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West needs Paris false-flag attacks to pressure Syria: Barrett

A victim lies on the ground covered by a white sheet (Rear L) as special police work at the attack scene rue Bichat, in central Paris, early on November 14, 2015. ©AFP

Press TV has interviewed Kevin Barrett, editor of the Veterans Today from Madison, and Bob Ayers, a former US intelligence officer from Somerset, UK, to discuss the terror attacks, claimed by Daesh, that left nearly 130 people dead in Paris, France.

Barrett believes what happened in Paris seem to be “false-flag” attacks that had the backing of the West and its Middle Eastern allies, rejecting the mainstream narrative that the assaults were “purely” carried out by Daesh terrorists.

Daesh “is not what it purports to be, it’s been benefiting from massive aid from the West, primarily from US allies in the Middle East, but perhaps also to some extent from elements in the US apparatus” in the region, Barrett says, adding that numerous reports indicate Washington contributed to the rise of the extremist terror group.

He adds that Daesh is not in a position to conduct such organized terror attacks in France, adding that the incidents will have a number of “very predictable consequences,” including a call for an increase in the Western intervention in Syria.

A lifeless body covered under sheet lies on the pavement near the Bataclan Theater after a shooting in Paris, November 13, 2015. ©AP


The analyst describes the West as the “de facto” ally of Daesh, arguing that it makes no sense for the terrorist group to create such a “monstrous, extreme and over-the-top stunt” in the French capital.

“Unless, of course, the plan is for the West to come in [Syria] pretending to be fighting...(Daesh), but actually to ramp up its struggle against President Assad at a time when Russian has been having great success in” helping the Damascus government continue its battles against terror groups, Barrett says.

The Paris attacks have, in fact, been committed by the “real axis of evil,” Barrett stressed.

The commentator also highlights the role of Western intelligence services in creating Daesh, saying these spy agencies use propaganda to dupe “naïve” young people into joining the ranks of the terrorist outfit in Syria.

Ayers, for his turn, believes Daesh has carried out the attacks in Paris to send a warning message to the West, especially to France, that if they continue to target the terror group’s positions, it will have its own alternative ways to retaliate.

He also rejects the idea that Western media adopt a double-standard approach in covering the fatal terror attacks that kill Middle Easterners and those that happen in Europe and Western states. 

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