Monday, 22 September 2014

Correspondence to the Leader of the Australian Greens Party on ISIS and Foreign Interventions


A radio news program in Australian recently covered the ISIS situation which prompted a letter, ISIS Can be Stopped if we Understand the Geopolitics Behind the Conflict - A Letter to Triple J's Hack Program. Thinking that the content of this letter was important to share I forwarded it to various media and political bodies in the hope that someone might take note. Someone did, to a small degree. The following is my reply to an advisor to the leader of the Australian Greens political party. Please send your own letters, or forward information, to media and political persons whenever you can. It helps chip away at the censorship and ignorance that goes with the mainstream discourse.

LETTER:

Hello John,

Thanks for showing some thought concerning our involvement in Iraq.

The point of the information I forwarded to Christine (and yourself) is that it shows the present ISIS situation is a direct result of western intervention in Syria and that ISIS has grown because of semi-covert support to all rebel groups in an endeavour to topple President Assad. We are victims of this neoconservative regime-change program that Obama is continuing.

Without acknowledging what is occurring, and simply weighing up the matter in terms of the dominant omission-rife mainstream discourse, you will not be able make proper evaluations and likely accept a faulty course of action.

Please consider that any sort of kinetic action in Iraq will be of limited long term value if ISIS retains its external support networks that have been facilitated by Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey and Qatar with the assistance of NATO countries including the USA. Reports (in The Guardian & Der Spiegel) from 2012 show that US, French and British trainers were present in Jordan teaching ISIS members how to use anti-tank weapons. Many other indications, including open admissions of support from Saudi Arabia, attest to what is going on.

Today the US wants to further their support for the Free Syria Army (FSA) to counter ISIS. However, this FSA group has often allied with ISIS, and Al Nusra, and is guilty of committing various atrocities including summary executions, beheadings, and gas attacks that were falsely blamed on the Syrian Army (according to the UN and MIT analysis).

When examining what is occurring in Iraq and Syria you must be mindful that we are dealing with dishonest western government players that have an agenda - to topple Assad in Syria (via covert means, or overt if possible). Actions that are undertaken to stop ISIS in Iraq, and/or bombing them in Syria, are a ploy to ensure the success of the rebels in Syria. Such an outcome would be a disaster for the Syrian people as a whole.

I agree that the west cannot legally make any direct attacks upon the State of Syria but it is already acting illegally by supporting one side (the extremist side) in that war. If the existing illegal foreign intervention could be ended then ISIS would necessarily lose its support base.

Recently it has been discovered that ISIS is selling oil, through Turkey, to eastern Europe (a simple Google search will provide details). Remember that this has not occurred in a vacuum. The US would be well aware of this situation, especially considering their close intelligence ties (Gladio B) to Turkey. Once again this all comes down to an overarching agenda, to destroy the Syrian Government.

You mentioned International Law.

If we were to follow International Law our country would actively see the arrest of those officials (including our own) responsible for launching the 2003 War in Iraq, which was an illegal act. ONA analyst Andrew Wilkie did not resign from his position for no reason. He recently confirmed that this war was launched on a lie: http://www.andrewwilkie.org/content/index.php/awmp/home_news_extended/iraq You should ask him if this was a known lie at the time (although he will be barred from talking about classified information). Furthermore, we should, following International Law, actively support arrest warrants for those in the Bush regime that authorised torture. And Obama's extrajudicial drone strike killings, upon individuals in countries that are not at war with the USA, raise the same kind of war crimes issues.

Because we play politics with the truth of these matters, denying justice and not holding our leaders to account, we find ourselves subject to the same kinds of problems caused by the very same groups of people, running the same geopolitical agenda.

Until, you start addressing these fundamental problems I won't be adding my name to support your parliamentary bill. Even if your actions do prevent the deployment of troops, we may still end up remaining quiet about various heinous acts committed by our allies (ie supporting extremists).

Remember, the fish rots from the head. You CAN put an end to the Iraq problem, and others like it, by loudly addressing the underlying, and continuing, foreign-intervention issue. You should start by asking serious questions in the public forum, with presentations (and perhaps TV ads), addressing western-backed regime change and covert war.

Thanks for your letter,

[Spook]

-----Original Message-----
From: [XXXX], John (Sen C. Milne)
Subject: RE: [General] ISIS Can be Stopped if we Understand the Geopolitics Behind the Conflict - A Letter to Triple J's Hack Program

Dear [Spook]

Thank you for contacting Senator Milne; I am replying on her behalf. The Australian Greens have said all along that we support humanitarian assistance, but this appears to be morphing fairly quickly into full-scale military involvement.

We believe that it is essential that Tony Abbott allows the parliament to engage this important debate about the deployment of Australian military. In good conscience, Australia cannot leave the Iraqi people to face this horror alone or ask others to do so in the name of human decency what we won't do ourselves.

If we do not abide by international law, however, how can we ask any other country to abide by international law? That is the point. International law applies to everyone or it applies to no-one. If we speak to North Korea, to China or to anyone else about international law, we expect the same law to apply everywhere-not to run a different line when it comes to Iraq. As to our culpability in Iraq, there is no doubt. After the 2003 engagement in Iraq, we left a major vacuum which has been filled by this ethnic violence and tension that has gone on ever since and, [the Australian Greens] would argue, has been made worse by the nature of the al-Maliki government.

The question is whether the Iraq's new government will be strong enough to be adequately inclusive in order to start to reduce the level of tension. We have some very serious concerns. We do not think it is good enough for the government to just say, 'These are shocking atrocities; therefore we will go in.' That has not been our position in Sri Lanka, Congo, Nigeria or Saudi Arabia. But it suddenly is our position in Iraq.

Christine and the Greens want Australia to have a foreign policy that is independent and asks: 'Why is this action in the national interest? How is it legal under international law? What is the plan and where will it end? What are the risks? Are we simply cementing a stronger jihadist movement against the West; therefore acting against our long-term security and our long-term national interest?'

The Australian people and their representatives deserve the opportunity to scrutinise the reasons for troop deployment before we blindly follow the US into another Iraq war. The Greens have reintroduced a bill to parliament requiring parliamentary approval to deploy Australian troops overseas. You can add your name to our call to parliament to support the Greens' War Powers Bill here: http://campaigns.greens.org.au/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1792&ea.campaign.id=29510

Regards

John [XXXX]
Office of Senator Christine Milne, Australian Greens Leader
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[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, September 22nd, 2014.]

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