[Marxism] Qui profite? Who benefits from the Paris attacks?

Clay Claiborne clayclai at gmail.com
Mon Nov 16 23:14:37 MST 2015

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      Qui profite? Who benefits from the Paris attacks?

> From Wikipedia <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cui_bono>:
>     /*Cui bono*/ (/kwiː ˈboʊnoʊ/
>     <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English>), literally
>     "to whose profit?", is a Latin
>     <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latin> phrase which is still in
>     use^[1] <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cui_bono#cite_note-1> as a
>     key forensic question in legal and police investigation: finding
>     out who has a motive for a crime.
> Cui bono, or Qui profite in French, is also a good starting point for 
> understanding Friday's terror attack in Paris that took 129 lives and 
> injured hundreds more. It is the most recent of a string of attacks 
> claimed by Daesh that include 40 killed in twin Beirut bombings and 
> the downing of a Russian passenger jet.
> The avowed purpose of Daesh is to build an Islamic State or caliphate 
> from the territories of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. These bold 
> attacks, especially in the west, do a lot to build the groups 
> notoriety which, paradoxically, helps its recruitment among young 
> disaffected Muslims. That would appear to be the most significant, if 
> not the only, benefit the group can expect from these attacks. It will 
> have enhanced its reputation as an enemy of the West. But it is also a 
> mixed bag for Daesh because these terrorist acts will mean the 
> military attacks on its base and support for those fighting it in 
> Syria and Iraq will be greatly intensified. Daesh may well have 
> overreached itself here as there may be a backlash it can't handle. 
> Perhaps they think all out war with the West is the best way to build 
> their caliphate. If they do, I think they are wrong.
> Whatever their motivation, ISIS has taken credit for the attack, so 
> there would seem to be no need to look further for a culprit. At the 
> same time, I think we would be well served to remember that not 
> everything is as it first appears, particularly in the Middle East.
> This morning both former CIA deputy director *Micheal Morrell*, 
> representing US imperialism on *CBS This Morning* 
> <http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/what-intelligence-community-is-looking-for-in-response-to-paris-attacks/> 
> and *Vijay Prashad*, representing the Imperial Left on *Democracy Now* 
> <http://www.democracynow.org/2015/11/16/we_shouldnt_play_into_the_hands>, 
> used the Paris attacks to argue that the US should support and work 
> with the Assad regime to defeat Daesh. This is also an argument being 
> advanced by the Russians and Assad himself.


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