Last month I reported on a member of a Dutch biker gang who went to the Middle East to fight against ISIS. Truth be told, there are numerous foreign volunteers who are heading towards Iraq and Syria from all over the world, and the U.S. is no exception. Recently, Radio Free Europe interviewed a United States Army veteran Jordan Matson, who left his life in Wisconsin to help the Kurds in their fight against ISIS.
“For over a year, people were being slaughtered by ISIS,” the 28-year-old Sturtevant, Wisconsin, native told RFE/RL’s Radio Free Iraq (RFI), using another acronym for IS.
“Anyone who didn’t conform to their way of life could either convert, be killed, or get driven off their land. So when Mosul fell and IS drove all the Christians and minorities from the town or killed them, I thought that enough was enough and I decided to come here to fight,” Matson said via Skype.
For two months, Matson has fought in northeastern Syria alongside the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). He said he decided to join the Kurdish militia after searching the Internet for a way to fight IS.
“I found that the YPG was the only force in the area that would let Christians and Muslims live in peace together so I decided to join them,” he said.
Personally, I think it’s admirable that someone would volunteer their time and skills to put down those vile thugs. Many of us have seen the footage of their atrocities and read the grisly news reports of their exploits. No sane person would doubt that ISIS is a scourge against Christians and Muslims alike, and that they must be stopped if we want even any kind of peace for the Middle East.
However, something doesn’t seem right about this particular story. If you’ve read anything about the history of Radio Free Europe, then you would be suspicious too. It’s no secret that this news outlet was founded by the CIA, and has been backed by the United States government for decades. They’re nothing more than a propaganda wing of NATO.
So why would Radio Free Europe take any interest in this American fighting against the ISIS onslaught?
The YPG and Peshmerga are fighting closely together, he said. “It’s a welcome relief during the fighting, we are fighting for the same cause.”
While the reinforcements from the Iraqi Peshmerga have helped combat IS in Kobani, Matson believes more is needed from the United States and its international allies.
“To put an end to IS, we are going to need boots on the ground,” he said. “If we increase the bombing campaign and put boots on the ground to help give support to the YPG fighters, it would help push IS back to the Syrian borders. Troops could save many lives here,” Matson told RFI.
Suddenly it makes more sense. They’re trying to make him into a sympathetic poster child of America’s fight against ISIS. They’re trying to paint a picture of desperation and courage, and are hoping to persuade the American public to support sending troops into the region. It’s propaganda, pure and simple.
My only question is, does Jordan Matson have pure motives here? Is he an unwitting pawn of American propaganda, or is he knowingly participating in this fight at the behest of NATO and the United States? I would argue, that it is in fact the latter.
Although U.S. law enforcement officials say that it is illegal for Americans to join a Syrian militia like the YPG, CNN reports that Matson has been attempting to recruit more foreign fighters to the Kurdish militia via social media.
Kandal Amed from the YPG told RFI correspondent Simira Balay that other foreign fighters have already joined the Kurdish militia to fight against IS.
“Foreign fighters are in all fronts with the People’s Protection Units. Germans and Russians, others, wanted to be part of the new spirit that was created for the peoples of the Middle East. Among our ranks, you will find Americans, Germans, and others, all men, but we expect the arrival of foreign women, too,” Amed told RFI by phone from the Al-Ya’rubiya (Tal Kojar) checkpoint on the border between Iraq and Syria.
Not only is he breaking the law, but he’s encouraging others to do so and there’s been no official condemnation for his actions. This is why I think he may be some kind of clandestine operative. See, governments don’t like it when you do their job for them. If you left your house right now and tried to hunt down a few gang bangers, you’d be called a vigilante and thrown in jail. It makes them look bad when you try solving problems that the government has failed to control, so they drop the hammer on you in any way they can.
In this case however, Jordan Matson is fighting what the U.S. government claims to be its enemy, and is getting rave reviews from a western propaganda outlet. He’s trying to convince more people to join him, and is asking the U.S. government for “boots on the ground.” Since this is all highly illegal, and the government hasn’t condemned it in any way, I have to think that Matson is cutting a paycheck behind the scenes. I could be wrong. He may just be a pawn of western propaganda. But, it’s all a little too convenient if you ask me.
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