Global war on "terrorism"
In 1980s, the United States and Israel created the concept of "international terrorism" to discredit the national liberation movements, accusing them of being tentacles of the Soviet beast. After the September 11 attacks, responsibility for quashing terrorism was taken away from the police and shifted to the military domain. For the Anglo-American ruling class, the "war against terrorism" had been envisaged as a means of affirming its control over trade routes (free maritime and air circulation), but it served the Bush administration and the Zionist movement to cloak their mistimed colonial adventures (Palestine, Afghanistan, Irak).
The same concept is used by the West to justify the setting up of an Orwellian surveillance society and by the Shangai Cooperation Organisation (Russia, China) to stymie the intrusion of the nomadic populations of Central Asia and to stabilise them by force.
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24 August 2005
Thank you all. (Applause.) Thank you all very much. (Applause.) Thanks for the warm welcome. Glad I finally got here. (Applause.) You got (...)
EXTREMISM: RULES OF THE GAME HAVE CHANGED AND WE NEED TO RESPOND
Britain is proud of its global and deserved reputation as a tolerant, multi-cultural society where people of all nationalities, backgrounds and faiths live in peace and friendship.
The unified and calm response of the British people to the terrorist attacks in London last month – in which the victims were of all faiths and none – underlined the tolerance and strength of our society. While there have been isolated and (...)
On the request of German authorities, the Alliances has deployed its special surveillance aircraft, AWACS, to help guard the Pope’s visit to the World Youth Day in Cologne, 20-21 August.
Pope Benedict XVI will address some 800,000 young Catholics, who are expected to attend the festival, which takes place at different locations every few years. Protecting major events
The AWACS are special aircraft, equipped with a radar dome capable of detecting air traffic at great distances, including (...)
As shown by the British House of Commons, the immediate response to a tragedy like the attacks in London, should be, first of all, the empathy with the victims and their bereaved. They pass a painful test, especially because it is difficult to explain what has happened. Who could ascertain that such bloody carnage was done because of a cause? At the time of writing, no group has explained why they launched the assaults. There is no other reason than an excessive fundamentalism. In these (...)
The resemblances between the attacks in Madrid and London are so obvious that comment appears superfluous. Actually, the differences are more revealing than the resemblances themselves.
In Spain, the attacks were a few days before the lections of March 14, 2004. The polls announced the victory of José-María Aznar and People’s Party, but the winner turned out to be the Spanish Socialist Party, thus contaminating the understanding of the event. Sixteen months after the attacks, a Spanish (...)
After the attacks, this phrase could be heard in Germany: “We are lucky not to be in Iraq!” However, we are in Afghanistan. History will tell whether it is a question of moral or not. The correct moral response, to say that we should experience in Germany a massacre like that in order not to be so hypocritical, would be to think of something highly inhumane. The specific German experience of terror shows that Kinkel’s initiative and the rejection of the escalation were, among all wrong (...)
Peace is resolving the issues without violence or ignoring the conventional rules. The Rule of Law is a life in common based upon well-defined rules of the game. This is applicable at the national level, but it should also be so at the internationally. The survival of the fittest should not prevail, although certain organizations have sort of a monopoly of the force. A conflict between two countries should be resolved through an organization like the United Nations that Austria should (...)
I just came back from London, where I could see the cold blood of my British colleagues and their major concern. We knew that Madrid’s attacks were the beginning of a wave of attacks that fortunately our Spanish colleagues were able to stop. We have found a similar scenario in the United Kingdom. These attacks were not a surprise. They were inevitable.
It was difficult to investigate the facts due to the location of the bombs. The nature of the explosives seemed to be of military origin, (...)
With their usual resistance and courage, the British have begun to use again the public transportation in London. However, they will need more time to learn the lesson from Thursday events.
Above all, it is important not to analyze the new event by comparing it with what is familiar to us. We think we know the attacks in London because we have suffered the IRA’s; we think we know what war is because we remember the bombing of the British capital during WWII; we tell ourselves that to keep (...)
Yesterday bombings in London are quite disturbing because if we take into account our relations with the United Kingdom it is like we were attacked too. In addition, it is thought the attacks were perpetrated by kamikaze. This Jihad army undermines the grounds of our open societies: trust. Yesterday attacks have made us less free in a certain way.
However, the most important element is that it is a civilization problem. After the attacks, every Muslim has become a suspect. Relations (...)
As the shock caused yesterday by the attack in London still reverberates across the Atlantic, something has become evident: the United States must be more distrustful of British citizens than of sleeper cells in its own territory or the students coming from madrassas. Since September 11 there have been many examples that have proved that British citizens have organized and participated in attacks.
Why many terrorists come from Great Britain? Many British Muslims are young and poorly (...)
If we believe what Islamits leaders living in London say, we would have no choice but to agree the attacks against Great Britain were imminent. This was extremely directed to Sayful Islam’s statements, the leader of Al-Muhajiroun, an Islamist organization in the city of Luton. However, a tacit agreement quite studied by Mohamed Sifaui between Islamists and the British government had been in force for a long time. According to it, Islamists were allowed to plan attacks in London if the target (...)
Europe has been the target of terrorist groups for a long time. We don’t know how related structures are, though. We must think of Al Qaeda as a company with exemption and not as a closed organization. Registered trade mark Al Qaeda has become attractive. It is hard to believe that it is formed by Bin Laden’s supporters trained in Afghanistan. Bin Laden and Ayman Al Zawahiri have been marginalized. They have been the catalysts for old sympathizers.
Al Qaeda trade mark was finally resold (...)
In order to make the Good’s superhero – George W. Bush – stand out, the US propaganda has created Evil’s superheroes: first, it was Bin Laden; then, Zarkawi. In both cases, according to Romanian journalist Vladimir Alexe, it is the demon of a fallen angel: a CIA agent who turns back against his creator. Once the myth has been created, it is blamed for the most diverse events in order to exorcize the cruelties of the Coalition.
In Havana, Luis Posada Carriles is being tried by contempt of court, a Cuban-born citizen of Venezuela who has spent most of his life in the service of Washington. Meanwhile, in El Paso, Texas, Posada Carriles himself was resisting efforts by the Venezuelan authorities to extradite him to stand trial for his participation in the blowing-up of a Cuban airliner in 1976 that killed 73 people. Such attack was plotted in Venezuela and took the lives of citizens from that country. That is why (...)
The importance of madrassas in graduating terrorists is one of the greatest assumptions of the war on terrorism. Statements by Colin Powell or Donald Rumsfeld backed this theory. Yet, while these schools may breed fundamentalists, they do not teach the technical skills to be a terrorist. Indeed there is little evidence that madrassas produce terrorists capable of attacking the West.
If we examine the backgrounds of the 75 terrorists identified as the perpetrators of the bombing against (...)
Latin America is mobilizing to support the extradition request against Luis Posada Carriles, currently sheltered in Miami and protected by the Bush Administration. The Cuban-born terrorist has become a symbol of the US methods of hemispheric domination and its double standard: on the one hand, they declare a global war on terrorism and, on the other, they use it. This case is even more outrageous considering that, four years ago, protected by his impunity, Posada Carriles revealed all the truth to the New York Times.
Twenty people lost their lives in Islamabad on May 27 as a result of an attack carried out during a religious demonstration that assembled thousands of people. You can not control everyone. From work carried out by our services since September 11, 2001, it is worthy to highlight that numerous members of Al Qaeda were able to sneak into Pakistan. Without our efforts the situation would be worse than in Afghanistan.
We have carried out a great number of secret operations. The bad news is (...)
Soon there will begin the trial against the murderer of Theo van Gogh. I had asked Theo to accept official protection, but told me that he didn’t want the Dutch police in his house. In the film Submission, on which I participated, his intention was to be provocative. He underestimated the radicalism of his adversaries. I had bodyguards for a long time, but he continued living normally. His murderer left a letter threatening me, completely turning my life upside-down with police protection (...)
France was affected by Islamist attacks in 1986 and 1995 and that led us to respond politically and legally. This was followed with interest abroad. Our specificity is triple: firstly, the strategic choice of a preventive legal neutralization of terrorist groups; then the specialization of magistrates both judges and prosecutors, who can charge suspects of associating with criminals linked to a terrorist sector, and lastly, the double nature of the DST - an intelligence service that belongs (...)
Our intelligence service’s failure to detect the September 11 terrorist conspiracy and finding that Saddam Hussein did not posses any mass destruction weapons called forth the criticism of our service and led to reorganize the intelligence service. However, there is no need for excesses or endangering our country by making people believe we are doing the right thing.
There are two clichés now in our intelligence service, which have become dogma. The first is that our intelligence service is (...)
You have become the first director of the national intelligence service. Regrettably, the law that created this post is ambiguous since its purpose is to please Donald Rumsfeld. Therefore, any control that you may have on the State Department Intelligence Service is not well defined. However, if the nation is to be protected, you will be obliged to fight for the control of such service, something that does not go with your nature.
You’ll be obliged to shake the CIA - a (...)
Our world is “normally” silent in the face of evil. Israel, for its part, is not to choose between silence or complicity of political terrorism, but between being a victim or resorting to the use of force. The use of force is not inherently evil, and it is even indispensable in terrorism-related issues.
Israel faces a unique kind of terrorism for its cowardice, its barbarism and its genocidal nature. All states have the right of self-defense and facing biological and even nuclear terrorist (...)
Terrorist groups and the organized crime networks are increasingly working together, strengthening their ability to inflict harm with conventional weapons today and, maybe, with nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction in the future. Separated for a long time, the criminal and terrorist networks today are united.
The ransom money earned by Aftab Ansari from kidnappings in Dubai helped fund the September 11 attacks and criminals like Indian crime boss Dawood Ibrahim belong to (...)
According to George W. Bush, the capture of Abu Faraj al-Libbi, who was described as a «High Rank General», or an «important coordinator and planner in chief of the Al-Qaeda group», announced by the Pakistani service is «a decisive victory in the war against terrorism».
However, we had already shown in these pages the complete inconsistency between the actions of the Pakistani authority, more concerned with repressing those who oppose Musharraf’s regime than with capturing Ben Laden, and those of (...)
The new Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, working as district attorney had a brilliant career as an enemy of organized crime and corrupt politicians. Nevertheless, upon changing sides as a consequence of a political alternation, he became the lawyer of corrupt Republican personalities. Together with John Ascroft, he helped in misquoting leads and entangling investigations on the events of 9/11 2001. He also drafted the final version of the USA Patriotic Act and obtained the suspension of fundamental freedoms to combat “Islamic terrorism”. At present he tries to instill into the population an anti-terrorist education.
The theory that sums up the destruction of the World Trade Center and production of fake magnetic cards in a suburb in France is part of the same plan, the same world terrorist organization, and is based only on the confessions of the “repentant of Al Qaeda.” However, in a more detailed analysis, those repentant are few and their testimonies are very doubtful, even not sincere at all. No court has been able, until later 2004, to show any evidence of the alleged links between the attacks in Europe and Al Qaeda. The repentant are still testifying, playing the game of the media and that of certain experts who take advantage of this to draw up hypotheses and advocate policies, bases only upon the alleged truth of those statements.
Periodically, media outlets report the arrest of Al-Qaeda members in Europe thus endorsing the US theory of an Islamic world conspiracy. However, in every case, the courts have rejected the accusations that say these people belong to a world terrorist organization. The sentences pronounced only mention common crimes or criminal projects that have nothing to do with Al-Qaeda. In practice, the antiterrorist judicial steps and investigations only seem to be an indirect way to present those who oppose US-allied Arab governments as criminals and, at the same time, to maintain a good ideological behavior in the eyes of Washington.
To avoid the complex process of deploying classic military forces inherited from the Cold War, Donald Rumsfeld has developed mobile units capable of attacking all fronts: the Special Forces. However, far from energizing the system, they have brought to surface new rivalries within the army since the traditional forces now refuse to be stripped of their own prerogatives and their elite training. On the other hand, the spectacular actions carried out in Afghanistan or Iraq cannot replace whatsoever the traditional missions, like occupying and reconstructing a country. The Pentagon becomes more developed, but its effectiveness falls.
Indifferent to Colin Powell’s opposition, the "hawks" prepare the next stage to reshape the Middle East: the "liberation" of Lebanon and an attack on Syria. They are already preparing the indictment file to justify such operations with the same rhetoric they used for Iraq: supporting "international terrorism" and possessing weapons of mass destruction. The Pentagon knows it can count on General Sharon, so anxious to establish a Maronite State in Lebanon and eliminate Palestinian resistance. Military deployment has been in place since June 2004.
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