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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Missing the message

Michael Scheuer, the former top CIA official who once led the US hunt for bin Laden, explains the ways in which the Bush administration and its client states fail to understand the latest Bin Laden message:

"'You ought to take the measure of your enemy and we're not doing that,' he said, adding the truce call would resonate positively in the Muslim world.

"'U.S. officials continue to describe these people (al Qaeda) as a small bunch of gangsters and crazy people. They have no apparent conception that so much of the Islamic world is angry with America, not because of our freedoms or liberties but because of our foreign policies,' he said."

It serves the political cause of leaders like Bush, Blair and Howard to maintain the illusion of a diminished and irrational terror leader. Robert Fisk rightly explained the West's (deliberate?) failure to understand al-Qaeda:

"The irony, of course, is that Bin Laden is now partly irrelevant. He has created al-Qa'ida. His achievement - that word should be seen in context - is complete. Why bother hunting for him now? It's a bit like arresting the world's nuclear scientists after the invention of the atom bomb. The monster has been born. It's al-Qa'ida we have to deal with."

10 Comments:

Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Operating on an understanding that you insist is accurate means the the US must destroy the Islamic world.

And that would be wrong.

Wouldn't it?

Monday, January 23, 2006 12:31:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Isnt't it so damn convenient how Bin Laden manages to make a speacial appearance evry time Bush is facing political problems at home?

Someone once said, that if Bin Laden hadn't existsed, the US woudl have created him anyway.

Monday, January 23, 2006 2:54:00 am  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Hudna treaty, anyone?

Monday, January 23, 2006 8:02:00 am  
Blogger David Heidelberg said...

I've just written about this very subject. I think that it is more than likely Bin laden is dead, and his ghost appears with the sole purpose of galvanising public support.

In fact his latest appearance is so fraudulent, it even makes mention of a Bill Blum's book as a means to smear it. Very convenient indeed.

Monday, January 23, 2006 10:45:00 am  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

I agree, DH, "knowledgeable Shab sources" suggest the same thing to me.

Of course, Blum has been smeared all the way to the bank; he's up to something like 30 on Amazon!

Monday, January 23, 2006 11:13:00 am  
Blogger psydoc said...

Yes those pesky foreign policies that demand freedom and the right of Jews to live in the Middle East. Dictators should be allowed to kill whomever they want without American interference. They should have full co-operation of our academia and should be supported without the need for any annoying UN intervention. Democracy and freedom can engender so much anger when you are just trying to be a peaceful despot.

If only America would listen to BinLiner and cherish the words of wisdom of a mass murderer we would all be a lot safer. Better still, lets open the prisons and listen to the wisdom of all of the domestic murderers, as that surely is the way to end domestic violence.

Monday, January 23, 2006 11:15:00 am  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Whoops, sorry DH...just read your post. Yes, Osama's most likely dead, but your Roveian conspiracy theory is hysterical.

Either way, Curly Pajama must be in tears today.

Monday, January 23, 2006 11:15:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

psydoc said...

"Yes those pesky foreign policies that demand freedom and the right of Jews to live in the Middle East."

There are no foreing policies that achieve either of these. How many times are people like yourself going to defend governments who repeatedly lie?

"Dictators should be allowed to kill whomever they want without American interference."

How about if they weren't helped or protected by Americans to begine with?

"They should have full co-operation of our academia and should be supported without the need for any annoying UN intervention."

What Un intervention? Iraq and Bosnia were both coducted without UN approval.

"Democracy and freedom can engender so much anger when you are just trying to be a peaceful despot."

You got that half right. In 2003/2004, the US attempted 2 coup to overthrow democratically elected leaders. One succeeded (Aritistide) and the other failed (Chavez). That's not to mentino the countless democracies that the US has subverted.

So yes, the US seems to have a particular disdain for democracy and freedom.

Monday, January 23, 2006 11:40:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Shab,

I don't think DH's conspiracy is that outlandish. Just this week, Rove gave a specch outlining the GOP campain for the mi-term elections being based on the Dems being soft on terror - yes, very novel.

Then we have Chris Matthews on Hardball describing Osama's speech as being like an over the top Michael Moore, and other's describing Osama's speech as a compendium of Dem talking points.

Tucker Carlson aired the speech with a split screen, showing Howard Dean on the other sreen.

That's not a conspiracy theory - that's called a political campaign.

Monday, January 23, 2006 12:12:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Here's somthing I just came across:

When Seeing and Hearing Isn't Believing
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/dotmil/arkin020199.htm

Monday, January 23, 2006 2:37:00 pm  

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