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Let’s Not Get It Wrong This Time: The Terrorists Won After 9/11 Because We Chose to Invade Iraq, Shred Our Constitution

President George W. Bush in the Oval Office on March 19, 2003, following his address to the nation announcing the U.S. invasion of Iraq. (Image: Public domain)

President George W. Bush in the Oval Office on March 19, 2003, following his address to the nation announcing the U.S. invasion of Iraq. (Image: Public domain)

This article originally appeared on Common Dreams.

What is terrorism? Many are convinced that the word is inherently so vague as to be meaningless. I have never understood this. To me the definition seems singular, and obvious, and it would appear that simply understanding it is the key to avoiding terrible missteps in the aftermath of an attack like the one in Paris.

Terrorism is a tactic in which the primary objective is to produce fear, rather than direct harm. Terrorist attacks are, first and foremost, psychological operations designed to alter behavior amongst the terrorized in a way that the actors believe will serve them.

The 9/11 perpetrators killed about 3,000 people, and did about $13 billion in physical damage to the United States.… Read the rest

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Now the truth emerges: Here’s how the US fueled the rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq


This won’t really come as a surprise to most of Disinfo readers, but I figured it would be worth sharing anyway.

Seumas Milne via The Raw Story:

For the past year, US, British and other western forces have been back in Iraq, supposedly in the cause of destroying the hyper-sectarian terror group Islamic State (formerly known as al-Qaida in Iraq). This was after Isis overran huge chunks of Iraqi and Syrian territory and proclaimed a self-styled Islamic caliphate.

The campaign isn’t going well. Last month, Isis rolled into the Iraqi city of Ramadi, while on the other side of the now nonexistent border its forces conquered the Syrian town of Palmyra. Al-Qaida’s official franchise, the Nusra Front, has also been making gains in Syria.

Some Iraqis complain that the US sat on its hands while all this was going on. The Americans insist they are trying to avoid civilian casualties, and claim significant successes.

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Dr. Bones Special Communique: The Paris Attacks

Source: The Guardian

Source: The Guardian

From Gods & Radicals:

Think about that. Don’t run from it. Live it for a moment. The wishes, the hopes and dreams all snuffed out like worn out candles. Think of that dying shallow breath, that last conscious moment where they probably just wished the best for their loved ones and slipped silently beyond the veil. Do not merely say prayers: light a candle, guide new Discarnates through this difficult time. We have the gifts, now is the time to use it.

How does this all make you feel? Sad, of course. This is human, this is real. But anger, does it rise within your belly? Do you feel a coldness now? Have the people who committed this act filled you with venom? Have they become a symbol? Are you ready to bomb Syria? Are you ready to do whatever it takes to get revenge(or “justice” as it’s called) for the Holy Fallen Dead?

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Putin Says U.S. Support for Syria Rebels is Illegal and Ineffective

Not that one should believe Vladimir Putin’s every word, but I think he’s on to something here. Al-Arabiya reports on his claim that US-trained rebels are leaving to join Islamic State with American weapons:

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday branded U.S. support for rebel forces in Syria as illegal and ineffective, saying U.S.-trained rebels were leaving to join Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) with weapons supplied by Washington.

Vladimir Putin

In an interview with U.S. networks recorded ahead of a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, Putin said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad deserved international support as he was fighting terrorist organizations.

Obama and Putin are scheduled to talk on Monday after Putin addresses the United Nations, although White House and Kremlin officials have disagreed on what the two leaders will discuss and even who initiated the meeting.

“In my opinion, provision of military support to illegal structures runs counter to the principles of modern international law and the United Nations Charter,” he said in an excerpt of an interview with U.S.

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US-Backed Syrian Rebels Handed Over Equipment to Al Qaeda Affiliate, Military Admits

Health of the force

This post originally appeared on Common Dreams. Read more of Sarah Lazare’s articles here.

The U.S.-trained and armed rebels at the center of President Barack Obama’s Syria policy have turned over at least a quarter of their American-issued equipment to the the al Nusra Front, which is linked with al Qaeda, Central Command admitted late Friday.

“Today the [New Syrian Forces] unit contacted Coalition representatives and informed us that on Sept. 21-22 they gave six pick-up trucks and a portion of their ammunition to a suspected al Nusra Front intermediary, which equates to roughly 25 percent of their issued equipment,” said Col. Patrick Ryder, Central Command spokesperson, in a press statement.

The equipment was surrendered “in exchange for safe passage within their operating area,” according to Central Command.

The revelation contradicts U.S. military officials’ claims earlier this week that the U.S.-backed forces had not, in fact, given their equipment and arms to al-Nusra.

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The Syrian war has caused the first-ever withdrawal from the doomsday seed vault

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“The Middle East needs crops.”

Fiona MacDonald via ScienceAlert:

The civil war in Syria has prompted the first withdrawal from the Arctic ‘doomsday vault’ – a seed storage unit built on an island between Norway and the North Pole, to safe-guard the world’s food supply in the event of a global catastrophy, such as an outbreak of disease or nuclear war.

Researchers in the Middle East have now asked to withdraw a range of drought-resistant crop seeds, including wheat, barley, and grasses, from the vault. They would usually get these seeds from a facility in Aleppo, Syria, but even though the seeds are still there and safe in cold storage, the scientists are unable to access them as a result of damage to the surrounding buildings caused by the war.

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At Heart of Humanitarian Crisis, Israel Building Wall to Keep Syrian Refugees Out

Benjamin Netanyahu at press conference
This post originally appeared on Common Dreams. See more of Sarah Lazare’s articles here.

Amid a growing humanitarian crisis in Europe and the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday refused calls to admit non-Jewish refugees from Syria and announced plans to build a “security fence” to shut out people fleeing war—directly referencing concerns that admittance would skew demographics.

“Israel is a small country, and we do not have the geographic and demographic depths [to absorb them],” Netanyahu’s office declared in an English language statement released Sunday. “We will not allow Israel to be flooded with illegal migrants and terrorists.”

“Today, we are starting to build a fence on our eastern border. In the first stage, we will build it from Timna to Eilat in order to protect the airport being built there, and we will continue the fence up to the Golan Heights, where we have already built a strong security fence,” the statement continued.… Read the rest

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The Arab World’s Wealthiest Nations are Doing Next to Nothing for Syria’s Refugees

European countries are bowing to pressure to accept more refugees; why aren’t the mega-wealthy Arab nations like Qatar, UAE and Saudi Arabia? The Washington Post does a great job shaming them, but will they care?

The world has been transfixed in recent weeks by the unfolding refugee crisis in Europe, an influx of migrants unprecedented since World War II. Their plight was chillingly highlighted on Wednesday in the image of a drowned Syrian toddler, his lifeless body lying alone on a Turkish beach.


A fair amount of attention has fallen on the failure of many Western governments to adequately address the burden on Syria’s neighboring countries, which are struggling to host the brunt of the roughly 4 million Syrians forced out of the country by its civil war.

Some European countries have been criticized for offering sanctuary only to a small number of refugees, or for discriminating between Muslims and Christians.

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