“This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”
When recently addressing the American people, to explain his long-awaited new strategy in the never-ending Global War on Terror, President Obama suggested that ISIS, or self-proclaimed Islamic State, a fast growing, murderous gang of between 20,000 and 31,500 Sunni jihadist outlaws operating in largely deserted areas of civil war-torn eastern Syria and northern Iraq, had threatened America. As far as we know, so far this “biggest terrorist threat” has not, apart from outrageous beheading two kidnapped journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, in front of a camera. The latter, Sotloff, had allegedly been “sold” by so-called moderate Syrian rebels to ISIS, what the White House immediately denied.
Obama’s “core principle”, which had manifested itself in numerous drone attacks in Yemen and Somalia, is claimed to be successful (“This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years”), is mentioned to announce air strikes not only in northern Iraq but Syria as well, again in brazen violation of international law.
Then comes another, and, considering flow of weapons and defection, be it by choice or involuntarily, of “moderate” rebels, nothing than illusionary flash of inspiration.
“Second, we will increase our support to forces fighting these terrorists on the ground. In June, I deployed several hundred American servicemembers to Iraq to assess how we can best support Iraqi security forces. […] Across the border, in Syria, we have ramped up our military assistance to the Syrian opposition. Tonight, I call on Congress again to give us additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fighters. In the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its own people — a regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost. Instead, we must strengthen the opposition as the best counterweight to extremists like ISIL, while pursuing the political solution necessary to solve Syria’s crisis once and for all.” (Emphasis added.)
What follows is what would have been expected by any reasonable observer who, by no means, feels threatened by ISIS but relates most of what currently emerges in the Middle East to 24 years of war in Iraq and what the U.S. is going to leave behind after 13 years of war in Afghanistan, Iraq and the rest of the Middle East after the September 11 attacks.
“Third, we will continue to draw on our substantial counterterrorism capabilities to prevent ISIL attacks. Working with our partners, we will redouble our efforts to cut off its funding; improve our intelligence; strengthen our defenses; counter its warped ideology; and stem the flow of foreign fighters into and out of the Middle East. And in two weeks, I will chair a meeting of the U.N. Security Council to further mobilize the international community around this effort.”
It’s a pity that president Obama may not be able to “mobilize the international community” after relations with Russia have recently reached a new low. It takes certainly two to tango here. Strategic item number four is even more self-evident.
“Fourth, we will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians who have been displaced by this terrorist organization. This includes Sunni and Shia Muslims who are at grave risk, as well as tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities. We cannot allow these communities to be driven from their ancient homelands.”
The incubator-lie-like propaganda machinery in recent weeks about ISIS’s atrocities apparently had a huge impact even on president Obama.
“In a region that has known so much bloodshed, these terrorists are unique in their brutality. They execute captured prisoners. They kill children. They enslave, rape, and force women into marriage. They threatened a religious minority with genocide.”
Just crocodile tears. Since 1980 (for thirty-four years), Iraq is at war after its dictator Saddam Hussein, once an ally of the U.S., did attack neighboring Iran. Sympathy waned when he did the same with Kuwait in 1990. What followed was four American presidents bombing Iraq. Probably hundreds of thousands killed, millions displaced. Tens of millions without a future. Once the cradle of civilization, now a devastated homeland.
Rather, reparations are due. Obama, the Commander-in-Chief, shirks responsibility. When he praises values and achievements of the American people claiming their superiority, he seems to forget that what is happening now in Iraq and Syria had long been expected, in one way or the other. A new order in the Middle East may in fact emerge but America which has caused the mess must not complain when it is not what it had once envisioned.
Last modified September 12, 2014.