What Hath Allah Wrought?

The U.S. State Department relishes pointing out that Assad’s regime does not bomb I.S.I.S. headquarters as much as it would if it were serious about countering I.S.I.S. This, I think, proves too much. There is a reason that thousands of people (including me) consider the rise and expansion of the I.S.I.S. to lie squarely on Obama’s shoulders. The fact I.S.I.S. headquarters throughout Syria and Iraq have not been destroyed by mysterious truck bombs is a testament to Obama’s refusal to do anything- fund rebels, send in anti-I.S.I.S. CIA, establish massive training camps for rebels just North of Tell Abyad, attack I.S.I.S. leadership with drone strikes, directly support the Iraqi army – to weaken the I.S.I.S. in any significant way. I feel queasy-sick even. Like the now-dead Antony Sutton, I feel like I’m one of a small few generally sensible people that understands that the U.S. is, whether directly or indirectly, supporting our what are supposed to be our greatest geopolitical adversaries. This understanding makes me rethink many things-up to and including 9/11 conspiracism, which I have generally dismissed as logistically implausible. I understand it is often best to attribute to stupidity what could be explained by malice, but the idea Obama is so stupid as to not understand that his foreign policy today is pro-I.S.I.S. is so inconsistent with his being smart enough to stand as to make that idea not worth considering in any detail. Mark my words: as we speak, a Jihadist state of the most vile kind is being built on the plain of northern Mesopotamia. Its future is uncertain. The only serious adversary it might attract in the near future is Iran. The U.S. is doing nothing whatsoever to counter it, and is even actively supporting the existence of an environment that allows such a state to exist. The territory of the state is vast in extent for a clearly illegitimate and internationally unrecognized entity. It is vastly more organized and dedicated than any of its present-day adversaries. Its predecessor came into existence in the aftermath of the U.S. occupation of Iraq; it thrives today with no thought of the return of such an occupation. At least one attack on Western soil has been committed by one of its soldiers. It is a threat to the security and freedom of American citizens. It is being indirectly aided by the U.S. government. The amount of worry one should have over this cannot be overstated.

The below map is a combination of this, this, and this map. The colored regions in Iraq are by me (and, thus, are not reliable) and are based on plausibility and this and this map. Made in Adobe Photoshop. Red is Iraqi and Syrian internationally recognized governments, black is I.S.I.S., yellow is Kurds, blue is Assyrians, green is Syrian rebels.


Now that the I.S.I.S. has captured Nineveh, one can be sure of two things -that the I.S.I.S. controls the fates of over two million people and that the vast supplies of antiquities in the northern Mesopotamian plain are at great risk of being looted and sold to Turks or destroyed for the cause of Allah and his messenger. It is probable that Nineveh will become like Apamea.

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

7 thoughts on “What Hath Allah Wrought?”

  1. After the fall of the strong “secular” Ba’athist dictatorship in Iraq, and the weakening of Assad’s Ba’ath dictatorship in Syria, the Middle East goes back to the good old religious war between Sunnis and Shiites. Now the Shiites are led by Iran and Hezbollah, and enjoy the collaboration of what is left from the Assad regime, and the Sunnis are led by Al Qaeda and the I.S.I.S., which are funded by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states – who fear the domination of the Shiites, led by Iran, over the entire region…

    Of course, both (all) parties to this conflict are vicious “shitheaded” morons, with medieval ideologies infesting their brains and with modern weapons in their hands, so it’s really heard for any normal Westerner to decide which side he wants to support…

    I think that the best one can do in this case is to wish both sides much success in killing each other – and hope they’ll be busy enough doing that for a long long time, before they’ll find enough time and energy to turn on the Christians and Jews in the west…

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