ISIL and its advancements in the Middle East are part of a larger economic strategy that the West is pursuing in the region, an expert maintains.
Jim Brann from London-based “Stop the War Coalition” referred to the West’s double standards in dealing with ISIL and recent reports on the growing sales of British arms manufacturer BAE Systems saying, there are links between these two trends.
”Generally there is some kind of arms race going on in the region in general. And the objective of British Aerospace for example would be to get back the market that it used to have because it’s lost market share. And it would like to get back to the possibly number 3 or number 2 position it used to hold. So that would be a general strategy.”
He noted that the policy is not limited to the Middle East adding: “I think the major arms market would not be particularly in Iraq or Iraqi Kurdistan but I think the major arms market would be in India. But there is a smaller market in the area where ISIL is centered. And that would be to supply small arms small weapons and so on.”
The analyst said the strategy is not new at all noting a glimpse into the modern history reveals the mechanisms behind the strategy.
“Just in the last 13 years or so and you can see how one crisis has been used for a different purpose. So for example you had the events of the September the 11th 2001 and then you had this invention by George Bush, of the idea of mixing the question of terrorism with the question of what he called states that are producing weapons of mass destruction and that then allowed him to use the events of September the 11th for completely fraudulent purpose.”
He emphasized on a similar pattern of the crises, adding: “ And that’s the pattern of things, that’s the pattern in Iraq; it’s the pattern in Afghanistan and so on. And therefore we have to assume anybody who thinks a little bit about these things have to assume that will be the strategy which will be used.”
“There are things that we don’t know now but will come to light in a year or 2 or 3 or whatever, without knowing the detail we can, thinking people can certainly say that they will use the crisis around the ISIL for their purposes because historically that’s what they have done,” he argued.