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The US missile attack on a Syrian airbase: the most dangerous escalation in Syria

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.                  April 8, 2017

In some earlier articles (1, 2), I had described the dangers of escalations of wars and civil wars in Syria and Middle East by provocative military actions of Turkey, US, NATO, their so-called Coalition Forces, and foreign and domestic terrorists, financed, trained, and armed by them.  In Syria, in opposition to them, and in support of the legitimate government of Syria, which they have been trying to overthrow since 2011, the superpower of Russia and the great regional power of Iran have also intervened very effectively, and have been crucial in turning the tide in favor of the Syrian government.  All the major anti-state terrorist groups in Syria are in retreat and the Syrian government forces are getting closer to complete victory and establishment of control over all of its territory. Continue reading

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Dangerous escalations of war and civil war in Syria

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.           November 25, 2015

The following immediate reaction is prompted by the disturbing, but not unexpected, news of some dangerous escalations in the war and civil war in the already devastated country of Syria. Continue reading

Context of Daesh (Islamic State, ISIS, ISIL) attacks in Paris, France

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Pictures of destruction of some of the houses in Syria by US led coalition airstrikes

Scene of concert hall after the attack

Scene of the concert hall in Paris, after the attack

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Operation Shock and Awe in Baghdad in 2003

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.           November 15, 2015

Young Muslim men struck again in Paris, France, at a concert hall, a sports stadium, and other locations, in a well planned and coordinated attack, killing 129 and wounding 352 people. Among other weapons, they were wearing suicide vests, which they exploded, blowing themselves into pieces, along with those around them. It is hard to imagine the type and level of anger that can make people do that to themselves, along with their targets. However, the causes of that anger are not hard to understand. As stated in my February 12, 2015 article below, “Capitalist-technocratic psychopaths of imperialism vs. the psychopaths of Islamic State (IS)”,

“Overwhelming majority of Muslim immigrants in the US and Europe experience demonic types and levels of economic, political, legal, religious, and cultural discrimination, exclusion, and oppression. That is one of the major reasons why they, especially the young, identify with the victims of aggression, invasions, domination, injustice, and exploitation in the Muslim countries, by the same powers and power structures-directly as well as through their local collaborators and clients-that oppress them in their centers.”

According to reports, there were eight of them and Daesh (Islamic State) has claimed the responsibility. Continue reading

Capitalist-technocratic psychopaths of imperialism vs. the psychopaths of Islamic State (IS)

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.                             February 12, 2015

Destruction of a home in Idlib, Syria, by US-led coalition airstrike Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who was beheaded later

Pictures of the destruction of a home in Idlib, Syria, by US led Coalition’s airstrike, supposedly targeting the IS (Daish), and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who was beheaded by the IS later.

After failing to defeat the forces of Islamic State (IS or ISIS or ISIL, also known by its Arabic name Daish) in Iraq and Syria by massive aerial bombardments of the US and its Arab and Western allies, the American President, Barack Obama, has announced sending the American troops there for that purpose, again demonstrating his extraordinary trapezing abilities.  Such escalation will inevitably lead to predicable results and reactions.  The US and its above-mentioned allies are already heavily involved in funding, arming, and training of the so-called moderate anti-government groups in Syria, out of which the Islamic State emerged, to begin with.  Fighters from other groups and other nations, including the US and Europe, have been increasingly joining the IS in its various campaigns. Overwhelming majority of Muslim immigrants in the US and Europe experience demonic types and levels of economic, political, legal, religious, and cultural discrimination, exclusion, and oppression.  That is one of the major reasons why they, especially the young, identify with the victims of aggression, invasions, domination, injustice, and exploitation in the Muslim countries, by the same powers and power structures-directly as well as through their local collaborators and clients-that oppress them in their centers.  When an Islamic force like the IS emerges that achieves significant successes against all odds, many victimized Muslims-especially the Sunnis-gravitate towards it.    Such growth and development of IS forces is very likely to multiply after the involvement of US ground forces.   Whatever the US imperialism does in that region creates more and more sinister destructions and losses of life and means of living.  None of this would have happened if the US had left Iraq alone and not invaded it. Continue reading

Massive state terrorisms of the 21st Century and the current Israeli state terrorism in Gaza

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The first picture shows some of the more than a hundred Palestinian children killed by the Israelis in Gaza.  The second picture shows adult and children IDPs from North Waziristan waiting for rations in the sizzling heat, far away from their homes.

Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.                                  July 23, 2014

Abstract

The 21st Century started with the massive US state and NATO terrorism in Afghanistan and later in Iraq, which has been covered extensively by numerous publications and other media, including this writer’s (1, 2).  There is no need to go into the most sinister horrors of those here. Later, US and NATO also devastated Libya, causing the murder of its leader Muammar Gaddafi and some of his sons, and throwing the country into destructive anarchy.  Their financial, intelligence, training, and armaments support of the anti-government forces in Syria continues to wreak havoc in that country.  Russia continued its state terror in Chechnya from the two invasions during 1990s, first between 1994 and 1996, and the second starting in 1999.  In 2002, after inflicting great destruction and losses of lives, it claimed that the war was over and Chechnya was pacified.  However, the Chechen national liberationists continue their guerrilla warfare in various forms.  Western devastations of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria were incomparably greater than that of Russia in Chechnya.  The Indian state terrorism of many decades continues unabated in Kashmir in this century.  So does the Israeli state terrorism against the Palestinians in Gaza and elsewhere.  Multiple state terrorisms and terrorisms continue in Syria, on the one hand, that of the Syrian government, and on the other, those of the Western powers, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other oil-rich countries of the Middle East, and various rebel groups, which are being financed, trained, and armed by them.  Pakistan also unleashed its massive state terrorism several times in Swat, South and North Waziristan, and other areas of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), which is continuing (3).  Most contemporary imperialist states and their Third World clients have become incomparably bigger and more powerful organized crime organizations than Mafia.  This is no exaggeration, as they feed on the misery, impoverishment, and exploitation of billions of people.  Mafia cannot even come close to them in the types and levels of crimes and sins they commit against humanity, human nature, other forms of life, and nature. Continue reading

Russia and China: After Afghanistan, Iraq, Yugoslavia, Libya, Iran, and Syria, where will the retreat end?

 Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.                                      September 28, 2013

In the Syrian crisis, like those of Afghanistan, Iraq, Yugoslavia, Iran, and Libya, Russia and China have again caved in to the Western and US imperialism by imposing a unilateral Syrian chemical weapons removal or destruction, without a shred of evidence that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons during the civil war.  All the circumstantial logical and factual evidence indicates that it was the anti-government forces that used these weapons to provoke the Western military strikes against the government forces, strikes that have been threatened in such a scenario for a long time now.   Continue reading