As America stands at the brink of bombing the daylights out of Syria’s chemical arsenal, what have we learned about terrorism in the past year?
Back in 2009 I wrote that Major Nidal Hasan’s martyrdom operation smelled a lot like Al Qaeda. But now he’s come out of the closet and I was wrong because now he’s telling that he was working for the Taliban all the time, it’s just that Army won’t let him quit, or tell jury he did it for his radicalized religion. He’s been sentenced to death for the 2009 massacre. If he were actually wearing a PLO headdress and waving an Al Qaeda black meatball battle flag (as if yelling Allah Akbar wasn’t the same thing) then he could have been captured as an enemy combatant and sent to Guantanamo, but he didn’t so he’s just another crazy doctor. Ironically, the Obama administration’s excuse for not handing out purple hearts to the victims was that it might have affected the outcome of the trial, so I don’t know what lame excuse they are going to have to continue to call it “workplace violence”, and come to think of it, how do we know all those folks who were going “postal” weren’t just terrorists who didn’t wave the flag of jihad like Hasan did?
The Tsarnaev’s weren’t Arab, but as radicalized Muslim Chechen refugees from the former Soviet Union who arrived in 2002, they’re not too different from the usual middle eastern terrorists. They made a very splashy debut for Chechen terrorism that had previously mostly targeted Russia. The Russians knew about these guys and raised alarm bells to the United States FBI, but since the FBI had retooled to focus on the “real terrorists” and not just concentrate on Al Qaeda, the spoke to these nice young men who even if they were ranting radicalized muslims, they evidently weren’t worth tricking into joining the usual fake FBI bomb sting.
Not long after the bombings, there were reports that their mother was always ranting about 9-11 being a plot to invade Muslim nations, and how her sons read all about it on the internet. Alan Cullison of the Wall Street Journal investigated Tsarnaevs friendship with elderly Donald Larking who survived a shooting only to become quite a anti-semitic conspiracy buff into things like Holocaust denial, 9-11 truthers, Oklahoma City and the Newtown shootings as false flag plots by zionists in the U.S. and Israeli governments. They got along so well that they converted Larking and took him to the local mosque. In return, Larking gave Tamerlan a gift trial subscription to Willis Carto’s American Free Press and other radical “wrong-right” American extremist newspapers. Also found among reading materials was The First Freedom which flies the confederate flag and stand for “equal rights for whites”, and The Sovereign which warns about Israeli lobbyists and Jewish involvement in terrorist attacks.
Carto has been called a “notable figure on the American far right“ primarily known for his promotion of antisemitic conspiracy theories and one of America’s most influential political racial theorists. He took over the work of Francis Parker Yockey who was either a brilliant philosopher or some kind of Nazi spy. He formed a group supporting the racist presidential campaign of George Wallace which morphed into the neo-Nazi National Youth Alliance , and helped found the Populist Party which promoted white supremacists like David Duke. Carto’s American Free Press is the succesor to the notorious The Spotlight on which the controversial Ron Paul newsletters were patterned. Carto also founded the Institute for Historical Review to promote revisionist history about Nazi death camps. ManyAFP contributors are also interviewed and published by PressTV, Iran’s version of CNN which often reflected the views of former president Ahmadinejad who was always promoting the “truth” about 9/11 and consistently misunderstood about “destroying Israel” or denying the holocaust.
Some people thought it was a funny coincidence that the racist American right just happens to say and think the same things that we’ve heard coming out of Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad every time he came by the UN and Chechen bombers, or that almost every 9-11 truth outlet was also shouting like the Tsarnaev parents that the poor misunderstood brothers were framed and it was a false flag just like Newtown and Oklahoma city. But so far nobody has ever pointed out any evidence of any actual connections.
I hadn’t heard of pressure cooker bombs since the only small bombs I had heard of based on propane tanks. It’s remarkable that they figured out how to adapt radio controlled aircraft parts into a detonator, something that even the average MIT student of today wouldn’t be able to do except as a final project, comparable to the boat mechanic who took months to tinker and fashioned a crude bomb on India’s flight 182 in the 1980s with a Radio Shack automobile clock and relay and some dynamite fitted into a Sanyo stereo receiver. It doesn’t sound like something two knucklehead terrorists would be able to do on their own without help from a bomb expert of the sort you could expect to in Pakistan or Afghanistan.
Other Conspiracy Theorists Gone Bad
The Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was also linked to Carto when he took out an ad in Spotlight. The FBI didn’t follow evidence that co-bomber Terry Nichols almost certainly visited the Philippines for more than just a bride, but to learn how to build a next-generation truck bomb from Al Qaeda master bomber Ramsi Yousef who was also figuring out how to make airplane bombs and start thinking about the 9/11 attacks at the time. In Canada, Kimveer Gill was the 2006 mass shooter at Dawson college who was into 9/11 conspiracy theories, the War in Iraq and the Columbine massacre. John Patrick Bedell who shot two Pentagon police officers in 2010 was a 9/11 truther a fan of libertarians like Lew Rockwall. John Allen Muhammad, the DC beltway sniper was an admirer of Al Qaeda and applauded the 9/11 attacks. Jared Loughner blamed the government for 9/11 and feared a “New World Order”. James W. Von Brunn who shot up the Holocaust Museum was also a truther.
Just this year, Justin Miles Jasper was arrested in a stolen pickup truck with maps of 3 Seattle college campuses, guns and bombs and propaganda about revolutions in Syria and Brazil, though authorities weren’t sure of what he was planning (??) Just north of Seattle a mysterious stabbing led to the arrest of Anthony E Garver who had been previously arrested for stockpiling weapons and ammo, studying Al Qaeda manuals on how to make OK city bombs, and escaping jail every chance he could, though authorities have absolutely no idea why a former domestic terrorist would murder a random woman and then personally call in a tip to the cops. Chris Montfort who waged a one-man jihad against the Seattle Police and murdered a police officer just like the Tsarnaevs killed a MIT campus police officer was upset about American wars in Muslim nations like Iraq and Afghanistan.
The president and secretary of state both promised we’d get to the bottom of who was behind the attack that killed 4 Americans including Ambassador Stevens a year ago, and to date, the US hasn’t lifted a finger even though local Libyans were so ticked off they sacked the local Ansar Al-Sharia (Arabic for the terrorists no longer known as Al Qaeda) base, and the commander has given numerous interviews to media like CNN since then. What nobody noticed back then was Walid Shoebat’s theory that the “Innocence of Muslims” video was actually created by a “lone gunman” Sam Bacile with absolutely no experience in filmaking who had been jailed for being pals with terrorists. Today we argue over who was gassing who in Syria, but the film could have been commissioned by bad people pretending to represent Israel, Copts, Christians and Copts who were the real targets of riots. Some large team of people had to back Bacile and spent a lot of time script writing, planning and spent a lot of money putting up recruiting ads, writing up union contracts, and getting Hollywood’s best backlot for filming JAG in the mideast. It was repurposed without knowledge of the actors into a parody of attacks on Islamic faith, and introduced in a real rented theater with an arabic promotion sign with the title the “Innocence of Bin Laden” and language that looked like it had indeed been produced by Al Qaeda.
It is interesting that the White House knew in advance to warn the Egyptian embassy to watch out for a protest, while Al Jazeera (who is now broadcasting their “alternative” view on Al Gore’s old cable channel, but banned in Egypt) was at the scene in Benghazi to walk in with cameras and shoot video of the burning compound in real time and call it a protest about a movie. The State Department evidently did all it could to make sure Stephens was always protected with a smaller force than a small-town SWAT team, and didn’t fire the radical-islamist militia hired to protect the compound even after two guards were caught setting of bombs on the compound they were supposed to protect.
The gateway pundit notes that Obama sided with Sunni militants not just in Syria but also in Libya when bombing Gaddafi and his forces, and sided with Muslim Brotherhood. “ What does make sense is Obama’s policy of always siding with the Muslim Sunni sect” or at least when he has to pick between them and the Shia who are typified by Iran and Hezbollah who support Assad.
Sunni representatives, including Al Qaeda, support the Islamic rebels and the Muslim Brotherhood. Sunnis account for about 80% of the Muslim world. When Obama moves, he moves not with Christians, Jews or the majority of most Americans, Obama moves with the Muslim Sunni sect. The Sunni hatred of Shia’s, Jews and Americans is what Obama’s actions fit best. In addition, an Iranian involvement in the attack on Benghazi, is consistent with this thinking, because the Shia’s in Iran would not be happy with the US sending weapons to the Sunni rebels in Syria, who are the enemy of Assad and the Iranian Shia’s. The Iranian Shia’s would want to stop weapons used in overthrowing Assad, while bringing to light the fact that Obama was shipping arms under the table to Syria in the first place. Iran was hoping the poor press of the Benghazi affair would prevent Obama from being reelected.
It’s an interesting theory, Asians will just have to make up their own mind if they haven’t already chosen sides between the anti-war left which is usually pro-Obama or the anti-war Ron Paul-style right which is usually against Obama AND Israel and against unfairly picking on Iran.
Christian and Copt Pograms in Egypt and Syria
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have both been very supportive of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood as a progressive force for democracy since Obama gave his first speech before MB officials. Conservatives observed that speech excluded the official Mubarak government since they were still technically banned as terrorists by Mubarak. Of course there’s no way our President could have known that the Egyptians would soon conclude that the MB was nothing more than the political arm for a bunch of terrorists. And there is no way he could have known the reaction would be a massive organized pogram (you know, like when the Russians tried to burn up or kill all their Jewish neighbors) against 60 churches. Afterall, the Washington Post has reported that the MB and Obama both condemn violence against churches just as much as violence against Islamist protesters, even though some leaders were heard to call for burning churches.
Here is a blog http://hakawi.wordpress.com/ that tells what’s going on over there, and why people think they were hoodwinked in the elections:
Posted by hakawi on August 16, 2013
For a people who rose up against a long-time corrupt military regime – think of what Ikhwan have done that got many of them wishing – just wishing for the day that corrupt regime returns to power. “Anything but this”… I heard it so many times.
And for some people [Egyptians included - and in fact this post is directed at Egyptians] to assume that people have a short memory – or that people are now ‘licking military shoes’ as someone just posted – or that people love the bloodshed – is an insult to Egyptians and a ‘holier than thou’ attitude.
People DO have short memory and it was YOU who egged people on to follow your lead and ‘elect’ Ikhwan. People trusted YOU in spite of all indications that this was a bad choice. The short memory is forgetting Ikhwan’s history – not forgetting army history. If you focus on army history then you cannot see beyond your ’2yr leadership’ and 5 minutes of fame.
As for now… what’s happening now is not a restoration of power but a seizure of that power from the people who had so misled Egyptians that we are dug in a deep deep hole trying to climb out of. We are not going back to square one – we are trying to climb back to square one so that we can move on with a revolution so rudely interrupted.
Heres’ a sample
Update 31 August 2013:
- Port Said: Four soldiers shot and injured in new attack on Abu Seifin church. Armed assailant opened fire on the church and struck the soldiers standing in front of it [link]
- Assiut: A church deacon was killed in Al Koseya, after his family failed to pay ransom to his kidnappers. His name is Waheed Yacoub [link]
Update 29 August 2013:
- Dalja, Minya Copts continued to be under siege as police and army have been unable to enter the village. Dalja Bishop in Minya says Copts have abandoned their homes and that Islamists were enforcing informal taxes on people. He also said extremist Assem Abdel Majed is hiding there
From Time Magazine
St. George’s Church in Assiut, 320 km south of Cairo, was one of more than 60 churches attacked in a wave of revenge against Christians after the military’s bloody dispersal of two Islamist protest camps in Cairo this month, which killed hundreds of supporters of the ousted President. Egypt’s Christians, who make up about 10% of the Muslim-majority country, have been caught in the political cross fire and found themselves scapegoats for supporting the military’s ouster of President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood