Today marks 21 years since the massacre of more than 8300 Muslims and the raping of more than 60,000 Muslim women (throughout the Bosnian War) in Srebrenica as UN “Peacekeepers” moved aside and allowed it to occur. The UN themselves described it as ‘the worst crime on European soil since the Second World War’.
Over the last 21 years, the International Criminal Court (ICC) (based at the Hague) has convicted some of the Serbs involved in the massacre, the most prominent being the Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić, although he was only given a 40 year prison sentence. His military counterpart, General Ratko Mladic, still awaits a well overdue verdict. However, blame should not be restricted to the Serbs alone. Declassified cables, exclusive interviews and testimony to the tribunal show that the British, American and French governments along with the United Nations, knew six weeks before the massacre that the enclave in Srebrenica would fall, but they decided to leave the Muslims to the fate of the Serbs. Here is a summary of Western involvement in the Srebrenica genocide:
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Baathism, or “renaissance” is an anti-colonial and pan-Arabist doctrine dating all the way back to 1943. At the time, Baathism called for the rejection of the “Western civilization’s invasion of the Arab mind”. Aflaq, one of the founding fathers of Baathism spoke of Islam as being a proof of ‘Arab genius’,
“Europe is as fearful of Islam today as she has been in the past. She now knows that the strength of Islam (which in the past expressed that of the Arabs) has been reborn and has appeared in a new form: Arab nationalism”. ~ Michel Aflaq, 1943
What followed was the combination of the socialist ideology compounded by nationalism. Later, Baathists attempted to restore their power through a number of different tracks over the past decade: secularism, insurgency, and ‘terrorism’
After the 1963 coup that first gave the Baathists a share of power in Iraq’s government, Saddam Hussein became head of the Iraqi Intelligence Service secret (Jihaz Al-Mukhabarat Al-Amma), and collected meticulous dossiers on friends and enemies alike. Saddam used these dossiers to carry out the bloodless 1968 coup that brought his party to full control of Iraq.
With support from the West, Saddam and his Baathist party gained prominence throughout the Middle East and were used to cause sectarian strife in the region. In 1980 Saddam declared War on Tehran, an estimated one million lives were lost as a result. Even within his own nation the western appointed dictator surpressed the Shia and Kurdish population. With the tacit encouragement of Washington, the Iraqi Shia and the Kurds rebelled against Saddam. The dissenters were massacred by Saddam’s military, and the US reneged on its pledge to support the uprising.
Events preceding 9/11 indicated the end of Saddam’s reign. Saddam and his Baathist regime became the central focus of the U.S ‘War on Terror’. The U.S invaded Iraq on the false accusation of holding weapons of mass destruction and quickly toppled Iraq’s Baathist regime. Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death, and on 30th December 2006 he was hanged. The Iraqi Baathist’s were officially put on the ash heaps of history, or were they? Continue reading “The Baathist roots of ISIS”