Sunday, July 10, 2005

How to tell the truth about Iraq--the pleasant (if partial) exception of the Post

Yes--that Washington Post.

While the NYT indulges in its disreputable jihad to blame 7/7 on the War in Iraq, the Washington Post puts truth first.

Point 1: Osama bin Laden opened a political and media office here [in London] as far back as 1994; it closed four years later when his local lieutenant, Khalid Fawwaz, was arrested for aiding al Qaeda's attack on two U.S. embassies in Africa. So: nearly a decade before the NYT claims that London's mullahs turned against Britain over the war in Iraq, Osama bin Laden already had an office in the city.

Point 2: Evidence shows at least a supporting connection to London groups or individuals in many of the al Qaeda-related attacks of the past seven years. Among them are [1] the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania; [2] the assassination of Afghan militia leader Ahmed Shah Massoud on Sept. 9, 2001; [3]outer rings of the Sept. 11 conspiracy, involving Moussaoui and the surveillance of financial targets in Washington and New York; [4] Reid's attempted shoe bomb attack in December 2001; and [5] the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002. Five terrorist plots linked to London Muslims--and all before the war in Iraq.

Point 3: On June 15, 2002, at an Islamic community center in Milan, Italy, a cleric with alleged ties to al Qaeda was overheard in conversation with an Arab from Germany, according to a transcript of the wiretap later published in Italy. The Arab spoke of his 10-person cell in Germany and the group's "interest" in Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Turkey, Egypt, Italy and France. "But the nerve center is still London," he reported.

Point 4: Al Qaeda's operatives continued to operate in Britain even after the closing of the London Al Qaeda office: Anas Liby, one of bin Laden's computer experts, had continued to live in the northern England city of Manchester...On May 10, 2000, the British police raided Liby's apartment...Left behind on his computer was an al Qaeda training manual that spelled out the organization's tradecraft in 180 pages of chilling detail -- down to the art of killing with "cold steel"

Point 5: bin Laden made clear in a speech not long after the raid why history made the country an implacable enemy. "The British are responsible for destroying the caliphate system. They are the ones who created the Palestinian problem. They are the ones who created the Kashmiri problem. They are the ones who put the arms embargo on the Muslims of Bosnia so that 2 million Muslims were killed. They are the ones who are starving the Iraqi children. And they are continuously dropping bombs on these innocent Iraqi children." So according to Al Qaeda itself, hatred for Britain long pre-dates the war in Iraq. And Al Qaeda use of Iraq as a pretext for terrorism pre-dates the war: the West's economic sanctions against Iraq were used by Al Qaeda as a recruiting tool.

So Iraq was a recruiting point for Al Qaeda before the war (economic sanctions); it remains a recruiting point for Al Qaeda today (the new democracy).

Point 6: For al Qaeda and its affiliates, the British capital has been considered an indispensable communications center. "They looked on London as the premier place for propaganda in the Western world," said Michael Scheuer, who headed the CIA's special bin Laden unit in the mid-1990s...Just a few months after Sept. 11, bin Laden's chief deputy, Egyptian doctor Ayman Zawahiri, published from hiding a lengthy memoir-cum-holy war-treatise, "Knights Under the Prophet's Banner," as a 12-part series in the London newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat. So London Arabic newspapers were printing Al Qaeda recruiting propaganda even before the war in Iraq.

But perhaps I've been too easy on the Washington Post: Today, several recent cases suggest the seeding of a new generation of British residents who traveled as volunteers to fight with the insurgency in Iraq.

The Post article neglects to cite a single one.

Nor does it show any net upsurge as a result of Iraq that even begins to balance the long line of pre-Iraq terrorism incidents mentioned earlier in the article.


At Wednesday, 26 October, 2005, Anonymous Morpheus said...

If only others would put truth before agenda. Good work with your points.


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