The price of waging America’s wars has gone up dramatically this week. No discussion or vote has taken place in parliament; the opposition Labor Party has simply extended its bipartisan support to the Liberal-National Coalition government. Such discrepancies are common in the aftermath of large bombings.
More information on the Australian Defence Force Operation OKRA Air Task Group is available here.
The latest official report of a drone in the possession of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) is tucked in an August 3rd press release from U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), the overseers of the air campaign in Syria and Iraq against the terrorist organization.
“Why are we always the world’s patsies where we have to go over there and fight their wars for them?”
He said that if the United States had bombed Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria, ISIS would now have complete control of the country, and he opposed putting US ground troops in Iraq. The infant mortality rate doubled within that period, due to malnutrition and lack of medicines. What followed was the carrying out of sociocide-the destruction of an entire society.
And with the spotlight of the debate stage – as much of a spotlight as there is for the bottom ranks of the competitors who didn’t make the main event – Graham kept up his doom warnings. The civil war in Syria began 4 1/2 years ago with the goal of ousting Bashar Assad as president and establishing a moderate regime. The cynicism and hypocrisy of the “war on terror” is highlighted by the fact that the USA had no compunction in utilising Al Qaeda-linked militias as its proxies. It was only when heavily-armed ISIS fighters from Syria crossed back into Iraq previous year and seized the city of Mosul that the USA intervened militarily in both Iraq and Syria. France has already committed to welcome 24,000 refugees in the coming two years, and there will be a quota for each country. The Daily Beast quoted military officials as saying that “they believe the drone in question is one of several owned by ISIS but that fighters only recently started seeing them appear on the frontlines”. Within Syria, there are 6.5 million internal refugees.
Socialist Alternative’s Corey Oakley articulated the position of this milieu when he declared in 2012 that “knee jerk anti-imperialism” should now be abandoned. The only ISIS drone destroyed so far in Syria was located near Raqqah and was targeted on June 26th.