Press TV Debate: Did West need Paris false-flag attack to pressure Syria?

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Press TV has interviewed Kevin Barrett, editor of VT from Madison, and Bob Ayers, a former US intelligence officer from Somerset, UK, to discuss the terror attacks, claimed by Daesh, that left nearly 130 people dead in Paris, France.

Barrett believes what happened in Paris seem to be “false-flag” attacks that had the backing of the West and its Middle Eastern allies, rejecting the mainstream narrative that the assaults were “purely” carried out by Daesh terrorists.

See Barrett’s article, published a few hours after first reports of the Paris attacks:

Another French false flag?

Daesh “is not what it purports to be, it’s been benefiting from massive aid from the West, primarily from US allies in the Middle East, but perhaps also to some extent from elements in the US apparatus” in the region, Barrett says, adding that numerous reports indicate Washington contributed to the rise of the extremist terror group.

He adds that Daesh is not in a position to conduct such organized terror attacks in France, adding that the incidents will have a number of “very predictable consequences,” including a call for an increase in the Western intervention in Syria.

The analyst describes the West as the “de facto” ally of Daesh, arguing that it makes no sense for the terrorist group to create such a “monstrous, extreme and over-the-top stunt” in the French capital.

Unless, of course, the plan is for the West to come in [Syria] pretending to be fighting…(Daesh), but actually to ramp up its struggle against President Assad at a time when Russians have been having great success in helping the Damascus government continue its battles against terror groups, Barrett says.

The Paris attacks have, in fact, been committed by the “real axis of evil,” Barrett stressed.

The commentator also highlights the role of Western intelligence services in creating Daesh, saying these spy agencies use propaganda to dupe “naïve” young people into joining the ranks of the terrorist outfit in Syria.

Ayers, for his turn, believes Daesh has carried out the attacks in Paris to send a warning message to the West, especially to France, that if they continue to target the terror group’s positions, it will have its own alternative ways to retaliate.

He also rejects the idea that Western media adopt a double-standard approach in covering the fatal terror attacks that kill Middle Easterners and those that happen in Europe and Western states.


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Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror. He is the host of TRUTH JIHAD RADIO; a hard driving weekly radio show funded by listener donations at and FALSE FLAG WEEKLY NEWS (FFWN); an audio-video show produced by Tony Hall, Allan Reese, and Kevin himself. FFWN is funded through FundRazr. He also has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS, and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications. Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin; where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host.