Trump, Syria, Al-Qaeda, United States Democrats


This 16 October 2019 video from United States Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is about her contribution to the Democratic party presidential candidates‘ debate in Ohio; focusing on the war in Syria.

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

A rare moment of truth on the US support for Al Qaeda

17 October 2019

There was a rare moment of truth during Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate. Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, an Iraq war veteran, said that while Trump had Kurdish blood on his hands, “so do many of the politicians in our country from both parties who have supported this ongoing regime-change war in Syria that started in 2011, along with many in the mainstream media, who have been championing and cheerleading this regime-change war.”

This was directed not only against the Obama-Biden administration, which began the US covert intervention in Syria, but against the New York Times and CNN, the co-sponsors of the debate, who have been among the most strident in denouncing Trump’s order to withdraw from Syria. (See The Democrats support the “Forever War” )

Gabbard continued, “As president, I will end these regime-change wars by doing two things, ending the draconian sanctions that are really a modern-day siege, the likes of which we are seeing Saudi Arabia wage against Yemen, that have caused tens of thousands of Syrian civilians to die and to starve, and I would make sure that we stop supporting terrorists like Al Qaeda in Syria who have been the ground force in this ongoing regime-change war.”

This remarkable admission that American imperialism was allied in Syria with Al Qaeda—the supposed main enemy in the “war on terror” now nearly 20 years old—was passed over in silence by the three media “moderators”, two from CNN and one from the Times, and by the other eleven candidates.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a military intelligence veteran of the Afghanistan war, tried to rebut Gabbard’s claim that Syria was a US-backed “regime-change” war. He reiterated the conventional presentation of the war as a struggle to defend civilians from the brutality of the government of President Bashar al-Assad, while not acknowledging that Washington and its allies among the Gulf sheikdoms had funneled money, weapons and Islamist gunmen for years in an effort to put a stooge regime into power in Damascus.

Gabbard responded, “So, really, what you’re saying, Mayor Pete, is that you would continue to support having U.S. troops in Syria for an indefinite period of time to continue this regime-change war that has caused so many refugees to flee Syria, that you would continue to have our country involved in a war that has undermined our national security, you would continue this policy of the U.S. actually providing arms in support to terrorist groups in Syria, like Al Qaeda, HTS, al-Nusra and others, because they are the ones who have been the ground force in this regime change war? That’s really what you’re saying?”

Buttigieg had no answer on the facts, merely declaring that Gabbard was advocating the same policy in Syria as Donald Trump. As for the corporate media, there was virtually no mention of Gabbard’s charge of a US-Al Qaeda alliance in Syria, and no attempt to refute it. Even to discuss that connection would call into question the entire foreign policy of American imperialism in the Middle East.

Gabbard is neither a pacifist nor an opponent of imperialism, but a serving military officer in the Army Reserve who did two tours of duty in Iraq, including in 2005 at the height of the war, and took several weeks off from the campaign in August for a unit training exercise in Indonesia—part of the US preparations for a future war with China.

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Neo-fascist terrorism getting worse


Extreme right terrorism, Western Europe and North America, 2002-2017

This graph is about extreme right terrorism in Western Europe and North America, 2002-2017. The 2011 high number of deaths is caused by the attacks by Anders Breivik in Oslo and on Utøya island in Norway then.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Breivik and Tarrant as heroes: right-wing extremist terrorism on the rise

He was a chosen one of “Saint Tarrant“. Eg, the suspect of last week’s attack on a mosque in Oslo referred to the man who shot dozens of mosque visitors in March in Christchurch, New Zealand. As his example.

The weekend before, a man in the US American border city of El Paso shot 22 people. He had aimed at Latin American immigrants and the suspect of this attack also called Tarrant a source of inspiration.

Statistics suggest that the call for violence against minorities is being followed more often by people like Brenton Tarrant. In Western Europe and the US, the number of attacks by the extreme right extreme nationalist side has risen sharply, according to several studies.

‘Wave of extreme right-wing violence

In the USA, after the attacks of September 11, 2001, more deaths have occurred due to extreme right-wing violence than by jihadists. In Europe, … right-wing extremists committed more attacks [than jihadists]. In Western Europe, there were 28 in 2017, the highest number in almost twenty years, according to the Global Terrorism Index.

“There is a wave of extreme right-wing violence in Western Europe: from hate crimes to attacks”, says Daniel Köhler. He is the founder of the German Institute on Radicalization and Deradicalization (GIRDS) and conducted research into extreme right-wing violence in the US and Europe. “We are increasingly seeing individuals such as Breivik and Tarrant becoming role models or heroes for young men who want to storm into a mosque with a weapon.”

According to Köhler, the rise of right-wing extremism in Europe coincides with the refugee crisis. Extremist groups responded to the fear among some of the population about the arrival of millions of refugees in Europe.

Germany took the most refugees and there was a peak in 2015 and 2016 in the number of bombings and arson attacks against immigrants or ethnic minorities. The extremes of specifically this type of violence leveled out afterwards, but the number of incidents of extreme violence by the right-wing extremist side doubled from 2017 to 2018.

Intelligence services in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the United States and the Netherlands warn of the growing danger of right-wing extremism. The Dutch AIVD concluded that there is a slight upturn in our country, but that it has hardly led to violence. With the exception of, eg, the arson at a mosque in Enschede in 2016.

According to Köhler, conspiracy theories play a crucial role in radicalization. “We know from research that people act violently faster if they strongly believe in it.” Internet forums and social media make it easier to disseminate such theories quickly and anonymously.

The ‘great replacement‘ is seen as one of the most influential conspiracy theories from the right-radical side. The Norwegian Breivik and the Australian Tarrant referred to this replacement theory in their manifestos. The essence of it is that the white population in Europe and the US supposedly would be replaced by an “invasion” of immigrants.

Philip Manshaus (21), the suspect of the attack on the mosque in Oslo, is said to have been an online proponent of this theory. And El Paso suspect Patrick Crusius (21) told police that his attack was a reaction to the “Latin invasion“.

According to Köhler, the anti-immigrant rhetoric of President Trump has a major influence on the increase in right-wing extremism in the US. “He uses language that, from a German perspective, is reminiscent of a National Socialist [nazi] regime. He dehumanizes immigrants and stirs up fear.”

Extremists use this rhetoric as justification for their actions, says the German researcher. As an example, he mentions the man who sent bomb packages to critics of Trump.

The rise of right-wing populist parties in Europe, with a similar message to Trump, has had a similar effect, according to Köhler.

Once again: racists should not be called ‘populists’.

El Paso, USA racist massacre not unique


This 5 August 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

White Nationalist Terror Attack in El Paso Was Not an Isolated Incident

Gerald Horn and Arun Gupta outline the history of white terror in America and what its modern manifestation means for our future.

NYT NIGHTMARE HEADLINE The alleged gunman in Texas who killed at least 22 people Saturday reportedly shared a manifesto online that used similar language to Trump’s, and used the phrase: “Send them back.” But the first edition of the New York Times suggested that the president was attempting to unify the country with the front page headline: “Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism.” [HuffPost]

TRUMP BLAMES EVERYTHING BUT GUNS AND HIMSELF President Trump spoke Monday in response to the mass shootings over the weekend, calling them a “crime against all of humanity.” The president blamed white supremacy, the internet, video games and mental illness for the massacres. He did not blame guns or himself. [HuffPost]

TEXAS GUN LAWS ABOUT TO GET EVEN LOOSER Under the current laws in Texas, legal gun owners don’t require an additional permit to carry long guns, such as the one the El Paso gunman used last weekend, in unrestricted public areas. From Sept. 1, it will be even easier to carry guns in Texas churches, schools, apartment buildings and disaster zones. [HuffPost]

COUNTRIES WARN CITIZENS AGAINST U.S. TRAVEL Venezuela’s government issued a warning Monday telling Venezuelans to postpone planned trips to the U.S. or take precautions due to the “proliferation of violent acts and indiscriminate hate crimes.” The Uruguayan government also warned against hate-based violence in the U.S. [HuffPost]

THESE SHOOTERS ARE NOT LONE WOLVES Authorities say the shooter who killed 22 people and wounded dozens in El Paso, Texas, Saturday acted alone. In a narrow sense that may be true, but experts warn that it’s important to recognize his actions were rooted in a wider movement of white nationalism and violent extremism that is behind a growing number of mass murders.  [HuffPost]

TEXAS GOV. WALKS BACK ANTI-IMMIGRANT RHETORIC Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott acknowledged “mistakes were made” in a fundraising letter calling to “defend Texas” from illegal immigration just a day before the mass shooting in El Paso. [HuffPost]

HANNITY PROPOSES ARMED FORCE TO SURROUND SCHOOLS Fox News host Sean Hannity is calling for a virtual police state of armed ex-cops and military to “surround” schools and shopping malls to prevent mass shootings. [HuffPost]

Gay son of “Straight Pride” organizer says event “dog whistles” white supremacy.

TUCKER CARLSON: WHITE SUPREMACY IS A ‘HOAX’ Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday claimed there is no white supremacy problem in the United States and that the very notion of one is a hoax created by the media and the left. He has routinely given airtime to white nationalist conspiracy theories and talking points, yet claimed “the whole thing is a lie.” [HuffPost]

NEBRASKA GOP SLAMS SENATOR FOR CONDEMNING WHITE SUPREMACY The Nebraska Republican Party called on state Sen. John McCollister to quit the party after he accused his fellow Republicans of “enabling white supremacy” by staying silent on President Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric. [HuffPost]

CONGRESS CALLS ON 8CHAN OWNER TO TESTIFY Lawmakers have called on Jim Watkins, who owns 8chan, an online forum that amplifies the voices of violent extremists, to testify before Congress after the shooter in one of the weekend’s two massacres was believed to have posted on the website. [HuffPost]

CALI GOV: MAKE GENDER PART OF GUN VIOLENCE CONVERSATION California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Monday urged leaders to discuss the role of misogyny and toxic masculinity in gun violence, pointing out that mass shooters “overwhelmingly, almost exclusively, are males, boys, men.” [HuffPost]

‘United States racism, misogyny cause terrorism’


This 5 August 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Ex-FBI Agent Speaks Out: Federal Authorities Have Downplayed White Supremacist Violence for Too Long

According to The New York Times, white extremist shooters have now killed at least 63 people in the United States over the past 18 months. Late last month, FBI Director Christopher Wray told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that crime driven by racism and white supremacy was on the rise compared to the past nine months. But former FBI agents say there is reluctance within the agency to tackle white nationalist violence in part due to President Trump’s rhetoric. We speak with Mike German, fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law. From 1988 to 2004, German served as an FBI agent specializing in domestic counterterrorism.

This 5 August 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

After Dayton Shooting, Gun Violence Reporter Says Misogyny “Clear Link” Between Many Mass Shootings

Over the span of 13 hours, the country was shaken by two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, where a total of 29 people were killed. Shortly before the attack, the El Paso gunman posted an anti-immigrant manifesto on the far-right message board 8chan, while there is still no clear motive for the Dayton shooting. Senator Bernie Sanders and other Democratic leaders are calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a special session of the Senate to vote on two gun safety bills recently passed in the House. This all comes as the National Rifle Association is imploding. We speak with Alex Yablon, a reporter at The Trace, a news outlet devoted to gun-related news.

Dayton Gunman Showed Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Video To Girl On First Date: here.

Bloody neo-fascist terrorism in El Paso, USA


This 4 August 2019 video from the USA is called Mass Shooter in El Paso – You’ll Never Guess Who.

Indeed, it is yet another fascist white supremacist terrorist. Even though United States President Donald Trump claims that anti-fascism supposedly is terrorism.

From the Daily Beast in the USA today:

Accused El Paso Walmart Shooter Apparently Posted Racist Manifesto Before Attack

Patrick Crusius allegedly killed 20 people at a store Saturday morning, using racist rhetoric against Hispanics in a posting made before the attack. …

The announcement was accompanied by an anti-immigrant manifesto that invoked white supremacist terms to justify violence against Hispanic people. Authorities say three Mexican nationals were among the dead in the attack on the predominantly Hispanic city that borders Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. …

The author of the apparent El Paso manifesto claimed to have been inspired by a manifesto written by the white supremacist who allegedly murdered 51 worshippers at a mosque in New Zealand this year. The alleged attacker of a synagogue in Poway, California, earlier this year also cited that manifesto.

This 3 August 2019 TV video from the USA says about itself:

El Paso Gunman Allegedly Posted ‘Wildly Anti-Immigrant‘ Essay Online | MSNBC

NBC’s Ben Collins reports that a believed manifesto of the suspect involved in the El Paso, Texas shooting has been found on the “wildly anti-immigrant” site 8chan.

From the New York Post in the USA, 3 August 2019:

Sick manifesto linked to Walmart shooting suspect blames ‘Hispanic invasion’ …

The manifesto bemoans that “America is rotting from the inside out,” and predicts that “the heavy Hispanic population in Texas will make us a Democrat stronghold.”

It goes on to blame immigration for everything from the loss of jobs to runaway pollution.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

It seems that he announced his act shortly beforehand in a manifesto on the forum website 8chan and that he is an extreme right-wing nationalist. …

The perpetrator not only announced his act, he also added an explanation of four pages. He refers to a conspiracy theory that predicts that the elite will conspire to eventually replace the white population of Europe with people from Africa and the Middle East. The theory is popular in extreme right-wing nationalist circles. …

The attack in El Paso is the 291st incident this year in the United States in which firearms are fired at four or more people. A total of 335 people were killed. Today another new incident has occurred: in Dayton, Ohio, a man shot nine people.

Anti-Latin American racist massacre in Texas, USA


This 4 August 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

El Paso Shooting by Racist Incel

At the making of this video, it was confirmed 15 dead. During the upload the number changed to 20. The police said that one suspect, a white male in his 20s from Allen, Texas, was in custody, and that the gunman had fired an A.K.-47-style rifle into a crowded Walmart store, sending panicked shoppers fleeing for their lives. Officials said the gunman had surrendered to the police.

So, just after United States President Donald Trump has said that anti-fascism is terrrorism, the umpteenth terrorist fascist massacre in the USA

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

20 dead at Walmart Texas attack, gunman arrested

20 people were killed in an attack in El Paso in the US state of Texas. At least 26 people were injured, including two children aged 2 and 9 years. Governor Greg Abbott announced this at a press conference. According to Mexican President Lopez Obrador, three Mexican civilians died and six were injured.

A shooter opened fire in the parking lot of a Walmart branch around 10.30 am local time, after which he entered the building. According to the police, this is a 21-year-old white man from Allen, Texas, about 1,000 kilometers east of El Paso.

He dropped his gun, a kind of A.K. 47, and surrendered himself when police officers arrived.

Somehow, I have the idea that if this mass murderer would not have been a white man, more precisely: a white supremacist, but black and/or Muslim, that then police might not have arrested him, but might have shot him dead on the spot.

Nothing was said about the motive of the shooter at the press conference. US American media report that the man has put a manifesto online in which he expresses sympathy for the shooter of the attack on two mosques in Christchurch [in New Zealand] in March. The manifest also states that the attack on the Walmart is a reaction to the “invasion of Hispanics in Texas“.

According to The New York Times, the manifesto, entitled The Inconvenient Truth, was posted on the online forum 8chan almost twenty minutes before the first emergency call. “Hispanics take control of the local government and the state in my beloved Texas”, the manifesto says. The document also states that “race mixing” is destroying the country and that the US should be split into territorial enclaves based on the race of people.

The manifesto also states that the writer fears that Texas and the White House will be in the hands of the Democrats in the next elections.

On this video, one can hear the gunfire of the El Paso racist attack.

‘Sri Lankan secret police linked to anti-Christian terrorism’


A view of St Sebastian's Church damaged in blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka

By Steve Sweeney:

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Sri Lankan intelligence operatives may be linked to terror group

SRI LANKAN intelligence operatives may be linked to the Islamist group that is believed to have carried out the deadly bomb blasts on Easter Sunday that killed at least 321 people and injured 500.

In a now deleted article from 2016, the Sri Lanka Mirror newspaper reported that intelligence authorities had uncovered a secret defence ministry account that was established under the regime of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

It claimed that the cash was used to fund a number of Islamist and Buddhist terror groups including Thowheed Jamath, whose splinter group is said to be responsible for Sunday’s attacks.

The article also alleged that “there is clear information to prove that Thowheed Jamath’s secretary Abdul Rasik Rafiquedeen was an army intelligence member.”

He was arrested in 2016 for inciting hatred against Buddhists after a complaint from the Bodu Bala Sena terror group, for which he later apologised.

Both organisations are among those alleged to have been paid from the same defence ministry slush fund.

According to sources an unnamed close ally of former Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who is planning to run for president, co-ordinated the Islamist and Buddhist extremist groups.

He allegedly headed up a special security committee during the 2015 presidential elections controlled by Mr Gotabhaya which planned to seize power in a coup that failed to materialise.

Mr Gotabhaya was charged with human rights violations in the United States at the beginning of April when he was served with papers in a Trader Joe’s car park in Pasadena, California.

The joint US-Sri Lankan citizen is accused of atrocities committed between 2005 and 2015 when thousands were disappeared, killed and tortured during a bitter civil war.

Sunday’s bomb attacks, which targeted churches and hotels frequented by Westerners, were claimed by the Islamic State terror group on Tuesday.

More than 40 people have been taken into custody so far, with the country placed under a state of emergency to try and prevent further attacks.

All of those arrested are Sri Lankan nationals and there are fears that some of the bombers may have fled the country.

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena promised tough action against state security services amid accusations that warnings about attacks planned on churches during Easter were ignored.

He said yesterday that changes would be made “in the next 24 hours.”

It is alleged that the information was also not passed on to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with relations between the two said to be strained.

Sri Lankan president steps up military crackdown: here.

The Sri Lankan government has unleashed a crackdown, mainly targeting Muslims, following the horrific April 21 bomb attacks on three Catholic churches and three hotels that killed more than 250 men, women and children, and injured some 500 more: here.