The U.S.: Trying to Solve the Terrorist Threat in Syria by Doing More of the Same That Created It

by Aug 19, 2013Foreign Policy1 comment

According to this, the official narrative, it is the U.S.'s inaction that has led to this threat emerging. Thus, by this account, what the U.S. should do now is to act, which invariably means backing the rebels, including by directly arming them.

Jackson Diehl in the Washington Post offers a concise repetition of the standard propaganda narrative of U.S. policy towards Syria:

The crisis in Egypt has been distracting attention from the civil war in Syria, where Obama’s stubborn refusal to act has facilitated the emergence of the largest and potentially most dangerous incarnation of al-Qaeda since pre-2001 Afghanistan.

According to this, the official narrative, it is the U.S.’s inaction that has led to this threat emerging. Thus, by this account, what the U.S. should do now is to act, which invariably means backing the rebels, including by directly arming them.

The truth (as I’ve pointed out again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again) is that what “has facilitated the emergence of the largest and potentially most dangerous incarnation of al-Qaeda since pre-2001 Afghanistan” is the U.S.’s policy of seeking regime change in Syria by supporting the armed rebels, whose ranks include Islamic extremist groups such as the al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra and now the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant”, including CIA coordination of the flow of arms, most of which ended up in the hands of the jihadists.

Depending on which narrative one believes, the propaganda one or the true one, one arrives at polar opposite conclusions about what the U.S. should do now. There is little hope, however, that policymakers in Washington will do anything other than continue to act according to Einstein’s definition of “insanity”.

Albert Einstein: Insanity

Another relevant one:

Einstein: Same Thinking

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  1. lobotomy78

    I think the US wants and is pushing for this infiltration by Al Qaeda because now they can get them all killed by the Assad Regime. This is probably something that the US and Assad already worked out behind closed doors. This is why he is still around…..He’s going to do the dirty job for us and in turn we’re going to keep him alive.

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