More on US Military Funding of al-Qaeda and Islamist Militants

I’ve received a couple more extremely interesting comments from Michelle Thomasson about the wars in the Middle East and the US funding of Islamist militants. She writes

You probably already have this info… but just in case it is also relevant here. One of the three most important military officials re the war on terror, General Flynn (was head of the Defence Intelligence Agency), is caught admitting on video what the U.S. government already knew in 2012 about the establishment of a caliphate by Islamic extremists and then still supplying them the arms (though not mentioning they may have been supplying some clapped out weaponry). Clip from Democracy Now, https://youtu.be/MQDRGrA9I7A?t=3m17s

If people really understood!

and

The information is out there, yet still most of our mainstream media peddle devastating misinformation for the war mongers!!

Here is a very telling clip from Joe Biden talking to people at Harvard. I can imagine he thought they were too smart to try and fool hence the honesty to appear ‘informed’ but he has tried to withdraw comments since his admission. The clip is just over 2mins and the Biden mishap comes in at 1 min:

Interestingly, Qatar mentioned in the link above was involved in paying a very large ransom to IS for UN peacekeepers under the scrutiny of the Israelis, it is a rather unusual way to openly give militants a big wad of money: https://youtu.be/PMDc_NBsfi0

And with Israel that brings up a conundrum, as ISIS/IS (Daesh) is just an extension of Wahhabism why have these recent medieval-like slaughterers not included Israel in their target sights? Wahhabism was always against Zionist goals…

And for your records here is Hilary Clinton admitting how they used the “Wahhabi brand of Islam to go beat the Soviet Union” makes it sound like a baseball match! This information is so terrible, when are they going to wake up to what they are doing re the havoc, desperation and destruction they have designed for millions of people?

I also have some short notes I wrote up on the roots of Wahhabism if you want them with an interesting quote re Zionism from John McHugo the author of ‘A Concise History of the Arabs'(2014)

I’d be very interested in the notes on the origins of Wahhabism, as well as the quote about Zionism from John McHugo. And it is very strange that Israel has not been attacked by ISIS or al-Qaeda, when so much Arab and Islamic politics is fiercely hostile to the Jewish state. If you look on Youtube, there are a number of pieces on there claiming that ISIS is the creation of the Israelis and funded by Mossad. I haven’t looked at them, because it’s too much like some of the stupid, genocidal conspiracy theories about Jews and Zionism that influence and motivate the Neo-Nazis, ever since the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

And the mainstream media is silent about nearly all of this. The award-winning American journalist, Glenn Greenwald, speaking on one of the clips, explains why mainstream American journalists are hostile to blowing the lid off this particular can of worms. He states that journalists are just as susceptible to the hyper-patriotism as the rest of society; that many of them come from the same socio-economic groups as the politicians, generals and business leaders they interview. They’re dependent on them for stories, and so don’t press them or criticise them, for fear of losing leads or stories. He also adds that much of it is motivated by professional jealousy after the Snowden revelations. They were angry at the way they were excluded from the material Snowden revealed, and bitter about the way he received journalism awards while they didn’t. So they’re personally hostile against him, and against the journalism he represents.

Lobster, the parapolitics magazine, has also been discussing the issue, and the reason why mainstream historians by and large are hostile to taking into account the role of clandestine groups in politics. Any mention of conspiracies is excluded from respectable academic discussion as it recalls all the murderous and stupid fantasies about vast, global conspiracies by Jews and Freemasons, fantasies that have resulted in the deaths of millions. But real conspiracies – by corporations, secret political groups and the secret state, do exist. You only have to look at the way the CIA orchestrated coups in Latin America and the Middle East. Or simply at the way the CIA again funded much radical art and movements in the 1950s through to the 1970s, in order to present the West as much more culturally pluralistic and democratic, in contrast to the monolithic, totalitarian East.

Some of this reluctance to concede the role of clandestine groups is probably due to academic inertia. Doctoral students are placed under the supervision of academic supervisors, who made demand major changes to their work if they don’t agree with it. Doctoral students are required to show they can make an original contribution to research, and while students obviously do need advice and guidance, it also puts limits on how original or radical an academic dissertation can be. Also, some of the academic institutions are in receipt of monies from the intelligence services. Lobster also published a list of these some time ago.

I also think part of the problem is that the whole notion of the role of powerful, secret interest groups controlling politics is unacceptable because it problematizes vast areas of contemporary politics. The dominant ideal of the democratic West is that our rulers are essentially benign, and however beneficial or detrimental their particular party politics may be, the foundation of their power is that of the sovereign individual, as established by liberal political theorists going back to John Locke. It is also tacitly assumed that government and corporations will also work for the public good, despite obvious scandals involving political corruption.

Genuine parapolitics raises profound question marks about all this, by showing how secret groups or factions within political parties, in concert with allies in the media and the military-industrial complex, can and do manipulate public opinion, and world affairs without reference to any kind of democratic mandate. Instead of the Whig view of history, which sees it as the gradual march of progress, culminating in the establishment of liberal democracy, or the Marxist view, which sees history as produced by impersonal economic forces producing inevitable changes to the social fabric, and hence the ruling ideologies, it shows history to be made by big business and political factions, with the sovereign people there only to provide a democratic façade for decisions that have already been made by their social superiors for their own class political and economic benefit. It explicitly raises the problem that you can’t trust what politicians and big business tell you. And not just in the superficial, cynical sense, but right to the core of the political process and the nature of the democratic state itself.

And that’s unacceptable to large parts of the media and the academic establishment, embedded and nurtured as they are by the status quo.

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4 Responses to “More on US Military Funding of al-Qaeda and Islamist Militants”

  1. Michelle Thomasson Says:

    Thank you, you nailed the problem down so concisely! Plus simple fear, it an ally of deceit and complicit silence re the machinations of power. I am also very cautious when posting information and prefer to rely on original data / sources, so when reading up on Zionism I tried to scan a variety of referenced sources (second hand bookshops are a treasure trove for old document finds). Here is a précis of my notes on Wahhabism which leads into the quote:

    Roots of ISIS fundamentalism

    Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab (born 1702/3) in Nejd, central Arabia founded Wahhabism. He was a zealous reformer; he looked at the intentions behind actions and advocated the most scrupulous, most inflexible interpretation of Islam, he also called for believers to engage with the Quran directly.

    Muslims who did not share his strict interpretations, including his application of Sharia law were to be gently persuaded; if this did not succeed then arms were called against them to bring them back in to the fold (trying not to kill them). This tactic was also applied to Shi’ites. Adult males who fought against Islam and who were polytheists, that refused to convert were executed.

    The Al Saud family backed by zealous Wahhabi’s (who considered it their task to purify Islam) have dominated central Arabia since the mid eighteenth century. Endorsement by leading Wahhabi scholars, legitimised the Saudi monarchy.

    Rasid Rida (1865 – 1935, Syria) was a pupil of the great Egyptian reformer Muhammad Abdul; he urged Muslims to find unity and focus in Islam with a dynamism in their own traditions as an essence of Jihad. As Rida grew older he condemned the abolition of strict Sharia practices such as cutting off the hand, but he also began to praise Wahhabism and was a passionate supporter of the new Saudi kingdom. Rida’s endorsement enabled the spread of Wahhabism beyond the kingdom’s borders.

    Conflicts increase – until 1914 Rida advocated coming to a mutual arrangement with Zionism, then after WW1 the Arabs wanted to collaborate with Israel directly, however, Zionist leaders such as Chaim Weizmann decided it best to cooperate with Imperial Britain instead. “For Rida, this put them on the other side of the great divide, and like many other Arabs he came to see Zionism as a British tool to split and dominate the Arab world. From the late 1920s onwards, he mined the most hostile traditions to Jews in Islam and combined such material with the conspiracy theories of European anti-Semitism to attack the Zionist project and Jews in general.

    Thus, he focused on the hadith (italicised) ‘The Jews will fight you and you will be led to dominate them until the rock cries out; “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, kill him!”’ He claimed that the Torah exhorted Jews to exterminate people that they conquered, and that the Jews rebelled against God by killing the prophets he sent after Moses. They invented Freemasonry and the Western banking system, and in recent years had created capitalism in Western Europe and Communism in Eastern Europe with which to plot against the European nations. He also saw Jewry as contributing to Germany’s defeat in First World War in exchange for Britain’s promise to grant them Palestine.

    From this final period in his life, we can see the origins of the anti-Semitism which has infected some parts of the Arab and Muslim struggle against Zionism and is now reflected, for instance, in the Hamas charter and the propagation of Holocaust denial in sections of the Arabic media.” (A Concise History of the Arabs, 2014, page 163, by John McHugo.)

    I chose a Hugo quote because it is a summation of the information I found and his writing is not the stuff of alternative media fright nights, quite the opposite! He is ‘an Arabist, an international lawyer and former academic researcher. His writing has been published on the BBC, History Today and Chatham House’s The World Today.. He is the director of the Council for Arab British Understanding and of the British Egyptian Society.” (From the introduction page to the above quoted book.)

    Please note tribal rivalry and local conflicts continued during the nineteenth century in Saudi, the charismatic Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud disposed of most local rivals in the first 2 decades and he conquered the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, as well as Hejaz in 1924/5. The new Saudi Arabia was eventually proclaimed as such in 1932. The British then supported the Saudi’s because they saw them as a counterforce to the Ottoman Empire i.e. divide and conquer.

    Re the role of academic legitimisation in the last decade, there have been calls for an Islamic front by Sheikh Essa an Egyptian ideologue who wanted to forge an Islamic front from 2003 and also Dr. Israr Ahmed an academic who called for the revival of the Islamic Caliphate.

    Unless one has been made a target by groups that operate clandestinely, it is difficult to believe, but here is an academic unafraid to point out one of the elephants in the room, I posted this last year: https://theconversation.com/europes-elites-are-more-like-berlusconi-than-you-think-25769

    Interestingly, the link to Berlusconi’s masonic lodge in above link has ‘disappeared’ since the article was published!

  2. Michelle Thomasson Says:

    PS: Here is one of my unhappy finds while in local history archives in Gloucestershire when researching on WW1 for Campaign Against Arms Trade. It is a photo of the occult Cabbalists (Freemasons) having their bit of a do in Gloucester Cathedral in 1917 (a so-called Christian establishment…) I have uploaded it to my Google drive: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6VgQqAmD1nQYXUzSlg5dk0tQlU/view?usp=sharing

    The Talmud / Torah and the occult Cabbal and it’s influence, now that is another topic..

    • beastrabban Says:

      I’m not surprised at all by that photo, Michelle. A large number of Anglican clergyman seem to have been members of the Masons, just like most of the rest of the British social hierarchy. If you look on the wall in one of the cloisters in Wells Cathedral, among the monuments to past bishops and members of the Cathedral chapter there are also a string who were Masons. Their monuments even tell you how high up they were in the Masonic hierarchy. I think one was even the precentor of the south-western chapter, or something like it. I can remember a friend of mine was very upset by it when he first came across it about two decades ago.

      On the subject of the Talmud and Torah, the Torah is the Hebrew name for the Law of Moses. That is, the first five books of the Bible – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The Talmud is the oral teaching of the rabbis, As the oral law, which was held to supplement the written Mosaic Law, it’s been around since the days of the Prophet Ezra, though Jewish tradition also traces it back to Moses. It includes rabbinical opinion on how the Law is to be applied in certain difficult circumstances, as well as the corpus of extra-Biblical Jewish legends, the Haggadah. Neither really count as occult literature, except in the general sense that, like most religions, they’re supernatural in origin.

      The Qabala, however, is a different matter. It’s Jewish mysticism, going back to Rabbi Isaac the Blind in 7th century Spain, though the Zohar, one of the major cabalistic texts was composed in the 12th century. It became very popular amongst Christian intellectuals during the Renaissance, and was very much part of the 19th century occult revival. It’s also very controversial amongst Jews. Many Jewish rationalists, like Maimonides, rejected it as either nonsense, or a form of magic.

      • Michelle Thomasson Says:

        Thank you for your very thoughtful reply, yes, I also understand the oral law or Mishnah from the Hebrew ‘instruction’ goes back many centuries BC. Apparently, its authority today “rests on the view that the oral law was given to Moses on Sinai at the same time as the Written Law and so is of Divine origin, a view originally peculiar to the Pharisees, but which, through the leading part they took in the reorganization of Jewish life after the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, became that generally accepted by Judaism.” Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church edited by F.L. Cross, 1957 page 906

        And inline with your comment about Christian intellectuals and the Renaissance, here is a quote from one of the useful books I found in a second hand book shop in Cheltenham (perhaps the very one you just mentioned in the re-blog of these comments 🙂 “the extraordinary influence of the Kabbalah on the non-Jewish world. The Kabbalah appealed greatly to the leaders of the Reformation who found in its mysticism a potent ally in their opposition to medieval scholastic theology. Christian mystical movements were particularly attracted to the Kabbalah because it furnished them with much valuable material for the esoteric pursuits; and it is to the Kabbalah that modern occultist movements turn in the efforts to place the whole of knowledge on a new basis.” ‘Judaism’ by Isidore Epstein (1959) page 251

        The Kabbalah may have been rejected by Jewish rationalists but it has over the centuries infused Jewish thought, this quote seems to sum it up well: ’there is no evading an historical reality best enunciated by Gershom Scholem, who wrote of Kabbalah, “It has been one of the most powerful forces ever to effect the inner development of Judaism, both horizontally and in depth.’Essential Judaism, A Complete guide to Beliefs, Customs, and Rituals’ by George Robinson, 2000, page 401

        Have you seen the book ‘The Old Paths: Or, The Talmud Tested By Scripture; Being A Comparison Of The Principles And Doctrines Of Modern Judaism, With The Religion Of Moses And The Prophets’ by Alexander McCaul (Hardpress publishers). I have a copy but it is also online:

        http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=nnc1.50172828;view=1up;seq=7

        Thanks again.

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