Elio Delgado Legon
HAVANA TIMES — When the events of September 11, 2001, took place, the greatest and most criminal terrorist attack ever, destroying New York’s Twin Towers, the then US president George W. Bush declared war on terrorism and said that he was ready to attack the 60 or more darkest corners in the world.
The Twin Towers attack had given the US the perfect pretext they needed to wage war against countries with governments that didn’t please the Empire. So they accused Iraq of possessing weapons of mass destruction and said that they needed to invade the country and change the existing regime. It might seem like a joke, the country who has the most weapons of mass destruction in its control, not only has them, but it has used them, accusing other countries of possessing them and just for that they need to be invaded and have their regime changed.
The first thing the invasion of Iraq proved was that there were no such weapons and that the US pesident had lied to the world in order to justify the attack. Then came the attack on Afghanistan, where they were supposedly searching for Bin Laden, the leader of the terrorist group Al Qaeda, a person who had been prepared, trained and armed by the United States itself so that he would serve their interests. That is to say, back then he was a “good” terrorist.
Invading Iraq, Afghanistan and later Libya, succeeded in changing the existing regimes, but it sunk this entire region into chaos, which gave the dark terrorist masterminds the chance to take up arms and occupy territories, which has cost these peoples thousands of deaths and millions of displaced who are fleeing death.
When the conflict in Syria arose, which could have been resolved by the Syrian people themselves in a very short period of time, imperialism saw the opportunity to change another hostile regime and began to throw firewood onto the internal fire, introducing thousands of armed fighters from abroad, mostly terrorists who have destroyed this country and murdered thousands, which has provoked a mass exodus of refugees to Europe, complicating the immigration situation there even further.
The United States announced to the world that they would fight terrorism in Syria, but it’s been several years now and this alleged “anti-terrorist” war hasn’t advanced in the slightest and in the meantime, terrorists are becoming the rulers of vast territories. It was only with Russia’s air force intervening and Russia’s support for Bashar al Asad’s government, that much of the occupied lands have been recovered from the terrorists and they have managed to kill many of them.
Previously, terrorists used chemical weapons which caused hundreds of deaths, which the Syrian government was accused of, without proof, and who accepted an investigation to take place at that time and handing over any chemical weapons it had. Now, history is repeating itself and a new media campaign has been lauched accusing the government of using chemical weapons against the civilian population, which doesn’t make any sense, but has been used by Donald Trump’s government as a pretext to launch cruise missiles in an attack on a Syrian air base.
When supposedly the United States is fighting terrorism, it attacks those who are fighting against the terrorists quite successfully. This shows that while terrorists contribute to the US efforts to overthrow Syria’s legitimate government, the Pentagon supports them by attacking a Syrian air base, which caused great damage and nine military deaths and an equal number of civilians in nearby towns, including several children. All of this makes people all over the world ask themselves: Is the US fighting or supporting terrorism?