Mumia Abu Jamal Speaks on “The ISIS Crisis: A U.S. Creation”

The following is the latest commentary from America’s most well-known political prisoner worldwide, Mumia Abu Jamal. All credit goes to Mumia as well as to Noelle Hanrahan for regularly recording these radio commentaries, which are available online at

The Isis Crisis: A U.S. Creation (2:43) by Mumia Abu-Jamal

When the ISIS group cracked the news several weeks ago, it stunned millions of Americans who wondered, “Where did this come from?”

The media, performing their function of servant to the corporate state, just as they did in the run-up to the Iraq war in 2003, simply distributed audio from the Pentagon and politicians.

Few went deeper.

One had to search hard to find the truth – that ISIS was armed, paid and equipped by the U.S. And moreover that ISIS, like al-Qaeda, was a tool of U.S. Grand Strategy, a strategy designed decades ago to win the grand prize of the world: oil.

Consider this: In South Africa during the height of the anti-Apartheid Movement, the white nationalist party tried to spark a third way, a war between the majority Zulus and other African tribes. This would leave the nationalists as the only viable side to run the country.

They failed, but they tried.

Now consider this: Since the dawn of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the U.S. played an outer role and an inside role. Outwardly it sought stability. Inwardly, they lit the match of instability by arming, paying and instigating the hardest core of the so-called terrorists to make life in Iraq as hellish as possible.

Their objective? To make real a neo-con dream to shatter Iraq into three pieces: Kurdish, Shia, and Sunni.

The Kurds would get their state; the Shia would get their “liberty” from Sunnis; and Sunnis would emerge far weaker than ever in a millenia.

The Kurds would get the Lion’s share of oil wealth. And the U.S. would get oil access, this time free of reliance on the Saudis.

With Iraq shattered the Israelis would be strengthened and reinforced.

Read Nick Davies on or Nafeez Ahmed in Foreign Affairs.

The U.S. created a monster so they could crack the world and lap up the crude,

good to the last drop.


From Imprisoned Nation, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.

These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.

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17 thoughts

    1. To be fair I just copied and pasted this. I didn’t author it (-; Though I am working on a piece about the covert operations that led to the rise of ISIS for the purpose of overthrowing Assad.

  1. And now it’s our project – gone wrong? I saw an interview today with an Isis fighter who said he still supports the muslim state but that so many young children were joining and crude in their resolve that he didn’t agree with the direction this is going. Who knows, maybe propaganda reporting. But children soldiers always amps up the cruelty, not that children should ever be part of an army. I dunno the whole thing feels wrong on all sides.

    Interesting and insightful comment from Mumia though.

    1. Hey friend, it has been suggested by some that the U.S. through the CIA is directly in control of ISIS. I don’t know if that is necessarily true, but I do know that the CIA was directly responsible for sending arms and extremist fighters (some of which undoubtedly flocked to ISIS) affiliated with al-Qaeda from Libya to Turkey and into Syria. They also oversaw the transfer of resources through our Saudi Arabian ally directly to groups with known extremist backgrounds into Syria. This whole thing about so-called “moderate rebels” is a charade. This operation has been going on since at least 2012 and the end goal has always been to oust Bashar al-Assad’s secular government and throw Syria into chaos the same way our operations have done in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and many other places. Some of the men who were appointed to high positions in the Bush Admin. and the Pentagon during that Administration actually wrote papers earlier in 1992 and 1996 spelling out their plans to knock out 7 whole countries – Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and ultimately Iran – ensuring U.S. puppet or proxy regimes hold influence over the entire region. The plan was to carry this out in 5 years, but it wasn’t as smooth-sailing as they planned, but now as we see from the wars of choice entered into during the Obama Admin. that the plan is still in full effect. I’m writing a big huge piece on this but it’s a long one so it’s taking me some time, but until then I’m going to leave you with a couple of links that I managed to pull together real quick, though it is by no means extensive. (And btw, much to my surprise the facts about the transferring of weapons and foreign fighters from Libya and elsewhere through Turkey to destabilize Syria were actually reported on the low in mainstream sources around the time, through leaked information, but these articles were never front page and would usually be buried in the back. As usual our media is completely subservient to the military industrial complex.)

      Oh and remember that whole thing about us striking Syria with missiles a year ago over the chemical weapons attack the U.S. kept insisting with no evidence whatsoever that it was Assad who was responsible for the attacks instead of the rebels? (I never bought that line myself if you remember this piece I wrote here:
      It always struck me as being akin to the WMD lie we were fed in the run-up to Iraq.)
      Well the evidence that it was the rebels with gas supplied them by the Turkish president is laid out pretty convincingly by legendary writer Philip Seymour Hersh in an article that Washington Post and the New Yorker refused to publish. It was published in the London Review of Books however.

      1. Yes the government supplying extremist fighters and inclined to believe this. We do everything in the name of American interests around the world. I remember the training of our troops in support of a coup way back when (Liberia).

        Very interesting points here, will take some time to read the links. But yes, there is always a strategy in helping other regions along with their fights. It is never out of pure goodness (as in the right and so called humanitarian thing to do).

        Anyway, may take some time to complete the links but I will take a look at each. Thanks again.

        1. I am so interested in getting to the bottom of these things. Used to I would have considered someone peddling such notions as a nutty conspiracy theorist, but unfortunately when it comes to U.S. foreign policy, it’s essential to always be skeptical and never rule out that the worst most devious scenario could in fact be the truth. WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION anyone?! Damn, that lie will forever be the one that stands out from all others as the one that exposed the hypocrisy of American foreign policy to the world perhaps.

          1. Well I was onto the American Government’s agenda of reconfiguring the universe long before that, but I get your point. And you should by all means pursue the truth til you get it. But I tell you, it’s a never ending road and the players change faces. Smh.

            1. I guess I was naive until about 5 years ago, still believing there was a difference between the 2 major American parties smh. I mean there are incremental differences, but when it comes to war and the structure of the U.S. and world ecomomy the parties dance to the same tune.

              1. Yes, this is one of the biggest disappointments. The only difference is that the two sides try to make it appear as if their reasoning for going to war is different, but the end result is basically the same.

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