Ajamu Baraka on War & Peace
President Carter's strategy [created] the "Soviet Union's Vietnam" by bogging it down militarily in Afghanistan with the an international corps of right-wing Islamists ready to fight the godless Soviets. The Mujahedeen performed marvelously, destroying a secular nationalist government with Marxist leanings and plunging the nation into the chaos that led to the establishment of the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
These kinds of cynical calculations have always been a cornerstone of colonial "divide and rule" politics. However, the religious fervor and commitment of these Islamic elements could not be turned on and off.
But this strategy turned into disaster when ISIS double-crossed their benefactors by breaking the rules and attacking the "good Kurds" in Iraq. The strategy appeared to be more concerned with holding territory in Iraq and Syria than carrying out their assignment to overthrow the Assad government and completing the dismemberment of the Syrian state--the strategic objective of U.S. and Israeli policy to counter the regional power of the Iranians. This "blowback" theory is controversial.
He went on to say that military tactics so far have not seemed to help. "It's clear that the military option has not worked. You've had military interventions now throughout the entire Middle East," he said. "You see the results: complete and utter chaos." He also argues that America's involvement was the result of a devious strategy to escalate a minor political irritant into a major concern for Americans. Baraka concluded, "We have to make a determination: whose interests are we in fact supporting when we support these ventures to these foreign countries?"
However, events in Syria, with the election being a dramatic example, continue to reveal fissures in that story. It became clear that substantial numbers of non-Alawite people and communities support the government.
The U.S. position is a position of continued war in Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry declared that Syria's presidential election was a "farce," and that the U.S. and its partners are prepared to quickly redouble efforts to support opposition forces in the county.
What is more sad than the fact that this line is being fed to the people in the US to cover their defeat (and that it is being accepted), is the knowledge that until we undermine forever the false assumptions and prerogatives of white supremacist ideology, more blood will be shed and more nations destroyed--all in the name of a monstrous lie.
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