Press TV talks to Mark Glenn — August 23, 2014
Press TV has conducted an interview with Mark Glenn, political commentator from Idaho, about hundreds of thousands of members of the Shabak minority group in northern Iraq being forced out of their homes by ISIL Takfiri militants.
What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.
Press TV: Mr. Glenn, first of all how far is the ISIL terrorist group advancing in Iraq?
Glenn: Well if we are to believe in these reports and I think that they probably are accurate, they are advancing rather quickly. The question mark in all of this is how quickly would they be advancing were it not for the direct assistance both in terms of material and in training logistics that this group has gotten from United States, Israel and other Western powers?
This is the big unspoken thing that has to be registered in the minds of people of the world, particularly people of the West is that this thing did not just spring up out of nowhere. These wild dogs are creation of Western and Israeli intelligence and so when we look at the destruction that they are [wreaking] on the lives of all of these people as if Iraq had not endured enough after 20 years of war by the hands of the United States and other Western powers, we have to remember that this is an American operation despite whatever Barack Obama may do with his empty words and empty promises or even his empty actions with regards to military action against them.
Press TV: And of course speaking of America, I mean why has the US decided to take limited action now, and of course as a result how genuine is Washington’s intentions?
Glenn: Well we have to always assume that Washington’s intentions are never genuine. Whenever she is holding out her hand offering something you know that she is planning to take something from you.
I have concerns about this because of the fact that it is so close to Iran. It is no mystery that the United States has been trying for the last thirty plus years to cause trouble on the other side of the Iranian border and the question we have to ask is this what these forces have been trained for? Are they working with the MEK, the terrorist organization that was responsible for killing somewhere between eleven and seventeen thousand Iranians during the civil war?
It is a very troubling thing but at the end of the day we have to remember that these wild dogs, they are the product of America and so when we see everything that is going on right now we have to question what are they there for? Are they to further destabilize Iraq or are they going to be used for some further military operations against Iran or they are just basically being kept busy since they are having such a difficult time turning the tide in their favor in Syria?
Press TV: And how much can an inclusive new government in Iraq repel the ISIL terrorists?
Glenn: Well Iraq, it is a failed state because of what the West has done to it over the course of the last 20 years. Whether there is some type of inclusiveness on the part of the al-Maliki government, I do not know that this is going to go very far in alleviating the horrible suffering that the Iraqi people have endured and that is leaving out of the equation the entire American and Zionist factor in this.
I mean there is just no way given the fact that Israel has stated that it is in her long-term foreign policy objectives to see all of the states surrounding her to eventually be broken up and to end up as failed states. There is no way they are going to allow Iraq to get back on her feet when Iraq at one time posed the largest threat to Israel’s existence in the region.