"Freedom Fighters": The Foot Soldiers of the American Empire By Julie Lévesque

16 August, 2012 — Global Research

Since the end of World War II, the Anglo-American Empire has covertly supported the deployment of foreign and domestic “foot soldiers“, including terrorists and paramilitary brigades to bring about regime change and further its agenda of World domination.

One of the earlier examples of such a modus operandi, still widely ignored, is Gladio, “NATO‘s European stay-behind army”, active during the Cold War. Controlled by the CIA and Britain’s MI6, Gladio members orchestrated terrorist attacks in Western Europe, which were blamed on Communist entities. 

Gladio was falsely presented to key European state officials as a stand-by secret army ready to counter a possible communist take over. The ultimate goal of Gladio was to demonize the Communist and Socialist parties and encourage European citizens to endorse their governments’ commitment to “National security”.

American citizens were not exempt from such scheming. As Prof. James F. Tracy explains:

“The string of still unresolved US political assassinations throughout the 1960s suggest how such practices were not restricted to foreign countries. Nor were they solely the terrain of intelligence agencies. Along lines similar to Gladio, in the early 1960s the US Joint Chiefs of Staff proposed Operation Northwoods, where terrorist attacks would be initiated against US civilians in American cities and the violence blamed on Cuban combatants to justify war against the island nation.[2] The Kennedy administration rejected the proposal. While Northwoods exhibited the capacity for government to conceive and propose such plans, Gladio was demonstrably carried out against Western civilian populations in multiple locations over many years.” (Prof. James F. Tracy False Flag Terror and Conspiracies of Silence.)

The recruitment of  paramilitary armies and death squads played a key role in the conduct of US foreign policy. These “secret soldiers” were turned into highly visible “freedom fighters”, waging the Empire’s war at the forefront and in plain sight: Afghan Mujahideen, Nicaraguan Contras, Kosovar and Haitian rebels, etc. 

As recent history has proven, the Western powers are still using this virtuous terminology to describe their foot soldiers, their terrorists in the Middle-East: the “pro-democracy Libyan rebels” and the “Free Syrian Army”. But who’s “freedom” and “liberty” are they fighting for? If an armed gang such as the “Free Syrian Army” invaded any Western street, they would be labelled as terrorists and promptly crushed by the national Defense.

The mainstream media not only ignores history, it distorts reality, it omits to report essential information. It never “connects the dots”. As Tony Cartalucci notes:

As West berates Syria for “killing civilians” Western weapons flow into terrorist hands from NATO. The New York Times in their article, “C.I.A. Said to Aid in Steering Arms to Syrian Opposition,” confirms what many have already long known – that the West, led by the US and its Gulf State proxies, have been arming terrorists, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, while berating the Syrian government for “violating” a UN mandated ceasefire and for “failing to protect” its population. (Tony Cartalucci CONFIRMED: US CIA Arming Terrorists in Syria)

These omissions and distortions result in a Kafkaesque interpretation of reality which eventually becomes, with the exception of the independent alternative media, a mainstream media consensus serving dominant financial and political interests. 

Here is a short list of recent articles on Western freedom fighters, together with selected articles from our archives.  You can also browse our archives  for many more articles on the subject.   


CIA Provides Stinger Missiles to Syrian “Freedom Fighters”

Syria’s Parallels with Afghanistan
– by Deepak Tripathi – 2012-08-13
  UN Designates “Free Syrian Army” Affiliates as Al Qaeda

– by Tony Cartalucci – 2012-08-12
  US-Saudi Sponsored Al Qaeda Killers in Syria

– by Tony Cartalucci – 2012-08-11
  Terrorism as an Instrument of US Foreign Policy: UN-Backed Rogue States Plan Syria’s Slaughter

– by Felicity Arbuthnot – 2012-08-11

Al Qaeda, The CIA and Media Propaganda directed Against Syria

– by Devon DB – 2012-08-03
  Humanitarian Military Intervention in Syria? Who is Behind the Atrocities?

– by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky2012-07-30


The Al Qaeda Connection: Who are we Helping in Libya? Here are Some Answers. – 2011-03-27

The CIA’s Libya Rebels: The Same Terrorists who Killed US, NATO Troops in Iraq – by Dr. Webster G. Tarpley – 2011-03-28


Watching Syria, remembering Nicaragua – by Richard Becker – 2012-07-22

How United States Intervention Against Venezuela Works – by Philip Agee – 2005-09-15

Damning the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment – by Joe Emersberger – 2008-02-19


THE “SPECTER” OF AL QAEDA IN AFRICA: A Cover for Western Reconquest of the Continent – by Finian Cunningham – 2012-04-05
British Intelligence Worked with Al Qaeda to Kill Qaddafi – by Gerald A. Perreira – 2011-03-25


Kosovo and Albania: Dirty Work in the Balkans: NATO’s KLA Frankenstein – by Tom Burghardt – 2011-01-30

KOSOVO’S “MAFIA STATE”: From Madeleine to Hillary: The US Secretary of State’s “Love Affair” with the KLA– by Michel Chossudovsky2012-04-06


Gladio – Death Plan For Democracy – by Peter Chamberlin – 2008-02-05

Ex-Italian President: Intel Agencies Know 9/11 An Inside Job – by Paul Joseph Watson – 2007-12-05

NATO’s secret armies linked to terrorism? – by Daniele Ganser – 2004-12-15


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