Washington brings Syria’s Al Qaeda in from the cold

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      (WSWS) Ten years after Washington launched a bloody war for regime change in Syria that has left some half a million dead and the country in ruins, the US media has begun an unmistakable propaganda campaign to rehabilitate the principal American proxy ground force in this war, Al Qaeda.

      This is the significance of an extraordinary interview conducted by the Public Broadcasting Service’s (PBS) Frontline program. Its subject is Abu Mohammad al-Jolani, the founder of the Syrian affiliate of Al Qaeda. The US State Department has declared Jolani a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist,” with a $10 million bounty on his head.

      The interview, to be aired soon on PBS, was conducted in February in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, the last redoubt of the Al Qaeda-linked Islamist militias that formed the backbone of the war to topple the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

      This war was justified in the name of “democracy” and “human rights,” and supported by layers of the pseudo left internationally, who went so far as to proclaim it a “revolution.” In reality, it was orchestrated, armed and funded by the US, together with its regional allies Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Israel.

      Full story hereLong, detailed, a good one IMO. 

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    • #415714
      jbnw
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      Let’s see – they were the freedom fighters against the Russians in Afghanistan we armed, the terrorists we fought in Afghanistan, Iraq et al., and they’re now revolutionaries we support again?

      • #415727
        Ohio Barbarian
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        It’s complicated. The way those people are always shifting alliances, the US must be flexible. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, and Assad is a horribly evil monster who gassed his own people. What do you mean he didn’t? Everybody knows he did. You’re just listening to Russian propaganda. Are you a Russian bot/stooge/agent? Well of course it was bad when Trump backed these people, because he was always wrong and a Nazi.

        I trust my President.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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          jbnw
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          Do you provide background information for Psaki? 🙂

          • #415734
            Ohio Barbarian
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            I’d be more convincing than that smug hipster, and think of the money I could make off of my book! The problem is you have to whore yourself for X number of years before you can get that job.

            It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

            You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

            • #415746
              jbnw
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              I didn’t consider any defense contractor positions when I started working in computer science in the 1980s.

              Today, I suspect my ethics would be more flexible as I’ve learned the value of income . . .

    • #415720
      Passionate Progressive
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      is still, according to the UN Charter a war crime. According to that document, (as I paraphrase) the only time a state can initiate violence is in situations in which it was attacked…After all, this was the excuse that Hitler used to invade Czechoslovakia in 1939 – i.e., to protect the Sudeten Germans. Further human rights support is applied selectively – if the US/NATO wanted to protect human rights it would invade/bomb Britain to protect the Irish or Israel to protect the Palestinians. Finally the violence or military action applied in the name of ‘protecting civilians’ harms more civilians than it protects.

      The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

    • #415730
      mrdmk
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      An enemy of my enemy is a friend of mine is a cheap argument

      We have been down this road before

      If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields

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