Best columns: International
The evidence that ISIS is fake
What if ISIS is a creation of Western intelligence agencies? said Noha Al-Sharnoubi. It’s pretty clear that 9/11 was an inside job, as it strains credulity that “four hijacked planes flew around so freely, penetrated U.S. airspace and hit the World Trade Center and Pentagon one by one.” Remember that the commanders of the attacks trained at U.S. flight schools. The attacks were most likely “planned in advance” by the Americans to “justify the war on terror” and invasion of Muslim lands. Now we are seeing the next phase, with the rise of the supposed Islamic terrorist group, ISIS. Why is it that most ISIS members that we see on propaganda videos are not Arabs, “but foreigners”? ISIS may be just “another story concocted to justify the partitioning and occupation of the Middle East.” It’s quite likely that Western intelligence operatives were behind the bombings and mass shootings that have taken place in European cities like Paris and Brussels, and that innocent Muslim citizens were then framed for the attacks and killed or arrested. We’ve already heard rhetoric from Western politicians like America’s Donald Trump and France’s Marine Le Pen that Muslims should be persecuted and expelled. When it finally happens, the fake threat from ISIS will be the excuse.
Pretending the horrors never happened
Nepal has utterly failed to reckon with the atrocities of the civil war, said Kunda Dixit. The Maoist rebellion that raged here from 1996 to 2006 was marked by brutality and arbitrary slaughter on both sides. We know the names of some victims— journalist Dekendra Thapa was tortured and buried alive by Maoist rebels; schoolgirl Maina Sunuwar was waterboarded, electrocuted, and killed by government soldiers. But many more people simply disappeared, and nobody has been held to account. The peace treaty that ended the bloodshed allowed the Maoists into government, and they now share power with those they fought. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission set up to investigate war crimes is a farce, because both sides have reached a tacit agreement “to let each other off the hook.” This impunity is poisoning Nepalese society. The Maoists “have shown that it is OK to kill people to get into government,” while state security has justified its own violence by saying “it had to counter Maoist brutality.” The once warring parties have formed “a political cartel” against their victims. No wonder corruption and lawlessness are rampant. “When rulers are walking proof that you can get away with murder, you cannot blame others down the line for trying to get away with stealing.”