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Isis or Daesh in Paris? How this conflagration that lingered 5 years in Syria skipped continent?

So ISIS has claimed the attacks as a response to France bombing the ‘caliphate’ in the Middle East.

That Hollande/Valls are warmongers is beyond dispute

Apparently, the French President read a long report on the atrocities of the Syrian regime before 2011, and wanted revenge from the civilized western world.

(Note: France in all its political institutions hate the Syrian people: They resisted the French mandate after WWI. France even bombed Damascus for 6 months)

By Tariq Ali / 14 November 2015

Ironically they were preparing to topple the Assad regime (till Washington insisted on a delay) which would have made them ISIS allies in the region.

In fact the bulk of the opposition in Syria regard Assad as the primary contradiction and were also hoping the West would deliver another regime change.

(The problem was: who on the field was to take control and rule the Syrian people after the regime falls?)

Had they done so a new civil war would have erupted between rival jihadi groups and who knows which of them the US/EU would have supported.

ISIS has hit the French capital and killed over a hundred citizens with double that number injured.

I know the West does the same and, in fact, kills tens of thousands, but this clash of fundamentalisms leads nowhere.

The West is NOT morally superior to the jihadis.

Why is a public execution with a sword worse than an indiscriminate drone attack?

Neither can nor should be supported.

 Andrew Bossone shared this link

The point has often been made that both al Qaeda and ISIS are the result of imperial wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and this is undoubtedly the case, but its not enough.

The suicide of secular nationalism and the impotence of the tiny progressive groups as a result of both local repression and decline in mass support has to be taken into account.

This process has pushed the Saudi regime to the fore and both al-Qaida and ISIS are under the strong influence ofwhich is a tiny minority within Sunni Islam.

There are three important pre-requisites to re-stabilising the region:
1. End of Western support to the extended Saudi royal family;

2. End of all Western intervention in the region;

3. Resolve the Israeli/Palestinian dilemma: End Israel apartheid policies

As long as this doesn’t happen, political freaks and monsters will continue to proliferate.

Nothing justifies the killing of innocents in Paris or in any other country

 

Confronting War Ten Years On

As millions around the world predicted around the world, the war on terror has caused catastrophe from Afghanistan and Pakistan through Iraq and the Middle East to Libya, Yemen, Somalia and beyond. The Western States have backed brutal Israeli assaults against the Palestinians in theoccupied West Bank and Gaza and is threatening further intervention in Syria, Lebanon and Iran.

Ten years after the biggest demonstrations in history in February 2003, the warnings of millions have been vindicated.

This conference will bring together leading activists and commentators to analyse continuing Western aggression and how to confront it.

Speakers include: Tariq AliTony BennPhyllis BennisNoam Chomsky (via Video Link), Jeremy Corbyn MPLindsey German, Owen JonesJemima KhanSami RamadaniSalma Yaqoob and many others.

Conference sessions will cover topics including: Palestine & the Middle East, drones, the new scramble for AfricaIslamophobia and more

Confronting War Ten Years On

An international conference

Tariq Ali Tony Benn Phyllis Bennis Noam Chomsky Jeremy Corbyn Lindsey German Owen Jones Jemima Khan Sami Ramadani Salma Yaqoob

10am – 5pm, 9th February 2013 #tenyearson
Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ

This conference will discuss and plan opposition to continuing and further wars.

The conference will bring together leading activists and commentators to analyse continuing Western aggression and how to confront it.

Sessions will include:

  • The Consequences of War
  • Palestine and the Crisis in the Middle East
  • Drones and Remote Control Imperialism
  • Art and War
  • The New Scramble for Africa
  • Islamophobia: the new racism
  • The War On Terror Today
  • The international anti-war movement

February 15th, 2003 demonstration

A number of campiagns and organisations will be represented with stalls at the conference, including BookmarksCNDFree Talha AhsanGreen PartyPalestine Solidarity CampaignPeace NewsPluto PressStop G4S and others.

Please contact Stop the War if your organisation would like a stall, although as space is very limited and we cannot guarantee availability.

Note: To review pictures on this decade of wars: http://tenyearson.org.uk/


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