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ISIS Beheadings

Civilized people do not behead other people, particularly not for religious reasons. Just ask Mary Queen of Scots, Sir Thomas More, or King Charles I.

Amongst all the commentary about the horror of murders by ISIS or ISIL or the Islamic State, one might hear resonances of the criticism of the “savage Indians” and their habit of scalping their victims. It is perhaps an apt comparison, when we recall that it was our colonial forebearers who passed laws providing that colonists would be paid a bounty for every Indian scalp they brought in.

Yes, the Indians learned the habit of scalping from us, the ‘more civilized’ white colonists. And ISIS learned to use beheading as a routine punishment from its primary financial and religious sponsor, Saudi Arabia. In each case, the teacher decided to deny any role in the students’ learning.

Saudi Arabia’s official religion is Wahhabi Islam. Wahhabism is an Islamic sect with similarities to the fundagelical sects of Christianity, like the Southern Baptists. In each case, the sect picks and chooses what scriptural verses support the economic goals of sect leadership, and reject verses that don’t support those economic goals. It each case, extreme violence and religious warfare is promoted as a duty.

Saudi Arabia’s government is a feudal monarchy. It exists only because huge U.S. military bases and masses of personnel protect the royal family from the people. We eagerly spend billions protecting the royal family because they provide so much of the oil that we slurp down every year. And the royals justify their rule to their people by claims of divine right under the religious interpretation of Wahhabi clerics, who are equally protected by U.S. military might.

The U.S. attempt to colonize Iraq disrupted the Saudi kingdom. Iraq was a nation ruled by Sunni Moslems. The Wahhabis we prop up in Saudi Arabia are also Sunni Moslems. When U.S. troops overthrew the Iraqi government, we purged all Sunnis from the government and installed a government made up of only Shiite Moslems, who share religious beliefs with neighboring Iran, which is a deadly enemy of the Saudi royal family. Installing our Shiite puppet government was not merely an insult to our Saudi pals, it was a direct military threat.

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Our colonial invasion of Iraq was unpopular in that country and neighboring countries from the start. As the truth emerged, that all of the bases for going to war had been pretexts founded on lies, local antipathy grew. As the invading troops were largely Christian, with leaders who spoke in terms of “crusades,” Islamic populations of all sorts found reason to fear and reason to resist. And where there is fear, there will always be men eager to exploit it.

The military leaders of ISIS are Sunni men who had been officers in the Iraqi army when we invaded. They were purged to make way for our Shiite puppet government. They were familiar with U.S. military equipment and strategies, since they had been in the army back in the days when Ronald Reagan, Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld treated Iraq as an ally and lavished it with equipment and training. Whether they were Wahhabi before, they certainly had reasons to hate the U.S. after their nation was invaded and their army forcefully disbanded.

As our new Shiite government in Iraq drew closer and closer to Iran, Saudi Arabia and its satellites saw the possibility of losing power and influence to an empowered Shiite block. And so they started shoveling money, training and indoctrination into the communities of Iraqi Sunnis who were being oppressed by our Shiite puppet government. Qatar, a smaller Wahhabi state, adjacent to Saudi Arabia, also propped up by U.S. military forces, saw a renewed Sunni force in Iraq as a counterbalance to Saudi Arabia. Always fearful of being absorbed by its more powerful Saudi neighbor, Qatar saw supporting ISIS as a way to reinforce its own independence.

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So Saudi Arabia and Qatar, two states whose existence rests entirely on the military protection they receive from the U.S., began developing an anti-Shiite, anti-U.S. movement in Iraq. Those two states, existing only on the largesse of U.S. taxpayers and oil consumers, started using their U.S. dollars to build ISIS. Because it is always such a strong organizing tool (as exemplified by the anti-abortion and anti-science movements in the U.S.), the Saudis and Qataris used Wahhabi religious indoctrination to motivate their fledgling Sunni movement in Iraq.

Iran then got into the game. Iran encouraged the Iraqi Shiite government to continue discriminating against Sunni Iraqis. This gave the Saudis and Qataris more excuse for pouring their influence and money into the Sunni insurgency.

Our Shiite puppets had been chosen for their compliance with our oversight. None came to power with either administrative or military experience or skill. So when the ISIS insurgency, founded and staffed by former Iraqi military officers, took the field, it easily swarmed over the untrained, unpaid, inexperienced conscripts that were all the puppet government had raised, despite the billions we had provided to it.

ISIS brought to Iraq the form of vicious Wahhabi rule that Saudi Arabians and Qataris suffer every day. Brutal rule and beheadings are the norm in our Saudi Arabian client state.

Armed with both military success and religious zeal, ISIS spread its conquest. Then ISIS did even worse. It instituted government and provided infrastructure in areas that our Shiite puppets had ignored. Where crime and warlordism had been rampant, ISIS brought order, schools, hospitals and running water. While our press rails on about the evils of ISIS, stories in foreign media also point out the increasing alignment of civilian populations with the only group that has provided anything like normal life structure since the U.S. invasion.

ISIS also brought to Iraq the form of vicious Wahhabi rule that Saudi Arabians and Qataris suffer every day. Brutal rule and beheadings are the norm in our Saudi Arabian client state. And that provides a focus for all of our press coverage. With religious brutality, our press is able to ignore all the rest of what is happening.

But there is one part that we should not be ignoring. The Saudis and Qataris have been taking our military hardware and our money and contributing each to building ISIS. Our Shiite puppets in Iraq took our money and pocketed it, rather than providing for the people in Sunni areas or even paying their own conscripts. Once again, we have been the paymaster and quartermaster for both sides.

Now we are being asked to expand our supply role, sending more money and arms to our Saudi, Qatari and Iraqi ‘friends’, who promise to use it to destroy the very organization that we paid to build.

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War hawk Tea Bag Republicans, who want to object to anything and everything that President Obama does, are lining up to support this new war effort. Although they usually whine about any expenditure, they are eager to spend on this one. After all, we can always afford a new war. Obamacare has already saved the government more than $100 BILLION, and the savings will escalate as years pass. Tea Bag Republicans don’t want that money wasted on reducing the deficit or fixing our infrastructure or schools when it could be better spent on war materiel.

And our politicians now want our children to participate in this carnage. On the Sunday ‘news talk’ shows, John Boehner announced that Tea Bag Republican Party policy is going to be to press for expanded war, with U.S. troops again committed to ground battles in the Middle East. Since the announced plans to repeal Obamacare and to impeach President Obama seem not to have gained tractions, Boehner is now playing the ever popular John Wayne/Randolph Scott card.

But if we look at the larger picture, what’s really happening here is that U.S. taxpayers are funding both (or all) sides of these civil wars, our war materiel suppliers are making out like bandits, and now we are being asked to, once again, ship our young men and women to be cannon fodder to feed the war industrial machine.

Tom Hall

Tom Hall