Monday, February 14, 2005

US supports guerilla war -- in Iraq

via Asia Times Online::

If true, this is a remarkable story:

To head off this threat of a Shi'ite clergy-driven religious movement, the US has, according to Asia Times Online investigations, resolved to arm small militias backed by US troops and entrenched in the population to "nip the evil in the bud".

Asia Times Online has learned that in a highly clandestine operation, the US has procured Pakistan-manufactured weapons, including rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, ammunition, rockets and other light weaponry. Consignments have been loaded in bulk onto US military cargo aircraft at Chaklala airbase in the past few weeks. The aircraft arrived from and departed for Iraq.

The US-armed and supported militias in the south will comprise former members of the Ba'ath Party, which has already split into three factions, only one of which is pro-Saddam Hussein. They would be expected to receive assistance from pro-US interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's Iraqi National Accord.

A military analyst familiar with strategic and proxy operations commented that there is a specific reason behind procuring arms from Pakistan, rather than acquiring US-made ones.

"A similar strategy was adopted in Afghanistan during the initial few years of the anti-USSR resistance [the early 1980s] movement where guerrillas were supplied with Chinese-made AK-47 rifles [which were procured by Pakistan with US money], Egyptian and German-made G-3 rifles. Similarly, other arms, like anti-aircraft guns, short-range missiles and mortars, were also procured by the US from different countries and supplied to Pakistan, which handed them over to the guerrillas," the analyst maintained.

The obvious reason for this tactic is to give the impression that the resistance acquired its arms and ammunition from different channels and from different countries - and anywhere other than the United States.

So it plays out like this: We invade and overthrow the government. After all our other rationales (ties to Al Qaeda, WMDs) turn out to be wrong, we claim the reason we killed as many as 100,000 Iraqis and leveled their infrastructure was to bring them democracy. We trumpet their election as a resounding success. And when they choose leaders not to our liking, we begin arming some of the folks we overthrew in the first place in order to help them get back in power.

Can I have my lobotomy now, please?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Astonishing...Amazing - but only if you think that Democracy ever had anything to do with why we are now in Iraq. To the powers that be in Wahington, Iraq was never anyhting but a powerless, vulnerable place with huge undervlued assets just begging for a hostile takeover. All it took was somebody bold, and corrupt, enough to try to bring it off. And so Iraq, along with all other such places, will remain as long as today's political class remains in power.

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