Steve Bannon and US Islamophobia have become fodder for Al Qaeda terrorist propaganda
Steve Bannon is on the cover of Al Qaeda-affiliated newspaper al-Masra, ThinkProgress reported Wednesday.
The paper features a photo of Bannon under a headline that reads "The war is with Islam as a religion."
The story reportedly uses negative comments Bannon has made against Islam as evidence for America's anti-Islamic leanings.
ThinkProgress argues that Bannon's face in the paper "shows how policies forged by his nationalist policies support the notion that the West and Islam are incompatible – a narrative pushed not only by the White House, but by groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS."
Elisabeth Kendall, a senior research fellow in Arabic and Islamic studies at Oxford University, told ThinkProgress that "America is clearly becoming a more prominent target."
She said: "Trump has created an upsurge in militant jihadist attention on America — it was previously on America but also on many other targets like Shiites in Yemen, Iraq and even Syria — but this has really refocused attention on America itself." Read more (3/2/17 1:17 PM)
henlo just a ~reminder~ that western countries such as the US and UK benefit off of the instability in the middle east and are KNOWN for going into middle eastern countries not to ~spread democracy~ but to cause turmoil.
don’t forget that the US had a hand in creating the Mujahideen in order to spy on Russia during the cold war, later turning into al qaeda. dont forget that the US government replaced the democratically elected prime minister of iran (the 1953 coup), placing the shah in power, which then spurred the “islamic revolution” of the 1970s, leading to the government that is now in place. all because the prime minister wanted to nationalize iranian oil. dont forget that the iraq war wasnt about ~spreading democracy~ or ~weapons of mass destruction~ or even sadam hussein but because iraq wanted to nationalize their oil.
the instability in the middle east was created by the United States and other Western countries, and now they’re furthering that instability.
so the us, uk, and french missiles are NOT surprising. trump sending missiles into syria is what EVERY western country has done to the middle east since the 90s and early 2000s. its NOT surprising to see so many praise trump for ~his actions against assad~ when domestic militarization (aka using the excuse of “theyre killing women and children so we MUST fight back !1!”) is a trend in american politics.
i LITERALLy was asked what i thought trump was going to do syria on TUESDAY and i LITERALLY said that he was going to bomb the country
its a cycle that many western media outlets and many white americans REFUSE to acknowledge. and im TIREDT
In 2013, Daniel Hale was at an antiwar conference in D.C. when a man recounted that two family members had been killed in a U.S. drone strike. The Yemeni man, through tears, said his relatives had been trying to encourage young men to leave al-Qaeda.
Hale realized he had watched the fatal attack from a base in Afghanistan. At the time, he and his colleagues in Air Force intelligence viewed it as a success. Now he was horrified.
It was such experiences, Hale told a federal judge in Alexandria, Va., on Tuesday, that led him to leak classified information about drone warfare to a reporter after leaving the military.
“I believe that it is wrong to kill, but it is especially wrong to kill the defenseless,” he said in court. He said he shared what “was necessary to dispel the lie that drone warfare keeps us safe, that our lives are worth more than theirs.”
U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady sentenced Hale, 33, of Nashville, to 45 months in prison for violating the Espionage Act, saying his disclosure of documents went beyond his “courageous and principled” stance on drones.
“You are not being prosecuted for speaking out about the drone program killing innocent people,” O’Grady said. “You could have been a whistleblower … without taking any of these documents.”...
None of the government agencies involved reported any direct harm resulting from Hale’s disclosures.
petraeus got 2 years probation for doing the same thing, but because he did it for personal gain instead of critiquing war crimes, they were lenient on him. meanwhile, hale exposed these crimes because of his personal beliefs, so the court is portraying him as having done so for personal gain.
Brave first responders in the aftermath of 9/11. As you can see, the heavy pollutants released by the buildings’ respective collapses permeates the air. Many of these first responders have since died early due to associated diseases. Terrorism has victims long after the event. Honor the victims. Always remember 9/11.