Empire's Enemy

The Empire has exterminated Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the caliph of Islamic State. To the Empire, al-Baghdadi was an enemy.

The Empire cites "respect for Islamic custom." So, the Empire claims, al-Baghdadi was buried at a sea after completing Islamic burial ritual.

To describe al-Baghdadi's last moments, the Empire uses an allegory—"died like a dog"—that stands far away from human identity. What taste does the allegory reveal?

The Empire claims: al-Baghdadi killed himself. It's difficult to put trust on the Empire's claims. Many claims, including Saddam's WMD, made on earlier occasions failed to stand as fact.

Today, al-Baghdadi was made an enemy of the Empire. But, how al-Baghdadi was created?

The Empire's enemy—al-Baghdadi and his organisation—was not created from a void. Invasion, injustice, humiliation, killings, tortures, and this entire breed bred anger and anguish, sending persons to extreme limit with sense of reprisal. In 1997, a US Department of Defense report found "a strong correlation between US involvement abroad and an increase in terrorist attacks against the US." David Kilcullen, a former adviser to both US General Petraeus and Secretary of State Rice, told Channel 4 News in March 2016: "a lot of the problem is of our own making. There, undeniably, would be no ISIS if we hadn't invaded Iraq."

There is the Empire's geo-political "game": Fan up an ideological brand to liquidate foes—Soviet Union, Marxist ideas, anti-imperialist democratic struggles by the exploited,Assad, Gaddafi, Nasser, Sukarno.

It's impossible to ignore General William Odom's remark: "by any measure the US has long used terrorism. In 1978-79 the Senate was trying to pass a law against international terrorism—in every version they produced, the lawyers said the US would be in violation." The general was director of the National Security Agency under president Reagan.

Robin Cook, former British Foreign Secretary, once told the House of Commons that Al Qaeda was unquestionably a product of Western intelligence agencies.

The Empire, thus, produces friend and foe.

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Vol. 52, No. 20, Nov 17 - 23, 2019