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Osama Bin Laden’s role as a major conspirator in the 9/11 attacks made him the world’s most wanted man until American Special Forces finally killed him in May 2011. The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon led to the invasion of Afghanistan, a war which is America’s longest conflict. The official narrative is that the west is rebuilding the country in order to stop it from being a safe haven for terrorism. The actual reasons for the war are much deeper. Afghanistan lies just to the south of Russia’s sphere of influence and has always been at the crossroads of various civilizations. The country is also a major producer of drugs, specifically opium and heroin. It is an open secret that American Forces are heavily involved in these drugs markets, and use the proceeds to fund covert operations all around the world. America will not pull out its troops until it no longer needs such revenue. Anybody expecting an imminent withdrawal from Afghanistan is going to be disappointed.

Of course, covertly using a drugs market to fund your own black ops might be necessary in a dark world, especially if such a policy served your country’s own interest in times of dire need. The problem is that such a policy is largely funding a military-industrial complex, based in Washington, which for the most part only serves the interest of another country. This became most evident in the run-up to the second gulf war when Baghdad was in the target sights of the Neo-Cons.

The mainstream media sold the lie of WMDs in Iraq to justify the invasion of 2003, and then heavily reported on the fact that there were no WMDs in subsequent years. Both of these efforts were deliberately misleading because they hid the real reason for the invasion – Israel. After the 9/11 attacks, the Bush Administration did everything they could to link the attacks to Saddam Hussein’s regime to justify war. The vast majority of the Neo-Cons who pushed for the war were Jews, and it is easy to forget just how many American politicians are dual citizens of both the USA and Israel.

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Of course, the official narrative which developed later was that there were no WMDs and that the war had been about bringing democracy and nation building. But in reality, for the Neo-Cons who orchestrated it, the war was a stunning success. Not only had they obliterated Saddam Hussein’s regime, but they had also given Iraqi Kurdistan partial autonomy under a new federalist system. But why is the latter so important? Well, the simple reason is that Israel, covertly, is very close to the Kurds, and sees them as a way of splitting up and destabilizing Israel’s enemies. The Kurdish populated lands spread across Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran; making them useful to Jerusalem in all kinds of conflicts.

And the Kurds are also important for one other very important reason – fossil fuels. As of 2015, the majority of oil imported to Israel came from Iraqi Kurdistan, so it’s no surprise Israel-first Neo-Cons were pushing for the removal of Saddam, a man who had kept a stranglehold on the Kurds and their resources. America also greatly benefits from importing oil from this region, so the Iraq war was a win-win from Washington’s perspective, because not only did it secure long-term fuel prospects for itself, but also for its ‘greatest ally’.

Moving on to Syria, the situation in that war is much more complicated than Iraq and has also seen the Western-Zionist alliance largely fail. Not only has Assad, with support from Hezbollah, Iran, and Russia, overcome incomprehensible odds and actually largely won the civil war, but he has also managed to push back much larger forces. Israel has been bombing Hezbollah in Syria throughout the course of the war, always thinking that America’s support for the opposition would eventually see Assad overthrown. However that has not happened, and Israel is now faced with the prospect of Russian, Iranian, Syrian and Hezbollah forces on its Golan Heights border.

Of course, the irony of the west supporting jihadists in Syria whilst fighting them in Afghanistan is a strange contradiction. But from the Neo-Con perspective, it makes sense because those two countries provide two different contexts. In Afghanistan, the jihadists are the enemy of Neo-Con interests, whilst in Syria, they are a useful tool to further Neo-Con interests.
Meanwhile, in Yemen, there is currently a bloody civil war involving the Houthis, Al Qaeda, a southern separatist group and a very weak government backed up by Saudi Arabia. The Houthis are backed by Iran, and Iran is using them as a vanguard in its rivalry with Saudi Arabia and other Sunni states. This also concerns Israel, because the Houthis territory lies on the western side of Yemen, which borders the Red Sea. Israel’s port of Eilat is on the Gulf of Aqaba, whose waters flow into the Red Sea. Iran is already on Israel’s doorstep in Syria, and so Benjamin Netanyahu and his government will do anything they can to stop Iran gaining a foothold to the south as well.

This is one of the reasons why US Special Forces, along with British and American arms, are flowing into Yemen to aid Saudi Arabia’s intervention against the Houthis. Israel’s lobbying, alongside the efforts of its allies in the Jewish diaspora, have worked so hard over the last 20 years that the West's anti-Iran foreign policy is the standard position. This is hardly a crackpot theory; take a glance at the mainstream media, who admit the same thing. No western government will ever consider backing Iran, and even the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who is sympathetic towards Iran’s ally Russia, would never dare to annoy his Israeli friends.

The reality that the public needs to realize is that the American military is being sent into Afghanistan to protect a covert drug revenue operation, and it is being sent into the Middle East to further Israeli interests. Nobody should be under any doubt that more wars will follow in the future, though unlike in the past, the Neo-Cons will not have such an easy ride. Russia and Iran’s presence in the Middle East is growing; and difficult, troubled times lay ahead for both sides in the increasingly complicated Great Game.

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Edward Saunders

by Edward Saunders

Edward Saunders writes for Republic Standard and is a life long right wing activist.

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