Sunday, January 10, 2016

Where have all the ISIS gone?

      To paraphrase that old Pete Seeger song, "Where have all the ISIS gone?  Gone to Turkey -- every one."  (Except of course for the ones who tried to return to Saudi Arabia, foolishly thinking that just because the House of Saud paid their salaries, they would be welcomed back home.)  "When will they ever learn?"

      American neo-colonialists have supposedly been bombing ISIS positions in Syria and Iraq for over a year now -- and during all that time ISIS has, coincidentally, been getting stronger and stronger.  However, Russia bombs ISIS for only three months and suddenly ISIS is gone!

      But where did ISIS go to? 

     According to journalist Finian Cunningham, "Also missing or downplayed in the Western media coverage of the truces across Syria is the question of where the surrendering mercenaries are being evacuated to.  They are not being bussed to other places inside Syria.  That shows that there is no popular support for these insurgents.  Despite copious Western media coverage contriving that the Syrian conflict is some kind of 'civil war' between a despotic regime and a popular pro-democracy uprising, the fact that surrendering militants have nowhere to go inside Syria patently shows that these insurgents have no popular base....

     "So where are the terrorist remnants being shipped to?  According to several reports, the extremists are being given safe passage into Turkey, where they will receive repair and sanctuary from the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – and no doubt subsidized by the European Union with its $3.5 billion in aid to Ankara to 'take care of refugees'".

     I mean seriously, President Erdogan, do the people of Turkey really want to have thousands of ISIS foreign fighters descending on them in mass -- men who have been raping, pillaging and beheading at will for the past four years?  Once a brigand, always a brigand?  Turkish citizens, sucks to be you.

     But several of the rumors I've been hearing lately suggest that many of these foreign fighters are also being shipped off to Afghanistan to join the Taliban as well.  Which brings up my next point.  After Russia destroyed the weapons supply lines to ISIS in Syria, ISIS was dead in the water within just three months.  So why are the Taliban still fighting on (and on) in Afghanistan after 14 long years?  Who is running weapons supply lines to them? 

     The Taliban aren't exactly manufacturing weapons back in the caves of Tora Bora, now are they?  Hardly.  But those weapons have to come from somewhere.  My guess is that the same weapons-manufacturers who have been supplying ISIS for the past four years have also been supplying the Taliban for the past 14 years.  Now who could that be?  It's definitely not Russia or Iran. 

      And why has it taken 14 years to cut off weapons supplies to the Taliban when Russia was able to cut off weapons supplies to ISIS in just three months?  Who the freak knows?  Certainly not me.  But if it were up to me, I would follow the money.  And I would start by asking myself just two questions.  "Which country is the largest manufacturer of weapons in the world today?" and "Why have heroin sales in Afghanistan increased forty-fold since America invaded it -- and what is that money being spent on?"