If US Assessment that Russian Plane Crash was ISIS Bombing is Correct, Next Plane Could be American

Principal reasons to oppose the US invasion of Syria are:

1) Washington is a brutal, hegemonic-expansionist military organization seeking to extend its power.  Talk of promoting human rights, doing “good”, etc., is a sleazy, universal tactic for violent groups and is easily exposed as propaganda and hypocrisy. What the US is doing, committing aggression by violently intervening in the affairs of other countries against their will, is illegal. Washington practices lawlessness because its goal is self-interested hegemonic expansion.

2) Extreme anger over prolonged and repeated outside intervention, and destabilization brought about by the interventions, are specific, leading causes of the current regional turmoil.

In contrast to its agreement with Russia, the Syrian government has not asked the US to fight ISIS or anyone else in Syria. Washington is both hostile and untrustworthy, and has used ISIS as a pretext for sneaking shots at Syrian government infrastructure and resources while openly seeking to implement illegal regime change.

In fact, the US has been trying to install a puppet government in Syria since about 1948, agreed with Britain “to use Arab extremists – including the Muslim Brotherhood –  to effect regime change in Syria” in 1957, planned “another round of regime change in Syria” in 1991, and in 2006/7 began trying to stoke sectarian divisions and paranoia to promote an uprising against and violent overreaction by Assad, according to Wikileaks documents and US government sources like Wesley Clarke.

But another reason to oppose further US aggression in Syria and elsewhere is that, as Professor Ward Churchill remarked after 9/11 and as may have recently been illustrated again, some people push back.

Usually, the schoolyard bully, due to his size, has free reign to make the other kids do what he wants.  But inevitably, every once in a while, some kid sneaks in a counter-punch.

To wit, several nations, including the US, are now saying that the recent Russian passenger-plane crash was caused by an ISIS bombing, as was quickly claimed by the upstart nationalist group.

(Certainly, a Russian plane going down over Sinai, which is partially controlled by ISIS, shortly after Russia began bombing ISIS and other groups in Syria seems like more than random coincidence.)

If one were to ask an even semi-informed US nationalist why ISIS would bomb, or claim to bomb, a Russian civilian plane right now, the person would likely know it is because Russia is bombing ISIS and generally asserting itself into Middle Eastern affairs as a counter-weight to aggressive US hegemonic expansionism, which includes regular, direct threats and provocations against Russia and China.

But if one asked the same person why Al Qaeda would carry out, say, the 9/11 attacks, the person would most likely suppress the obvious parallel and espouse national propaganda lines, such as that Al Qaeda hates US “freedom“.

As those not consumed by nationalist fervor know, this is fundamentalist silliness.  The US is targeted for the same reasons other large powers are and have always been targeted by the most hardcore factions among the weaker peoples they bully, terrorize, exploit, rob, and murder.

Before 9/11, the US had dictated to, injured, maimed, or killed/been complicit in the deaths of millions of people in the Middle East, including carrying out a genocide (the term used by UN officials) against Iraq which largely killed children and the elderly.

Since 9/11, the US, according to the most comprehensive and recent study, has killed from 1.3 to 2 million or more people in just three Middle Eastern countries, and is currently increasing its aggression against Syria, where it is complicit in hundreds of thousands of deaths.

ISIS was in large part born directly out of anger over (deadly and ruthless) outside intervention in Middle Eastern affairs. The group was formed in US prisons set up in Iraq, and its original trademark was putting its prisoners in orange, GTMO-style jumpsuits. This is more than a hint about its motivation. Like a toy poodle cornered by pit bulls, it is trying to be and appear as brutal as possible to make up for its lack of heft in comparison to its tormentors. And, in the face of overwhelming odds, the group (and others like it, today and historically) finds much of its motivation in ideologies relating to a glorious life after the death that is likely to come given the nature of its rivals.

People like this have hit back against the US before, hard.

They likely just hit Russia.

If ISIS can take down a Russian civilian plane, it can take down a US civilian plane or strike back at the US in some other way.

This is not about being intimidated and cowardly. Any individual US citizen has almost zero chance of being attacked by ISIS.

This is about ending immoral, heinous, illegal practices that have killed and are killing countless thousands of people and will likely lead to the deaths of more US citizens, troops and civilians, at the hands of people following the natural urge to seek revenge and assert their independence.

The 2011 Syrian sectarian uprising followed by a deadly overreaction by Assad were US goals.

Another goal that has been expressed in think-tanks and papers from the Washington Times to the New York Times, and is on a moment’s reflection genocidal, has been to keep the Syrian conflict going as long as possible; to promote the continuation of a conflict killing hundreds of thousands. In WT: “Western powers should guide enemies to a stalemate by helping whichever side is losing, so as to prolong their conflict.” In NYT: “…a prolonged stalemate is the only outcome that would not be damaging to American interests.” These evil policies have been used since the inception of the US, beginning with their use against Native nations.

The Russian intervention at the request of the UN-member Syrian government would not be taking place if the US were not trying, as Joshua Landis, Syria expert and professor at the University of Oklahoma, put it, to “pursu[e] regime change by civil war in Syria.”

US citizens have a moral and legal responsibility to remove the cause of the regional turmoil. If they do, the effects, like embers without logs, will fade.

Author focuses on force dynamics, national and global, and also writes professionally for the film industry.  Updates on Twitter.

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  • Dex

    it could well have been ISIS, smuggling a relatively small device the size of a smartphone or a tablet, on the plane via an airport employee, the egyptian security measures surely aren’t as stringent as in the western world…
    but, considering the unprecedented popular support for Mr Putin back at home, dwarfing even any record high approval rates of american presidents, my money is on some CIA puke doing this, as an attempt to shock the russian public into pushing Putin out of any military engagements in the middle east, for fear of further such “retaliations”.
    be that as it may, I hope the Russians will put an end to the extremists and restore the Syrian government fast enough to get back out home quickly.

    • mulga mumblebrain

      The sewer of the Western MSM is already overflowing with excrement from presstitutes asserting just that. That Russians will blame Putin, and wish to withdraw from Syria. Of course, the exact opposite will happen, but the attitude, and the blatant lack of sympathy for the victims, once again tells you just what evil swine the MSM are.

  • Tannenhouser

    Robert. The article is flawed. It assumes there is some kind of separation between the USA and ISIL/Daesh. There is no separation it is 100% an American CONstruct. When this fact is considered most of your story amounts to misdirection and propaganda. Unless it becomes politically expedient or a critical mass of Americans ‘wake’ up to the same reality most of the world experiences because of them, the USA is in absolutely NO DANGER from ISIS/Daesh whatsoever. ISIL does what it’s told, it’s top commanders are Israeli, NATO or American assets. Therefor if the US/ISIL did blow that plane up, it’s pretty obvious why. Good day.

    • mulga mumblebrain

      Precisely, except in the event that the evil psychotics who rule the West wish another ‘terrorist atrocity’ to occur, as they did on 9/11.

  • mulga mumblebrain

    A bomb will only be placed on a Western jet if the ruling elite require a new 9/11 or a ‘New, New Pearl Harbor’ if you prefer. The bomb on the Russian jet was almost certainly planted by Western ‘Special Forces’ operating with or without Egyptian and/or jihadist support, but as the latter two are Western ‘assets’, the responsibility is still that of the West. WW3 is steadily approaching.

    • kimyo

      a single plane down, with < 200 casualties will be insufficient. the next 9/11 needs at least 30,000 dead. grid outage, bio-attack or 'rods from god/tsunamis on demand' are the most expeditious ways of delivering same.

  • berger friedrich-wolfgang

    What is not to fear ! The Seemingly Unknown Fact , that Western AIRFORCES , including ISRAEL & NATO had a big Exercise at the SAME TIME & the SAME AREA , Where Unbelieveably an “ISIS – Planted Explosive Device” , brought down the “Russian Tourist’s PLANE” !!!

  • Bob

    Since ISIS seems to be a covert US asset being used as a proxy to fight Assad in Syria and fight wherever else they might be needed, I doubt the US is really worried about it. However, we are vulnerable to false flag attacks, as usual. Sometimes it’s quite difficult to figure out who the enemy is. There is a struggle now between the US and Russia. A Russian airliner was downed. Cui bono?

    • berger friedrich-wolfgang

      Ask “Veteranstoday.com” !!!

  • Cuba

    May God richly reward Russia and President Putin…………