Thursday, December 31, 2015

‘I helped create ISIS’: Iraq War veteran says US policy caused 'blowback' in Middle East

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Here's another plank in the case we are building against The White House and the US Government over its conduct of the war against ISIS in Syria and the duplicity of US foreign policy that has been exposed by Russia's intervention in the conflict.

The truth about ISIS is emerging, but you will only find it in alternative media (Image source)

from Russia Today

Former US Marine Vincent Emanuele saying he had “helped create ISIS,” in no way contradicts previous reports here that reveal ISIS was a US government promotion. While The Pentagon and the US State Department seeded the Islamist group by sponsoring, arming and training extremist Sunni Muslim groups with the aim of deposing the Syrian president Bashar al Assad, the earlier neo - con regime change war that overthrew Saddam Hussein in Iraq and turned that country into a failed state certainly went a long way towards creating the atmosphere of hate and mistrust in which the rebellion flourished.

It helps also that we now understand how ISIS have been funded with direct help from NATO member Turkey and the involvement of President Erdogan's family in illegal oil trading with the terrorist group.

In speaking out about what really happened during the ten year occupation, the Iraq War veteran and US Marine described the atrocities and criminal activities he and his fellow soldiers engaged in during the Iraq War, claiming they knew it would lead to “blowback” in the Middle East.

This acknowledgement of responsibility comes in an article that was posted on TeleSUR’s English website, in which Emanuele hoped to answer the often raised question of “Where did ISIS come from?”

“When I was stationed in Iraq with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 2003-2005, I didn’t know what the repercussions of the war would be, but I knew there would be a reckoning,” he wrote at TeleSUR. “That retribution, otherwise known as blowback, is currently being experienced around the world (Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, France, Tunisia, California, and so on), with no end in sight.”

Talking to Russia Today, Emanuele said his enlightenment occurred on his second tour of duty to Iraq and was the result of a simple question.

“I saw my fellow Marines kill innocent people, torture innocent civilians, destroying property, mutilating dead bodies, running over dead corpses, laughing and photographing people while doing so,” he said. “For me it was very simple. I sat there in Iraq and I asked myself ‘How would I behave?’ ‘What would I think if I was in the shoes of the Iraqi people?’”

In his article, Emanuele described how he and his platoon literally trashed Mesopotamia by throwing garbage out of their Humvee, and pelting children with Skittles, water bottles full of urine, rocks, and debris. He remembers stories told by soldiers of torture carried out on detainees in makeshift detention facilities.

Emanuele said he began educating himself during his second tour by talking to family and friends and engaging in the work of anti-war activists and intellectuals like Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, and Amy Goodman, as well as learning about the activities of groups such as Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Vietnam Veterans against the War. This helped him contextualize his anecdotal experience.

“I knew what I was seeing was wrong, I knew it was immoral, I knew it was unjust, I knew it was illegal,” said Emanuele to RT, “and I knew that we would pay severe consequences in the form of the blowback as we are seeing with groups like ISIS. I knew those things were going to happen back then just from being a self-conscious person.”

Emanuele's version of events is not complete of course, but in the context of how the USA, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have manipulated and controlled the war in Syria up until the intervention of Russia and Iran (legally because it was at the request of the Assad regime, Syria's legitimate government no matter how much Barack Hussein Obama hates them, it helps us understand how a bunch of brutal savages like ISIS could get as much support as they have among the people of Syria and Iraq.

MAIN KEYWORDS: ISIS >> Iraq >> Syria >> Muslim >> Turkey >> War

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