There is currently much discussion surrounding how the United States should respond to the ruthless and barbaric acts and ideology of ISIS. However, there is no talk about the origins of ISIS.
I believe many politicians and media outlets have either overlooked or refused to acknowledge some important information, which, if taken into consideration, might cause the United States to rethink its strategy of consistently intervening in countries across the globe.
The United States helped create ISIS. The truth hurts sometimes, but we must learn our history if we are to avoid repeating it.
In 2013, the United States reportedly delivered weapons, supplies and CIA-sponsored training to moderate rebels within the Free Syrian Army in an attempt to help the rebels overthrow the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. This led to the rise of ISIS in 2014 as many factions within the Free Syrian Army pledged their services to the Islamic State, thus making the FSA one of the largest suppliers of fighters and weapons to ISIS, according to Breitbart News.
What is even more concerning is that these consequences were not entirely unintended.
A recently declassified secret US Defense Intelligence Agency document, written in 2012, welcomed the possibility of an Al-Qaeda controlled Islamic state in Syria. The US document reported that Al-Qaeda was one of the major forces driving the insurgency in Syria and stated that western countries, the Gulf states and Turkey supported the opposition’s efforts to take control of Eastern Syria, according to Seumas Milne in an article written for The Guardian.
In other words, the United States and its allies wanted a fundamental Islamic group to take over in eastern Syria in order to overthrow Assad’s regime, according to Truth in Media.
This should be alarming to us. However, those who have kept up with United States foreign policy will not be surprised by U.S. efforts to force a regime change. Through the years, Republicans and Democrats have joined together in pursuing a strategy of violently overthrowing foreign governments that do not bow to their wishes, according to Salon.com.
In the 1980’s, the United States sent money and weapons to Osama Bin Laden and the Mujahideen to fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan, according to NBC News. The United States also helped put Saddam Hussein in power by helping him obtain chemical weapons during the Iraq-Iran war in the 1980’s, according to PBS. These two evil men incited the United States into endless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
It’s time for the United States to stop being the policemen of the world. If the United States continues to disregard the reality of blowback and the unintended consequences that have come from intervening in other countries affairs, the propping up of ruthless dictators and terrorist groups, such as ISIS, will continue.