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"We are at war," declared French President François Hollande after the bloody terrorist attacks in Paris. "And we'll be merciless." French politicians and media joined in the chorus, singing "La Marseillaise," the French national anthem.

No, in reality, the war has hit home, big time.

Up until November 13, that war, led by NATO and allies, has been raging in Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Bahrain, Mali, Syria, Yemen... And France has been very much one of the main fomenters of the war -- in Syria and Mali mainly, where Paris has a proprietary interest as the former colonial master.

And the war has been hitting home for months, with the ongoing waves of desperate refugees fleeing death and devastation in their scorched homelands, in search of havens in NATO's Western Europe.

As the terrorists sprayed lethal bullets at Parisians in seven different venues, the French state was already battling some 5,000 refugees blocked in Calais camps called "The Jungle" while trying to get to the U.K.

The Daesh parade into Iraq

When the heavily armed and freshly supplied legions of Daesh rolled into Iraq from Syria in early 2014 in their brand-new, yellow Toyotas, and quickly overran Mosul and Ramadi as the Iraqi army fled, did we really believe they sprouted freely in the desert, and were fully home-grown and autonomous?

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That's what our NATO government leaders led us to believe, with much help from our media -- which don't "speak truth to power" but instead "speak the truth of power."

Our media never says "Palestinian state," but it quickly identified Daesh as "Islamic State," and kept repeating the moniker, conniving to give legitimacy to this band of barbarous, robotic Salafis.

Until November 14 that is, the day after the Paris carnage, when, speaking after the Vienna meeting on Syria, U.S. State Secretary John Kerry mentioned only "Daesh" and "Al Nusra." Sergueï Lavrov, his Russian counterpart, stuck to "terrorists."

The IS/ISIS/ISIL and "Islamic State" alphabet soup has just been poured down the drain.

Daesh hits back at NATO and allies' betrayal

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Herein lies one core motive behind the Paris killings: nurtured over a decade by NATO powers, including Canada, and allies (oil emirates, Israel) to facilitate "regime change" from Libya to Syria, the Salafis of Daesh feel betrayed by their masters ever since Russia and China blocked the Western bulldozer with their double veto at the UN Security Council.

After the first double veto in October 2011, Russian UNSC Ambassador Vitaly Churkin thanked the BRICS States for their support, and explained:

"Of vital importance is the fact that at the heart of the Russian/Chinese draft was the logic of respect for the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria as well as the principle of non-intervention, including military, in its affairs; the principle of the unity of the Syrian people; refraining from confrontation; and inviting all to an even-handed and comprehensive dialogue aimed at achieving civil peace and national agreement by reforming the socioeconomic and political life of the country.

"Today's rejected draft was based on a very different philosophy -- the philosophy of confrontation. We cannot agree with this unilateral, accusatory bent against Damascus. We deem unacceptable the threat of an ultimatum and sanctions against the Syrian authorities. Such an approach contravenes the principle of a peaceful settlement of the crisis on the basis of a full Syrian national dialogue. Our proposals for wording on the non-acceptability of foreign military intervention were not taken into account, and, based on the well-known events in North Africa (Libya), that can only put us on our guard."

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