By Sajjad Shaukat for VT
At least eight people were killed and 11 injured on Tuesday (October 31, 2017) when the driver of a pickup truck hit people on a cycle path in Lower Manhattan, New York City near the World Trade Centre. The vehicle then hit a school bus, injuring two adults and two children on board.
According to the US media reports, “It was a terror attack…Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, a 29-year-old man, reported to be an Uzbek immigrant, was shot and injured by police as he left the vehicle. The driver emerged holding two handguns and made a statement consistent with a terror attack…shouting “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great,” before he was shot in the abdomen by a police officer…he later underwent surgery for gunshot wounds. A paintball gun and a pellet gun were recovered from the scene…He lived in New Jersey. Saipov was charged with federal terrorism offenses in connection with the Tuesday’s attack. Investigators found ISIS-related images and videos on Saipov’s cellphone…handwritten notes in Arabic near the truck that indicated allegiance to the Islamic State [Also known as Daesh, ISIS and ISIL]…But investigators had not uncovered evidence of any direct or enabling ties between Mr. Saipov and ISIS and were treating the episode as a case of an “inspired” attacker…Police records show he was arrested in Missouri last year over a traffic fine. Almost immediately, as investigators began to look into Mr. Saipov’s history, it became clear that he had been on the radar of federal authorities. Three officials said he had come to the federal authorities’ attention as a result of an unrelated investigation.”
CNN disclosed that it “obtained photographs of a Home Depot truck parked outside of New York terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov’s home in Paterson, New Jersey. Neighbor Carlos Batista said he was taking photographs of a car he was selling and inadvertently took a photo of the rental truck in the background…the photo was taken at 6:09 p.m. ET on Oct. 22…. he’d seen the same type of truck used in the terror attack around the neighborhood for the last couple of weeks…A law enforcement official told CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz that Saipov rented a truck similar to the one used in the attack several times over the course of the last several weeks in order to be familiar with operating it. There is no indication the Home Depot truck in the photo is the same truck used in the attack…New York terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov appeared in federal court in a wheelchair and was charged with providing material support to ISIS and violence and destruction of motor vehicles, a source at the U.S. Attorney’s Office told CNN.”
However, these conflicting reports show that like previous terror attacks in the US and Europe, the New York terror attack is also a false flag operation, conducted by Israeli secret agency Mossad in connivance with some CIA operatives and the ISIS terrorists. It may also be individual act of Saipov who has been inspired by the extremist agenda of ISIS. Even then, responsibility goes to the agents of these intelligence agencies, who have, already, been radicalizing the Muslims and Christians by dividing them on religious lines in order to obtain the illegitimate interests of Israel. While, contradictory and anti-Muslim statements of the Pro-Israeli President Donald Trump about the terror assault have further verified this collaboration.
Showing immediate reaction, the US President Trump tweeted, “In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough! The United States will be immediately implementing much tougher Extreme Vetting Procedures. The safety of our citizens comes first!” He did not elaborate further.
Regarding the New York terror attack, on November 2, 2017, President Trump again tweeted on immigration, calling for an end to “chain migration…lets people bring their whole family with them, who can be truly evil.”
President Trump first introduced the screening process during the election campaign on a pledge to indefinitely ban the Muslims from entering the United States—his campaign aides later tried to finesse as a broader policy aimed at implementing “extreme vetting” for immigrants from certain countries. As president, he introduced a ban on arrivals to the US from a number of mainly-Muslim countries. Surprisingly, Uzbekistan was one of them though US courts have repeatedly blocked them from going into effect.
While, America’s Western partners, especially European countries had strongly condemned Trump’s travel ban on the Muslim countries, as discriminatory and violations of human rights, and in a recent statement, the American Civil Liberties Union civil rights group said that the term “extreme vetting” was a “euphemism for discriminating against Muslims.”
Nevertheless, various acts of terrorism in the world show that without taking cognizance of the related-developments, the general masses of a country and even some educated persons start blaming all the Muslims and the ISIS. Therefore, the New York terror attack cannot be seen in isolation, as it is part of various related-developments of the recent past and the present ones in the world. In these terms, we need in-depth analysis to know that some state actors like Israel are leading the world to nuclear war or clash of civilizations.
If we note related-developments in the world, especially in the Middle East and South Asia, we observe that the ISIL, including its linked terror organizations and similar other outfits are being supported by the US, Israel and India who are the real masters of these militant group. Some European countries like the Great Britain are also following America in this respect. In other word, particularly, Israel is fulfilling her evil designs.
Undoubtedly, if the double game of President Bush (The Senior) and George W. Bush franchised Al-Qaeda on global level, President Obama’s dual policy franchised both Al-Qaeda and ISIS as part of the anti-Muslim campaign and left no stone unturned in advancing the agenda of the Zionists, Israeli lobbies and the neoconservatives in the pretext of the fake global war on terror.
Secretly, President Obama authorized CIA to create ISIS. His perennial covert support to the Israeli atrocities on the Palestinians, silence over the supply (Smuggling) of oil by ISIS to some European countries whose governments have also not taken action against those companies which were exporting oil from the ISIS-controlled regions of Iraq, CIA-assisted Al-Qaeda (Al-Nusra Front), ISIS militants and rebel groups who are fighting to oust Syrian President Assad’s government to obtain the aims of a greater Israel are part of the double game. Training and supply of arms by CIA and Mossad to these terrorist outfits and medical treatment of their militants in Israeli hospitals, including arrests of some CIA and Mossad agents in Syria and Iraq have also verified these connections. As part of the dual strategy, America and its Western partners have been waging a war against the ISIS.
But, CIA and Mossad openly assist this terrorist group and its linked terror outfits in accordance with the covert aims of their countries.
In this connection, Russian TV channel, Russia Today (RT) reported on September 24, 2017 “The Russian Ministry of Defense has released aerial images which they say show US Army special forces equipment north of the town of Deir er-Zor, where ISIS militants are deployed. US Army special units provide free passage for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) through the battle formations of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) terrorists…Despite that the US strongholds being organized at them…This could mean that the US military staff feel absolutely safe in the area which is held by the terrorists…All of the images were taken from September 8 to 12. The photos show several Cougar infantry mobility vehicles and Hummer armored vehicles of the US Army Special Forces, according the Russian MoD data…In this case, securing IS assistance for an unopposed advance of US backed SDF forces could enable the SDF, widely seen as a US proxy, to seize strategically important (and oil rich) territory in Deir ez-Zor that otherwise would soon be retaken by rapidly advancing Syrian Army. If so this once again will raise questions as to what the true purpose of US forces-purportedly in Syria to fight IS-actually is. Earlier in September, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov accused the SDF of collusion with ISIS terrorists.SDF militants work to the same objectives as IS terrorists.
According to Global Research Canada (Centre for Research on Globalization), “In other words, ISIS, al-Nusra, and so-called SDF forces are virtually the same thing–US recruited, armed, funded and directed cutthroat killers, waging naked aggression against Syria and its people…The Pentagon’s so-called Operation Inherent Resolve so far is silent on Russia’s damning evidence…Separately, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem accused Washington of working with its terrorist assets in Syria, including al-Nusra, to undermine Astana peace talks…Russia’s Defense Ministry…saying its intelligence revealed US forces together with al-Nusra terrorists tried halting the successful advance of government forces east of Deir Ezzor…Russian airpower smashed their offensive. Sergey Lavrov condemned the US-led coalition for refusing to combat al-Nusra, calling it absolutely unacceptable…According to Russia’s Defense Ministry, nearly 90% of Syrian territory held by ISIS is now liberated. Moscow will respond appropriately to any US efforts to impede the campaign to free Syria entirely from control by terrorists.”
In case of Asia and particularly South Asia, well-entrenched in Afghanistan and some Gulf states, intelligence agencies such as CIA, Indian RAW, Mossad and MI6 are assisting various terror outfits, including Al-Qaeda and particularly ISIL in order to achieve the covert goals of the US-led countries against Pakistan, Syria, Iraq China, Russia, Iran, Turkey, Somalia, Yemen etc. and even Afghanistan which are being destabilized by various forms of terrorism-related assaults which have continued in one way or the other.
In this context, a news item was published by all the leading dailies of Pakistan on October 8, 2017 regarding the statement of Afghanistan’s Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai who, while dismissing criticism of Russian ties with the Taliban and echoing Russian claims of American support to the ISIS terrorists, told Voice of America (VOC) that “the United States has links with terrorist ‘Islamic State’, also known as Daesh…Daesh a tool of US…After it [the US] dropped the [mother of all] bomb on Afghanistan, it did not eliminate Daesh…the terrorist group has been supplied weapons by the United States forces…The US Army helicopters and army bases are being used to provide assistance to ISIS terrorists…I do not differentiate at all between Daesh and America…Reports of American assistance to the terrorists are coming from all over the country.” (It also includes Karzai’s revelations to VOC of April 20, 2017 and Newsweek’s report of the same day).
When in September 2015, Russian-led coalition of Iran, Iraq, the Syrian army-the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Lebanon-based Hezbollah started breaking the backbone of the ISIS terrorists, Al-Qaeda’s Al-Nusra Front and the rebels in Syria and Iraq. Israeli Mossad which was already having clandestine contact with the ISIS directed this outfit to plan the November 13 terror attacks in Paris in connivance with the French home-grown militants. Similarly, when Russian-led forces began retaking many cities from the control of these insurgents, on the other side, agents of Mossad who were in collaboration with the CIA sympathizers and the ISIL militants arranged various sorts of terror attacks in Europe and the US.
Through all these false flag terror operations, the US and Israel wanted to obtain their covert aims against Russia and the Muslims. Mossad had also provided the US President Donald Trump with an opportunity to manipulate various terror assaults of Europe and America to win the US presidential election and to reunite America and Europe, as a rift was created between America and its Western allies, especially Europe on a number of issues, including NATO. And, President Trump had left no stone unturned in implementing anti-Muslim policies, while speaking openly against the Muslims and Syrian immigrants. Trump had started exaggerating the threat of Islamophobia, while, some incidents were not linked to ISIS, but were the result of self-radicalization of the individuals.
Regarding the shooting at the gay night club in Orlando (Florida) which killed at least 49 individuals on June 12, 2016, The Washington Post in an article, under the caption, “Trump’s reckless, dangerous Islamophobia helps the Islamic State”, wrote on June 13, 2016, “Trump’s standards, his comments about the Orlando shooting have been reckless and self-serving. They are also dangerous for the country…the strongest remaining force that propels the Islamic State is the Islamophobia of Trump and his European counterparts, argue senior intelligence strategists for the U.S.-led coalition. Inflammatory, xenophobic statements about Muslims reinforce the jihadists’ claims that they are Muslim knights fighting against an intolerant West. Trump unwittingly gives them precisely the role they dream about.”
In this regard, Khaled A. Beydoun opined on the Aljazeera multimedia network on March 13, 2016, “The world brand Trump is becoming synonymous with expansion of racism and incitement of Islamophobia…I think Islam hate us, said Donald Trump, 24 hours before the Republican presidential debate in Miami…is a call to his voting base, to further galvanise them around a disdain for Islam that not only heightens hateful fervour at his rallies, but incites violence on American blocks and pushes bigots to the ballot box…the statement is rooted in the very ignorance and hate which made him the darling of bigots and surged him up the polls…Islamophobia…the suspicion and fear of Islam and its 1.7 billion adherent-is political ideology for Trump.”
Nevertheless, the incident of shooting at the gay club in Orlando not only exposed that false flag operation, but also endorsed other false flag terror-attacks in the US and Europe. In this connection, in an interview with Brazilian TV on June 14, 2016, the ex-wife of the Orlando shooter Omar Mateen Sitora Yusufiy revealed that American FBI pressurized her to keep quiet about his homosexuality. While, Mateen had been dubbed as an Islamic terrorist by the American politicians, senior officials and commentators, following reports that he had pledged allegiance to the ISIS, but FBI wanted to downplay the personal and self-hating nature of the assault.
And President Obama stated on June 12, 2016, “Federal authorities had made no definitive judgment on the killer’s motivation, and whether he was inspired by or directed by Islamic State or other terrorist groups.” Obama clarified by explaining “Orlando shooting was the result of Mateen’s personal resentment in relation to the gay club.”
Similarly, the teenager Ali David Sonboly who killed 9 people in Munich had no connection with the ISIS. Police investigation revealed that he was “a mentally troubled person” and police also discovered extremist material, linked to the attack by Andres Behring Brevik, the white supremacist who murdered 77 persons in Norway in 2011. Likewise, the shooting in the French city of Nice was also a false flag terror-act, as CIA-Mossad arranged it with the help of ISIS which used homegrown terrorists of France.
It is mentionable that 59 people were killed and more than 500 others injured on October 1, this year, when a gunman-an American national, Stephen Paddock opened fire on concertgoers from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada. Next day , through its Amaq propaganda agency, ISIL, claimed responsibility for the incident, disclosing that, “the Las Vegas attacker is a soldier of the Islamic State in response to calls to target coalition countries—converted to Islam several months ago”—but provided no evidence to support the assertion.” Senior US homeland security officials said that there was no evidence Paddock had links to international or domestic terror groups or ISIS.
On social media, many individuals have pointed out that if Paddock had been a Muslim, If he had shouted “Allahu akbar” before he opened fire on all those concertgoers in Las Vegas, the term “terrorist” would have been used almost immediately to describe him, as a link to Islamist terrorism would be assumed even without evidence.
It is of particular attention that since the fundamentalist party BJP led by the Indian Prime Minister Narindra Modi came to power in India, it has been implementing anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistan agenda. Encouraged by the BJP, assaults on Muslims, Christians and other minorities by the Hindu extremist parties might be cited as instance. India which has strategic partnership with Israel has perennially been manipulating the double game of the US-led West regarding world phenomena of terrorism in connection with Pakistan and Afghanistan, while exploiting their anti-Muslim approach to obtain Indo-Israeli-US clandestine designs.
In wake of Modi’s aggressive diplomacy, India has continued shelling in Pakistani side of Kashmir which remains a nuclear flashpoint between both the neighbouring countries.
Both Tel Aviv and New Delhi have been equating the ‘wars of liberation’ in Palestine and Kashmir with terrorism. Their main purpose is to divert the attention of the West from their own atrocities, while employing delaying tactics in the solution of these issues.
It is noteworthy that India, the US and puppet rulers of Afghanistan have always blamed Pakistan for cross-border terrorism in Afghanistan to divert attention from the acts of sabotage, which they have been arranging in Pakistan. While, Pakistan’s security forces have eliminated terrorism, but, recent blasts in the Balochistan province and other regions of Pakistan show that the US-led India, Afghanistan and Israel who are supporting militant groups have, again, started acts of terrorism to destabilize Pakistan and to damage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
In this respect, in his speech on August 21, 2017, while announcing the US new strategy regarding Afghanistan as part of the policy in South Asia, American President Donald Trump, particularly, singled out Pakistan for criticism. As regards Pakistan’s regional rival India, Trump added, “We appreciate India’s important contributions to stability in Afghanistan…We want them to help us more with Afghanistan.”
Shifting blame game towards, Islamabad and Moscow, US top military officials have been making these courtiers scapegoats of their failures in Afghanistan. Main purpose behind is also to pacify their public, as the US-led NATO countries have failed in their fight against the Taliban who are waging a war of liberation against the occupying forces. Meanwhile, Trump also decided to increase troops in Afghanistan. But, other NATO states have refused to send more troops in Afghanistan. Especially, Israel also wants to divert attention of American and its allies from the internal crises which their people are facing due to the prolonged war in Afghanistan and phony war on terror.
Besides these developments, some other ones have also frustrated Indians and especially Israelis. In this context, defeat of the ISIS terrorists, other similar groups in Syria and Iraq by the Russian-led countries, Pakistan’s decision to join Russia-China alliance, Turkey’s alliance with Russia, Syria and Iraq to fight against ISIL in Syria and Iraq, failure of the CIA plan-B for partition of Syria, European countries’ disagreement with Trump regarding abandonment of nuclear deal with Iran and failure of the NATO-like alliance by the US-backed Saudi Arabia—the Sunni-countries against Iran and Yemen might be cited as instance. Another disappointed development for Israel is that controversial referendum which was held on September 25, 2017 for an independent Kurdistan, with approximately 93 percent in favour of independence failed, as Moscow and some Western countries opposed this move. Otherwise, it was Tel Aviv who backed it to heightened tensions in Iraq and among its neighbouring countries, including other Islamic countries.
Meanwhile, Western countries have been pressing Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to agree for the two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. A majority of the intellectuals and analysts of the West have also been emphasizing upon the settlement of this issue. Even, non-Zionist Jews have started favouring the two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. However, it has also depressed Tel Aviv who seems determined to keep its illegitimate control on the Palestinian territories.
It is noteworthy that by setting aside the war-like diplomacy of the President Trump, North Korea has continued testing intercontinental ballistic missiles, which appears to have the range to hit American cities and Europe.
Notably, in a speech to the United Nations, President Trump has threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea with “fire and fury” if it doesn’t back off from its nuclear aims. On the other side, North Korean President Kim has said that his nation needs nuclear weapons to stop the United States from asphyxiating its economy and overturning its government. Analysts have warned about nuclear war between the two countries.
It is worth-mentioning that differences have arisen among the European countries in relation to the refugees and the asylum-seekers. Austria’s erection of a fence along its border with Italy has been met with disapproval by Italy and Germany. Some other developments such as criticism of the controversial Turkish-EU refugee deal by a number of human rights groups, Britain’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), after the referendum (Brexit), prospects of Scotland and some other countries for separation from the EU, and the divide between the elite class which run multinational companies with the direct or indirect control of the Jews and the general masses who are suffering from multiple problems in wake of differences on the refugee crisis, Greece’s weak economy, violent protests and strikes against the labour laws in France in 2016 in favour of the employers at the cost of the employs etc.—the chances of European Union’s disintegration which will give a greater blow to the US-Europe alliance against Russia and “Stop NATO protests” in Europe are quite opposite to the Israeli secret interests.
Owing to the irresponsible approach of the Western leaders, far right-wing parties and “Stop Islam” movement in the West, particularly in Europe are becoming popular by largely attracting their people. Amid a migrant crisis, sluggish economic growth and growing disillusionment with the European Union, right-wing parties in a growing number of European countries have made electoral gains. The right-wing parties range across a wide policy spectrum, from populist and nationalist to far-right neofascist.
White supremacists and Neo-Nazis who support President Trump are on rise in some Western countries and especially in the US, while Trump and Mossad are also backing them in wake of racism led by Trump.
As a matter of fact, irresponsible attitude of some Indian, Israeli, American and Western politicians has introduced dangerous socio-religious dimension in their societies by equating the “war on terror” with “war on Islam” and acts of ISIS and Al-Qaeda with all the Muslims. Their media have also been contributing to heighten the currents of world politics on similar lines. It is because of these developments that a greater resentment is being found among the Muslims who think that the US in connivance with the Indo-Israeli lobbies is sponsoring state terrorism, directly or indirectly from Kashmir to Palestine and from Afghanistan to Somalia.
In fact, fault cannot be laid on the general masses, a majority of whom are swayed by emotions, stereotypes and prejudices created by the political leaders who keep on manipulating any crisis for their own self-interests with the sole aim of getting their sympathies to increase their vote bank. There are equal strong pressures from religious and nationalist forces in wake of global war on terror which is dividing the world on religious lines.
Machiavelli advises the rulers to have a lion-like image outwardly, and act upon the traits of goat inwardly. He also suggests them foreign adventures and the use of terror to obtain their goals. In his sense, a good ruler should be a good opportunist and hypocrite. While echoing Machiavelli, Morgenthau points out that sometimes, rulers act upon immoral activities like deceit, fraud, falsehood and even murder to fulfill their selfish aims.
Indicating dual policy, Morgenthau, and Palmer and Perkins opine, “Just as power became the instrument of ambitious nationalism and state’s leaders, it has now become the tool of ideologies. The true nature of the policy is concealed by ideological justifications and rationalization.”
Although in the present world of social media and Internet, such a sinister politics has been replaced by modern trends such as fair-dealings, reconciliation and economic development, yet by following the old strategies US-led India and Israel have been playing a dangerous game by assisting the militant groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS which conducted various terrorism-related attacks in the US, Europe and other Western countries, including Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Iran, Indonesia, Philippines etc., and some African countries. Thus, they massacred thousands of persons which also include Christians.
Nonetheless, Mossad, RAW and some agents of CIA, who are in collaboration, have helped in conduction of the New York terror attack. Mossad might alone be involved in this terror assault, as Israel will prefer a nuclear war between Russia and the US-led West or between North Korea and America to avoid the two-state settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Atomic war could also erupt between Pakistan and India, as New Delhi also avoids solution of the Kashmir issue. While fanatic leaders are in power in the US, India and Israel, their connivance may culminate into ‘clash of civilizations’, particularly between the Muslim and the Christians worlds.
It is the right hour that loyalist Americans, non-Zionist Jews and peace-loving citizens of every other religious community should play their positive role for global peace by stopping the division of the international community on religious and cultural lines.
Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations