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The Flavor of the Summer is Fear as Media Hypes Scary Muslims

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The Power Of Nightmares

Be very, very afraid America. The latest and greatest threat to western civilization has now manifested itself in the mysterious Islamist group ISIS officially declaring the establishment of that dreaded caliphate that the neocons have been wailing about for years and have now hit the jackpot with the ultimate bogeyman to wage their Middle Eastern wars going forward. It was inevitable that Americans would be bludgeoned again with the great big red, white and blue fear club, a powerful weapon of great influence that worked to perfection under Bush and Cheney. That particular club is the most ass kicking one in the bag and will inevitably be used by whoever it is that inherits Obama's gig come January 2017. Whether it be Hillary Clinton, a warmongering interventionist, the resurrected from the political dead Mitt Romney or some other fascist Republican, fear will be the key as they head up the endless wars of corporate exploitation and American exceptionalism.

The rise of ISIS as some sort of monstrous army of Allah worshipping flesh-eating zombies couldn't be better concocted so as to scare the living crap out of the bewildered herd on the great star-spangled lemming farm and the state-corporate media is flogging this horse as hard as possible. The neocons must not believe their luck in having been able to return from what should have been permanent political exile to rule the roost anew so easily. They are like piranha or sharks with a keen sense for blood in the water and they are swarmers who never, ever stop and it makes little difference to the neocons who formally occupies the White House as long as the wars continue.

Let's face it, things are never going to change in America. This is because the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center served the political class as well as the Reichstag Fire did the Nazis for it has served to justify every offense against the Constitution such as the stripping away of civil liberties, the elimination for all intents and purposes of both Habeas Corpus and the Posse Comitatus Act as we were dragged with nary a whimper into a now fully bloomed fascist totalitarian state. The Reichstag Fire gave Hitler his Enabling Act and the 9/11 events gave the US power structure their USA PATRIOT Act - not that there is much difference between the two other than the latter was written in German.

Bush and Cheney invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, neither one of these enormously costly and failed wars were in the national interest and the USA!, USA!, USA! has pretty much been whupped in both. Sure there was the great "SURGE" of the glorious General David Petraeus but it was just a public relations gimmick, sold to the public by seasoned, bloodthristy whores of the Military Industrial Complex like Senators McCain and Graham. It all worked so well and if the narrative coming out of Iraq and Syria is to be believed (and why in the Hell should anything that this corrupt government and power structure says should be given credibility given their record since 9/11) then the US involvement in the region and the destabilizing effect had more to do with ISIS than anything else. I still think that this all bears more than a slight whiff of bullshit and a massive psyops campaign to reengage upon the PNAC path to eternal glory and the harder that the media pushes it, the stronger that smell becomes.

But I digress...

This weekend commencing with the start of Ramadan, the baddest motherfuckers on Earth - I actually heard some dipshit referring to them as the Muslim Khmer Rouge and some rampaging horde out of Game of Thrones which I can't recall - have announced their intent to form the Caliphate. I excerpt the following from The Guardian story entitled "Isis announces Islamic caliphate in area straddling Iraq and Syria":

Islamist militants have declared an Islamic "caliphate" in an area straddling Iraq and Syria, trumpeting the declaration in several videos.

One slick video, mostly in English, features a bearded fighter with an AK-47 on his back, explaining the new caliphate.

"This is not the first border we will break, we will break other borders," a jihadist from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) warned in the video called End of Sykes-Picot, a reference to the agreement between France and Britain that divided up the Ottoman empire territories after the first world war.

Later the fighter pledges that jihadists will free Palestine. "We are not here to replace an Arab cahoot with a western cahoot. Rather our jihad is more lofty and higher. We are fighting to make the word of Allah the highest," the spokesman said.


Isis, a breakaway group from al-Qaida, is notable for its hardline anti-Shia sectarianism, declaring Shia Muslims and other rivals as heretics that deserve death.

And that is only the "Shia Muslims", they would love nothing better than to come to America (or Europe) and launch their jihad to make western infidels bow as slaves (or rape their luscious white daughters) to the glory of Allah under that Sharia Law that the anti-Muslim bigot fear pimps have been preaching about for years. Just the abundance of lurid tales that have been popping up lately reek of an intelligence operation of US and other allies. Just a few examples are: "200 Iraqis killed in mass executions by ISIS fighters, Human Rights Watch says", "ISIL crucifies eight rival fighters, says monitoring group" and with pictures guaranteed to send shivers down lilly-white adherents of chicken fried Christianity in The Homeland at libertarian blog Zero Hedge "ISIS Declares A Caliphate; Crucifies 9 Syrian Rebels For Being "Too Moderate". Then there is Obama chiming in to provide cover to feckless coward Democrats in an election year who will be vilified for being terrorist appeasers with "Obama sees 'serious threat' to the U.S. from trained terrorists", the European angle to keep the NATO satellites buying the wares of various and sundry US arms manufacturers "With ISIS surging in Iraq, Europe fears rise in 'jihadi-tourists'" and hits the sweet spot with "Syria Threat Could Prompt Changes at Airports" from which I excerpt:

For months the Department of Homeland Security, FBI and other agencies have been quietly debating whether to boost the U.S. security posture and encourage overseas partners to take action too. The agencies have also been debating whether to make a public announcement on potential new security measures at airports.

The back-and-forth has been based on intelligence showing that a particularly extreme "subset" of terrorist groups in Syria was working alongside operatives from al Qaeda's prolific offshoot in Yemen to produce "creative" new designs for bombs, as one source put it.

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