CYBER JIHAD: SOCIAL MEDIA AS MODERN TERRORIST’S WEAPONS

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HOW ISLAMIC TERRORISTS (AB)USE SOCIAL MEDIA IN GLOBAL DIGITAL WORLD?

FACEBOOK AND TWITTER WAR

“The battle against Terrorism is not only a military fight but primarily a battle of information”

-Ahmed Chalabi

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Cyber Warfare becomes more and more our reality. It is happening every day through the small steps and plots which are made by those who crawl out from their dark web  and attack our comfort zone.With the significant rise of importance of Internet in our lives, doesn’t surprise how much we are fragile when it comes to the cyber security. Actually, without world wide web, we would be all broken. That’s why it is urgent to make adequate global cyber counter crime and cyber  counter terrorism policy which would act immediately after any attack or even to prevent act.

I like to distinct cyber crime from cyber terrorism. The INFOSEC Institute offers the following explanation:” Cyberterrorism was coined by Barry Collin in the 1980’s.According to NATO (2008), cyberterrorism is “a cyber attack using or exploiting computer or communication networks to cause sufficient destruction to generate fear or intimidate a society into an ideological goal.Some scholars or politicians avoid labelling acts as cyberterrorism, insisting on the assertion that these acts are mere hacking or so-called hacktivism. In their view, cyber attacks cannot bring about the same amount of death, destruction, or fear as with more traditional forms of terrorism. The word ‘hacking’ become known in the beginning of the 1970’s when Altair 8800, the first personal computer, was created. The purchaser had to not only assemble the machinery himself, but also had to install the software as well .Let’s examine the derivative term ‘hacktivism.’ This is a word which combines two actions – hacking and activism. In short, hacktivism stands for low-level computer network attacks or digital activity which cause in most cases only temporary nuisance. Like cyberterrorists, hacktivists pursue political goals, but their activity does not correspond quantitatively or qualitatively with the possible outcome of cyberterrorist acts.” 

This is cyber terrorism while cyber crime covers the variety of illegal activities like: attacks against official computer data or government networks, Internet theft, Internet fraud, abuse of online banking services, distribution of sexual content concerning children, distribution of malicious software, Botnets, email scam and misuse of intellectual property.  The first one is directly attacking the human cyber  security and the second is more based on causing the financial damages to targets.

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In the last 3 years, we have faced with the global insecurity regarding the growth of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and all massacre which has followed ISIS project of disaster on the Middle East. The Islamic Terrorism got a new image and new mascot-ISIS-ISIL-DAESH. However we call them, they are the same evil. Currently, unstoppable because the global powers cant find themselves in interests in Levant region so they would finally eliminate this terrorist phantom so called state. Millions of immigrants are all over the Europe and it seems that hijra will last forever. It is not anymore about refugees and their destroyed lives, it is about the destruction of the whole region with no mercy and about the awakening of extremism in the name of religion. That evil spirit wont be pushed back to bottle so easy. This is a breaking point of the whole civilization.

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The real ground terrorism has its preliminary online propaganda. That is a modern chapter in terrorism studies. Before ISIS became the terrorist organization number 1, other terrorist organizations didn’t use or haven’t been able to use so much the advantages of technology. Majority of them would send out  video tapes or simple clips sometimes to the YOU TUBE channels and that would have been all. The ISIS campaign and deep popularity among possible terrorist supporters and future militants should be found in active cyber work and activism on popular social media. ISIS is a master of online information  warfare and the expert in turning the terrorism  into attractive brand for sociopaths  and being  terrorists into paid and challenging  profession.

How ISIS benefits from such effort to come and use social media against social media? According to New America Foundation research, the average age of recruited people who join to ISIS from the West is about 24 years old. They are high-tech generations, young people who were raised up with Internet tools and their life is shaped by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, You Tube and other  popular digital platforms.

Gathering young cyber warriors with the ground jihadists, ISIS made some solid shooting weapon against enemies. The dream of the Islamic State that is a state and not a simple terrorist group is something they try to show on their daily activities in online world. They didn’t want to adopt old terrorism patterns to attack and run away but to talk to the public like any other normal government authority with the small difference because of beheading the people  for cyber popularity. It is enough to open the Instagram account in the name of caliphate and seeing how they are trying to present themselves as normal as they could ever be. Lots of pictures which celebrate their ideology which is sublimed in one single a bit sinister flag. That flag is very easy to be recognized and that is how terrorist made a brand, almost like a trade mark:“The flag is often called the Black Standard or the Black Banner. The black banner of Islam as an idea goes back to the 8th century, when the Second Dynasty of Islam came to power with black banners, according to Jonathan Bloom, a professor of Islamic Art at Boston College.The white writing that you see at the top of the flag is the first half of an Islamic phrase called the shahada, or declaration of faith, which reads: ‘There is no God but Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.’The entire shahada is found on many different flags throughout the Islamic world, including the official state flag of Saudi Arabia.Another appropriated symbol on the flag is the white circle at its center, which contains the second part of the shahada: ‘Muhammad is the Messenger of God (Allah).’ It’s meant to represent the official seal of the Prophet Muhammad, but Blooms says scholars have long debated what that seal actually looked like.The two Arabic phrases, the black color of the flag and even the ancient looking font of the Arabic all work to evoke an image of the historical Islamic caliphate, the massive state that ISIS claims to have resurrected.”

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The black flag with white letters is not only a symbol of awakening of evil but also the symbol of ISIS online celebrity. Wherever they have a chance to post something regarding their work, they do that. Their campaign with jihad cats was attracted many people who were intrigued to see adorable cats with guns and rifles in military scarfs. We shouldnt forget how some of ISIS fighters have posted their own children photos but poor babies and young kids were dressed into ISIS clothes and were forced to pose with guns or even taught to behead their own toys.

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They are abusing twitter in every single hour by fake accounts and taking away the hashtags. It is interesting that many of their made up fake accounts aren’t regularly visible but only through the window of redirecting or through the Tor project. The Tor project software enables approach to dark web and anonymously activities over there. Beside Twitter, they recruit potential militants via Facebook too. It is enough to follow some  of Muslim Facebook accounts and to be sure that they are supporters of Islamic Terrorism through the post they are sharing and the connections they are approving. As long as they support them in verbal way it is not dangerous as it is when they are officially indoctrinated in terrorism ideology. They have also people who can play on emotions of possible recruiters and offering them new ticket to Islamic Paradise. Convincing them they they would do good things if they join them or at least if they help the best way they are able to. The most of  encrypted discussions are lead on Ask.fm network but some of them could be found also in Dabiq, the monthly publication of ISIS in English language. The hit target of the Islamic state are people who dont speak Arabic.They should be attracted, intrigued and rest of them should be motivated to join and to contribute. It is said that the master mind of Paris attack in November of 2015, Abdelhamid Abaaoud gave the interview to online magazine of ISIS- Dabiq about his “invisible jihad work” in Europe, some months before chaos in France was happened.

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ISIS hell team is very professional when we talk about viral marketing and public relations. They are acting almost like they are some MTV stars. They have  learnt very fast that popularity brings approach to the possible recruitment body. They offer interactive deadly shows. Just to remind that they inspired thousands of their supporters to start sharing posts about ideas how to kill Jordanian pilot. Not only that, they almost invite people to be involved in their bloody debates about raping, beheading or destroying the kuffr. They unite other smaller groups for terror and share with them the cake of horror. This is all viral campaign which has no ends.

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Luckily, the normal world still has proud cyber knights who detect ISIS terrorists and shut them down in cyber space. One of them is Anonymous which detects terrorist accounts on social media and locate them or destroy them but definitely cooperate with intelligence services. They combine DDOS attacks, doxing and sabotage and above all, they break up the encrypted discussions, revelaing the terrorist strategies or contacts. There are those who get into some kind of counter work and try to infiltrate among potential recruiters so they start counter-ISIS hachathons. Some brave Muslim people who live under ISIS authority started even blogs to inform others about the reality of life in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria so they destroy the promising propaganda of terrorists.

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The challenge of new digital world is bringing to us endangered real security by virtual. Somewhere in between, we must find ourselves ready to defend the last levels of the freedom, freedom of speech which is used against us.

The ISIS cyber life will not being stopped unless we all lock them in dark web without allowing our curiosity to let them out, in our visible world, to kill us with our own weapons, technology.

 

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  1. WHY?
    Why are people sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo stupid?
    ISIS IS ISRAEL ON STERIODS
    How can ANY decent, honest person, read TORAH, and believe that a Supreme Being had anything got to do with it?
    The “god” of the Jews is a genocidal monster!
    The Jewish Bible is the Jewish MEIN KAMPF.
    Moses is the Jewish Hitler (Book of Numbers chapter 31)
    Jesus of Nazareth endorsed the Jewish Hitler!
    Matthew 5:18; John 5:45 47

    BOOK OF NUMBERS CHAPTER 31
    Here is most hideous WAR CRIME in a JEWISH Bible filled with them. As with the story of Dinah, it is sexual misbehavior that spurs the ugliest, evilest JEWISH biblical vengeance. At the start of the chapter, Yahweh, (the Father of Jesus, John chapter 17) tells Moses he must complete one more task before he dies: taking vengeance against the Midianites. Why? For the fairly piddling crime described in Numbers Chapter 25. Yahweh/God was threatening punishment for Israelites who’d been whoring with Moabite women. At that very moment, an Israelite walked by the Tent of Meeting with his Midianite girlfriend. Phineas speared the couple to death. Yehweh/God, delighted by Phineas’ zealotry, stops the plague he had sent against the Israelites as punishment for their lechery. Even so, 24,000 Israelites die. For reasons I can’t understand, Yehweh/God and Moses hold the entire Midianite nation responsible for this mess, and they want payback. If you ask me—and Moses didn’t–the JEWISH Bible is willfully ignoring the obvious point. It was the Moabite women, not the Midianite women, who did the dreadful whoring that provoked Yehweh/God’s rage and the plague. Going after the Midianites to punish a Moabite crime is as nonsensical as the United States invading Iraq to teach al-Qaida a lesson. (Oh, wait. They did that.)

    Moses dispatches his army, which quickly kills the five Midianite kings and slaughters all the Midianite men. (This is not the war crime, but rather everyday policy.) The Israelites capture all the Midianite women and children and march them back to camp. Moses is furious that the Midianite women have been spared. (This chapter also fails to mention that Moses himself is married to a Midianite woman!) Moses orders his troops to execute all the Midianite boys and all the Midianite females except for the virgins. Isn’t this a kind of sick, grotesquely disproportionate atrocity? It’s collective punishment of a most repellent sort—and all to take revenge for the one bad date between an Israelite and a Midianite girl! The Book of Numbers informs us, with its usual fondness for precision, that 32,000 virgin females survive the mass execution (and were then enslaved, incidentally). By my rough estimate, this means the Israelites killed more than 60,000 captive, defenseless women and boys.
    Let’s pause for a second to consider Moses’ rage, which I find almost incomprehensible. For most of the books of the Jewish TORAH/Bible, Moses is restraining Yehweh/God. The Lord loses his temper with His disobedient people, and Moses persuades Him to show mercy (Exodus chapter 32:7-14). But Yahweh/God is on the sidelines during the Midianite slaughter: It is Moses who’s bloodthirsty. Where does his new anger come from? Is it the fury of a frustrated old man who’s been barred from his Promised Land? Is it the homicidal megalomania that descends on so many dictators who hold power too long?

    What is particularly poignant is that Moses himself seems to know that this massacre of innocents is wrong. He orders his death squads to stay outside of camp after they finish their butchery. They need a week away from the Tabernacle to purify themselves. The Bible never mentions such a quarantine for Israelite soldiers after other battles. But, as Moses recognizes, these killings are not war, they are murder, and they defile his people.

    BOOK OF NUMBERS CHAPTER 32

    The Midianite massacre isn’t the only incident of Moses spinning out of control. This chapter, too, suggests he is getting a little paranoid as his final days approach. Here Gad and Reuben—both successful herding tribes—ask Moses if they can make their home in the good rangeland east of the Jordan and not settle in the Promised Land with everyone else. Moses explodes at them, accusing them of sabotaging the settlement of the new land, undermining the army, demoralizing their fellow Israelites, and turning their back on God.
    Moses’ indignation comes from nowhere and seems entirely undeserved. Gad and Reuben immediately mollify him—they promise to be the “shock troops” that will lead the army. Only when Canaan is conquered, they vow, will they return east of the Jordan to their settlements. Moses grudgingly agrees, but threatens divine vengeance if they don’t fight hard. Again, it’s hard not to feel that the prophet who has dominated the TORAH is slipping away, and that he has suddenly become an old, angry, vindictive tyrant.

    BOOK OF NUMBERS CHAPTER 33

    This chapter lists every place the Israelites have camped during their 40 years in the wilderness. It’s dull as dishwater to read, but it serves a fascinating purpose. At the end of the list, Yahweh/God issues his orders to the Israelites: Cross into Canaan, smash the idols, dispossess all the inhabitants, and take, settle, and tame the land for themselves. Had the chapter skipped the travelogue and begun with Yahweh/God’s fearsome instructions, it would seem brutal. The 40-year-itinerary—the weary, heartbreaking journey—serves as a reminder to the Israelites of their suffering, and, more importantly, as a justification for conquest. Why is it all right to sack and destroy another civilization?
    Why is it fair to seize land and settle it?

    BOOK OF NUMBERS CHAPTER 34

    Moses describes the boundaries of the land they’re about to conquer, and as I read it, it’s a close match to Israel today, with a couple of major exceptions. It counts all of what’s now the West Bank and Gaza Strip as Israelite territory—which may be one reason that Israeli Jews are so reluctant to surrender those lands to the original inhabitants, the Palestinians.

    MOSES WAS A WAR CRIMINAL ON PAR WITH ISIS
    We often hear people say, “If only Jews would return to the Law of Moses!
    “Instead, they follow their secular, atheistic, and Zionist ways!”
    They express horror at the recent deliberate slaughter of Gazans, particularly the slaughter of women and children. (1)
    But haven’t these folks ever read the Jewish Bible? Are they unaware of the influence of the Old Testament on Judaism?
    Please open your Jewish Bible. Turn to the Old Testament. For the moment, focus your attention on the Book of Numbers.
    You are about to learn that Moses, the great “law giver,” was a war criminal who ORDERED his followers to commit war crimes. The most heinous were crimes were committed against women and children.
    NUMBERS 31:13-18:
    (13) Moses, Eleazar the priest, and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the camp.
    (14) But Moses was furious with all the generals and captains who had returned from the battle.
    (15) “Why have you let all the women live?” he demanded.
    (16) “These are the very ones who followed Balaam’s advice and caused the people of Israel to rebel against the Lord at Mount Peor. They are the ones who caused the plague to strike the Lord’s people.
    (17) So kill all the boys and all the women who have had intercourse with a man.
    ( 18 ) Only the young girls who are virgins may live; you may keep them for yourselves.
    The rest of Chapter 31 is concerned with distributing the Midianite plunder. Thirty-two thousand (32,000) virgin girls were counted in the booty (Verse 35). Thirty-two of these were given to “the Lord.” That is, 32 of these little girls were set aside for the Levities (heave offerings), to be used as concubines (Verses 40 and 41).
    Yes, Numbers 31 says what it says. The Talmud sages used Numbers 31 to justify having sex with children. And since the Talmud sages, along with Christians, regard the Old Testament as “the word of God,” why beat up on the Talmud sages? Why not beat up on Jehovah and Moses, who set the standards?
    For further discussion of Jewish teachings on sex with children, see the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Yebamoth 60b, Soncino 1961 Edition, page 402. Discussion and links at http://www.come-and-hear.com/editor/america_2.html
    It’s true. Moses was a war criminal. The Jewish Bible tells you so. Should we be surprised at how women and children were treated in Gaza?
    Footnotes
    (1) New Evidence of Gaza Child Deaths, BBC, 22 January, 2009
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/7843307.stm

    THE LONGEST HATRED – THE HATRED OF GOYIM

    GENTILES IN HALACHA
    Foreword — Daat Emet
    In this article R’ Bar-Chayim discusses the attitude towards “Gentiles” in the Torah and in the Halacha and comes to an unambiguous conclusion:
    “The Torah of Israel makes a clear distinction between a Jew, who is defined as ‘man,’ and a Gentile.”
    That is to say, any notion of equality between human beings is irrelevant to the Halacha. R’ Bar-Chayim’s work is comprehensive, written with intellectual honesty, and deals with almost all the aspects of Halachic treatment of non-Jews. It also refutes the statements of those rabbis who speak out of wishful thinking and, influenced by concepts of modern society, claim that Judaism does not discriminate against people on religious grounds. R’ Bar-Chayim shows that all these people base their constructs NOT on the Torah but solely on the inclinations of their own hearts. He also shows that there are even rabbis who intentionally distort the Halachic attitude to Gentiles, misleading both themselves and the general public.
    For the English readers’ convenience we will briefly mention the topics dealt with in R’ Bar-Chayim’s article:
    Laws in regard to murder, which clearly state that there is Halachic difference between murder of a Jew and of a Gentile (the latter is considered a far less severe crime).
    A ban on desecrating the Sabbath to save the life of a Gentile.
    A Jew’s exemption from liability if his property (e. g. ox) causes damage to a Gentile’s property. But if a Gentile’s property causes damage to a Jew’s property, the Gentile is liable.
    The question of whether robbery of a Gentile is forbidden by the Torah’s law or only by a Rabbinic decree.
    A ban on returning a lost item to a Gentile if the reason for returning it is one’s sympathy towards the Gentile and compassion for him.
    The sum which a Gentile overpays in a business transaction due to his own error is forfeit; whether a Jew is permitted to intentionally deceive a Gentile is also discussed.
    One who kidnaps a Jew is liable to death, but one who kidnaps a Gentile is exempt.
    A Jew who hurts or injures a Gentile is not liable for compensation of damage, but a Gentile who hurts a Jew is liable to death.
    One who overcharges a Gentile ought not return him the sum that the Gentile overpaid.
    A Gentile — or even a convert to Judaism — may not be appointed king or public official of any sort (e. g. a cabinet minister).
    One who defames a female proselyte (claiming that she was not virgin at the time of her marriage) is liable to neither lashes nor fine.
    The prohibition to hate applies only to Jews; one may hate a Gentile.
    One may take revenge against or bear a grudge towards Gentiles; likewise, the commandment “love your neighbour” applies only to Jews, not to Gentiles.
    One who sees Gentile graveyards should curse: “Your mother shall be greatly ashamed…”
    Gentiles are likened to animals.
    If an ox damaged a Gentile maidservant, it should be considered as though the ox damaged a she-ass.
    The dead body of a Gentile does not bear ritual impurity, nor does a Gentile who touches the dead body of a Jew become impure — he is considered like an animal who touched a dead body.
    One is forbidden to pour anointing oil on a Jew, but there is no ban on pouring that oil on a Gentile because Gentiles are likened to animals.
    An animal slaughtered by a Gentile is forbidden, even if the ritual slaughter performed was technically correct, because Gentiles are deemed like animals. (Daat Emet does not agree that this is the Halachic reason for invalidating a Gentile’s ritual slaughter — but this is not the place to delve into the subject).
    Their members (genitals) are like those of asses” — Gentiles are likened to animals.

    Between the Jews and the Gentiles — In the Aggadah, the Kabbalah, and in Jewish Thought
    R’ Bar-Chayim’s arguments and conclusions are clear, Halachically accurate, and supported by almost all the existent major Halachic works. It would be superfluous to say that R’ Bar-Chayim fully embraces this racist Halachic outlook as the word of the Living G-d, as he himself pointed out in the “Conclusion” of his article:
    “It is clear to every Jew who accepts the Torah as G-d’s word from Sinai, obligatory and valid for all generations, that it is impossible to introduce ‘compromises’ or ‘renovations’ into it.”
    On the other hand, we want to make it clear that Daat Emet — as well as any reasonable people who do not embrace Halachic laws as the word of the Living G-d — are repulsed by such evil, racist discrimination.

    In the Hebrew text we have abridged the second part of R’ Bar-Chayim’s article,
    “Between Jews and Gentiles — In the Aggadah, the Kabbalah, and in Jewish Thought,” because, in our view, the Halacha is the law which obligates every religious Jew while concepts of the Aggadah, the Kabbalah, and Jewish thought are not binding on anyone, as our rabbis have already written:

    “And so the Aggadic constructs of the disciples of disciples, such as Rav Tanchuma and Rabbi Oshaya and their like — most are incorrect, and therefore we do not rely on the words of Aggadah” (Sefer HaEshkol, Laws of a Torah Scroll, p. 60a); we have expanded on this issue in the portion of Vayeshev.

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  2. ISIS BORN IN THE USA
    ISIS = CONCEIVED in America – BORN in Iraq – REARED in Jordan – TRAINED by Israel – FINANCED by Saudi Arabia.
    Born down in a dead man’s town
    The first kick I took was when I hit the ground
    You end up like a dog that’s been beat too much
    Till you spend half your life just covering up

    ISIS Born in the U.S.A.
    ISIS was born in the U.S.A.
    ISIS was born in the U.S.A.
    ISIS Born in the U.S.A.

    Got in a little hometown jam
    So they put a rifle in my hand
    Sent me off to a foreign land
    To go and kill the yellow man

    ISIS Born in the U.S.A.
    ISIS was born in the U.S.A.
    ISIS was born in the U.S.A.
    ISIS was born in the U.S.A.
    ISIS Born in the U.S.A.

    Come back home to the refinery
    Hiring man says “Son if it was up to me”
    Went down to see my V.A. man
    He said “Son, don’t you understand”

    I had a brother in Afghanistan protecting CIA Opium
    They’re still there, he’s all gone

    He had a woman he loved in Saudi Arabia
    I got a picture of him in her arms now

    Down in the shadow of the penitentiary
    Out by the gas fires of the refinery
    I’m ten years burning down the road
    Nowhere to run ain’t got nowhere to go

    ISIS Born in the U.S.A.
    ISIS was born in the U.S.A.
    ISIS Born in the U.S.A.
    I’m a long gone terrorist of the U.S.A.
    ISIS Born in the U.S.A.
    ISIS Born in the U.S.A.
    ISIS Born in the U.S.A.
    I’m a cool rocking terrorist of the U.S.A.
    (Apologies to Bruce Springstein)

    ISIS IS US
    Book: Price: $20.00
    Isis Is Us: The Shocking Truth Behind the Army of Terror
    Did the “Islamic State” spring full-blown into spontaneous being as the fanatical scourge of the Middle East, or was it helped along by state sponsors?

    There are uncanny parallels with Iran-Contra. In the 1980s, the Reagan team wanted to topple the government of Nicaragua, using mercenaries, or death squads, based in Honduras. But Congress passed a law against it. So they went around by financing the Contras via Iran.

    Thirty years later, the hawks in Washington wanted to topple the elected governments of Libya and Syria, crush the popular resistance in Iraq, and split up those countries on ethnic lines. Once again, they wanted to do this using death squads. So they got around Congress by having Qatar and the Saudis finance it.

    To set up the Sunni and Shiite death squads to fight each other in Iraq, they sent John Negroponte as ambassador to Baghdad in 2004. The same guy they sent to Honduras as ambassador from 1981 to 1985. Then in 2011 they sent some of those killers from Iraq to Libya to overthrow Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, with NATO air cover. From Libya, they were sent to Syria to start the killing there.

    The U.S.embedded media perversely pinned these killings on Libyan leader Bashar al-Assad, following the script for another NATO invasion. Only Russia’s UN veto spared Syria. So the sheikhs kept financing the “rebels” – and the U.S. pretended to fight them – until they grew into the ISIS terror army. They and their backers have still not quit.

    Even Fox News is saying the U.S. coalition against ISIS is a myth.
    In a recent U.S. poll, just 18% think we have the upper hand in the “war on terror.” In a Syrian poll, 82% of respondents there said the U.S. and its allies created ISIS.

    The wave of refugees, attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, and early reception to this book, indicate that people want an end to the “war on terror,” and they want to know what’s really going on.
    European efforts to subjugate the Middle East go back to the British, Napoleon, the Crusades, the Romans, and Alexander the Great. The British knew the best way to permanently hold a territory was to settle it. This is how they beat the French in North America. The Old World was already well-settled, though. So to capture the Near East prize, England joined forces with Herzl’s Zionists. In 1917, their Balfour Declaration announced the plan for Jewish settlement in Palestine.

    Another way to hold vast domains is divide and sow chaos, to smash them up into quarreling fiefdoms. And the cheapest way to get people to fight each other is with religion. British, French, Israeli and American strategists have all written plans to rule the Muslim world by breaking up all the Arab states along sectarian lines. That goal is what “ethnic cleansing,” Al Qaida, ISIS death squads, “Islamic jihad” terrorism, the Bushes’ wars on Iraq and even 9/11 are really all about.

    AMERICA CREATED AL-QAEDA AND THE ISIS TERROR GROUP
    By Garikai Chengu
    Global Research, May 23, 2017
    Global Research 19 September 2014
    Region: Middle East & North Africa
    Theme: Intelligence, Terrorism, US NATO War Agenda
    Incisive article originally published by GR in September 2014.
    Terror attacks in Western cities (Manchester, Paris, Brussels, Nice) allegedly perpetrated by Al Qaeda-ISIS.
    Following the tragic events in Manchester, public opinion should be informed as to who is behind the Islamic State.
    The question that should be asked: who are the State sponsors of Al Qaeda and the ISIS? (M.Ch. GR Editor, May 23, 2016)
    * * *
    Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.
    The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history.

    The CIA first aligned itself with extremist Islam during the Cold War era. Back then, America saw the world in rather simple terms: on one side, the Soviet Union and Third World nationalism, which America regarded as a Soviet tool; on the other side, Western nations and militant political Islam, which America considered an ally in the struggle against the Soviet Union.

    The director of the National Security Agency under Ronald Reagan, General William Odom recently remarked, “by any measure the U.S. has long used terrorism. In 1978-79 the Senate was trying to pass a law against international terrorism – in every version they produced, the lawyers said the U.S. would be in violation.”
    During the 1970’s the CIA used the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as a barrier, both to thwart Soviet expansion and prevent the spread of Marxist ideology among the Arab masses. The United States also openly supported Sarekat Islam against Sukarno in Indonesia, and supported the Jamaat-e-Islami terror group against Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in Pakistan. Last but certainly not least, there is Al Qaeda.

    Lest we forget, the CIA gave birth to Osama Bin Laden and breastfed his organization during the 1980’s. Former British Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, told the House of Commons that Al Qaeda was unquestionably a product of Western intelligence agencies. Mr. Cook explained that Al Qaeda, which literally means an abbreviation of “the database” in Arabic, was originally the computer database of the thousands of Islamist extremists, who were trained by the CIA and funded by the Saudis, in order to defeat the Russians in Afghanistan.

    America’s relationship with Al Qaeda has always been a love-hate affair. Depending on whether a particular Al Qaeda terrorist group in a given region furthers American interests or not, the U.S. State Department either funds or aggressively targets that terrorist group. Even as American foreign policy makers claim to oppose Muslim extremism, they knowingly foment it as a weapon of foreign policy.

    The Islamic State is its latest weapon that, much like Al Qaeda, is certainly backfiring. ISIS recently rose to international prominence after its thugs began beheading American journalists. Now the terrorist group controls an area the size of the United Kingdom.

    In order to understand why the Islamic State has grown and flourished so quickly, one has to take a look at the organization’s American-backed roots. The 2003 American invasion and occupation of Iraq created the pre-conditions for radical Sunni groups, like ISIS, to take root. America, rather unwisely, destroyed Saddam Hussein’s secular state machinery and replaced it with a predominantly Shiite administration. The U.S. occupation caused vast unemployment in Sunni areas, by rejecting socialism and closing down factories in the naive hope that the magical hand of the free market would create jobs. Under the new U.S.-backed Shiite regime, working class Sunni’s lost hundreds of thousands of jobs. Unlike the white Afrikaners in South Africa, who were allowed to keep their wealth after regime change, upper class Sunni’s were systematically dispossessed of their assets and lost their political influence. Rather than promoting religious integration and unity, American policy in Iraq exacerbated sectarian divisions and created a fertile breading ground for Sunni discontent, from which Al Qaeda in Iraq took root.

    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) used to have a different name: Al Qaeda in Iraq. After 2010 the group rebranded and refocused its efforts on Syria.

    There are essentially three wars being waged in Syria: one between the government and the rebels, another between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and yet another between America and Russia. It is this third, neo-Cold War battle that made U.S. foreign policy makers decide to take the risk of arming Islamist rebels in Syria, because Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, is a key Russian ally. Rather embarrassingly, many of these Syrian rebels have now turned out to be ISIS thugs, who are openly brandishing American-made M16 Assault rifles.

    America’s Middle East policy revolves around oil and Israel. The invasion of Iraq has partially satisfied Washington’s thirst for oil, but ongoing air strikes in Syria and economic sanctions on Iran have everything to do with Israel. The goal is to deprive Israel’s neighboring enemies, Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Palestine’s Hamas, of crucial Syrian and Iranian support.

    ISIS is not merely an instrument of terror used by America to topple the Syrian government; it is also used to put pressure on Iran.

    The last time Iran invaded another nation was in 1738. Since independence in 1776, the U.S. has been engaged in over 53 military invasions and expeditions. Despite what the Western media’s war cries would have you believe, Iran is clearly not the threat to regional security, Washington is. An Intelligence Report published in 2012, endorsed by all sixteen U.S. intelligence agencies, confirms that Iran ended its nuclear weapons program in 2003. Truth is, any Iranian nuclear ambition, real or imagined, is as a result of American hostility towards Iran, and not the other way around.

    America is using ISIS in three ways: to attack its enemies in the Middle East, to serve as a pretext for U.S. military intervention abroad, and at home to foment a manufactured domestic threat, used to justify the unprecedented expansion of invasive domestic surveillance.

    By rapidly increasing both government secrecy and surveillance, Mr. Obama’s government is increasing its power to watch its citizens, while diminishing its citizens’ power to watch their government. Terrorism is an excuse to justify mass surveillance, in preparation for mass revolt.

    The so-called “War on Terror” should be seen for what it really is: a pretext for maintaining a dangerously oversized U.S. military. The two most powerful groups in the U.S. foreign policy establishment are the Israel lobby, which directs U.S. Middle East policy, and the Military-Industrial-Complex, which profits from the former group’s actions. Since George W. Bush declared the “War on Terror” in October 2001, it has cost the American taxpayer approximately 6.6 trillion dollars and thousands of fallen sons and daughters; but, the wars have also raked in billions of dollars for Washington’s military elite.

    In fact, more than seventy American companies and individuals have won up to $27 billion in contracts for work in postwar Iraq and Afghanistan over the last three years, according to a recent study by the Center for Public Integrity. According to the study, nearly 75 per cent of these private companies had employees or board members, who either served in, or had close ties to, the executive branch of the Republican and Democratic administrations, members of Congress, or the highest levels of the military.

    In 1997, a U.S. Department of Defense report stated, “the data show a strong correlation between U.S. involvement abroad and an increase in terrorist attacks against the U.S.” Truth is, the only way America can win the “War On Terror” is if it stops giving terrorists the motivation and the resources to attack America. Terrorism is the symptom; American imperialism in the Middle East is the cancer. Put simply, the War on Terror is terrorism; only, it is conducted on a much larger scale by people with jets and missiles.

    Garikai Chengu is a research scholar at Harvard University. Contact him on garikai.chengu@gmail.com
    The original source of this article is Global Research
    Copyright © Garikai Chengu, Global Research, 2017

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