Saturday, March 14, 2015

The ties that bind...

Brian Loughnane is Federal Liberal Party President and is currently supporting ISIS.

Don't believe me. Then follow this...

[Disclaimer:  Brian Loughnane has no association with ISIS. I've written these ironical comments to make the point that the West, and notably the US leadership, has had political connections to ISIS that need some explanation. My criticisms of the US National Endowment of Democracy mentioned below are real enough.]

As of 2015 Loughnane has been a member of the advisory council of the International Republican Institute (IRI) a Republican Party agency within the National Endowment of Democracy (NED). This is a well-funded US agency supposedly aimed at developing democratic mechanisms globally, but in reality responsible for a great deal of US government covert efforts to destabilize and bring down nations whose leadership and policies it opposes. It achieves this by subversion of their media, the financing of local protests groups and color revolutions.

The IRI and the NED have worked to foment revolutions in Haiti, Venezuela and Syria. In  real terms, they are agents for implementing an aggressive covert US foreign policy, a goal admitted to by the founders of the NED.

Senior US Republican (and war hawk) Senator John McCain has been the chairman of the IRI since 1992 and has traveled extensively as an agent of the US implementing its foreign policy.

In 2011 he met and congratulated senior Libyan leader Abdulhakim Belhaj following the US sponsored takeover there. Belhaj was known to have strong al Qaeda links prior to that US sponsored revolution and has recently declared himself to be the head of IS in Libya.

Abdelhakim Belhadj is a current senior Libyan politician and former head of a Libyan terrorist group with close ties to the Taliban and al Qaeda. His group was based in Derna, a town that gained major support from the West when NATO bombed that city in support of al Qaeda forces fighting to remove Gaddafi. The NATO support was critical in their success and MI6, CIA and NATO knew exactly who Belhadj was, his history and ideology. NATO was effectively al Qaeda's air force in Libya.

A 2007 West Point Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) report examining the demographics of foreign jihadist forces in Iraq fighting occupying US troops revealed that the NATO-backed rebels in Libya led by Belhaj were in fact fighters drawn from the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) listed by both the US State Department and UK Home Office as a foreign terrorist organization.

If the West Point students knew all about the locations and strengths of Libyan al Qaeda forces in 2007 then clearly so did NATO in 2011. And that means John McCain did as well when he was later photographed with Belhaj.

Gaddafi had previously released Belhadj under a general amnesty for Libyan political prisoners despite the fact that he had made assassination attempts against him. Yet now, in 2015, Belhadj  openly declares himself to be the leader of ISIS in Libya. It was this ISIS group that recently beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in the town of Derna prompting Egyptian bombing raids in response. The ISIS flag flies over Libyan government buildings there, police cars carry the group's insignia and the local football stadium is used for public executions.

Tell me again how ISIS is a product of Islam and not NATO warplanes and US foreign policy.

In May 2013 McCain traveled clandestinely (and illegally) to Syria to meet with Ibrahim al-Badri (Al-Baghdadi) who, even then, was the declared head of ISIS and a listed US terrorist with a $10 million bounty on his head. (Al Baghdadi is on the left in the photo below, McCain on the right):

Here's John McCain with jihadist Abu Sakkar of the Farouk Brigade at the same meeting:

And here's Abu Sakkar -- also in May 2013! -- cutting the heart out of a Syrian soldier and biting into it, a vision that brought global condemnation:

In several recent US interviews McCain has claimed to have had continuing contact with ISIS-Daesh officials in Syria:

"Has Rand Paul ever been to Syria? Has he ever met with ISIS? Has he ever met with any of these people? No. No. We’re gonna have a fight because it’s patently false. This is the same Rand Paul that said we didn’t want to have anything to do with anything by the way. I don’t want to get in a fight with him at all. But it’s not true. I know these people. I’m in contact with them all the time and he is not."

 Even the New York Times says McCain is having trouble shaking off his links to ISIS.

In case it be thought that John McCain is a lone wolf he was reported in a Fox News interview (date not confirmed) with Greta Van Susteren, as saying:

"Hillary Clinton has described already the meeting in the White House over 2 years ago, everyone in the National Security Team recommended arming ISIS, and the President, by himself turned it down, just like by himself, he decided not to strike Syria after he said that they’d crossed the red line."

So McCain appears to have the backing of a large section of the current US political leadership and is reflective of much of their thinking. That he has now changed his tune, publicly denouncing ISIS, merely reflects that the US leadership has been dragged into the open and forced to take a public stand against them. Make no mistake, if ISIS had defeated Assad then John McCain would have trumpeting it as a victory for the Syrian people, caliphate or not.

What is without doubt is that John McCain is showing up in all of the world's hotspots with all of the wrong kind of people.

So why is Brian Loughnane sitting on a US Republican Party advisory board aggressively committed to a US foreign policy of covert action against Syria, Iran and Venezuela and whose chairman, on his own admission, has close and continuing links to ISIS.

And on a side note ...

Does ISIS work with NATO? 
Why is John McCain supporting Nazi elements in Ukraine?