Scott Ritter: Are Hamas fighters using American weapons meant for Ukraine?

When it comes to weapons supplies, the US is its friends’ worst enemy

By Scott Ritter

Throughout recent history, the perceived weapon of choice for a terrorist (or freedom fighter, depending on one’s perspective) has been an AK-47 assault rifle. Today, in the aftermath of the so-called post-9/11 “global war on terror,” it’s not uncommon to see such fighters with a Glock 9mm pistol, or a Colt M4 carbine.

These are weapons paid-for by the US taxpayer and ostensibly provided to forces joined in the cause of defeating terrorists and/or freedom fighters (again, depending on the political beliefs of the observer), but that end up in the hands of the latter instead. Obviously, that is never the outcome Washington intends. And yet, somehow, these weapons end up arming the very forces the US and its allies are trying to defeat.

The most recent example of this phenomenon appears to involve Hamas and the attacks perpetrated by militants affiliated with that organization on military and civilian targets in southern Israel. A video, the authenticity of which has yet to be verified, purports to show a Hamas fighter thanking Ukraine for the provision of small arms, ammunition, and hand grenades. More videos, taken during the actual assaults, show the Hamas fighters armed with a plethora of US-made weapons.

These videos have alarmed some US lawmakers, such as Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican from Georgia’s 14th District, who, in the immediate aftermath of the Hamas attack, Tweeted/Xeeted “We need to work with Israel to track serial numbers on any US weapons used by Hamas against Israel. Did they come from Afghanistan?” the Congresswoman asks. “Did they come from Ukraine? Highly likely the answer is both.”

US weapons provided to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for the purpose of fighting Yemen’s Houthi rebels were being seized by the Houthi on the battlefield and being turned against the original owners. Moreover, some of these weapons found their way into the hands of Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon. Weapons provided by the US to the former Afghan Army turned up in Kashmir, recovered from the bodies of pro-Pakistani Islamist terrorists/freedom fighters who had, prior to being killed in Kashmir, fought alongside the Afghan Taliban against the US and its Afghan allies. Other US weapons from Ukraine began showing up in Africa, in the Lake Chad region, in the hands of Boko Haram insurgents fighting against US-armed soldiers from Chad, Niger, and Nigeria.

The reality is that the US has become one of the major sources of weapons for terrorists/freedom fighters around the world. While Marjorie Taylor Greene is correct to demand answers when it comes to the issue of the security of Israel, a long-time American ally, the same questions can be asked about virtually every security assistance program instituted by the US in the post-9/11 era. It appears that America’s approach to fighting the global war on terror has ended up making those whom it calls terrorists more capable of carrying out the acts of violence US policy portends to be trying to stop. The sad truth is that America, in its rush to arm the world, in many ways ends up being its friends’ worst enemy.

Scott Ritter is a former US Marine Corps intelligence officer and author of ‘Disarmament in the Time of Perestroika: Arms Control and the End of the Soviet Union.’ He served in the Soviet Union as an inspector implementing the INF Treaty, in General Schwarzkopf’s staff during the Gulf War, and from 1991-1998 as a UN weapons inspector. 

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6 responses to “Scott Ritter: Are Hamas fighters using American weapons meant for Ukraine?”

  1. scrdmgl Avatar

    Together with thousands of anti Nazi people all over the world, admire and support Scott Ritter for his open opposition to the globalist elites and Fascist sectors of American society.
    However, his apparent description of Palestinians as terrorists based on the possibility that they obtained US weapons from Ukrainian sources, I hope that it is meant to illustrate the duplicity and corruption of the Nazi Ukrainian regime. Otherwise, I will be forced to consider him not as a friend of truth and enemy of the US Empire, but himself an accomplice of Zionist terrorist activities and crimes against humanity, as inflicted to Palestinians. In a related bit of news, we in Canada need urgent help ourselves, since our own Nazi Deputy PM Khristia Freeland is at this very moment, in a public show of support for Zionist Israel and Canadian Jews in Toronto who by the thousands are demonstrating solidarity with the motherland, meaning their country Israel, and not Canada as it should be the case. May all of these bastards fry in hell for all eternity. Our disgraced PM Justin Trudeau is in tears, for the Jews that fell victims of their own iniquity at the hands of their Palestinian victims raised to escape their elimination. May he also end with the previous lot in Beelzebub’s company. My country has descended to the very depths of depravity I’m afraid, just do not count me in as a supporter of this opprobrious regime.

    1. scrdmgl Avatar

      Additionally, the hypocritical American controlled UN, is calling for a solution to the present crisis. They are a bunch of liars who are never present when America, the West or Israel embark in the invasion and destruction of innocent countries victims of predatory neo colonial policies.
      The truth is that the whole world stinks to high heaven with these activities, the stench is unbearable.

  2. scrdmgl Avatar

    We must not dismiss the determination to succeed by the Zionist Entity known as Israel. Americans, please wake the frick up to reality, and understand that the majority of the US people of Jewish extraction have not Georgia in their mind but Tel Aviv. So much so that prominent people in that community in politics as well as the military, have publicly declared that if it comes to it, Israel would use the ‘Samson Option’ not only against the world at large but also against America. Do your checking up because I’m not making this up and learn the true reality that is not anti Semitism but bitter true. These are fanatics in the same league as their German Nazi brothers in arms, same blood and inhumanity who were given the biggest propaganda event ever seen in the WWII Holocaust to be used for their evil quest of economic, political and military domination. They had their biggest enemy in JFK and they celebrated his death as a gift from heaven itself. The Israeli PM at the time David ben Gurion, asked Kennedy for assistance in developing nuclear weapons to which JFK not only refused but told him that he would order frequent inspections at Dimona, the Israeli center of nuclear investigation to make sure that they would not develop the technology by themselves. That’s one of the reasons why he had to die and so he did. Now let’s talk about the present situation in the Gaza uprising.
    Hezbollah must strike the iron while is hot and do not delay their all out intervention giving time to the Zionists to recover the military initiative. I realize the risk involved to this move but there is no other possible alternative., The whole Arab world and partners are already getting ready to intervene in support of a common cause against this accursed sect.
    Otherwise nothing will ever stop this menace, nothing.

  3. braithwa842 Avatar

    Australia’s biggest Telco, “Telstra” Blocks ICH
    It wont be long before Australia’s censorship is complete.
    Just tried to access this page through Telstra (not using a VPN). I get:-

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    1. scrdmgl Avatar

      Brother braith: Find comfort in the fact that we Canadians are not only close to the joy of being cut up not only from ICH, but from other reliable sources of information.
      But our problems go far beyond yours, as you must be aware my country’s COMPLETE political establishment is complicit of supporting not only our American masters but an openly Nazi regime in Kyiv and have committed a capital sin by standing on their feet in parliament to honor an SS criminal from Ukraine that fought on Germany’s side during WWII. I can assure you that EVERYBODY present at the time knew very well who that killer was, only a complete fool can believe otherwise, utterly disgusting. That war took 40+ thousand Canadian lives a number similar to your country losses during that event, and today we fell into the depths of depravation by becoming supporters of that evil sect.
      I imagine that you read my 3 comments above where I provide some details of this sordid affair. That is not a complete report, the third most important political party sitting in parliament which is of strong left tendencies and is presently supporting Trudeau’s Liberals, has a leader of pure Sikh blood and heritage, who follows strict religious doctrine (turban-uncut hair-etc.) and is obviously a supporter of the terrorist Sikh organization with chapter all over Canada and headquartered in Vancouver, BC. So his person is unfortunately tainted despite his party’s good policies. These people, not only brought down a plane killing hundreds of innocent people, but also killed two Indian heads of state, Indira and Rajiv Gandhi in their efforts to gain independence from the mother country and create an independent state called Khalistan.
      Their are in fact fanatic ruthless killers of religious origin. Religion again, one the the courses of humanity at work to destroy lives not matter what the variety they might be all bad, and all for naught since we all know that God is dead. What else can I tell you brother, bad news all over.

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