably.

As these migrants are almost all poor, not highly skilled, and do not speak English, most will join that segment of our population that pays no income taxes but qualifies for social welfare benefits like food stamps, medical care and free education in our public schools.

They are thus a net drain upon the resources of a nation that is already, at full employment, running a deficit of $779 billion a year.

These migrants, however, are a present and future benefit to the Democratic Party that built and maintains our mammoth welfare state, and which, in presidential elections, routinely wins 70 to 90 percent of the votes of people whose trace their ancestry to Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Not without reason, Democrats believe that if they can change the composition of the American electorate, they can control America forever.

If Donald Trump was elected on any one issue, it was immigration and his promises to secure the border, build the wall and halt the invasion.

How he deals with the impending crisis of the migrant caravan may affect both the fate of his party in November and his presidency in 2020.

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‘Mohammad bin Salman Must Go’, but US-Saudi Ties Are Here to Stay

Was it possible that Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) was so arrogant that he could not imagine the consequences of such a heinous crime?

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Mohammad bin Salman is fully aware of the Western elite’s understanding of its own values. While he may be given a pass to bomb Yemen and kill thousands of innocent civilians, he should know better than to dare touch a Washington Post columnist – “one of ours”, as one MSNBC host said. Did he not realize there would be consequences?

As more information came out, many analysts began to confront the most obvious question. Was it possible that Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) was so arrogant that he could not imagine the consequences of such a heinous crime? How could MBS betray Trump this way, not anticipating that the Democrats and the mainstream media would jump all over Trump’s friendship with him? Could he be so foolish as to place in jeopardy foreign investments planned at the Davos in the Desert conference on October 23? The answer to that question is apparently: yes, he could.

The only rational explanation for this behavior is that MBS thought he could get away with it. Remember that we are talking about someone who had Saad Hariri, the prime minister of Lebanon, kidnapped and carried off to the Kingdom, with his whereabouts unknown for days but with very little reaction from the mainstream media or Western politicians. It is possible that in this instance, MBS simply misjudged the level of Khashoggi’s popularity amongst neoliberals of the Washington establishment, provoking an unexpected response. Furthermore, the thesis that the Saudis understood that they had some kind of green light from Trump is not to be totally dismissed. Such a backlash is what you get from having a big mouthpraise your friends too much, and tweet all the time.

The rapidity with which the US media, and especially dozens of Republican and Democratic senators, attacked Saudi Arabia, blaming it for the atrocious crime, is rather unusual. After all, the Saudi elites have been inclined to behave in such a manner over the last 40 years. But it also highlights the ongoing inconsistency and double standards: nothing is said about Yemen, but the Kingdom is currently under the strongest censure for allegedly offing a journalist.

As I had already pointed out in my previous article, Khashoggi was clearly part of a faction opposed to the current ruling royal family in Saudi Arabia, headed by MBS. To understand this Saudi golden boy of the US mainstream media as well as military-industrial-spying complex, we have to go back to Mohammed bin Nayef. Bin Nayef has been under house arrest for almost two years, immediately purged by MBS as soon as he assumed power as crown prince. Bin Nayef has for decades been the CIA’s go-to man in Riyadh, helping the CIA & Co. pretend to “fight” al Qaeda in the Kingdom while using al Qaeda as a tool to inflict damage on US geopolitical adversaries.

The removal of bin Nayef by MBS was greeted with anger by a part of the US establishment close to Washington think tanks and the CIA and was never fully digested. MBS and his father, King Salman, needed to consolidate power around the throne at the time, and bin Nayef was certainly part of the faction opposing MBS, as was Khashoggi.

Naturally, these antipathies were set aside by the CIA, think tanks and neoliberals in the media due to to the importance of the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the US, especially vis-a-vis the US Petrodollar. MBS even undertook a tour in the US to help smooth the relationship with the West, being hailed as a new reformer, if you can believe that.

Nowadays,the relationship between Riyadh, Tel Aviv and Washington is based on the strong friendship between Trump and MBS and Trump and Netanyahu. Furthermore, the strengthened link between Trump and MBS, facilitated by son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is close to Israel, served to create a new alliance, perhaps even hinting at the possibility of an Arab NATO. Israel is eager to see more Saudi and US engagement against Iran in the region, and the Saudis similarly praise Israel and the US for being engaged in a fight against Iranian influence in the region. In this way, Trump can please his Israeli friends and see Saudi money pour in as investments.

These agreements have led to a series of disasters in the Middle East that go against the interests of Israel, Saudi Arabia and the US. Israel’s recklessness has led to the deployment of a wide range of Russian state-of-the-art weapons to Syria, preventing Israel and the US from acting as freely as before. The disastrous Saudi war in Yemen, the almost diplomatic break with Canada, the kidnapping of the prime minister of Lebanon, and now the Khashoggi affair, have further weakened and isolated Saudi Arabia, MBS, and therefore Trump. The US is no longer able to influence events on the ground in Syria, and so the initial plans of Israel and Saudi Arabia have foundered, after having devoted hundreds of millions of dollars to arm and train terrorists to overthrow Assad.

The Khashoggi affair plays into this situation, exacerbating the war between elites in the US as their strategies in the Middle East continue to fail. The neoliberal mainstream media immediately used the Khashoggi story to pressure Trump into taking a firm stance against one of his last friends and financiers, trying to further isolate him as the midterms approach. Many in the US deep state are convinced – as they were convinced that Clinton would win the presidency – that the House and Senate will end up in Democratic hands in the November elections, paving the way for Trump’s impeachment and for Mike Pence to become president. Pence, a prominent figure of the evangelical right, would be the perfect president for Israel, placing Tel Aviv in the driving seat of US foreign policy as never before. In this scenario, it would certainly be preferable for certain parts of the elite to have a different figure at the helm in Saudi Arabia, seeing as MBS appears to be an unstable leader. Possibly they would prefer someone tied to the US secret services – someone like Mohammed bin Nayef. For these reasons, Democrats, some Republicans and the mainstream media have gone all out against MBS and Trump.

Turkey seems to be using the situation to further widen the fracture between Saudi Arabia and the rest of the world. Since Doha is paying the bills for Erdogan these days, with the Turkish lira at a low, it is essentially the Al Thani family running the PR show in the Turkish media. It looks like the Qatari media are paying back with interests all the negative media they received from the Saudis over the past year. Despite this, neither Ankara nor Riyadh is intent on any kind escalation, both knowing that any suffering on their part is a boon for their enemies.

An interesting aspect related to the Khashoggi affair concerns the sources of the news about the investigation, all anonymous and coming from Turkish police or from people linked to the top echelons of the Turkish state. Knowing the odd state of relations between Ankara and Riyadh, and especially between Turkish ally Qatar and Saudi Arabia, all this news coming from one source should at least be taken with a grain of salt. What is certain is that the Turks had immediate knowledge of the matter regarding who, what, where, when and why. This means that they must have bugged the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, allowing the MIT, Turkey’s intelligence service, to know in real time what was happening to Khashoggi. The story concerning the Apple watch appears to be an attempt by the Turks to thrown off the scent Saudis who may be scratching their heads wondering how the Turks came to have such intimate knowledge of what transpired in their consulate.

For Turkey, the Khashoggi affair could be the occasion for a rapprochement with the US, following a deterioration in relations in the last two years. Turkey has few friends left, and after being cornered by Russia and Iran in Astana with regards to Syria,  it also has to deal with the tensions between Riyadh and Qatar as well as balance its relations with Iran and Israel. Erdogan would like to exploit this event as much as possible, and the release of Pastor Brunson seems to indicate Ankara’s willingness to extend an olive branch to Washington.

Russia, Syria and Iran have everything to benefit from this ongoing internal quarrel between elements within Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, Qatar and the US. Whatever the outcome of the Khashoggi affair, Moscow, Tehran and Damascus can only benefit from any deterioration of relations between these countries.

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