ISIS Is Run By Former Iraqi Generals … Many Are Members Of Saddam Hussein’s Secular Baath Party Who Converted To Radical Islam In American Prisons

U.S. Foreign Policy Created Many More Terrorists Than It Killed

The New Yorker reports:

ISIS is run by a council of former Iraqi generals, according to Hisham Alhashimi, an adviser to the Iraqi government and an expert on ISIS. Many are members of Saddam Hussein’s secular Baath Party who converted to radical Islam in American prisons.

In other words, ISIS was created by not only the war in Iraq, but American terror-creating foreign policy.

As we’ve reported for years, U.S. foreign policy is creating many more terrorists than it’s killing.

The U.S. Has Radicalized the Middle East

Wittingly or unwittingly, the U.S. has radicalized the Middle East.

The U.S. carried out regime change in Iran in 1953 … which led to radicalization in the country. Specifically, the CIA admits that the U.S. overthrew the moderate, suit-and-tie-wearing, Democratically-elected prime minister of Iran in 1953. (He was overthrown because he had nationalized Iran’s oil, which had previously been controlled by BP and other Western oil companies). As part of that action, the CIA admits that it hired Iranians to pose as Communists and stage bombings in Iran in order to turn the country against its prime minister.   If the U.S. hadn’t overthrown the moderate Iranian government, the fundamentalist Mullahs would have never taken over. Iran has been known for thousands of years for tolerating Christians and other religious minorities.

America has long supported the fundamentalist Islamic radicals in Saudi Arabia, and funded their radical madrassa schools.  At the same time, we have attacked moderate Arabs … leading to a proliferation of the crazies.

Our Wars In the Middle East Have Created More Terrorists

Security experts – including both conservatives and liberals – agree that waging war in the Middle East weakens national security and increases terrorism. See this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this.


Killing innocent civilians is one of the main things which increases terrorism. As one of the top counter-terrorism experts (the former number 2 counter-terrorism expert at the State Department) told me, starting wars against states which do not pose an imminent threat to America’s national security increases the threat of terrorism because:

One of the principal causes of terrorism is injuries to people and families.

The Iraq war wasn’t even fought to combat terrorism. And Al Qaeda wasn’t even in Iraq until the U.S. invaded that country.

And top CIA officers say that drone strikes increase terrorism (and see this).

Furthermore, James K. Feldman – former professor of decision analysis and economics at the Air Force Institute of Technology and the School of Advanced Airpower Studies – and other experts say that foreign occupation is the main cause of terrorism

University of Chicago professor Robert A. Pape – who specializes in international security affairs – points out:

Extensive research into the causes of suicide terrorism proves Islam isn’t to blame — the root of the problem is foreign military occupations.


Each month, there are more suicide terrorists trying to kill Americans and their allies in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other Muslim countries than in all the years before 2001 combined.


New research provides strong evidence that suicide terrorism such as that of 9/11 is particularly sensitive to foreign military occupation, and not Islamic fundamentalism or any ideology independent of this crucial circumstance. Although this pattern began to emerge in the 1980s and 1990s, a wealth of new data presents a powerful picture.

More than 95 percent of all suicide attacks are in response to foreign occupation, according to extensive research [co-authored by James K. Feldman – former professor of decision analysis and economics at the Air Force Institute of Technology and the School of Advanced Airpower Studies] that we conducted at the University of Chicago’s Project on Security and Terrorism, where we examined every one of the over 2,200 suicide attacks across the world from 1980 to the present day. As the United States has occupied Afghanistan and Iraq, which have a combined population of about 60 million, total suicide attacks worldwide have risen dramatically — from about 300 from 1980 to 2003, to 1,800 from 2004 to 2009. Further, over 90 percent of suicide attacks worldwide are now anti-American. The vast majority of suicide terrorists hail from the local region threatened by foreign troops, which is why 90 percent of suicide attackers in Afghanistan are Afghans.

Israelis have their own narrative about terrorism, which holds that Arab fanatics seek to destroy the Jewish state because of what it is, not what it does. But since Israel withdrew its army from Lebanon in May 2000, there has not been a single Lebanese suicide attack. Similarly, since Israel withdrew from Gaza and large parts of the West Bank, Palestinian suicide attacks are down over 90 percent.


The first step is recognizing that occupations in the Muslim world don’t make Americans any safer — in fact, they are at the heart of the problem.

Our Program of Torture Created Terrorists

In addition, torture creates new terrorists:

  • A top counter-terrorism expert says torture increases the risk of terrorism (and see this).
  • One of the top military interrogators said that torture by Americans of innocent Iraqis is the main reason that foreign fighters started fighting against Americans in Iraq in the first place (and see this).
  • Former counter-terrorism czar Richard A. Clarke says that America’s indefinite detention without trial and abuse of prisoners is a leading Al Qaeda recruiting tool
  • A 30-year veteran of CIA’s operations directorate who rose to the most senior managerial ranks, says:

    Torture creates more terrorists and fosters more acts of terror than it could possibly neutralize.

“The administration’s policies concerning [torture] and the resulting controversies … strengthened the hand of our enemies.”

  • General Petraeus said that torture hurts our national security
  • And the reporter who broke Iran-Contra and other stories says that torture actually helped Al Qaeda, by giving false leads to the U.S. which diverted its military, intelligence and economic resources into wild goose chases

Remember, the secular Iraqi generals who now lead ISIS converted to radical Islam in American prisons … where they were undoubtedly tortured.

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  • Diogenes Shrugged

    The American mainstream media have, by design, suckered into Uncle Sam’s imposed sensationalism by calling every enemy he creates a “terrorist.” Quite hypocritical when you consider that it’s Uncle Sam that callously tortures and murders so many foreign civilians (i.e. non-combatants) in such great numbers and on a daily basis. I’ve seen not a speck of evidence that the majority of people we’ve alienated in the Middle East and northern Africa are bent on terrorism. Some are bent on killing American soldiers, certainly; but in wars Uncle Sam started, that’s not “terrorism.” Perhaps, if we want these wars to end someday, we should recognize that we’ve created “enemies” and stop with the blanket “terrorist” ad-hominems unless they’re (more accurately and appropriately) self-referential. Propaganda depends heavily on semantics, and journalists should be more keenly judicious with the terms they use, especially when so many lives are at stake.

  • Rehmat

    The New Yorker is member of Israeli Hasbara (propaganda) Committee. Like the rest of the Zionist-controlled mainstream media – The ‘Jew Yorker’ is trying to whitewash Israeli involvement in giving birth to the baby named ISIL or ISIS.

    On June 28, 2014, Netanyahu in his first comment on ISIS victory in Iraq, said that Washington should stay out of the Iraqi conflict – and let the Sunni militants defeat the Shia-dominated government of prime minister al-Maliki and break-up Iraq. “This will weaken Iranian influence in the Arab region,” said Netanyahu during his address at Tel Aviv University’s INSS think-tank.

    • pat ange

      Really? Why is Obama making bombers bomb only empty buildings at night in Iraq so there will be no members of ISIS killed. It is more likely Obama gave birth to ISIS/ISIL than Israel.It is easy to tell how you feel about Jewish people. It is a shame America does not have a smart competent real man like Benjamin Netanyau, who has wisdon, knowledge, & guts to do what needs to be done. But no we are stuck with a stupid, incompetent, heathen, sissy boy, who just loves and supports Radical Islamic Muslim Terrorist.. He proves it constantly:Ft. Hood Bengazi, Boston bomber, Treason/Deserter Bergdahl & 5 WAR Criminals. Egypt told him to stay out of their country after he pushed Radical Muslim brotherhood on them. But they hads the guts to get that Satanic trash out of controll. Of course Obasma’s administration are full of that putrid trash. I’m not Jewish, but have great respect for them as they ARE God’s chosen People, and muslims will never destroy them.

  • Rothbardian Slip

    Obviously, when a country starts killing your civilian family members, there’s a good possibility you’re going to want revenge. I think I would. I think I would do anything I could to avenge my children. When we kill civilians, what do we expect? Oh, I forgot. We will be welcomed as liberators!

    • pat ange

      With our Radical Islamic Muslim Terrorist supporting fake president, you may well get to do exactly that. Good luck. Look at how Hamas sets up palistainian civilians to be killed. Is Israel suppose to just sit back & be slautered because this heathen garbage uses their people as purposely placed targets.?

  • Andrean Tantiono

    Really helpful mann thanks


  • Getagrip

    Dictionary definition: terrorism /n/ the unofficial or unauthorised use of violence in the pursuit of political aims.
    The invasion of Iraq in 2003 fits this definition exactly. Bush and Blair had no authorisation from anybody, and it was definitely unofficial. They had been told there were no WMD in evidence and they knew this was the truth. Many British government officials who were witness to events at the time have confirmed this since, so they acted upon a bare-faced lie. That makes the invasion both unofficial and unauthorised. That then is “terrorism”. The disgusting mess we have now in that area of the world is a direct result of their actions.

  • Dave Eboch

    Actually the US Petro dollar has crashed and burned due to Putin. I agree that the USA should not ever have invaded a single country in the Mideast. It would have been to their advantage to support the Arabs in the Mideast. The CIA caused a lot of problems the average person did not know about. I think ISIS is real though. They are ex Iraqi generals out for revenge. Israelis would not be killing KURDS. ISIS will invade America because the US Petro dollar has collapsed under Putin and his BRICS bank. Be ready because they want you dead for what the CIA and US military did in Iraq

  • Linnea

    “terrorism has nothing to do with Islam”
    But former Iraqi generals convert to Islam in prison and join ISIS.

  • Mark

    Remember all the murderous Jewish terrorists that came out of the concentration camps, the blood Thirsty murdering Germans that were releases from war prisons, the ravaging killer American and Vietnamese terrorists that were “created” in Vietnam War camps after all the torture they endured? Oh wait no they went back to their lives because they were not sick, twisted ideologues happy to kill others outside their faith when they were captured. Let’s stop rationalizing the acts of these animals and reinforcing their rational by blaming uncle sam.