James Corbett makes the case for the “false flag” view of the Paris attacks. That’s not a perspective that I think has been effectively demonstrated, but much of the analysis Corbett provides in these commentaries is accurate concerning the geopolitical questions involved.
My own view is NOT that ISIS/ISIL/Daesh is merely a puppet of the West and its Israeli, Turkish, and Gulf State allies. Rather its an outgrowth of the Iraq War and the destruction of civil society that was a product of that war. ISIS is the Khmer Rouge of the Levant, and has emerged under similar circumstances and for similar reasons, i.e. the laying to waste of a traditional society by Western imperialism in a way that ensured the worst of the worst would be left holding the ball at the end of the game.
The Western imperialist coalition (the Anglo-American-Zionist-Wahhabist axis, plus their EU, Turkish, and Gulf State partners) has as its primary objective the elimination of the Assad regime, and therefore encourages the actions of ISIS against that regime. It’s the same way the U.S. imperialists, in collusion with China, sought to use the Khmer Rouge as a weapon against the Vietnamese (a Soviet ally) during the 1980s after the KR was dislodged by Vietnam in 1979. The imperialists regard Assad as greater threat than ISIS because independent nations in the Middle East are an obstacle to the expansion of the empire in the region, the advancement of the American-Israeli co-prosperity sphere, and the expansion of hegemony over the cultivation and trade of natural resources to be found there. Therefore, it is not surprising the West would give ISIS a wink and nod in its war against Syria while simultaneously trying to contain ISIS to prevent it from spreading into Iraq (with its pro-American regime), Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia, or the Gulf States.
The Russians, on the other hand, are motivated by a traditional Russian view of foreign policy which regards Central Asia and Eastern Europe as their legitimate sphere of influence and security interests, and do not wish to see the spread of jihadist movements given that these pose a terrorist threat to Russia. Therefore, the Russians are motivated to protect the Assad regime against ISIS.
Consequently, the heart of the conflict between the West and Russia at present is whether Assad should stay or go. The West says yay, but the Russians say nay.
ISIS has a jihadist ideology of its own that it wishes to spread, and the attack is Paris is perfectly compatible with the broader aims of ISIS. See my interview with Tasmin on this question.
As The Corbett Report community continues to track the latest updates on the Paris attack investigation, let us not forget the essential underlying truth: ISIS is a creation of the US, Turkey, Israel and the Gulf States, and they are fostered, funded, equipped, armed, trained and protected by the NATO allies and the GCC, France included.