It is fair to assume at this juncture that nothing Donald Trump utters is the truth or has any foundation is pursuing Americans’ best interests. Over the past couple of days Americans learned that no matter what Trump says about ISIS (ISIL, IS, Daesh), it is likely not true. It became fairly obvious when he praised the Saudi Arabia provocative action against America’s ally Qatar, that there was something untoward going on with the Trump that had everything to do with starting a conflict with Iran.
After ISIS terrorists launched two attacks on Iran this week, instead of calling for a more robust and concerted effort from all the players to crush the radicals in ISIS, Trump issued what Iranian officials rightly called a “repugnant” remark. Of course he would find a way to enrage the Iranians; they are a nation Trump’s new BFF Saudi Arabia hates with Wahhabi religious passion nearly as much as the Wahhabists in ISIS hates Iran.
Trump’s perilous embrace of Saudi Arabia, a nation steeped in promoting terror attacks around the world, is fundamentally aligning America with ISIS’ Sunnis. It is a dangerous sign that he is “searching for ways to turn the cold peace [with Iran] into a hot war.” A hot war with Iran is something Trump’s National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Defense Secretary James Mattis are intent on provoking, and one no small number of Republicans and Israel would love to see begin sooner rather than later.
Trump revealed his ‘warming’ on ISIS this week when after going crazy over the ISIS-inspired attacks in Manchester and London, inciting a vicious Twitter rant, he spent time Tweeting his trip to Cincinnati after ISIS launched two attacks in Iran. A pair of attacks that killed 17 and wounded scores of innocent Iranians and tourists. It is noteworthy that Iran has been fighting tooth and nail against ISIS since its inception, but instead of embracing, even tepidly, what should be a “de facto ally” in the effort to stamp out a terror-driven group of maniacs, Trump made a “repugnant” remark implying that Iran got what it deserved from Saudi Arabia’s friend and ally ISIS.
Alternet’s Jefferson Morley explained that what Trump is doing is putting America in the middle of a long-simmering religious civil war among competing Islamic factions to provoke a war with Iran. Morley stated, “His [Trump’s] method – commit the United States to take sides in the long-standing political struggle between the Sunni and Shia traditions of Islam.” Apparently Trump wants America at war with Iran so badly that he is willing to take sides in a Muslim religious conflict not unlike George W. Bush did in Iraq.
For all intent and purposes, Trump is following in George W. Bush’s footsteps that aided in the creation of ISIS in the first place. Saddam Hussein’s regime was aligned with Sunni Muslims that America helped drive out of Iraq into Syria to become ISIS. In doing so, Bush elevated the Iran-backed Shias in Iraq that enraged Saddam’s Baathists to create ISIS in Syria and further disrupt the region in their attempt to take back Iraq. It is never a good idea to become involved in a centuries-old religious war between rival factions and yet Trump is doing just that; all to provoke a conflict with Iran.
In his “repugnant” slight against Iran, Trump implied that every nation that suffers ISIS-inspired terror attacks are “states that sponsor terrorism.” He said in a statement about the two terror attacks in Tehran:
“We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote.”
What Trump is not-so-subtly implying is that the people killed and injured in ISIS-inspired attacks in Manchester, Paris, New York, San Diego and London all fell victim to “the evil they promote;” because they are “states that sponsor terrorism?” Seriously, those are Trump’s words, not this author’s.
It is also noteworthy that Iran is not a state sponsoring terrorism, but Saudi Arabia certainly is. In fact, since 2000, over “95 percent of terrorist casualties worldwide have been inflicted by Saudi-influenced militants.” Trump’s reason for a policy embracing Saudi Arabia, and by extension its cohort in ISIS against Iran, is based on a lie that Iran is a terrorist state.
Trump is working hard to instigate another conflict in the Middle East by aligning America with Saudi’s theocratic dictatorship and “its international brigade of Sunni foot soldiers, known as ISIS.” Remember, ISIS militants adhere to, and are devotees of, the Saudi fundamentalist Wahhabist Islamic tradition that “abhors Shiism, hates democracy and forbids women’s rights;” something Iran supports. Experts on Islam claim that “ISIS loathes the [Shia] heretics of Iran even more than it despises the infidels of the West.” And, since Trump wants to start a war with Iran, he is embracing ISIS by supporting its greatest sponsor Saudi Arabia.
Trump claimed, and continues claiming, that his close ties and embrace of Russia is to enlist their aid in a concerted war effort to defeat ISIS; that is a blatant and filthy lie. Iran has been battling ISIS as long as America or the Syrian government, and yet Trump is aligning America with ISIS’ primary sponsors, Saudi Arabia because the Wahhabist Saudis hate the Iranian Shias as ardently as ISIS. This is not a secret and something Trump and his anti-Iran hawks have known for years.
America is already mired in several wars in the Middle East, but none of them involve Iran and it is something Israel, no small number of neo-con Republicans, the military-industrial complex, and Saudi Arabia are hoping Trump can deliver. He took a big step towards handing warmongers the conflict they’ve lusted after since George W. Bush first invaded Afghanistan, and then Iraq, but it is questionable if they believed Trump would embrace ISIS until now.
Whether Trump’s base or his Republican cohort like to hear it or not; when Trump aligned America with the ISIS-sponsoring Saudi Arabia because they both hate Iran, he did more than just “give ISIS a pass.” He embraced them along with their greatest supporter Saudi Arabia and all but guaranteed America’s involvement in yet another Middle East war.