By Michael D. Jacobsen
Staff writer for Fighting the Tyranny
When most Americans think of our military involvement overseas, they believe it is because of a failure of diplomacy or a response to an authoritarian regime that must be stopped. None would think it is because our country helped create the opposition to justify the constant wars that our military-industrial complex demands. Some would agree, but believe this has happened only recently, well not so fast.
The history of the United States arming its future enemies begins in 1980. In that year, Iraq decided to invade Iran after years of tension between the two countries. The conflict included minor, but frequent border skirmishes that included calls from Iran’s leader for people to rise up and overthrow Iraq’s Ba’ath Party. Let us not forget that the new regime in Iran was opposed to the United States due to Operation Ajax . The operation was the replacement of the democratically elected government of Iran by the U.S. supported Shah, who ruled an authoritarian monarchy and was responsible for the deaths of 3 million Iranians during his reign. In 1981, the United States secretly gave billions of dollars in arms and parts to Iraq. The reason being that they were afraid Iran was easily going to win the war and take over Iraq. The arms and aid sent helped bolster the Iraq army. Not only did this allow them to hold off defeat, but it enabled them to become a regional power, which eventually led to the invasion of Kuwait in August of 1990. In fact, there are some accounts that the United States gave the green light for Iraq to invade Kuwait.
This, of course, led to the US invasion of Iraq in 1990 as part of Operation Desert Storm. A war that the United States easily won but spent many billions of dollars to conduct, much to the joy of the military-industrial complex. While the US could have easily replaced the government of Iraq at this time, the decision was made not to. This was rectified in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks when no evidence pointed to the Iraqi government having anything to do with the attack; however, it was decided to re-invade Iraq and also the other ally turned enemy for the United States, Al-Qaeda.
In 1979, the CIA was convinced that Russia was going to invade Afghanistan, so in 1980, they began funding and arming militant Islamic groups under a program called Operation Cyclone. The Mujahideen were primary recipients of this financial and armament aid from the US, a prominent member of the Mujahideen, Osama Bin Laden created the organization known as Al-Qaeda. The group, at least according to official reports as being responsible for the 9/11 terror attacks.
Thus began the war in Afghanistan, a country we invaded because the US government believed that the ruling body of Afghanistan, know as the Taliban, was secretly supporting and supplying Al-Qaeda with arms, funding, and harboring known terrorists. While there is more evidence to support the idea that Saudi Arabia actually helped Al-Qaeda execute the 9/11 attacks, Afghanistan was chosen as the target for America’s vengeance. Saudi Arabia was ignored, possibly because that country has made multiple multi-billion-dollar purchases of US weapons over the years, another thing that would make the military-industrial complex happy. The United States continued involvement in Afghanistan continues to this day.
This leads to ISIS, a group that sprung up due to the United States arming the Syrian rebels to combat the Syrian government for a crime that the US later admits never happened. The United States began to train and arm the Syrian rebels, yet they knew these rebels were not well-vetted and could entirely possibly be radical Islamic forces. However, this did not factor into the equation for the United States at the time, and it allowed these forces to splinter off and help ISIS invade and control large portions of the already destabilized Iraq. The fact that a large quantity of US and Saudi Arabian weapons were found to be in the hands of ISIS and helped them to invade at least partially capture vast territories in Iraq seems to be largely ignored.
While the threat of ISIS seems to be primarily contained at the moment, you can be assured that another threat will arise that the US government will decide we need to use military action to stop. The reason has nothing to do with politics; it has everything to do with the hundreds of billions of dollars that flow into the military weapons manufacturers and defense contractors various companies, collectively referred to as the military-industrial complex.
Even more compelling, a reason to think that these non-stop wars will continue is the nature of our fiat monetary system. The key feature of the system is that we must have to stay debt to keep the system afloat, and what better way to create debt? Why attack and destroy other countries so that we can lend out money to build them back up, and the cycle continues on to the next nation that gets ruined. The book The Creature from Jekyll Island gives a rather detailed account of what I have briefly explained.
The United States never had a reason to attack Syria, nor fund and train militants that would join ISIS, but they did. The United States never had a right to attack Iraq and destroy their country, and all but paving the way for ISIS forces to take over, but they did. The United States has no reason to still be in Afghanistan, but they are. It is not about politics, it is about money.
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