Sunday, January 09, 2005

The Salvador option

From Newsweek (my emphasis):

" . . . one Pentagon proposal would send Special Forces teams to advise, support and possibly train Iraqi squads, most likely hand-picked Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Shiite militiamen, to target Sunni insurgents and their sympathizers, even across the border into Syria, according to military insiders familiar with the discussions. It remains unclear, however, whether this would be a policy of assassination or so-called 'snatch' operations, in which the targets are sent to secret facilities for interrogation. The current thinking is that while U.S. Special Forces would lead operations in, say, Syria, activities inside Iraq itself would be carried out by Iraqi paramilitaries, officials tell NEWSWEEK."

If you really wanted to start a civil war in Iraq and World War III in the Middle East - and the neocons do - this would be the way to do it. Paying a group of terrorists from one ethnic group to target insurgents from another ethnic group, not to mention their 'sympathizers' - which presumably covers the entire Sunni population of Iraq - is simply insane. They talk about the model of El Salvador, a completely immoral operation, but one with fairly limited repercussions outside of El Salvador. They should really be thinking of the model of Afghanistan, where similar American meddling to use insurgents to fight the Cold War led directly to the creation of al Qaeda and international Islamic terrorism (a result not displeasing to the neocons, who use it as their chief propaganda weapon to make their case for American neocolonial wars, not to mention to make the general case for Israeli state terrorism). Actually, it is fairly clear that someone, if not the CIA/Pentagon, then Israel, is already up to this kind of dirty trick, attempting to ensure both that Iraq is broken up into non-threatening statelets and that the United States is drawn, on behalf of Likudnik and arms dealer and warmonger interests, into a World War in the Middle East.