Within the aftermath of the Paris attacks, many claims have been made, both unsubstantiated and confirmed, that have been circulating regarding the true nature of the attackers. This whirlwind of disinformation has made it quite difficult for the average American to decipher what is and isn’t reputable intel in regards to these terrible attacks. The most recent addition to the confusion is the fact that the “terrorist passports,” that were left in the wake of the explosion, were exposed as forgeries. Why were they forgeries? Who left them for officials to find? How did a passport survive a suicide bombing in the first place? Many questions arose within this newly discovered information and there are an equal amount of answers flooding the alternative news community. However at this point it is only speculation. But before one goes down the wrong path, it is first important to understand the true backdrop to this story.
It is no longer a secret that the rise of al-Qaeda is due to the interaction of the U.S. government in Iraq and the Middle East. The U.S. funded the group in previous wars against the Soviet Union effectively building them into what they are today. What many do not know is that before the al-Qaeda faction split, ISIS was al-Qaeda. This known terror group, previously funded by the U.S. turned into ISIS. The U.S. then went on to fund (covertly and actively denying at first) the Free Syrian Army “Rebels” in their war against Assad. The U.S. supplied the group with 500,000,000 dollars, anti-aircraft missiles, weapons and military training, knowing full well that the FSA was one of the biggest suppliers of fighters and weapons to ISIS. This raises a very clear red flag. Top ranking officials within the FSA, or rather the New Syrian Force (which was the name of the failed rebel training program) spoke out against the rebel training program calling it “not serious.” This was just before the FSA rebels trained by the U.S. officially joined ISIS. Knowing that ISIS was created and funded by the United States government changes the dynamic and allows one to see a bigger picture begin to materialize.
The current war in Syria began with a chemical weapons attack allegedly committed by the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. This caused moral outrage, and based on the unconfirmed source of this international crime, the U.S. began on the surface what it had been doing behind the scenes for some time. Since the U.S. intervention in Syria following the atrocities committed, information has come to light that implicates the Syrian rebels in the attacks as opposed to Assad. The information showcases the many inconsistencies in the investigations following the chemical attacks, yet the focus remained on Assad.
There is a shocking parallel between the false pretenses on which the Iraqi war began, and the shaky ground on which the U.S. government stands in the current war in Syria. The U.S. in particular has a terrible habit of making emotional, wartime decisions before all the facts are on the table. Many would claim that this is exactly the purpose; to use the emotional response of the masses, triggered by unsubstantiated propaganda, to execute militaristic actions that would otherwise have been objected to by the people.
Due to this proxy war in Syria, and the resulting chaos, the refugee crisis began. There are many lines of thought surrounding the Syrian refugee crisis. The first and most obvious is that of the celebrated (yet practiced with resentment) original American ideal, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses..” and so on. It is not hard to see the logic within the argument of human suffering, and if one believes in what the United States is supposed to stand for, accepting any human being in need should be almost second nature. Yet this is quite obviously not what is happening. The United States is undeniably one of the primary root causes behind the war in the Middle East, and subsequently, the resulting refugee crisis. Yet the U.S. has chosen to take a back seat when it comes to actually aiding the suffering transients looking to become permanents. The mindset behind this perspective is that these migrants are simply war-weary individuals looking to find refuge and all should be open to extending whatever help is necessary.
On the other hand, some feel as though the mass migration could be a tactic being utilized by ISIS, or whoever is pulling the strings, to infiltrate or simply cause unrest within the Western nations.
“Coercive engineered migrations (or coercion-driven migrations) are those cross-border population movements that are deliberately created or manipulated in order to induce political, military and/or economic concessions from a target state or states.” – Kelly M. Greenhill – Weapons of Mass Migration: Forced Displacement as an Instrument of Coercion
This is to suggest that ISIS has orchestrated a massive offensive on the west via covert operatives that have embedded themselves into the migration to slip by undetected. This, however realistic and possible, is an over simplification, if true at all. There are larger forces at work behind the scenes. Both of these perspectives have merit and both have their naïvety, but it is clear that there is more to the story than what the public is being told. One question every American should be asking themselves is why the U.S. is in Syria in the first place? More importantly, why it is choosing Syria to don the gift of forceful democracy (if there is such a thing) when other countries are committing the very same, if not worse, atrocities every day; Saudi Arabia for instance. During the first month that the US spoke out about the savagery committed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Saudi Arabia, its closest ally in the area, had beheaded 19 people. This isn’t discussed because the Saudis preserve U.S. national interests. Another question is why Saudi Arabia, who is much closer and has much more room, has chosen not to help these refugees?
In the midst of the refugee crisis was the Paris attacks. Police named one of the attackers as Omar Ismail Mostefai, a 29-year-old French citizen who was born and raised in Paris. In spite of claims by police that some of the attackers were there on Syrian passports, evidence is beginning to surface which shows that was not the case. As a French citizen, Mostefai would not have needed a fake Syrian passport to enter the country. Which would lead many to postulate that the forgeries were planted in order to strengthen the government’s position that a military invasion of Syria is both necessary and a direct response to attacks from Syrian nationals. France has now moved to attack Syria in spite of the fact that these passports have been conformed as forgeries, having no logical connection to the country being bombed.
No country should decide to take the lives of another before fully understanding the scope of any given event. The ramifications of such hasty military action can be seen in the war-torn countries of which the United States has “freed.” The continually used excuse of “spreading democracy” no longer seems sufficient, especially after the devastation left in Iraq. A “war on terror” is no longer an acceptable rationale to invade a country; as a war on an idea, versus an actual target, is absurd to being with and has no foreseeable end. In the end, there is far too much unknown and general misinformation in the field for any nation to be attacking another. Yet, the war has begun, and it would seem that no one fully agrees on who in fact is to be the target and who everyone actually supports.
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