Why the Brussels Terror Attacks Prove the War on Terror is an Epic Failure

March 23, 2016   |   admintam

Every war we fought, dictator we propped up, terrorist we armed and proxy conflict we encouraged, helped bring us to what happened yesterday in Brussels.

Charles B. Anthony
March 23, 2016

(MEE) The sanest thing we could have ever done after the two hijacked planes crashed into the Twin Towers in 2001 was ask why. What motivates people to take so many lives and their own so spectacularly? After all, when a crime is committed, the first thing any law official looks for is a motive.

But this was the age of the Project for the New American Century, multiple theatre wars and redeployment of American forces in pursuit of American interests. The neocons had successfully managed to hack into the US government and somehow Tony Blair at the same time.

We all know the story: it’s painfully repetitive and would be stupid if it wasn’t so gloriously engineered. American writer Gore Vidal acutely labelled it “perpetual war for perpetual peace”: Peace, not desired but a disingenuously given excuse for war to reign indefinitely.

And so in pursuit of power, resource and hegemony, we set off to war and never looked back.

Black gold and Sykes-Picot have made sure that the Middle East has never been a stable place. But the last 15 years of organised violence have accelerated the degeneration to the point of breaking up any stability left into splinters of abject chaos.

Each bomb we, the West, dropped on Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya rippled through the desert sands, winning hearts and minds to hatred, forever changing the landscape of a region already traumatised from a century of systematic and sustained abuse.

Every war we fought, dictator we propped up, terrorist we armed and proxy conflict we encouraged, can be found in the genesis of what happened yesterday in Brussels.

Militant political Islam from the East, whether we like it or not, is a bastard love child of the West: midwifed in the dungeons of Nasser’s Egypt, aided by the CIA as counterweight to Pan-Arab nationalism then raised on the milk of Kalashnikovs in Afghanistan as proxy force to fight Russia.

Al-Qaeda via Iraq’s occupation grew until the gory propaganda of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi bubbled over, creating ISIS. The NATO-backed destruction of Libya and support for the destabilisation of the Syrian government, with a wishful view to easily deposing Assad, added to the perfect storm.

If September 11 was blowback, what is happening now is a collection of multiple backdrafts, where world leaders fight to be chief fireman, clambering to put out flames foolishly using only oxygen.

And as fire engulfs, spreading to every capital, so blame increases. It’s not me it’s you. It’s your hijab, beard, minaret and inability to take a joke. Who cares if the number one victims of ISIS worldwide are Muslims? What does it matter that the people fighting ISIS on the frontline, by and large, are Muslim.

And so, within an hour of the Brussels bombings, #StopIslam starts trending worldwide, even though every Muslim I encountered yesterday on social media was actively praying for Brussels.

Racism is ultimately a tool used by the powerful to divide and rule for economic purposes. In slavery the white power structure could only benefit from the bodies of black people if it successfully argued that black people didn’t have souls. Today, imperial wars in the Middle East in pursuit of power and resources can only truly be maintained if victims of the bombings, dug out of the rubble, are a sub-human other: terrorists in short.

Fifteen years of rapidly growing hostility towards Muslims in the West coupled with a foreign policy that both indirectly and directly fuels militant political stands of Islam, is a powerful recruiting sergeant. Enter hashtag Caliphate.

In a globalised world, where borders are becoming more irrelevant, what happens a hundred miles away can never be distanced or dismissed. The rise of social media has seen the spreading of information wrestle the monopoly of ideas from the hands of the few to the smartphones of the many. Today 140 characters on Twitter are more powerful than 140 RPGs in Raqqa, and don’t ISIS know it.

Contrary to belief, ISIS is a wholly modern phenomenon; a product of sour times, with a nucleus firmly traced back to a resource war. But analysis and declarations of “I told you so” won’t do much in the way of combating what evidently is a very clear, present, rising and physical threat. So, if bombs and racism are not the answer, what is?

Something we should have done 15 years ago: Ask why. Many of us argued in the years following the attacks on the Twin Towers, that in order to be tough on terrorism you had to be tough on the causes of terrorism. Those voices, like the two million that marched against the war in Iraq were maligned and ignored, to the peril of a future generation.

Drain the swamp if you don’t want flies. If the bog of material excuses invoked by the demigods by al-Qaeda in 2001 could fill a river, today they make up an ocean.

Yemen, Turkey, Syria, Tunisia, Libya, Nigeria, France, Belgium, London, Spain, Iraq, Sudan, Palestine, I could go on; the list is unfortunately long and perilously connected. As a human my natural instinct is defend humanity therefore I sincerely wish to see an end to inhumane violence on a international scale, irrelevant of country. Je suis human.

On a personal level: what happened in Brussels could quite easily happen in London. On a smaller scale it already has. In July 2005 I was on the tube, a stop away from Russell Square, as the bombs struck the London underground leaving hundreds of fellow Londoners dead or injured.

I am not willing to become victim of someone else’s graphic spectacle without a serious fight. This world is as much my stage as it is their’s. Acting is too important to be left to David Cameron, Francois Hollande or Barack Obama. My role is to hold power to account for failing us terribly. Terror begets terror. Brussels just proved this, once and for all, spectacularly.


This article (Why the Brussels Terror Attacks Prove the War on Terror is an Epic Failure) originally appeared on MiddleEastEye.net and was used with permission. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of Anti-Media. Anti-Media Radio airs weeknights at 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific. If you spot a typo, email edits@theantimedia.org.

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  5. The Brussels attack was not carried out by terrorists. It was carried out by Islam. This is why the war on terror can never succeed. For it is a war on a wrong target. In the best US traditions of the Salem Witch Hunt, Mc Carthyism, Kluk Kluk Klan and so on, it is a war of convenience on those whom the US loves to hate in a "Four legs good, two legs bad" Orwellian modecarried out to the profit of those who control the White Hice rather than a war on those who hate and wreak havoc on US interests, .

    "Wahabism", “Salafism” or “Radicalism” as it is now used, is a euphemism for Sunni Islam. Isis (Daesh) is merely one more regiment of Islamic students (Taliban) who study the Quran and the Hadiths and then set out to implement their "religion".

    Islam is uniquely NOT a religion. It is an imperium that hi jacked the notion of a religion for its own purposes. Just like the Indian National Khangress created and then hi-jacked the religion of Gandhism. But Islam has been amazingly resilient and persistent because it appeals to the basest and criminal, animal instincts of Man such as jealousy, lust (including greed) and sadismwhich are banned to Aryas. Islam could be seen, rightly, as a barbaric precursor to totalitarian communism.

    The word “Jihad” is mentioned 164 times in Quran and 199 times in Hadith. The word “Jihad” has two meanings, namely “struggle within mind” and“warfare with sword” (jihad bil saif). Both are valid as per the context in Quran/Hadith. However the former refers to Mahomet's introspection at Medina, while the latter refers to Mahomet's subsequent practice of genocide, massacres, mass rapes and sexual slavery at Mecca. The Caliphs and the Hadiths are quite clear that what happened later (Mecca) has greater force and supercedes Medina, and so it is that Moslems have practiced Jeehad bil Saif ever since. But, as commanded by Mahomet in the Quran, they practice deception (Taqiya, Muruna, Kitman etc) and fool the willing that Jeehad is only that of Medina. Mahomet commanded that every true Mahamutton must perform Jihad. The purest Islam is to follow in the footsteps of Mahomet. Mahomet sanctioned mass rapes, genocides, vandalism and free for all slavery and sexual slavery when he performed Jeehad on Mecca.

    After the Aryas of South Asia and the Slavs, the Poles and the Iberians of Europe had fought Islam to a stand still at great cost in blood, treasure and territory, Pax Britannica put Islam in its place undoing the Mehdi, dismantling the Ottomans and pacifying the Middle East, South and South East Asia and much of the World. However, Pax Americana has revived the Jeehad bil Saif of Islam with White Hice and NATO decision and opinion makers since Richard Nixon on Petro Dollar pay rolls, what with Clinton bombing Belgrade for 84 days to hand over Bosnia and Kosovo to the Caliphate and with Bush and Blair deflecting anger over 9/11 from the perpetrators, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, to what was a secular and modern Iraq. Obama has thrown Syria, Libya and Europe to the Wolves.

    US Greed and Islam's hate made the perfect consort dancing together since Nixon, Kissinger and Sheikh Yamani forged the US-NATO-Sunni axis. The Islam Mahomet created was born from his selling his soul to Satan to sate his hatred with revenge on Muqqa. The US became partners in crime as it submitted to the oil well betwixt the mammoth thighs of Mammon.

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  6. US actions have been the deliberate advancement of a consistent pro-Sunni Islamic Policy since even before Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger and Sheikh Yamani forged the US-NATO-Sunni Petro Dollar Axis. Truman threw the Kurds into the Turkish Sunni belly in 1946. Nixon sent the Seventh Fleet up the Bay of Bengal to defend Pakistan;s right to practice Islam (mass rapes, sex slavery, genocide, vandalism etc) in 1971 and Turkey's annexation of half of Cyprus in 1973 and the persecution of Shia Iran in International affairs. The US is a Polyphemus being ridden by Sunni (Petro Dollar) Islam as Sindbad was by the "Old Man of the Sea". The White Hice, the State Department and the CIA are not accountable to the US people as much as internal US governance. From Nixon’s China and Pakistan to “contain India” (a suicidal India that is its own worst enemy, standing as a Totalitarian Anti-Hindu State on the two fundamental pillars of “reservations” and “corruption”) as State Policy, Bush (the Father’s) CIA when he founded the Bush wealth from largesse found under the Tent of Saud, to Reagan’s Iran-Contra and Taliban, to Clinton (the husband’s) bombing of Belgrade to cede Islam its first ethnically cleansed enclaves (Bosnia and Kosovo) in Europe since 1489, to Bush (the Son’s) Iraq and Obama (The Holy Ghost’s) ISIS, the White Hice have been acting just as any mercenary on the pay roll of Sunni (Petro Dollar) Islam might. Pakistan is the US’s consistent cat’s paw to contain India since Nixon as it has been China’s since inception. Islamic Terror is Pakistan’s favoured and consistent weapon in dealing with India and has full White Hice blessings. The US has tossed one country after another into the maws of Sunni Islam. Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Cyprus, Tunisia, "The Arab Spring" and Libya. Now the US has thrown its NATO allies in Europe into the anti-civilization and dehumanizing chaos called Islam.

    Daesh, Al Shebab like Boko Haram, Pakistan Army, Jaish e Mohammed, Lashkar e Taiba, Turkish Army, Saudi Army and so on are different regiments of Taliban (students of the Quran and the Hadiths raised in Madrassas around the world funded by Saudi and other Sunni Petro Dollars to impose what they have learned, Islam, on the rubble of civilization). They are not merely US allies, but US' "boots on the ground" that are bringing democracy (regime change and chaos) on America's behalf along with Islam (vandalism, gang rapes, beheadings, genocides, slavery and so on) on Mahomet's behalf to the world.

    For Obama, ISIS has not been a question of choosing sides. It is a matter of fighting on his own side. Obama dropped a Billion dollars worth of high tech weaponry, including systems to drop Pakistan's nuclear war heads deep inside India, into Pakistan's lap in November 2015 after abusing Indian hospitality by starting a "tolerance" chorus of India's Fifth Columnists

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  7. "Contrary to belief, ISIS is a wholly modern phenomenon; a product of sour times…" What a load of crap. The Black Flag of ISIS comes from the sayings of Mohammad in the hadith. According to your point of view 1400 years of killing each other and infidels has nothing to do with today's violent Islamic terrorist. I suggest you read the Koran, Hadith and several hundred if not thousand pages of middle east history. You'll find Islamic terrorist are emulating their prophet Mohammad who wiped out villages, killed the men and took the women and girls for sex slaves—sound familiar?

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