First published September 15, 2015
America’s “coalition” may well be splitting apart. With Turkey opening the floodgates into Europe and their carpet bombing of Kurds both inside Turkey and in Iraq and Syria, Germany, Russia and France are now looking to Assad.
What they and others are now being forced to admit, not just because of WikiLeaks, but from endless evidence mounting up, is that the American coalition has always seen ISIS as a partner, not a target and that the “coalition” has always been about destroying the Damascus government, no matter the human suffering and now total disruption of Europe that it causes.
Australia just joined the American led coalition supposedly fighting ISIS in the Middle East. As rank amateurs at “diplomacy,” read “lying,” Australia has let the proverbial cat out of the bag. Australia has a deal with ISIS, they will leave them alone as long as they attack Syria. Australia isn’t there to fight ISIS, they are there to guarantee that ISIS keep its deal with the US, to go after Assad.
The coalition, it seems, in accordance with recently released 2011 documents by WikiLeaks, was formed to help ISIS take out Assad when they weren’t able to do it themselves. Thus, the continual Israeli bombing of Syrian artillery and command positions, whenever ISIS is in retreat, can now be put in proper context.
Israel flies overt air support for ISIS while official coalition members simply clear the way for them with focused bombing attacks on obscure targets that never challenge the ISIS war on Syria that has caused up to 7 million refugees to descend on Europe.
As long as the American coalition is there as a placeholder, there will never be an air war on ISIS by serious players, or so America believes.
There is evidence that the refugee crisis, a game intended to gain leverage in Europe by crippling governments with internal dissent, may have backfired. In a Germany news article dated September 12, 2-15:
“Germany is surprisingly quitting the anti-Putin Alliance created by the United States: Germany now officially welcomes Moscow’s readiness to engage with Syria and launches an initiative to end the war with the Russians and the French. Thus, the stream of refugees is to be stopped. Germany put thousands of soldiers on standby.”
Germany surprising quits Alliance with the United States, which wanted to prevent a participation of Russia in Syria.
Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen told der Spiegel, they welcome Russian President Vladimir Putin’s involvement in the fight against the extremist Islamic State. It is in the common interest, to combat the IS, she said.
A spokesman of the Foreign Ministry also said Germany would welcome a greater engagement of Russia in the fight against the IS. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier even announced, with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and the French colleague Laurent Fabius, a push to start to end the civil war in Syria. Lavrov and Fabius are expected in Berlin on Saturday.”
Britain and France had never officially joined the US led bombing attacks now being recharacterized by some as “pro-terrorist” rather than “anti-terrorist.” Each has engaged in unauthorized attacks inside Syria on targets related to their own narrow national interests.
It is, however, now clear that all bombing attacks in Syria and Iraq as well have been of that same character, too often accidental attacks on “friendly” forces or air cover for ISIS resupply runs, as the Iraqi government has long asserted.
Thus, when Turkey joined the coalition in June 2015 and then again in August and September, and yet has never bombed an ISIS target after thousands of sorties, mostly against Kurdish civilians, one wonders why the West can be surprised at the massive influx of refugees.
This is simply another political move, this time against Western Europe.
The refugees aren’t just fleeing ISIS, now admittedly receiving air support from Israel and the American coalition, but they are fleeing that same air support which is targeting them as well.
The utter and absolute failure of America’s “shock and awe” bombing campaign, having destroyed nation after nation in the past is telling.
Very few American attacks have been against the primary area of operations of ISIS, Idlib and Raqqah in Syria. What few attacks there have been against enemies of ISIS and have not moved to degrade their military or even chemical warfare capability.
There have certainly been no efforts to attack ISIS lines of supply or their real transit capabilities, which allow them to move jihadists during daylight over hundreds of miles.
You see, those supply depots, ISIS bases and the roads that carry their supply convoys are mostly inside Turkey.
There, ISIS has air bases, supply planes, helicopters and can even receive their trucks by shiploads, dropped off at Turkish ports in the North like they are offloaded at Jordanian ports in the South.
What the leaders of Europe are seeing with the sudden influx of refugees isn’t a change in conditions, an increase in combat, a change on the battlefield, but rather a decision made by Turkey’s Erdogan, with or without the tacit approval of his friends in Tel Aviv, Washington and Riyadh, to flood Europe.
There is also no way to deal with the regional threat of terror states, the IS, Turkey, perhaps Israel and others without considering the inclusion of the Kiev backed regime.
The coordinated attacks on both Kiev and Damascus, orchestrated by the west and targeting Russia, are inexorable conclusions. In this light, the ties between ISIS and Kiev, both political and military, are inexorable as well.
The only difference between them is that Kiev was successful and the “Mosul regime” was not.
The parallels between them are considerable with one exception, ISIS has not downed a passenger airliner.
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War that has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades and consulted with governments challenged by security issues. He’s a senior editor and chairman of the board of Veterans Today, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.