Entry 2

Today in Diigo I posted an article from the Huffington Post about the ‘real’ reason the U.S. is bombing Syria. The guy who wrote this, Dennis Kucinich, was a member of the U.S. house of representatives, candidate for presidential nominee, and seems to write a bit about this sort of thing. I’m not sure if that makes him an authority on the subject, but it sounds reasonably legitimate. I found the article interesting because it feeds this thought I sometimes have- that everything we usually hear about ISIS, Syria, and the FSA in the news could totally be some big scam or a cover up for something else. In the article he says it “can’t be refuted” that ISIS is a product of western intervention in Iraq and covert action in Syria. In some parts of this article I’m not sure exactly what the author is referring to, but I speculate that “covert action in Syria” might be referencing something about the arming of the Free Syrian Army because of the line: “This Frankenstein-like experiment of arming the alleged freedom-seeking Syrian opposition created the monster [ISIS] that roams the region.” With the west making the problem out to be a nasty dictator in order to justify arming rebel groups, and the east saying that the U.S. is responsible for the chaos by arming said rebels groups and then framing Assad as a pretext for regime change, it’s hard to discern the truth. We say the east is so censored, but is it not plausible that it’s the case here too? I see news stories that the FSA, funded by western powers, is framing the regime for attacks on civilians while the regime is just trying to protect its country from terrorists. I read blog posts that say one group attacked a neighborhood, and another story saying it was a different group. And then I see totally different information coming from most popular western news sources. I find it unsettling that there’s no reliable way to discern the truth.

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