John Kerry’s rhetoric on Isis insults our intelligence and conceals the reality of the situation in Syria
By Robert Fisk, Sunday, 21 September 2014
John Kerry is becoming more and more like William McGonagall, the “worst poet in the world” whose horror at the 1879 Tay Bridge railway disaster yielded the imperishable observation that it “will be remember’d for a very long time”.
Like McGonagall’s verse, Kerry’s attempts to explain America’s crusade against its latest evil enemy are … [more]
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How to make Isis fall on its own sword
By Chelsea E Manning in Fort Leavenworth, Tuesday 16 September 2014 11.00 EDT
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 … [more]
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September 15, 2014
Bingo! Here’s another force of evil to be ‘vanquished’
By Robert Fisk, Thursday 11 September 2014
Resurrection, reinvention and linguistics. Barack Obama did the lot. And now he’s taking America to war in Syria as well as Iraq. Oh yes, and he’s going to defeat Isis, its “barbarism”, “genocide”, its “warped ideology” – until the bad guys are “vanquished from the earth”. What happened to George W Bush?
But let’s go through this with a linguistic comb. First, Obama … [more]
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Have you been hearing a hollow clanging in the middle of the night? Faint, but growing louder in that gathering twilight before the fitful dreams of midnight’s slumber? Could it be the sound of the dark lord himself, Darth Cheney, frenzied with blood lust, beating his bionic breast like a reborn King-Kong as the indelicate stench of unrequited war teases his flared nostrils?
It’s back to golden Babylon, boys! Black gold, that is. Bubbling crude and Blackwater mercenaries. … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2014/09/14/the-harvest-to-come-2/
The sad legacy of 9/11: Isis and al-Qaida are stronger than ever
By Ali Soufan, Thursday 11 September 2014
In the years leading up to the attacks of 11 September 2001, the west saw al-Qaida rising but didn’t address the threat in time. My colleagues and I in the FBI and over at the CIA had been focused on al-Qaida since the mid-1990s. The true threat, however, came from the ideology, not the group.
In the first years … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2014/09/12/the-ideology-not-the-group/
Have you heard a distant clanging in the middle of the night? It’s the sound of the dark lord himself, Darth Cheney, thumping his bionic chest as the scent of yet another bloody Iraq war reaches his flared nostrils. It’s back to ancient Babylon, boys! Bubbling crude, black gold. Oil. Halliburton. Abu Ghraib. And a litany of mangled words to make ugly almost sound purty. Like collateral damage. Like torturing folks is just an enhanced, practically pleasant something … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2014/09/10/the-harvest-to-come/
Twitter Agent Provocateur “Ahimla Jihada” Exposed As Fake
By Shibli Zaman, September 3, 2014
Recently, Twitter was abuzz with its latest agent provocateur tweeting in support of the orcs of our time, ISIS.
I’ve emblazoned the image with the word “Fake” in order to avoid spreading this nonsense unwittingly.
The tweets of this person declaring her undying devotion and love for ISIS from right here within the borders of the United States garnered some pretty ludicrous responses. … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2014/09/04/what-were-up-against/