"They Pulled Me Back In"
By Eric Margolis
August 16, 2014 "ICH"
Armed humanitarianism 2.0. That’s our new western
version of old-fashioned 19th century imperialism,
now feminized by President Barack Obama’s lady
advisors, painted pink and accompanied by the kind
of soft piano music you hear in ads for women’s
the Obama administration latched onto the plight of
Iraq’s Yazidis who were being persecuted by those
awful ISIS folks – just in jolly good time to divert
attention from the massacre in Gaza.
All three US networks and the increasingly shackled
BBC were ordered to drop Gaza reporting and refocus
their camera teams on the suffering Yazidis and, all
of a sudden, Iraq’s fleeing Christians.
This was a
brilliant media ploy. The world, which was furious
at the US for enabling Israel’s savaging of Gaza and
killing of almost 2,000 Palestinians, switched its
attention to the hitherto unknown Yazidis, and to
Iraqi Christians. No one in the US had ever heard of
Yazidis but that was ok. Uncle Sam to the rescue.
was made that Iraq’s Christians had been safe and
sound under President Saddam Hussein – even
privileged – until President George Bush invaded and
destroyed Iraq. We can expect the same fate for
Syria’s Christians if the protection of the Assad
regime is torn away by the US-engineered uprising.
We will then shed crocodile tears for Syria’s
The US and
Europe suddenly cheered the ostensible
US-French-British `rescue mission.’ Interestingly,
those old colonialists, the French and British, were
so quick to get involved in oil-rich Iraq: the Brits
sent in some of Her Majesty’s Killers, the renowned
Special Air Service, or SAS. France and Britain are
sending arms to the Kurdish militia known as `pesh
merga.’ Australia, now under a hard right
government, may follow suit.
1900, Imperial Britain, France and Russia all
claimed the right to intervene in the Levant to
supposedly protect its Christians. Such a useful
thrilled to see the US Air Force dropped food and
water to Yazidi refugees. Even this cynical writer
was cheered to see US military power helping the
But what of
the 1.8 million oppressed Palestinians in Gaza, cut
off by Israel and Egypt from food, water, medical
supplies and power? What about the millions of
refugees in Syria created by western attempts to
overthrow its Assad dynasty for backing Iran? What
of millions of internal refugees from the Afghan and
Washington did just announced a temporary halt in
resupplying deadly US-made Hellfire air to ground
missiles to Israel, which has used up its once large
supply blowing apart Palestinians in Gaza. Like the
fake arms-delivery suspension by the US to Egypt’s
brutish regime, it will soon be lifted when public
attention has turned elsewhere.
5.5 million Palestinian refugees. What are a handful
of Yazidis compared to this sea of homeless? The
number and plight of those Yazidi refugees were
wildly exaggerated by the western powers to justify
their re-intervention in Iraq.
reports of ISIS cruelty may well be true, but this
old cynic suspects they are being used and
exaggerated to justify intervention. After all, we
saw the similar untruths about Saddam’s regime and
al-Qaida’s “threat to the entire globe.”
of stuff, much loved by the British, goes back to
bogus stories from 1914 of German soldiers spiking
Belgian babies on their bayonets. Or, remember the
baloney about Kuwaiti babies thrown from their
incubators by beastly Iraqis?
biggest dolts in the US Republican Party like John
McCain, Lindsey Graham and my hometown’s own Peter
King, claim the US homeland is threatened by
pipsqueak ISIS while they try to provoke a real war
with Russia over Ukraine.
just how bizarre US Mideast policy has become: US
warplanes are dropping aid to Iraq’s Yazidis
(considered devil worshippers by many Iraqi), while
they bomb Zaidi tribesmen in northern Yemen who are
battling its US-installed military junta in Sa’ana.
Yazidis, Zaidis, it’s all very confusing, like those
pesky Slovaks and Slovenes.
the White House has ousted its Shia sock puppet in
Baghdad, Nuri al-Maliki, in favor of a newer, even
more obedient satrap. Maliki was foolish enough to
actually believe he was prime minister of Iraq and
refused to allow US troops to stay there
mistake, Nuri. But shed no tears for him: his
vicious death squads murdered and tortured large
numbers of Sunni. One of their favorite
interrogation tools was an electric drill applied to
the kneecap. US generals in Iraq used Shia death
squads (patterned on those of El Salvador, a war I
covered) to crush Sunni resistance. Now, it’s
payback for the Sunnis.
leader is another CIA-blessed politician who will be
expected to make his nation safe for western oil
companies. We see the same process in Afghanistan
where CIA central casting has produced two
‘candidates’ for president.
As for de
facto autonomous Kurds, they have been a western
protectorate since 2003 and would be fully
independent today were not for fear of a violent
reaction by the irritable Turks. Israel has supplied
the Kurds with arms since 1970.
Interestingly, the Kurds are now exporting oil
directly to Israel though a Turkish pipeline and
tanker while the regime in Baghdad, cut out of
payments, fumes. There’s long been talk of an
Israeli air base in Kurdistan.
I though I was out, they pulled me back in.” Michael
Corleone’s plaintive line from the “Godfather” is
Obama’s tune today. He’s only returning to Iraq for
purely humanitarian reasons, a story that markets
well to female (mainly Democratic) voters. And
because the ISIS Saracens will overrun the Bible
Belt soon unless Obama acts.
that the US armed and trained ISIS in Jordan to
overthrow Syria’s regime. Now they have gone rogue
and must be stopped by a new humanitarian crusade.
So back go
American troops into the hellhole of Iraq, an act
that defies both military and political logic. But
US elections are on the horizon and Hillary Clinton
is out there blasting Obama for having left Iraq in
the first place. Hillary has just fully aligned
herself with Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu and
asserts US troops should have stayed in Iraq…..she
who is married to a notorious wartime draft dodger.
Republicans are beating the same drum.
the ‘tar baby’ from Uncle Remus’s slave stories of
the Deep South. All who touch him get stuck. Well,
that’s Iraq for you – in spades. Instead of tar,
it’s sticky oil. Obama should have stayed out of
Iraq. But politics forced him back in.
Eric S. Margolis 2014