At the time of writing — July 30, 2014 — the above statement, or some variation of it, can be found on numerous "alternative media" sites. But has Snowden, in reality, made any such revelation? I, for one, was given pause by the following, which appeared on boilingfrogspost.com1 on July 28:
"On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent: Guillermo [Jimenez] is joined by Tom Secker, host of the ClandesTime podcast and author of the book Secret, Spies, and 7/7. We discuss the 'Snowden-ISIS hoax,' the false 'news' story that has been circulating through the internet over the past few weeks that claims former NSA contractor Edward Snowden released documents proving the CIA/MI6/Mossad are running the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its leader Al-Baghdadi. We explain the origins of this story, why it’s completely bogus, and who may have been responsible for its propagation. We also get into the 'real story' of ISIS and discuss the evidence that is actually available that suggests the CIA/NATO have been pulling the strings all along. Lastly, we round out our conversation with a discussion on the alternative media, the pitfalls of 'breaking news,' and how we can work together to avoid being misled by false information gone viral."
So there is evidence that the CIA and NATO (and presumably also Mossad, since it cannot be separated from the other agencies) have been instrumental in the establishment of ISIS, but no evidence, according to the above sources, that any pertinent information has come from Snowden (whose employment as a spook preceded the meteoric rise of ISIS, anyway).
None of this should come as a surprise. After all, Israel also helped to set up Hamas — back in the late 1970s, when a conservative Islamic movement was seen as a counterbalance to the secular Palestine Liberation Organization. The colonial divide-and-rule tactic takes many bizarre twists and turns.
Another point that is beyond dispute is that Israel profits immensely from the fragmentation of the nation states of the Middle East along sectarian lines, and that the formation of a "caliphate", as one of the new statelets (which can easily be destroyed at a later date, if necessary), fits in with longstanding Israeli strategy:
"To survive, Israel must 1) become an imperial regional power, and 2) must effect the division of the whole area into small states by the dissolution of all existing Arab states. Small here will depend on the ethnic or sectarian composition of each state. Consequently, the Zionist hope is that sectarian-based states become Israel's satellites and, ironically, its source of moral legitimation." — From a "publisher's note" that precedes Oded Yinon's A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties, as translated by Israel Shahak and as published by the Association of Arab-American University Graduates, Inc., in 1982.2
Meanwhile, doubts have arisen over the claim — made by Jacqueline Badcock, the UN's deputy humanitarian coordinator in Iraq — that Al-Baghdadi has issued a fatwa calling for the "circumcision" (FGM) of all women between the ages of 11 and 46. An article by Ian Black and Fazel Hawramy3 in The Guardian of July 24, 2014, begins:
Jihadi extremists who have taken over the Iraqi city of Mosul have denied ordering families to have their daughters undergo female genital mutilation in order to prevent "immorality" or face severe punishment, as claimed by a senior UN humanitarian official on Thursday.
Supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS), previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, dismissed the story as propaganda based on a fake document...
Later in the same article, we read:
A document circulating on social media purporting to be the ISIS fatwa was in fact dated July 2013, originated in Aleppo, Syria, and was widely described as having being photoshopped. It appeared ... on the website of the Saudi-owned TV channel al-Arabiya.
Earlier editorial: "The Muslim as automaton: A Ramadhan rant about radicals."
Wanganui Masjid, July 11, 2014
peared in The Dominion Post on July 23, 2014. The cartoon below, by Malcolm Evans, appeared in the Manawatu Standard on July 19. Scott is New Zealand's most famous cartoonist, but is, unfortunately, little more than a propagandist for the West's ruling elite, especially when he turns his attention to Middle Eastern matters. Evans, in con-
trast, does understand that there is a fundamental difference between the occupier and the occupied, the oppres-
sor and the oppressed. The "Quote of the day" is also from The Dominion Post of July 23. Click for earlier cartoons.
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