(TFC) – During the Iraq wars, the Kurdish people in the North routinely put their lives on the line to protect American soldiers. They provided intelligence about Saddam, then about the insurgency, then about the foreign fighters, and they also fought side by side with American forces. Thousands of American troops are alive today because of the actions of the Kurdish people.
As the war wound down, many of the foreign fighters in Iraq crossed the border into Syria and joined various terrorist and insurgent groups, one of which was, of course, the Islamic State. These forces attacked the Kurds living in Syria and predictably Kurds from Iraq crossed the border to assist their ethnic brethren. The Islamic State and Al-Qaeda are also attacking the legitimate government in Syria, led by President Assad.
Take a moment to fully grasp that. The men who killed American soldiers in Iraq are benefiting from the US assault and rhetoric against Assad. In essence, the United States is acting as the de facto Air Force and Navy for the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda. While Assad’s forces are preoccupied with the threat of US attacks, the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda have resources to divert to fighting the Kurds.
To be very clear: attacking Assad assists those responsible for the deaths of American soldiers and hurts those who protected American soldiers. 9/11 was the battle cry for a decade. Now because you were told to by your favorite pundit, you support bombing a government fighting Al-Qaeda?
If you’re supporting this war and calling for US intervention in Syria, you need to take that yellow ribbon bumper sticker off your car and stop pretending you give a damn about the American soldier. You aren’t supporting the troops by cheering for this war. You’re allowing propaganda to convince you to dishonor the sacrifices of the Americans who died in Iraq. You’re betraying those who fought with and protected our troops.
You’re willing to push more soldiers to their deaths for the sake of economic interests in Syria. It started in 2006 when the US decided it wanted to oust Syrian President Assad and started laying the ground work. This was proven by leaked Saudi Arabian intelligence cables hosted on Wikileaks. Julian Assange said of the leaks:
“That plan was to use a number of different factors to create paranoia within the Syrian government; to push it to overreact, to make it fear there’s a coup…so in theory it says ‘We have a problem with Islamic extremists crossing over the border with Iraq, and we’re taking actions against them to take this information and make the Syrian government look weak, the fact that it is dealing with Islamic extremists at all.”
The same year, the Islamic State was just a half-baked insurgent group in Iraq. The group would then migrate to Syria, where it was reinforced by battalions of defecting Free Syrian Army troops who were trained by the United States. Many of those claimed to have ties to the Central Intelligence Agency. The Islamic State truly became a child of the United States.
In 2009, the United States began secretly funding opposition groups within Syria and even provided $6 million to Barada TV, a UK-based TV channel, to produce propaganda to support “regime change” inside Syria.
Slowly but surely, the US and its allies put this plan into effect until in March of 2011 spontaneous demonstrations popped up in Syria demanding Assad step down. Of course, Huffington Post UK would later point out that these demonstrations weren’t spontaneous at all. They were orchestrated by the Central Intelligence Agency.
In October of 2013, the US was bombarded by television pundits who advocated airstrikes in Syria. Viewers were engrossed. The television stations that aired these pundits never told their viewers that the people advocating the airstrikes were employed by the companies that made the missiles that were to be used. This was the straw the broke the camel’s back, and activist began pressuring DC to de-escalate.
In September of 2014, President Obama openly admitted the plan was for regime change. He boldly stated:
“We are not going to stabilize Syria under the rule of Assad.”
Throughout this time the West has tried various methods of justifying an invasion. There were claims of chemical weapon attacks perpetrated by Assad, but the only proof offered was the analysis that the weapons might have originated from the Syrian military’s storerooms. The average American was smart enough to realize that it’s a civil war and that the weapons of all sides came from the Syrian military, except those “accidentally” dropped to Islamic State forces by the United States. The chemical weapons claim disappeared when the Kurds were hit by chemical weapons. The Kurds were fighting the Islamic State, not Assad. There were scores of unsuccessful airstrikes launched by the West. They accomplished nothing, and the Islamic State continued to destabilize Assad. NATO allies openly attacked those fighting the Islamic State. The plan was working and in June of 2015 the Brookings Institute published its paper on how to reorganize Syria.
Then suddenly, everything went wrong for the West. Russia announced it was going to begin providing air cover for Assad’s forces, and their airstrikes were just a tad more accurate. The Kurds in Iraq had massive successes against the Islamic State and bottled them up in two major cities. This offensive made thousands of Iraqi Kurds available for the fight against the Islamic State in Syria. Everything looked grim. It seemed that almost a decade of work was going to fly out of the window and Assad would remain in power.
Then there was the Paris attack, and the government again pushed to invade. It failed. Now, it’s a chemical weapons attack and dubious evidence.
Are you willing to betray America’s veterans so politicians can profit? If you don’t understand how politicians profit personally from these wars, consider this: Trump owns stock in Raytheon. Raytheon makes the Tomahawk missiles launched into Syria. When the Raytheon’s stock soared, Trump made money. The same is true of many other politicians.
You need to call your representatives immediately and demand that we stay hands off in Syria. Can you honestly stand behind providing air support to organizations the commit war crimes and kill American troops? Your elected leaders can because they’re lining their pockets. You have a choice to make. Do you stand by your political party or do you stand by the American veteran?