NEO – Sanction-Drunk West Forgets to Target ISIS Sponsors

EU out on a limb
EU out on a limb with sanctions


Sanction-Drunk West Forgets to Target ISIS  Sponsors

 … by  Ulson Gunnar,     …  with  New Eastern Outlook,  Moscow


The seven golden domes of St. Petersburg
The seven golden domes of St. Petersburg

[ Editor’s note:  Ulson Gunnar zeros in on the strange phenomenon that everybody knows that the West and its Gulf allies have made a major strategic move to use terror proxies to do their regime change work for them, with none of them wanting to accept any responsibility for the collateral damage.

I have written many times that we have entered into an era where diplomatic immunity has to be put squarely on the table for a 21st-century review. 

Where state-sponsored terrorism used to be done on the QT, it is now being done out in the open with legislative bills passed to fund it. And this is being done by those claiming to be the War ON Terror white horse guys. 

But we are learning, most of us a bit too late, that the terrorists have all along been a Western construct. That means we taxpayers are funding terrorism.

The whole scenario is so ridiculous that 50% of West Point grads are bailing out after their five-year commitment to pay for their expensive education. But that does not seem to bother the system at all. They know that those who stay in will roll with the program… that is until they become one of its victims and they have the instant awakening.

I interviewed a West Point alumnus a few years ago who had three children all go to the Academy, and all three bailed out — post 9-11 duty — at the end of their five years for the same reason. They did not want to be mercenaries for US multinational business interests, which included drug dealers.

I had the privilege to have been the housemate of Bill Miller for a few months in Barbados years ago. He was one of the three-year rushed West Point grads near the end of WWII. He was the last OSS officer to go into China to serve under the infamous John Birch.

Captain John Birch, WWII, China theater. KIA
Captain John Birch, WWII, China theater. KIA

Captain Birch was killed when trying to bully a Communist company commander, whose loss of face caused him to kill Birch to restore his honor.

Bill Miller actually recovered his body a few weeks later after he, as a 2nt Lt. had taken the surrender of all Japanese forces in an area the size of New England. He ruled it for six weeks. That’s a screenplay that never got written.

Miller had done this after surviving a sampam river passage to the main Japanese garrison city, and after disembarking on a quiet dock at dawn. With only his carbine he then walked into the city past endless Japanese troops who could not believe their eyes, and announced he was there to accept their surrender.

Bill Miller in Barbados, when I lived with him
Bill Miller in Barbados, with his anti-skin cancer hat, when I lived with him

Almost no one has ever heard of Bill Miller, as he later ran afoul of the Brass and was sectioned 8’ed out of the military so he could never testify in a trial of his superiors.

He retreated to the Central American jungle to live with the natives, and provided most of the animals from that region to the US National Zoo.

The few times that he returned to the US, he lunched at the National Geographic private dining room, and rode around in a limousine, courtesy of the CIA, all wanting to hear his stories in the first person. Miller later became a world-famous fisherman and zoologist in St. Croix.

When word got out he had been destroyed to protect a pedophile prosecution of the General in charge of Southern Command, he became a celebrity as the Caribbean fishing and diving boat charter captain of the rich and famous of the day — from the Hollywood stars to political people like Richard Nixon.

He would regale them with his stories of being carried in a litter by Chinese coolies up mountain trails and shooting dinner birds with his 20 gauge shotgun as they were flushed up without ever missing, to the amazement of the Chinese.

This is Lt. Bill Miller at John Birch's funeral, quite an historic photo
This is Lt. Bill Miller at John Birch’s funeral, quite an historic photo

He lived in Manila as a child where his father was stationed with MacArthur and Eisenhower, and had spear fished over the sunken Spanish ships sunk in the harbor from Admiral Perry’s surprise visit during the Spanish American war.

Those were the days when army work was just done in the morning, with polo in the afternoons, followed by drinking to oblivion during happy hour and being carried home.

What I learned from him in those two months has been my lodestone guide as to how careful you need to be around powerful people in the military and politics. That is one reason I never served in a chain of command where I would be under the military justice system and subject to lynching at the press of a button.

So the lesson of my lead in today is that one of the reasons we don’t have more of a true-blue military brass is that many of the best are run out at an early stage.

The same happens in politics, so instead of getting the cream of the crop, we get something else, like the Bush family crime syndicate, the Mexican cartel buddy Mitt Romney, or Hillary Clinton, who set up all the money laundering trusts while a lawyer in Arkansas. You just can’t make this stuff upJim W. Dean ]


–  First published …  September 21, 2014  – 



As the US and Europe prepare another round of sanctions against Russia over the ongoing Ukrainian conflict, the third round of such sanctions since the conflict began shortly after the Euromaidan unrest resulted in the installation of a NATO-backed regime in Kiev, a curious and inexplicable oversight appears to have been made.

Wild accusations have been leveled against Russia over its involvement over the violence in Ukraine, claims ranging from covert support up to and including unsubstantiated claims of a “full scale invasion.”

Prominent media organizations across the Western World have for years reported a flow of cash, weapons, equipment and fighters from America’s allies in the Persian Gulf, as well as from nations like NATO member Turkey, and into the conflict raging within Syria’s borders.

While baseless claims leveled against Russia have served as ample justification for the West to continue leveling sanctions against Moscow, no sanctions have as of yet been leveled against the overt sponsors of militancy and, in fact, terrorism in Syria.

So widespread has state-sponsored terrorism become in the Middle East that what began as a limited proxy war against Syria has transformed into an immense regional army with tens of thousands of paid soldiers, requiring millions of dollars per day to operate across multiple borders, and confounding the forces of Iraq, Syria and Lebanon combined.


ISIS is State-Sponsored, So Why Aren’t These States Being Sanctioned?

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria also known as ISIS or ISIL, are the benefactors of vast state-sponsorship and yet the West has not identified nor condemned these sponsors, let alone move toward leveling sanctions similar to what it is seeking to impose upon Moscow.

News articles by prominent British and American news outlets like the Daily Beast’s “America’s Allies Are Funding ISIS,” the London Telegraph’s “How Isil is funded, trained and operating in Iraq and Syria,” and the Daily Mail’s “Cameron tells European leaders to ‘be good to their word’ and stop funding ISIS with ransom payments,” give explanations ranging from outright admissions that Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, and Turkey are directly arming, funding, aiding and abetting ISIS, to descriptions that read like an immense money laundering operation, to ridiculous claims including “ransom payments” and “robbed banks” have been behind ISIS’ regional rise to menace.

At one point in the Daily Beast’s article it claims, “the U.S. has made the case as strongly as they can to regional countries, including Kuwait. But ultimately when you take a hands off, leading from behind approach to things, people don’t take you seriously and they take matters into their own hands.”

If ever there was a case to use sanctions to be “taken seriously,” it would appear to be in this case, yet sure enough, no sanctions appear to be on the table.

Saudi Jordanian Turkey and Qatar help form coalition with US and Israel
Saudi Arabia – Jordan – Turkey – Qatar help form military coalition with US and Israel


Systematic Hypocrisy Undermines Legitimacy

American and European hypocrisy so stark undermines the legitimacy of both their governments and institutions as well as their agenda domestically and abroad. Condemning and leveling sanctions against Russia for allegedly doing in Ukraine what the West is openly doing in Syria and Iraq with its own immense proxy army leaves the global audience to decide between Russia managing a crisis on its borders and a West meddling thousands of miles from its borders.

Beyond sanctions, the West’s presence across the Middle East has had a negative impact on public perception both across the region and back home. This is owed to a larger pattern of hypocrisy, deceit, and meddling that has been done under various pretenses but for obvious self-serving interests.


What West’s Missing Sanctions Tell Us About Its “War” on ISIS

Versus Russia, the United States and Europe have used every means at their disposal to support their regime of choice in Ukraine as well as undermine both eastern Ukrainians and Russia who has emerged as their champion upon the international stage. From multiple rounds of sanctions, to threats of direct military force, and an overall strategy of geopolitical and military encirclement of Russian territory has been pursued to exact from Moscow concessions regarding Western designs in Ukraine.

Why hasn’t a similar full-spectrum commitment been used to render from Persian Gulf monarchies the same desired capitulation to Western desires in the Middle East and more specifically, in regards to ISIS? The answer is simple, the West does not desire an end to the massive state-sponsorship of ISIS via its own allies, namely Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, and others.

It appears instead that the West and its partners are pursuing a dual-track strategy of inflaming the region with barbarism and violence so appalling, global public opinion will desperately beg for military intervention by the United States and its allies — a military intervention that the West has been unsuccessful selling to the world via any other pretense.

The lack of biting sanctions against the state-sponsors of terrorism aiding and abetting ISIS in both Iraq and Syria is an indictment of the West’s lack of sincerity in its “war” on ISIS.

Short of a signed confession, no other indicator could be more telling of yet another war being sold by a West eager to sanction every nation on Earth to the point of isolating itself to impose global obedience, but conspicuously absent sanctions, and amid overt support for terrorists it advertises as so dangerous that the West must militarily intervene in Iraq and Syria.


Ulson Gunnar, a New York-based geopolitical analyst and writer, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

Editing:  Jim W. Dean  and  Erica P. Wissinger




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