How 15 Years of U.S. Military Intervention in the Middle East Surrendered Europe to Islam
Recently, Russia launched another attack to “bomb the shit out of ISIS”, as Donald Trump would say. The question is, why hasn’t the Obama administration done the same? If the US wanted to take out the Islamic State, they could have done so easily. Is there perhaps truth to Trump’s claim that President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton through their actions helped create ISIS?
The US Response to 9/11
The answer to that question lies in the US response to the September 11 attacks. On that day, 19 hijackers, most of them were foot soldiers in their early twenties, murdered thousands of innocent American civilians. Of the terrorists, 15 held the Saudi-Arabian nationality. According to 28 now declassified pages from the 9/11 Commission, US intelligence had known early on that high-ranking Saudi Arabian officials had provided the terrorists with support, even from within the United States. The United States, therefore, had been attacked by Saudi Arabia, yet the Bush administration decided to cover up any links to the Saudis and blame the Taliban instead.
Almost immediately after 9/11, the US military shifted its War on Terror to Afghanistan, but the Taliban people, however backward, hadn’t played any role in 9/11 whatsoever. The US army moved in any way, on the weak assumption that Afghani supporters were hiding Osama Bin Laden in the Kandahar mountains. Since then, for almost a decade, the US military began framing its operations in the Middle East as a national quest to find the ever-elusive Bin Laden.
Obviously, it made no economic or military sense to spend trillions of dollars of taxpayers’ money, sacrificing tens of thousands of US lives, on a hunt that would take a decade before capturing and killing one bearded bogeyman. When they found Bin Laden, he had supposedly been hiding in plain sight in a Pakistani compound, living there with his wives and children.
Never mind that Bin Laden initially denied any involvement, until from December 13 onward US army personnel began “finding” audio and video tapes with belated admissions. Never mind that Bin Laden’s medical records showed he suffered organ failure—he traveled around with a mobile kidney dialysis machine. Never mind the bogeyman’s own obituary published in an Egyptian newspaper dated December 26, 2001.
Bin Laden’s alleged body then thrown from a plane into the sea, the very Navy Seals team that had presumably killed Bin Laden later died in a helicopter accident. The crash conveniently killed the only witnesses of what had really happened in the Bin Laden compound. Today, the only evidence of Bin Laden’s death is a series of photographs the US Courts ruled may never be shown to the public.
Sure, I believe all of that. Of course, anyone still left in doubt over 9/11 is a conspiracy theorist, a modern-day heretic. But whether or not 9/11 was a conspiracy, an inside job, or plain opportunism, the United States eagerly adopted the Bin Laden narrative in order to justify a decade of regime change in the Middle East—without ever attacking Saudi Arabia.
It’s quite simple. You can’t fight the enemy who has you by the balls. Saudi Arabia controls so much of the oil that fuels both the US economy and the US military that post-9/11 Washington had no choice but to slip into vassalage to the House of Saud. Since 2001, the US army has effectively been fighting Saudi Arabia’s regional wars. All the Saudis need to do is provide the fuel for US weapons and troops, while conveniently hiding behind “American imperialism” and blaming any social unrest on Western actions.
Nonetheless, it is undeniable that the United States has actively supported Saudi Arabia in exporting its fascist, Wahabbist brand of Islam throughout the Muslim world. In doing so, US leadership supported “regime change” that replaced secular, democratic or otherwise pro-Western leaders with Islamist puppets. Indeed, seen in this light, George W. Bush, Barack H. Obama, and Hillary R. Clinton have together created ISIS—because ISIS is Saudi Arabia.
Killing the Grey Zone
As with every civilizational fault line, in this case between Europe and the Arab world, there is a grey zone where both civilizations meet, trade and live relatively peacefully. Specifically, this grey zone once consisted of Turkey, Syria, Egypt, and Libya. But not anymore.
First, coming out of the war in Afghanistan, the US military began targeting Iraq. Supposedly, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had hidden yet-to-be-found weapons of mass destruction that posed a threat to the West. In the end, even George W. Bush had to admit Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11. Hussein, however, no matter how evil a man he was, was also a Ba’athist and the leader of a secular movement that strove for an Arab enlightenment. As a result of the US-led regime change that disrupted Iraq’s social order, various warring Muslim factions today control the region. Above all, these factions are Islamist, anti-enlightenment and tied to Saudi Arabia’s fascist brand of Islam.
Next, the so-called Arab Spring which led to major unrest in the entire Arab world culminated in the toppling of democratically elected, secular Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. He was a vassal of the West and a dictator to his people, but his reign defended Egypt against the fascist, Saudi-backed Muslim Brotherhood. After Mubarak’s fall, that’s exactly who took over when the Muslim Brotherhood’s own Mohamed Morsi briefly seized power. When the Egyptian people took to Tahrir Square in 2011, they weren’t celebrating freedom. They were celebrating the Islamic reconquest of Cairo. Soon afterward, Arab Egyptians began ethnically cleansing Coptic Christians—the true heirs of Ancient Egypt.
The same thing again happened in 2011 when the United States violently ended Muammar Gadaffi’s regime. Like Hussein and Mubarak, Gadaffi was a vassal and a delusional despot, but he also defended his people’s Northern-African Shi’ite roots, a Persian brand of Islam, against that of fascist Saudis. In doing so, Libya too acted as a sort of buffer zone, the grey zone between liberal Europe and a more fundamentalist Islam. Yet Hillary Clinton and President Obama decided to throw Gadaffi out with the trash when they bombed Libya in favor of a Muslim Brotherhood takeover. Unsurprisingly, Libya has now become a popular passageway to Europe for millions of African ‘refugees’.
Around the same time, Syria imploded. Once again a secular, democratic, pro-Western leader Bashar al-Assad was dumped in favor of a Saudi-backed ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood. Today, Syria is a source of refugees pouring into Europe.
Finally, Turkey. The United States’ support of Turkey’s Islamist President Erdoğan tops it off by letting him erode the Turkish secular democracy once founded by Kemal Atatürk—the last and only democracy in a majority Muslim nation. While Erdoğan blames the Gülenist movement for staging the recent coup, it is much more likely Erdoğan staged it himself in order to cleanse Turkey of its remaining secular, democratic elements. A self-admitted admirer of Hitler’s Third Reich, Erdoğan appears to be following Hitler’s footsteps in his ascent to power.
The Conquest of Europe
In short, all US-led efforts in the Middle East have ultimately surrendered Europe’s regional security, leaving it highly vulnerable to a Turkish-led, Saudi-backed Islamic invasion. Europe either prepares to go to war or prepares to submit to “regime change”. Coincidentally, Saudi Arabia has been trying out $130 billion dollars worth of US military equipment, sold to them by Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama. The Saudi’s ongoing war in Yemen appears to be nothing but an exercise to train its soldiers and test its equipment.
Likewise, Turkey, after having fooled the international community it was NATO’s most trustworthy ally, happens to boast NATO’s second-largest army after the US. No wonder, then, that there has been the talk of assembling a European Union army. But Europe’s leaders are either too late, too naive or too incompetent to do anything about what’s coming. If Europe survives this century, it will not be because of its politicians, but because of its people’s will to fight.
Perhaps Americans will soon have a change of regime of their own. If the American people elect Donald J. Trump for President, perhaps his reign can start by arresting the most prominent political architect and military strategist, Henry Kissinger, and have him hanged for high treason.