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Blowback in Mali and Algeria – The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Posted by M. C. on January 25, 2013

Blowback is of those terms you rarely see in the mainstream media.  It is too dangerous.  The government news spigot might be shut off forcing “journalists” to actually journal for a change.  Yet there is a popular book titled as such.

MCViewPoint Dictionary – Blowback: What happens when an aggressive foreign policy based on little or no thought nor knowledge completely backfires.

Classic blowback:  We help develop a ragtag Islamic group to fight the Russians in Afghanistan.  We supply training, weapons and money.  I almost sent them a pair of new army boots I had lying around.  Back then they were Mujahedin.  We invade their countries, tell them what to do and violate their religion.  They get mad.  Now they are Al Qaeda.  Same people, new name.  Today we are helping Al Qaeda do their color revolution thing.  We pay to bring Sunni Islamists to power-in the name of democracy!  The is the result of foreign policy dictated by empire builders, arms manufacturers, oil men,  AIPAC, and the Weekly Standard.

Bin Laden saw us coming.  He played us like a fiddle.  We ask for more.

Al Qaeda leaves Afghanistan leaving US with no politically acceptable reason to be there.  The real reason being oil.  The Taliban fills the power void.  We fight them, so we are told, to defend democracy.  The Taliban never attacked US nor do they pose a threat to US.  Yet US troops continue to be wasted and maimed for no reason.

Blowback – It keeps death alive and well.

Males of military age, about 8 years and up, are subject to drone attack.  We don’t know whether the targets are militants or not.  We do know a lot of innocent children and adults die.  Again this makes people mad and they join Al Qaeda.  See here.

Blowback – How many times must we forget you cannot win hearts and minds by killing everyone and burning their village?

The only time an embargo worked is when FDR goaded Japan into attacking US.  We embargo North Korea, they test missiles and nuclear bombs.  Neither government appears to be fighting over their mental weight.

Blowback – while u wait.

Do you see what Ron Paul was talking about?

This Guardian article lays out the beginning of the latest chapter of blowback in Mali and Algeria.  A new chapter but the same old story.

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