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Another Misguided Video on ISIS and Middle East History

 


Kurzgesagt (YouTube Channel) – In a Nutshell –

You are good at many things. But please stay away from Foreign Policy. The US invaded Iraq to gain strategic control of oil supplies. This much is certain and has been stated over the last 50 years. The key interest of the US in the region is to gain control of oil supplies. You also left out how the country of Iraq was created by the British after World War I. The British split up Iraq in a way to put the minority Sunni in power over the majority Shi’a populations. This is just one of many examples of how Imperialism works.

You also talk about Assad starting the war; that is untrue. Much like with Iraq, Syria was divided by the British and the French as a way to place the minority Shi’a in power over the majority Sunni populations within the country. The US supported protests in the country as a way to foster regime change. As a result of their support of opposition groups, terrorists flooded Syria during the time period creating more problems and more terrorism. The US has supported these “groups” to destabilize the region to put someone they favor in power.

The US is also making a killer profit on weapon sales. The US killed somewhere around 800,000 civilians in its invasion of Iraq in 2003, but somehow no mention in the video, must not be important. ISIS is an organization that has received weapons and training from the US and Saudi Arabia (among other countries) to overthrow Assad.

The idea of US withdrawal from Iraq is a common misconception. The US had a treaty that said it would leave Iraq at a certain time. Many of these troops did not withdraw but were instead redeployed to Afghanistan, located between Iran and Pakistan. Many of the arms the US brought into Iraq went to insurgent groups, freedom fighters, terrorists (whatever you want to call them).

Stop supporting state propaganda and instead mention correct facts in this post-fact era.

Stop selling weapons, stop derailing peace, and stay out of other people’s regions.

Supplemental material

https://theintercept.com/2017/05/23/british-intelligence-warned-tony-blair-of-manchester-like-terrorism-if-the-west-invaded-iraq/

Academic paper on Afghanistan
Who Rules the World by Noam Chomsky
Indefensible 7th Myths of the by Paul Holden
War is A Racket by Smedley Butler

Marco Palladino
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