Reaping the Whirlwind: The CIA armed and trained terrorists who now attack in Paris

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OrangeWhirlPDBy Chris Floyd

We, the West, overthrew Saddam by violence. We overthrew Gaddafi by violence. We are trying to overthrow Assad by violence. Harsh regimes all — but far less draconian than our Saudi allies, and other tyrannies around the world. What has been the result of these interventions? A hell on earth, one that grows wider and more virulent year after year.

Without the American crime of aggressive war against Iraq —
which, by the measurements used by Western governments themselves, left more than a million innocent people dead — there would be no ISIS, no “Al Qaeda in Iraq.”
Without the Saudi and Western funding and arming of an amalgam of extremist Sunni groups across the terrsrMiddle East, used as proxies to strike at Iran and its allies, there would be no ISIS. Let’s go back further. Without the direct, extensive and deliberate creation by the United States and its Saudi ally of a world-wide movement of armed Sunni extremists during the Carter and Reagan administrations, there would have been no “War on Terror” — and no terrorist attacks in Paris tonight.

Again, let’s be as clear as possible: the hellish world we live in today is the result of deliberate policies and actions undertaken by the United States and its allies over the past decades. It was Washington that led and/or supported the quashing of secular political resistance across the Middle East, in order to bring recalcitrant leaders like Nasser to heel and to back corrupt and brutal dictators who would advance the US agenda of political domination and resource exploitation.

skullsThe open history of the last half-century is very clear in this regard. Going all the way back to the overthrow of the democratic government of Iran in 1953, the United States has deliberately and consciously pushed the most extreme sectarian groups in order to undermine a broader-based secular resistance to its domination agenda.

Why bring up this “ancient history” when fresh blood is running in the streets of Paris? Because that blood would not be running if not for this ancient history; and because the reaction to this latest reverberations of Washington’s decades-long, bipartisan cultivation of religious extremism will certainly be more bloodshed, more repression and more violent intervention. Which will, in turn, inevitably, produce yet more atrocities and upheaval as we are seeing in Paris tonight.

aca4I write in despair. Despair of course at the depravity displayed by the murderers of innocents in Paris tonight; but an even deeper despair at the depravity of the egregious murderers who have brought us to this ghastly place in human history: those gilded figures who have strode the halls of power for decades in the high chambers of the West, killing innocent people by the hundreds of thousands, crushing secular opposition to their favored dictators — and again, again and again — supporting, funding and arming some of the most virulent sectarians on earth.

And one further cause of despair: that although this historical record is there in the open, readily available from the most mainstream sources, it is and will continue to be completely ignored, both by the power-gamers and by the public. The latter will continue to support the former as they replicate and regurgitate the same old policies of intervention, the same old agendas of domination and Edvard Munch-886497greed, over and over and over again — creating ever-more fresh hells for us all to live in, and poisoning the lives of our children, and of all those who come after us.

Chris Floyd is a columnist for CounterPunch Magazine. His blog, Empire Burlesque, can be found at

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One comment on “Reaping the Whirlwind: The CIA armed and trained terrorists who now attack in Paris
  1. Unfortunately Mr. Floyd leaves out who is effectively countering the U.S. AND European spawned and supported malignancy of ISIS: Russia, Iran and Hizbullah. Is this a consequence of the Russophobia demonstrated by certain elements of the left (including a strong component at Counterpunch)?

    The legitimate Syrian government has formally asked its long-standing ally, Russia, for help in defending itself against the ISIS headchoppers and organ eaters. (On the other hand, the involvement of the U.S. and Europe, including France, and their proxies is illegal — they have no UN mandate and they have not been invited by Syria.) War kills children and other innocents, but sometimes there is no alternative to defensive war in an attempt to minimize the harm. This was true in WWII when the Soviet Union was forced to defend itself against the Nazis, and it is true now, when Syria must defend itself from the U.S.-backed ISIS, and OF NECESSITY and LEGALLY asks Russia for help. (Of course, Russia recognizes the threat that Takfiri terrorism represents to itself.) Mr. Floyd correctly identifies the root cause of the carnage and chaos in the Middle East and North Africa, now spilling over into Europe: the imperialism of the U.S. and its proxies/allies. But anyone who does not enthusiastically support the Russians, Iranians and Hizbullah in their fight against the Takfiri terrorists is a de facto and default supporter of the imperialism of the U.S. and its European and Middle Eastern allies and proxies.

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