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After I got off work @ rackspace this evening, I updated

     How a 24hr truce to pick up bodies became a non-aggression pact
     between ISIS & Syrian rebels

with the following:

*UPDATE 19 September 2014:* When Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the Senate on Wednesday he added a new dimension to this particular controversy because he made the claim <http://www.c-span.org/video/?321504-1/hearing-us-strategy-isis> that it was a propaganda ploy of the Islamic State. He said this about the story of a non-aggression pact between ISIS (or ISIL as he calls it) and the Free Syrian Army: /"Let me say to you, that's---disinformation fundamentally put out by ISIL."/ Not reading Arabic I have seen this disinformation spread most widely by whose in the /"anti-imperialist"/ Left. I don't know the basis of Kerry's statement and have to say I don't have much faith in his intelligence no matter how you mean it, but upon reflection, I have to agree with him.

Here is my reasoning: Its not hard to understand why a section of the FSA would agree to a 24hr truce to remove the dead from the battlefield. Such breaks in the fighting to evacuate the dead and wounded are quite common in the annals of warfare, even between the most bitter of opponents, if only in the name of simple decency. They happened in the American Civil War and after the truce the two sides returned to killing each other. But ISIS is not known for its decency. If this is indeed the first such truce that they have agreed to, which is what most of these /"anti-imperialist"/ reports claim, then the real question it why did ISIS agree to it at this juncture?

The logical answer is that they agreed to it precisely so that their propaganda allies could use it as the grain-of-truth in a dis-information campaign that claimed, as the women in the pink blouse did on CNN this morning, that /"hundreds of FSA units have entered into a non-aggression pact with ISIS"/ at the very moment when the United States is considering whether to support the FSA with training and arms in a serious way for the first time. So I think Kerry has a point.

ISIS is very sophisticated in it propaganda, as is the Assad Regime. The highlight of the ISIS video released today is a North American sounding jihadist executing members of Assad's army. Now that they have gotten the attention of the American people, they are making a great show of opposing Assad, just as Assad appears, for the first time, to be opposing ISIS. Of course, in the past, Assad has been much quicker <https://www.facebook.com/Sham.Althawrah/posts/160075994091488> to shoot his own soldiers <http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/03/world/meast/syria-unrest/>, as punishment for attempting to defect <http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/sep/09/syrian-soldiers-executed-damascus-barracks>, than he has to bomb ISIS headquarters in Ragga or ISIS camps anywhere. Had he done so, they never could have had the safehaven that has allowed them to conquer so much territory in Syria and Iraq, just as ISIS has waged war against the FSA and not Assad, who purchases their oil <http://claysbeach.blogspot.com/2014/01/bashar-al-jihad-how-assad-finances.html>. As I have reported earlier <http://claysbeach.blogspot.com/2014/02/man-behind-curtain-for-al-qaeda-in.html>, ISIS prisons have been found <http://www.petercliffordonline.com/syria-news-3> to be filled with FSA soldiers while defecting Syrian soldiers so foolish as to flee to ISIS have been turned over <http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/01/21/Al-Qaeda-detainees-reveal-ties-with-Assad.html> to Assad, most likely to be shot. Now it is convenient to boaster claims that ISIS is the main force fighting Assad and visa versa with these displays. Those who have been following this conflict for the past three and a half years are not fooled but those that have just waken up to it may be.

So ISIS allowed a truce in one area, near Damascus, with one FSA unit, and with the help of its friend and allies, have scored another propaganda victory. These /"anti-imperialists"/ only oppose western imperialism and follow the logic of /"the enemy of my enemy is my friend."/ This has long made them supporters of Putin and Assad. Now they seem quite willing to add ISIS to that club and spread ISIS misinformation for the purpose of discrediting the forces that have remained in the struggle, in spite of three and a half years of pounding by Assad and over a year of fighting ISIS, as either non-existent or having concluded a /"non-aggression pact"/ with ISIS.

I regret to inform you that to his roll call of dishonour we can also add Syrian Arab Republic <http://aidnews.org/syrian-arab-republic-syria-rebels-is-in-non-aggression-pact-near-damascus-ngo/>, Counterpunch <http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/09/15/isis-and-washingtons-ignorance-about-the-sunni-shia-divide/>, The Tea Party.org <http://www.teaparty.org/moderate-syrian-rebels-sign-truce-isis-55383/>, The AntiMedia.org <http://theantimedia.org/isis-forges-ceasefire-with-moderate-syrian-rebels-so-who-exactly-are-we-planning-on-arming/>, Infowars.com <http://www.infowars.com/moderate-syrian-rebels-sign-non-aggression-pact-with-isis-iraq-defies-us/>, BreitBart <http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2014/09/13/Report-The-Good-Guy-Syrian-Rebels-And-ISIS-Signed-A-Pact-Promising-Not-To-Attack-Each-Other>, David Icke <http://www.davidicke.com/headlines/moderate-syrian-rebels-sign-non-aggression-pact-with-isis-iraq-defies-us/>, Fire Dog Lake <http://news.firedoglake.com/2014/09/12/the-roundup-for-september-12th-2014/>, Anti-War.com <http://news.antiwar.com/2014/09/12/moderate-syria-rebels-sign-non-aggression-pact-with-isis/>, Global Research <http://www.globalresearch.ca/syrian-moderate-rebels-and-islamic-state-jihadists-make-peace-what-will-obama-do-now/5401564>, Truthdig <http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/house_votes_to_arm_syrian_rebels_but_not_to_pay_for_it_20140917>, The Right Scoop <http://therightscoop.com/the-syrian-rebels-that-obama-is-trying-to-arm-against-isis-have-signed-non-aggression-pact-with-isis/>, Uprooted Palestinian <http://uprootedpalestinians.blogspot.com/2014/09/8-reasons-why-congress-should-vote-no.html>, The Ron Paul Institute <http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2014/september/13/obamas-syrian-moderates-sign-non-aggression-pact-with-isis.aspx>, Dennis Kucinich <http://uprootedpalestinians.blogspot.com/2014/09/8-reasons-why-congress-should-vote-no.html>, Information Clearinghouse, Hebrew Nation Radio <http://hebrewnationonline.com/moderate-syrian-rebels-sign-non-aggression-pact-with-isis/>, War in Iraq <http://www.iraq-war.ru/article/320460>, Red State <https://www.redstate.com/2014/09/16/obama-uses-war-isis-overthrow-syrias-assad/>, The Nation <http://www.thenation.com/article/181674/saudi-lobbying-complex-adds-new-member-gop-super-pac-chair-norm-coleman#>, Veteran's Today <http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/09/15/frankenstein-in-iraq-and-syria/>, Counter Currents.org <http://www.countercurrents.org/amkhan190914.htm>, Moon of Alabama <http://www.moonofalabama.org/2014/09/syria-the-southern-attack-on-damascus.html>, and Huffington Post <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/12/isis-deal-syria_n_5814128.html>. All together in support of ISIS propaganda. What a wonderful example of /"left-right convergence"/ this makes!

Click here for a list of my other blogs on Syria <http://claysbeach.blogspot.com//2012/12/my-syria-diaries_1014.html>

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