TEHRAN (FNA)- Brandon Martinez, a Canadian journalist and freelance writer, believes that the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) is the co-product of the Israeli regime and the United States who are supporting it financially and militarily.
According to Brandon Martinez, ISIL is pursuing a Zionist agenda that was set out in 1980s by a fanatic Israeli strategist Oded Yinon who had envisaged the balkanization of the Middle East nations that are not supportive of Israel’s expansionistic, imperial agenda.
“Recently we saw Israel bomb several Syrian military sites to aid the ISIL insurgency in the south of the country, which illustrates quite clearly that ISIL is being aided and abetted by Tel Aviv as part of a broader Zionist destabilization plot in Syria,” said Brandon Martinez in an interview with Fars News Agency.
“Israel’s ultimate agenda, as outlined in the [Oded] Yinon document and other Israeli geopolitical manifestos, is to have Muslims and Arabs fighting and squabbling amongst themselves so that nobody can challenge its hegemony and also so that it can get away with the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine with little protest from the outside world,” he added.
As said by Mr. Martinez, it’s in the best interests of Israel to ignite infighting and dispute among the Muslims and Arab nations, while in effect the different Muslim denominations, including the Shiites and Sunnis, are not at odds and always lived in peaceful coexistence as long as the foreign powers don’t pit them against each other.
Brandon Martinez is a journalist and freelance writer with a special focus on the foreign policy issues and Middle East current affairs. A critic of the “farcical War on Terror”, he has long blogged on Zionism, Israel-Palestine, American and Canadian foreign policy, war, terrorism and deception in media and politics. Martinez is a frequent contributor to Press TV.
What follows is the text of FNA’s interview with Mr. Brandon Martinez on the recent rise of the ISIL in Iraq and Syria and their relationship with the world powers.
Q: Brandon; what do you think are the ultimate objectives of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant? Why have they embarked on a project of rabblerousing and igniting sectarian conflict in the region?
A: I believe the stated goal of ISIL to create an “Islamic caliphate” in the Middle East is just a cover story for a more sinister agenda. In my opinion, the real objective of ISIL is to deliberately blacken the name of Islam as well as to purposefully cause sectarian strife across the Muslim world. As we have seen, ISIL militants have engaged in medieval savagery and have often videotaped their brutalities for the world to see. They commit these heinous inhuman acts, such as beheadings, mass shootings, etc., in the name of Islam by flying Islamic banners and symbols. But the fact is that most of those targeted and victimized by the group are Muslims.
ISIL is not waging a “jihad” against the bandit state of Israel, which kills and injures thousands of Arabs and Muslims each year; nor is the group acting against the corrupt dictatorships plaguing the Persian Gulf (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, etc.) Yet ISIL radicals have a menacing presence in Syria and Iraq, two Arab, Muslim countries neighboring Israel that the Zionists have long sought to weaken and subjugate for the sake of “Greater Israel.” This is hardly a coincidence. In my honest opinion, ISIL is nothing more than a conglomeration of hardened criminals, psychopaths and murder-for-hire thugs in the employ of the Americans, the Israelis and the Saudis.
Q: Can we consider the threat of the disintegration and balkanization of Iraq serious? Is the ISIL capable of realizing its plans for dominating Iraq and Syria and destroying their sovereign governments?
A: ISIL is certainly a formidable threat to the sovereignty and well-being ofIraq, Syria and other Middle Eastern countries. As we have seen over the past few years, the ISIL, Al-Nusra insurgency in Syria has thrown the entire country into chaos and devastation. The terror group is relatively well-armed, well-trained and well-organized and its fighters are ruthless fanatics consumed by a violent ideology. The current Iraqi government under Maliki is weak and fragile, as it has to deal with so many other problems plaguing the country. Now faced with ISIL incursions into major Iraqi cities, the Maliki regime may well collapse under the pressure. No matter how many setbacks ISIL suffers, they always seem to recuperate and launch more attacks. ISIL’s Israeli, American, Saudi backers seem willing to throw infinite amounts of money and resources at the group. If that support continues indefinitely, the governments of Iraq and Syria may not be able to withstand the ISIL onslaught. Let’s hope that is not the case.
Q: In one of your recent articles, you noted that fragmenting and weakening the Middle East has been part and parcel of the Israeli regime’s plans for the Middle East. You cited the Zionist strategist Oded Yinon as writing in 1982 that “[e]very kind of inter-Arab confrontation” will assist Israel in the short run and “will shorten the way to the more important aim of breaking up Iraq into denominations as in Syria and in Lebanon.” So can we conclude that the ISIL and the Al-Nusra Front are being funded and equipped in part by the Israeli regime, while it apparently sounds like they are Muslim fighters trying to establish an Islamic caliphate in the Middle East?
A: Yes, I have drawn that conclusion indeed. Recently we saw Israel bomb several Syrian military sites to aid the ISIL insurgency in the south of the country, which illustrates quite clearly that ISIL is being aided and abetted by Tel Aviv as part of a broader Zionist destabilization plot in Syria. Israel’s ultimate agenda, as outlined in the Yinon document and other Israeli geopolitical manifestos, is to have Muslims and Arabs fighting and squabbling amongst themselves so that nobody can challenge its hegemony and also so that it can get away with the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine with little protest from the outside world. With international attention focused on the turmoil happening in Syria and Iraq, Israel escapes the gaze of the international community and can move forward with its imperialist objectives relatively unnoticed. Israeli PM Netanyahu for instance has pointed to the atrocities occurring in Syria and Iraq as “proof” that the Arab, Muslim world is inherently backwards and uncivilized and that Israel is the only civilized, rational actor in the region. What Netanyahu failed to mention is that he and his gang in Tel Aviv are the hidden hand behind much of the unrest in the Middle East.
Q: Do you consider the current crisis in Iraq and Syria the result of a division between the Shiites and the Sunnis? Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has said that the different Islamic denominations, including the Shiites and Sunnis, don’t have any conflict or dispute with each other, and what is burning the region in unrest is foreign intervention combined with the greediness of the extremist, fundamentalist sects for furthering their territorial ambitions. What’s your take on that?
A: I believe the Sunni-Shia divide is largely a manufactured one. This type of sectarian rivalry was relatively benign until the US invaded Iraq on false pretenses in 2003 on behalf of the Israeli regime. Israeli geopolitical thinkers like Oded Yinon talked about pitting different Middle Eastern ethnic and religious factions against one another as a strategy of tension. This is exactly what we see unfolding today in Syria, Iraq and other states in the region. There may well be some fanatics in both the Sunni and Shia camps who are promoting division and distrust, but such people are little more than useful idiots for the imperial powers who are bent on subjugating the various peoples of the Middle East. The US and Israel are covertly supporting the fundamentalist, sectarian groups as proxies to accomplish their goals. The only beneficiary of such a conflict between the Sunni and the Shia is Israel and the US. The Zionists have made it an art form to trick others into confrontations that ultimately benefit Israel. Muslims must wake up and realize who the real enemy of their religion is – and it is not other members of their religion.
Q: It’s reported that around 3,000 of the ISIL fighters in Syria and Iraq are foreigners. Aren’t the United States and the European countries afraid of the returning of these terrorists to their countries? How do they justify the presence of their citizens in the ranks of terrorists fighting in a distant country thousands of miles away?
A: It is very hard to believe that these militants emanating from Western countries aren’t known to the intelligence agencies; the very same spy agencies that have the capability to tap everybody’s phone, as former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed. These people presumably pass through security check-ins at airports and border crossings, yet Western governments have routinely failed to detain any of them before they reach their destination or upon their return back home. This isn’t believable. In my opinion, the US and other Western countries are covertly allowing these malcontents to make their way to Syria and Iraq; perhaps even aiding and abetting their travels. To comprehend this you must understand that these Western countries are not acting in the interests of their own respective nations, but have prioritized the interests of a foreign state above their own; that state is Israel.
Q: Some military analysts have said that ISIL possesses remarkable and advanced armament and military equipment, and since its manpower is made of foreign fighters and prisoner escapees, it can carry out its operations and hit the targets without difficulty. Who is equipping ISIL and providing it with the state-of-the-art armament it currently possesses? Is it really possible for a fundamentalist cult to conquer and gain control over so many cities and provinces without the support and sponsorship of foreign powers?
A: ISIL is a Frankenstein monster manufactured in the laboratories of the CIA and Mossad. ISIL is undoubtedly receiving military armaments from abroad. It has been demonstrated that ISIL’s advanced weaponry, including chemical weapons, originates from the US, Saudi Arabia and other places. ISIL most likely attains weapons from the black market as well; the black market weapons trade is dominated by the American and Israeli secret services. The group’s meteoric rise is not simply owed to the fanaticism of its members. Nobody would even have heard of this group if not for the financial and military backing of its American, Israeli and Saudi benefactors. The crisis in Syria is not the result of indigenous discontent with the government of Bashar al-Assad. Most members of ISIL and al-Nusra Front are not even Syrians. The chaos reigning down upon that Arab country was scripted in Washington and Tel Aviv a long time ago.
Q: The U.S. Department of State and the European powers as well as international organizations such as the UN Security Council have so far refused to brand ISIL a terrorist organization, and the Western security experts mostly talk of it as a “militant organization” rather than a terrorist group; this is while they claim that they have no interest in the empowerment and rise of the ISIL. How do you explain this? How can we interpret the U.S. approach to the current turmoil in the region? Is it really the case that the U.S. officials prefer to stay away from the developments and let the ISIL move forward with its devilish plans for the balkanization of Iraq and Syria?
A: It is very interesting indeed that the US and Europe refuse to brand ISIL a terrorist organization, despite the group’s crystal clear track-record of blood-curdling atrocities against civilians, including women, children and elderly. At the same time many Western governments, under Israeli pressure, have designated Hamas and Hezbollah, two clear enemies of Israel, as “terrorist groups.” The reality is that ISIL is not a clear enemy of Israel and is in fact a geopolitical tool of the Zionists. As such the US and Europe are not eager to put the terrorist label on ISIL and thereby undermine the group’s support networks. If the US and EU were to slap the “terrorist” distinction on ISIL it would be illegal to provide that group with money or weaponry under international and even national laws. Since the US and many European powers are overtly and covertly supporting the ISIL terrorists, these governments will likely never label it a terrorist organization.
The US policy has been one of extreme partisanship in favor of the “rebels” in Syria. It has contributed in no small way to the havoc and mayhem plaguing that nation, and deliberately so. Now that the world has seen what these “rebels” are truly all about, mass murder and carnage, Washington is, on the surface, distancing itself from them, but only on the surface. The covert support for ISIL and al-Nusra Front will continue on through the CIA’s back-channels.
US foreign policy in the Middle East has, for many decades, been guided by Israel’s imperial desires. America’s current policies vis-à-vis Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and other Arab-Muslim countries clearly underscore that reality. Destabilization is a Zionist stratagem to divide and conquer Israel’s Middle Eastern adversaries and competitors. It doesn’t serve any true US national interest to pursue this bull-headed approach to the Muslim world, but it does advance Israel’s regional goals as well as the broader Zionist-Neocon pursuit of a “clash of civilizations” between the West and the Islamic world.
In this respect, we must view Washington’s destructive and scandalous actions in the Middle East and North Africa as an extension of Tel Aviv’s pernicious agenda.
Interview by Kourosh Ziabari