Most days I spend some time visiting various on-line news sites (a selection of which are available on the Home page). Over recent years, I have become increasingly aware of mis-spelling and mis-prints, particularly in the more traditional journals, like The Independent or The Telegraph.
I am at the point where it is a pleasant surprise if I realise at the end of an article, that there were no errors. I am reminded of something the late, great British Business Psychologist, Kevin Kingsland, used to say: "We do not live in an Information Economy, there is plenty of Information, that is not the basis of an economy. We live in an Attention Economy - Attention is the scarce resource on which our economy is now based."
In today's Independent, Patrick Cockburn also comments upon this lack of attention. In his case he notices that although the Western media has been dominated by news of ISIS-inspired killings in Tunisia, France and Kuwait totalling 67 dead, there was virtually no coverage of the ISIS gunmen who killed at least 164 (so far) in Kobani, Syria, on the same day.
Cockburn speculates that perhaps this is explained by 'atrocity fatigue' with respect to Syria and the Middle East. He also points out that this is convenient for the US government, which otherwise might have to explain how it's strategy with respect to ISIS seems to have left the new state stronger, not weaker.
If we follow Cockburn's suggestion, and question the link between the strengthening of ISIS and US policy, we find that the linkage has indeed been reported upon, but then ignored.
For instance, it has long been rumoured that the various Jihadi groups have been a tool of the West in their efforts to get rid of Assad because he stood in the way of the proposed Qatari gas pipeline to Europe. Much the same way as the CIA-funded Al Quaeda have been 'boots on the ground' in furtherance of US geopolitics.
(Note that the previous two links are to The Financial Times and The New York Times - hardly 'scurrilous blogs'!)
However, a newly released, declassified Department of Defense document from 2012 anticipated the growth of ISIS and the declaration of a Caliphate. It makes clear that this was, and would be, in the interest of those Western powers opposing Assad of Syria. Here is the relevant Department of Defence quote:
"… there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist Principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran)."
The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) specifies that it is 'Western Countries, Gulf States and Turkey' who are supporting the opposition (at that time: al Quaeda, Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar ash-Sham) which, as the DoD anticipated, morphed into ISIS.
Even Fox News reported on the document, also linking it to the transfer (organized by the CIA) of heavy weapons from newly bombed Libya to the Opposition in Syria.
Clearly, the US created ISIS as a tool to overthrow Assad and further it's geopolitical ambitions in the Middle East. In much the same way it set up and funded the Mujahideen in Afghanistan to fight Russia.
Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook wrote that "... Osama Bin Laden was armed by the CIA and funded by the Saudis" - and he should know.
In 1998 Zbigniew Brzezinski claimed that he and Jimmy Carter started the Mujahideen in July 1979, before the Soviet invasion. At that time he was Carter's National Security Adviser. He boasts that the secret organization they created was a success because: "It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap ..."
It should be remembered that Brzezinski is still active in US politics and uses his position as 'Elder Statesman' to pontificate upon Assad, Putin, ISIS and the maintenance of American power.
The word 'evil' should not be used lightly, but when you look at the death and destruction of hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of innocent people wrought by the actions of people like Brzezinski - what other word can you use?
There is an enormous amount of supporting documentation showing the linkage between terrorists and various Western and Gulf states. Yet most people do not pay any attention to it.
In that context, the constant demands of modern society and dumbing down of society by a celebrity focussed media, takes on a more sinister shade.
Posted by Nicholas Moore 5:26:08 pm