In the In Amenas hostage-taking scenario, Mokhtar Belmokhtar plays the villain. A dissident of AQIM, he has created a rent-a-terrorist group that sub-contracts "false flag" operations for wealthy sponsors, similar to how Abu Nidal worked during the Cold War.

Dramatic images of an attack against the gas site in Algeria by a commando, self-defined as jihadist, are going around the world. BP and Statoil technicians are harnessed to plastic explosives and killed by those who kidnapped them or during the clashes. Effect guaranteed.

The French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius sounds the alarm on the dramatic situation in Algeria. British Prime Minister David Cameron calls on the "Cobra Committee" for emergencies. President Obama declares that the attack reminds us once again of the threat posed by Al-Qaeda in Africa and that the U.S. will act to ensure similar events do not reoccur.

According to information provided by sources not so well-identified, the terrorist commando received orders by satellite phone from the Amir Mokhtar Belmokhtar, former leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), now at the head of a new outfit based in Mali. Just where (as if by chance) France is in the process of military intervention and where the European Union is about to send a "training mission", made up of 450 war experts (including Italians) who will also provide "advice to commando operations."

There remains the mystery of how this commando composed of dozens of heavily armed men were able to cover, with their convoy of all-terrain vehicles, hundreds of miles in an area guarded day and night by about 300 000 men of the Algerian army, trained and armed by France and the African Command of the United States (AfriCom). It is legitimate to suspect that the attack against the gas site was orchestrated and / or facilitated by France, with U.S. cover, to involve Algeria and other North African countries in the military operation in Mali by expanding it’s scope.

In Africa, France, Britain, the United States and other Western powers are not able to manage, with their multinational corporations, economic competition from China and other emerging countries. Wanting at all costs to maintain control of the energy sources and strategic minerals of the continent and its areas of geostrategic importance, they fan the flames of tension and conflict to justify military intervention, with the aim of stifling the peoples’ liberation struggles.

To this end they have no qualms about using jihadist groups, including grassroots activists convinced they are fighting Western imperialism but winding up being its instrument. They used them in Libya to break the country up from the inside, while NATO attacked with fighter-bombers and special infiltrated forces. Even The New York Times, after the attack in Algeria, admits that Gaddafi was right when he warned that the killing of the Libyan state would cause chaos by giving free reign to jihadists. The New York Times, however, does not say that NATO did the same thing in Syria, confirming that this is part of its own strategy of tension.

Bersani (Partito democratico Secretary, Head of the "opposition", NdT) has understood it all. "We must stop the bloodthirsty jihadist outfits - he declared - we can not leave France alone, which intervened in Mali : we must intervene and it is time for the EU to take up the slack." That which, in fact, Europe has already taken in hand to unwind the tangle of old colonial wars.

Roger Lagassé