Disinfo: Jihadists in the Middle East are US and European proxies fighting the West’s war in Syria and Iraq

Summary

Jihadists have been used by the US and European states as proxies to fight the West’s war in Syria and Iraq.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative suggesting that the US and the West more broadly sponsor terrorism.

There is no evidence that the US or other Western states have supported ISIS/Daesh in Syria and Iraq. In reality, the US and its European allies are committed to fighting terrorist organisations, such as Daesh and Al-Qaeda. The US-led military campaign in Syria fought ISIS/Daesh along with the Global Coalition Against Daesh.

Ever since the September 11 terrorist attacks the US and its European allies have been engaged in an enormous military and intelligence effort to counter Al Qaeda, ISIS and other radical Islamist terrorist groups around the world.

It is also false that the US and other Western governments are complicit with, or indifferent to, Jihadist attacks against Christians in the Middle East.  In March 2016, the US State Department recognised that ISIS was responsible for genocide against Christians, Yazidis, and Shiite Muslims. In February 2016, the European Parliament denounced the systematic mass murder of Christians and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq by ISIS/Daesh.

Similar cases include that ISIS has been supported by US, British, French and Israeli intelligence services in order to demolish Syria, that the US and Europe support Jihadist forces in Syria, and that Al Baghdadi was an American product.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 184
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Iraq, US, Syria
  • Keywords: Jihad, Syrian War, Terrorism, Conspiracy, Daesh
  • Outlet: Geopolitica.ru
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Poland wages a war against monuments to the Red Army

Russia believes that the war the Polish authorities waged against monuments to the Soviet soldiers is disgraceful. Poland has carried out another act of state vandalism. These steps by the Polish authorities are aimed at the destruction of the Soviet memorial heritage in this country. Poland continues the shameful war against Soviet monuments, harming Polish-Russian relations even more. The Polish authorities go beyond the borders of behaviour of civilised countries.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative casting Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic States as countries which do not respect the history of WWII and its heroes.

In 2017, Poland introduced new laws to ban totalitarian propaganda. According to this Law, up to 230 Soviet monuments may be replaced, a decision to be made by Polish local authorities. The Polish MFA underlines that Red Army burial places and cemeteries situated in Poland will be carefully protected. It is possible to dismantle and remove only symbolic monuments to the Red Army.

It is possible to count the outbreak of WWII from the Anschluss or the partition of Czechoslovakia

Maybe it is necessary to change the date of the outbreak of WWII to 1938? The signing of the Soviet-German Non-Aggression Pact in August 1939 had allegedly led to the outbreak of the international conflict. The authors of such myths have a goal to fight Russia. The widely recognised date of the outbreak of WWII is September 1st 1939, when the Germans attacked Poland. However, it is possible to provide earlier dates for the outbreak of WWII, for example, the date of the Anschluss of Austria or the date that Czechoslovakia was partitioned.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to erode the disastrous historical role of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact by stating that WWII started before September 1st, 1939 (referring to the Munich Agreements, the Anschluss, etc.).

The attempts to move the date of the outbreak of WWII to various pre-war events is an example of historical revisionism, carried out in order to shift the co-responsibility of the USSR for the outbreak of WWII on to other European states. Mainstream historiography traditionally perceives such historical developments as the Italian invasion of Ethiopia (1935), the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939), the Japanese invasion of China (1937), the Anschluss (1938) and the Munich Agreements (1938) as pre-war events.

The Giedroyc Doctrine is an edition of the Polish imperialism

The Giedroyc policy is an edition of the Polish imperialism. It tries to pull into the Polish sphere of influence a country [Belarus], which is a natural part of the Russian culture and which is connected to Russia with historical, cultural and ethnic ties. This is done in order to establish a buffer zone between Poland and Russia.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to blame Poland in having an imperialist policy towards Ukraine and Belarus.

The Giedroyc Doctrine is a political doctrine developed by a well-known Polish publicist Jerzy Giedroyć in the post-war decades. This Doctrine was aimed at the establishment of good relations of Poland with its neighbours through the rejection of any imperial ambitions and territorial claims against its eastern neighbours, the acceptation of the post-war borders, full support for the independence of Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania. The Doctrine called on both Poland and Russia to abandon their struggle over the domination of other East European countries. In other words, the Giedroyc Doctrine fully rejects any Imperialist ideas.
The Eastern policy of Poland after 1989 has been largely based on the Gierdoyc Doctrine – Poland fully supports the independence and territorial integrity of Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine and stands for the development of a strategic partnership with these countries.