US Coalition to Degrade & Destroy Iraq & Syria, Not ISIL

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An F/E-18E Super Hornet takes off from the USS Carl Vinson deployed in the Persian Gulf, August 2014. Courtesy: Scott Fenaroli

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 8 August 2015

On the 18 December 2011 the post Saddam Hussein regime of Nouri al-Maliki in Iraq eventually kicked out the occupying forces of the US coalition when the US-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) came to an end. Al-Maliki had simply refused to sign a new, politically compromising, SOFA with the Obama regime denying the US warmongering machine and its sycophantic vassals in the West the military foothold they sought in the Middle East. A little over two years later, after being carefully nurtured by the primary belligerents to the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003, the authoritarian regimes of the US and the UK, in the guise of the CIA and MI6, had gone on to create a new foe, namely: the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Thus, on the 8 August 2014 the Obama regime, closely followed by Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey (belatedly), United Arab Emirates and the UK, began dropping bombs on ISIL who are their new regional partners engaging in wanton acts of death and destruction in rendering the Middle East into utter chaos. Of course, this role was previously filled by their earlier creations, the Mujahideen of the 1970's and 80's who subsequently morphed into al-Qaeda in the 90's. One month later, on 8 September 2014. al-Maliki was replaced by a more compliant puppet, Haider al-Abadi. The fact that these activities occurred in the same time frame as the Arab Spring, aka. the Colour Revolutions, which were also CIA and MI6 inspired operations that left numerous countries in varying states of turmoil, given the ongoing issues in Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Sudan, Syria and Yemen with the notable exception of Hong Kong, is no coincidence. Subsequently, the United Arab Emirates and Belgium, being the first to smell the hypocrisy of the US regime, have absented themselves.

Enter the Unholy Alliance: Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the UK and the US who are actively engaged in the aerial bombardment of Iraq and Syria, and occasionally ISIL.

It is common knowledge that both the US and the UK regimes, in particular, have no intention whatsoever of mounting any meaningful counter-insurgency campaign against ISIL, they have proven to be too valuable. The fact that ISIL are wreaking havoc throughout the Middle East and beyond continues to create opportunities for the West to extort and destablise any nation state that fails to comply with its dictates. Furthermore, the threat of ISIL is known to have generated considerable new business for the Western Industrial Military Complex who have increased production and sales of almost every type of military equipment and armaments since the insurgency began. That these notions, of Western complicity and duplicity, were not only alluded to in October 2014 in this publication but were also articulated a month later in November of last year by another non-mainstream media outlet while the mainstream media blithely ignored the issue for almost a year only to make the same point last week clearly indicates a conspiracy of silence of the latter in hiding the truth.

Courtesy: Airwars

Thus, in the interests of yet further transparency, as Airwars notes: as of 4 August 2015, the tally of the US coalitions campaign after dropping over 16,931 bombs and missiles is: >>>

The Unholy Alliance defines civilian deaths as collateral damage.

Naturally the bombing campaign has had some effect on ISIL, having killed 15,000 of its forces over the last year, but it most certainly has not destroyed nor even degraded them as the Obama regime vowed just before the NATO summit in Newport, UK, on 3 September 2014. In fact, the more bloodshed the US coalition exacts upon ISIL, the more it grows in strength and territory as the events since August 2014 have unequivocally proven. That the US regime and its sycophantic vassals, both in the West and the Middle East, have a plan for the region is obvious, but it does not include the eradication of ISIL.

So, what is the plan?

The primary objective of the air campaign over both Iraq and Syria is to degrade and destroy as much of the respective countries infrastructure as possible: the destruction of private housing, shops, retailers, markets, businesses, companies, schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, road, rail and air networks, i.e. to bomb the region back into the stone age, is the first stage of creating a Middle East that is submissive and subservient to the US Empire. Once this task is more or less complete, Iraq will be invited to host a permanent US military base while a coup d'état will oust the legally constituted government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria so a puppet regime can be installed.

When ISIL becomes an obstacle to progress of the US Empire in the region, as they surely will at some point in the future, they will simply be starved of resources, akin to the Mujahideen and al-Qaeda, so that they will no longer represent a serious threat.

A military operation involves deception. Even when you are competent, appear to be incompetent. Though effective, appear to be ineffective.
孙武, 《孙子兵法》 (Sun Wu, 'Art of War')