How Saudi/Gulf Money Fuels Terror

Exclusive: With the death toll in the Paris terror attacks still rising, French President Hollande is condemning an “act of war” by the Islamic State, but the underlying reality is that France’s rich friends in the Persian Gulf are key accomplices in the mayhem, writes Daniel Lazare.

By Daniel Lazare

In the wake of the latest terrorist outrage in Paris, the big question is not which specific group is responsible for the attack, but who’s responsible for the Islamic State and Al Qaeda in the first place. The answer that has grown increasingly clear in recent years is that it’s Western leaders who have used growing portions of the Muslim world as a playground for their military games and are now crying crocodile tears over the consequences.

This pattern had its beginnings in the 1980s in Afghanistan, where the Central Intelligence Agency and the Saudi royal family virtually invented modern jihadism in an effort to subject the Soviets to a Vietnam-style war in their own backyard. It was the case, too, in Iraq, which the United States and Great Britain invaded in 2003, triggering a vicious civil warfare between Shi‘ites and Sunnis.

Prince Bandar bin Sultan, then Saudi ambassador to the United States, meeting with President George W. Bush in Crawford, Texas, on Aug. 27, 2002. (White House photo)

Prince Bandar bin Sultan, then Saudi ambassador to the United States, meeting with President George W. Bush in Crawford, Texas, on Aug. 27, 2002. (White House photo)

 

Today, it’s the case in Yemen where the U.S. and France are helping Saudi Arabia in its massive air war against Houthi Shi‘ites. And it’s the case in Syria, the scene of the most destructive war game of them all, where Saudi Arabia and other Arab Gulf states are channeling money and arms to Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh), and similar forces with the full knowledge of the U.S.

Western leaders encourage this violence yet decry it in virtually the same breath. In April 2008, a Treasury official testified in a congressional hearing that “Saudi Arabia today remains the location from which more money is going to Sunni terror groups and the Taliban than from any other place in the world.” [See Rachel Ehrenfeld, “Their Oil Is Thicker Than Our Blood,” in in Sarah N. Stern, ed., Saudi Arabia and the Global Islamic Terrorist Network: America and the West’s Fatal Embrace (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), p. 127.]

In December 2009, Hillary Clinton noted in a confidential diplomatic memo that “donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide.” In October 2014, Joe Biden told students at Harvard’s Kennedy School that “the Saudis, the emirates, etc. were so determined to take down [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war [that] they poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of tons of military weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad except the people who were being supplied were Al Nusra and Al Qaeda.”

Just last month, a New York Times editorial complained that Saudis, Qataris and Kuwaitis were continuing to funnel donations not only to Al Qaeda but to Islamic State as well.

Yet despite countless promises to shut down such funding, the spigots have remained wide open. The U.S. has not only acquiesced in such activities, moreover, but has actively participated in them. In June 2012, the Times wrote that the C.I.A. was working with the Muslim Brotherhood to channel Turkish, Saudi and Qatari-supplied arms to anti-Assad rebels.

Two months later, the Defense Intelligence Agency reported that Al Qaeda, Salafists and the Muslim Brotherhood dominated the Syrian rebel movement, that their goal was to establish a “Salafist principality in eastern Syria” where Islamic State’s caliphate is now located, and that this is “exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition” i.e. the West, Gulf states, and Turkey “want in order to isolate the Syrian regime.”

More recently, the Obama administration made no objection when the Saudis supplied Al Nusra, Al Qaeda’s official Syrian affiliate, with high-tech TOW missiles in support of its offensive in Syria’s northern Idlib province. It did not complain when the Saudis vowed to step up aid to such groups in response to Russia’s intervention in support of the besieged Assad regime.

Two weeks ago, the Times’s Ben Hubbard noted that 50 American Special Operations troops injected into northern Syria have been assigned to work with Arab rebels who had previously collaborated with Al Nusra and although Hubbard didn’t say so would undoubtedly do so again as soon as the Americans had gone.

Working Hand-in-Glove

While vowing eternal enmity against Al Qaeda, the U.S. and its Gulf allies thus work hand-in-glove with the same forces in pursuit of other goals. Yet now leaders from Washington to Riyadh are beside themselves with grief that the same groups are biting the hand that feeds them.

This is a pattern that has grown all too familiar in recent years. “Terrorism” is a well-nigh meaningless word that obscures and confuses more than it illuminates. The 9/11 attacks led to a “global war on terror” and, simultaneously, to a vast cover-up concerning those who were actually responsible for the deed.

As a curtain of silence descended around the U.S.-Saudi role in Afghanistan, where the Osama bin Laden network originated, the Bush administration spirited 140 Saudis, including some two dozen members of the Bin Laden family, out of the country after no more than cursory questioning by the F.B.I.

When Saudi regent Abdullah bin Abdulaziz he would not formally assume the throne for another three years visited George W. Bush’s Texas ranch in April 2002, the President barely mentioned the World Trade Center and cut short a reporter who insisted on bringing it up:

“Yes, I the crown prince has been very strong in condemning those who committed the murder of U.S. citizens. We’re constantly working with him and his government on intelligence sharing and cutting off money the government has been acting, and I appreciate that very much.”

What Bush said was a lie. Just a month earlier, former FBI assistant director Robert Kallstrom had complained that the Saudis were dragging their feet with regard to the investigation: “It doesn’t look like they’re doing much, and frankly it’s nothing new.”

In April 2003, Philip Zelikow, the 9/11 commission’s neocon executive director, fired an investigator, Dana Leseman, when she proved too vigorous in probing the Saudi connection. [See Philip Shenon, The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation (New York: Twelve, 2008), pp. 110-13.]

Strangest of all is what has happened to a 28-page chapter in an earlier joint congressional report dealing with the question of the Saudi complicity. While the report as a whole was heavily redacted, the chapter itself wound up entirely suppressed. Although Obama promised 9/11 widow Kristen Breitweiser shortly after taking office to see to it that it was made public, it remains under wraps.

Rather than identifying those responsible, Washington preferred that the American people remain in the dark. Instead of identifying the actual culprits, the Bush administration, backed up by the Democrats and the press, preferred to blame it all on vague and formless “evildoers” from another realm. The same thing happened following the Charlie Hebdo massacre last January. Amid thousands of “Je Suis Charlie” signs and mass demonstrations — featuring Benjamin Netanyahu, Nicolas Sarkozy and the Saudi ambassador — persistent reports of Saudi donations flowing to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the group that trained gunman Chérif Kouachi and apparently sponsored the assault, were ignored.

Reports that Riyadh has since collaborated with AQAP in its war against Shi‘ite Houthis have met the same fate. As Saudi jets spread death and destruction across Yemen, Al Qaeda has gained control of the eastern city of Mukalla, an oil center and sea port with a population of 300,000, and has also taken control of portions of Aden as well, accumulating in the process an arsenal consisting of dozens of 55 armored vehicles and 22 tanks plus anti-aircraft missiles and other weaponry as well.

No Alarm Bells

One would think that this would set off alarm bells in Washington, yet the result has been a collective shrug. The Obama administration continues to back Saudi Arabia in its assault on the Middle East’s poorest nation, providing it with technical back-up and naval support, while France, eager to supplant the U.S. as the kingdom’s chief weapons supplier, backs it as well.

French President Francois Hollande thus backs the kingdom that backs the forces that backed those who carried out the Charlie Hebdo massacre. He also backs a kingdom that allows donations to flow to ISIS, which he now identifies as responsible for the latest atrocities.

Hollande prefers to beat his breast and issue ringing calls for “compassion and solidarity” rather than actually doing something about the relationships that generate such attacks in the first place.

At its most basic level, this is a problem of oil, money and an American empire that stands paralyzed before the disaster it has created in the Middle East. When Obama issued his famous August 2011 call for regime change in Damascus “For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside” it seemed to be a no-brainer.

The insurgency was growing, the Ba’athists were hanging on by a thread, and it seemed only a matter of time before Assad met the same fate as Muammar Gaddafi. “We came, we saw, he died,” Hillary Clinton would crow a few months later about Gaddafi, and so it seemed that Assad would soon meet his end at hands of a rebel mob, too.

But Assad proved more durable, mainly because he had the backing of a mass party that, despite corruption and ossification, still enjoyed a significant measure of popular support. The longer he has been able to stay in power, therefore, the more the U.S. has found itself caught up in an increasingly sectarian war by gulf-funded Sunni extremists.

Faced with a choice between Assad on one hand and ISIS and Al Qaeda on the other, Obama has dithered and delayed, refusing to commit himself wholeheartedly to the rebel cause but failing to object when his closest friends channel funds to groups that the U.S. officially regards as anathema.

Instead of defeating ISIS, this policy of neither-nor has allowed it fester and grow. The group is richer than ever, its troops travel about in shiny new Toyota pickups, and its technical prowess is also on the upswing. Two weeks ago, it apparently brought down a Russian airliner in the Sinai. On Thursday, it sent a pair of suicide bombers into a Shi‘ite neighborhood in Beirut, killing 43 people and wounding more than two hundred.

Now, according to French authorities, ISIS has sent a team of at least eight militants to shoot up various sites in Paris. In an apparent reference to Western bombing raids against ISIS targets in Syria, one gunman reportedly shouted during the assault on the Bataclan music hall, “What you are doing in Syria, you are going to pay for it now.”

This is a horror show made in Washington, Riyadh and the Ã‰lysée.

The Rising Right

What is to be done? The events are a godsend for Marine Le Pen, who will undoubtedly use them to fuel the mass xenophobia that generates votes for the National Front. It is a boon as well for countless politicians in Eastern Europe, from Hungary’s Viktor Orban to Slovakia Prime Minister Robert Fico, who also benefits from growing anti-immigrant fervor.

In Poland, where President Andrzej Duda has denounced European Union refugee quotas and 25,000 ultra-right demonstrators recently paraded through Warsaw calling for “Poland for the Poles,” nationalists are also rubbing their hands with glee.

For weeks, right-wing websites and news outlets have been warning that ISIS was using the refugee wave to infiltrate fighters into the EU, and now they will be able to point to the Bataclan massacre and say that they were right.

It’s an argument that ordinary people will likely find compelling, which is why pointing out the role of Western governments in the debacle is vital. After raining down destruction on one Muslim nation after another, Western leaders can hardly be surprised when violence overflows into their own backyard.

Sealing off the borders à la Donald Trump or Nigel Farage may strike some voters as logical, but the more the U.S. and its allies impose “regime change” and mass terror on the Middle East, the greater will be the number of refugees seeking to escape. No matter how many barriers the EU puts up, growing numbers will find ways around them.

The same goes for the violence. No matter how hard the West tries to seal itself off against the disorders that it itself is creating, it will find that a cordon sanitaire is impossible to maintain. Saudi Arabia has quadrupled its arms purchases in recent years while the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council is now the third biggest military spender in the world.

This is wonderful news for arms manufacturers not to mention politicians desperate for an uptick in GDP, but somewhat less so for masses of ordinary people in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and Paris who are now at the receiving end of all that weaponry and violence. The more the Western alliance and its Gulf “allies” insist on spreading chaos in the Middle East, the more xenophobia and right-wing reaction will be the upshot in Europe and the United States.

Daniel Lazare is the author of several books including The Frozen Republic: How the Constitution Is Paralyzing Democracy (Harcourt Brace).

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28 comments for “How Saudi/Gulf Money Fuels Terror

  1. Drew Hunkins
    November 14, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    The Washington/pro-Israel/Saudi alliance is directly responsible for the Paris carnage!

    Over the last 70 years Washington and the Zionist power configuration have been dead set on subverting genuine democracy in Arab and Muslim lands across the globe.

    From Iran in the 1950s under the popular Mosaddegh, Indonesia in the 1960s under the much beloved Sukarno to Egypt under the democratically elected Nasser and Iraq under its populist gov’t in the 1960s to Afghanistan in the 1970s under its reformist gov’t, and Libya under Qaddafi and Assad under Syria ALL of these gov’ts and popular leaders have been murdered, drummed out of office via Western-Zio proxy forces or are currently being attacked (Assad) by Western supported jihadists who just annihilated 130 Parisians.

    Enough is enough! The American public is hoodwinked and bamboozled on this issue. Putin and Russia are fighting the good fight. The refugee crisis that brought the lunatic Sunni ISIS fundamentalists to Paris was totally caused by the Washington/Saudi/pro-Israel sponsored and funded ISIS terror network! Once the refugee crisis was reaching outrageous proportions Putin finally stepped in and said no more.

    Putin’s wearing the white hat here! Whether Americans or the New York Times or NPR or the Wash Post or Brookings want to concede that point or not!

    For further reading see the books and articles by Andre Vltchek, Paul Craig Roberts, Dr. James Petras and Dr. Michael Parenti.

    • Kiza
      November 16, 2015 at 3:32 am

      This article is an honest evaluation of what was going on, but it is nothing really new to non-US readers. Saudi money and US terrorism know-how (terrorism and regime change as two special forms of social engineering that US is most advanced in) have been in use since WW2. Afghanistan is the most openly admitted example because people involved could not resist boasting that they brought down USSR, but the same combination of money and know-how to destabilize societies and create civil war has been used also in Chechnya and in Bosnia, which this author does not mention at all. This pattern has been so well established, that if there is a civil war anywhere on the planet and (Sunni) Muslims are involved, then Saudi+US are always behind it (e.g. in Africa).

      This has nothing to do with Putin, really, he is a side player. The interesting question is how much Israeli/Zionist involvement is there in the most recent Saudi+US terror operations: Libya, Egypt and Syria? How much does Saudi monarchy cooperate with Israelis, is this a permanent alliance or one of convenience?

    • William
      November 16, 2015 at 6:16 pm

      Congratulations to Drew Hunkins for his excellent analysis, but when he writes that the American public are “hoodwinked and bamboozled,” he fails to explain why this is the case. There are at least two major reasons for the lack of understanding on the part of the American public: first, Americans are indifferent to foreign events that don’t seem to involve them; second, and perhaps the most important, is the fact that Americans are completely ignorant of events in the Middle East because all significant information is deliberately withheld from them or else mis-information and deliberate lies are fostered by the “mainstream media.” This is a topic that no one dares to address because the power and influence of those who control the media can and will end the career of anyone who dares to oppose them. So, nothing will change until enough people understand and begin to write about neocon dominance of both electronic and print media. The whole topic is so sensitive and so fraught with unforeseen dangers that refusal by any major voices is understandable. But this situation can not continue indefinitely. Some one must stand up, some modern Thomas Paine or David Hume or Rousseau and begin the fight to save the United States from certain decline, slow or precipitous.

      • Drew Hunkins
        November 17, 2015 at 11:26 am

        Thanks for the kind words William. You’re no doubt correct about the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ regarding the bamboozlement of the American public.

        Some excellent books on what you astutely point out about the media are by such intellectuals as Ben Bagdikian, Michael Parenti, Noam Chomsky, Jeff Cohen, James Petras, McChesney and some others. Also Robert Parry of this very website is excellent.

  2. Dr. Ip
    November 14, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Check out the September 13, 2001 posting and the photo of that group of friends on the balcony at the White House.

    http://historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=a091301bushbandar#a091301bushbandar

  3. Dr. Ip
    November 14, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Adding to the above:
    http://historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=a091301bushbandar#a091301bushbandar

    September 13, 2001: President Bush and Saudi Ambassador Discuss Evacuating Saudis and Terrorist Renditions

  4. Tom Ford
    November 14, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Blowback is a bitch.

    • the lion
      November 16, 2015 at 8:15 am

      Blowback would imply that what had happened was a mistake!

      To have Blowback, and do exactly the same thing to have Blowback to do it again ad infinitum denotes it was planned to happen that way!

      That is not Blowback!

  5. Abbybwood
    November 14, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    From Informationclearinghouse, “Some Observations About the Carnage in Paris” by As’ad AbuKhalil. (Please go over there to read this as I think we are limited to one link/comment).

    What I am trying to figure out is this:

    Why is ISIS allowed to maintain a website?? Why is ISIS and its terrorist followers allowed to spread radical jihad on Twitter??

    I agree with all the article said, yet we are witnessing massive bank wire transfers of money with ISIS, the sale of oil, purchasing of Toyota trucks, the acquisition of guns/ammo etc. some of which has been witnessed falling from U.S. helicopters right into ISIS hands.

    The world should be aware of the “Greater Israel” project:

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/greater-israel-the-zionist-plan-for-the-middle-east/5324815

    It is pretty obvious, when one asks, “Who benefits from the chaos we are seeing today in the Middle East?” The answer, perhaps not today, but in decades to come, is Israel.

    • alexander
      November 15, 2015 at 10:40 am

      It is interesting that” ISIS” has attacked Lebanon, Syria,Iraq, Egypt, the Russians, and now France…..but never once…not once …..has it ever attacked Israel….ISIS seems to be attacking all of Israels ” bitter” enemies…. all the time….but to ISIS Israel does not seem to exist….

      Why is that ?

      it is also very interesting that ISIS just launched a massive attack against Lebanon four days ago, very close to a Palestinian” refugee” camp and an “alleged” Hezbollah stronghold…killing 43 innocents and wounding 300 more…..but the US media ignores it almost completely…..

      I guess being “selective” about caring for innocent victims of terrorism is part of our Heroic War on Terror….some innocent people matter and some don’t…

      How” Heroic” is that , BTW ?

      • Drew Hunkins
        November 15, 2015 at 7:49 pm

        Exactly! ISIS (a creation of the Washington/pro-Israel/Saudi Terror Network) has never ever gone after Israel.

      • MrK
        November 16, 2015 at 12:31 am

        ISIS is the tool of the US-UK-Israel-Saudi-Gulf States oil alliance, and it is attacking the rivals to that alliance, the alliance of Lebanon-Syria-Iran-Russia-China.

        These attacks feel completely like the false flags attacks by Gladio operatives during Italy’s ‘years of blood’ and Strategia della Tensione, when the Red Brigades were allegedly killing people left and right. Just check out Gladio on Wikipedia, you’ll be astonished.

      • Vesuvius
        November 16, 2015 at 6:27 am

        Your question sure is very good. Yet, maybe the answer is simple: Israel’s nukes. And they have got lots of them!

      • M Awan
        November 16, 2015 at 11:56 am

        Very interesting to watch this video:

        http://youtu.be/su7InUwi3H

    • MrK
      November 16, 2015 at 12:52 am

      Who is Israel? That is the Rothschild barons and their plans. Israel’s raison d’etre and crucial sea lane for east-west trade and getting Saudi oil to Europe, the Suez Canal, was bought for the British government with a 4 million pound bond loan, from NM Rothschild & Sons Ltd., headed by baron Lionel de Rothschild, in 1873. Consequently Baron Edmond James de Rothschild and his son James Armand de Rothschild, set out to fund colonies in Israel, according to the Knesset website. In 1887, aided by their business partner Cecil Rhodes, baron Lionel’s successor, the 1st Lord Rothschild, baron Nathaniel Mayer Rothschild, funded the creation of De Beers, which was to become the world’s largest diamond miner and global diamond monopolist. As a result, today, finished diamonds are the State of Israel’s single biggest export.

      So the Rothschild Barons have Israel on the hook – they created the reason for it’s existence, filled it with settlements, and provide it’s economy with it’s biggest export.

      I would say Israel and the Israelis could have been captured the most of any country in the world.

    • M Awan
      November 16, 2015 at 9:48 am

      “The answer, perhaps not today, but in decades to come, is Israel”

      Look what ex Israeli security adviser has to say re the above:

      http://youtu.be/su7InUwi3H

      His remarks to the above question are near the end of the video.

    • M Awan
      November 16, 2015 at 10:31 am

      Remarks of ex Iraeli national security advise: please follow on from 33:28 onwards in the link above.

  6. F. G. Sanford
    November 15, 2015 at 7:19 am

    The JFK records are still secret, despite the JFK Records Act, a U.S. Public Law which forbids keeping them secret. Lee Harvey Oswald’s income tax returns are still classified, suggesting that they might contain some evidence which reveals the identity of his employers. The 28 pages do not likely spell out in explicit detail connections between Saudi investors and U.S. defense contractors, but “following the money” would eventually lead to those corporations and the vested individuals who own and operate them. Open-source videos show convoys of ISIS Toyota trucks traveling between Iraq, Turkey and Syria with recoilless artillery and anti-aircraft weapons mounted on their beds. In the background, U.S. Apache helicopter gun ships can be seen flying air cover to protect them. The Pope is spouting homilies about his heartfelt sympathy for his beloved, peace-loving French adherents, insisting that they are the recipients of his most passionate prayers. Their loss of 130 people is an international tragedy, but there is no mention of the 250,000 Syrian victims of a regime change coup attempt that has so far failed. The nominally French Medicins Sans Frontieres hospital bombing has already been forgotten. Maybe they weren’t “French” enough. One wonders how many drone strikes have killed aggregates totaling 130 civilian victims, with nary a mention or a word of sympathy from the keepers of world opinion. Instead of investing in rational solutions, technological advances, infrastructure, efficient alternatives, or education and the general welfare of its people, the U.S. is investing in things like the F-35 fighter jet. Meanwhile, Assad’s air force is holding off U.S. proxy terrorist regime changers by striking them with MiG-21’s. Designed circa 1956 and operationally deployed in 1959, it is still faster, flies higher, and is more maneuverable than an F-35. Its weapons payload and range are similar, though it lacks advanced avionics and weapons systems. But updates are available. It is not difficult to deduce that the ultimate goal of American foreign policy, as irrational as it seems, is based on a perception in Washington’s “deep state” that the American Empire can no longer compete in a free and fair world economy. Thus, the desperation to enact trade policies which will devastate the domestic economy but perhaps preserve hegemony. Sowing chaos abroad tilts the playing field in America’s favor, but foreign governments have watched this strategy for seventy years, and they are becoming wiser. As our war-mongering presidential candidates vie for credibility with their delusional and fact-free campaign pledges, we march toward self-destruction. It’s like an IQ test, and America is flunking.

    • Bart
      November 15, 2015 at 8:46 am

      Those ISIS convoys of Toyota trucks make a sitting duck target for A-10 gunships. Surely our satellites can pick them out in broad daylight. What’s up with that?

      • Abbybwood
        November 16, 2015 at 1:57 am

        Yes, and on the news tonight regarding the Paris slaughter, Hollande delivered 30 airstrikes over Raqqa in Syria to “ISIS headquarters”.

        As if the United States and France did not know exactly where these “headquarters” were a few days PRIOR to the Paris slaughter??!

        The fact is obvious: The citizens of the world are NOT being told the TRUTH about anything!

        The bottom line is this: Earth is NOT the property of the United States and its allies NOR of the “ISIS Caliphate”.

        When will the United Nations step in to stop this steady move toward WW III?

        The safety of the vast majority of ordinary humans/animals/plants on Earth have a right to life. This ugly game of secret militaristic/intelligence game playing must STOP!!!

        The citizens of Earth need the TRUTH and the sooner the better. The dominos toward WW III are being tipped over as I type. THIS. MUST. BE. STOPPED.

    • alexander
      November 15, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      You make some excellent points Mr Sanford,

      I do believe that our policies have done more than tragically ravage and destroy countries in the middle east (that don’t like Israel) not to mention the tens of millions of innocent people who live there , whose lives, I might add, have been brutally effected and destroyed by our aggression ,
      but “at home” the assault on our solvency, bill of rights, and good name has been no less destructive….we are about two years away from a 20 trillion dollar national debt….does anyone understand how much money that is?….that is twenty million,million dollars !

      I cannot imagine how much more our “deep state” could “despise” its own country then to annihilate our solvency and constitution with such vehemence, rapidity, and lack of concern….

      Do you ?

    • Mortimer
      November 15, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Mr. Sanford says, “As our war-mongering presidential candidates vie for credibility with their delusional and fact-free campaign pledges, we march toward self-destruction.
      It’s like an IQ test, and America is flunking.”
      .

      into a state of confusion
      is the pathway to oblivion
      we all can see directionally
      simply by paying attention

      a story-line w/meaning questions,
      ‘who is worthy to stand
      in the presence of The King?

      answered; anyone who is honest
      w/himself & others consistently,
      and so avoid deceptions’ traps.

  7. Mortimer
    November 15, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Mr Obama said yesterday, “this was an attack on the ‘civilized’ world.” By this, he meant the west.

    This morning I heard, from a high NATO official, that they will now organize their forces to destroy ISIS.

    Can they do that apart from taking down the Jihadist Monarchs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, OUR partners in crime…?

    We, the “civilized world” who literally GREW this monster called ISIS and gave them leave to unleash death upon fellow Arabs — Are we, of the West, the worlds greatest purveyor of violence, blameless in all the mass murdering, drone killings, tortures, false imprisonments, extraordinary renditions and dismantling of states that has occurred in recent years in particular and for years from 1947 until now ??? !

    When will those men & women whose blood boils to achieve US Mastery of the World be marched into the International Criminal Court to face a Nuremberg style WAR CRIMES Hearing?

    Only then will humanity see the chance for peace on earth.

  8. Mortimer
    November 15, 2015 at 10:54 am

    13/11 Paris Massacre: Cui Bono? [Who Benefits?]

    By Pepe Escobar and Oriental Review
    Global Research, November 15, 2015

    Yesterday night things changed in an instant in Paris. The available evidence suggest that the assaults were carried out by a professional killer group who used live bombs among other weapons. Today’s post by Pepe Escobar on his Facebook page sheds some light on symbolism and timimg of the massacre:

    Scouring a ton of reports, I found a Danish citizen describing one of the attackers to a Paris café; ultra-pro, black-clad head to toe, AK-47, very well trained. These are not your usual al-Zawahiri underwear bombers; these are precision killers. This one left the scene undisturbed, and contrary to French police, may not have been captured. He wore no suicide vest.

    French intel swears they are monitoring at least 200 nationals who came back from “Syraq”. Talk about a lousy job. Paris is hyper-policed. The mind boggles thinking of at least 8 jihadis promenading at will on a Friday night dressed as pro killers.

    They picked a mix of heavily symbolic venues. You have a France-German match witnessed by the President in a stadium where all barriers – ethnic, religious – dissolve, a true symbol of multiculturalism. You have a gig by an American band in a concert hall filled with young people. You have your average, cool, neighborhood cafés in the 10eme and 11eme, young, hip, secular, bobo Paris hoods.

    This points to a calibrated conceptual spectrum – carefully mapped out by French insiders; perhaps those “Syraq” returnees. This also points to a monumental fail by French intel and the Ministry of Interior.

    Timing: crucial. Just as the US/Brits announce they “may” have evaporated with Jihad John. And a few hours before the Vienna talks are supposed to come up with an official Top Ten terrorist list in Syria.

    As always, the honest response to the question cui bono might be the last (and perhaps major) victim of the 13/11 tragedy in Paris.

    Several strong voices in favor of internal false flag version have already appeared, while the weak French government and secret services totally relying on ‘American partners’ are hardly possessing enough resources to orchestrate the drama of such scale.

    The underline reading of the hot-caked Stratfor report on the Paris attacks (certainly presuming undoubtful and entire Islamic State involment) suggests that the American neocons want to see a bigger French boot on the ground in Syraq. (More elaboration on NATO’s mobilization as a result of 13/11 is done by Patrick Henningsen from 21st Century Wire .) They were also not satisfied by the French resilence to fully tumble into the pan-European refugee turmoil and general public indifference to anti-Islamic provocateurs from Charlie Hebdo. The only side effect bothering Stratfor analysts is the apparent rise of Marine Le Pen which, according to them, should be nipped by setting Nikolas Sarkozy at the same electoral field.

    As a matter of fact, the bloody night in Paris was launched to definitely bury the European project as it was originally seen in Paris and Berlin – economically powerful and politically sovereign concert of nations. The symbolism of attacks’ initiation near Stad du France during the France-Germany friendly match is obvious. We will not be surprised if the French investigation of the attack would discover a clear German trace of the perpetrators. The rules of the genre demand such storyline.

    Very few in Europe are still taking seriously the immutable fact that the European Union allied with the Eurasian resourse base is even a bigger nightmare for the Wall Street owners than the established Russia-China alliance (please read more on the issue in our yesterday’s update Grandmaster Putin’s Trap-2). The incumbent Wall Street-controlled EU bureaucracy is rapidly loosing not only public support in the European countries (it is mauvais ton in Brussels to raise this question for long already), but of the local business elites and other power groups. Replacement of the old EU bureacracy by new representatives who would take the way of sovereignization of Europe was at the public request in the continent and seriously challenged the transatlantic partnership (didn’t you forget French trade minister Matthias Fekl threat to quit TTP talks last month?). Reinforcing the latter was the urgent task of the Wall Street political stooges on both sides of the ocean. Once the Ukrainian project factually failed and due to the notable shift in French approach towards the European Eastern policy, a foundation of the new transatlantic concensus was desperately needed. Black banner nearby Eiffel was virtually hoisted on the screens to disguide people from much more acute issues: what is the real agenda behind destabilization of the Middle East and where do the European interests rest in this regard?

    So cui bono from this attack? Pour quel profit, France?

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/1311-paris-massacre-cui-bono/5489112

    • F. G. Sanford
      November 15, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      Too few recall DeGaulle’s question to Kennedy through diplomatic channels: “Are you behind this attempt to overthrow my govrnment?” Kennedy answered, “Certainly not, but I have no control over the CIA.” Take a look at my “Tis the Season” comment under the last article: I think you’ll find all the parameters in Escobar’s article mentioned therein, including Marine LePen.

  9. Mortimer
    November 15, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Question:
    what is the real agenda behind destabilization of the Middle East and where do the European interests rest in this regard?

    Suggestion:
    The Flood of Refugees into Europe: “The New Slave Trade”
    By Peter Koenig

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-flood-of-refugees-into-europe-the-new-slave-trade/5487345

  10. spinworthy
    November 16, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Hmmm, not a single mention of the biggest facilitator of terrorism logistics in Syria – Turkey!
    Saudi, Qatar and the Gulf criminals pay the bills and provide the American arms, while Turkey trains, houses and funnels in terrorist mercenaries and their wares.

    Looks like the Gulf cronies are being left out to dry, while the Turks are given a free pass on their criminal participation in the destruction of a nation.

  11. November 18, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Thank you to Daniel Lazare and Consortium News for bringing the truth to so many people around the world.

    Historical facts-truths on major world events are entering the consciousness of an increasingly expanding group of men and women around the Earth. Yet, despite this growing awareness, exemplified in the matter-of-fact manner in which Mr. Lazare states physical reality, the power of that growing awareness hasn’t broken through to all of humanity.

    Independent media has revealed the truth, but for whatever reasons hasn’t been able to overpower corporate media; in other words, to the point where corporate media finds it impossible not to report reality. The question for independent media is “what will it take to surpass previous accomplishments, achieve maximum communicative power, and break the perceptual chains of not only a few, but the entire human race?”

    Independent media has only one way to surpass previous noble accomplishments in reporting truth of the physical/Earth realm, reach critical mass, and achieve the capacity to free all men, women and children of this generation. Spiritual power.

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