October 14, 2016
When commenting on the horrors of ISIS and all of their violent videos promoted around the clock by CNN and other mainstream media outlets, I will often hear people say, “This is just pure evil. How could they do such horrible things?” Far from being some existential mystery, there are answers to these questions, but if you are waiting for your elected representatives or their highly paid media surrogates to provide any, you will be waiting in vain.
This week, yet another clue surfaced when Lebanon’s Daily Star reported:
“The Internal Security Forces announced Tuesday that an operation to smuggle 3.5 million Captagon pills into Saudi Arabia has been foiled…”
“Captagon? Never heard of it,” would be your standard answer in the west.
This story is much deeper than most people realize. Captagon is a highly addictive compound, presently produced in places like Lebanon and Syria and currently expanding to other locations across the region. Here’s where it gets interesting: its proceeds inject hundreds of millions of dollars back into Syria’s black-market. It would not be an exaggeration to say that this is one of the main drivers of this war.
This is one item which US officials generally will not comment on, much less try and mitigate. The reason for this is simple: Captagon is a major asset in the US Coalition’s primary directive in Syria: to destabilize the state and overthrow the government of Bashar al Assad in Damascus.
The drug gives Washington’s “rebels” a crucial edge.
“A powerful amphetamine tablet based on the original synthetic drug known as “fenethylline,” Captagon quickly produces a euphoric intensity in users, allowing Syria’s fighters to stay up for days, killing with a numb, reckless abandon.” (Source: Washington Post)
Pills sell for between $5 and $20 per tablet and according to a report filed by The Guardian is popular with western-backed ‘rebels’ and fellow travellers from western Europe who don’t follow, “strict interpretations of Islamic law.”
The ‘moderate rebel’ wonder drug? (Image Source: Menaribo)
The Saudi Connection
Most people will know by now that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are some of the chief financial sponsors of the Syrian Conflict and have a vested interest in seeing its Takfiri terrorist forces succeed. It seems that Saudi is prepared to go to any lengths in making that happen.
This time last year during a drug bust at Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport, Lebanon security services arrested a Saudi prince (identified as Abdel Mohsen Bin Walid Bin Abdulaziz) for attempting to smuggle two tonnes of amphetamines on his private jet.
The Burning Blogger of Bedlam followed-up on this report by adding:
“This recent seizure of amphetamines involving the Saudi prince in Lebanon is simply the latest tell-tale incident. Not very long ago, a reported shipment of around 6 million captagon pills were seized, headed for ISIS/ISIL fighters in Syria, and the accusation was being made from multiple sources that NATO itself began production of the drug in a Bulgarian laboratory in 2011 – the very year of the Libyan and Syrian ‘uprisings’ – and that they are now also producing the drug elsewhere too.By now, I would suggest we have enough evidence to suggest that these drugs have been driving much of the most ultra-violent terrorism since 2011, first in Libya, then Syria and Iraq, and that the drug has been steadily provided by agencies within NATO, Saudi Arabia and possibly other sources, from the very start. Which, if true, would provide a very different context to some of the more inhuman, shocking behaviour of jihadists and extremists; including mass beheadings or, for example, the setting alight of the Jordanian pilot or even the sadistic rape and murder of Gaddafi himself in October 2011.”
Indeed, it was the late Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi who warned the world (to no avail) how, from the very onset of NATO’s operation to take down Libya, Al-Qaeda leaders and their operatives were supplying young men “free drugs and weapons” and telling them to ‘join the fight’ (read more here).
This video aired on Syrian TV in 2014, which shows one crazed Al Nusra fighter (armed and financed by the US and Saudi Arabia) high on Captagon. What he says is very telling:
As it turns out, this brand of subterfuge is well-thread ground for Washington and the CIA – who have relied on drugs to fuel key aspects of past dirty wars, including in Vietnam, Cambodia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Colombia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and now it seems, in Syria, too. Nearly all of these dirty wars have featured death squads, and resulting in a massive outflow of refugees.
Drugs serve various purposes for the US and its allies, including corrupting local populations, undermining state structures by promoting ‘warlordism’ and organized crime syndicates, providing a cheap stimulant for guerrilla fighters, and most importantly – a way to raise dark cash to fund insurgency groups. Menaribo puts this into historical perspective:
“In every war that occurred in the last century there was some kind of stimulant consumed by fighters to give them a physical and mental superiority. During World War II, the Nazi soldiers were first given Pervitin pills (known as Speed today) to boost endurance during the invasions of Poland and France. Post-war, the USA put hand on this Nazi invention but found its soldiers addicted to heroin during the Vietnam War. In the early 70’s a new more social drug appeared, cocaine, not long before it took a major role in conflicts around the world mainly in Africa, Lebanon and Latin America.”
In 2001, Executive Intelligence Review described the phenomenon as follows:
“In general, the official justification for support for such groups, is that a particular group, even if devoted to criminal activities, “must” be supported, on behalf of some higher necessity, often “national security.” This was the justification for the support by British and U.S. agencies to the Afghan mujahideen after the 1979 Soviet invasion of that country; as for that given to the Nicaraguan Contras. Both groups financed themselves, and a much bigger structure, with a huge traffic in cocaine, in the case of the Contras, and opium/heroin in the case of the Afghanistan “freedom fighters.” This was tolerated, or even aided, by Western agencies.