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"There are two kinds of humor. One kind that makes us chuckle about our foibles and our shared humanity — like what Garrison Keillor does. The other kind holds people up to public contempt and ridicule — that’s what I do.

Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful. I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel — it’s vulgar."

Molly Ivins


Introduction

Naturally the common people don't want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.

Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.

Hermann Goering, President of the Reichstag, Nazi Party, and Luftwaffe Commander in Chief

What is common between Manchester attack and Charlie Hebdo attack ? There are several commonalities (it also has communalities with "Orlando Nightclub Massacre"). 

The key question is such events is "Cue Bono". Here what Guardian suggested for Charlie Hebdo  as one possible line of thinking about this event:

The attacks in the French capital on the offices of a satirical magazine, in the streets and at a kosher supermarket prompted a wave of public outrage and solidarity. But in the days after the attacks politicians and others have seized on the events to push different agendas. ... solidarity and support for free expression began to give way to calls for wider surveillance

Long Shadow of Operation Gladio

Another important commonality is that most Europeans remember "Operation Gladio" all too well.

General Gianadelio Maletti, commander of the counter-intelligence section of the Italian military intelligence service from 1971 to 1975, alleged in March 2001 during the eighth trial for the 1969 Piazza Fontana bombings that the CIA had foreknowledge of the event.[13] According to The Guardian, he said:[14]

...his men had discovered that a rightwing terrorist cell in the Venice region had been supplied with military explosives from Germany. Those explosives may have been obtained with the help of members of the US intelligence community, an indication that the Americans had gone beyond the infiltration and monitoring of extremist groups to instigating acts of violence...

General Maletti told the Italian court that "the CIA, following the directives of its government, wanted to create an Italian nationalism capable of halting what it saw as a slide to the left and, for this purpose, it may have made use of rightwing terrorism," and continued on by declaring: "I believe this is what happened in other countries as well."

Gianadelio Maletti also said to the court: "Don't forget that Nixon was in charge and Nixon was a strange man, a very intelligent politician but a man of rather unorthodox initiatives."[citation needed]

General Maletti himself in the first Piazza Fontana trial received a four-year sentence for providing a false passport to one of the accused bombers, this sentence was overturned in 1985.[15] Maletti received, while in exile, a 15-years sentence in 2000 for his role in trying to cover up a 1973 bomb attack in Milan against the Interior minister, Mariano Rumor (DC – 4 killed and 45 injured), but was acquitted on appeals.[16] According to the court, General Maletti knew in advance of the plan of the attacker, Gianfranco Bertoli, allegedly an anarchist but in reality a right-wing activist and a "long-standing SID informant" according to The Guardian, but had deliberately failed to inform the interior minister of it.[14]

So one of first questions for many Europeans to ask is "Was CIA (or affiliated or controlled by CIA elements of national intelligence) involved in some fashion?" That does not need to be direct involvement. An one commenter to AsiaTimes noted:

All Western intelligence agencies, which includes Mossad of course, have to do is to simply allow something others are planning to go forward; and they are aware of almost everything.

They can filter jihadi actions to suit their purposes. Those that do not serve their strategic purposes get Hellfire missiles; those that do serve their strategic purposes are allowed to go forward to further create the proper political climate.

That is all. It is not complicated.

Let's also do not forget that fundamentalist Islam militants were by-and-large CIA creation specifically targeted for fighting Soviets in Afghanistan with Bin Laden as a kind of head of CIA-financed HR department for recruiting the fighters. Role of the USA in training of mujahidins is well documented. As well as their role in radicalizing Afghan population:

In the twilight of the Cold War, the United States spent millions of dollars to supply Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings, part of covert attempts to spur resistance to the Soviet occupation.

The primers, which were filled with talk of jihad and featured drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines, have served since then as the Afghan school system's core curriculum. Even the Taliban used the American-produced books, though the radical movement scratched out human faces in keeping with its strict fundamentalist code.

As Afghan schools reopen today, the United States is back in the business of providing schoolbooks. But now it is wrestling with the unintended consequences of its successful strategy of stirring Islamic fervor to fight communism. What seemed like a good idea in the context of the Cold War is being criticized by humanitarian workers as a crude tool that steeped a generation in violence.

Later the USA elite successfully used events of 9/11 for launching an unprovoked attack on Iraq were around a million Iraqis were killed and which serves as a fuel for radicalizing French Muslims. Especially damaging were Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse - Wikipedia That lead to radicalization of a part of young European Muslims. And results are quite visible. Some 1,400 people living in France have joined or plan to battle alongside militants in Syria and Iraq, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said. The number of French jihad followers has risen by at least 200 people in the past month (RT News).

Some MSM suggest that Cherif Kouachi become radicalized after the USA invasion in Iraq and Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse

It seems that the attackers were underclass French boys who, out of not finding much sense in their lives, jumped on the first ideology that came along and promised them meaning. They were only tangentially, if at all, related to the various fundamentalist AQ entities in the Middle East.

It might well be that the story will shift somewhat at new facts come to light, but so far it looks like MSM will continue to promote initial taking points, fact be damned. Then at some point, we can expect that the story abruptly disappear from coverage as happened with Malaysian flight MH17

Cui bono question

The key question here is classic Cui bono?. And it is always difficult to tell where terrorist cell ends and where intelligence services network starts. If their mentor Bengal, who was serving 10 years sentence, got out of jail so quickly and freely moved between GB and France, he might made some serious concessions to get out:

French investigators believe Kouachi was radicalized by Beghal in prison, where he was serving a 10-year sentence for a plot to bomb the US embassy in Paris. Kouachi later visited Beghal when he was under house arrest in the Auvergne region of southern France. So did Coulibaly and his partner, Hayat Boumeddiene.

She told police that they had gone there for “crossbow practice”.

Starting with the key question "Cue bono" we have some consideration of Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, who in his comment to Turkish news agency Anadolu Agency (Charlie Hebdo massacre being used to demonise Muslims US experts ummid.com) said the following:

"The events in Paris appeared to have been a "false flag" operation carried out with the involvement of Western intelligence agencies, in order to bring France "back into Washington's orbit" and to 'realign Europe with Israel'", Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Associate editor at the Wall Street Journal and Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury under the Reagan Administration, said while talking to Turkish news agency Anadolu Agency.

"I don't say it was a false flag operation. I say it has the marks of a such", he added.

"Another reason would be to get rid of the rising opposition in Europe against more Middle Eastern wars", he said.

"Considering the number of journalists on war fronts who have been killed by Washington-funded and organized ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), the uproar over the cartoonists' deaths has the appearance of orchestration.

There are also concerns about provocation as "Almost every "terror" event or allegation world-wide has served as a catalyst for interventions that involve military action" Concerns of this kind were aptly summarized in the following post (Charlie Hebdo massacre aftermath, RT News Jan 10, 2015):

Mel S.

It is worth making note that.....

1) Multy-religious Nations and communities who have lived together in peace for centuries are beginning to experience friction with their Muslim neighbors.

2) Compassionate and peaceful countries who have granted safety, dignity & hope for growth and prosperity for millions of foreigners through their welcoming immigration policies are now in being driven by pain to become persecutors and crusaders.

3) Since 911, the US has managed to propagate fear and terror on every corner of the planet through aggressive promotion of Islamism and terrorism.

4) Terror threats and/or actual attacks have repeatedly served as pretexts to important political moves that seem to advance ONLY US foreign policy objectives at the expense of the American people as well as other nations throughout the world.

5) Almost every "terror" event or allegation world-wide has served as a catalyst for interventions that involve military action, promote the creation of violence groups, increase US interference in the domestic affairs of sovereign States or give US defense contractors access to foreign assets.

6) In most cases that we have seen so far, the USA is always the first to volunteer in some sort of retaliation or intervention even if it is none of its business to do so.

One must wonder what type of intervention campaign is going to be come this time around.

I wonder what the political gains would be for the French Government? of US Foreign policy?…or perhaps Yemen will end up like Libya and Iraq?

...or worst yet, they may just come out and admit officially that the “war on terror” will now be acknowledged as “the war on islamization” so that laws can be issued for the open and direct intimidation, criminalization & detention of all Muslims? …who knows! It is a strange world we live in.

As Pepe Escobar noted in his influential and widely sited article in AsiaTimes (Who profits from killing Charlie) Cherif Kouachi's bio was splattered all over:

And just to make sure everyone had the perpetrators implanted on their brain, the killers also said, "Allahu Akbar"; "We have killed Charlie Hebdo"; and "We have avenged the Prophet."

Case closed? Well, it took only a few hours for French police to identify the (usual?) suspects; French-Algerian brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi. The third man - the driver of the black Citroen, 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad - then turned himself in with an ironclad alibi. So the third man remains a cipher.

They all wore balaclavas. The Kouachi brothers have not been captured. But the police seem to know very well who they are. Because they found an abandoned ID in the black Citroen (oh, the troubles of being a command in a rush ...) How come they didn't know anything before the carnage?

Right on cue, Cherif Kouachi's bio was splattered all over. He was on a global watch list. Along with six others, he was sentenced in May 2008 to 3 years in prison for "terrorism"; in fact unloading a dozen young Frenchmen via madrassas in Egypt and Syria to none other than Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the killed-by-an-American-missile former head of Al-Qaeda in Iraq and the spiritual father of Daesh/ISIS/ISIL.

Also right on clue, a full narrative was ready for mass consumption. The key point; French police privileges the hypothesis of "Islamic terrorism". According to their "experts", this could be an attack "ordered from abroad and executed by jihadis coming back from Syria that have escaped us", or it could be "suburban idiots that radicalized themselves and concocted this military attack in the name of al-Qaeda."

Cherif Kouachi's bio suggests some interaction with intelligence services:

Arrested on departure to Syria intending to fight against Iraq, spent 6 years in prison for intent to join the Iraqi insurgency, back to Syria intending to fight against Assad, returning to France without problem but "well known to the police".

Long debated comments of Wesley Clark

Roberts' comments added to concerns long-debated on social media over comments made in 2007 by retired 4-star U.S. Army general General Wesley Clark, the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO during the 1999 War on Yugoslavia.

Clark said in a video interview in 2007 with U.S. journalist Amy Goodman of Democracy Now that a classified memo referred to him by a general of the U.S. Joint Staff during the initial bombings of Afghanistan showed: "We're going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and - finishing off - Iran."

"During that time. the official enemy of Washington and NATO was communist Russia. In the absence of an invasion, criminals within the Gladio network carried out terrorist attacks in Italy and other countries and planted fake evidence in order to discredit the Communists", he said.

Ganser observed that NATO countries have bombed several Muslim countries in recent years, including Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq and Syria.

Was Charlie Hebdo killings a false flag operation?

Europe still remembers operation Gladio. Daniele Ganser, director of the Swiss Institute for Peace and Energy Research (SIPER), told Anadolu Agency:

"Researchers must try to find out whether the recent terrorist attacks in Paris were a false flag operation carried out in order to discredit Muslims globally and justify the bombing of Muslim nations, which has been going on for many years now and continues.

He explained: "During the Cold War, 'false flag' terrorist attacks were carried out in Europe by criminals linked to European secret services, the CIA and also NATO.

"A network of secret armies known as 'Gladio' prepared for secret warfare in case of a Soviet invasion."

As always public can't get access to critical evidence which limits any independent investigation to basic checks. Still there are growing concerns that the events were not as they were described. Those concerns are related to some elements of evidence and general considerations as facts are scarce

  1. Cue Bono question is carefully avoided in Western MSM. That rises concerns about provocation as "Almost every "terror" event or allegation world-wide has served as a catalyst for interventions that involve military action" Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, who in his comment to Charlie Hebdo massacre being used to demonise Muslims US experts ummid.com) said the following:

    "The events in Paris appeared to have been a "false flag" operation carried out with the involvement of Western intelligence agencies, in order to bring France "back into Washington's orbit" and to 'realign Europe with Israel'", Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Associate editor at the Wall Street Journal and Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury under the Reagan Administration, said while talking to Turkish news agency Anadolu Agency.

    "I don't say it was a false flag operation. I say it has the marks of a such", he added.

    "Another reason would be to get rid of the rising opposition in Europe against more Middle Eastern wars", he said.

    "Considering the number of journalists on war fronts who have been killed by Washington-funded and organized ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), the uproar over the cartoonists' deaths has the appearance of orchestration.

  2. The fact that it was editorial meeting scheduled at the time of attack which maximizes the number of victims. As CBC News reported the journalists from Charlie Hebdo only gather in their Paris office once per week.

    “A Charlie Hebdo reporter told the French newspaper Le Monde that the attackers had to have been informed that the editorial meeting was taking place, otherwise there are not many people on the premises.”

    Who would have informed the shooters about the meeting on that day?

  3. The fact that the office of this magazine was under protection of French police. There were police INSIDE the Charlie Hebdo offices BEFORE the attack took place.

    “Two officers who had been assigned to protect editor and cartoonist Stephane Charbonnier for the past several years came down from an upper floor and intercepted the gunmen.”

    This creates confusion as French hunt magazine attack suspects

    How is it that the police seemed so useless?

  4. Video of the shooting of a police officer released does not show head recoil from the shot nor extensive damage to the scull close range shooting of high velocity bullet inflicts. Were they shooting blanks? Was the video staged? There are 3 different accounts of who this policeman was.
  5. Clumsy story of the assassination and even more clumsy story of an escape attempt for supposedly hard-core ideologically motivated terrorisms, who decided to die for the cause. The story about "well trained" assassins the-fully-masked-up-so-as-not-to-be-identifiable deliberately trying to unmask themselves informing everybody that they are "We are al Qaeda from Yemen". Can this be attempt of framing particular group?
  6. The story of "an abandoned ID in the black Citroen". This story has distinct smell of three-letter agencies.
  7. Free movement between countries of a person who has previous conviction and jail term for terrorism (in return for what? cooperation? ) and possible level of contacts with intelligence agencies. Concerns increased after European media reported that both Cherif and Said Kouachi, who carried out the massacre at the Paris headquarters of the satirical magazine and were later killed in a shoot-out with police in a French village on Friday, had been identified as a "potential terror threat" and placed on a watch and no-fly list by British authorities in 2010. UK daily The Guardian reported the brothers had been flagged in a U.S. database as "terrorist suspects" and barred from flying into the U.S. after they were identified as being part of a terror cell established in 2003 to send volunteers to Iraq.
  8. Mentor of Charlie Hebdo gunmen has been UK-based . If their mentor Bengal, who was serving 10 years sentence, got out of jail so quickly (in three years) and freely moved between GB and France, he might made some serious concessions to get out.
  9. Strange suicide of police officer in charge of investigation.

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[Jun 11, 2017] Islamic Mindset Akin to Bolshevism by Srdja Trifkovic

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"... I'd say that in modern times the main culprit was Zbigniew Brzezynski, who freely admitted in an interview with the French weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur in 1998 that he had this, as he called it, "brilliant idea" to let the Islamist genie out of the bottle to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan following the Soviet occupation in 1979. At that time he was President Carter's National Security Advisor. The transmission belt, from the CIA and various other U.S. agencies to the jihadists in Afghanistan, went via Pakistan. The ISI, the all-powerful military Inter-Service Intelligence-an institution which is pro-jihadist to boot-was used by the U.S. to arm elements which later morphed into al-Qaeda. The breeding ground for the modern, one might say postmodern form of jihadism, was Afghanistan-and it was made possible by U.S. policy inputs which helped its development. ..."
Feb 01, 2016 | chroniclesmagazine.org
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On January 23 Freedom and Prosperity Radio , Virginia's only syndicated political talk radio show, broadcast an interview with Srdja Trifkovic on the subject of Islam and the ongoing Muslim invasion of Europe. Here is the full transcript of the interview. ( Audio )

FPR: Your book The Sword of the Prophet was published back in 2002, yet here we are-15 years later-still scratching our heads over this problem. Defeating Jihad you wrote ten years ago, and yet we are still fumbling around in the dark. It seems like we don't have the ability to say what is right and what is wrong. We've lost the ability we had had during the Cold War to say out way is better than their way . . .

ST: I'm afraid the problem is deeper than that. It is in the unwillingness of the ruling elite in the Western world to come to grips with the nature of Islam-as-such. There is this constant tendency by the politicians, the media and the academia to treat jihadism as some sort of aberration which is alien to "true" Islam. We had an example of that in 2014, when President Obama went so far as to say that ISIS was "un-Islamic"! It is rather curious that the President of the United States assumes the authority of a theologian who can pass definite judgments on whether a certain phenomenon is "Islamic" or not. Likewise we have this constant repetition of the mantra of the "religion of peace and tolerance," which is simply not supported by 14 centuries of historical experience. What I've tried to emphasize in both those books you've mentioned, and in my various other writings and public appearances, is that the problem of Islam resides in the core texts, in the Kuran and the Hadith , the "Traditions" of the prophet of Islam, Muhammed. This is the source from which the historical practice has been derived ever since. The problem is not in the jihadists misinterpreting Islam, but rather in interpreting it all too well. This mythical "moderate Islam," for which everybody seems to be looking these days, is an exception and not the rule.

In answer to your question, I'd say that "scratching one's head" is-by now-only the phenomenon of those who refuse to face reality. Reasonable people who are capable of judging phenomena on their merits and on the basis of ample empirical evidence, are no longer in doubt. They see that the problem is not in the alleged misinterpretation of the Islamic teaching, but rather in its rigorous application and literal understanding. I'm afraid things will not get better, because with each and every new jihadist attack, such as the Charlie Hebdo slaughter in Paris a year ago, or again in Paris last November, or the New Year's Eve violence in Germany, we are witnessing-time and over again-the same problem. The Islamic mindset, the Islamic understanding of the world, the Muslim Weltanschauung , world outlook, is fundamentally incompatible with the Western value system and the Western way of life.

FPR: . . . It seems obvious, regarding Islam, that its "freedom of religion" is impacting other people, and it's dictated to do so-it must go out and fight the infidels. And that's where we have the disconnect. Maybe there is some traction to the statement, as you put it, that fundamentalism reflects a far more thorough following of Islam, and that it is simply incompatible with the Constitution?

ST: It is inevitable, because if you are an orthodox, practicing, mainstream Muslim, then you necessarily believe in the need to impose Sharia as the law of the land. Sharia is much more than a legal code. It is also a political program, it is a code of social behavior, it is the blueprint for the totality of human experience. That's why it is impossible to make Sharia compatible with the liberal principle of "live and let live": it is inherently aggressive to non-Islam. In the Islamic paradigm, the world is divided in the Manichean manner, black-and-white, into "the World of Faith," Dar al-Islam , literally "the world of submission," and "the World of War, Dar al-Harb .

It is the divine duty of each and every Muslim to seek the expansion of Dar al-Islam at the expense of Dar al-Harb until the one true faith is triumphant throughout the world. In this sense the Islamic mindset is very similar to Bolshevism. The Bolsheviks also believed that "the first country of Socialism" should expand its reach and control until the whole world has undergone the proletarian revolution and has become one in the march to the Utopia of communism. There is constant inner tension in the Islamic world, in the sense that for as long as non-Islam exists, it is inherently perceived as "the other," as an abomination. In that sense, Muslims perceive any concession made by the West-for instance in allowing mass immigration into Western Europe-not as a gesture of good will and multicultural tolerance, but as a sign of weakness that needs to be exploited and used as a means to an end.

FPR: The Roman Catholic Church has its Catechism which decides the issues of doctrine. Until there's an Islamic "catechism" which can say "no, this is no longer the right interpretation, this is not what it means any more"-and I don't think this would be a short-term thing, because you'd still have the splinter groups dissenting against the "traitors"-but is this the only way to go to the center of theological jurisprudence in the Islamic world?

ST: The problem is twofold. First of all, there is no "interpretation" of the Kuran . Classical Islamic sources are adamant that the Kuran needs to be taken at face value, literally. If it says in Sura 9, verse 5, "fight the infidels wherever you find them, and let them go if they convert," or if it says time and over again that the choice for a non-Muslim is to accept Islam, or to live as a second-class citizen-the dhimmi -under Islamic supremacy, or else to be killed it is very hard to imagine what sort of authority in the Islamic world would be capable of saying "now we are going to relativize and soften the message."

The second part of the problem is that there is no single authority in Islam. It is not organized in a hierarchical way like the Roman Catholic Church, where if the Pope speaks ex cathedra his pronouncements are obligatory for all Catholics everywhere. Islam is a diffused religion, with various centers of learning and various ullema who may or may not agree on certain peripheral details. Yet any any one of them who'd dare say "look, now we rally need to reinterpret the fundamental sources, the Kuran and the Hadith, so as to make it compatible with the pluralist society"-they'd immediately be condemned as heretics. We've seen attempts at reform in the past. In the end the orthodox interpretation always prevails, because it is-sadly-the right interpretation of the core texts. With neither the hierarchy capable of imposing a new form of teaching on the faithful, nor the existence of alternative core texts which would provide grounds for such reinterpretation, it is very hard to see how it could be done.

FPR: How do we go forward? . . . How does the end-game play out?

ST: I'd say that in modern times the main culprit was Zbigniew Brzezynski, who freely admitted in an interview with the French weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur in 1998 that he had this, as he called it, "brilliant idea" to let the Islamist genie out of the bottle to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan following the Soviet occupation in 1979. At that time he was President Carter's National Security Advisor. The transmission belt, from the CIA and various other U.S. agencies to the jihadists in Afghanistan, went via Pakistan. The ISI, the all-powerful military Inter-Service Intelligence-an institution which is pro-jihadist to boot-was used by the U.S. to arm elements which later morphed into al-Qaeda. The breeding ground for the modern, one might say postmodern form of jihadism, was Afghanistan-and it was made possible by U.S. policy inputs which helped its development.

But if we look at the past 14 centuries, time and over again we see the same phenomenon. The first time they tried to conquer Europe was across the Straits of Gibraltar and across the Iberian Peninsula, today's Spain. Then they crossed the Pyrinees and were only stopped at Poitiers by Charles Martel in 732AD. Then they were gradually being pushed back, and the Reconquista -- the reconquest of Spain-lasted 800 years, until 1492, when Cordoba finally fell to the Christian forces. Then came the second, Ottoman onslaught, in the XIVth century, which went across the Dardanelles into the Balkan Peninsula. The Turks were only finally stopped at the gates of Vienna in 1683. Pushing Turkey out of Europe went all the way to 1912, to the First Balkan War.

So we may say that we are now witnessing the third Islamic conquest of Europe. This time it is not using armed janissaries, it is using so-called refugees. In fact most of them are healthy young men, and the whole process is obviously a strategic exercise -- a joint venture between Ankara and Riyadh, who are logistically and financially helping this mass transfer of people from the Turkish and Middle Eastern refugee camps to the heart of Europe. The effect may be the same, but this time it is far more dangerous because, on the European side-unlike in 732, or 1683-there is no political will and there is no moral strength to resist. This is happening because the migrants, the invaders, see Europe as the candy store with a busted lock and they are taking advantage of that fact.

FPR: When you see the horrors of rapes and sexual assaults that took place across Germany, and now we see the Germans' response . . . vigilantes on their streets . . . this is something that we either control politically and with leadership, or else it falls apart into anarchy, Prof. Trifkovic?

ST: Instead of anarchy I think we will have a form of postmodern totalitarianism. The elite class, the government of Germany etc, and the media, will demonize those who try to resist. In fact we already have the spectacle of the minister of the interior of one of the German states saying that "hate speech" on the social networks and websites was far worse than the "incidents" in Cologne. And the Mayor of Cologne-an ultra-feminist who is also a pro-immigration enthusiast-said that in order to prevent such events in the future women should observe a "code of conduct" and keep distance "at an arm's length" from men. It's a classic example of blaming the victim. The victims of Islamic violence should change their behavior in order to adapt themselves to the code of conduct and values of the invaders. This is truly unprecedented.

Instead of utter anarchy, I think we are more likely to see the ever more stringent control of the social media. The German government has already imposed on Google and Twitter which is based on the German draconian "hate speech" legislation, rather than on the universally accepted standards. On the whole we see everywhere in Europe that when you have a political party or a person trying to call a spade by its name, to call for a moratorium on immigration or for a fundamental change in the way of thinking, they will be demonized. The same applies to Marine Le Pen in France and to her party, the Front National , or to Geert Wilders in Holland, or to Strache in Austria. Whoever tries to articulate a coherent plan of action that includes a ban or limits on Islamic immigration is immediately demonized as a right-wing fanatic or a fascist. Instead of facing the reality of the situation, that you have a multi-million Islamic diaspora in Europe which is not assimilating, which refuses even to accept a code of conduct of the host population, the reaction is always the same: blame the victim, and demonize those who try to articulate some form of resistance.

FPR: Dr. Trifkovic, how does a country such as ours, the United States, fix this problem . . .

ST: The answer is fairly simple, but it would require a fundamental transformation of the mindset of the political decision-makers. It is to start treating Islamic activism not as "religious" but as an eminently political activity-subversive political activity, in the same way as communist subversion was treated during the Cold War. In both cases we have a committed, highly motivated group of people who want to effect a fundamental transformation of the United States in a way that is contrary to the U.S. Constitution, to the American way of life, and to the American values. It is time to stop the Islamists from hiding behind the "freedom of religion" mantra. What they are seeking is not some "freedom of religion" but the freedom to organize in order to pursue political subversion. They do not accept the U.S. Constitution.

To start with, every single potential U.S. citizen from the Islamic world needs to be interviewed in great detail about his or her beliefs and commitments. It is simply impossible for a believing Muslim to swear the oath of allegiance to the United States. None of them, if they are true believers, can regard the U.S. Constitution as superior to the Sharia-which is the law of God, while the U.S. Constitution is a man-made document. I happen to know the oath because I am myself a naturalized U.S. citizen. They can do it "in good faith" from their point of view by practicing taqqiya . This is the Arab word for the art of dissimulation, when the Muslim lies to the infidel in order to protect the faith. For them to lie to investigators or to immigration officials about their beliefs and their objectives does not create any conflict of conscience. The prophet of Islam himself has mandated the use of taqqiya if it serves the objective of spreading the faith.

FPR: Can a civil war come out of this? Is it conceivable?

ST: If there is to be a civil war in Europe, it would be pursued between the elite class which wants to continue pursuing multiculturalism and unlimited immigration --for example Germany, where over a million migrants from the Middle East, North Africa etc. were admitted in 2015 alone-and the majority of the population who have not been consulted, and who feel that their home country is being irretrievably lost. I do not believe that there will be many people fighting on the side of the multiculturalists' suicide, but nevertheless we still have very effective forces of coercion and control on the government side which can be deployed to prevent the articulation of any long-term, coherent plan of resistance.

FPR: Where can people continue to read you writings, Dr. Trifkovic?

ST: On Chroniclesmagazine.org where I publish weekly online commentaries, and also in the print edition of Chronicles where I have my regular column.

[Jun 04, 2017] Manchester Hoax - Slow Ambulances, Coincidental Drills, No Smoke

Jun 04, 2017 | www.moonofalabama.org

"So, we had to suddenly switch an exercise from fiction, to real"- Peter Powers 7 and 7 talmud cop

Manchester Hoax - Slow Ambulances, Coincidental Drills, No Smoke
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUOSCKO4olc

Posted by: charlesdrake | Jun 3, 2017 11:06:36 PM | 30

[Jun 04, 2017] British support of Libian islamic fundametalists up after Manchester, the media were claiming that Corbyn was excusing rather than explaining the terrorists action.

Notable quotes:
"... That's not to forget the mess created by recruiting funding and encouraging jihadists to carry out englander foreign policy objectives then come home and be quiet little brits living in a terrace house drinking cups of tea and moaning about the weather. ..."
"... The later actions of the neolibs to destabilise Mr Corbyn after he won leadership compounded all this to the point that even Labour picking up 15-18% over the campaign could leave the tories stronger than they currently are. ..."
Jun 04, 2017 | moonofalabama.org

Ghostship | Jun 3, 2017 7:47:15 PM | 12 < @12

>>>> MadMax2 | Jun 3, 2017 7:06:18 PM | 10

The British media are failing to join the dots when it comes to UK support and use of jihadist terrorists against Libya and Syria. When Corbyn brought this up after Manchester, the media were claiming that Corbyn was excusing rather than explaining the terrorist's action.
For those who don't know London, the incidents on London Bridge and in Borough market could have been perpetrated by a single person as they're only about 200 metres apart. The incident in Vauxhall would most likely require another.

This point on Google Maps allows you to see London Bridge to the east (blue lights underneath) and Borough Market to the south (lighted shop fronts).

jfl | Jun 3, 2017 8:45:58 PM | 15

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from my perspective corbyn needs to hang all the tory terrorism in britain around the necks of the tories, where it belongs (and purge the blairite-neotors from labour after the election). the tories (blairites) richly deserve their albatross neckwear, and ordinary britains must have had their fill of arming and supporting tory terrorists by now.

Debsisdead | Jun 3, 2017 8:53:59 PM | 17

There is no doubt that May really screwed up as Home Secretary her programs such as PREVENT which is meant to divert brit born Muslims from the path has been badly implemented due to pressure on Muslim leaders to inform rather than influence and the decisions to cut funding to charities which are at the pointy end trying to deliver services to the poorest most oppressed.

That's not to forget the mess created by recruiting funding and encouraging jihadists to carry out englander foreign policy objectives then come home and be quiet little brits living in a terrace house drinking cups of tea and moaning about the weather.

Still I do have to say I reckon people are being far too optimistic about the election. Mr Corbyn has energised the party and turned it around no doubt about that, but the vote could still result in an increased majority for May.

The reasons are many but the biggest one is the anti-Labour swing that occurred immediately after the last election when the neolib faction of the labour party did some incredibly selfish and stupid things such as backing the government on welfare cuts (it was his refusal to go along with that which really bought Mr Corbyn to the fore).
The result was a massive drop in support for the labour party. The later actions of the neolibs to destabilise Mr Corbyn after he won leadership compounded all this to the point that even Labour picking up 15-18% over the campaign could leave the tories stronger than they currently are.

I simply don't trust media outlets such as the graun who are perfectly capable of insinuating Mr Corbyn is going to win big so that when he doesn't even tho he has vastly improved the party's position the graun etc can get back to stirring for the neolibs to take back control.

The Oxbridge Parachute Club has many 'chums from uni' working at the graun.

They scratch each others back the graun pushs for some bourgeois no hoper to be parachuted into some seat 'up north' which really pisses off the local branch of the party but they are loyal labour people so up until recently they went along with it.

Parachutists treat locals patronisingly, so alienates members (see Angela Eagle who has always been more interested in pushing gay & lesbian issues than raising the incomes of all in her constituency).

Jeremy Corbyn has stopped that rot but it remains to be seen how much impression he has made on the derps who lap up what they are told by the Daily Mail. As contemptuous as we all are of those types an election cannot be won without winning a deal of em over.

b | Jun 3, 2017 9:11:29 PM | 21

BBC: British rebels attack Theresa May strongholds in London

[May 31, 2017] UK Government Harbored Terrorists Linked to Manchester Blast for Decades

Notable quotes:
"... As suspected and as was the case in virtually all recent terror attacks carried out in Europe - including both in France and Belgium - the suspect involved in the recent Manchester blast which killed 22 and injured scores more was previously known to British security and intelligence agencies. ..."
"... the required experience for the recent Manchester attack exists in abundance within the community's Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG)members. ..."
"... LIFG is in fact a proscribed terrorist group listed as such by the United Kingdom's government in 2005, and still appears upon its list of " Proscribed terrorist groups or organisations ," found on the government's own website. ..."
"... Indeed, a literal senior Al Qaeda-affiliate leader would head the regime put into power by US-led military operations - which included British forces. ..."
May 25, 2017 | www.informationclearinghouse.info
UK Proscribed terrorist organization, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), maintains large presence in Manchester area and is now being linked to recent blast.

As suspected and as was the case in virtually all recent terror attacks carried out in Europe - including both in France and Belgium - the suspect involved in the recent Manchester blast which killed 22 and injured scores more was previously known to British security and intelligence agencies.

The Telegraph in its article, " Salman Abedi named as the Manchester suicide bomber - what we know about him ," would report:

Salman Abedi, 22, who was reportedly known to the security services, is thought to have returned from Libya as recently as this week.

A Thriving Terrorist Community in the Midst of Manchester

The same Telegraph article would also admit (emphasis added):

Among them was Abd al-Baset Azzouz , a father-of-four from Manchester, who left Britain to run a terrorist network in Libya overseen by Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's successor as leader of al-Qaeda.

Azzouz had 200 to 300 militants under his control and was an expert in bomb-making.

Another member of the Libyan community in Manchester, Salah Aboaoba told Channel 4 news in 2011 that he had been fund raising for LIFG while in the city. Aboaoba had claimed he had raised funds at Didsbury mosque, the same mosque attended by Abedi.

Thus, the required experience for the recent Manchester attack exists in abundance within the community's Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG)members.

LIFG is in fact a proscribed terrorist group listed as such by the United Kingdom's government in 2005, and still appears upon its list of " Proscribed terrorist groups or organisations ," found on the government's own website.

The accompanying government list (PDF) states explicitly regarding LIFG that:

The LIFG seeks to replace the current Libyan regime with a hard-line Islamic state. The group is also part of the wider global Islamist extremist movement, as inspired by Al Qa'ida. The group has mounted several operations inside Libya, including a 1996 attempt to assassinate Mu'ammar Qadhafi.

LIFG also appears on the US State Department's list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations . Astoundingly, it appears under a section titled, "Delisted Foreign Terrorist Organizations," and indicates that it was removed as recently as 2015.

Elsewhere on the US State Department's website , is a 2012 report where LIFG is described:

On November 3, 2007, [Al Qaeda (AQ)] leader Ayman al-Zawahiri announced a formal merger between AQ and LIFG. However, on July 3, 2009, LIFG members in the United Kingdom released a statement formally disavowing any association with AQ.
The report also makes mention of LIFG's role in US-led NATO regime change operations in Libya in 2011 (emphasis added):
In early 2011, in the wake of the Libyan revolution and the fall of Qadhafi, LIFG members created the LIFG successor group, the Libyan Islamic Movement for Change (LIMC), and became one of many rebel groups united under the umbrella of the opposition leadership known as the Transitional National Council. Former LIFG emir and LIMC leader Abdel Hakim Bil-Hajj was appointed the Libyan Transitional Council's Tripoli military commander during the Libyan uprisings and has denied any link between his group and AQ.

Indeed, a literal senior Al Qaeda-affiliate leader would head the regime put into power by US-led military operations - which included British forces.

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In case you missed it; Colonel Gaddafi warned Tony Blair of Islamist attacks on Europe: Colonel Muammar Gaddafi issued a 'prophetic' warning to Tony Blair that jihadists would attack Europe if his regime was allowed to collapse

[May 31, 2017] Terror In Britain What Did The Prime Minister Know by John Pilger

Notable quotes:
"... Critical questions – such as why the security service MI5 maintained terrorist "assets" in Manchester and why the government did not warn the public of the threat in their midst – remain unanswered, deflected by the promise of an internal "review". ..."
"... The alleged suicide bomber, Salman Abedi (image on the right), was part of an extremist group, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, that thrived in Manchester and was cultivated and used by MI5 for more than 20 years. ..."
"... The Manchester atrocity lifts the rock of British foreign policy to reveal its Faustian alliance with extreme Islam, especially the sect known as Wahhabism or Salafism, whose principal custodian and banker is the oil kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Britain's biggest weapons customer. ..."
"... This imperial marriage reaches back to the Second World War and the early days of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. The aim of British policy was to stop pan-Arabism: Arab states developing a modern secularism, asserting their independence from the imperial west and controlling their resources. The creation of a rapacious Israel was meant to expedite this. Pan-Arabism has since been crushed; the goal now is division and conquest. ..."
"... The overthrow of Gaddafi, who controlled Africa's largest oil reserves, had been long been planned in Washington and London. According to French intelligence, the LIFG made several assassination attempts on Gadaffi in the 1990s – bank-rolled by British intelligence. In March 2011, France, Britain and the US seized the opportunity of a "humanitarian intervention" and attacked Libya. They were joined by Nato under cover of a UN resolution to "protect civilians". ..."
"... In fact, Obama was a leading actor in the "shit show", urged on by his warmongering Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton , and a media accusing Gaddafi of planning "genocide" against his own people. ..."
"... Why was Abedi able to travel freely through Europe to Libya and back to Manchester only days before he committed his terrible crime? Was Theresa May told by MI5 that the FBI had tracked him as part of an Islamic cell planning to attack a "political target" in Britain? ..."
"... In the current election campaign, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has made a guarded reference to a "war on terror that has failed". As he knows, it was never a war on terror but a war of conquest and subjugation. Palestine. Afghanistan. Iraq. Libya. Syria. Iran is said to be next. Before there is another Manchester, who will have the courage to say that? ..."
May 31, 2017 | www.informationclearinghouse.info

The unsayable in Britain's general election campaign is this. The causes of the Manchester atrocity, in which 22 mostly young people were murdered by a jihadist, are being suppressed to protect the secrets of British foreign policy.

Critical questions – such as why the security service MI5 maintained terrorist "assets" in Manchester and why the government did not warn the public of the threat in their midst – remain unanswered, deflected by the promise of an internal "review".

The alleged suicide bomber, Salman Abedi (image on the right), was part of an extremist group, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, that thrived in Manchester and was cultivated and used by MI5 for more than 20 years.

The LIFG is proscribed by Britain as a terrorist organisation which seeks a "hardline Islamic state" in Libya and "is part of the wider global Islamist extremist movement, as inspired by al-Qaida".

The "smoking gun" is that when Theresa May was Home Secretary, LIFG jihadists were allowed to travel unhindered across Europe and encouraged to engage in "battle": first to remove Mu'ammar Gadaffi in Libya, then to join al-Qaida affiliated groups in Syria.

Last year, the FBI reportedly placed Abedi on a "terrorist watch list" and warned MI5 that his group was looking for a "political target" in Britain. Why wasn't he apprehended and the network around him prevented from planning and executing the atrocity on 22 May?

These questions arise because of an FBI leak that demolished the "lone wolf" spin in the wake of the 22 May attack – thus, the panicky, uncharacteristic outrage directed at Washington from London and Donald Trump 's apology.

The Manchester atrocity lifts the rock of British foreign policy to reveal its Faustian alliance with extreme Islam, especially the sect known as Wahhabism or Salafism, whose principal custodian and banker is the oil kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Britain's biggest weapons customer.

This imperial marriage reaches back to the Second World War and the early days of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. The aim of British policy was to stop pan-Arabism: Arab states developing a modern secularism, asserting their independence from the imperial west and controlling their resources. The creation of a rapacious Israel was meant to expedite this. Pan-Arabism has since been crushed; the goal now is division and conquest.

In 2011, according to Middle East Eye , the LIFG in Manchester were known as the "Manchester boys". Implacably opposed to Mu'ammar Gadaffi, they were considered high risk and a number were under Home Office control orders – house arrest – when anti-Gadaffi demonstrations broke out in Libya, a country forged from myriad tribal enmities.

Suddenly the control orders were lifted.

"I was allowed to go, no questions asked," said one LIFG member.

MI5 returned their passports and counter-terrorism police at Heathrow airport were told to let them board their flights.

The overthrow of Gaddafi, who controlled Africa's largest oil reserves, had been long been planned in Washington and London. According to French intelligence, the LIFG made several assassination attempts on Gadaffi in the 1990s – bank-rolled by British intelligence. In March 2011, France, Britain and the US seized the opportunity of a "humanitarian intervention" and attacked Libya. They were joined by Nato under cover of a UN resolution to "protect civilians".

Last September, a House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee inquiry concluded that then Prime Minister David Cameron had taken the country to war against Gaddafi on a series of "erroneous assumptions" and that the attack "had led to the rise of Islamic State in North Africa". The Commons committee quoted what it called Barack Obama's "pithy" description of Cameron's role in Libya as a "shit show".

In fact, Obama was a leading actor in the "shit show", urged on by his warmongering Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton , and a media accusing Gaddafi of planning "genocide" against his own people.

"We knew that if we waited one more day," said Obama, "Benghazi, a city the size of Charlotte, could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world."

The massacre story was fabricated by Salafist militias facing defeat by Libyan government forces. They told Reuters there would be

"a real bloodbath, a massacre like we saw in Rwanda". The Commons committee reported, "The proposition that Mu'ammar Gaddafi would have ordered the massacre of civilians in Benghazi was not supported by the available evidence".

Britain, France and the United States effectively destroyed Libya as a modern state. According to its own records, Nato launched 9,700 "strike sorties", of which more than a third hit civilian targets. They included fragmentation bombs and missiles with uranium warheads. The cities of Misurata and Sirte were carpet-bombed. Unicef, the UN children's organisation, reported a high proportion of the children killed "were under the age of ten".

More than "giving rise" to Islamic State - ISIS had already taken root in the ruins of Iraq following the Blair and Bush invasion in 2003 - these ultimate medievalists now had all of north Africa as a base. The attack also triggered a stampede of refugees fleeing to Europe.

Cameron was celebrated in Tripoli as a "liberator", or imagined he was. The crowds cheering him included those secretly supplied and trained by Britain's SAS and inspired by Islamic State, such as the "Manchester boys".

To the Americans and British, Gadaffi's true crime was his iconoclastic independence and his plan to abandon the petrodollar, a pillar of American imperial power. He had audaciously planned to underwrite a common African currency backed by gold, establish an all-Africa bank and promote economic union among poor countries with prized resources. Whether or not this would have happened, the very notion was intolerable to the US as it prepared to "enter" Africa and bribe African governments with military "partnerships".

The fallen dictator fled for his life. A Royal Air Force plane spotted his convoy, and in the rubble of Sirte, he was sodomised with a knife by a fanatic described in the news as "a rebel".

Having plundered Libya's $30 billion arsenal, the "rebels" advanced south, terrorising towns and villages. Crossing into sub-Saharan Mali, they destroyed that country's fragile stability. The ever-eager French sent planes and troops to their former colony "to fight al-Qaida", or the menace they had helped create.

On 14 October, 2011, President Obama announced he was sending special forces troops to Uganda to join the civil war there. In the next few months, US combat troops were sent to South Sudan, Congo and the Central African Republic. With Libya secured, an American invasion of the African continent was under way, largely unreported.

In London, one of the world's biggest arms fairs was staged by the British government. The buzz in the stands was the "demonstration effect in Libya". The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a preview entitled "Middle East: A vast market for UK defence and security companies". The host was the Royal Bank of Scotland, a major investor in cluster bombs, which were used extensively against civilian targets in Libya. The blurb for the bank's arms party lauded the "unprecedented opportunities for UK defence and security companies."

Last month, Prime Minister Theresa May was in Saudi Arabia, selling more of the £3 billion worth of British arms which the Saudis have used against Yemen. Based in control rooms in Riyadh, British military advisers assist the Saudi bombing raids, which have killed more than 10,000 civilians. There are now clear signs of famine. A Yemeni child dies every 10 minutes from preventable disease, says Unicef.

The Manchester atrocity on 22 May was the product of such unrelenting state violence in faraway places, much of it British sponsored. The lives and names of the victims are almost never known to us.

This truth struggles to be heard, just as it struggled to be heard when the London Underground was bombed on July 7, 2005. Occasionally, a member of the public would break the silence, such as the east Londoner who walked in front of a CNN camera crew and reporter in mid-platitude.

"Iraq!" he said. "We invaded Iraq. What did we expect? Go on, say it."

At a large media gathering I attended, many of the important guests uttered "Iraq" and "Blair" as a kind of catharsis for that which they dared not say professionally and publicly.

Yet, before he invaded Iraq, Blair was warned by the Joint Intelligence Committee that

"the threat from al-Qaida will increase at the onset of any military action against Iraq The worldwide threat from other Islamist terrorist groups and individuals will increase significantly".

Just as Blair brought home to Britain the violence of his and George W Bush 's blood-soaked "shit show", so David Cameron, supported by Theresa May, compounded his crime in Libya and its horrific aftermath, including those killed and maimed in Manchester Arena on 22 May.

The spin is back, not surprisingly. Salman Abedi acted alone. He was a petty criminal, no more. The extensive network revealed last week by the American leak has vanished. But the questions have not.

Why was Abedi able to travel freely through Europe to Libya and back to Manchester only days before he committed his terrible crime? Was Theresa May told by MI5 that the FBI had tracked him as part of an Islamic cell planning to attack a "political target" in Britain?

In the current election campaign, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has made a guarded reference to a "war on terror that has failed". As he knows, it was never a war on terror but a war of conquest and subjugation. Palestine. Afghanistan. Iraq. Libya. Syria. Iran is said to be next. Before there is another Manchester, who will have the courage to say that?

John Pilger is an Australian journalist and documentary film maker based in the United Kingdom since 1962. http://www.johnpilger.com/

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Information Clearing House.

[May 31, 2017] A Very British False Flag

May 31, 2017 | www.strategic-culture.org

A favoured tactic of the British State throughout the ages has been "divide and rule". They did it between India and Pakistan; between Northern and Southern Ireland; in Africa; in Palestine; in Asia - where ever they have inserted themselves through their disgusting practice known as Imperialism where they actually had no business ever being. The British State is just not that good at a lot of matters but it likes to project an image that it is. Yet people should ask themselves a very hard question: if British intelligence in collusion with the politicians were willing to tell such lies andfabricate such nonsense to get the UK into the Iraq Warwith the untold destruction and death that has wrought, what else are they capable of doing? To the cold, psychotic men in grey suits of the MI5 Whitehall Establishment - people - particularly working class people are merely useful idiots to be manipulated like pieces on a chess board. They do not value human life the way people who have empathy do. Indeed, Mrs. May recently said she herself: "does not do empathy." To some of their number certain people are expendableif it will help them achieve their sordid, perverted objectives.

[May 29, 2017] The Manchester Massacre Don't Let It Happen Here

May 29, 2017 | www.unz.com
Headliner of the week was the Muslim terrorist attack on a pop concert in Manchester, England. The bomber blew himself up and took 22 others with him. That's the count as I go to tape here; over a hundred were injured, some critically, so the death count may be higher as you hear this.

The bomber was a 22-year-old Muslim, name of Salman Abedi, born in Britain to parents from Libya. Those parents had been settled in England as refugees from Colonel Gaddafy's government; so that's where the bomber was born, in England, 1994.

In 2011, you'll recall, Barack Obama, prompted by the Three Horsegirls of the Apocalypse - Samantha Power of Obama's National Security Council, his U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice , and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -who in turn were prompted by Britain and France, with an assist from George Soro s- overthrew Colonel Gaddafy.

Salman Abedi's parents thereupon, in 2011, returned to Libya. Salman Abedi, then 17, stayed in the U.K.

So I'll just pause to note here that this is yet another case of absimilation . Here yet again is the relevant passage from We Are Doomed , the one book you need to explain the modern world. Chapter 10, edited quote:

The English word "assimilation" derives from the Latin prefix ad -, which indicates a moving towards something, and the same language's verb simulare, "to cause a person or thing to resemble another." You can make a precisely opposite word using the prefix ab -, which marks a moving away from something. Many immigrants of course assimilate to American society Many others, however, especially in the second and following generations, ab similate.

That's what Salman Abedi did: He absimilated, ending up hating the country that had taken in his parents.

It wasn't just him, either. His younger brother Hashim, 20 years old, and so presumably also born in England, seems to have been an accomplice to the bombing. He was arrested by authorities in Libya on Tuesday. There's also a slightly older brother, 23-year-old Ismail, arrested by British police in Manchester, also on Tuesday.

The father has been arrested, too, also in Libya. The authorities there say he belongs to an extremist sect of Islam.

There's also a sister, 18-year-old Jomana Abedi , also born in Manchester, where she is studying molecular biology with a view to advancing cancer research No, sorry, I got my news stories mixed up there. Ms. Abedi actually works at a mosque, though I haven't been able to discover what she does there.

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John Derbyshire [ email him ] writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him. ) He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books . He's had two books published by VDARE.com: FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT ( also available in Kindle ) and From the Dissident Right II: Essays 2013 . His writings are archived at JohnDerbyshire.com .

German_reader , May 27, 2017 at 4:36 am GMT

@Anon The terrorist bombing was terrible, but the concert was worse.

It was a celebration of open borders, degeneracy, interracism, slut culture for little girls, and jungle fever. It was all about globalist propaganda for kiddies.

https://twitter.com/polNewsForever/status/867105300784066561

British masses seem to welcome this cultural degeneracy and mass invasion by foreigners.
How ironic that an Islamic terrorist who gained entry into UK via globalism threw a monkey wrench at globalism?

If Muslims want to bomb every globalist celebration of open borders, degeneracy, Afro-colonization of white wombs, and slut culture for kids, who cares?

Globalism isn't about respect for world cultures and world histories. It is about spreading mono-culture of Afromania, Homomania, and Ziomania all over the world.

This is typical:

https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/rapper-and-actress-awkwafina-on-being-a-rare-asian-american-in-hollywood

If Muslims want to attack such degeneracy, they have my blessing.

Swing , May 27, 2017 at 5:15 am GMT

And the bombing of Libya has nothing to do with it. Stop killing Muslims, and they will stop killing u. U killmy brother, I kill yours, u kill my kids I kill yours, simple logic.

LauraMR , May 27, 2017 at 5:28 am GMT

Sure, lack of assimilation is the culprit but as a "truther" might say, this could well be an operation carried out by the deep state. Indeed, someone put this kid up to this, supplied explosives and logistics, so perhaps it was an Israeli plot, for certain some Anglo-Zionist one percenter must be behind all of this. Naturally, as it is often published here, white Europeans are superior to all other races so the kid was by virtue of ancestry a lesser, defective human being to begin with

Alden , May 27, 2017 at 6:21 am GMT

Manchester police announced where the Abedi family got the tens of thousands of pounds that enabled them to fly back and forth from England to several countries in the Middle East for years.
Welfare fraud and student loans funded the bombing. Apparently the English student loan system does not require class attendance and accumulation of credits to continue receiving loans.

BBC radio useful idiot programs claim the Abedi brothers might have been bullied by evil Whites. But they lived on the middle of the Libyan neighborhood so it's unlikely they were bullied by Whites.

jilles dykstra , May 27, 2017 at 6:48 am GMT

In 2004 the King of Jordan, the ruling Saud at the time in Saudi Arabia, and Mucharraf in Pakistan all told senator Hollings that the only way to end terrorism was to establish peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Since 2004 the west did nothing for peace, on the contrary, efforts to destabilise the ME, and North Africa continued, an were intensified.
Deradicalisation is making Muslims believe that what they see happening is not happening.
It may succeed in a few cases, but it so me seems impossible in general.
So attacks in the west will continue, it is, as Mearsheimer and Walt write 'the strategy of the weak'.
On top of that, the west needs terrorism, if necessary does it herself, in order to make the western societies more totalitarian all the time 'for our safety'.
The destabilisation in ME and N Africa causes massive migration, the destabilisation of the European countries is welcome, in order to create an Europe, a USA clone.

Randal , May 27, 2017 at 8:13 am GMT

This latest Manchester bombing is the perfect illustration of the twofold nature of the problem of invade the world/invite the world. Furthermore it comes on top of another similarly perfect illustration of that twofold nature, in the Orlando shootings. In both cases a 2nd generation immigrant whose parents were only here because it suited the US/UK regimes to have them here as oppositionist tools for the destabilisation and overthrow of foreign governments, who in each case openly declare the ongoing butchery our governments are responsible for in the ME and North Africa as direct motivating factors for their own violence, was enabled to attack their host nations by immigration.

Derbyshire's piece does a good job of skewering the "invite the world" side of the issue, but ignores "invade the world".

In 2011, you'll recall, Barack Obama, prompted by the Three Horsegirls of the Apocalypse-Samantha Power of Obama's National Security Council, his U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton-who in turn were prompted by Britain and France, with an assist from George Soros-overthrew Colonel Gaddafy.

Salman Abedi's parents thereupon, in 2011, returned to Libya. Salman Abedi, then 17, stayed in the U.K.

That's barely the beginning of the story, with its murky elements of the UK regime's security forces using jihadist terrorism as a weapon for regime change in Libya and Syria, in which this family seem to have been up to their necks. Even the BBC reported on some of these murky aspects in the immediate aftermath of the bombing (though doubtless that line of inquiry will be quietly dropped, or suppressed).

Manchester attack: Who was Salman Abedi?

This was as clear a case of "blowback" as you'll get.

unit472 , May 27, 2017 at 9:49 am GMT

@Anon The terrorist bombing was terrible, but the concert was worse.

It was a celebration of open borders, degeneracy, interracism, slut culture for little girls, and jungle fever. It was all about globalist propaganda for kiddies.

https://twitter.com/polNewsForever/status/867105300784066561

British masses seem to welcome this cultural degeneracy and mass invasion by foreigners.
How ironic that an Islamic terrorist who gained entry into UK via globalism threw a monkey wrench at globalism?

If Muslims want to bomb every globalist celebration of open borders, degeneracy, Afro-colonization of white wombs, and slut culture for kids, who cares?

Globalism isn't about respect for world cultures and world histories. It is about spreading mono-culture of Afromania, Homomania, and Ziomania all over the world.

This is typical:

https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/rapper-and-actress-awkwafina-on-being-a-rare-asian-american-in-hollywood

If Muslims want to attack such degeneracy, they have my blessing.

Anonymous Nephew , May 27, 2017 at 10:01 am GMT

Guardian on form today, flushing the patrimony

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/26/salman-abedi-manchester-arena-attack-partying-suicide-bomber

"Others said he was a bit of a party animal, who drank vodka and smoked weed daily, was popular with girls and "always clubbing or at house parties", listening to rap and grime music. A young man, in other words, like so many others in Manchester: unconcerning, unremarkable . "

This is how the globalist media want us to live.

IIRC the 9/11 bombers liked clubbing, booze and strippers. Lots of jihadists were petty criminals or drug dealers before the gods of their far-off land repossessed their blood – and spilled ours

anonymous , May 27, 2017 at 11:53 am GMT

Salman's father Ramadan reportedly was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group back in the 90′s which had AQ links. Weren't those people in cahoots with British intelligence back then in schemes to overthrow Khaddafi? This explains his supposed resettlement in Britain; he was connected. Also, Daily Mail has described him as a "former airport security worker in the UK". Think about that one for a while. They were reported to the authorities years ago but apparently they were allowed to go on unencumbered. The son may have gone off and become a loose cannon but otherwise there's a lot of murkiness involved with these people.

Jonathan Mason , May 27, 2017 at 12:03 pm GMT

Like the author, I grew up in the UK in happier times and am now a US citizen.

It is a pity that free speech no longer exists in England, because prohibiting discussion of ideas skews all political debate. For example, it is pretty obvious that the successful Brexit vote was pretty much a plebiscite on unlimited immigration and loss of sovereignty, except that it would be illegal to say so in a UK publication, as this would be "hate speech."

However I do believe that the well-intended reason for the hate speech laws is to prevent a bad situation getting even worse, rather than to stop people from knowing what they can see with their own eyes.

I am reminded of a court case in the UK a few years ago in which a well-known soap opera star was on trial for the rape of a 6 year old girl several years earlier. Many UK readers were baffled by the story since secrecy laws meant that nearly all the salient details of the case could not be reported upon, nor were the media even allowed to say what they were not allowed to report on.

For example, it was not clear why the girl and the allegist rapist were living under the same roof. Had the public known that the girl in question was the man's own daughter, and that the rape allegations were part of a particularly nasty divorce dispute several years later, they might have been better able to form an opinion of his guilt or innocence.

As it happens, the accused was acquitted, possible because forensic medical evidence showed that the alleged victim was still a virgin at the time of the trial, but it was a close run thing, and the judge directed that jury that medical proof of the girl's virginity did not necessarily mean that she has not been raped. (Whatever!)

When so much of public life and politics cannot be reported upon, it is not surprising that people will arrive at false conclusions, or find ways of protesting that which cannot be discussed.

Like voting for Brexit.

DanCT , May 27, 2017 at 12:04 pm GMT

We should be thankful that all these bombers and shooters leave behind what those conspiracy nutcases might call magically indestructible identification so the authorities can go straight to the perp's family and friends. Apparently these imitators hope to outdo the ID that survived 911 among incinerated debris in perfect condition. And we should be doubly thankful that our loyal and patriotic msm have such incredible journalists that they simultaneously uncover the same evidence and reach exactly the same conclusions within minutes of each other.

Randal , May 27, 2017 at 1:04 pm GMT

@Alden Manchester police announced where the Abedi family got the tens of thousands of pounds that enabled them to fly back and forth from England to several countries in the Middle East for years.
Welfare fraud and student loans funded the bombing. Apparently the English student loan system does not require class attendance and accumulation of credits to continue receiving loans.

BBC radio useful idiot programs claim the Abedi brothers might have been bullied by evil Whites. But they lived on the middle of the Libyan neighborhood so it's unlikely they were bullied by Whites.

biz , May 27, 2017 at 2:02 pm GMT

@Swing And the bombing of Libya has nothing to do with it. Stop killing Muslims, and they will stop killing u. U killmy brother, I kill yours, u kill my kids I kill yours, simple logic.

biz , May 27, 2017 at 2:13 pm GMT

@jilles dykstra In 2004 the King of Jordan, the ruling Saud at the time in Saudi Arabia, and Mucharraf in Pakistan all told senator Hollings that the only way to end terrorism was to establish peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Since 2004 the west did nothing for peace, on the contrary, efforts to destabilise the ME, and North Africa continued, an were intensified.
Deradicalisation is making Muslims believe that what they see happening is not happening.
It may succeed in a few cases, but it so me seems impossible in general.
So attacks in the west will continue, it is, as Mearsheimer and Walt write 'the strategy of the weak'.
On top of that, the west needs terrorism, if necessary does it herself, in order to make the western societies more totalitarian all the time 'for our safety'.
The destabilisation in ME and N Africa causes massive migration, the destabilisation of the European countries is welcome, in order to create an Europe, a USA clone.

Agent76 , May 27, 2017 at 2:36 pm GMT

Jun 27, 2016 What Does G4S Know About the Orlando Nightclub Massacre?

Much has been made in recent weeks of Omar Mateen's background. The perpetrator of the Orlando, Fla., massacre was alternately a "radical Islamist," a deeply closeted gay man, a wife abuser, a mental case, everybody's best friend in high school and a loser. The list goes on. But what the mainstream media-and the government, for that matter-have not talked about is the fact that Mateen was employed at the time of his crime by G4S, a London-based company that is one of the largest mercenary firms in the world, with intelligence contractors deployed in war zones and hot spots around the globe.

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/what_does_g4s_know_about_the_orlando_nightclub

annamaria , May 27, 2017 at 2:56 pm GMT

@Cyrano The west has two faces in regards to the middle east. One is kind, welcoming and accepting refugees and immigrants from the ME. The other face of the west is also supposedly kind – it goes to Muslim counties and helps them get rid of dictators – although nobody asked them to, but I guess kindness cannot be contained. Unfortunately, in the process of helping them reach the pinnacle of human achievement – democracy – the west wrecks country after country in the ME. My point is that both faces of the west are phony. You can't be kind and cruel at the same time. It just doesn't work that way. One overrides the other and can't be counterbalanced by phoniness.

Seneca44 , May 27, 2017 at 3:08 pm GMT

@unit472 No doubt the murderer Abedi chose his target well. Western pop culture threatens Islam a helluva of a lot more than democracy or capitalism. It is assimilative and transcends race and national borders. Its not possible to put this genie back in the bottle. That battle was lost with Elvis and the Beatles.

... ... ...

If I ran the CIA I would put my efforts into creating an Islamic Ariana Grande or forming some 'boy group' Saudi tweens would go crazy over. Let the devout Muslim mom and dad experience the 'generation gap'.

Anon , May 27, 2017 at 3:12 pm GMT

@Corvinus "If Muslims want to attack such degeneracy, they have my blessing."

Exactly what I thought. Justify the murder of people because you oppose the ways they express themselves culturally. Listen, why don't YOU man up and actually do something about the situation rather than be an armchair warrior?

German_reader , May 27, 2017 at 3:18 pm GMT

@Randal His comment went too far, perhaps as hyperbole, when he endorsed murder, for certain.

On the other hand, he was not really expressing sympathy for the islamists per se as much as expressing agreement with some of their positions, and that is certainly not unacceptable, treasonous or perverse, unless you think we should allow our opinions to be determined by what (a particular brand of) terrorists think.

That's a common trend in the modern US sphere, unfortunately (we must embrace sexual perversion and general degenerate decadence or we are the same as sunni muslim terrorists), to the ludicrous extent that we are now told that opinions and attitudes that the vast majority of our ancestors up until a couple of generations ago would have regarded as disgusting or contemptible at best and abominations at worst are "British values" or "European" or "western" values that we must defend to the death, and even murder foreigners in order to impose them in their countries.

annamaria , May 27, 2017 at 3:20 pm GMT

@LauraMR Sure, lack of assimilation is the culprit but as a "truther" might say, this could well be an operation carried out by the deep state. Indeed, someone put this kid up to this, supplied explosives and logistics, so perhaps it was an Israeli plot, for certain some Anglo-Zionist one percenter must be behind all of this. Naturally, as it is often published here, white Europeans are superior to all other races so the kid was by virtue of ancestry a lesser, defective human being to begin with...

JoaoAlfaiate , May 27, 2017 at 4:07 pm GMT

We're bombing them and they're bombing us. Why is that so difficult to understand?

US Sec of State Madeleine Albright said starving or otherwise murdering 500,000 Iraqi children was "worth it".

If Mr. Derbyshire can't recognize Manchester and other attacks as blow back, he's blind.

Biff , May 27, 2017 at 4:27 pm GMT

In this context of terrorism white people are just like Jews – always the innocent victim.

Andrei Martyanov , Website May 27, 2017 at 4:41 pm GMT

@Swing And the bombing of Libya has nothing to do with it. Stop killing Muslims, and they will stop killing u. U killmy brother, I kill yours, u kill my kids I kill yours, simple logic.

MBlanc46 , May 27, 2017 at 4:51 pm GMT

@Anon

The terrorist bombing was terrible, but the concert was worse.

It was a celebration of open borders, degeneracy, interracism, slut culture for little girls, and jungle fever. It was all about globalist propaganda for kiddies.

https://twitter.com/polNewsForever/status/867105300784066561

British masses seem to welcome this cultural degeneracy and mass invasion by foreigners.
How ironic that an Islamic terrorist who gained entry into UK via globalism threw a monkey wrench at globalism?

If Muslims want to bomb every globalist celebration of open borders, degeneracy, Afro-colonization of white wombs, and slut culture for kids, who cares?

Globalism isn't about respect for world cultures and world histories. It is about spreading mono-culture of Afromania, Homomania, and Ziomania all over the world.

This is typical:

https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/rapper-and-actress-awkwafina-on-being-a-rare-asian-american-in-hollywood

If Muslims want to attack such degeneracy, they have my blessing.

Anon , May 27, 2017 at 4:56 pm GMT

@Che Guava You may be right about Ariana Grande's shows.

I have no idea of her songs. They are likely crap, as you say.

Checking some photos of her and her fans, it is obvious that both her style and fans were a key in target selection.

You are a moron to compare that sleaze to the murderer.

In the few photos I viewed, she is clearly wearing tights, so not near-nude, as she would like to project.

Your comment is moronic, comparison is evil.

German_reader , May 27, 2017 at 4:57 pm GMT

@for-the-record


Islam is a threat,
Is Iran a threat to Europe? Is Indonesia (the largest "Islamic" country in terms of population)?

The real Islamic threat, such as it is, is that propagated by Saudi Arabia, a country which is embraced with open arms by Western governments (and their arms industries). And which for some time now has had a de facto alliance (or "united front" if you like) with Israel.

Art , May 27, 2017 at 5:11 pm GMT

The Jew entertainment culture lures 8-year-old girls into concerts – then an enemy of the Jews, kills them. It is called lose – lose!

What are 8-year-old girls doing at a concert where they yell and scream for hours watching some immature adult bump and grind her intimate body parts, singing sex empowerment songs.

Isn't there something very wrong about that scene?

Meanwhile – a 145-year-old venerable institution of Western entertainment – was being closed down forever – Barnum & Bailey Circus. 8-year-olds at the circus are in danger of eating too much cotton candy.

Peace – Art

p.s. Jew entertainment have taken our youth from sugar highs, to sex highs.

p.s. "Lose with the Jews."

p.s. Reject their culture lowering enticements.

jilles dykstra , May 27, 2017 at 5:12 pm GMT

@for-the-record

jilles dykstra , May 27, 2017 at 5:17 pm GMT

@JoaoAlfaiate We're bombing them and they're bombing us. Why is that so difficult to understand?

US Sec of State Madeleine Albright said starving or otherwise murdering 500,000 Iraqi children was "worth it".

If Mr. Derbyshire can't recognize Manchester and other attacks as blow back, he's blind.

jilles dykstra , May 27, 2017 at 5:20 pm GMT

@biz What about the ongoing Islamist terror campaigns in southern Thailand and the Philippines, directed largely at Buddhists and tribal villagers? How about the slow motion genocide of Melanesians in Irian Jaya at the hands of Indonesian Muslims? Al Shabab slaughtering black Kenyans in a mall? Are your 'zio-natos' responsible for those too?

Bragadocious , May 27, 2017 at 5:23 pm GMT

@Numinous


inhabitants of what formerly were British colonies and are now, since the Brits left, failed states sunk in poverty and disorder.
Those states were in worse poverty and similar levels of disorder when the British were there. The British were responsible for a lot of it.
jilles dykstra , May 27, 2017 at 5:26 pm GMT

@Diversity Heretic John has in past columns expressed what I interpret as an anti-invasion policy: wall the Middle East off. The wall keeps them out of the west and keeps the west out of the Middle East. I concur. The West is following the worse strategy possible: invade Middle Eastern countries and kill Muslims, then invite Muslims with a grudge (sometimes justifiable) to settle here.

jilles dykstra , May 27, 2017 at 5:34 pm GMT

@annamaria

Alden , May 27, 2017 at 6:16 pm GMT

@unit472

Rurik , Website May 27, 2017 at 6:34 pm GMT

@Anon Pop Culture has been weaponized.

madonna as interracist whore and 'pussy march' leader and her ilk have done more harm than a handful of terrorists.

Terrorists kill a few hundred per year.

Weaponized celebrities are globo agents who colonize the minds of 100s of millions of whites into accepting slut culture, interracism, 'diversity', jungle fever, ACOWW, pederasty, 'gay marriage', 'inclusion', cuckery, etc.

Indeed, the reason why Manchester let in all those foreigners and continues to self-hug itself with ugly anti-racist pseudo-virtue is because its people have been mentally colonized by PC and pop culture.

Colonization of minds is more dangerous than killing a few.
Romans defeated the Jews and oppressed the Christians, but Christians colonized Roman minds and Christians won. Romans fed few 100s of Christians to lions, but Christians colonized the minds of millions of Romans. Today's mass media spread not only ideas but idols on a global scale to billions of people.

Pop Culture and PC are weaponized globalist jihad. Pop Culture is no longer just for fun or a diversion. It is the MAIN culture for most white kids. Kids worship celebrities as angels of globalism.
Those young white girls at the concert were being mentally colonized and sensually manipulated into open borders for immigrant invaders and open vaginas for black Africans.

The concert was a propaganda act of war.

Culture matters. This is why the Progs and Glob tear down Confederate statues in the South. It is why they make movies like GET OUT, which are far more dangerous than terror bombings. Terror kills a few 100. Pop Culture or Prop Culture(as it is propaganda) colonize hundreds of millions of white hearts/minds and EFFECTIVELY MURDER the patriot soul-spirit within them.
Soul-Murder of whites makes whites welcome invasion and their own racial-territorial demise.

If you want to know why Manchester welcomed so much invasion and continue to do so after the bombing, it is because white minds have been colonized by PC and Pop Culture.
Indeed, these mentally-colonized whites hate terror bombings not because such attacks are consequences of invasion but because they may strengthen the nationalists who oppose immigrant-invasion.
Why do whites welcome immigrant-invasion? Because they've been mentally colonized by PC and Pop Culture that says being a white woman means to whore out to the world.

Suppose Nazis hadn't dropped bombs in UK in WWII but only propaganda material from the air and succeeded in winning over the hearts and minds of millions of Brits. That would have been more damaging.

It's like US took over so many nations with the 'soft power' of media, academia, and entertainment. Take over minds, you take over souls. The mind-colonized become your slaves.

Progs know the true meaning of culture as political instrument. This is why they denounce D.W. Griffith's THE BIRTH OF A NATION. They see it as more than just a movie. They see it as proud statement of white racial consciousness. This is why they wage culture war. Culture is a weapon. And as mass media has access to every home via the TV, the TV is the open gate thru which the globalisys get to attack and colonize your minds.
Why did Jews react so harshly to PASSION OF THE CHRIST? They saw it as Culture War in favor of Christian Pride and Jewish Guilt. Why won't Hollywood make a movie about Nakba or Knoxville Massacre? Because they can be propaganda against Jewish power.

How did the West come to accept 'gay marriage'? Colonization of white minds via Pop Culture and PC. PC and Pop Culture are globo-jihad.
They can also be violent. Look at BLM. Look at 'spreading democracy'. Look at destruction of Libya and coup in Ukraine. Look at destruction of Christian businesses for not baking 'gay wedding cake'. Globalism uses both soft jihad and hard jihad. Indeed, even the unleashing of ISIS and Alqaeda is the result of globalism's war on enemies of Israel. Zionist-globalists undermined Arab regimes and let ISIS run riot to mess things up. Thus, Islmic Jihadis are both agents of globalism and its enemy(as Muslims hate western degeneracy).
Anyway, the real shame is that whites acquiesced to defeat at hands of globalists without resitance and violence.
I think part of the reason why white rightists rag on Muslim terrorists is this: Muslims have guts enough to resist globalism(even as they've been enabled by it). In contrast, even white patriots make a lot of noise but are afraid to take real action.

There was a time when whites would have used violence against those who'd dare to stick homo flags in churches, push 'gay marriage' and destroy Christian bakers, and tear down Confederate statues.

But whites, even right wing ones, don't fight back but only complain NO MATTER HOW MUCH THEY ARE HUMILIATED, ABUSED, AND ATTACKED. Only the Alt Right did some pushing back at Berkeley.

So, when they see the courage of Muslim terrorists, they call them 'losers' and 'cowards'.
Really? The real cowards are whites who do nothing while General Lee statue is torn down. Real cowards are whites who do nothing while Trump reneges on all his promises. Real cowards are white men who raise their girls to whore out to Negroes. Real cowards are white men who let freaks turn big cities into homo celebration centers and invoke homomania as 'western value' that must be defended from Muslims. Real cowards are whites who praise Jewish globalists who are behind homomania, the attack on Confederate culture, open borders, and Afro-colonization of white wombs.

Compared to these loser white cowards, at least Muslim terrorists take action against globalist filth.

A Palestinian child with a rock in west Bank has more guts than all white men in the West who cuck out to Jewish globalists, homo freaks, and black thugs.

White fathers who let their girls attend that concert are far worse scum than the terrorist who blew it up.

Alden , May 27, 2017 at 6:59 pm GMT

@Rurik


A Palestinian child with a rock in west Bank has more guts than all white men in the West who cuck out to Jewish globalists, homo freaks, and black thugs.

White fathers who let their girls attend that concert are far worse scum

I often call them human urinals

white "men" so filled with racial self-loathing that they symbolically allow themselves to be pissed on to mollify their excruciating self-hatred

I condemn the terrorist with all my breath, but I have to admit, he isn't perhaps as morally execrable as the white men who sat by in Rotherham as their daughters were being passed around

nsa , May 27, 2017 at 7:08 pm GMT

A symbolic pinprick pipe bomb attack on a slut fest and the Brits are cringing and whining like school girls. At least the muzzies take their losses (100 to 300/day, mostly civilians) like men without all the moralizing and faggy hysteria. It's embarrassing

Alden , May 27, 2017 at 7:30 pm GMT

@Anon

[May 26, 2017] We know what inspired the Manchester attack – we just won't admit it - The Unz Review

May 26, 2017 | www.unz.com
In the wake of the massacre in Manchester, people rightly warn against blaming the entire Muslim community in Britain and the world. Certainly one of the aims of those who carry out such atrocities is to provoke the communal punishment of all Muslims, thereby alienating a portion of them who will then become open to recruitment by Isis and al-Qaeda clones.

This approach of not blaming Muslims in general but targeting "radicalisation" or simply "evil" may appear sensible and moderate, but in practice it makes the motivation of the killers in Manchester or the Bataclan theatre in Paris in 2015 appear vaguer and less identifiable than it really is. Such generalities have the unfortunate effect of preventing people pointing an accusing finger at the variant of Islam which certainly is responsible for preparing the soil for the beliefs and actions likely to have inspired the suicide bomber Salman Abedi.

The ultimate inspiration for such people is Wahhabism, the puritanical, fanatical and regressive type of Islam dominant in Saudi Arabia, whose ideology is close to that of al-Qaeda and Isis. This is an exclusive creed, intolerant of all who disagree with it such as secular liberals, members of other Muslim communities such as the Shia or women resisting their chattel-like status.

What has been termed Salafi jihadism, the core beliefs of Isis and al-Qaeda, developed out of Wahhabism, and has carried out its prejudices to what it sees as a logical and violent conclusion. Shia and Yazidis were not just heretics in the eyes of this movement, which was a sort of Islamic Khmer Rouge, but sub-humans who should be massacred or enslaved. Any woman who transgressed against repressive social mores should be savagely punished. Faith should be demonstrated by a public death of the believer, slaughtering the unbelievers, be they the 86 Shia children being evacuated by bus from their homes in Syria on 15 April or the butchery of young fans at a pop concert in Manchester on Monday night.

The real causes of "radicalisation" have long been known, but the government, the BBC and others seldom if ever refer to it because they do not want to offend the Saudis or be accused of anti-Islamic bias. It is much easier to say, piously but quite inaccurately, that Isis and al-Qaeda and their murderous foot soldiers "have nothing to do with Islam". This has been the track record of US and UK governments since 9/11. They will look in any direction except Saudi Arabia when seeking the causes of terrorism. President Trump has been justly denounced and derided in the US for last Sunday accusing Iran and, in effect, the Shia community of responsibility for the wave of terrorism that has engulfed the region when it ultimately emanates from one small but immensely influential Sunni sect. One of the great cultural changes in the world over the last 50 years is the way in which Wahhabism, once an isolated splinter group, has become an increasingly dominant influence over mainstream Sunni Islam, thanks to Saudi financial support.

A further sign of the Salafi-jihadi impact is the choice of targets: the attacks on the Bataclan theatre in Paris in 2015, a gay night club in Florida in 2016 and the Manchester Arena this week have one thing in common. They were all frequented by young people enjoying entertainment and a lifestyle which made them an Isis or al-Qaeda target. But these are also events where the mixing of men and women or the very presence of gay people is denounced by puritan Wahhabis and Salafi jihadis alike. They both live in a cultural environment in which the demonisation of such people and activities is the norm, though their response may differ.

The culpability of Western governments for terrorist attacks on their own citizens is glaring but is seldom even referred to. Leaders want to have a political and commercial alliance with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf oil states. They have never held them to account for supporting a repressive and sectarian ideology which is likely to have inspired Salman Abedi. Details of his motivation may be lacking, but the target of his attack and the method of his death is classic al-Qaeda and Isis in its mode of operating.

The reason these two demonic organisations were able to survive and expand despite the billions – perhaps trillions – of dollars spent on "the war on terror" after 9/11 is that those responsible for stopping them deliberately missed the target and have gone on doing so. After 9/11, President Bush portrayed Iraq not Saudi Arabia as the enemy; in a re-run of history President Trump is ludicrously accusing Iran of being the source of most terrorism in the Middle East. This is the real 9/11 conspiracy, beloved of crackpots worldwide, but there is nothing secret about the deliberate blindness of British and American governments to the source of the beliefs that has inspired the massacres of which Manchester is only the latest – and certainly not the last – horrible example. (Reprinted from The Independent by permission of author or representative)

Godfree Roberts , May 25, 2017 at 3:49 am GMT

Thanks! For a while I thought you might identify their motivation with our having bombed Muslim countries pretty much continuously since 1946.
Nice save!

The Anti-Gnostic , Website May 25, 2017 at 5:16 am GMT

@Godfree Roberts Thanks! For a while I thought you might identify their motivation with our having bombed Muslim countries pretty much continuously since 1946.
Nice save!

Robert Magill , May 25, 2017 at 9:27 am GMT

In most of the ME countries where the US and UK are persona non grata, China assists, remains a friend and does business. The West is not the future.

http://robertmagill.wordpress.com

LiveFreeOrDie , May 25, 2017 at 9:56 am GMT

Jihad, which is exactly what these people call what they do, is one of the "five pillars of Islam". It came directly from Muhammed and the Quran.

Why is it so hard to blame the source, instead of saying "this sect or that one is responsible"?

If it were not a core part of Islam to spread their faith violently, they would not do it.

Mudpie8 , May 25, 2017 at 10:45 am GMT

Why do those responsible deliberately miss the target and have gone on doing so? Because they all profit greatly from it. Who are they? The war industry and its various 'communities', the Jews. the media, you name it, they're all in it for fun and profit. None of them would have an income if it all just stopped, if they actually wanted, you know, peace whatever that is.

They can manufacture an invasion of Iraq based on non-existent WMDs as punishment for 911, when apparently the real culprits were supposed to be Saudis. They can pretend that the conflict in Syria is a 'civil war' rather than a proxy invasion by the US, Saudi Arabia and other Arab states. They can manufacture groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS but pretend that these groups arose independently from their own funding, operations and just plain meddling in everybody else's business. They can pretend that Iran is the major sponsor of terrorism in the ME when clearly it isn't. They can bullshit really anything they want and everybody just buys it.

If they can do all this, then 911 ought not be too difficult either. The press and so-called intellectual class just buys into whatever the narrative is supposed to be. Karl Rove's statement that 'the empire can create it's own reality now' is fairly obviously a sly reference to 911. How does the empire get to this level of expertise? Clearly a military industrial complex funded to the tune of a trillion dollars per year that can research any problem and do whatever it wants could run such a project without much difficulty. It can also buy off the press and influence the intellectual classes in all sorts of ways that conform to some manual in some top secret facility that nobody has ever heard of and never will.

The release of the redacted 28 pages shows that Prince Bandar, good friend of the Bush family, funded two the supposed hijackers for a year while they prepared for the 'attack'. This indicates without any doubt that the hijackers were Saudi intelligence assets pretending to be hijackers. (Unless you are wacky enough to believe that Prince Bandar, good friend of the Bush family, secretly sought to stab his good friends in the back by committing a heavy atrocity upon them, or at least didn't tell them about it in advance). So its obvious that the Saudis were running the hijacker side of the 911 operation for their good friends in America because thats what good friends do. That's why the hijackers were Saudi, rather than say Iraqi or Iranian, and thats why America didn't invade the Saudis as punishment for the terrible deed.

Of course we also know that the CIA let these same two hijackers, or rather Saudi intelligence assets, into the United States without telling the FBI about it although it had several occasions to do so. How odd, yet these same two hijackers, or rather Saudi intelligence assets, were known terrorists and the CIA definitely knew all about them.

Please Mr Cockburn can you explain in your own words why believing 911 was an inside job is somehow crackpot?

Randal , May 25, 2017 at 11:14 am GMT

@The Anti-Gnostic So how come these attacks only happen in proudly tolerant, liberal countries at venues like teen concerts, coastal promenades, gay nightclubs, rock concert halls? I'd venture to say the victims were probably 90+% opposed to Middle Eastern wars or discrimination against Muslims.

Why don't they attack GOP campaign offices, churches, synagogues, defense contractors, Wall Street, oil companies?

Randal , May 25, 2017 at 11:24 am GMT

We Know What Inspired the Manchester Attack – We Just Won't Admit It

No, you won't, it seems.

You'll happily point to wahhabism as one of the contributory factors. I'd have thought you would be prepared to point to the history of aggressive US sphere military intervention in muslim countries, though you seem a little coy about that in this case, presumably so as not to distract from your case against wahhabism, which so conveniently ties in with your bête noir Trump's recent stupidity in Saudi Arabia.

But you won't ever admit that immigration is one of the prime factors.

So in this case we have a bombing carried out by a 2nd generation immigrant muslim Libyan whose father was admitted to the country for political reasons because he was an active member of the opposition to the Libyan government, which our government sought to encourage, in the context of Libya having recently been effectively destroyed and consigned to brutally murderous, bloody chaos by aggressive UK military action.

And yet for Cockburn and for most of the media and political establishments, it's seemingly vital to pretend that it's nothing to do with either "invade the world" or "invite the world".

Randal , May 25, 2017 at 11:42 am GMT

It now seems this was a bombing carried out by a 2nd generation immigrant muslim Libyan whose father was admitted to the country for political reasons because he was an active member of the opposition to the Libyan government, which our government sought to encourage, in the context of Libya having recently been effectively destroyed and consigned to brutally murderous, bloody chaos by aggressive UK military action.

Here's the BBC on the tangled web of foreign conflicts our government has enmeshed us in in Libya, by allowing immigration from a country and regime changing its government by aggressive military force:

Manchester attack: The Libya-jihad connection

Sound familiar? It should.

There is a stark similarity here with the recent Orlando nightclub shooting. In that case the attacker was likewise a second generation immigrant muslim from a country (in that case Afghanistan) the US government has destroyed by aggressive military action, whose parents were admitted to the country because his father was part of the opposition to a government the US regime wanted changed. Mateen made online posts calling for revenge on the US for what it had done to ME countries and even called the police in the midst of his shootings to declare it was an act of retaliation for US killings, and yet those with an interest in obfuscation have looked high and low for other motivations to obscure the obvious one.

Invade the world and invite the world. It really is as simple as that. Our governments interfere murderously in other countries whilst importing foreigners from those same countries and related ones, and then act all horrified when it turns out they have imported those wars along with the people.

Jim Christian , May 25, 2017 at 12:08 pm GMT

@The Anti-Gnostic So how come these attacks only happen in proudly tolerant, liberal countries at venues like teen concerts, coastal promenades, gay nightclubs, rock concert halls? I'd venture to say the victims were probably 90+% opposed to Middle Eastern wars or discrimination against Muslims.

Why don't they attack GOP campaign offices, churches, synagogues, defense contractors, Wall Street, oil companies?

Tiny Duck , May 25, 2017 at 12:28 pm GMT

What is your proposed solution?

Taking punitive action against all Muslims is the strategic goal of these people, widening the gulf between Muslims and non-believers and moving towards some kind of major clash of civilisations. They will not be dissuaded by the West making Islam illegal, shutting mosques and – somehow – exiling their own third-and-fourth generation citizens. As well as not being practical, it stands counter to our values, to whit punishing the actions of the overwhelming majority for the actions of the lunatic fringe few.

Britain endured 300,000 dead to defeat Nazi Germany, France over 700,000 dead. We are simply not going to be intimidated by such measures. If anything, they will strengthen our resolve.

These people are also not part of a centralised campaign being run by ISIS they are lone actors

What we need is more immigration so that Muslims feel more comfortable. As long as white hold any power in any society these attacks will continue

Svigor , May 25, 2017 at 3:19 pm GMT

Lefties like Cockburn know what made the Manchester attack possible, they just won't admit it.

IMMIGRATION.

MIGRATION.

OPEN BORDERS.

RACE REPLACEMENT OF EUROPEANS.

DEMOGRAPHIC INVASION.

Svigor , May 25, 2017 at 3:23 pm GMT

We can't control what goes on in darkies'/non-Europeans' heads. They may hate us and want to kill us, or they may not. They may decide to set off bombs, chop off heads, etc., or they may not.

But if we don't let them into our countries, it doesn't matter if they hate us, want to kill us, want to set off bombs, or want to chop off heads. They won't be able to do any of those things.

See how logic works, lefties? (Please say you do. The matter is very much in doubt.)

In that case the attacker was likewise a second generation immigrant muslim from a country (in that case Afghanistan) the US government has destroyed

Has anyone really made the case that Afghanistan was destroyed, by anyone? I've never seen it done convincingly.

The place has long been a complete dump; there's just never been anything to destroy. Not within living memory, anyway.

peterike , May 25, 2017 at 4:25 pm GMT

Beyond the question of Islam, the people from Muslim nations are for the most part lousy human specimens, Islam or not. Does Islam put them into garish track suits? Is Islam commanding them to grift on welfare and other public services? Is it Islam that has them sex grooming young white girls?

Or is this just the behavior one would expect from an invading army that faces no resistance? Indeed, not only are they not resisted, they are feted (but never vetted). They are given MORE RIGHTS by law than the native population. They are encouraged to remain tribal.

In other words, they see their host nations as weak, foolish, cowardly places simply asking to be exploited to the max. For one Mohammed maybe it's welfare fraud. For another it's hanging about in public spaces, threatening the native population. For another, it's bullying the white kids at school. For another, it's strapping on a bomb. These are all the same things, just at different places on a continuum.

And since they are nearly all low IQ with little future time orientation, they will never turn into the doctors and layers and computer programmers of Liberal fantasy.

Sure, it's pretty convenient that Islam is morally OK with any and all of this behavior. But the bottom line is that Europe is importing vast numbers of degenerate human specimens that will never amount to a thing and will be a problem in perpetuity. That is, until they take over and kill or enslave the remaining whites. Then hey, no more problem!

Sean , May 25, 2017 at 4:28 pm GMT

@Svigor We can't control what goes on in darkies'/non-Europeans' heads. They may hate us and want to kill us, or they may not. They may decide to set off bombs, chop off heads, etc., or they may not.

But if we don't let them into our countries, it doesn't matter if they hate us, want to kill us, want to set off bombs, or want to chop off heads. They won't be able to do any of those things.

See how logic works, lefties? (Please say you do. The matter is very much in doubt.)


In that case the attacker was likewise a second generation immigrant muslim from a country (in that case Afghanistan) the US government has destroyed
Has anyone really made the case that Afghanistan was destroyed, by anyone? I've never seen it done convincingly.

The place has long been a complete dump; there's just never been anything to destroy. Not within living memory, anyway.

jx37 , May 25, 2017 at 4:35 pm GMT

The real reason is the politically correct genocidal racism and racist colonialism that brought this bomber and his fellow invaders to the West in the first place. Those forces spend a hell of a a lot more money and effort in exterminating the West and its peoples than Wahhabism does promoting Sunni extremism. Stop cucking around the real issue, violent Muslim terrorism and crime in the West is a by-product of white-hating racism so intense and genocidal that its perpetrators will import, embrace, and support Muslims and Muslim terrorists.

Talha , May 25, 2017 at 4:59 pm GMT

@Tiny Duck What is your proposed solution?

Taking punitive action against all Muslims is the strategic goal of these people, widening the gulf between Muslims and non-believers and moving towards some kind of major clash of civilisations. They will not be dissuaded by the West making Islam illegal, shutting mosques and - somehow - exiling their own third-and-fourth generation citizens. As well as not being practical, it stands counter to our values, to whit punishing the actions of the overwhelming majority for the actions of the lunatic fringe few.

Britain endured 300,000 dead to defeat Nazi Germany, France over 700,000 dead. We are simply not going to be intimidated by such measures. If anything, they will strengthen our resolve.

These people are also not part of a centralised campaign being run by ISIS they are lone actors

What we need is more immigration so that Muslims feel more comfortable. As long as white hold any power in any society these attacks will continue

Sean , May 25, 2017 at 5:01 pm GMT

In the wake of the massacre in Manchester, people rightly warn against blaming the entire Muslim community in Britain and the world. Certainly one of the aims of those who carry out such atrocities is to provoke the communal punishment of all Muslims, thereby alienating a portion of them who will then become open to recruitment by Isis and al-Qaeda clones.

Thats a good one . The British are completely helpless against Muslims, the police are trained to punish whites not Muslims. Look at the Rotherham (actually every city in England) scandal. The only immigration that is vulnerable to public opinion is EU immigration.

President Trump is ludicrously accusing Iran of being the source of most terrorism in the Middle East.

Americans like Trumps defence advisor McMaster way have been rather put off Iran due to them supplying explosively formed penetrator weapons to their Shia proxy terrorist force in Iraq,which used them to kill hundreds of US troops., and leave many others without arms legs or testicles. McMaster was in Iraq at the time and he knows it was the Iranians .

Trump's original pick for McMaster's job, General Flynn, was there in Iraq too and later head of the DIA. By all accounts he was infuriated by Iranians supplying the Explosively formed penetrator weapons to Shia groups so their IEDs could blast though armour on US vehicles in Iraq. They, especially Flynn had access to all the examination of the wrecked vehicles and I suppose autopsies on US soldiers as well. Iran ludicrously took on the US, and now comes the reckoning.

Talha , May 25, 2017 at 5:05 pm GMT

@Randal Because those are the easy targets that create the most impact.

Of course they don't "mostly happen at venues like teen concerts, coastal promenades, gay nightclubs, rock concert halls", those are just the ones that make the big news splashes.

Nor do they "only happen in proudly tolerant, liberal countries": they mostly happen in the countries destabilised by US sphere military action. The vast, vast majority of all islamist terrorism happens in those countries (Iraq, Libya, Syria) and not "in proudly tolerant, liberal countries" at all.

Randal , May 25, 2017 at 6:26 pm GMT

@Svigor We can't control what goes on in darkies'/non-Europeans' heads. They may hate us and want to kill us, or they may not. They may decide to set off bombs, chop off heads, etc., or they may not.

But if we don't let them into our countries, it doesn't matter if they hate us, want to kill us, want to set off bombs, or want to chop off heads. They won't be able to do any of those things.

See how logic works, lefties? (Please say you do. The matter is very much in doubt.)


In that case the attacker was likewise a second generation immigrant muslim from a country (in that case Afghanistan) the US government has destroyed
Has anyone really made the case that Afghanistan was destroyed, by anyone? I've never seen it done convincingly.

The place has long been a complete dump; there's just never been anything to destroy. Not within living memory, anyway.

Randal , May 25, 2017 at 6:45 pm GMT

@Sean


In the wake of the massacre in Manchester, people rightly warn against blaming the entire Muslim community in Britain and the world. Certainly one of the aims of those who carry out such atrocities is to provoke the communal punishment of all Muslims, thereby alienating a portion of them who will then become open to recruitment by Isis and al-Qaeda clones.
Thats a good one . The British are completely helpless against Muslims, the police are trained to punish whites not Muslims. Look at the Rotherham (actually every city in England) scandal. The only immigration that is vulnerable to public opinion is EU immigration.

President Trump is ludicrously accusing Iran of being the source of most terrorism in the Middle East.
Americans like Trumps defence advisor McMaster way have been rather put off Iran due to them supplying explosively formed penetrator weapons to their Shia proxy terrorist force in Iraq,which used them to kill hundreds of US troops., and leave many others without arms legs or testicles. McMaster was in Iraq at the time and he knows it was the Iranians .

Trump's original pick for McMaster's job, General Flynn, was there in Iraq too and later head of the DIA. By all accounts he was infuriated by Iranians supplying the Explosively formed penetrator weapons to Shia groups so their IEDs could blast though armour on US vehicles in Iraq. They, especially Flynn had access to all the examination of the wrecked vehicles and I suppose autopsies on US soldiers as well. Iran ludicrously took on the US, and now comes the reckoning.

Randal , May 25, 2017 at 6:49 pm GMT

@Talha Hey Randal,

Very good posts. Also, as I pointed out in another thread, the security services have two different levels of prioritization when it comes to elites vs proles.

Note that this guy was reported to the police by his own family, acquaintances and security agencies knew he had traveled to Daesh-controlled territory in Libya:
"Two people who knew Salman Abedi are said to have called the police counter-terrorism hotline five years ago to raise concerns that he thought 'being a suicide bomber was OK'.
And a senior US intelligence official has claimed that members of his own family had warned police that he was 'dangerous' It is understood that Abedi was 'known' to the Security Services through his associations to those linked to terrorism in Manchester's Libyan community According to NBC, a senior US intelligence official said Abedi's family had warned police that he was 'dangerous'. He was identified after the attack by his bankcard and had used a 'big and sophisticated bomb' using materials not widely available in Britain."

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4536624/Salman-Abedi-known-security-services-point.html

But when a guy was reported last month by the Muslim community, they picked up on it right away - well, guess what the target was:
"A suspected terrorist attack was foiled after armed police arrested a man who is alleged to have been found carrying knives near the Houses of Parliament.
The Guardian understands the operation was triggered following a tip-off to police by a member of Britain's Muslim community who was concerned about the man's behaviour."

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/27/man-arrested-over-incident-in-whitehall-near-parliament

Is all of this coincidence? Simply incompetence?

Peace.

Reg Cæsar , May 25, 2017 at 7:50 pm GMT

@Jim Christian


Why don't they attack GOP campaign offices, churches, synagogues, defense contractors, Wall Street, oil companies?
Let us not leave out the good offices of the DNC, from where Hillary and Obama murdered millions collectively. The butcher's bill is still piling up in Syria, Iraq and especially, Libya. Bomb churches, they might get bombed back. And bomb a Synagogue? Not smart unless you want your entire crew invited to a seance with the Mossad. Wall Street and oil companies? Too secure, public venues are the easiest. But we get your point, Anti, you want Republicans, Jews and Christians and money to die, that will make you happy. Too bad for you, everyday gays and women are suffering the most anywhere you have the Muslims in all the Euro-flophouses.. Feminists, gays and Liberals in general are the first to the beheading line when the Caliphate is installed.
Bill Jones , May 25, 2017 at 7:52 pm GMT

@Sean


In the wake of the massacre in Manchester, people rightly warn against blaming the entire Muslim community in Britain and the world. Certainly one of the aims of those who carry out such atrocities is to provoke the communal punishment of all Muslims, thereby alienating a portion of them who will then become open to recruitment by Isis and al-Qaeda clones.
Thats a good one . The British are completely helpless against Muslims, the police are trained to punish whites not Muslims. Look at the Rotherham (actually every city in England) scandal. The only immigration that is vulnerable to public opinion is EU immigration.

President Trump is ludicrously accusing Iran of being the source of most terrorism in the Middle East.
Americans like Trumps defence advisor McMaster way have been rather put off Iran due to them supplying explosively formed penetrator weapons to their Shia proxy terrorist force in Iraq,which used them to kill hundreds of US troops., and leave many others without arms legs or testicles. McMaster was in Iraq at the time and he knows it was the Iranians .

Trump's original pick for McMaster's job, General Flynn, was there in Iraq too and later head of the DIA. By all accounts he was infuriated by Iranians supplying the Explosively formed penetrator weapons to Shia groups so their IEDs could blast though armour on US vehicles in Iraq. They, especially Flynn had access to all the examination of the wrecked vehicles and I suppose autopsies on US soldiers as well. Iran ludicrously took on the US, and now comes the reckoning.

Talha , May 25, 2017 at 8:12 pm GMT

@Randal


Is all of this coincidence? Simply incompetence?
Good question.

Though in this particular case I doubt they had much to go on with just a report that a teenager was spouting off about suicide bombing - that must be pretty commonplace.

Talha , May 25, 2017 at 8:16 pm GMT

@Randal


Americans like Trumps defence advisor McMaster way have been rather put off Iran due to them supplying explosively formed penetrator weapons to their Shia proxy terrorist force in Iraq,which used them to kill hundreds of US troops., and leave many others without arms legs or testicles. McMaster was in Iraq at the time and he knows it was the Iranians .
Then the likes of McMaster need to grow up a bit and recognise that going to war doesn't just mean that Americans get to kill other people without anyone fighting back.

Iran was being menaced and harmed by the US long before - decades before - the US chose to invade its neighbour whilst giving clear signals that if its occupation went well then Iran would be next. A grownup would understand that just as the US killed all the Iraqis it felt were necessary to the success of its policy, so Iran in turn helped kill all the Americans it felt were necessary to prevent that success and prevent the likely subsequent attack on Iran.

Hardball cuts both ways and big boys take their lumps and move on, when (as with the US and Iran) there is nothing the US can gain by coming back for another round and vast opportunities for yet another, worse, disaster.

And, of course, the Iranians weren't the ones supplying the sunni jihadists in Iraq, who killed more than their share of US troops, with money to buy weapons, for that McMaster would need to look closer to home - at the very same foreign interests currently trying to manufacture another confrontation of Iran.


Iran ludicrously took on the US, and now comes the reckoning.
Unlikely, since those who would gain from a confrontation between the US and Iran live in Riyadh and Tel Aviv, and in plush offices in Washington, not in the real America. Most likely the US regime will back away from a full confrontation when it comes down to it, as they have on every previous occasion since they were rightly turfed out of Iran with their tails between their legs in 1979.

And while those people do have the clout to manufacture consent for a war with Iran as they did with Iraq, they obviously (and rightly) fear the consequences for themselves when it all goes bad.

And if they don't back away from it then the consequences will be every bit as costly, and more, as the invasion and occupation of Iraq proved for the region and for the US and for American soldiers, and this time those responsible for it will likely face a lot more than general political embarrassment.

truthtellerAryan , May 25, 2017 at 8:40 pm GMT

The ultimate inspiration for such people is Wahhabism, the puritanical, fanatical and regressive type of Islam dominant in Saudi Arabia, whose ideology is close to that of al-Qaeda and Isis

Absolutely right. And we just swindled them for out of $110 billion to prop up our war industries so these "sand#@*&#$s" can go and do the dirty job for our masters in Tel-Aviv and their representatives in Washington.
Are we really "friends" with a regime that is only different from N. Korea because of its oil?
Even the Islam they're propagating is exactly what The Prophet Muhammad fought against, until they lost and had to convert. Its Islam, is a cult that follows strict Bedouin traditions, that are typical Semitic. Women and others who rank low in the tribe are considered less human. Orthodox Judaism, and their Bedouin half brothers have had this law of no rights to the above mentioned since time immemorial. Jewish women are forbidden to touch or read the Torah. This is a religious law. If they do it now its only because of progress.
So Arabs who have adopted Wahhabism (they have lots of money to spend) are trying to infuse their culture as part of Islam. Which it is not
Good luck to those who will receive the brunt of our mighty bombs thru the Wahhabis

Jonathan Mason , May 25, 2017 at 8:44 pm GMT

Young men, and occasionally women, from Muslim cultures are particularly prone to turn to a very nasty form of murder suicide when things go wrong in their lives, or they become depressed.

They tend to externalize their own unhappiness and blame others. Often the unhappiness is related to sexual frustration and their inability to form satisfying relationships.

Probably this killer found Ariana Grande sexually desirable, but unobtainable.

Within their cultures there are plenty of other equally embittered individuals willing to encourage and facilitate them and give them material support.

for-the-record , May 25, 2017 at 8:57 pm GMT

@Svigor We can't control what goes on in darkies'/non-Europeans' heads. They may hate us and want to kill us, or they may not. They may decide to set off bombs, chop off heads, etc., or they may not.

But if we don't let them into our countries, it doesn't matter if they hate us, want to kill us, want to set off bombs, or want to chop off heads. They won't be able to do any of those things.

See how logic works, lefties? (Please say you do. The matter is very much in doubt.)


In that case the attacker was likewise a second generation immigrant muslim from a country (in that case Afghanistan) the US government has destroyed
Has anyone really made the case that Afghanistan was destroyed, by anyone? I've never seen it done convincingly.

The place has long been a complete dump; there's just never been anything to destroy. Not within living memory, anyway.

Randal , May 25, 2017 at 9:01 pm GMT

@Talha Hey Randal,

But it's saying the guy's family called him out to the police. And that he was known to security services based on ties to terrorist sympathizers in the Libyan community in Manchester. Furthermore, the article mentions that they knew he went to Libya and what part of Libya - what the hell??!!

Furthermore, at this point - if you have teenager talking smack about suicide bombing - take it seriously.

Peace.

Randal , May 25, 2017 at 9:05 pm GMT

@Talha Hey Randal,

Plus, I thought our assassination of some of their nuclear scientists was our response.


big boys take their lumps and move on
Or we could try banging our head against the wall until it breaks...I'll let you figure out what "it" is in this circumstance.

Peace.

Talha , May 25, 2017 at 9:22 pm GMT

@Randal I'm not sure it's feasible to take seriously every report of a teenage immigrant (1st or 2nd gen) lad making big talk about suicide bombing or whatever. There are probably thousands of them, most of them just hormoned up boys making themselves feel big or expressing their inadequately controlled emotions.

In this case it was complicated by the fact that his family connections were to "our" terrorists in Libya and Syria. On the one hand that might suggest you should take it more seriously (he clearly had access to dodgy contacts and materials the average teenage wannabee doesn't have), but apart from whatever connections his family undoubtedly had in the UK security forces themselves, how would they be sure he was talking about blowing up people here and not blowing up people our government likes to see blown up in Libya or Syria?

The latter, of course, is an area we will never see honestly reported.

Talha , May 25, 2017 at 10:56 pm GMT

I think this lady has found the solution to stop these guys:
"'Much needs to be done to eradicate this evil. 'But there is one simple step which we can take now: we must bring back the death penalty.'"

http://metro.co.uk/2017/05/24/ex-ukip-mep-calls-for-death-penalty-for-suicide-bombers-6658334/

And I agree – death penalty for suicide bombers!!! Give them no quarter!

Peace.

Svigor , May 25, 2017 at 11:54 pm GMT

So long as the Afghan government is aligned with India, as it now is, Pakistan must support the Taliban. The Taliban offers its only option for an alliance with Afghanistan, which it must have for strategic depth vis-a-vis India. Remember, India is Pakistan's number one strategic threat. A pro-India Afghanistan threatens Pakistan with a two-front war, which is intolerable. So Pakistan is tied to the Taliban whether it wants to be or not (my guess is not).

Makes perfect sense.

This is literally stupid, and I have no doubt you know better. You imply that in this context actions have no consequences, but in the real world of course they do.

We can influence those things, but we have no control, and no guarantee. Keeping them out is fully under our control, and is guaranteed to work.

This is true only up to a point

It's far truer and more reliable than treating Muslims nicely.

Actions have consequences.

Yep; open borders leaves us vulnerable to foreign terrorism.

Svigor , May 25, 2017 at 11:57 pm GMT

Really, I say to the Libertardians/Leftists/Muslim sympathizers, and to the Zionists/Cucked Right/'Murricans, a pox on both your houses. Both of you lie through your teeth on a constant basis. Both groups are fanatically pro-open-borders, for the most part.

Svigor , May 26, 2017 at 12:00 am GMT

This is such an ignorant statement that it almost defies belief. It is the type of statement that, were I from a Muslim nation, would almost make me think that the terrorists were not completely unjustified.

It's beyond your ken that when people talk of the destruction of Afghanistan, some other people point out that there wasn't far to fall?

Keep it to talk of dead Afghans, that works a lot better.

Svigor , May 26, 2017 at 12:01 am GMT

I mean, we're talking about people who fuck sheep when they aren't fucking little boys or beating their wives.

rw95 , May 26, 2017 at 12:29 am GMT

@Sean


https://www.traditionalright.com/the-view-from-olympus-strategic-idiocy-and-an-alternative/

So long as the Afghan government is aligned with India, as it now is, Pakistan must support the Taliban. The Taliban offers its only option for an alliance with Afghanistan, which it must have for strategic depth vis-a-vis India. Remember, India is Pakistan's number one strategic threat. A pro-India Afghanistan threatens Pakistan with a two-front war, which is intolerable. So Pakistan is tied to the Taliban whether it wants to be or not (my guess is not).

Afghanistan is a pawn in the Pakistan-India conflict, just as Syria is caught up in a Arab-Persian quarrel that started at the dawn of recorded history. All this reduction to the variant of Islam promoted by the Saudis Cockburn does leaves you none the wiser.
aceofspades , May 26, 2017 at 1:36 am GMT

The irony is that the places that terrorists targeted were the very places that would give the most support to Muslims and refugees. And they still would, too. The very same neighborhood in Paris that suffered from the 2015 attacks rejected Le Pen at an even higher margin than the last election. I suppose these people have a death wish.

aceofspades , May 26, 2017 at 1:37 am GMT

@Svigor Really, I say to the Libertardians/Leftists/Muslim sympathizers, and to the Zionists/Cucked Right/'Murricans, a pox on both your houses. Both of you lie through your teeth on a constant basis. Both groups are fanatically pro-open-borders, for the most part.

The Kid , May 26, 2017 at 2:04 am GMT

Sorry, but the Wahhabis were happily slaughtering fellow Sunni, Jews, Shia, and anyone else they decided to declare a "pagan" (kaffirun) in order to legitimize raping, robbing, enslaving, and murdering them LONG before the West even considered bothering to colonize the Arabs.

The Wahhabi originated in the one part of Arabia that the Prophet (SAAW) refused to bless – the Najd. He stated that that was the place where fitnah (disorder, chaos) came from.

The preaching of Abdul-Wahhab was very popular among the bedu clan ruled by the Saud family. This practice of takfir, insisting other Muslims were heretics, polytheists, pagans (kaffirun) made robbing pilgrimage and other caravans a *virtue* instead of brigandage. The British put the Sauds in charge of the Arabian peninsula, now known as Saudi Arabia.

The Wahhabis promptly slaughtered those they considered pagan – Maliki, Hanafi, Shafi, Shia – it didn't matter. Unless you believed in their literalist primitive understanding of Islam, you were obviously a pagan. The Wahhabi focus almost entirely on outward conformity from what I have seen. While other Muslims are discussing the attributes of God, the Wahhabis are ordering Hanafi women to "follow the stronger evidence" and cover their *feet.* Seriously. For real.

Go to any Saudi supported masjid in the US, and notice how many have filthy, horrible areas for women to pray, often only accessible by passing through the area outside where the dumpsters are, and note that the women's restroom many be filthier than a porta-potti in Tijuana. This is no accident. Wahhabis think women should be neither seen nor heard. They know more than the Caliph Umar who accepted a correction on Islamic law from a woman – in public – and acknowledged to all present that she was correct, and he was wrong. No danger of that happening in Wahhabi land – a woman's voice is considered part of her awrah or nakedness.

If a religious education program for women even *exists* , it will tend to focus on the importance of wearing a head scarf, and covering one's feet. Sometimes it will stress how a woman's prayer is "better" for her at home – so why are all of you ladies here for Juuma every Friday?

The importance of prayer seems to be limited to having the exact "correct" position of the hands, feet, etc. – and saying the "correct" exact words. Imagine my surprise when I was earnestly informed that I should never, ever pray in sadl – with my arms down – because Imam Malik only did that "because he had been tortured." When I asked a Mauritania Shaykh, a noted religious scholar about this statement, he was rather blunt. It seems that "whoever says that is a liar." And that they really need to fear God.

So, while silly westerners are running around and claiming that Daesh and crew are really upset about colonialism or whatever, the extremists keep telling us all what they really want – and the left of the west is so bigoted and patronizing that it literally insists that the extremists are so backward and stupid that they don't really mean what they say because anyone with half a brain would be irate over *material* issues, not religious matters.

You can find the Daesh English language publication on line. Read it before you continue blathering endless irrelevancies about "colonialism."

exiled off mainstreet , May 26, 2017 at 3:05 am GMT

While I fully concur the views stated here by Mr. Cockburn on this matter, "western" regimes have a more direct link to the Manchester terrorist act: the fact that the destruction of Libya by Obama and the French, spearheaded in the US by then foreign secretary Hillary Clinton against the advice of Gates, the war minister at the time, and contrary to Obama's instincts was a direct link in the chain leading to this Libyan's terrorist act. There are also rumours published elsewhere that this terrorist underwent training to act as one of the "tame" rebels working to overthrow the Assad government. The support for the Cameron government for the Libya action puts the blood of this event on the hands of the successor tory May government, in its use of this blowback event to gain electoral mileage in its effort to stay in power in Britain.

As indicated, I concur with inferences of the comment by Randal, #8 above that western actions, including the destruction of Libya, played the key role in this attack.

Talha , May 26, 2017 at 4:37 am GMT

@The Kid Sorry, but the Wahhabis were happily slaughtering fellow Sunni, Jews, Shia, and anyone else they decided to declare a "pagan" (kaffirun) in order to legitimize raping, robbing, enslaving, and murdering them LONG before the West even considered bothering to colonize the Arabs.

The Wahhabi originated in the one part of Arabia that the Prophet (SAAW) refused to bless - the Najd. He stated that that was the place where fitnah (disorder, chaos) came from.

The preaching of Abdul-Wahhab was very popular among the bedu clan ruled by the Saud family. This practice of takfir, insisting other Muslims were heretics, polytheists, pagans (kaffirun) made robbing pilgrimage and other caravans a *virtue* instead of brigandage. The British put the Sauds in charge of the Arabian peninsula, now known as Saudi Arabia.

The Wahhabis promptly slaughtered those they considered pagan - Maliki, Hanafi, Shafi, Shia - it didn't matter. Unless you believed in their literalist primitive understanding of Islam, you were obviously a pagan. The Wahhabi focus almost entirely on outward conformity from what I have seen. While other Muslims are discussing the attributes of God, the Wahhabis are ordering Hanafi women to "follow the stronger evidence" and cover their *feet.* Seriously. For real.

Go to any Saudi supported masjid in the US, and notice how many have filthy, horrible areas for women to pray, often only accessible by passing through the area outside where the dumpsters are, and note that the women's restroom many be filthier than a porta-potti in Tijuana. This is no accident. Wahhabis think women should be neither seen nor heard. They know more than the Caliph Umar who accepted a correction on Islamic law from a woman - in public - and acknowledged to all present that she was correct, and he was wrong. No danger of that happening in Wahhabi land - a woman's voice is considered part of her awrah or nakedness.

If a religious education program for women even *exists*, it will tend to focus on the importance of wearing a head scarf, and covering one's feet. Sometimes it will stress how a woman's prayer is "better" for her at home - so why are all of you ladies here for Juuma every Friday?

The importance of prayer seems to be limited to having the exact "correct" position of the hands, feet, etc. - and saying the "correct" exact words. Imagine my surprise when I was earnestly informed that I should never, ever pray in sadl - with my arms down - because Imam Malik only did that "because he had been tortured." When I asked a Mauritania Shaykh, a noted religious scholar about this statement, he was rather blunt. It seems that "whoever says that is a liar." And that they really need to fear God.

So, while silly westerners are running around and claiming that Daesh and crew are really upset about colonialism or whatever, the extremists keep telling us all what they really want - and the left of the west is so bigoted and patronizing that it literally insists that the extremists are so backward and stupid that they don't really mean what they say because anyone with half a brain would be irate over *material* issues, not religious matters.

You can find the Daesh English language publication on line. Read it before you continue blathering endless irrelevancies about "colonialism."

LSWCHP , May 26, 2017 at 8:30 am GMT

@Godfree Roberts Thanks! For a while I thought you might identify their motivation with our having bombed Muslim countries pretty much continuously since 1946.
Nice save!

Craken , May 26, 2017 at 9:05 am GMT

@aceofspades The irony is that the places that terrorists targeted were the very places that would give the most support to Muslims and refugees. And they still would, too. The very same neighborhood in Paris that suffered from the 2015 attacks rejected Le Pen at an even higher margin than the last election. I suppose these people have a death wish.

5371 , May 26, 2017 at 9:07 am GMT

@Sean


In the wake of the massacre in Manchester, people rightly warn against blaming the entire Muslim community in Britain and the world. Certainly one of the aims of those who carry out such atrocities is to provoke the communal punishment of all Muslims, thereby alienating a portion of them who will then become open to recruitment by Isis and al-Qaeda clones.
Thats a good one . The British are completely helpless against Muslims, the police are trained to punish whites not Muslims. Look at the Rotherham (actually every city in England) scandal. The only immigration that is vulnerable to public opinion is EU immigration.

President Trump is ludicrously accusing Iran of being the source of most terrorism in the Middle East.
Americans like Trumps defence advisor McMaster way have been rather put off Iran due to them supplying explosively formed penetrator weapons to their Shia proxy terrorist force in Iraq,which used them to kill hundreds of US troops., and leave many others without arms legs or testicles. McMaster was in Iraq at the time and he knows it was the Iranians .

Trump's original pick for McMaster's job, General Flynn, was there in Iraq too and later head of the DIA. By all accounts he was infuriated by Iranians supplying the Explosively formed penetrator weapons to Shia groups so their IEDs could blast though armour on US vehicles in Iraq. They, especially Flynn had access to all the examination of the wrecked vehicles and I suppose autopsies on US soldiers as well. Iran ludicrously took on the US, and now comes the reckoning.

Randal , May 26, 2017 at 10:02 am GMT

@5371 On earth, it was Sunni insurgents who inflicted well over 90% of casualties on US troops. You are stupid and crazy.

Joe Wong , May 26, 2017 at 11:57 am GMT

@Mudpie8

Why do those responsible deliberately miss the target and have gone on doing so? Because they all profit greatly from it. Who are they? The war industry and its various 'communities', the Jews. the media, you name it, they're all in it for fun and profit. None of them would have an income if it all just stopped, if they actually wanted, you know, peace whatever that is.

They can manufacture an invasion of Iraq based on non-existent WMDs as punishment for 911, when apparently the real culprits were supposed to be Saudis...

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[May 25, 2017] Round-the-clock race to trace accomplices of Manchester bomber

May 25, 2017 | en.people.cn
LONDON, May 25 (Xinhua) -- Police hunting a potential terror gang behind have found items significant to the probe into the Manchester Arena bombing, it was revealed Thursday.

Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins described the on going investigation as fast moving as detectives continued to quiz eight suspects following the terror bombing at the Manchester Arena.

He said: "This continues to be a fast-moving investigation and there has been a significant amount of activity taking place."

Police are working in the search for accomplices of suicide bomber Salman Abedi alongside specialist national counter terrorist officers as well as UK intelligence services, said Hopkins.

Hopkins added: "The arrests that we have made are significant, and initial searches of premises have revealed items that we believe are very important to the investigation."

Hopkins did not elaborate on what police had discovered in the searches of homes and properties linked to those arrested.

In the latest development Thursday night police revealed they found potentially suspicious items during a raid in a house in Wigan in Greater Manchester. One of the eight men still being held was arrested in Wigan.

Police placed a large cordon around the house and evacuated families from nearby homes as an army bomb disposal team were drafted in. People told local media they had seen soldiers using a remote robot close to the property.

Greater Manchester Police said in a statement: "A house in Wigan was raided and is currently being searched. Potentially suspicious items were found at the address and a large cordon has been put in place.

"We have a number of officers on the ground and are evacuating people as a matter of precaution as public safety is paramount to our investigation."

Media reports in London said Thursday that investigators believed there may be more people at large who are part of a terror network linked to the Manchester Arena attack. It raised fears that more bomb-making materials still have to be found.

Theresa May said Britain's terror threat would remain at critical, indicating a terror attack was imminent.

Other sources quoted in the media raised the fear some members of a terror network may be in hiding.

In another response to Monday's attack, armed police officers are being deployed for the first time patrolling trains nationwide, British Transport Police announced.

Passengers on London Underground have become accustomed to seeing armed police on the Tube for some months, but until now they have not patrolled the national rail network.

As the round the clock hunt for more people linked to terrorism continued, people across the country stood in a minute's silence in tribute to the 22 adults and children killed, and the 116 injured.

Queen Elizabeth also traveled to Manchester to speak with young victims being treated at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. Talking to doctors and nurses, the Queen described the attack at the end of a pop concert as "wicked".

[May 25, 2017] Manchester Attack as MI6 Blowback

Notable quotes:
"... According to Scotland Yard, the attack on the crowd leaving the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, 22 May, has been perpetrated by Salman Abedi. A bankcard has been conveniently found in the pocket of the mutilated corpse of the 'terrorist'. ..."
"... Salman Abedi was born in the UK of a family of Libyan immigrants. He has travelled to Libya several times in the last couple of months, with or without his father. His father Ramadan Abedi, with whom Salman lived, is a former officer in [Gaddafi's] Libyan Intelligence Services. He specialised in the surveillance of the Islamist movement, but two decades later has failed to notice that his son has joined Daesh (IS). ..."
"... In 1994, Ramadan Abedi returned again to Libya under MI6's direction. In late 1995 he is involved in the creation of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), a local branch of Al-Qaeda, in conjunction with Abdelhakim Belhadj. The LIFG was then employed by MI6 again to assassinate Gaddafi, for a payoff of £100,000. This operation, which also failed, provoked heated exchanges within British Intelligence, leading to the resignation of one David Shayler. ..."
May 25, 2017 | www.voltairenet.org

According to Scotland Yard, the attack on the crowd leaving the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, 22 May, has been perpetrated by Salman Abedi. A bankcard has been conveniently found in the pocket of the mutilated corpse of the 'terrorist'.

This attack is generally interpreted as proof that the United Kingdom is not implicated in international terrorism and that, on the contrary, it is a victim of it.

Salman Abedi was born in the UK of a family of Libyan immigrants. He has travelled to Libya several times in the last couple of months, with or without his father. His father Ramadan Abedi, with whom Salman lived, is a former officer in [Gaddafi's] Libyan Intelligence Services. He specialised in the surveillance of the Islamist movement, but two decades later has failed to notice that his son has joined Daesh (IS).

In 1992, Ramadan Abedi was sent back to Libya by Britain's MI6 and was involved in a British-devised plot to assassinate Muammar Gaddafi. The operation having been readily exposed, he was exfiltrated by MI6 and transferred back to the UK where he obtained political asylum. He moved in 1999 to Whalley Range (south of Manchester) where there was already resident a small Libyan Islamist community.

In 1994, Ramadan Abedi returned again to Libya under MI6's direction. In late 1995 he is involved in the creation of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), a local branch of Al-Qaeda, in conjunction with Abdelhakim Belhadj. The LIFG was then employed by MI6 again to assassinate Gaddafi, for a payoff of £100,000. This operation, which also failed, provoked heated exchanges within British Intelligence, leading to the resignation of one David Shayler.

[May 24, 2017] The Sickening Manchester Attack

Notable quotes:
"... And it wasn't funded by or connected to Iran in any way shape or form. The perpetrator was from Libya so even if it wasn't ISIS the guy was likely a Sunni although the MSM never gets that detailed. ..."
"... Nor were the previous 15 terror attacks, with over 200 fatalities, in Europe a product of Iran https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-23/recent-major-attacks-in-europe ..."
"... So obviously we need to get all psychotic against Iran. At least this is what our Foreign Policy Establishment believes. ..."
"... "Until you recognize that Islam is a political movement masquerading as a religion, you're never going to come to grips with it." ~ Admiral James Lyons ..."
"... The idea of UK as an island would work if the UK had not gone about colonizing the world. The subjects just came to where the loot was taken. ..."
"... Political movements and religion have been around for a long time, nothing exclusive about that in islam. Maybe if we stop feeding weapons to combatants – of any sort, whether they know how to use them or not, whether your neighbor is on the ground in Yemen? ..."
"... Americans should not die in Yemen. *No one* should die in Yemen right now due to anything that could be prevented. We have the technology! We have the distribution. A matter of will, human spirit, whatever you want to call it. ..."
"... Maybe if we stopped siding with Saudi Arabia and trying to topple secular Arab regimes (Irak, Syria, Lybia) there would be a check to all that terrorist activities. ..."
May 24, 2017 | www.theamericanconservative.com

ChiJD Doug , says: May 23, 2017 at 2:40 pm

As always, the Twitter timeline of Rukmini Callimachi is the best source to evaluate claims of terrorist responsibility. https://twitter.com/rcallimachi/status/866994176021409792
Chris Chuba , says: May 23, 2017 at 4:06 pm
And it wasn't funded by or connected to Iran in any way shape or form. The perpetrator was from Libya so even if it wasn't ISIS the guy was likely a Sunni although the MSM never gets that detailed.

Nor were the previous 15 terror attacks, with over 200 fatalities, in Europe a product of Iran https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-23/recent-major-attacks-in-europe

So obviously we need to get all psychotic against Iran. At least this is what our Foreign Policy Establishment believes.

Dan Green , says: May 23, 2017 at 6:31 pm
Sad another day of Politican's speeches, CNN, flowers, candles , and vigils. Next
Boston Tea , says: May 23, 2017 at 6:39 pm
"The terrorist was born in the U.K., so yes, he's British. Often the terrorists here and overseas are native born, which makes the focus on immigrants rather wrong-headed."

There's no magic dirt, obviously.

This guy is legally British and that's about it. It's like the "Americans" we've got running around here. If his parents had been kept out of the UK back in the '90s – as they should have been – there would have been no mass murder and dead children in Manchester yesterday.

It's 2017. Not 1965. Mass immigration has continued virtually without let for decades. Enough. The UK isn't (or should not be) a global convenience for ingesting the "wretched refuse" of other countries. Not just Middle Eastern or North African Muslims, but Poles, Jamaicans, Chinese, or anything else. And neither is America. The focus on immigrants is entirely deserved. Immigration features one way or another in the vast majority of terror attacks, in crime, in job losses by "real" Europeans and Americans, in the cultural conflicts and racial and religious hatreds that are a hallmark of the dying "globalist" order.

It's almost incredible that in this day and age that immigration continues more or less as it has for the past few decades. A death wish.

FalconJet , says: May 23, 2017 at 7:19 pm
For the 100th time:

"Until you recognize that Islam is a political movement masquerading as a religion, you're never going to come to grips with it." ~ Admiral James Lyons

bob1968 , says: May 23, 2017 at 7:24 pm
"Immigration features one way or another in the vast majority of terror attacks, in crime, in job losses by 'real' Europeans and Americans"

I mean, this is obviously true of the U.S. if you count descendants of immigrants (as you apparently do) in your calculus, but it's not exactly edifying, at least not in the American context.

SKSKS , says: May 23, 2017 at 7:58 pm
@Boston Tea

The idea of UK as an island would work if the UK had not gone about colonizing the world. The subjects just came to where the loot was taken.

It is remarkable how you always forget the empire when convenient. Anycase, the problem needs to be dealt with in a different way, especially since we are dealing with second generation people here, who are born and brought up in the european country. So ranting about immigrants doesn't quite work.

Janwaar Bibi , says: May 23, 2017 at 9:17 pm
The idea of UK as an island would work if the UK had not gone about colonizing the world. The subjects just came to where the loot was taken.

When was Libya a British colony?

a spencer , says: May 23, 2017 at 11:46 pm
Political movements and religion have been around for a long time, nothing exclusive about that in islam. Maybe if we stop feeding weapons to combatants – of any sort, whether they know how to use them or not, whether your neighbor is on the ground in Yemen?

Americans should not die in Yemen. *No one* should die in Yemen right now due to anything that could be prevented. We have the technology! We have the distribution. A matter of will, human spirit, whatever you want to call it.

Adriana I Pena , says: May 24, 2017 at 12:37 pm
Maybe if we stopped siding with Saudi Arabia and trying to topple secular Arab regimes (Irak, Syria, Lybia) there would be a check to all that terrorist activities.

And if we stopped demonizing Iran and treated it as a partner in the fight against Sunni terrorism, we would get somewhere.

philadelphialawyer , says: May 24, 2017 at 12:55 pm
JB:

"When was Libya a British colony?"

Britain "administered" most of current day Libya from 1942 until 1951.

[May 24, 2017] Back in the 1970s and 1980s when the IRA was carrying out bomb attacks in Northern Ireland and even bombed a Tory Party conference, did anyone blame Roman Catholicism as a denominator in the collective mind-set of the IRA?

May 24, 2017 | www.moonofalabama.org

Casowary Gentry | May 24, 2017 3:50:02 PM | 63

@29
"practical and realistic"...
What I propose is exactly that.
It works for Japan.
Reagan was fond of saying to naysayers, who claimed there were no simple solutions, that there were simple solutions, just not easy ones.
It would take courage to withstand the brickbats from certain quarters, but an unsentimental view of the various dimensions of Islam would lead to the realization that Islam itself is the problem. So called radical islam is just an unavoidable aspect of Islam itself. The religion is shot through with elements that make it absolutely incompatible with civilized societies. Islam doesn't "do" pluralism
and it never will. The only way people who become refugees from Islamic countries will ever be free will be when they are free from Islam and that is why we in the west should exclude it from our bodies politic.

"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.

A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome."

Winston Churchill
The River War
1899

Jen | May 24, 2017 5:31:36 PM | 74

Can't believe I am seeing comments that Winston Churchill defeated Nazi Germany or that the way to end terrorism or at least eliminate most terrorism in Britain is to ban Islam.

Back in the 1970s and 1980s when the IRA was carrying out bomb attacks in Northern Ireland and even bombed a Tory Party conference, did anyone blame Roman Catholicism as a denominator in the collective mind-set of the IRA? Did people blame Irish Catholics just for being Irish Catholics because such attacks were being carried out ostensibly in their name? Yet these attacks were probably more dangerous to most of the public by their frequency and their nature.

Furthermore when the suicide bomber is dead and cannot speak for himself, and the whole narrative around the Manchester pop concert attack is being shaped by a government in the middle of election season, and that government's standing in opinion polls is poor due to the Prime Minister's own poor and incompetent leadership, and doubts increasing over her ability to handle Brexit, we cannot have any trust in the corporate media's claims that the attacker was connected to ISIS or this, that or the other extremist Islamist group. These claims are becoming increasingly absurd and smack of panic on the media's part, as if it realises that the more it pushes these claims, the less credibility these claims (and the media as well) has.

Did Winston Churchill personally oversee and direct the strategies used by the Russians to defeat Nazi Germany and its allies at the Battle of Stalingrad which turned the tide of the war against Berlin? Did he liberate the death camps in Poland and stop the killing of Jews, Poles, POWs and millions of others? If Churchill defeated Nazi Germany and liberated eastern Europe, why did so much of that part of the world end up becoming a huge Communist buffer for the Soviet Union against Germany, minus its eastern Soviet-dominated part?

Churchill was the one who wanted firebombing attacks on civilians in Nazi Germany, which were protested by General Eisenhower and others in the Allied High Command. Incidentally these attacks, far from demoralising the enemy, only strengthened Nazi resolve to fight to the death.

From The Hague | May 24, 2017 5:38:23 PM | 76
Jen #74
Churchill started (10th of may 1940) when Russia had a pact with Nazi Germany.

[May 24, 2017] Intelligence span between the UK and the USA

May 24, 2017 | www.moonofalabama.org
somebody | May 24, 2017 12:29:45 PM | 42
The intelligence spat between the US and Britain is interesting .

Revenge for spying on Trump?

But why is France involved?

The Guardian


Photographs of Manchester bomb parts published after leak

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New York Times publishes series of images showing remains of bomb, detonator and what appears to be rucksack

• Manchester attack – latest updates

A piece of the rucksack thought to have been used by the bomber.
The pictures indicate it was carried in a blue rucksack made by the Karrimor outdoor company.

Ewen MacAskill in London and Julian Borger in Washington

Wednesday 24 May 2017 14.50 EDT First published on Wednesday 24 May 2017 10.41 EDT

Extraordinary details about the bomb used in the Manchester atrocity have been published in the New York Times, almost all of it forensic evidence gathered by the British police at the scene.

A series of photographs of the remains of the bomb, the detonator and what appeared to be a rucksack were leaked. The preliminary investigation by the police is extremely detailed, down to the belief that the killer, Salman Abedi, held the small detonator in his left hand.

Suspicion on who leaked it to the US-based reporter rested on US officials, who have been feeding a series of details about the Manchester bombing to American journalists.

Leaking such inside information from the investigation will add to tensions between the US and UK over the extent to which much of the investigation is being leaked by authorities in America.

The latest revelations came hours after the home secretary, Amber Rudd, expressed irritation with the US and expressed hope that the leaks would stop.

An image of what is believed to be the detonator, released by the New York Times.

"The British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise. So it is irritating if it gets released from other sources and I have been very clear with our friends that should not happen again," the home secretary said.

Although her language was mild, it is rare for a UK politician to issue such a rebuke to the Americans.

Rudd called the US secretary of homeland security, John Kelly, on Tuesday to ask for the leaks to stop. UK officials were stunned and angry on Wednesday when the crime scene photographs appeared in the New York Times.

The photographs suggest the bomb was relatively sophisticated, requiring a degree of expertise. It contained a powerful explosive in a lightweight metal container. The pictures indicate it was carried in a blue rucksack made by the Karrimor outdoor company.

Such was the power of the blast that nuts and screws packed round the bomb penetrated doors and walls. Abedi stood in the middle of a crowd. The upper part of his body was thrown towards the entrance to the arena.

How the Manchester attack unfolded

It was not a crudely made bomb, as among the evidence recovered was a Yuasa 12-volt, 2.1 amp lead-acid battery, which is more expensive than normal over-the-counter ones. The detonator appeared to have a small circuit board soldered inside one end.

There seemed to have been several options for detonating it, such as a simple manual switch or possibly remotely by a radio signal.

The latest disclosures come on top of a series of leaks from US officials about the British investigation, including the naming of the killer.

The leak of the British information, as well as demonstrating a lack of respect for a US ally at an emotional time, will have hindered the investigation, where it is deemed essential to control the release of details.

UK counter-terrorism specialists said they needed to keep secret the name of any perpetrator or suspect for at least 36 hours to ensure there was an element of surprise in approaching relatives, friends and others.

The home secretary reflected the frustration and dismay of the UK security services in a series of interviews on Wednesday morning.

Adding to the sense of anger in the UK were further leaks from an NBC reporter who quoted US intelligence officials providing other details about the killer.

[May 24, 2017] The Manchester Attack - A Blowback From Britains Terror Support In Libya, Syria And Beyond

Notable quotes:
"... It was under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that a pipeline of Takfiri Islamist and weapons from Libya to Syria was organized. The British government surely knew and helped with this. ..."
"... "May is predicted to win by a wide margin and there is no need to take the risk such a plan would inevitably entail." Not necessarily. News just before the Manchester attack: http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/05/23/tory-lead-tumbling.html ..."
"... Part of the gladio type operations is the strategy of tension. There has to be a constant pressure on the people, herding them along the narrative path and making sure that there is no wandering off of that path. For a few years it seemed the FBI was staging a new terror event in the US every 6 months, although now that has abated. Perhaps the US sheeple were getting suspicious so they offshored the false flags. ..."
"... Was he a radicalised Islamist or was he just a radicalised Libyan. Whatever he was, the racists, Obama, Clinton, Cameron and Sarkozy share in the responsibility. ..."
"... I think in order to understand what is really going on, the "terror attacks" in Europe must be analyzed within the "Gladio" frame (the „blowback" angle is wrong and misleading in my opinion). ..."
"... The important point is, „Gladio" cannot be dismissed (ridiculed) as just another „conspiracy theory" because of the trials in Italy and the confessions and testimonies resulting from these procedures. See also the excellent BBC- Timewatch documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGHXjO8wHsA ..."
"... Just a reminder - General Gianadelio Maletti, commander of the counter-intelligence section of the Italian military intelligence service from 1971 to 1975, testified in March 2001 (during the eighth trial regarding the 1969 Piazza Fontana bombings) that the CIA had had foreknowledge of the event. Also an Italian Senate-Commission report on the „Gladio" network, stated that "Those massacres, those bombs, those military actions had been organized, promoted or supported by men inside Italian state institutions and . by men linked to the structures of United States intelligence." ..."
"... A key role within the criminal, subversive Gladio-network (sometimes referred to as a "state within a state" or a "shadow government") was played by a Masonic lodge: P2 (Propaganda Due) which served as a conduit for drug trafficking, money laundering, gun running activities of the CIA (including „Iran-Contra"). ..."
"... One of Libya's most powerful armed factions has accused Britain of harbouring and supporting the terrorist group it says was behind the Manchester Arena bombing. ..."
"... The Tobruk-led Libyan Government, which is not recognized by the United Nations but controls a large swathe of eastern Libya, said Manchester-born bomber Salman Abedi was part of a group that operated with the "prior knowledge and consent" of successive British governments. ..."
"... "The previous British government has been pressuring in every way possible the prevalence of these groups and their control of Libya, while these groups have been destroying our cities and towns in an attempt to shape Libya into an exporter of terror to the whole planet" ..."
"... I doubt that. But a lot of people are interested in that ISIS remains relevant. GLADIO did not have to invent communism. The war on terror has to produce its enemy. ..."
"... The British Secret services have the ability and the resources to allow this to happen. If they knew he was a terrorist they should have kept an eye on him 24/7. They have the ability and the resources to do this. But they didn't keep him under surveillance, or maybe they did. Whatever way they allowed this bombing to happen because they could have stopped it. Perhaps even helped along the way with the radicalisation. ..."
"... It seems that ksa and egypt want a few head scalps of qataris and turkish leaders. The leaks about the libyan background and possible MB connections of the guy.. plus the massacre 3 days ago by Farraj ppl in Brak al shatti of the Haftar ppl (supported by Egypt) seems related ..."
"... Watch the movie called "Clean Skin" with Sean Bean. It provides one of the best interpretations of how intelligence services foster terrorism to advance the agenda of the elite that I've ever seen in a movie. I saw it on Netflix, but I'm not sure if it's still available there. ..."
"... I also doubt that the May gang were in on the bombing - there is just too much of a risk and the fact that it occurred within a day of the poll shift is a big stretch - that anyone especially the incompetent leak ridden englander intelligence services could get such an op up and running in the space of a couple of days just doesn't ring true. ..."
"... http://www.voltairenet.org/article196454.html Very interesting article (unfortunatly in french, should be translated shortly by site's staff) that gives a very plausible backgrounder on the Manchester attacker. In short the guy has been a western intelligence asset for a long time, was probably not a muslim radical willing to die to blow up teenagers and is likely to have been remote detonated by his handlers which incidentally allowed them to get rid of someone who probably knew to much. ..."
"... 'We came, we conquered, he died' - are you laughing now bitch? Blood all over Cammerons, Sakozy and your hands. ..."
"... Yesterdays news gets wrapped in todays fish. Terry Meyseein at voltairenet blew the whole charade and the anglo-zionist plot to destabilise Syria having Libya as its spear head. ..."
"... It seems the patsy/perp's dad is an MI6 employee who once worked for the colonel in Intelligence until the brits persuaded him to attempt an assassination of the Colonel back in 1992. The englanders got him out and he has been the go to man for investigating Libyan connections to AQ & ISIS ever since. Lately he has been based in Libya where he has most likely been the point of contact between england and the UN backed universally despised in Libya, unelected 'government'. ..."
"... Remember too that it was Libya who Churchill concentrated most of his military resources at the time when England itself was under siege and expecting a German invasion. Libya has been the target of the greedy eurotrash of england, france, germany & italy since the invention of the automobile. ..."
May 24, 2017 | www.moonofalabama.org
When I first learned of yesterday's terror incident in Manchester, UK I snarked :
Moon of Alabama‏ @MoonofA

So another heroic "Syrian rebel" - which the British government avidly supports - blew himself up. But why in #Manchester?

6:26 AM - 23 May 2017

Several people attacked my over that tweet.

How would I know it was a "Syrian rebel" who blew himself up in the Manchester Arena?

Well, how would you know that any of the takfiri "Syrian rebels" the UK, the U.S. and their Gulf proxies support in Syria are from Syria? Many are definitely not .

Then news appeared that the attacker's name was Abedi and that he hailed from an anti-Ghaddafi tribe in eastern Libya . It was eastern Libya from where in Macrh 2011 a tribal insurrection to overthrow the Libyan government was initiated. Weapons were flown in from Qatar and handed out to Jihadists. British special forces were on the ground to help the takfiris of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) in their attacks towards the Libyan capital in western Libya. The leader of the eastern front was Abdelhakim Belhadj, a long time al-Qaeda member, After Ghaddafi was overthrown with British help al-Qaeda's flag went up over the court house of the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. The Manchester plot thickened.

Now we read this :

The suicide bomber who killed 22 people and injured 59 more at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester was a university dropout who may have made secret trips to Syria to train for the attack.
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UK police revealed, Mr Abedi was a 23-year-old British national of Libyan descent. He was born in Manchester and grew up alongside three siblings.

British intelligence agents are investigating reports the football-obsessed Abedi slipped into Syria while visiting relatives in Libya several times in recent years , The Sun reports.

more :

Abedi born in Manchester and grew up in tight-knit Libyan community that was known for its strong opposition to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's regime. He had become radicalised recently - it is not entirely clear when - and had worshipped at a local mosque that has, in the past, been accused of fund-raising for jihadists.
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A group of Gaddafi dissidents, who were members of the outlawed Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), lived within close proximity to Abedi in Whalley Range.

The Islamic State, a splinter part of al-Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for the attack in Manchester. The LIFG was aligned with al-Qaeda.

Salman Abedi was in east-Libya when the UK bombed Libyan government troops to free the way for the onslaught of the takfiris:

A person who said they knew Abedi from school told the Manchester Evening News: "He was a outgoing fun guy but since he went to Libya in 2011 he came back a different guy. "He used to drink, smoke weed then all of a sudden he turned religious and I've not seen him since 2012."
...
"There was a black flag with Arabic writing on it on the roof [of Abedi's house in Elsmore road] for a bit, a few years ago," a neighbour told the BBC.

It was under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that a pipeline of Takfiri Islamist and weapons from Libya to Syria was organized. The British government surely knew and helped with this.

It is fairly obvious that the Manchester attack is a blowback of the British wars on the independent Libya under Ghaddafi and on the independent Syria under Bashar Assad. In both cases the British government supports radical Islamist takfiris to fight against the secular governments it wants to overthrow. But such extremists can never be controlled by the "west". They hate the "west" on ideological grounds and they hate what "we" do to their home countries. Any use of such forces abroad will blow back home.

I have seen suggestions that the attack in Manchester was initiated by "deep state" Gladio forces to help Theresa May win the British election. That is possible -British secret services knew the culprit well- but it is unlikely in my view. May is predicted to win by a wide margin and there is no need to take the risk such a plan would inevitably entail. A blowback from supporting takfiri terrorists in foreign countries is the much more likely explanation.

But don't expect the government supporting main stream media to explicitly point out that obvious connection. They are all part of the campaigns for the Takfiris when these try to overthrow this or that secular government. They are all guilty themselves of causing the Manchester attack. 1

Over a decade ago, the UK baffled everybody by harbouring some of the worst radical Islamist preachers the world had heard of, like Abu Hamza aI-Masri and other such unsavoury sorts. Nobody understood why. It looked like over-the-top 'goody-two-shoes' politically correct tolerance. Which it wasn't. It turns out Great-Britain has purposefully been turned into one of the world's premier jihadi breeding & recruiting grounds. My, my, my...
Peter AU | May 24, 2017 6:34:27 AM | 2
As per usual for these attacks, the attacker had contact with/was known to security services. Another sting op allowed to run its course?
paul | May 24, 2017 6:38:28 AM | 3
What is most likely is that this guy is a patsy, controlled by US/Uk dark forces - oh but wait that is - OHNO!!!! - a horrible dreaded conspiracy theory!!!
Kassandra | May 24, 2017 6:45:58 AM | 4
"May is predicted to win by a wide margin and there is no need to take the risk such a plan would inevitably entail." Not necessarily. News just before the Manchester attack: http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/05/23/tory-lead-tumbling.html
jfl | May 24, 2017 6:51:23 AM | 5
as i said to somebody on the other thread, now is the time for labour to latch hold of this glimpse of reality and push it for all they're worth against the imperialism of the 1% that is not only bankrupting but terrorizing and killing them at home in britain ... labour is desperate, i understand, they ought to try the truth ... what have they got to lose?
Heros | May 24, 2017 6:57:22 AM | 6
Part of the gladio type operations is the strategy of tension. There has to be a constant pressure on the people, herding them along the narrative path and making sure that there is no wandering off of that path. For a few years it seemed the FBI was staging a new terror event in the US every 6 months, although now that has abated. Perhaps the US sheeple were getting suspicious so they offshored the false flags.

These operations can also simply be used as a diversion to abruptly divert the narrative away from some shiny object attracting the sheeple's attention. Perhaps Seth Rich assassination is the real issue, or the elites penchant for pedophilia. Who knows.

Also, as with the budokan bombing of "the eagles of death metal" on Friday, October 13, this could have some occult significance. The significance of it being the Ariana Grande concert has not yet been exposed, but my guess that like Madonna, Gaga, Spears she is a mkultra sex kitten used to program teenage pubescent gentile girls to turn into shicksa's. This kind of shock likely serves some mind control agenda that is focused on their still developing brains and sexual preferences.

PVP | May 24, 2017 6:59:27 AM | 7
The Tory lead was tumbling in the days before the attack. I think peopled were starting to realise whereas Labour has good policies, STRONG AND STABLE is not really a policy at all. Whereas the press was reporting this at the weekend, now election campaigning suspended. I agree though, a bit of risk to think an inside job.
somebody | May 24, 2017 7:09:56 AM | 8
Actually May had just got into serious trouble on social security and Corbyn was and still is, I believe, in a pretty good position.

May comes across as incompetent when seen close. There is a rumour that there will be no debate between May and Corbyn as May would not be able to get through without embarrassment.

But the attack would not be aimed so much at May winning the elections, but May getting Britain to intervene in Libya - against Haftar and Russia.

Ghostship | May 24, 2017 7:42:46 AM | 9
Was he a radicalised Islamist or was he just a radicalised Libyan. Whatever he was, the racists, Obama, Clinton, Cameron and Sarkozy share in the responsibility.

Why now? Perhaps the massacre At Brak al-Shatti? After all it was the militia of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) that carried it out. You know the UN, where Britain is a permanent member of the Security Council and where nothing happens without the support of the permanent members of the Security Council.

Was this a conspiracy involving the British Government? I very much doubt it because if it ever came out that there was a conspiracy it would destroy the political party of any politicians involved and all the people involved would be identified and prosecuted.

Heros, you really need to get back on yours meds otherwise the men in white coats will come a'calling soon.

E | May 24, 2017 7:42:47 AM | 10
Connecting dots.

This man's parents, according to the Telegraph, were refugees from Gaddafi's Libya (Tripoli) and he grew up in a "tight-knit Libyan community that was known for its strong opposition to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's regime." The paper also reports that he grew up in "close proximity" to a group of people with ties to al-Qaeda etc. We know that Gaddafi detested al-Qaeda.

I wonder how long it will take for the press and the West to make the connection that the people who hated Gaddafi are also the people who explode nail bombs?

Or am I hoping against hope for a bit of logic?

somebody | May 24, 2017 7:56:02 AM | 11
Posted by: Ghostship | May 24, 2017 7:42:46 AM | 9

In all likelihood he was just suicidal and someone knew about it and used it.

Both attacks the Libyan and the Manchester one, show that the Islamic Parties are on their last leg in Libya.

In the case of Manchester more embarassing stuff will come out - the guy was known to secret services and had just returned from Libya. All of which will have happened under Theresa May's watch.

Jen | May 24, 2017 8:00:02 AM | 12
Dear B: there has been recent news about UK prime minister Theresa May flip-flopping over the issue of capping care payments to aged pensioners which calls into question her ability to handle the British departure from the EU, and how this uncertainty has affected the Conservatives' standing in recent opinion polls. Off-guardian.org also reports that huge numbers of people have attended British Labour Party rallies where Jeremy Corbyn has been giving speeches. These rallies have been ignored by the mainstream news media in the UK. So the notion that (before the Manchester attack) May would win the general election by a wide margin was already shaky.

Another thing too: just as the suicide bomber could have been a "Syrian rebel", how do the authorities really know the his name was Salman Ramadan Abedi and that he was linked to a zillion different jihadi groups? The fellow is dead and anything that the British government says about him and his connections can't be taken seriously. The announcement by ISIS that Abedi is one of theirs might just suit the British government's agenda of pushing the public into supporting an invasion of Libya or Syria.

E | May 24, 2017 8:01:48 AM | 13
Ghostship @ 11

I understand very little about UK politics. Does this, embarrassment notwithstanding, assist the Tories? Or is Labour or the Lib-Dems "stronger" on terror, immigration etc?

x | May 24, 2017 8:10:25 AM | 14
Did he drop his passport ID near the scene like they always do?

Sad really, but this reminds me of the Thatcher times when the 'evil' Irish IRA, and therefore all Roman Catholics, were terrorising the British government for absolutely no rational reason at all.

I don't even bother these days to think whether it's Blowback or False flag -- it's action research by nefarious forces.

Strategic shocks are one way to 'control' complex chaos systems -- there is some theory to it -- but usually the only reliable aim can be to stop or divert something rather than produce some definite predetermined goal.

The main aim, whatever side is behind it, is to scramble the msm news cycle and keep other more routine developments off the agenda.

Hope Corbyn wins in spite of the very 'convenient' timing for a sphincter response towards the establishment and conservative agenda.

Sell military weapons to the scorpions running Saudi Arabia and not expect a sting in the back is just plain naive.

LXV | May 24, 2017 8:16:48 AM | 15
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, you better duck ...
somebody | May 24, 2017 8:34:04 AM | 17
Posted by: E | May 24, 2017 8:01:48 AM | 13

Theresa May is supposed to be stronger on security, she used to be interior minister.

But this happened on her watch. Voters would need to twist their heads to get around this fact. And it was not Europe but British immigration policy decades ago.

Both Corbyn and May now talk of "coming together" in the face of crisis.

If this was a plot to get Theresa May elected she was not in on it.

More like Libyans not wishing to be forgotten in Trump's "fighting terrorism" agenda.

Jackrabbit | May 24, 2017 8:41:38 AM | 18
The attack occurred on the 4th anniversary of the Murder of British Soldier Lee Rigby

The murder of Rigby was extraordinary and received a great deal of media coverage. The assailants railed against British actions in Muslim lands and urged British citizens to turn against their government saying:

You people will never be safe. Remove your governments, they don't care about you... Do you think politicians are going to die? No, it's going to be the average guy, like you and your children. So get rid of them. Tell them to bring our troops back leave our lands and you will live in peace.

The potential link to the Rigby attack seems to be getting very little coverage.

fastfreddy | May 24, 2017 8:49:03 AM | 19
http://www.unilad.co.uk/news/controlled-explosion-destroys-second-device-found-near-manchester-arena/

Anybody know by what method police would explode a bag of clothing?

Does an nervous policeman put himself sufficiently close to a suspicious bag of clothing which may or may not contain explosives (this is unclear) to explode it?

Does the nervous policeman bring his own explosives in order to explode a bag of clothing? (This too is unclear).

This (controlled explosion) was a noisy and powerful-sounding explosion.

Why the hell would they explode a bag of clothing with an apparently huge explosive device?

fastfreddy | May 24, 2017 8:54:09 AM | 20
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6DZGENiot8

American announcer -"Thank You for coming and having a good time tonight. Walk Slowly, there's no need to run".

Laguerre | May 24, 2017 9:02:43 AM | 21
As several have already said, no, May is not predicted to win by a large margin. She's run a catastrophic campaign, dictatorial and out of touch, whereas Corbyn has attracted large crowds.

What's going to be the consequence of the Manchester affair for the election, I don't know. Should be that the right wing will get in on security. But people are losing, or have lost, confidence in the Tories for that. The Tories, even before May, have been cutting the police and the military, for so-called austerity reasons. You'd think they would have been building them up, as Thatcher did, but they haven't. They've done the opposite. After all cash in the pockets of the buddies is what government is all about for them.

Actually, I wouldn't entirely exclude a false-flag intended to boost the right-wing in the elections. If it were one that went wrong, and killed more than intended. It must be easy for the security services to find some poor Muslim sap who's willing to be a martyr. But you're probably right that it's blow-back.

somebody | May 24, 2017 9:02:50 AM | 22
Theresa May seems to have cut the police force as interior minister

So, no, she is not going to profit from this attack.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqaWWpbdw-c

Here is alleged moment of the alleged real explosion. Would have had a much more terrifying impact and dramatic effect had Ariana been performing on stage at the time. She was not. Looks like people were in the process of getting seated when it occurred.

Note that a second explosion which occurred later controlled by police was much louder than this one.

Mina | May 24, 2017 9:12:38 AM | 24
French Intr min confirmed Abadi went to Syria. If the French have any idea about it it means there is further connection with the French and Belgian cells
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/24/world/europe/manchester-bomber-salman-abedi.html?_r=0
re FF. No it was at the end as they were leaving.
Casowary Gentry | May 24, 2017 9:25:48 AM | 26
Europe and America both need to wake up. Close all mosques and criminalize the activities of Imams. Criminalize the clandestine practice of Islam. You want to come to England or America to escape the chaos and brutality of the Islamic hell hole of a country you came from? That's just ducky, but you leave your religion and Sharia based culture at the border. It's either that solution or simply don't allow anyone from those countries and culture into the country, not even as visitors. There is no other way.
Laguerre | May 24, 2017 9:26:29 AM | 27
It's not only the police. It's also the National Health Service; the Tories are widely seen as undermining it, in order to be able to privatise it in the next few years. You can't get an appointment to see a doctor; the emergency depts are crowded out with long waits. People notice that. But here they are, doing a magnificent job in saving the injured from the bombing. But the Tories are seen as wanting to destroy that and install an American insurance system.
Mina | May 24, 2017 9:32:11 AM | 28
That's so embarrassing that only Belgium media discuss it http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3675317/Man-Hat-Belgian-terror-suspect-reveals-took-photographs-football-stadium-Manchester-Paris-terror-attacks-boasts-easily-ISIS-moves-Europe.html (from July 2016)

http://www.demorgen.be/buitenland/-man-met-het-hoedje-was-in-manchester-is-er-een-band-met-aanslagen-in-brussel-en-parijs-b78b64d8/
http://www.7sur7.be/7s7/fr/1505/Monde/article/detail/3165612/2017/05/23/Mohamed-Abrini-avait-fait-des-reperages-a-Manchester.dhtml

censored in NYT which pretends to compare the different attacks https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/23/world/europe/europe-terror-attacks.html

x | May 24, 2017 9:52:23 AM | 29
@26 -- "simply don't allow anyone from those countries and culture into the country"

Yes, that might work, especially if you allow them to apply the same logic and principles to keeping out people like you from their country. UK 2nd largest arms exporter to SA & Co. Sort of comes under that faux empire elitist "we can fuck them, but they can't fuck us" theme. Now back to the practical and realistic...

jo6pac | May 24, 2017 9:54:28 AM | 30
O/T Ziad back after site attack.

https://syrianperspective.com/2017/05/syrper-under-attack-by-defeated-terrorist-supporters-recovers-last-rats-leave-homs-1345-vultures-leave-al-qaaboon-syrian-army-kills-isis-minister-of-war.html

Ghostship | May 24, 2017 10:09:43 AM | 31
>>>> x | May 24, 2017 8:10:25 AM | 14
Did he drop his passport ID near the scene like they always do?
No, it was his bank card that was found in his pocket. You don't go out your front door in the UK unless you have your debit or credit card with you - they've pretty much replaced cash - I withdrew £10 from my bank account in February and it's still in my wallet. So was it planted - we'll never know but I doubt it.
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How ungrateful was the bomber, the Conservative government under the previous Prime Minister, David Cameron, freed the Libyans by murdering Gaddafi and then he, the bomber, goes and does this. Theresa May must be so grateful to ISIS for claiming responsibility for this outrage so that Muslims can be blamed rather than those that were really responsble such as Obama, Clnton, Sakozy, Cameron and even Theresa May herself (under principle of collective responsibility of cabinet). If there is a conspiracy, it's just started as the coverup gets under way.
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>>>> fastfreddy | May 24, 2017 8:49:03 AM | 19
Anybody know by what method police would explode a bag of clothing?
Unlikely to be police but army. After the troubles in Ireland, the UK has a well developed system for dealing with bombs using bomb disposal specialists from the Royal Engineers

Does an nervous policeman put himself sufficiently close to a suspicious bag of clothing which may or may not contain explosives (this is unclear) to explode it?

Does the nervous policeman bring his own explosives in order to explode a bag of clothing? (This too is unclear).

Bomb disposal use robots to do this that can either place a small demolition charge or shoot the bomb with high velocity bullets (creates the necessary shock wave to detonate high explosives AFAIK). So nobody risked their life and even the robot is likely safe and sound back in its kennel.

This (controlled explosion) was a noisy and powerful-sounding explosion.

A small demolition charge fired in the open air makes a lot more noise that if it's contained. Also noise amplified by echos from surrounding buildings.

Why the hell would they explode a bag of clothing with an apparently huge explosive device?

Because they didn't know what was in it and they didn't know if it was booby-trapped or contained a remotely-detonated charge, so they use a few ounces of explosives to blow it apart and either detonate any high explosives or destroy any devices.
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>>>> fastfreddy | May 24, 2017 9:03:26 AM | 23

Here is alleged moment of the alleged real explosion. Would have had a much more terrifying impact and dramatic effect had Ariana been performing on stage at the time. She was not. Looks like people were in the process of getting seated when it occurred.
No, they were getting up to leave at the end of the concert. It appears the bomber walked into one of the foyers of the arena as people were leaving and detonated the bomb. So security procedures will have to be improved at the end of events like this.
Ghostship | May 24, 2017 10:13:52 AM | 32
>>>> Laguerre | May 24, 2017 9:13:41 AM | 25
re FF. No it was at the end as they were leaving.

Sorry for stepping on your toe.

JC | May 24, 2017 10:25:28 AM | 33
Interesting how this event pushed the "Who Killed Set Rich?" story right off the page as it was starting to get some traction, particularly after Brazille was revealed as the DNC chief making calls to get a handle on the spread.
Ghostship | May 24, 2017 10:32:17 AM | 34
>>>> E | May 24, 2017 8:01:48 AM | 13
Does this, embarrassment notwithstanding, assist the Tories? Or is Labour or the Lib-Dems "stronger" on terror, immigration etc?

It depends - if enough people join the dots back to the Conservative's involvement in regime change in Libya then maybe not - I can see the Conservative lead in the polls decreasing yet further but will it be enough to give Labour the most seats in parliament? I doubt it as the election is only two weeks away. The best that can be hoped for is that the Conservatives lose their majority in Parliament at which point it gets interesting. The whole Brexit referendum thing was to avoid a split in the Conservative Party and stop Conservative voters defecting to UKIP. The Liberals who the Conservatives will probably need to form a coalition if they only have a plurality are opposed to Brexit so will we see a Conservative-Liberal coalition? I don't think so, so that might leave a Conservative minority government with a deep fissure within and how long will that last before it splits. The Conservatives are normally very loyal to their party but it seems different with Brexit. Interesting times and anybody who claims to know what will happen at the moment is probably lying. It should be clearer in a week particularly if the Government can blame it on ISIS and, by association, Syria, Iran and Putin.

Jackrabbit | May 24, 2017 10:49:53 AM | 35
ff @19:
Why the hell would they explode a bag of clothing with an apparently huge explosive device?
Basically, the authorities are making a show of "fighting terror". Blowing things, military patrols, and vague warnings of more to come. If the bombing was related to the anniversary of the Bigby murder, then the political point has already been made. Everything else is mis-direction and distraction.
Laguerre | May 24, 2017 10:53:31 AM | 36
re Ghostship 34

The most interesting thing about these present events is that the whole charge to hard Brexit could be fucked. A small Tory majority, or a minority government, is hardly the necessary support for May's Brexit policy. Unless the Tories can win on security -- and the issues have been mentioned just above -- the Brexit movement could grind to a halt, through not receiving the electoral support May was demanding. And May is not very flexible to change tack, as Cameron would have done.

james | May 24, 2017 11:35:51 AM | 39
thanks b... looks like you're right in your twitter supposition - the guy went to syria - one more of our '''moderate syrian rebels''' born in the uk too..

but don't anyone in the west examine that connection...msm will happily avoid it too..

thanks for the many informative comments/posts.. this reads straight up to me- no need for a conspiracy theory..

@5 jfl... yeah, but being politicians - no matter what stripe,they have difficulty stating the truth.. it's too cold and unappealing generally..

Shakesvshav | May 24, 2017 11:53:31 AM | 40
The Tory "strong and stable" slogan, repeated over and over again Goebbels-style, is now widely derided and replaced with "weak and wobbly".
Pnyx | May 24, 2017 12:49:53 PM | 43
Yesterday, when was listening to so called terrorism expert explaining what to do next to confront the problem I thought the first thing to do would be to stop help this people abroad. This vulgar-Macchiavellian scheme apart from being perverse obviously does not work. So I fully agree with B.
Mina | May 24, 2017 1:07:55 PM | 44
Somebody
it seems that "the day after" the Riyadh summmit is full of excitement. Aoun was the first to say that he refused to endorse the stupid final document (Iran-bad-bad-bad), then today we had the KSA/Qatar row (see on Angry Arab) and now Sudan spitting on Egypt accusing them to help the Darfur rebels. Interesting days ahead.
Armorica | May 24, 2017 1:18:12 PM | 45
I think in order to understand what is really going on, the "terror attacks" in Europe must be analyzed within the "Gladio" frame (the „blowback" angle is wrong and misleading in my opinion).

The important point is, „Gladio" cannot be dismissed (ridiculed) as just another „conspiracy theory" because of the trials in Italy and the confessions and testimonies resulting from these procedures. See also the excellent BBC- Timewatch documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGHXjO8wHsA

Just a reminder - General Gianadelio Maletti, commander of the counter-intelligence section of the Italian military intelligence service from 1971 to 1975, testified in March 2001 (during the eighth trial regarding the 1969 Piazza Fontana bombings) that the CIA had had foreknowledge of the event. Also an Italian Senate-Commission report on the „Gladio" network, stated that "Those massacres, those bombs, those military actions had been organized, promoted or supported by men inside Italian state institutions and . by men linked to the structures of United States intelligence."

A key role within the criminal, subversive Gladio-network (sometimes referred to as a "state within a state" or a "shadow government") was played by a Masonic lodge: P2 (Propaganda Due) which served as a conduit for drug trafficking, money laundering, gun running activities of the CIA (including „Iran-Contra").

The investigation of the activities of „P2" in the 1980s revealed a conspiratorial network of leading personnel in the POLICE, the MILITARY, the economy, Politics, the mafia and the „INTELLIGENCE" AGENCIES (not to forget – important journalists were also involved).

The well-founded suspicion, that this secret, fascist „brotherhood" had harboured plans for a coup d'état (in case the „left" would join the government) and was heavily involved in the false-flag terror-attacks during the 1970s in Italy was later confirmed in the legal proceedings.

In those days they used (fabricated) Neo-Nazis, „radicalized" them against the left, trained them in „terrorist" skills and gave them the material, weapons and other logistical support they needed.

Most importantly – their crimes were instigated and covered by the very „security" forces which are supposed to protect us: the police, the interior ministry, the intelligence agencies, the military, etc. – and of course blamed on „the left" so that any coalition government with these „radicals" would be regarded as totally unacceptable.

So assuming that these fascist, covert networks still exist in some form („the deep state"), we must realize that all information we get about the alleged „terror-incidents" is distributed & controlled by the same people who are involved in their fabrication

Fast forward to 2017: 16 yrs after the „9/11" ZioCon Mega-PSYOP it should be clear that „Gladio B" (as Sibel Edmonds calls it) was a huge success: when you are planning to „transform" the Middle East into a cauldron of unspeakable violence and ethnic enclaves, without getting your hands (officially) dirty, Neo-Nazis are not the (proxy) weapon of choice.

But Wahabi-indoctrinated, jobless „losers" and criminals from impoverished Muslim countries are – thanks to the boundless generosity of POTUS Donald's new best friends: the degenerated, utterly corrupt, retrograde, tyrannical Saudis. When these brain-washed kids come out of the Madrassas, they are no longer able to think for themselves so now the CIA and other experts in „covert & special operations" take over: they train them in paramilitary skills, give them weapons and use them as barbaric proxies (and pretext to intervene) against the enemy du jour (Assad).

Ghostship | May 24, 2017 1:26:24 PM | 46
>>>> Pnyx | May 24, 2017 12:49:53 PM | 43
This vulgar-Macchiavellian scheme apart from being perverse obviously does not work.
How dare you insult Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli. He had the intellect and knowledge to understand what to do.

Clinton, probably the architect of the most recent crap has neither the intelligence nor knowledge to achieve anything but screwing up wherever she sticks her oar.

I recently came across a post on an American liberal blog about ethical storytelling which started out using the blatant propaganda of the crematorium at Sednaya as if it were the truth. In my traditional Enlightenment view, I thought this was wrong but then I realised that was just so 20th century of me - I'd failed to grasp that for American liberal interventionists like Clinton whatever they chose to do is ethical and moral because they are the new gods who must be obeyed.

Armorica | May 24, 2017 1:27:22 PM | 47
Part 2

Of course no truly religious person would murder innocent people in foreign countries, let alone chop off their heads and limbs, so (literally) empathy-killing drugs (tons of Captagon / Fenethyllin/ Amphetamines) are fed to the proxy-armies of KSA & USrael:

http://www.konbini.com/fr/tendances-2/interview-specialiste-captagon/ ( I could not access the English version)

French neuro-biologist Jean-Pol Tassin explains in the interview that Captagon prevents the self-regulation of the brain's neurotransmitter-system – with catastrophic consequences:

„The chemical reward-system in our brain signals to us, in which mental and physical state we are in (whether we have „enough" of sg or „not enough" i.e. to continue or stop eating). With Captagon the tricked system always signals „full": no fear, no pain, no hunger, no need to sleep, etc. The user of the drug gets the message „everything is perfect", even when everything is wrong. This means even death (of yourself or someone else) does not matter anymore: the most basic, moral scruples and the drive for self-preservation have been deactivated.

A feeling of invincibleness, of boundless self-confidence kicks in. There is no more pain, no more fear of death. Actions are being carried out AS IF THE PERSON WAS PROGRAMMED TO DO THEM " (MK Ultra 2.0?)

This is a much more plausible explanation for „suicide"-bombers, crazy, out of the blue knife-attacks and the horrific barbarism in Syria than religious fanaticism, which merely serves as a cover in my opinion (and to demonize Islam and Muslims of course to the great advantage of the Zionists ...).

So I don't believe a word they are saying about the „attacker" in Manchester and by the way I cannot follow your logic B: if the alleged perpetrator hated Gaddafi (was a sympathizer of LIFG) then why would he want „revenge" in Britain? It does not make any sense to me

From The Hague | May 24, 2017 1:44:35 PM | 48
Armorica #47 Of course no truly religious person would murder innocent people in foreign countries,

Obviously Armorica never heard of jihad.

somebody | May 24, 2017 2:04:02 PM | 49
Posted by: Armorica | May 24, 2017 1:27:22 PM | 47

The interview you link to explicitely says that the free will of the terrorist to do it is necessary before he takes the captagon.

Dans l'éventualité où ils auraient pris du Captagon, ils auraient perdu leur libre arbitre pendant la durée de l'attaque et de l'effet de la drogue. Mais de toute façon, ce libre arbitre, ils l'avaient avant et après les séances de préparation des attaques. Ce n'est pas une altération des cinq sens mais c'est une altération du jugement.

Libya is a hornet's nest. Renegade Libyan faction accuses Britain of nurturing Manchester terror attacker

One of Libya's most powerful armed factions has accused Britain of harbouring and supporting the terrorist group it says was behind the Manchester Arena bombing.

The Tobruk-led Libyan Government, which is not recognized by the United Nations but controls a large swathe of eastern Libya, said Manchester-born bomber Salman Abedi was part of a group that operated with the "prior knowledge and consent" of successive British governments.

In statement released on Wednesday, the government accused Britain and other Western powers of backing jihadist extremist groups in the country trying to install a government that would turn the country into an "exporter of terror."

"This cowardly attack was an imminent result of terrorist groups actions that have been operating for years in the UK, that include the Libyan Fighting Group which has been recruiting Libyan and Muslim youth in the UK and Europe and sending them to Libya and other countries to deliver terrorism and death," the Tobruk-based government said in a statement.

"The previous British government has been pressuring in every way possible the prevalence of these groups and their control of Libya, while these groups have been destroying our cities and towns in an attempt to shape Libya into an exporter of terror to the whole planet".

Salman Abedi's father, Ramadam Abedi, is believed to have been a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, a group founded in 1995 to pursue the violent overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi's military dictatorship.

The Torygraph is very much engaged in this. How come?

somebody | May 24, 2017 2:14:40 PM | 51
48
nor of the crusades and the inquisition ...

This here is CNN now .

Abedi's travel is being scrutinized because recent intelligence obtained by the US suggests that ISIS has set up an external operations wing in Libya tasked with plotting attacks in Europe. The group has already used Libyan soil to train recruits for attacks in Tunisia. Anis Amri, the Tunisian extremist who killed 14 in Berlin last December, was reportedly in communication with the group in Libya before his attack via an encryption app.

NATO just agreed to join the fight against terror without any boots.

Drumming for support of a Libyan invasion instead of Syria, again?

Armorica | May 24, 2017 2:15:31 PM | 52
"From the Hague"

obviously you did not comprehend the point I was making: the phony "Jihad"-label is being used to achieve 2 things:

1) to abuse "religion" (in this case a perverted version of Islam) as a political weapon and a cover for the real motives behind the organized violence (prevent self-determination and unification of the Arabs)

(...which has also worked extremely well for the Zionists and their original sponsors, the racist "elites" of the British Empire)

2) to ensure absolute obedience since the brain-washed crusaders / "holy warriors" (in reality the proxies of empire)must believe they are following "God's will" so all moral scruples no longer count ...

Ghostship | May 24, 2017 2:25:22 PM | 53
>>>> Armorica | May 24, 2017 1:27:22 PM | 47
So I don't believe a word they are saying about the „attacker" in Manchester and by the way I cannot follow your logic B: if the alleged perpetrator hated Gaddafi (was a sympathizer of LIFG) then why would he want „revenge" in Britain? It does not make any sense to me

Because they hate the West as much as they hated Gaddafi.

Ghostship | May 24, 2017 2:32:47 PM | 54
>>>> somebody | May 24, 2017 2:14:40 PM | 51
NATO just agreed to join the fight against terror without any boots. Drumming for support of a Libyan invasion instead of Syria, again?

Not according to AMN

"This means that the AWACS will not just do airspace surveillance but airspace management ," the AFP quoted a diplomat saying, asking not to be identified.

"They are going to coordinate the flights and direct airplanes over Syria and Iraq but only for flights which are not related to bombings."

I don't imagine the Russians will take kindly to NATO "airspace management" in Syrian airspace.

somebody | May 24, 2017 2:36:26 PM | 56
Posted by: Ghostship | May 24, 2017 2:25:22 PM | 53

I doubt that. But a lot of people are interested in that ISIS remains relevant. GLADIO did not have to invent communism. The war on terror has to produce its enemy.

Mina | May 24, 2017 2:52:43 PM | 57
'revenge' in britain has to do with dead kids under clean bombs everyday everywhere. don't ask them for any political understanding, otherwise they would not have chosen a Salman to do just what Salman did not want him to do on that precise day.
Mina | May 24, 2017 2:53:56 PM | 58
Libyan invasion because it is summer and there is going to be a rate of 1000 dead at sea per day if things go on?
dh | May 24, 2017 2:54:37 PM | 59
@54 Could the AWACS just possibly be monitoring 'de-confliction zones'?

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/russias-no-fly-zones-in-syria-arent-a-problem-says-us-air-commander/article/2624046

Mina | May 24, 2017 2:56:49 PM | 60
Interesting developments in the riff between Qatar and KSA http://angryarab.blogspot.nl/2017/05/the-director-of-official-saudi-lobby-in.html
Just Sayin' | May 24, 2017 3:34:03 PM | 61
Interesting developments in the riff between Qatar and KSA
http://angryarab.blogspot.nl/2017/05/the-director-of-official-saudi-lobby-in.html

Posted by: Mina | May 24, 2017 2:56:49 PM | 60

-------------------------

There's a rift? How could that be!! They started a war in Syria together, They want to build a pipeline togehter,

Surely there could be no rift between such close war-making friends?

Mr Angry certainly certainly wants credit for thinking so

somebody | May 24, 2017 3:44:54 PM | 62
Manchester terror attack creating a huge wave. The Guardian: Libyans in Uk warned about Manchester radicalisation for years
Members of Britain's Libyan diaspora have said they warned UK authorities for years about Islamist radicalisation taking place in Manchester, as investigations continued into Salman Abedi's contacts before the bombing in the city.

Salah Suhbi, an MP in Libya who grew up in Sheffield, said Libyans in Manchester had been warning about terrorist recruiters operating openly in the city.

"Manchester has the biggest community of Libyans in Britain and they know exactly what's happening, there's a recruitment policy, we've been warning about it for years," he said. "People have been talking about this for the past three or four years, how ruthless they [the Islamist recruiters] are. These people are recruiting from the second and third generation Libyan Brits or Arab Brits."

Britain has strong links with Libya, and the prime minister of the UN-backed Tripoli government, Fayez Sarraj, settled his family in the UK.

Casowary Gentry | May 24, 2017 3:50:02 PM | 63
@29
"practical and realistic"... What I propose is exactly that. It works for Japan.

Reagan was fond of saying to naysayers, who claimed there were no simple solutions, that there were simple solutions, just not easy ones.

It would take courage to withstand the brickbats from certain quarters, but an unsentimental view of the various dimensions of Islam would lead to the realization that Islam itself is the problem. So called radical islam is just an unavoidable aspect of Islam itself. The religion is shot through with elements that make it absolutely incompatible with civilized societies. Islam doesn't "do" pluralism and it never will. The only way people who become refugees from Islamic countries will ever be free will be when they are free from Islam and that is why we in the west should exclude it from our bodies politic.

"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.

A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome."

Winston Churchill
The River War
1899

Sam | May 24, 2017 4:11:48 PM | 64
Al-Arabiya English on the feud. It has dramatic music and shows what a joke the arab vassals are. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWSF5I4I3Lw
Win | May 24, 2017 4:16:20 PM | 65
"I have seen suggestions that the attack in Manchester was initiated by "deep state" Gladio forces to help Theresa May win the British election. That is possible -British secret services knew the culprit well- but it is unlikely in my view. May is predicted to win by a wide margin and there is no need to take the risk such a plan would inevitably entail. A blowback from supporting takfiri terrorists in foreign countries is the much more likely explanation."

The British Secret services have the ability and the resources to allow this to happen. If they knew he was a terrorist they should have kept an eye on him 24/7. They have the ability and the resources to do this. But they didn't keep him under surveillance, or maybe they did. Whatever way they allowed this bombing to happen because they could have stopped it. Perhaps even helped along the way with the radicalisation.

While May is predicted to win by a large margin, there is still the Trump and Brexit 'who would have though aye' factor. Easier to not take chances. And how the heck do you prove MI5 or 6 let it go ahead anyhow. Mainstream media would put any opposing narrative down to conspiracy theory. Secret services are more than just James Bond characters. We now need a new movie hero who depicts exactly what the OUR secret services are able to do. Not just the baddies.

Mina | May 24, 2017 4:35:13 PM | 66
Sam

It seems that ksa and egypt want a few head scalps of qataris and turkish leaders. The leaks about the libyan background and possible MB connections of the guy.. plus the massacre 3 days ago by Farraj ppl in Brak al shatti of the Haftar ppl (supported by Egypt) seems related

SlapHappy | May 24, 2017 4:36:32 PM | 67
@ Win

Watch the movie called "Clean Skin" with Sean Bean. It provides one of the best interpretations of how intelligence services foster terrorism to advance the agenda of the elite that I've ever seen in a movie. I saw it on Netflix, but I'm not sure if it's still available there.

Mina | May 24, 2017 4:48:27 PM | 69
Thinking twice i think Sam s vid is a hoax. Alarabiyya hacked too? Iranian hackers are having fun today!
Win | May 24, 2017 4:48:47 PM | 70
I forgot to add that Teresa May's slogan "strong and stable" leadership -- which she compares to Corbyn's "coalition of chaos," neatly fits into this British Secret Services 'done it' theory. Of course after this, people are fearful. So who would they turn to? You guessed it. The timing of the bombing is also another factor. And apparently she isn't doing as well as she thought she would. The Guardian for some strange reason is now allowing positive articles about Corbyn. Could it be they now think he is not a threat?

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/22/europe/uk-pm-theresa-may-interview/index.html

aaaa | May 24, 2017 4:51:31 PM | 71
@67 but that's fake melodrama and probably stole most of its information from sites like this
From The Hague | May 24, 2017 5:28:24 PM | 73
And Churchill in 1921 knew that murdering innocent people is central to Wahabis
They hold it as an article of duty, as well as of faith, to kill all who do not share their opinions and to make slaves of their wives and children. Women have been put to death in Wahabi villages for simply appearing in the streets.

http://www.danielpipes.org/comments/47480

somebody | May 24, 2017 5:35:21 PM | 75
It has shaken up the elections for sure but not for Theresa May.

Daily Telegraph Security services missed five opportunities to stop the Manchester bomber

May was home secretary then. It is not just the chancellor who will get elected but parliament, too.

From the Telegraph

The general election will resume with Ukip's general election manifesto launch today
Jen | May 24, 2017 5:48:09 PM | 77
Furthermore Wahhabism, the religion of choice of the Saudi royal family (whose founder Ibn Saud was sponsored by the British themselves, to break Ottoman control of the eastern Mediterranean and Iraq), is not Islam.

Who would say Opus Dei is Roman Catholicism, or that Hindutva is Hinduism?

Churchill also advocated for the use of mustard gas against people in Iraq for daring to want their own independent state. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article999.htm

Also quoting Daniel Pipes, a known supporter of regime change in the Middle East, does not do much for a commenter's reputation at this MoA bar.

somebody | May 24, 2017 5:49:48 PM | 78
Mark Curtis:The British establishment is putting our lives at risk
Theresa May's government, as previous governments, have endangered the British public by the relationship they choose to have with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states. In recent months, May has signed up Britain to a new generation of special relationships with these states, based on selling more arms and providing more training of their militaries and security forces to keep the ruling families in power. All this has been done on the quiet, with scant government or media reporting. We are set for another generation of domestic tyranny in Gulf and foreign Islamist adventures, all now helped by raising the enemy of 'Iran' – a foreign policy agenda being set by Riyadh and recently helped by President Trump's preposterous invocation of Iran as the major sponsor of terrorism in the Middle East.

We are in serious trouble unless this all changes. Our leaders' policies are endangering us, and are among our major threats. The terrorism that we, ordinary people, face, derives from an ideology and infrastructure to which our leaders, claiming to protect us, have contributed. We desperately need another foreign policy entirely, one based on support for those promoting democracy and human rights – rather on than those with contempt for them.

Debsisdead | May 24, 2017 5:51:43 PM | 79
I also doubt that the May gang were in on the bombing - there is just too much of a risk and the fact that it occurred within a day of the poll shift is a big stretch - that anyone especially the incompetent leak ridden englander intelligence services could get such an op up and running in the space of a couple of days just doesn't ring true.

That said, May is exploiting the bombing for all it's worth - relying on set pieces of her being shown acting 'in control' cranking up the threat level to the highest it has been in years and filling the streets with armed soldiers.

My Corbyn will be lucky to get a look in for the next few weeks & by that time it will be over. The Sun/Mail readers don't listen to statistics they live off the tasty bite sized chunks of bullshit they are fed and we can expect that the lie Mr Corbyn is a friend of terrorists will be snarked into every available situation.

I'm sure he won't give up he's not a quitter but unless something really untoward surfaces, it is all over - he's been done like a kipper.

He will do better than any of his neoliberal Labour Party predecessors (Brown, Milliband et al) but the media right across the narrow political spectrum of english fishwraps will announce he is a failure & try to convince the party to purge him.

From The Hague | May 24, 2017 5:53:12 PM | 80
Jen #77
Know nothing about Daniel Pipes. I just sought the first link for that Churchill-quote. But Wahhabism is not Islam? Tell them. (and give them a GOOD link, that will impress them!)
Alain | May 24, 2017 6:01:03 PM | 81
http://www.voltairenet.org/article196454.html Very interesting article (unfortunatly in french, should be translated shortly by site's staff) that gives a very plausible backgrounder on the Manchester attacker. In short the guy has been a western intelligence asset for a long time, was probably not a muslim radical willing to die to blow up teenagers and is likely to have been remote detonated by his handlers which incidentally allowed them to get rid of someone who probably knew to much.

The operator of this website is known for his connections in the intelligence community. He does not explain how he came across this information.

Peter AU | May 24, 2017 6:25:22 PM | 82
It is doubtful the Manchester attack had anything to do with local UK politics. Very likely aimed at boosting NATO into the anti Syria (ISIS) coalition.
From The Hague | May 24, 2017 6:51:45 PM | 85
Jen #77 follow-up

We are waiting.

Does this link suit you?

Do not fall victim to the false propaganda that Wahhabism doesn't represent Islam. It so does. Wahhabis don't refer to themselves as such. They call themselves Muslims. Abdul-wahhab, "founder" of Wahhabism, didn't come up with his own rules. Rather, he called to monotheism and skipping "schools of thoughts" by going directly to the Hadith and Quran. In other words, it's pure Islam. Barebones Islam. Puritan Islam. Doesn't get more "Islam" than this.
https://www.reddit.com/r/exmuslim/comments/2nio9e/the_wahhabism_is_not_real_islam_fallacy_im_sorry/
Sam | May 24, 2017 7:09:57 PM | 88
@85 From The Hague

Reddit?

You are dead right, that is why the name Saudi Arabia was created by a British Officer. The purest form of Islam is one where it was a vassalage to Britain then the USA. The purest form, were the Othmanic empire and all its neighbours denounced them, and then ended up killing the leader at the time with their first uprising. The last time, the British made sure they became a success.

For a pure form, it sure likes to enslave it self to the USA. Only thing that has kept the USA afloat has been the petrodollar. If it wasn't for that, it would have collapsed a long time ago.

Giap | May 24, 2017 7:35:52 PM | 90
'We came, we conquered, he died' - are you laughing now bitch? Blood all over Cammerons, Sakozy and your hands.
Pft | May 24, 2017 7:36:54 PM | 91
Before every election in Europe in recent years there is a terror attack that helps the war party get elected. Its false flags going viral. You can blame it on ISIS and may be right since guess who created funds snd arms ISIS. Partners.
jfl | May 24, 2017 7:48:11 PM | 92
@78 somebody

that's the kind of thing that ought to be getting traction now. i saw that corbyn has instead 'united' with may in the battle of britain, or some such nonsense? if that's the case not much will change in britain. the 'socialists' of britain will get 'berned' just as were the youngsters supporting sanders in the usofa. talk of ending 'the wars' is verboten.

falcemartello | May 24, 2017 7:58:43 PM | 93
Yesterdays news gets wrapped in todays fish. Terry Meyseein at voltairenet blew the whole charade and the anglo-zionist plot to destabilise Syria having Libya as its spear head.

It is amazing the dystopic dissonance that we in the west are living in. I still think it is a bit of both Gladio B and C. Western governments can no longer formulate the narrative in a way that the sheeple might follow them. The west has entered that critical 16 percent of cynicism. The tipping point. Israel,western exceptionalism and modern capitalism are all being challenged. No one expected a leader like Putin and a country like Iran to have such powerful deterrence to the cabalist plan of global governance.

May regime has a large lead but it appears the grass roots sector of the UK population are not buying their hollow rhetoric . Meanwhile Crobyn, SNP, and the Lib Democrats are revealing the cracks in the tories politics. Hence this recent attack like the one in Paris before the Macron charade had its place. Being the cynic I am I think it is all part of the deception that we ion the west have been going thru since 9/11.

Great work Moon of Alabama along with Voltaire Net are by far the best sites with regards to geopolitics.

Ghostship | May 24, 2017 8:07:44 PM | 95
>>>> From The Hague | May 24, 2017 5:28:24 PM | 73
And Churchill in 1921 knew that murdering innocent people is central to Wahabis

Didn't stop him doing deals with the Saudis.

Debsisdead | May 24, 2017 8:08:02 PM | 96
Well I fired Alain's link at #81 through google translate (I know ) here is the result

I have no way of determining the veracity of the author, but if true and this does leak into the UK, Teresa is in more shit than a Mangere duck as they say in Aotearoa.

It seems the patsy/perp's dad is an MI6 employee who once worked for the colonel in Intelligence until the brits persuaded him to attempt an assassination of the Colonel back in 1992. The englanders got him out and he has been the go to man for investigating Libyan connections to AQ & ISIS ever since. Lately he has been based in Libya where he has most likely been the point of contact between england and the UN backed universally despised in Libya, unelected 'government'.

No wonder the englaander media has been whining about amerikan and french 'leaks' of the information they have shared. The amerikan stuff which has mostly been photos of blood stained bomb parts has been reprinted in the englander press. Last time I looked the French stuff was condemed but not repeated.

Form your own opinions but it seems something is up even if this is just France's appreciation of brexit. That would indicate the truth of the subject.

Remember too that it was Libya who Churchill concentrated most of his military resources at the time when England itself was under siege and expecting a German invasion. Libya has been the target of the greedy eurotrash of england, france, germany & italy since the invention of the automobile.

Petri Krohn | May 24, 2017 8:34:49 PM | 98
SAVED FROM THE MEMORY HOLE:
The teenage Libyan rebel from Manchester - 11 June 2011

He's a 19-year-old college student. He was raised in Britain. But his father is Libyan and is in Tripoli now. To protect them both, we're not showing his face or giving his name. But we have an exclusive video which shows his training with a unit of the rebel army called the Tripoli Brigade. His training – in Benghazi – took two months.

Briefly back home to sit his exams – and to see his mother – he told me there were other rebel recruits from Manchester – and the west.

"We were training on how to to use the guns and weaponry and big anti-aircraft guns, so hopefully when I do return I'll be sent to the front line with my brothers," he told me.

Actually the Channel 4 article is yet another collection of half-truths, factoids , and lies: 1) It makes it sound like Libyans in Manchester were the victims of Gaddafi's aggression. 2) The reporter does not even ask, if the British government or the Secret Services are supporting these "rebels".

It is still interesting though. This is why The Powers That Be have the Memory Hole. The official narrative changes. If proles were allowed to compare the old and new narrative or pieces of them side by side, they would notice it is all lies.

Martin | May 24, 2017 8:39:56 PM | 99
@80 from the hague
Know nothing about anything after reading your posts
Ghostship | May 24, 2017 8:46:55 PM | 100
From The Hague | May 24, 2017 6:51:45 PM | 85
Does this link suit you?
What, to so no-name blogger on Reddit?
Do not fall victim to the false propaganda that Wahhabism doesn't represent Islam. It so does.
That is like saying the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Wahhabiyyah is not even recognised as one of the eight schools of Islam. Instead it's a cult/sect of Islamic Fundamentalists that has aligned itself with the al Saud family. That they're Muslims doesn't mean they're representative of any of the schools of Islam except for morons like you.
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[May 24, 2017] Manchester Bomber Was Product of West's Libya-Syria Intervention by Daniel McAdams

www.theamericanconservative.com

Here's what the media and politicians don't want you to know about the Manchester, UK, suicide attack: Salman Abedi, the 22 year old who killed nearly two dozen concert-goers in Manchester, UK, was the product of the US and UK overthrow of Gaddafi in Libya and "regime change" policy in Syria. He was a radicalized Libyan whose family fled Gaddafi's secular Libya, and later he trained to be an armed "rebel" in Syria, fighting for the US and UK "regime change" policy toward the secular Assad government.

The suicide attacker was the direct product of US and UK interventions in the greater Middle East.

According to the London Telegraph, Abedi, a son of Libyan immigrants living in a radicalized Muslim neighborhood in Manchester had returned to Libya several times after the overthrow of Muamar Gaddafi, most recently just weeks ago. After the US/UK and allied "liberation" of Libya, all manner of previously outlawed and fiercely suppressed radical jihadist groups suddenly found they had free rein to operate in Libya. This is the Libya that Abedi returned to and where he likely prepared for his suicide attack on pop concert attendees. Before the US-led attack on Libya in 2011, there was no al-Qaeda, ISIS, or any other related terrorist organization operating (at least with impunity) on Libyan soil.

Gaddafi himself warned Europe in January 2011 that if they overthrew his government the result would be radical Islamist attacks on Europe, but European governments paid no heed to the warnings. Post-Gaddafi Libya became an incubator of Islamist terrorists and terrorism, including prime recruiting ground for extremists to fight jihad in Syria against the also-secular Bashar Assad.

In Salman Abedi we have the convergence of both these disastrous US/UK and allied interventions, however: it turns out that not only did Abedi make trips to Libya to radicalize and train for terror, but he also travelled to Syria to become one of the "Syria rebels" fighting on the same side as the US and UK to overthrow the Assad government. Was he perhaps even trained in a CIA program? We don't know, but it certainly is possible.

While the mainstream media and opportunistic politicians will argue that the only solution is more western intervention in the Middle East, the plain truth is that at least partial responsibility for this attack lies at the feet of those who pushed and pursued western intervention in Libya and Syria.

There would have been no jihadist training camps in Libya had Gaddafi not been overthrown by the US/UK and allies. There would have been no explosion of ISIS or al-Qaeda in Syria had it not been for the US/UK and allied policy of "regime change" in that country.

When thinking about Abedi's guilt for this heinous act of murder, do not forget those interventionists who lit the fuse that started this conflagration. The guilt rests squarely on their shoulders as well.

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[Jan 20, 2015] Charlie Hebdo and Fredou Who's awake, who's still in bed

So much so interesting. Almost as interesting is the lack of interest in the Western media at this added tragedy in the Charlie Hebdo "affair", a lack of interest one reporter summed up as a "mainstream news blackout" - and so the ready focus of another conspiracy theory.
Asia Times

On Thursday, January 8, France 3, the second-largest French public TV channel, reported the death that morning of a police commissioner who had been investigating the January 7 attack on the French weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The commissioner, Helric Fredou, 45, was found dead in his office in Limoges, the administrative capital of the Limousin region in west-central France, at about 1 a.m., having apparently taken his own life with his service gun. He reportedly met earlier with the family of a victim of the Charlie Hebdo attack and died before completing a report that he had been compiling.

So much so interesting. Almost as interesting is the lack of interest in the Western media at this added tragedy in the Charlie Hebdo "affair", a lack of interest one reporter summed up as a "mainstream news blackout" - and so the ready focus of another conspiracy theory.

The counterpoint in those early reports that did surface was that he had suffered from depression and experienced burn-out. His death so soon after taking on a role in investigating the French equivalent of "9/11" was, apparently just coincidence, or the consequence of an added heavy burden that was just too much to take. Even so, the delay in, or near absence of, English-language media coverage is curious at best.

So a news blackout? Or just lazy journalism? And where best, then, to get breaking news - the West's leading news outlets (CNN, Fox, New York Times, the Guardian etc etc etc), or obscure outlets elsewhere that at least are awake, and not still in bed -- literally or metaphorically? Here's a timeline to help you decide.

By then, questions were being asked about this absence of big-media reporting on what might be an important story of great public interest - or might not be, but with next-to-no mainstream reporting, who could tell? Global Research was asking on January 11.

If some people want to argue that these are small sites given to sometimes questionable stories, in this case there was little reason to question their source - France 3 - or the key facts.

Yet it was not until January 12, that the British press started to wake up, the Mirror reporting just after midday, followed 3 hours later by the Daily Mail.

Dragging its feet, also on Monday (7:37 p.m.), the UK's Daily Telegraph gave its account of an event now more than 4 days old that took place only a few hours train ride away from the Telegraph's London office, and considerably less than that from the newspaper's Paris office.

(Journalists will love the ambiguous urgency in the Telegraph's opening use of "it has emerged" - "A high-ranking judicial police chief in Limoges committed suicide last Wednesday hours after being asked to file a report on the Charlie Hebdo killings, it has emerged." In other words, we were asleep (or worse) - but hey, we're getting there.)

It was not until Tuesday, January 13, that the US press woke up, in the shape of the Washington Times - and by now it had absolutely no doubt about what line to take in its headline - "Helric Fredou, French police chief, kills himself amid pressure of Paris terror".

Writing this on January 15, there are now numerous stories in the non-English language press, but search on Google and it appears there is absolutely no coverage of this, if not strange then certainly worth a second look, death: not on CNN, not on the New York Times, not in the Washington Post, not in the Guardian, etc etc etc. (An article published by the Ron Paul Institute on January 14 that includes a reference to the police commissioner's death has attracted some criticism for raising similar and more wide-reaching questions.)

We do not need a conspiracy theory (a confirmed autopsy report would be a start though). But we could do with some reporting. After all, a large part of the reaction to the Charlie Hebdo massacre concerned press freedom - and press freedom requires reporting in the first place.

The absence of reporting on the death of a senior police officer, Helric Fredou, involved in some way in the investigation of the Charlie Hebdo massacre that took place barely 24 hours earlier, can too easily mean the absence of freedom - or in this case, raise the question of who is awake to important events, and who is in bed, and if in bed, then with whom.

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[Jan 19, 2015] The main purpose of pro-Charlie rallies might be to neutralize the laws and create condition for attacking yet another Islamic country

"Ye are my witnesses, saith Jehovah, and my servant whom I have chosen"
Summarizing, the financial oligarchy of this world using slaves in MSM (they are no longer bought or corrupted -- there is not need to corrupt slaves), brainwash people, conditioning them as a sort of "Witnesses democracy" which are not that far from Jehovah's Witnesses. Then they push them out at rallies and demonstrations. This is done with one global purpose -- to break the law. You can't just attack another state without MSM air support, or organized an anti-constitutional coup in another county. This is banned by law. But power that be don't give a damn for the laws of the land.

MSM without any trial, on the basis of just rumors and gossip, based on the opinions of witnesses, etc., designate the perpetrators. "Witnesses of democracy" who greatly resemble Jehovah's of Witnesses attend demonstrations. Mass hysteria creates conditions under which the laws can be simply ignored and replaced by "will of the people", or in plain speak "rule of the mob".

In a multipolar world such a political vendetta from one pole of power was resisted by the reaction of other poles, which could, and often announced in response the war. But who today would dare to counter the USA?

Europe, I am sure, now regrets that the USSR was destroyed. When was the USSR, it rolled around like cheese in butter, because it was vital for the USA as a geopolitical ally. Now EU became a powerless geopolitical vassal, who is not asked, but ordered what to do.

[Jan 19, 2015] Some observations about so called "the war with terror" by Tatyana Volkov

An interesting hypothesis about "war on terror" as "perpetual war for perpetual peace" which masks the desire of the US elite to preserve world hegemony. The author considers Islamic fundamenlism is pretty sharp geopolitical tool, which was further sharpened for specific goals -- maintaining the US hegemony as modern variant of classic "divide and conquer" strategy...
January 19, 2015 | matveychev-oleg.livejournal.com

One can be really bored in this world, gentlemen! When you switch on Internet news site, TV or radio, I bet you see a heated debate as for on which persons you can or cannot draw cartoons. I am now afraid to turn on the iron, as it might start teaching me that same topic. We are lucky that cunning rich uncles did not hire stupid little gang from French ghetto to shoot people in swimming pool protecting again women nudity.

If we are to adhere strict canons of political correctness I should stop such an unfair toward French democracy speech and to express condolences to the victims. I would like temporarily refrain from this politically correct act. Anyway, our ideological prison guardians themselves did not expressed condolences, for example, for a far greater number of victims of the last attach of "Boko Haram" sect, which coincided with the Charlie Hebdo events in France. There were no national marches and head of EU states never fly to the capital.

Charlie Hebdo story raises many questions. We can begin from with the question about the police Commissioner Helric Fredou, who was investigating the terrorist attack in the edition of Charlie Hebdo. Did he really was shot himself dead from his own pistol?. Ruled to be suicide... As Russian joke about similar cases -- the victim in bout of depression shoot himself twice in the head. But I will refrain from trying to investigate this strange coincidence further. Instead let's try to understand who is pulling the strings of so called Islamic terror, who is responsible for it, and how to deal with this phenomenon.

As I already told you as so scares about another lecture about who should and who should not be depicted on cartoons, that I am afraid to switch on an iron. And probably not without a reason. Terror cannot be regarded as an independent phenomenon, it is just a military strategy. Asymmetrical warfare. One of the methods of destabilization of the enemy. Look who's in who the modern world, in who the main players sees as the main enemy.

It is no secret that the United States are trying to fight off any threat to their world hegemony. Russia is gradually restoring its geopolitical power, China is steadily increasing its. In this sense the main propagandist argument about astronomical military budget in contemporary USA as a sign of military hegemony is probably as much a sign of weakness. Namely, it is an indicator of the level of corruption within the US government. For example, the system of standards of the U.S. Department of defense has long been adopted by Military industrial complex as an excuse for sucking money out of the US budget. The same towel, the same hook or button for pants can have markup from 30% to 3000% and there were cases when a 30 cents item was delivered to the army for $3, $30, or even $300 with the help of magic spells "MIL-STD" or "MIL-SPEC".

Also the crisis of the USA political system (aka neoliberalism) can already be seen with the naked eye. One of the latest examples. After the financial crisis of 2008 in an attempt to prevent new - by reducing the risk of the weakest places in the US financial system Wall Street was put again into some brackets of regulation. Since then, Republicans and Democrats are allied with Will street banksters and are fighting for the elimination of the most important protections introduced, such as Volker Rule, and the return of the country in the days of the Wild West. And on this subject 35 representatives from his own party voted against President Obama.

I admit that one or two could have been convinced to vote this way by promise of some tangible incentives. The rest of those "democrats", as well as significant portion of Republicans, were simply put in Congress by financial oligarchy. A similar picture can be seen and in the judiciary, particularly the Supreme Court.

From an economic point of view the USA, even if assume that it remain still an economic leader, it is also the leader in the art of the manipulation of statistics. And by how much they're really ahead of a EU and China is an interesting question. While in Russia politicians argue about which alliance would be most beneficial for Russia -- with EU or with Asian countries such as China, out US partners do no see much difference between both. For them both EU and China are mortal economic enemies that should be subdued. And that's why they nightmares about United Eurasia.

The outsider may be a naive question. Why not accept the third place and relax. What prevents this is famous American exeptionalism. We are No.1 mentality. National idea. The United States should be a leader - or not to be at all. Ceteris paribus, the abandonment of our leadership impossible. Belly button comes undone. And here comes the saving formula "Competitors should be eliminated."

It is possible of cause to eliminate them physically in veritable Chicago mafia bosses tradition, but the problem is nobody will survive in this case. Let's just say that this super bright idea is not work. So the only method that remains is destabilization. Create a big problem for them so that it became a focus of their decision making. But creating problems on a completely empty place is too expensive and time-consuming task. Religious fundamentalism in this sense is a very handy tool. In the history of mankind there were multiple instances of deadly wars for minor religious differences, especially in Europe. There were probably no more senseless and more devastating wars in history that those which were fight about the fundamental question similar to how many angels can fit on the end of the needle.

This method was traditionally one of the most prominent tools in the Arsenal of American foreign politics. Even in the quietest China, the State Department always finds someone to support. Such as Muslim Uighurs, a certain sect of "democracy witnesses", Christian converts, or even the Dalai Lama. True, China, taking into account local specifics to destabilize difficult. But after some initial success of destabilization usually come a lot of identically dressed Chinese with bamboo sticks, and beat heels of those who dressed differently with these sticks. Anyway, that's how I had imagined this in my childhood. However, Americans can occasionally cause considerable anxiety, even the Beijing rulers.

The United States became an important world power after the Second World War. In particular, because they managed to oust Britain from oil-rich regions inhabited by Muslims. Until this time it was the UK which polished and played this trick of divide and conquer using religious differences to perfection. Initially this policy was carried out openly. In Palestine, for example, the organizer of the Jewish pogroms, later ally of Adolf Hitler, the mufti of Jerusalem Hajj Amin al-Husaini at the end of the war continued the same activities, openly working for the USA.

Each ideology and religion has its fundamentalists. Modern stronghold of Protestant and sectarian fundamentalism is the United States. In Islam such people are an insignificant minority, but in the rich "black gold" regions of American fores not have other means to assert its influence, and they began the painstaking cultivation and financing of extremist preachers.

When carefully planted the shoots take root, the Americans carefully weeded weeds. Alternative trends, eespaially panarabism, is inexorably eliminated with the help of special operations and direct military intervention for the sake of creating a power vacuum, so that the place could take the Muslim brotherhood and other Islamic fundamentalists. The American war against pan-Arabism and other regional varieties of socialism partially coincided and intertwined with the cold war against Soviet influence, but continued after the collapse of the USSR.

Suffice it to recall the actions of the USA in relation to absolutely nothing preventing America, Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, Hosni Mubarak. They were removed or illed, as it was done with Gamal Abdel Nasser and others, with the only purpose to make space for the Islamists. Assad has survived and continues to fight for the survival of his secular society. Egypt was saved by the army, but efforts continue. After the end of the forties of last century this policy consistently pursued without exception, by all American administrations. The only U.S. allies in the region - fundamentalist regimes of the Arabian Peninsula, which more or less openly sponsoring terrorism, were spared from regime change efforts.

At the present time, in connection with the gradual withdrawal of Western Europe from the fairway American leadership, the acute desire to destabilize the continent is fermenting in the minds of Washington leaders. Ghost of Eurasian unity is a powerful stimulus and the are depermine to transfere the "Holy war" on the European continent. This will allow US to strengthen and accelerate the processes that are known as the the "war on terror" or "permanent war for permanent peace" with GB as "airstrip 5".

The parallel to those efforts a lot of hard work is done on the fueling hatred of Muslims in the rest of the world. People like Mikhail Borisovich Khodorkovsky and some Islamic theologians and possibly do not realize in which game they are pawns, but only Allah knows for sure. Those stooges on lower levels of hierarchy just feel the profitable trend, or stream their nonsense for profit and out of a sense of solidarity with like-minded neoliberals. Greater efforts are also directrf toward tormenting sectarian strife within the Muslim world.

The net result of all this activity, at least according to American strategists, are inevitable terrorist acts, which will help to destabilize countries in Europe and Asia, which will give US the reasons and occasions to expand its political and military influence.

In the lower cells, at the level of the performers, and even at the average level of the terrorist hierarchy, of course, have no idea about the essence of what is happening. It's enough for Americans enough to stir the shit, only from time to time, tossing it into the fan. Modern technology allow triggering the actions of a particular cell on a particular occasion without any trace to puppetries, and local investigators there is no way to trace the chain to whose who instigated it. I might have an occasion to desribe how this is done later.

But this point the steps are very rarely needed. to sunk the boat it is enough to rock is so violently that it get water and it does not mater on which side those who rock it sit. It is perseverance that matter. For more than half a century Americans continually cultivate Islamic fundamentalism to lead the fight against inevitable challengers of their hegemony. With the USSR they achieved spectacular success bogging them in Afghanistan.

According to media reports in the Paris incident al-Qaeda already claimed responsibility. Let's remember that officially (though not very publicly, although it is an open secret) organization was created by the USA to fight against the Soviet troops in Afghanistan. When these structures grow up they let them float freely. Please note that the head of now trendy organization "Islamic state" was also a person trained and directed by Americans.

It does not matter, do these people subjectively to work for US, or now they are driven by genuine hatred of this country. the only thing that is important that they do their work: destabilizing other countries and continually provide Americans pretexts for interfering in the affairs of others.

Similarly the specific technology used in each specific attack does not matter much as well. Consumables pawns from the French ghetto can be hired through intermediaries, and if DCRI are not able to accompished wqhat is whated they can be just given them as sacrificil lamps, with stren waringing about their departure from joint participation in the "war on terror" under the strict guidance of uncle Sam. Another variant is just allow them to "rock the boat". When they shed enough blood, the frogs themselves come crawling for help.

Yes, I promised to explain how to fight the islamic terrost. The first thing is to understand where the roots of Islamic fundamentalism, and accordingly, the Islamist terror, reside. And the main thing - not to yield to the provocations.

Liberal commentators claim that we are talking about the war of civilizations. My disagreements with them purely stylistic, rather, terminology. Human civilization, including Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, atheists and all others, would deserve to be called civilization only if they cease to be easy targets of such "divide and conque? provocations. But is it an overkillnot to call civilization the US ruling elite ?

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Reza Khadem · Houston, Texas

Je Suis ... -- These are monsters created by the Western powers with the help of Saudis, Pakistanis, Egyptian military, and Israeli Mossad. They have served the interests of Western Powers in many different ways, and continue to do so.
1. They have helped the collapse of the Soviets.

2. They took over the leadership of the Iranian revolution to create a fascist Islamic regime instead of a secular (or even socialist) one, which could have been a disaster for the interests of the western economy in the region; they had overthrown one in the 1950's!

3. They weakened the Palestinian unity by the fact that Israelis strengthened fundamentalist Hamas.

4. They are fighting the secular government of Assad (a proxy war with Russia), which resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands.

5. They provide a "safe" leadership for any resistance from the poor in the Muslim countries. What I mean by safe is that these fundamentalist leaders even if they are put in power will not lead the poor to any fundamental changes in the economic system, and as shown in Egypt, they will make things worst; just give them 40 wives and Sharia law they would be happy.

6. Western powers have no problem with medieval dark places like Saudi Arabia, and they don't have any problem with these monsters killing the "right" people, for example dozens getting killed by these monsters in the middle east DAILY! They just don't want them to turn against the master!

7. They function as a means to control millions of immigrants, mainly from Muslim countries, who have come to Europe, and live mainly in poor neighborhoods and work low paying jobs.

8. They are also used to make western societies more tolerant of living under the "watchful" eyes of the state; this helps to calm things down as the standard of living is under attack for the capitalist system is forced to be more efficient in the face of fierce competition and crisis.

In the case of Boston bombing, Russians had warned the Americans, but of course those monsters were supposed to kill Russians not Americans!

Or, recently in the case of the shooting in Australia, Iranians had warned the Australians about the crazy guy, but wait Iranians are among the "right" people!

In conclusion, the barbaric fundamentalist Islamists are the creation of Western powers, and play a fundamental role in keeping the chaotic capitalist ball rolling. Nowadays, all governments in the world call any resistance against them Islamist terrorism, whether it has any basis in reality does not matter. The point is that the only hope kept alive and promoted as a serious anti-system resistance, especially in the Muslim countries but not limited to that, is the Islamist Fundamentalism. The main direct supporters of these monsters are Saudis, Pakistanis, partially Iranians, and of course indirectly, CIA, MI5, Mossad, etc. When I was in Iran in the 70's the first time I heard the name of the future Islamist fascist leader Khomeini was from the Persian service of BBC radio!
Not taking into account millions killed directly by the Western powers themselves!
…Charlie, Ahmed, and 100's of 1000's more!

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There was a report that one of the witnesses said that one of the attackers had BLUE eyes. Can't remember who posted that. Does anyone else have any links?

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Michael Bond · Top Commenter · Works at Orbis Non Sufficit

Je suis Charlie ? "Only cowards or traitors turn down membership in the Charlie club. The demand to join, endorse, agree is all about crowding us into a herd where no one is permitted to cavil or condemn: an indifferent mob, where differing from one another is Thought-Crime, while indifference to the pain of others beyond the pale is compulsory''… .https://mpbondblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/3296/

[Jan 18, 2015] Saudi Muslim leader organising 'legal action against Charlie Hebdo' over Mohamed cartoons

Jan 18, 2015 | The Independent

The Saudi Arabia-based Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is planning to sue the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo following its publication of a front cover depicting the Prophet Mohamed.

It comes as demonstrations against the controversial image on last week's "survivor" issue turned violent in Niger, Pakistan and Algeria, while the Iranian authorities banned a daily newspaper for a front-page headline allegedly offering Charlie Hebdo its support.

In Saudi Arabia, the former culture minister and now head of the Jeddah-based OIC condemned the new edition of Charlie Hebdo as "an idiotic step that requires necessary legal measures".

Iyad Madani told a Saudi newspaper: "OIC is studying Europe and French laws and other available procedures to be able to take legal action against Charlie Hebdo.

"If French laws allow us to take legal procedures against Charlie Hebdo, OIC will not hesitate to prosecute the French magazine."

On his personal Twitter feed, Madani added: "These cartoons have hurt the sentiments of Muslims across the world.

"Freedom of speech must not become a hate speech and must not offend others. No sane person, irrespective of doctrine, religion or faith, accepts his beliefs being ridiculed," he said.

[Jan 18, 2015] Paris attacks Jean-Marie Le Pen says French terror attacks were work of Western intelligence

Jan 18, 2015 | The Independent

The Charlie Hebdo massacre may have been the work of an "intelligence agency", working with the connivance of French authorities, according to Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of the far right Front National.

In an interview with a virulently anti-Western Russian newspaper, Mr Le Pen, 86, gave credence to conspiracy theories circulating on the internet suggesting that the attack was the work of American or Israeli agents seeking to foment a civil war between Islam and the West.

His comments – only partially retracted in an interview with the French newspaper Le Monde today – provoked outrage amongst French politicians. They will also infuriate Marine Le Pen, his daughter, and successor as leader of the FN, who has been trying to distance the party from her father's extreme and provocative remarks.

Mr Le Pen stood down as FN leader three years ago but remains President-for-life. He made the comments in an interview with Komsomolskaïa Pravda , a newspaper which had already blamed the United States for the terrorist mayhem in France.

"The shooting at Charlie Hebdo resembles a secret service operation but we have no proof of that," the newspaper quoted Mr Le Pen as saying. "I don't think it was organised by the French authorities but they permitted this crime to be committed. That, for the moment, is just a supposition."

To justify his comments, Mr Le Pen pointed to the fact that one of the Kouachi brothers, who carried out the Charlie Hebdo massacre, left his identity card in a crashed getaway car. He compared this to the "miraculous fact" – beloved by conspiracy theorists – that one of the passports of the 9/11 hijackers was found on the ground in New York after two planes collided with the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in 2001.

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Conspiracy theories of the kind espoused by the elder Le Pen sprang up on the internet within hours of the Charlie Hebdo attacks. They have been repeated in recent days by some – not all - young Muslims in France, torn between identifying with the Kouachi brothers and insisting that they were stooges of the French authorities, Washington and Israel.

The French "pope of conspiracy theories", Thierry Meyssan, now based in Damascus, insisted that the Charlie Hebdo massacres were "ordered by US neo-cons and liberal hawks". An American conspiracy site, McLatchy, has claimed that the Kouachi brothers were working for French intelligence.

[Jan 18, 2015] 'False Flags,' Charlie Hebdo, and Martin Luther King By Philip Jenkins

January 16, 2015 | The American Conservative

Seeking to explain recent terror attacks in France, conspiracy theorists have resorted to very familiar culprits: the Jews did it, specifically the mystical supermen of Israel's Mossad. Such a theory is stupid and scurrilous, as well as on so many grounds self-evidently incorrect. That said, the Paris terror spree does raise significant questions about how we assign responsibility for terror attacks and what we can and can't know by looking at the foot soldiers who carry out the deeds. Nor are debates over false claims and attributions wholly foreign to American history.

The most likely reconstruction of the Charlie Hebdo attack places primary blame on the Yemen-based al-Qaeda affiliate, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Al-Qaeda wanted to carry out a spectacular in order to distract attention from the enormous successes enjoyed recently by its upstart rival, ISIS, in Iraq and Syria. Only thus, thought al-Qaeda leaders, could the group recapture some of its old momentum and credibility. Accordingly, two of the militants involved made a point of yelling their support for AQAP in the streets they had turned into a battleground. Their accomplice, though, who stormed a kosher market, was so far from understanding the wider agenda that he publicly proclaimed his own fealty… to the ISIS Caliphate. Oops.

In itself, the gulf between generals and foot soldiers is not hard to grasp. Even in regular armies, ordinary privates rarely have much sense of the broad strategic goals motivating their campaigns, although at least they can be sure about which nation they are actually serving. Such certainty is a luxury in terrorist conflicts, where individual cells and columns might find themselves contracting for a bewildering variety of paymasters.

This degree of disconnect can be potentially useful for anyone seeking to manipulate a cause. A group can recruit uninformed militants as muscle to undertake a particular attack, which can serve wider goals utterly beyond the comprehension of those rank-and-file thugs. This might mean discrediting some other rival cause or else achieving a desired goal without suffering any direct stigma for committing the deed.

Such pseudonymous actions thus offer deniability.

[Jan 18, 2015] France's War Against ISIS Could Create Homegrown Terrorists, Experts Say

As the people of France digest the terror attacks that killed 17 people last week, the country's military is preparing the Charles de Gaulle nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to conduct strikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq. However, France's decision to continue its involvement in U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, which Prime Minister Manuel Valls said was part of France's war with "terrorism, jihadism and radical Islamism" during a speech Tuesday, arrives with the possibility that it could radicalize more Muslims in the country and spawn further homegrown attacks, suggests an expert on the matter.

According to Max Abrahms, a professor at Northeastern University whose work has been published in dozens of scholarly journal articles regarding terrorism, previous attempts by Western governments to stomp out terrorist threats in the Middle East have done more harm than good.

"One of the ironies about the coalition against the Islamic State is that every single member in some way or another contributed to the creation and development of the very group they are fighting against,"

said Abrahms. "There's no question that oftentimes, just as terrorism is counterproductive, counterterrorism is counterproductive too."

The growth of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria has been particularly felt in France, which has seen more than 1,000 of its own citizens travel to the two countries to fight for the Islamic State, the highest of any Western country. But the radicalization of Muslims extends beyond just those 1,000 who travelled and fought for extremist organizations in the Middle East.

Indeed, the brothers responsible for the attack on Charlie Hebdo, Cherif and Said Kouchi, did not develop their radical beliefs at ISIS training camps on the banks of Iraq's Tigris River, but instead in the high rises of the 19th arrondissement in northeastern Paris. It was there, in a small apartment, according to a report by the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper, that their radical education began. The third Paris gunman, Amédy Coulibaly, who is of West African descent, was introduced to radicalized Islam while in prison in France, according to the same report.

France's intelligence services were said to be aware of the three men, although no longer considered them a threat, despite the fact that Cherif Kouachi had spent 18 months in prison stemming from a 2005 arrest for trying to board a flight to Iraq to fight against U.S.-led coalition forces. It was during his time in prison, said Jean-Charles Brisard, head of the French Center for the Analysis of Terrorism, that Kouachi became fully radicalized. He was "in prison with other hard-liners, including a central figure in the al Qaeda networks in Europe," Brisard said in a CNN interview.

France's intelligence services were said to be aware of the three men, although no longer considered them a threat, despite the fact that Cherif Kouachi had spent 18 months in prison stemming from a 2005 arrest for trying to board a flight to Iraq to fight against U.S.-led coalition forces. It was during his time in prison, said Jean-Charles Brisard, head of the French Center for the Analysis of Terrorism, that Kouachi became fully radicalized. He was "in prison with other hard-liners, including a central figure in the al Qaeda networks in Europe," Brisard said in a CNN interview.

But France's growing terror threat is not simply a manifestation of the last 13 years of war in the Middle East; it's framed by more than 150 years of colonial rule in West and North Africa. While those colonial days are long gone, they have continued to haunt France. For example, the current conflict in the Central African Republic, which saw Muslims fighting against Christians, prompted France to deploy 1,600 troops to the region, despite having given the country independence more than 50 years ago when it was known as French Equitorial Guinea.

"A generation ago, France would support dictators," explained Harold Hyman, a foreign policy analyst with the French channel BFM TV, in an interview with NPR. "Today, the situation's different. If France does not go into a country that's in destruction and mayhem, there are demonstrations in the street from the diaspora of those countries - 'Why aren't you helping us?' So we've settled into this acceptance of a sort of big-brother role."

Another example of France's tangled history with its former colonies is the the Algerian War, which raged from 1954 until 1962, killing 152,000 people. With around 2 million people of Algerian descent living in France, the highest number of any nationality, there has been continued resentment that has played out prominently in French life. "Decades which saw France denying political rights and using overwhelming force to maintain its colony created a two-tier system which, in simple terms, involved a ruling French class and a servile Algerian one," wrote Nabila Ramdani a freelance journalist and academic in an article for the Guardian.

[Jan 18, 2015] Churches torched, 5 killed as Niger's anti-Charlie Hebdo protest escalates

Divide and conquer in action...
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Police fired tear gas as hundreds of Niger Muslims came out to yet again protest Charlie Hebdo's satirical cartoons targeting Islam. At least five people were killed and several Christian churches set on fire by rioting crowds throughout the day.

Niger, a former French colony, has been gripped by Charlie Hebdo-fueled violence since Friday, when a protest rally in front of a French cultural center led to deadly clashes in which three protesters and a police officer were killed. Another victim's body was discovered by emergency services inside a burned church, bringing Friday's death toll to five.

On Saturday, Niger police again used tear gas against at least 1,000 aggressive young demonstrators in the capital, Niamey, who burned tires and pelted the security troops with stones. At least two police cars were burned out as the angry crowd retaliated against a decision to ban a march organized by local Muslim leaders.

At least five people were killed in the protest on Saturday, police sources said, bringing the overall death toll to 10. Two charred bodies were removed from a torched church on the outskirts of the capital. A woman's body was also found in a bar; she is believed to have died of asphyxiation from tear gas and smoke, Reuters reported.

The protests on Friday after Muslim prayers were held across the Muslim word, with mostly peaceful rallies reported in Algeria, Syria, India and The Philippines. In Jordan there were clashes with police as demonstrators tried to march to the French embassy, while in Pakistan's Karachi police used tear gas to disperse a crowd of some 200 people.

Meanwhile, French President Francois Hollande defended the pro-Charlie Hebdo drive in the wake of the deadly assault on the satirical weekly last week, saying it was part of defending freedom of expression, an essential western value.

"I'm thinking of countries where sometimes they don't understand what freedom of expression is because they have been deprived of it. But also, we have supported these countries in their fight against terrorism,"

Hollande said of the anti-Charlie Hebdo rallies.

The latest issue of Charlie Hebdo saw a surge of sales in the wake of the tragedy. Surviving journalists initially expected a million of copies to be sold, but now the issue is aiming at a target of 7 million copies, a far cry from the usual circulation enjoyed by the fringe publication.

The issue features Islam's Prophet Muhammad holding a placard reading "Je suis Charlie" and the headline, "All is forgiven." Depicting images of Mohammed is forbidden in Islam and is considered a grave offense.

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...When individuals X and Y launch an attack, the media will direct all their efforts to determining what made them do it, and how they became so fanatically devoted to their cause. The problem is that the people pulling the triggers do not necessarily know much about the wider causes for which they are fighting. And what they do know might be totally wrong.

Philip Jenkins is the author of Images of Terror: What We Can and Can't Know About Terrorism. He is distinguished professor of history at Baylor University and serves as co-director for the Program on Historical Studies of Religion in the Institute for Studies of Religion.

[Jan 17, 2015] US troops training Syrian 'moderates' could top 1,000 – Pentagon

From moderate to radical is just one step...
RT USA
The Pentagon announced that a mission to train the "moderate" Syrian opposition may involve over 1,000 US troops. The first soldiers may flow into the region in a month, while the trained fighters may return to Syria to "fight ISIS" by the end of 2015.

The earlier announced number suggested 400 pairs of US boots on the ground in countries neighboring Syria, where the training will take place. However, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters in a press briefing on Friday that the total number "could approach 1,000."

"It might even exceed that. I can't rule that out," Kirby added.

The troops, ranging from special operations to conventional forces, will be based in at least three different training sites – in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey.

Deployment orders could come as early as next week, with full deployment beginning in the next four to six weeks, Kirby said.

"I think you'll start to see orders for some of those troops over the next four to six weeks. Some could be given orders very soon, perhaps as soon as within the next week or so. But they'll flow in, I think, over the next four to six weeks," he added.

However, Kirby said that recruiting has not yet started, and that opposition training would not begin before March.

The US is "working with the Syrian moderate opposition leadership to identify potential Syrian moderate groups from which recruiting could occur," Kirby explained. After that, the rebels will have several months of training before they are sent into battle by the end of the year.

The training mission, according to Pentagon officials, will focus on reaching three goals.

First of all, the US plans to train the opposition in self-defense to protect the towns they control. Secondly, the US envisages the "moderate" opposition eventually starting an offensive against Islamic State forces. And finally, Kirby said, the trained fighters would "help work with political opposition leaders towards a political solution in Syria."

Kirby also announced that trainers from other countries could join the effort to help tackle the Islamic State threat in Syria.

The $500 million training plan for Syrian insurgents was first proposed by the Pentagon in June last year. Congress first approved the measure in September for three months, and last month has extended the program through 2016.

[Jan 17, 2015] Lessons from Paris by Ron Paul

January 12, 2015 | ronpaulinstitute.org

After the tragic shooting at a provocative magazine in Paris last week, I pointed out that given the foreign policy positions of France we must consider blowback as a factor. Those who do not understand blowback made the ridiculous claim that I was excusing the attack or even blaming the victims. Not at all, as I abhor the initiation of force. The police are not blaming victims when they search for the motive of a criminal.

The mainstream media immediately decided that the shooting was an attack on free speech. Many in the US preferred this version of "they hate us because we are free," which is the claim that President Bush made after 9/11. They expressed solidarity with the French and vowed to fight for free speech. But have these people not noticed that the First Amendment is routinely violated by the US government? President Obama has used the Espionage Act more than all previous administrations combined to silence and imprison whistleblowers. Where are the protests? Where are protesters demanding the release of John Kiriakou, who blew the whistle on the CIA use of waterboarding and other torture? The whistleblower went to prison while the torturers will not be prosecuted. No protests.

If Islamic extremism is on the rise, the US and French governments are at least partly to blame. The two Paris shooters had reportedly spent the summer in Syria fighting with the rebels seeking to overthrow Syrian President Assad. They were also said to have recruited young French Muslims to go to Syria and fight Assad. But France and the United States have spent nearly four years training and equipping foreign fighters to infiltrate Syria and overthrow Assad! In other words, when it comes to Syria, the two Paris killers were on "our" side. They may have even used French or US weapons while fighting in Syria.

Beginning with Afghanistan in the 1980s, the US and its allies have deliberately radicalized Muslim fighters in the hopes they would strictly fight those they are told to fight. We learned on 9/11 that sometimes they come back to fight us. The French learned the same thing last week. Will they make better decisions knowing the blowback from such risky foreign policy? It is unlikely because they refuse to consider blowback. They prefer to believe the fantasy that they attack us because they hate our freedoms, or that they cannot stand our free speech.

Perhaps one way to make us all more safe is for the US and its allies to stop supporting these extremists.

Another lesson from the attack is that the surveillance state that has arisen since 9/11 is very good at following, listening to, and harassing the rest of us but is not very good at stopping terrorists. We have learned that the two suspected attackers had long been under the watch of US and French intelligence services. They had reportedly been placed on the US no-fly list and at least one of them had actually been convicted in 2008 of trying to travel to Iraq to fight against the US occupation. According to CNN, the two suspects traveled to Yemen in 2011 to train with al-Qaeda. So they were individuals known to have direct terrorist associations. How many red flags is it necessary to set off before action is taken? How long did US and French intelligence know about them and do nothing, and why?

Foreign policy actions have consequences. The aggressive foreign policies of the United States and its allies in the Middle East have radicalized thousands and have made us less safe. Blowback is real whether some want to recognize it or not. There are no guarantees of security, but only a policy of non-intervention can reduce the risk of another attack.


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[Jan 16, 2015] Don't worry. The authorities will quickly explain to you what "freedom of speech" means but putting you in jail, if you uttered something stupid by Olga Tukhanina

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Neoliberal Empire is so close in spirit to late USSR that closeness of event strikes everybody. As in cult soviet satirical film "Kin-DZA-DZA: "You now find yourselves in cells, because you say things without thinking, and think about things that you should not think at all". If Kafka were alive, these days he would have definitely died again. The only thing unclear whether from laughing or from envy. Although it can be both.

"No respectable publication in the citadel of the free world reprinted the cartoons"

The Associated Press reported from Paris that after the most massive in the history of mankind demonstrations in defense of freedom of speech, 54 people were arrested for wrong words which supposedly demonstrate hate and support of terrorism. Then the arrests continued, and now the number of arrested exceeded sixty people.

Among them is the famous comedian Dieudonne Mbala Mbala. The funny thing is that this comic was ideologically close ally of cartoonists from Charlie Hebdo . It now looks as if cartoonists, who were perished were Communists, they would be so left to the Chairman of Communist Party of Russia Gennady Zyuganov, that he on their background looks like obnoxious right-wing conservative.

The absurdity of what is happening, when in support of freedom of speech government can immediately arrest the person just saying something politically incorrect, and put him in jail for six months, it has become evident even for selected Russian neoliberals. They, however, try to ignore the obvious concern by saying that those events happened in backward France, and that's why Obama did not fly to the largest demonstration of the freedom of speed in world history.

However, in the citadel of the free world, where freedom of speech is protected by a separate amendment to the Constitution, for some reason no respectable publication reprinted the cartoons.

Talking about large multinationals, it's funny that on the English version of the Apple website, for example, there were no words in support of the victims, but on the French page sacramental Je suis Charlie was hanging. Looks like variant of support of Freedom of expression with severely restricted export channels

Within the neoliberal worlds almost nobody is supposed by those inconsistencies. They explain that freedom of speech includes the freedom to criticize and make fun of all religions. And believers must bow their heads and endure. But hate speech is a completely different matter; it is about inciting hatred and ethnic strife. and you can be jailed for such an action.

Let's try to give a Russian example of such a behaviour. It looks like this: when satirist Shenderovich rhetorically asks the priest why he did not learned anything from the events of the twenties, this is a freedom of speech. But when the Shenderovich asked why Jews learned nothing from events of 30th, this is hate speech and anti-Semitism. Here Article 282 of Russian Criminal codex might be applicable.

For a normal person it is extremely difficult to understand nuances of interpretation of the subtle difference between "free speech" and "hate speech" in the neoliberal world. But neoliberals suck the right interpretation with their genetically modified neoliberal milk. Such an interpretation looks as following "Freedom only for the free men, and all the barbarians mouth should better be shut".

For anybody who lived in Brezhnev's USSR it looks like ideological poles of modern world just reversed and West happily adopted the model used in the USSR 40 years ago. Now we can understand why the US and Western European citizens were so stunned by absurdity of Soviet propaganda and millions of people who on May 1 come to street to march for Freedom of people from exploitation, against oppression and for personal liberties including the Freedom of expression. Under the strict guidance of the party and government and watchful eyes of KGB.

There were also a lot of talk about the "freedom of expression" in late USSR, and you really can criticize decadent West as much as you can, but openly criticizing Soviet regime could sometimes get you a jail term for anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda. However, I will make a special reservation: the Soviet Union was my homeland. and despite all the shortcomings and broken economic model life for ordinary people in late USSR was very good. We have had something that today can be found nowhere - there was no unemployment, no homeless children, no crime, and for children especially it was a great environment to grow up with state provided free education (including university education) and medicine.

However, I repeat, to Western public Communist rituals looked f*cking ridiculous. But at the same time Soviet people have perfect understanding of of this situation and nobody took them seriously; everybody felt that the system was completely rotten from inside and that communist ideology is no longer viable. In the 70s the Soviet ideology lost any hold of people minds. Ideology of Neoliberal Empire in Europe is still relatively new and smell with flesh layer of "free markets" utopia paint and new level of neoliberal hypocrisy after the events of 2008. It still hold minds of a lot of Western European lemmings.

It's pretty telling that Neoliberal Empire strikes former citizens of the USSR as ideological reincarnation of "Brezhnev USSR" in all its rotten ideological glory and absurdity. But it's still relatively clean on the streets of Western capitals (but not New York). And infrastructure is still relatively in order. And people have rather high standard of living. But the real situation with the "freedom of expression" is exactly like in the cult Soviet satirical film "Kin-DZA-DZA": "You now find yourselves in cells, because you say things without thinking, and think about things that you should not think at all". And it is this parade of hypocrisy that we observe right now. There are powerful and corrupt guys who define in what cases "Freedom of expression" is applicable and when it is not. And you need to obey. Or...

But, of course, what Russian people living under authoritarianism can understand in Western European events. Those savages in work robes as neoliberal journalists from "Echo of Moscow" would characterize us. And after such a characterization, the journalist from "Echo of Moscow" will go to have one or two Americano, and is not afraid of being arrested and jailed for some time for inciting hatred and enmity. He is serving the right boss, for the right convertible currency, so why should he/she? Exactly like in "Kin-DZA-DZA". In other words, not everybody can pretend that "We are Charlie" in this neoliberal world. Only selected few.

[Jan 16, 2015] How Paris Attacks Help Israel by Uri Avnery

Caravan Daily

Israeli leaders called upon the Jews in France to pack up and come to Israel. Israel, as everybody knows, is the safest place on earth.

This was an almost automatic Zionist gut reaction. Jews are in danger. Their only safe haven is Israel. Make haste and come. The next day Israeli papers reported joyfully that in 2015 more than 10,000 French Jews were about to come to live here, driven by growing anti-Semitism.

Apparently, there is a lot of anti-Semitism in France and other European countries, though probably far less than Islamophobia. But the fight between Jews and Arabs on French soil has little to do with anti-Semitism. It is a struggle imported from North Africa.

When the Algerian war of liberation broke out in 1954, the Jews there had to choose sides. Almost all decided to support the colonial power, France, against the Algerian people.

That had a historical background. In 1870, the French minister of justice, Adolphe Cremieux, who happened to be a Jew, conferred French citizenship on all Algerian Jews, separating them from their Muslim neighbors.

The Algerian Liberation Front (FLN) tried very hard to draw the local Jews to their side. I know because I was somewhat involved. Their underground organization in France asked me to set up an Israeli support group, in order to convince our Algerian co-religionists. I founded the "Israeli Committee For A Free Algeria" and published material which was used by the FLN in their effort to win over the Jews.

In vain. The local Jews, proud of their French citizenship, staunchly supported the colonists. In the end, the Jews were prominent in the OAS, the extreme French underground which conducted a bloody struggle against the freedom fighters. The result was that practically all the Jews fled Algeria together with the French when the day of reckoning arrived. They did not go to Israel. Almost all of them went to France. (Unlike the Moroccan and Tunisian Jews, many of whom came to Israel. Generally, the poorer and less educated chose Israel, while the French-educated elite went to France and Canada.)

What we see now is the continuation of this war between Algerian Muslims and Jews on French soil. All the four "French" Jews killed in the attack had North African names and were buried in Israel.

Not without trouble. The Israeli government put great pressure on the four families to bury their sons here. They wanted to bury them in France, near their homes. After a lot of haggling about the price of the graves, the families finally agreed.

It has been said that Israelis love immigration and don't love the immigrants. That certainly applies to the new "French" immigrants. In recent years, "French" tourists have been coming here in large numbers. They were often disliked. Especially when they started to buy up apartments on the Tel Aviv sea front and left them empty, as a kind of insurance, while young local people could neither find nor afford apartments in the metropolitan area. Practically all these "French" tourists and immigrants are of North African origin.

WHEN ASKED what drives them to Israel, their unanimous answer is: anti-Semitism. That is not a new phenomenon. As a matter of fact, the vast majority of Israelis, they or their parents or grandparents, were driven here by anti-Semitism.

The two terms – anti-Semitism and Zionism – were born at almost the same time, towards the end of the 19th century. Theodor Herzl, the founder of the Zionist movement, conceived his idea when he was working in France as a foreign correspondence of a Viennese newspaper during the Dreyfus affair, when virulent anti-Semitism in France reached new heights. (Anti-Semitism is, of course, a misnomer. Arabs are Semites, too. But the term is generally used to mean only Jew-haters.)

Later, Herzl wooed outspoken anti-Semitic leaders in Russia and elsewhere, asking for their help and promising to take the Jews off their hands. So did his successors. In 1939, the Irgun underground planned an armed invasion of Palestine with the help of the profoundly anti-Semitic generals of the Polish army. One may wonder if the State of Israel would have come into being in 1948 if there had not been the Holocaust. Recently, a million and a half Russian Jews were driven to Israel by anti-Semitism.

ZIONISM WAS born at the end of the 19th century as a direct answer to the challenge of anti-Semitism. After the French revolution, the new national idea took hold of all European nations, big and small, and all of the national movements were more or less anti-Semitic.

The basic belief of Zionism is that Jews cannot live anywhere except in the Jewish State, because the victory of anti-Semitism is inevitable everywhere. Let the Jews of America rejoice in their freedom and prosperity – sooner or later that will come to an end. They are doomed like Jews everywhere outside Israel.

The new outrage in Paris only confirms this basic belief. There was very little real commiseration in Israel. Rather, a secret sense of triumph. The gut reaction of ordinary Israelis is: "We told you so!" and also: "Come quickly, before it is too late!"

I HAVE often tried to explain to my Arab friends: the anti-Semites are the greatest enemy of the Palestinian people. The anti-Semites have helped drive the Jews to Palestine, and now they are doing so again. And some of the new immigrants will certainly settle beyond the Green Line in the occupied Palestinian territories on stolen Arab land.

The fact that Israel benefits from the Paris attack has led some Arab media to believe that the whole affair is really a "false flag" operation. Ergo, in this case, the Arab perpetrators were really manipulated by the Israeli Mossad.

After a crime, the first question is "cui bono", who benefits? Obviously, the only winner from this outrage is Israel. But to draw the conclusion that Israel is hiding behind the Jihadists is utter nonsense.

The simple fact is that all Islamic Jihadism on European soil hurts only the Muslims. Fanatics of all stripes generally help their worst enemies. The three Muslim men who committed the outrages in Paris certainly did Binyamin Netanyahu a great favor.

[Jan 15, 2015] Charles-Philippe d'Orleans, No, I'm not Charlie

On his personal Facebook page, the Prince Charles-Philippe d'Orléans, Duc d'Anjou explained himself following the attacks in Paris. No, the prince is not a part of this vast movement "I'm Charlie" although obviously he condemns these acts that have so shaken France and worldwide.

Here is his statement:

"I will go against the tide of emotional propriety by separating me from the movement "I'm Charlie." No, I'm not Charlie because I never liked that Manichean newspaper.

Charlie Hebdo is a vulgar paper, despising all opinions except its own, which, under the guise of freedom of expression, will allow provocative behavior to all. Charlie Hebdo is an aggressive newspaper that produces hatred of religions through its, supposedly, humor. Charlie Hebdo is the very image of the European atheist society which creates enmity and distress instead of respect and brotherhood among peoples and men, regardless of their differences, race, color, religion.

So I refuse to take part in a "republican sacred covenant" to defend Charlie because, simply, I do not understand what I have to defend.

I am neither disrespectful nor indecent and do not want to offend the memory of the killed cartoonists. Words fail to tell the horror of the attack that hit the newspaper. I condemn this barbaric act and present to families and relatives of the deceased my deepest condolences.

I denounce justly this sterile attempt to bring about national unity and I denounce the hypocrisy of the citizens who have never read this humor publication and who have always criticized the weekly. To honor the victims, yes. Honour Charlie Hebdo, no."

[Jan 15, 2015] Pope Francis: there are limits to freedom of expression

Cautioning against provocation he said the right to liberty of expression came with the obligation to speak for "the common good".
The Guardian

Pope Francis has said there are limits to freedom of expression and that following the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris "one cannot make fun of faith".

On a plane from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, the largest Catholic majority country in Asia, the pope said freedom of speech was a fundamental human right but "every religion has its dignity".

Asked about the attack that killed 12 people at the offices of Charlie Hebdo – targeted because it had printed depictions of the prophet Muhammad – he said: "One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people's faith, one cannot make fun of faith.

"There is a limit. Every religion has its dignity … in freedom of expression there are limits."

He gestured to Alberto Gasparri, who organises papal trips and was standing by his side, and added: "If my good friend Dr Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch. It's normal. It's normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others."

Cautioning against provocation he said the right to liberty of expression came with the obligation to speak for "the common good".

CouchSlob -> peternh 15 Jan 2015 21:56

Peter, you're taking this argument away from what Pope Francis actually said, and from what I actually said.

My suggestion is this; we have the freedom of speech to publish, but there are a lot of people on the planet with different beliefs, and it's not right to needlessly offend them just for the sake of demonstrating that you can. You want to bang on about how other people's beliefs are harmful, well go ahead. I don't agree. Faith gives people strength and happiness. I'm not talking about misogyny, or flogging, or beheading, or gunning down journalists. That's horrible extremist shit that is beyond awful, and those attitudes are wrong.

I'm talking about the billions of decent people who live decent lives and who have no truck with shit like that and just want to live a life of peace. They're all out there. If you know any Muslims or Christians then you must know a whole lot of them. I do. I'm saying, why offend all those people? Tolerance. Respect.

That's it man. Peace.

ilove2shop -> Cirmic 15 Jan 2015 21:55

Criticizing a person is exercising free speech. You can say what you want and people can criticize you for it. Both involve an exercise of free speech.

JALondon 15 Jan 2015 21:55

Most repressive organization in history backs repression. Not news. Next up the Spanish inquisition.

Raskolnikov6 15 Jan 2015 21:51

If someone said to me that they believed in an invisible space hippie then I would question whether there was any point to believe in something that can't be proved. If he said that just believing in it made their world and life a better place then I would say no more.

I don't think many people would insult people's personal faith but when religion is used to oppress or discriminate against a person or group then I would say it needs to be questioned or exposed for what it is.

conghitgas 15 Jan 2015 21:44

Religious people should understand that secular states like France will occasionally upset them with caricatures and satire. Its up to religious people to understand, not the other way around. The days of theocratic states are over. The Pope has obviously not thought this through properly. Freedom of speech is not negotiable.

Kevin Hilton -> EthelredTheUncertain 15 Jan 2015 21:36

Extremely unwise to coflate the law on (personal and immediate) provocation with such events as the one under discussion.

p4451d -> JonCymru 15 Jan 2015 21:41

Freedom of speech is something to be cherished and used wisely. It does not mean that you can use it to willfully hurt and damage others because in doing so you restrict their freedoms .... and btw the mayor of rotterdam sounds like an arrogant moron.

[Jan 15, 2015] Jihadists are not the only ideologues. We are all ruthless about our beliefs by Tim Lott

It's all not about disagreement. It's more about oppression, and revolt against oppression. It is also about Iraq invasion, Creation of ISIS by foreign powers to fight Assad regime and stimulating young Europian Muslims o go fight to Syria, and now, when they returned, facing a blowback.
Jan 15, 2015 | The Guardian

It's easy to be fragile, fractious and quick to anger – we've got to learn to listen to those we disagree with

What is the connection between a multi-millionaire and an Islamist terrorist? The answer struck me as I watched Jacques Peretti's documentary The Super-Rich and Us this week.

Peretti catalogued how the rich and privileged live in a world of fantasy – of symbols, just as religious fanatics do. They amass money, pointlessly – far more than they can ever spend. They store it among the bricks and mortar of empty houses in London, in tax havens, in gold and jewels. What is the point of all this money? How many expensive meals can they eat, how many luxury cars can they drive, how many of their homes can they live in?

Just like "holy scriptures", yachts and private islands are purely totemic. They represent a belief system and an identity. That identity reassures the wealthy that they are virtuous. If it were not so (they tell themselves) they would not be so successful. It also gives them a reason to get up in the morning – to make more money.

You and I are not so different. We too have beliefs and value systems, not all of which we can always sensibly defend. When those beliefs are threatened we become aggressive. The more penetrating the criticism of our worldview, the angrier we become.

This is partially evidenced by the furious tone of the arguments unfolding since the Charlie Hebdo murders. I'm not talking about the anger of "us" against the killers. People on the "same side" argue bitterly about their separate take on events.

Those who thought the cartoons were unduly provocative were labelled appeasers; those who called for their immediate reprinting were said to be stoking Islamophobia. Those who did not sign up to the reassuring trope that Islamic terrorists have "nothing to do with Islam" attracted a particularly furious response. Those who want a tightening of the security state are bitterly opposed by those who consider civil liberties a priority.

The back and forth of arguments is being replaced with the clatter and thud of rocks being thrown. I see the anger everywhere: in Twitter storms, in trolling, on blog posts and comment pages.

This point is easily proved. Check the online comment thread of this piece. It will be full of furious remarks. I know, because pretty much every piece I've ever written, however vanilla, has attracted angry comments. Fury has become our lingua franca: because we are afraid and we are becoming more afraid, and we do not wish to admit that we are afraid. For to do so is to acknowledge that our beliefs are not as cast iron as we wish they were.

In this sense, we are all in the same boat as the jihadists who elevate and concretise their improbable set of beliefs into an inflexible ideology. Ideology – a fixed system of ideas that will not bend even an inch before the facts – is the root of much evil. And we are all, to a lesser extent, ideologues.

We live in a world of unprecedented change and complexity, and this makes us more desperate than ever to cling to what we think we know. We need to believe that our purposes, those goals in which we invest meaning, are valid. On this definition, business is a religion, career is a religion, family is a religion, nation is a religion, secularism is a religion, and religion is a religion. There is no getting away from it. However, our values cannot be independently verified – other than by the reassuring support of the like-minded.

But what is there to put in the place of our belief systems, violations of which cause such dangerous blowback? Nothing. Literally, nothing. All our belief systems are simply constructs. The world isn't this way or that. It just is. We project our values on to it, conservative and socialist, secular and religious. But in reality, everything is in doubt – and this is something we find hard to tolerate.

This is the challenge of relativism. This is the challenge of post modernism. This is the existential dilemma of the world.

If all values and beliefs are products of the mind rather than concrete realities – for the plutocrat as much as the Islamist, for the feminist as much as the patriarch, for the socialist as much as the neo-con – then we must learn to live with that reality without sickening our spirits with self-protective rage.

The alternative to belief ("lief", incidentally, comes from the root meaning "to wish") is faith. Not religious faith, but faith that does not become brittle with its own projections of hatred against "the other", which includes the apostates in our midst who do not share our view. Faith that we are all human souls struggling to keep our heads above water in floods of confusion. Faith in reason, faith in the idea of truth, however elusive the actuality. And faith, as any reading of the New Testament makes plain, is always hedged by doubt.

Doubt is nothing to fear – the doubt that all our ideas and precious beliefs are straws in the wind. There is meaning in meaninglessness, in the "cloud of unknowing" that we all live inside. There are real facts – there is love, there is our own consciousness, there is this day, this moment, the feeling of human connection.

The feelings of fear and anger appear to be real too – but all too often they come as a result of the beliefs that we cling to, not as what you might call first-order experiences (a first-order experience being an intruder walking into your home brandishing a knife).

The fact that views which oppose our own are dealt with by abuse and name-calling is a symptom of irrational fear – the fear of finding the self confused. This is why terrorists are so-called – because they wilfully breed terror, and they divide and splinter those who are ranged against them.

We are becoming fragile and fractious. Despite all the "unity" the response to Charlie Hebdo appears to have generated, we are turning on one another. This is what the killers want. The more we close our ears to unwelcome voices, the more we approach the sick mindsets of the jihadists – or, if you prefer, the bloated fantasies of the super-rich.

To be able to survive we must be brave enough to not clutch our beliefs like comfort blankets, but examine them always for their own flaws – and that involves listening to others, however much we don't want to hear what they have to say.

Of this I am absolutely sure. Almost.

Oldhermit 15 Jan 2015 21:21

An excellent article. Thank you for your thoughts.

Robert Frost wrote this definition of education which is perhaps relevant here:

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.

Guestt 15 Jan 2015 21:10

The belief in sin is an adjustment. And an adjustment is a change; a shift in perception, or a belief that what was so before has been made different. Every adjustment is therefore a distortion, and calls upon defenses to uphold it against reality.

Knowledge requires no adjustments, and, in fact, is lost if any shift or change is undertaken. For this reduces it at once to mere perception; a way of looking in which certainty is lost and doubt has entered. To this impaired condition are adjustments necessary, because it is not true. Who need adjust to truth, which calls on only what he is, to understand?

Adjustments of any kind are of the ego. For it is the ego's fixed belief that all relationships depend upon adjustments, to make of them what it would have them be. Direct relationships, in which there are no interferences, are always seen as dangerous. The ego is the self- appointed mediator of all relationships, making whatever adjustments it deems necessary and interposing them between those who would meet, to keep them separate and prevent their union. It is this studied interference that makes it difficult for you to recognize your holy relationship for what it is.

" A Course In Miracles"

Rhiaden -> JGrossman 15 Jan 2015 21:06

It is one thing to have strong convictions and get involved in furious debate, it is another to go a step further and include emotive threats and language towards those who hold a different view, it is another to go further again and use hate language towards them, and another to take it offline and throw bricks or incendiary devices through the windows of businesses, religious buildings and houses, or beat up individuals, and then another to kill those who hold different views.

You or I might not ever have any intention, expressed verbally, thought or otherwise of shooting up exxon-mobils offices, but to pretend that there are not environmentalists who would is to be naive.

The vast majority of individuals are quite happy just having a heated debate, the numbers who go any step further than that become smaller and smaller as the steps becomes more extreme.

JGrossman 15 Jan 2015 20:53

In this sense, we are all in the same boat as the jihadists who elevate and concretize their improbable set of beliefs into an inflexible ideology.

Oh come on! Are you being serious?

It is one thing to have strong convictions. Quite another to kill dissenters.

I get furious with corporate shills who attempt to rubbish climate science with cherry-picked data but I assure you neither I nor any of the climatologists I correspond with have any intention of buying assault rifles and shooting up Exxon-Mobil's offices.

Its not even a case of thinking about it and rejecting the idea. It's never popped on my mental radar until I started writing this post.

Jake G

loveswans -> chav45 15 Jan 2015 20:34

Exactly - this is the vital distinction that he seems unable to grasp. All the fractious and polarized argument he refers to has not led to people killing other people. I don't think he deserves to die because I disagree with him.

I intensely dislike the Abbott Government and abhor its whole philosophy and approach, but I wouldn't ever seek to take violent action against it. The people we should be opposing with all our might are those who think the opposite - if you are of a different religious or philosophical viewpoint, you deserve to die.

JVC120
The relative merit we attach to the validity or the application of the freedom of speech was evident right there in Paris, in the very heart of the matter.

Tim Willcox was covering yesterday's Paris rally for the BBC News channel He spoke to participants during a live broadcast from the streets of Paris One woman he spoke to expressed fears Jews were being persecuted She told him 'the situation is going back to the days of the 1930s'.

Willcox replied: 'Many critics though of Israel's policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well'. Comments sparked anger and calls for him to resign. Willcox has apologised for offence caused by 'poorly phrased question'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2906539/Calls-BBC-reporter-resign-told-daughter-Holocaust-survivors-Paris-Palestinians-suffer-hugely-Jewish-hands-well.html#ixzz3OwLmRWRv

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Telling truth has to be vetted and has to be reconfigured and be simply not aired in public so that it avoids emotionally raw areas but the lies could be produced en masse and be distributed with the active support of the state to produce certain varieties of the emotionally raw areas !

HolyInsurgent, 15 Jan 2015 20:00

Tim Lott: This is the challenge of relativism.

No. This is the challenge of science and evidence-backed beliefs and the challenge of tolerance when your beliefs are questioned.

If all values and beliefs are products of the mind rather than concrete realities...then we must learn to live with that reality without sickening our spirits with self-protective rage.

No. We don't. All unsupported assertions can be safely ignored. The onus is on Lott to provide evidence that beliefs are merely products of the mind and start providing some discourse about the sources of "self-protective rage."

The alternative to belief ("lief", incidentally, comes from the root meaning "to wish") is faith. Not religious faith...

Unfortunately, beliefs without evidence is exactly what religion is.

Doubt is nothing to fear – the doubt that all our ideas and precious beliefs are straws in the wind.

No one has any reason to assume that. Rational beliefs are evidence-based.

There is meaning in meaninglessness, in the "cloud of unknowing" that we all live inside.

I can see Lott is channelling his inner Giles Fraser. Meaningless and unsupported wine-and-cheese crowd sophistry.

The fact that views which oppose our own are dealt with by abuse and name-calling is a symptom of irrational fear....

No, just psychological dysfunction: a reactionary ego.

We are becoming fragile and fractious.

No, we are not. The author speaks for himself.

Despite all the "unity" the response to Charlie Hebdo appears to have generated, we are turning on one another.

Nonsense. There are certainly differences of opinion, but why this tabloid nonsense? "Turning on one another"?

This is what the killers want.

Evidence? How does the author know this?

The more we close our ears to unwelcome voices, the more we approach the sick mindsets of the jihadists – or, if you prefer, the bloated fantasies of the super-rich.

Thus the need for tolerance and a penetrating discussion into the nature of indoctrination which this article did not do.

To be able to survive we must be brave enough to not clutch our beliefs like comfort blankets, but examine them always for their own flaws – and that involves listening to others, however much we don't want to hear what they have to say.

Not just this, but to demonstrate a willingness to change if you're wrong. The indoctrinated in any ideology, whether religious or economic, refuse to do that.

A truly terrible article. One presumes the author is trying to be funny. But it just turns out to be an insult to readers' intelligence. A discussion of the beliefs underlying religion and institutions is definitely required, but this article is not it.

Tim Lott: Just like "holy scriptures", yachts and private islands are purely totemic. They represent a belief system and an identity. That identity reassures the wealthy that they are virtuous. If it were not so (they tell themselves) they would not be so successful. It also gives them a reason to get up in the morning – to make more money.

Agreed.

You and I are not so different. We too have beliefs and value systems, not all of which we can always sensibly defend. When those beliefs are threatened we become aggressive. The more penetrating the criticism of our worldview, the angrier we become.

I would define "maturity" and "sanity" as the ability to cope with threats and criticism rationally.

Those who thought the cartoons were unduly provocative were labelled appeasers; those who called for their immediate reprinting were said to be stoking Islamophobia. Those who did not sign up to the reassuring trope that Islamic terrorists have "nothing to do with Islam" attracted a particularly furious response. Those who want a tightening of the security state are bitterly opposed by those who consider civil liberties a priority.

This is to be expected in the real world. What's the alternative? Everyone thinking exactly the same thing?

The back and forth of arguments is being replaced with the clatter and thud of rocks being thrown. I see the anger everywhere: in Twitter storms, in trolling, on blog posts and comment pages.

This happens for every topic every day. My irony meter is broken. Is this irony?

This point is easily proved. Check the online comment thread of this piece. It will be full of furious remarks. I know, because pretty much every piece I've ever written, however vanilla, has attracted angry comments.

Which makes the intelligent comments all the more rare and valuable. Right?

Fury has become our lingua franca...

No. Fury is the lingua franca of the reactionary. Let's be honest and cut the "our" business. Lott speaks for himself.

...because we are afraid and we are becoming more afraid, and we do not wish to admit that we are afraid.

No. These are generalizations and all meaningless. This is tabloid level writing.

For to do so is to acknowledge that our beliefs are not as cast iron as we wish they were.

All unsupported assertions can be safely ignored. This "our" business is patronizing.

In this sense, we are all in the same boat as the jihadists who elevate and concretise their improbable set of beliefs into an inflexible ideology.

No, we are not. And this "we" business is just getting annoying.

Ideology – a fixed system of ideas that will not bend even an inch before the facts – is the root of much evil. And we are all, to a lesser extent, ideologues.

No, we are not. And the author simply making these assertions does not make them true.

We live in a world of unprecedented change and complexity, and this makes us more desperate than ever to cling to what we think we know.

I'm not desperate.

We need to believe that our purposes, those goals in which we invest meaning, are valid. On this definition, business is a religion, career is a religion, family is a religion, nation is a religion, secularism is a religion, and religion is a religion. There is no getting away from it.

No. Secularism is not a religion. These generalizations and false equivalences are just tedious now.

However, our values cannot be independently verified – other than by the reassuring support of the like-minded.

No. Values can and are independently verified. Just check with British government statistics.

But what is there to put in the place of our belief systems, violations of which cause such dangerous blowback? Nothing.

No. You replace flawed (obsolete or harmful) belief systems with better and evidence-based belief systems.

Literally, nothing. All our belief systems are simply constructs.

This does not mean they are all flawed, ie. obsolete or harmful.

The world isn't this way or that. It just is. We project our values on to it, conservative and socialist, secular and religious. But in reality, everything is in doubt – and this is something we find hard to tolerate.

Well yes, if you go right to subatomic particles, there is even the Uncertainty Principle. People crave certainty.

[Jan 15, 2015] Murdoch's common error

There is also a question of "state violence" vs "individual violence" here too. The USA killed around one million of Iraqis in Iraq war (in which GB participated) fought mainly for oil. All Muslim terrorists probably killed much less. So some "terrorists" are actually trying to avenge the act of Western states.
January 11, 2015 | http://stumblingandmumbling.typepad.com/stumbling_and_mumbling/

That tweet by Robert Murdoch has been widely condemned. But nobody has pointed out that Murdoch's error is not confined to either him or to Islam's critics.

Murdoch said:

Maybe most Moslems [are] peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible.

The inconsistency here is obvious. Murdoch did not, AFAIK, hold right-wingers responsible for the cancerous beliefs that led Timothy McVeigh or Anders Breivik to commit mass murder. Nor did he consider sexually frustrated men responsible for Elliot Rodger. So why hold Muslims responsible for jihadism?

The difference is that, in Murdoch's mind, Breivik, McVeigh and Rodger - to name but three - are atypical of white right wing men and are isolated instances. But, he thinks, Muslims and jihadists have more in common. So, whereas right-wing men are not to blame for the sins of others, Muslims are.

There's a name for this. It's the outgroup homogeneity effect, or the "they are all alike; we are diverse" bias.

And here's the thing. Murdoch is by no means alone in this error. Like all cognitive biases, it's a widespread one. We see it, for example, when: some feminists claim that all men are rapists; when critics of orthodox economics fail to see how diverse the subject is; when lefties attack "greedy bankers"; when people think they are experts on a country because they have visted it a few times; when right-wingers think that because I'm a Marxist I somehow endorse Stalinism; or when torture is claimed to be "inconsistent with our values" when our side does it but typical of "them". And so on.

You might object that there is a strand of violence within Islam. Maybe, but so what? There is also a tendency towards violence in maleness or in several political ideologies - including Mr Murdoch's and (yes) mine. But there is a massive diffreence between those who reject that tendency and those who embrace it. Failing to see this difference - and failing to see that Muslims were also victims and heroes last week - is just stupid.

There is, though, a way to guard against the outgroup homogeneity effect. Whenever we see something, we should ask: from what sample is that drawn? Is it typical, or an outlier? Merely asking this question reminds us that human beings are a very diverse bunch.

Dean | January 11, 2015 at 03:38 PM

These kind of reactions and attitudes are reminiscent of the attitude to Jews in Nazi Germany, which were perceived wisdom at the time.

Murdoch's tweet in particular reminds me of Nazi anti Jewish propaganda.

Scary times.

Dean | January 11, 2015 at 04:21 PM \

Jim your comment really is a classic of lack of self awareness!

"Jewish population of 1930s Germany didn't contain a significant minority who were dedicated to the violent overthrow of the State they were living in."

Interesting you say this because according to Nazi propaganda that is exactly what they were intent on (they were even blamed for the Reichstag fire). The Nazi's linked Jews to Bolshevism, among other things, and the desire to overthrow the state via violent means. It was a staple of Nazi propaganda.

I would contend that your use of the words 'significant minority' is the sort of ridiculous hyperbole that I was on about, and was used by the Nazi's. So I put your comment in the same camp as Murdoch's tweet, and in the same camp as Nazi propaganda methods.

Jim | January 11, 2015 at 05:05 PM

@Dean: so all the Islamic violence we have experienced in the West is just propaganda then? Not real at all?

As for significant minority, surveys have shown repeatedly that there is are significant minorities (sometimes majorities) of the Muslim population of the UK that support violence, are against freedom of expression, are against sexual and gender equality, and support the introduction of Sharia law.

This survey by Channel 4 (http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/blog/archives/291) identified 9% of UK Muslims as 'hardcore Islamists'.

Is c. 10% of the Muslims in the UK actively supporting the overthrow of the UK state significant enough for you? How about adding the larger minorities who support the aims if not the methods?

From Arse To Elbow | January 11, 2015 at 06:00 PM

@Jim,

There were plenty of Jews who were committed to the violent overthrow of the Nazi state after 1933, but they were mostly members of other political groups, like the SPD and KPD.

Herschel Grynzspan, a member of the Bund (Jewish Polish socialists), assassinated Ernst vom Rath, a German diplomat, in Paris on 7 November 1938. This provided the excuse for the Kristallnacht pogrom in Germany on 9-10 November. Far from being a non-issue, Jewish "terrorism" played a key role in the evolution of the Nazi state.

If you're ever in Berlin, I suggest a visit to the Memorial to the German Resistance, which puts Jewish "terror" into perspective (there's not so much Tom Cruise).

As regards our very own "fifth column", the percentage of UK citizens of Irish heritage who supported a united Ireland, and thus the physical diminution of the British state, during the height of the IRA mainland bombing campaigns in the 70s and 80s, significantly exceeded 10%. Which proves what, exactly? That we should have interned the lot of them?

And as regards people who "support violence, are against freedom of expression, are against sexual and gender equality, and support the introduction of Sharia law", just substitute "hanging and flogging" for the last of these are you are describing a large part of right-wing opinion in this country.

Steve | January 11, 2015 at 04:14 PM

The reason for targeting Islam is, of course, that there is much more Islam-justified acts of individual violence over the last few decades than by other ideologies.

Ralph Musgrave | January 12, 2015 at 10:30 AM

About 90% of those in prison in the UK for terrorist offences are Muslim rather than Buddhist, Catholic, Athiest, etc etc. Given that Muslims make up about 5% of the population that is a HUGE over-representation. See "Operation of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 and subsequent legislation: Arrests, outcomes and stops and searches, Great Britain 2011/12" p.12.

Fred Fratter | January 12, 2015 at 10:37 AM

@Jim - so, 10% of 2.7m (2011 Census) = 270,000 Muslims are "actively" working to overthrow the state? I live in east London, quite a few Muslims about but I've missed the flying columns on Wanstead Flats - maybe they're over at Hackney Marshes on parade? Or maybe you've come up with a very peculiar definition of "active"? Beware the man with one data point.

Fred Fratter | January 12, 2015 at 10:45 AM

@Ralph - So "some" Muslims are idiots. If you'd looked at that data in the 70's you'd have found it was mainly Irish Catholics in gaol for those offenses (quite a few of whom turned out to be innocent - Birmingham 6, Guildford 4, the McGuires...). I remember the same tarring of a whole community then even though I was just a kid at school.

From Arse To Elbow | January 12, 2015 at 10:50 AM

@Ralph, I recall you made the same point back in November (throwing in the Islamic tendency towards paedophilia and electoral fraud for good measure), so let me repeat:

"At the end of 2013, there were precisely 100 UK prisoners convicted of terrorism offences, of which 93 were Muslim. This reflects current conflicts and the legacy of the 'war on terror'. If you'd taken a snapshot 20 years ago, they'd have been predominantly Irish Republicans."

The disproportionate number of Muslim prisoners today no more reflects an intrinsic tendency towards terrorism in Islam than the disproportionate number of Irish prisoners in the past indicated a similar tendency in Catholicism.

Donald | January 12, 2015 at 01:08 PM

We need to distinguish between "apologise for" and "voice opposition to" or "try to do something about."

I think people that have done something bad done in "their" name, that they disagree with, have more power and, hence, responsibility to do something about it.

As someone from the UK, I feel responsibility to voice opposition to bad things that the UK government do in the name of protecting me. Iraq for example.

The same, I would say, applies to Muslims and terrorism.

I think this is the argument that lots of people are trying to make and end up coming across a bit (a lot?) racist. (Quite often they probably are racist, but that doesn't make the argument so..)

A final thought. If the reasonable and vast majority of Muslims aren't speaking out as much as they might do, why is that?

Here's my guess. In a world of lots of bad stuff happening and constant news, if we protest a lot about one thing, that implies something about how we place it relative to other tragedies.

In this context, it may be difficult for a Muslim (or anyone) to speak to loudly about relatively minor impact of Islamic terrorism in the west. While, at the same time, the west knowingly accepts collateral civilian damage in drone strikes which we would absolutely not accept if the civilians in question were western.

[Jan 15, 2015] Charlie Hebdo Free speech, but not as an absolute value by Simon Dawes

We need to discourage misguided and reactionary representations of these attacks as simply attacks on free speech, and acknowledge that free speech itself is not an absolute value.
Jan 9, 2015 | openDemocracy
Debates over what limits to free speech are acceptable are entirely valid – whether or not we approve of Charlie Hebdo images, or their mass republication on numerous websites this week. While police officers and other non-journalists have also been killed in recent events in France, the editor and other journalists killed on Wednesday were of course the immediate and initial target of (or excuse for) the attack. In the wake of the massacre of much of the editorial team of Charlie Hebdo, there has been an international rush to express solidarity with the victims by identifying with the magazine (on and offline) through the motto JeSuisCharlie, even among those who have never read or even heard of the magazine, and representing the attack not just as a terrorist attack on France or a vague notion of western civilisation, but more specifically as an assault on journalists that epitomised the very idea of free speech and 'western' values.

There have also been those who have also sought to express their solidarity while refusing to identify themselves explicitly with Charlie, because they find its content offensive. Many outside France, who are unfamiliar with the publication, are understandably wary of identifying too closely and quickly with something that may be, or may seem, racist, while many in France are reluctant to identify themselves with a publication they have long felt stigmatised them or others. The overwhelming international rush to identify with Charlie is thus treated as a rash gesture by the more wary well-wishers, some of whom see the magazine as anti-democratic (and even anti-French) as well as Islamaphobic. One may not find funny or acceptable the deliberately provocative and ostensibly offensive images of Mohammed, nor those of the Pope or successive French presidents, or even of Muslims in general.

Some have stressed, however, that the paper has been egalitarian in its offensiveness, refusing to spare anyone, whether those in positions of power or those marginalised and stigmatised in French society (others, on the other hand, have stressed the opposite). It has certainly been resolutely provocative, insisting on its right to be controversial, even and especially at the most sensitive and dangerous of times – even when government ministers have pleaded with the editors to not fan the flames at times of racial tension.

Some have argued that its images, while offensive when seen for the first time outside of their context, actually work on multiple layers, often juxtapositions of unrelated topical stories only immediately comprehensible to a contemporary French audience, and even then, not that immediately, and certainly not to everyone's taste. Indeed, there are valid and convincing reasons for criticising the paper for having contributed to the stigmatisation of Muslims in France, and a more widespread banalisation of Islamaphobia that some have diagnosed in the French media, as well as for seeing it as a publication made by, and for, a predominantly white and male dominant class.

Nevertheless, there are those who have instinctively reacted to this event by proclaiming that free speech – and, by extension, a free press – is an absolute right. Further, that Charlie Hebdo is representative of this right – and, by extension, all western values. The danger is that this claim can be expressed strategically to justify the representation of Muslims as fundamentally opposed to such western values, as well as the need for greater state surveillance to monitor potential terrorists and prevent terrorist attacks.

In the UK, it has even been appropriated by the tabloids to criticise recent 'liberal attacks' on widespread, covert and illegal state surveillance (such as The Guardian's printing of Edward Snowden's revelations of NSA/GCHQ programmes) – and, by extension, justify the tabloids' right to publish whatever they want, regardless of public interest standards, privacy violations or amount of offense caused.

Which, incidentally, leads to a further irony in the debate between press freedom and national security interests, as the renewed calls for greater surveillance powers may now be made in the name of protecting press freedom.

But free speech and a free press are neither the same thing, nor are they absolute values. Because of scope, scale and influence, the press have a far greater impact than an individual, and therefore have a greater responsibility to limit the offence they may cause. And both freedoms are always and already restricted anyway – by laws (of defamation, confidentiality etc.), by social norms, by their conflicts with other values (such as privacy or national security), and so on.

Those who have rushed to republish the controversial images that ultimately got the cartoonists (and others) killed have done so in the name of free speech, claiming that free speech is 'non-negotiable'. But those same organisations have been critical of UK tabloids for printing stories in the name of free speech where it has violated other values, such as privacy, or failed to pass a public interest test, or where it is symptomatic of corporate power's corrupting influence over politics and public life. Surely the recognition that free speech is a negotiable (and strategic) right in those instances undermines the claim that it is non-negotiable when it comes to addressing the offence taken at images of Mohammed, whether or not one agrees that their publication, or even republication, is justified.

We need to discourage misguided and reactionary representations of these attacks as simply attacks on free speech, and acknowledge that free speech itself is not an absolute value. We must recognise the validity of debates over what limits to free speech are acceptable – whether or not we approve of the kind of images that Charlie Hebdo has published, or with their mass republication on numerous websites this week.

No, we're not all Charlie Hebdo, nor should we be by Ben Hayes

January 9, 2015 | opendemocracy.net

I respect your right to show solidarity with the victims of this horrible crime by reposting those drawings, but only if you respect my right not to do so because I happen to find them bigoted and incendiary.

There is nothing new about people suspending their critical faculties in the aftermath of terrorist attacks; unconscionable atrocities are by their very nature easier to denounce than understand.

Such a retreat from reason is inevitably accompanied by attacks on those who seek it out. After 9/11, merely suggesting that the attacks might have had something to do with US foreign policy was akin to treason; today it is Charlie Hebdo that is beyond reproach. Now, as then, these constraints should disturb.

It is no more than a simple statement of fact that among the reasons a number of the magazine's staff were selected for assassination by maniacs was its predilection for Muslim-baiting – this is not a justification, not an excuse, not a defence – but a relevant part of the historical record. Yet, just as in September 2001, you'd be most ill-advised to mention it, lest you wish to be branded a "victim-blamer", a "weasel excuser of murder", or much worse.

Much of my working life has been given over the defence of human rights in the face of unduly repressive responses to acts of terrorism. I remember the climate after 9/11 as if it were yesterday. Those of us who chose not to wrap our solidarity in George Bush's stars and stripes can at least find some solace and vindication in the gradual acceptance that "war on terror" is counterproductive, and that terrorism is better countered with justice, despite the overwhelming "with us or against us" rhetoric of the time.

Today's grand narrative is very similar and goes something like this. This wasn't carefully calculated murder – akin to many other premeditated 'hits', and qualitatively different to other recent acts of terrorism – it was an attack on "Western values", on "European freedom", on "decent people everywhere", etc. Now, just as then, you're either with Charlie Hebdo, or you're with the terrorists. Solidarity means nothing less than "being Charlie". Failing to republish or repost offensive cartoons is an act of cowardice or self-censorship, not a personal or professional choice. And if anything about that makes you just a little bit uncomfortable, you clearly don't understand one or more of the following: how to defend free speech, what Charlie Hebdo is about, satire, French secularism or the foundations of European civilisation. Ergo you should hold your tongue or go live somewhere else.

Defending free speech does indeed mean defending speech you don't agree with; no need to misquote Voltaire here. But asserting the sanctity of the free press while demanding the entire fourth estate publish Charlie cartoons is rank hypocrisy. I respect your right to show solidarity with the victims of this horrible crime by reposting those drawings, but only if you respect my right not to do so because I happen to find them bigoted and incendiary.

To be honest, I'd respect your sudden interest in free expression a lot more if, for example, you'd have stood with those of us who defended Samina Malik, the hip-hop loving "lyrical terrorist"-come-WHSmith-cashier when she was jailed up for writing nursery rhymes about Jihad, or if you had offered such a resolute defence of the Nottingham Two when they were arrested and detained for downloading "terrorist material" – when what they were actually doing was researching militant Islam as part of their university course. And since you hold freedom of speech so dear I expect you to join me in condemning the Council of Europe Convention and the EU Framework Decision that outlaws "public provocation to terrorism". Not the crime of actually inciting terrorist offences, you understand, but speech which "creates a danger" that such offences may be committed. European law drafted solely with limits on Muslim freedom of expression in mind.

It is surely a myth that the freedom of expression of the majority is under threat when #KillAllMuslims is trending on Twitter and the far right in Europe marches from strength to strength. The much less convenient truth is that for many members of minority communities watching all of this unfold, nothing says white privilege more than the visceral amplification of Islamophobia in the name of European values. We're deluding ourselves if we think that simutaneously telling Muslim communities "your sensitivities are stupid and irrelevant - now do your bit for counter-radicalisation" is going to keep us safe.

Now the part where you tell me that Charlie Hebdo isn't racist or bigoted because in addition to going out of its way to insult Muslims, it is an equal opportunities offender. Full disclosure: I've never read the thing and am quite content that my limited grasp of French culture and language means I'll never understand why so many people suddenly think it the height of subversive literature, no matter how many people tell me that as a Private Eye subscriber I should understand. I guess satirical greatness is in the eye of the beholder.

Nor will anyone convince me that taking the reification of Charlie to ever more stupefying heights – c.f. the New Yorker's likening of its "pioneering free expression" to that of Gandhi and Martin Luther King – will do anything other than play into the hands of the racists and fascists whose fondness for free speech extends only as far as their desire to use it to destroy human rights. As with 9/11, we are walking into the trap the terrorists have set for us. Tragedy, farce, repeat.

Again, to be crystal clear, I get why you want to be Charlie and I respect that – especially if you're French or a journalist. But I vehemently reject the imposition of a monoculture which tells me that standing up to terrorism and ridiculing Islam are two sides of the same coin. When the dust settles, I hope you will too.

Frank Witte

What a lazy and sloppy piece of quasi-intellectual writing. Standing up for a magazine that has published a fair share of racist and bigotted cartoons? Oh no, because we don't stand up for racists! We only stand up for underpriviledged and marginalised people who quite understandably at some point get pushed over the edge by all the permitted abuse, sending them into violent adrenaline rage!

I spend quite some time among underpriviledged and marginalised people and in my experience a significant percentage of them are racists too. The tasteless rage of a magazine like Charly Hebdo and the 'white' islamophobic buzz is not that different from the equally nauseating antisemitic slurs, the fairly common derogatory slanting of white girls, the vitriolic rejection of black brits and more prejudices I have encountered among immigrants living in London.

I fear that if someone really only wants to stand up for groups that are free of racism that someone is either standing up for no one, or is delusionally naive. So when I stand up against islamophobia, I do so while knowing that antisemitism is a real issue among muslims. When I stand up against the criminalisation of easter-european migrants then I do so while knowing that racist attitudes towards blacks and asians are a real problem in that community.

You do't have to like someone in order to stand up for his right to remain alive while being unlikable. When people are saying "I am CH" ... they are not saying that it is okay to offend others deliberately andonly with the aim of baiting them into overstepping societal boundaries. What they are saying is this: when murdering unlikable and terribly annoying people becomes a habit, then sooner rather than later I am going to be considered unlikable and annoying by someone. Of course everyone is free to believe in whichever myth they choose to believe in.

But the idea that deep down inside marginalised and disadvantaged people are 'better' or 'purer' and that they would be able to show so if only they weren't disadvantaged and marginalised ... well is just that: a myth. The truth is, deep down inside we are all pretty much the same kind of annoying and prejudiced suckers.

We are all an anti-semite Pakistani who gets blasted off a mountain road with his newly wed wife by a US drone under misinformed orders of Obama. We are all an islamophobic hindu girl that gets gang-raped in the streets of Mumbai. We are all an islamic fundamtalist Rohinga who get shot by buddhist radicals.

In that sense we can also all be Charly Hebdo ... not because charly is in anyway likeable, heroic or 'good' ... but because the rotten tomatoes of this world, such a me, do not deserve to get machine-gunned at work, drone-rocketted at their wedding or gang-raped on the way to an evening out.

Dave > Frank Witte

I completely agree with you!, but I don't feel he is defending the actions of the murderers. "We only stand up for underpriviledged and marginalised people who quite understandably at some point get pushed over the edge by all the permitted abuse, sending them into violent adrenaline rage!" But instead, highlighting the effect of the 'with c.h or with terrorists' concept which may play out as the news spread and people get angrier.

I don't agree with some of the comparisons, like the one with the CEC, and maybe the article is a bit too soon but its worth considering, especially with the traction the right is gaining in France as a result of this.

Again, everyone with half a brain is fully disgusted and cannot attempt justification of the murders

Jonathan Owle > Dave

Great response, and for me the ultimate point - this tragedy will most certainly be used to railroad 'acceptable' opinion and shut down any deeper, more complex questions about why this happened.

[Jan 14, 2015] Charlie Hebdo Victim of Free Speech

Charlie Hebdo was not an equal opportunity offender. It performed complex dance by trying to profit by offending weak. In Roth v. US, the Supreme Court deemed material "unprotected" which is "patently offensive and utterly without redeeming social values". In the Miller v. California the Supreme Court built on the Roth standard employed a three-part guideline for determining "obscenity":
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No doubt the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and its editors were obnoxious, rude, blasphemous, obscene, provocative, sacrilegious, pushing the limits of free speech but that never justify the cold blooded murder committed by the would be suspects, Muslim radicals and criminals. If the Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) was alive today, he will be ashamed and offended by the crimes committed in his name by Islamist misfits and thugs from France, Syria, Iraq, Mali, Nigeria, Sudan, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Somalia among other countries.

While these Muslim "terrorists" used Kalashnikov to kill journalist, the United States of America used its F-15's and F-16s and missiles to kill Aljazeera journalist, Tareq Ayyoub and wounding many when on April 8, 2003 the White House targeted Aljazeera offices in Baghdad deeming Aljazeera and its journalist hostile to US intentions in Iraq, with Donald Rumsfeld defining Aljazeera as "vicious, inexcusably biased and abetting terrorists".

Frank Gaffney President of Center for Security Policy called on George Bush to "take down" Aljazeera. The American well respected "Salon" with information published by the Daily Mirror (30 November 2005) reported that Tony Blair in April of 2004 persuaded President George W. Bush not to bomb Aljazeera offices in Doha, Qatar. What is the difference between the American White House and the Muslim terrorists of France?

Perhaps no one can best describe Charlie Hebdo and its editors better than Arthur Goldmann writing in Aljazeera on line titled " Let's Not Sacralize Charlie Hebdo" January 7, 2014 where he writes:

" Charlie Hebdo – was in the business of giving offenses, and it tried hard to offend every one, right and left, Protestants and Catholics, Muslims, and Jews, male and females, Western and non-Western. It was if you'll pardon the expression, an equal opportunity offender and it revealed it in its freedom to vex, irritate and derange" but was Charlie Hebdo was an equal offender when it came to Islam and Muslims?

Personally, and here I may offend the Muslim communities of France, in saying that this community for the most part, failed to fully understanding the history of France and the resentment against the church and state. Failed to understand and appreciate that as Arthur Goldmann puts it " satire was more blasphemous than political and its roots lie deep in European history dated from the time when in order to challenge authority, one had to confront divinity itself" something the "Islamists" suspects, perhaps the entire Muslim community failed to understand and appreciate.

However in France as well as in the rest of Europe, where racism and xenophobia is always under a thin veneer of civility, the French authorities on occasions have stepped in and did stop "satire and comedy" deemed offensive to the Jewish community, as was the case when French authorities through the power of the French courts stopped and banned the comedy and satire show of the French Comedian Dieundonne M'bala M'bala when during one of his shows he depicted Israeli settlers as Nazis and the courts deemed Dieudonne "crossed the limits of anti-Semitism".

Dieudonne was cleared by French courts in 2003 stating "this was not attack against Jews, in general but against a type of persons distinguished by their political views". Perhaps the same rule also applies to the case of Charlie Hebdo, when it depicted in its many repeated and often cartoon, not the entire Muslim community, but "against a type of persons, distinguished by their political views".

Later Dieudonne signature gesture "quenelle" became notorious in 2013. He was recorded during a performance mocking a Jewish journalist "it was a pity he was not sent to the gas chamber". After this incident Manual Valle, then French Minister of Interior banned all of Dieudonne shows.

However the French authorities never deemed Charlie Hebdo cartoons crossing the lines of free speech or within the realm of "Islamophobia", even when Muslims viewed these cartoons as "blasphemous" especially when it comes to depicting the Prophet Mohamed (PBUH). Hence Charlie Hebdo was not an equal opportunity offender.

Not so sure if Muslims in France or their leadership ever used the French legal systems to challenge the rights of Charlie Hebdo to publish cartoon offending their moral and religious senses and deemed 'blasphemous"? Cold-blooded murder is never justified when there is an opportunity even a guaranteed right to seek judicial intervention.

Though France and many nations in Western Europe always pride themselves in their guarantees of free speech, and open debate, passed law such as the French law No 90-615 designed to repress acts of racism and anti-Semitism and xenophobia. The Gayassot Act of July 13, 1990 "makes it illegal to question the existence of crimes that falls in the category of crimes against humanity as defined in the London Charter of 1945."

One thing the Muslim communities of Europe failed to understand, failed to learned is that Europe unlike the US with its long history of immigration and diversity, Europe is 'homogenous" and not a land of immigrants and diversity, with Germans and German culture and tradition are impeded through long history, tradition and values, same in France, in Sweden, in Denmark, in Norway.

Having lived in Europe (Germany and Switzerland) for over 6 years and with some 30 years of frequent travel to Paris and France, I must say that one could not blame the French for their racism and xenophobia and one could not exonerate the Muslim community for its ills and failings to understand and learn to live in peace and harmony with active efforts to integrate in a culture that is totally different from theirs. Muslim communities could never and should never live "isolated" and stranger to France and its well-established culture and traditions.

I also could not exonerate the role of the mosques in France that for the most part contributed to this alienation and hostility toward France and French "culture". With "Imams" who are ill trained, ill educated most do not even speak French, who for the most part know nothing of France, its history, it culture, its values and traditions, secularism, free speech. How can such "leaders" contribute to the peaceful co-existence, harmony, understanding and appreciations of the dominant culture? This is made worst in the fact that most if not all early immigrants to France are illiterate with no skills.

French policies also contributed to this divide having placed these immigrants in "ghettos" no different from the Jewish Ghettos of East Europe where immigrants and their off-springs are truly trapped with overcrowded housing, very poor schools with no efforts to help integrate and incorporate these immigrants, even native born, and their families into the main stream of French society through educations, job training even language education.

I should know, having seen and witnessed these French Ghettos. Ill educated parents with mothers sitting at home with NO contacts with French society and with fathers working long hours in factories, cleaning the streets of French cities had no background nor knowing where to seek help for their children trapped, with little chance of integrating into French society and when they do it is drug dealings, theft, and prostitution, that was the mainstream for integrations of these French born Muslims later converting to Jihadism.

Of course there are exceptional cases where Muslim immigrants and their children rose to the highest levels of French society in business and in politics but that remains the exception.

While both French and US laws guarantees freedom of speech, each country has its own unique views and standards of what constitute free speech?

Not withstanding the US guarantees of free speech through the power and force of the First Amendment, there have been many cases where political and social pressures and lobbies having affected and in fact limited free speech and expressions.

While the US Supreme Court did not have much trouble with traditional free speech, it struggled with issues deemed within the realm of free speech mainly "obscenity and pornography". In Roth v. US, the Supreme Court deemed material "unprotected" which is "patently offensive and utterly without redeeming social values".

In the Miller v. California the Supreme Court built on the Roth standard employed a three-part guideline for determining "obscenity":

And in the words of Supreme Justice Potter Steward " I shall not today attempt any further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced "but I know it when I see it".

The words of Justice Potter Steward were the focus of fights and disputed between artists, museums, local citizens and local political leadership here in the US and to some extent in Europe.

Fights and disputes that saw the cancellations of "Human Zoo". An art exhibition which featured black actors in cages and chains which was cancelled by Barbican in September of 2014, and saw the cancellation of the same show by the Edinburgh Art Festival in 2014 after 23,000 signed a petition calling for the show cancellation.

Here in the US much controversies surrounding art exhibitions where community leaders even members of Congress forced the cancellation of art exhibition deemed obscene and offensive to the sensibility of the community such as that of the Holy Virgin Mary, by Chris Ofili (1996) with a Black Madona " mixed media oil paint glittered – polyester resin elephant dung and collage pornographic images -- images of female genitalia".

The art exhibition "Sensation" sponsored the Brooklyn Museum was center of controversy between the museum, local leadership and politicians with then Mayor Rudolph Giuliani bringing a lawsuit against the museum deemed the exhibition "sick and disgusting" and not covered by First Amendment. The court thought otherwise.

Another art exhibition that saw much controversy is "Piss Christ" 1987 by the artist Andrew Serrano, which "depict a small plastic crucifix submerged in a glass of the artist urine". Lucy R. Lippard an "art critics" deemed "Piss Christ" as mysterious and beautiful". One has to wonder what taste or standards these so called "art critics" have to be of any social values. The National Gallery of Victoria was vandalized and lost grants because of this exhibition.

In the US unlike Europe which so far escaped the well funded and well organized campaign of "Islamophbia" may soon see the launch of the American version of "Islamophibia" all over Europe given the financial means and connections such movement have in the US and the power and money it can muster from wealthy American Zionists and from Israel.

Unlike anywhere else, here in the US it is not the government that stands in the way of or hamper Free Speech, it is private and well funded American Zionist Jewish organizations that took the lead in limiting free speech, using "misinformation" in the media certainly on college campuses promoting racism and hatred toward Arabs and Muslims, and using "Islamophobia as a tool to promote Israeli agenda here within the US".

Leading the charge are the likes of Frank Gaffney of Center for Security Policy, David Yershalmi of Society of American for National Existence, Daniel Pipes of Middle East Forum, Robert Spence of Jihad Watch and Stop Islamization of America, Steve Emerson of Investigative Project on Terrorism and Sheldon Edelson with his billions and his "terrorism experts" such as Evan Kohlmann and journalist Jennifer Rubins of the Washington Post.

These organization and well orchestrated campaign by well organized Jewish Zionist student groups and well to do Jewish donors have seen to it of all places that American universities and academic institutions are the first victims of Free Speech in America.

Campus Watch the well funded American Jewish Zionist organization is dedicated to and not only monitor but does its best to stifle debates and discussions on college campus that has to do with the Middle East conflict. It has thousands of "informants" who record professors and students in the class rooms, and reports subject matters discussing the Arab-Israeli conflicts stifling in not impeding free speech, taking actions through alumni associations and wealthy donors to kill free speech on college campuses.

Only recently, the University of Illinois decided under the threats of wealthy Jewish donors to cancel the offer extended to an American born Palestinian-American professor expert on "indigenous studies" denying him from a tenure track professorship at the university because of his frequent tweet during the Israel war on Gaza, tweet deemed hostile to Israel.

The University Chancellor, Phyllis Wise contrary to the rules of offering and rescinding of offers to potential college professors decided and with the support of the university trustees "stand firm on not hiring Professor Steven Salaita' because of his harsh anti-Israeli tweets, thus and in the words of defense lawyer Maria LaHood of the Center for Constitutional Rights creating a "Palestinian Exception to the First Amendment and academic freedom,"

Let us hope that France with its long history of freedom and its well established values enshrined in "Liberte, egalite, fraternite" does not succumb to the well funded and well organized American Jewish Zionist "Islamophobia" disfranchising and demonizing the entire community of some 5 million Muslims setting the stage to what we saw happened in Germany to the Jews when a well organized hostile campaign of demonization of an entire community led to the Holocaust.

What happened at Charles Hebdo and the heinous crime should be a wake up call for the entire Muslim community in France and the rest of Europe that it no longer can afford to sit back and isolate itself from the rest of society it chose to live within and must understand that it has to adjust and live with and accommodate a different value system than the one it brought from "home".

That the Muslim community in France, no longer afford to sit back leaving ill educated, ill cultured and ill informed and hostile " Imams" to disfranchise their children from the rest of society they live in and should seek active help from authorities and community organizers to integrate its children into main stream French society making education the main focus for social, economic, political integration, starting with a official French seminaries to educate and qualify "Imams" and educating them in the Bible, in the Torah, in the French Revolution, in Rene Descartes, Nicolas Malebranche, Voltair and Jean-Jaques Rousseau among others.

The tragic death and cold-blooded murder of the victims at Charlie Hebdo and the two policemen killed (one of whom is Muslim) is a wake call for all of us. Free speech was the victim at Charlie Hebdo. Yes, the Muslim community in France too paid a high price protecting freedom of speech and expression.

Born in the Palestinian city of El-Bireh (presently under Israeli Military and Settlers Occupation). Immigrated to the US in 62. After graduating from high school in Gary, Indiana was drafted into the US Army (66-68) received the Leadership Award from the US 6th Army NCO Academy in Ft. Lewis, Washington. Five of us brothers were in US military service about the same time (Nabil-Army), (Lutfi-Marines), (Sam-Army) and (Taiseer-Marines) with two nephews presently with US Army. Graduated from Indiana University with BA-72, Master of Public Affairs-74 and Jurist Doctor-77, and in senior year at IU, was elected Chairman of the Indiana Student Association. Sami Jamil Jadallah is an international legal and business consultant and is the founder and director of Palestine Agency and Palestine Documentation Center and founder and owner of several businesses in technology and services. His articles are also featured on JeffersonCorner.com, PalestineNote.com and Ramallah Online.

[Jan 14, 2015] Je Suis Charlie Attack Sparks Debate on Free Speech Limits

They attacked weak, never powerful.
ABC News

Are we all Charlie now?

"Je suis Charlie" ? I am Charlie ? was the cry that that raced around the world in the wake of the murderous attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. It has been displayed on placards, scrawled as graffiti and shared millions of times on social media.

Soon, though, came a riposte: "Je ne suis pas Charlie" ? I am not Charlie ? as the tragedy triggered a debate about free speech and its limits, and whether the right to offend should always be used.

For many civil libertarians, the issue was clear. Charlie Hebdo had published crude, rude cartoons that mocked everyone from politicians to the pope to the Prophet Muhammad. It saw its mission as challenging taboos and sacred cows. The best way to honor the 12 killed and stand up for free speech was to print the cartoons again.

The group Index on Censorship ran a selection of Charlie Hebdo cartoons online and called on other publications and websites to follow suit, "to show that fear should not be allowed to stifle free expression." Historian Timothy Garton Ash said that if newspapers didn't publish the images, "the assassins will have won."

Some websites and newspapers did print the Muhammad cartoons. But many, especially in the U.S. and Britain, did not, saying they violated editorial policies against willfully giving offense.

The Associated Press has decided not to run the images, explaining, in part, that "AP tries hard not to be a conveyor belt for images and actions aimed at mocking or provoking people on the basis of religion, race or sexual orientation. ... While we run many photos that are politically or socially provocative, there are areas verging on hate speech and actions where we feel it is right to be cautious."

Alan Rusbridger, editor of the United Kingdom's Guardian newspaper, said "we completely defend Charlie Hebdo's ethos and values and the right to offend in the way that they did."

But he said that "there are some very offensive ones that the Guardian would never in the normal run of events publish" ? and it would be wrong to change in response to terrorism.

Others point out that in all societies freedom of speech has its limits. In France, several people have been arrested this week for glorifying the killings on social media. And even staunch defenders of free speech may be alarmed that #Jesuiskouachi ? identifying with the brothers who were the assailants in the Charlie Hebdo attack ? has become a Twitter hashtag.

Some who condemned the killings used the "I am not Charlie" hashtag to express unease at what they saw as publishing hurtful, inflammatory and sometimes racist images. Charlie Hebdo once depicted a black government minister as a monkey, and in 2012, amid an uproar over an anti-Muslim film, the magazine published drawings of Muhammad naked and in demeaning or pornographic poses.

Such Muhammad images offend many ordinary Muslims and, some argued, target a community that already feels beleaguered in France: under-represented in the corridors of power, over-represented in prison, and stigmatized by a law against religious displays that bans headscarves in schools and face-covering veils in public places.

American cartoonist Joe Sacco drew a cartoon in response to the attacks in which he mused that "lines on paper are a weapon, and satire is meant to cut to the bone. But whose bone?"


"Though tweaking the noses of Muslims might be as permissible as it is now believed to be dangerous, it has never struck me as anything other than a vapid way to use the pen," Sacco wrote.

Charlie Hebdo's supporters say such criticism misses crucial context: The newspaper's humor stands in a tradition that mocks hypocrisy and punctures pretension without fear or favor. French journalist Anne-Elisabeth Moutet described it as "rude, obscene, irreverent, and anti-religious ... the last true heir of the French revolutionary and republican traditions."

Amid the heated debate, some Muslims and others embraced a third hashtag: "Je suis Ahmed," in tribute to Ahmed Merabet, the Muslim policeman shot dead by the attackers.

Lebanese writer Dyab Abou Jahjah tweeted: "I am not Charlie, I am Ahmed the dead cop. Charlie ridiculed my faith and culture and I died defending his right to do so. #JesuisAhmed." His tweet has been reposted more than 25,000 times.

Julien Casters, a magazine editor in Morocco who was the first to tweet #JesuisAhmed, said the slogan had become popular "because a number of Muslims felt stigmatized by the attack."

"(Sharing) this hashtag is a way of saying, 'We are Muslims and we are also victims of the religious fanaticism,'" he told the AP in an email.

As the free speech debate rages, one thing seems clear ? Charlie Hebdo has not been silenced.

Individuals, media organizations and the French government have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep the cash-strapped newspaper going. Before the attack, Charlie Hebdo sold fewer than 100,000 copies a week. The next issue will have a print run of 1 million.

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[Jan 14, 2015] Charlie Hebdo -- Paul Craig Roberts

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The Charlie Hebdo affair has many of the characteristics of a false flag operation. The attack on the cartoonists' office was a disciplined professional attack of the kind associated with highly trained special forces; yet the suspects who were later corralled and killed seemed bumbling and unprofessional. It is like two different sets of people.

Usually Muslim terrorists are prepared to die in the attack; yet the two professionals who hit Charlie Hebdo were determined to escape and succeeded, an amazing feat. Their identity was allegedly established by the claim that they conveniently left for the authorities their ID in the getaway car. Such a mistake is inconsistent with the professionalism of the attack and reminds me of the undamaged passport found miraculously among the ruins of the two WTC towers that served to establish the identity of the alleged 9/11 hijackers.

It is a plausible inference that the ID left behind in the getaway car was the ID of the two Kouachi brothers, convenient patsies, later killed by police, and from whom we will never hear anything, and not the ID of the professionals who attacked Charlie Hebdo. An important fact that supports this inference is the report that the third suspect in the attack, Hamyd Mourad, the alleged driver of the getaway car, when seeing his name circulating on social media as a suspect realized the danger he was in and quickly turned himself into the police for protection against being murdered by security forces as a terrorist.

Hamyd Mourad says he has an iron-clad alibi. If so, this makes him the despoiler of a false flag attack. Authorities will have to say that despite being wrong about Mourad, they were right about the Kouachi brothers. Alternatively, Mourad could be coerced or tortured into some sort of confession that supports the official story. https://www.intellihub.com/18-year-old-charlie-hebdo-suspect-surrenders-police-claims-alibi/

The American and European media have ignored the fact that Mourad turned himself in for protection from being killed as a terrorist as he has an alibi. I googled Hamid Mourad and all I found (January 12) was the main US and European media reporting that the third suspect had turned himself in. The reason for his surrender was left out of the reports. The news was reported in a way that gave credence to the accusation that the suspect who turned himself in was part of the attack on Charlie Hebdo. Not a single US mainstream media source reported that the alleged suspect turned himself in because he has an ironclad alibi.

Some media merely reported Mourad's surrender in a headline with no coverage in the report. The list that I googled includes the Washington Post (January 7 by Griff Witte and Anthony Faiola); Die Welt (Germany) "One suspect has turned himself in to police in connection with Wednesday's massacre at the offices of Parisian satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo;" ABC News (January 7) "Youngest suspect in Charlie Hebdo Attack turns himself in;" CNN (January 8) "Citing sources, the Agence France Presse news agency reported that an 18-year-old suspect in the attack had surrendered to police."

Another puzzle in the official story that remains unreported by the presstitute media is the alleged suicide of a high ranking member of the French Judicial Police who had an important role in the Charlie Hebdo investigation. For unknown reasons, Helric Fredou, a police official involved in the most important investigation of a lifetime, decided to kill himself in his police office on January 7 or January 8 (both dates are reported in the foreign media) in the middle of the night while writing his report on his investigation. A google search as of 6pm EST January 13 turns up no mainstream US media report of this event. The alternative media reports it, as do some UK newspapers, but without suspicion or mention whether his report has disappeared. The official story is that Fredou was suffering from "depression" and "burnout," but no evidence is provided. Depression and burnout are the standard explanations of mysterious deaths that have unsettling implications.

Once again we see the US print and TV media serving as a ministry of propaganda for Washington. In place of investigation, the media repeats the government's implausible story.

It behoves us all to think. Why would Muslims be more outraged by cartoons in a Paris magazine than by hundreds of thousands of Muslims killed by Washington and its French and NATO vassals in seven countries during the past 14 years?

If Muslims wanted to make a point of the cartoons, why not bring a hate crime charge or lawsuit? Imagine what would happen to a European magazine that dared to satirize Jews in the way Charlie Hebdo satirized Muslims. Indeed, in Europe people are imprisoned for investigating the holocaust without entirely confirming every aspect of it.

If a Muslim lawsuit was deep-sixed by French authorities, the Muslims would have made their point. Killing people merely contributes to the demonization of Muslims, a result that only serves Washington's wars against Muslim countries.

If Muslims are responsible for the attack on Charlie Hebdo had voted in the UN with Palestine against the US-Israeli position. This assertion of an independent French foreign policy was reinforced by the recent statement by the President of France that the economic sanctions against Russia should be terminated.

Clearly, France was showing too much foreign policy independence. The attack on Charlie Hebdo serves to cow France and place France back under Washington's thumb.

Some will contend that Muslims are sufficiently stupid to shoot themselves in the head in this way. But how do we reconcile such alleged stupidity with the alleged Muslim 9/11 and Charlie Hebdo professional attacks?

If we believe the official story, the 9/11 attack on the US shows that 19 Muslims, largely Saudis, without any government or intelligence service support, outwitted not only all 16 US intelligence agencies, the National Security Council, Dick Cheney and all the neoconservatives in high positions throughout the US government, and airport security, but also the intelligence services of NATO and Israel's Mossad. How can such intelligent and capable people, who delivered the most humiliating blow in world history to an alleged Superpower with no difficulty whatsoever despite giving every indication of their intentions, possibly be so stupid as to shoot themselves in the head when they could have thrown France into turmoil with a mere lawsuit?

The Charlie Hebdo story simply doesn't wash. If you believe it, you are no match for a Muslim.

Some who think that they are experts will say that a false flag attack in France would be impossible without the cooperation of French intelligence. To this I say that it is practically a certainty that the CIA has more control over French intelligence than does the President of France. Operation Gladio proves this. The largest part of the government of Italy was ignorant of the bombings conducted by the CIA and Italian Intelligence against European women and children and blamed on communists in order to diminish the communist vote in elections.

Americans are a pitifully misinformed people. All of history is a history of false flag operations. Yet Americans dismiss such proven operations as "conspiracy theories," which merely proves that government has successfully brainwashed insouciant Americans and deprived them of the ability to recognize the truth.

Americans are the foremost among the captive nations.

Who will liberate them?

[Jan 14, 2015] Glenn Greenwald nails the Charlie Hebdo affair

PaulCraigRoberts.org

Glenn Greenwald nails the Charlie Hebdo affair:

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/01/09/solidarity-charlie-hebdo-cartoons/

Sunday morning news channels report a huge "anti-terror" rally in France with 50 "world leaders" flown in to participate, including the Chancellor of Germany and the Prime Ministers of Great Britain and Spain.

This looks more and more like an orchestrated affair. Assembling "world leaders" in such a short time reminds me of the 10,000 man army ready to occupy Boston in response to the Marathon Bombing.

[Jan 14, 2015] Suspicions are growing that the French shootings are a false flag operation

Jan 11, 2015 | PaulCraigRoberts.org

Suspicions are growing that the French shootings are a false flag operation

I do not know these sites or their credibility. I do know the mainstream media, and it has no credibility.

Considering the number of real journalists on war fronts, not cartoonists in Paris, killed by Washington funded and organized ISIS, including filmed beheadings, the uproar over the cartoonists' deaths has the appearance of orchestration. Whether or not it is a false flag operation, the shootings are being used for a wider purpose or purposes.

Among these purposes is bringing France back into Washington's orbit. The French president had recently said that the sanctions against Russia should be terminated. Hollande was allying himself with French economic interests instead of with Washington's hegemonic foreign policy.

Another purpose is to stifle the growing European sympathy for the Palestinians and to realign Europe with Israel.

Another purpose is to counter the rising opposition in Europe to more Middle Eastern wars. The American neoconservatives have not completed their agenda. Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and Saudi Arabia are still standing.

And there can be other purposes not apparent to me.

My recommendation is that you not believe the print and TV media, but think. The failure of Americans to think is why they are 13 years into war and live in a police state.

[Jan 14, 2015] Al Qaeda claims responsibility for Charlie Hebdo attacks

Jan 14, 2015 | DW.DE

Militant Islamist organization al Qaeda in Yemen has claimed responsibility for last week's attack on satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo. The news came as copies of the "survivors' edition" sold out in France.

[Jan 14, 2015] Memorial service held for police killed in Paris attacks

Dead people don't tell tales...
The Guardian

Lt Franck Brinsolaro, 49, was a protection officer assigned to the Charlie Hebdo editor Stéphane Charbonnier, known as Charb. Ahmed Merabet, 40, was gunned down outside the magazine offices as gunmen Saïd and Chérif Kouachi made their escape on Wednesday. Clarissa Jean-Philippe, 26, was shot by the Kouachis' accomplice Amély Coulibaly after the trainee officer was called to a car accident in the Montrouge area of Paris with two other colleagues.

The Kouachis and Coulibaly were subsequently killed by police.

[Jan 14, 2015] Charlie Hebdo killings: 'Don't be afraid. I won't kill you. You're a woman' by Kim Willsher

Why brothers Chérif and Saïd Kouachi got so easily into protected by police office of the magazine? Who let them in?
The Guardian

One of the survivors of the Charlie Hebdo massacre has given a chilling account of how her life was spared by one of the terrorist gunmen.

Sigolène Vinson, a writer at the satirical magazine, described how she hid as Kalashnikov-toting brothers Chérif and Saïd Kouachi picked off colleagues one by one. Eleven people at the magazine died and a police officer was murdered as the gunmen fled.

Vinson said she had been in the kitchen making a coffee when the Kouachi brothers burst into the editorial meeting.

"We heard two pops … we all wondered what it was," Vinson told Le Monde newspaper.

She said Franck Brinsolaro, a police protection officer assigned to Charlie Hebdo editor Stéphane "Charb" Charbonnier, got up and appeared to be reaching for his pistol.

"He said 'Don't move'. I threw myself on the ground … I knew it wasn't firecrackers."

Vinson crawled towards some offices when the door of the editorial office burst open and a man cried: "Allahu akbar … where is Charb?"

"I heard gunfire. I didn't look back, I didn't want to stare death in the face and I was sure I was going to die," she said.

She joined other staff hiding in a colleague's office where they could hear but not see the killing spree.

"They didn't fire in bursts, they shot one bullet after another. Slowly. Nobody shouted. Everyone must have been taken completely by surprise," Vinson said.

Vinson heard footsteps and more gunfire. One of the gunmen, later identified as Saïd Kouachi, looked around an office wall and took aim.

"I looked at him. He had big dark eyes, a gentle look. I felt he was slightly troubled, like he was searching for my name," she said.

"He said 'don't be afraid, calm down. I won't kill you. You're a woman, we don't kill women. But think about what you do, what you do is bad. I'm sparing you and because I've spared you, you will read the Qur'an'.

"I thought it quite cruel of him to ask me not to be afraid when he'd just killed everyone and was aiming at me with his gun. I thought it unfair to say that what we'd done was wrong, when good was on our side.

"I nodded my head, to maintain some kind of contact. I didn't want to lose eye contact because Jean-Luc [layout editor] was under the table … I fully understood that if this guy didn't kill women, he killed men."

She said Saïd Kouachi turned towards the editorial room where his brother Chérif had shot Elsa Cayat, another Charlie writer, and shouted: "We don't kill women," three times. The men then left.

Vinson described the scene of horror next door. She stepped over colleagues' bodies to reach her mobile phone in her coat pocket and called the emergency services.

"It's Charlie, come quickly. They are all dead … they're all dead," she told them.

Charlie Hebdo attack Helicopters hunt for suspects in woods of France

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Longpont, France (CNN)An intense manhunt for two brothers wanted in the Charlie Hebdo magazine massacre focused Thursday on northern France's Picardy region, where sources close to the investigation said a police helicopter might have spotted the suspects.

Authorities believe that Cherif Kouachi, 32, and Said Kouachi, 34, entered a wooded area on foot, the sources told CNN's Chris Cuomo. Now investigators are using helicopters equipped with night vision tools to try to find them, the sources said.

Earlier Thursday, a police helicopter glimpsed what investigators believed to be the fugitives in the same area, near Crepy-en-Valois, France.

Police flooded the region, with heavily armed officers canvassing the countryside and forests in search of the killers. They came after a gas station attendant reportedly said the armed brothers threatened him near Villers-Cotterets in Picardy, stole gas and food, then drove off late Thursday morning.

About 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the gas station, police blocked a rural country road leading to the French village of Longpont. Authorities have not commented in any detail, but pictures showed heavily armed police officers with shields and helmets in the blocked-off area.

Hours later, a CNN team witnessed a convoy of 30 to 40 police vehicles leaving a site near Longpont.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls put the Picardy region on the highest alert level, that same level that the entire Ile-de-France region, including Paris, is already under.

As the search for the suspects intensified, details emerged about their past travels -- and possible training abroad.

Said Kouachi went to Yemen for training, a French official told CNN. The training he received included instruction from al Qaeda's affiliate there on how to fire weapons, a U.S. official said, citing information French intelligence provided to the United States.

In addition to northern France, other parts of the country have also been under scrutiny.

More than 80,000 police were deployed nationwide Thursday, France's interior minister said.

Earlier Thursday, a gunman -- dressed in black and wearing what appeared to be a bulletproof vest, just like those who attacked the Charlie Hebdo offices -- shot and killed a female police officer in the Paris suburb of Montrouge. A municipal official was seriously wounded in that attack, France's interior minister said. One person was arrested, Paris Deputy Mayor Patrick Klugman said, though it's not known whether the shooter is still at large.

Authorities have called that a terror attack, but they haven't connected it to Wednesday's slaying of 12 at the satirical magazine's Paris headquarters.

Latest updates at 10:15 p.m. ET

• Investigators found empty containers and gasoline inside a car driven by the suspects in the Charlie Hebdo attack, according to U.S. and Western officials who say they received information from French intelligence about the vehicle. The suspects may have intended to use the items to make rudimentary explosives such as Molotov cocktails, the officials told CNN's Pamela Brown, Barbara Starr and Deborah Feyerick.

Charlie Hebdo to publish next Wednesday

While its business is satire, Charlie Hebdo has been the subject of serious venom.

That includes its publication of cartoons lampooning the Muslim prophet, Mohammed, which some found very offensive.

Satirical magazine is no stranger to controversy

The magazine's offices were fire-bombed after that in 2011, on the same day the magazine was due to release an issue with a cover that appeared to poke fun at Islamic law.

It was attacked again Wednesday, when two masked men entered its offices not far from the famed Notre Dame Cathedral and the Place de la Bastille.

On their way into the building, they asked exactly where the offices were. The men reportedly spoke fluent French with no accent.

They barged in on the magazine's staff, while they were gathered for a lunchtime editorial meeting. The gunmen separated the men from the women and called out the names of cartoonists they intended to kill, said Dr. Gerald Kierzek, a physician who treated wounded patients and spoke with survivors.

The shooting was not a random spray of bullets, but more of a precision execution, he said.

The two said they were avenging the Prophet Mohammed and shouted "Allahu akbar," which translates to "God is great," Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said.

Cell phone cameras caught the two gunmen as they ran back out of the building, still firing. One of them ran up to a wounded police officer lying on a sidewalk and shot him point-blank.

It was the deadliest attack in Europe since July 2011, when Anders Behring Brevik killed 77 people in attacks on government buildings in Oslo, Norway, and at a youth camp on the island of Utoya.

But it won't stop Charlie Hebdo. Pelloux told CNN affiliate BFMTV that thousands of copies of the magazine will be published next Wednesday. Proceeds from the issue will go to victims' families, France's Le Monde newspaper reported.

'It was their only mistake'

Authorities have released few details on why they've zeroed in on the Kouachi brothers. But they have pointed to one key clue found inside a getaway car the gunmen apparently used: Said Kouachi's identification card. It was discovered by investigators as they combed the vehicle for clues after impounding it.

"It was their only mistake," said Dominique Rizet, BFMTV's police and justice consultant, reporting that discovering the ID had helped French investigators

Other evidence also points to the brothers' involvement, according to U.S. officials briefed by French intelligence.

Police hunting for the Kouachi brothers have searched residences in a number of towns, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

Who are the suspects?

An ISIS radio broadcast Thursday praised the attackers, calling them "brave jihadists." There was no mention of a claim of responsibility for the attack.

Officials were running the brothers' names through databases to look for connections with ISIS and al Qaeda.

A third suspect, 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, turned himself in to police, a source close to the case told the AFP news agency. In French media and on social media, classmates of Mourad, who is in his final year of high school, said he was with them at school at the time of the attack.

Cazeneuve said that nine people overall have been detained in connection with the Charlie Hebdo attack.

But the Kouachi brothers remain on the run.

'Parisians will not be afraid'

The victims' names were splashed Thursday across newspapers as heroes for freedom of expression. "Liberty assassinated." "We are all Charlie Hebdo," the headlines blared.

They included two police officers, Stephane Charbonnier -- a cartoonist and the magazine's editor, known as "Charb" -- and three other well-known cartoonists known by the pen names Cabu, Wolinski and Tignous. Autopsies on the victims were underway Thursday, Cazeneuve said.

Flags flew at half-staff on public buildings and events were canceled Thursday, a national day of mourning. Crowds gathered in the rain in Paris in the victims' honor, many holding up media credentials and broke into applause as the silence ended. The bells of Notre Dame Cathedral tolled across the city.

"I can't remember such a day since 9/11," said Klugman, Paris' deputy mayor. "The country really is in a kind of shutdown in respect and memory of the 12 people killed."

The day earlier, thousands poured into streets in hordes in a show of solidarity, holding up pens and chanting, "We are Charlie!" Similar demonstrations took place in cities in addition to Paris, including Rome,

On Thursday, demonstrators once again vowed that nothing would silence them.

Standing in Paris' Place de la Republique, Lesley Martin sounded defiant as she waved an "I am Charlie" sign.

"I am not afraid," she said. "Tonight I'm here and, if tomorrow I have to be here, I don't care if anybody comes and just wants to do something really bad here. I'm not afraid to die."

Cartoonists took a profane aim at the world

CNN's Atika Shubert reported from France, CNN's Greg Botelho and Catherine E. Shoichet wrote this story from Atlanta. CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Laura Smith-Spark, Pamela Brown, Barbara Starr, Deborah Feyerick, Jim Sciutto, Jim Bittermann, Ben Brumfield, Jethro Mullen, Khushbu Shah, Anas Hamdan, Max Foster, Greg Morrison, Bryony Jones, Michael Martinez and Ray Sanchez also contributed to this report.

[Jan 13, 2015] Mentor of Charlie Hebdo gunmen has been UK-based by Josh Halliday, Duncan Gardham and Julian Borger

11 January 2015 | The Guardian

Djamel Beghal, who has emerged as a mentor to two of the gunmen involved in last week's attacks in Paris, has been on the radar of western intelligence agencies for more than 15 years.

The French-Algerian moved from France to Britain in 1997, and became a regular worshipper at London's Finsbury Park mosque and a disciple of the radical preachers Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada. He came to be seen by UK and French intelligence as one of al-Qaida's leading recruiters in Europe.

He was back in the news last week after it emerged that he was one of the links between Chérif Kouachi, one of the brothers behind the Charlie Hebdo massacre, and Amedy Coulibaly, who killed four hostages in a Paris kosher supermarket and also a policewoman.

French investigators believe Kouachi was radicalised by Beghal in prison, where he was serving a 10-year sentence for a plot to bomb the US embassy in Paris. Kouachi later visited Beghal when he was under house arrest in the Auvergne region of southern France. So did Coulibaly and his partner, Hayat Boumeddiene. She told police that they had gone there for "crossbow practice".

Beghal left Algeria to study in France when he was 22. He married Sylvie, a French citizen, in 1990, while working as a youth worker and attempting to recruit Islamic converts in Corbeil-Essonnes, a small town on the river Seine south of Paris.

His first known contact with the authorities dates back to 1996, when he was questioned in France because his phone number had been found in the possession of a suspected terrorist. He was allowed to go free but remained under close surveillance in France.

In 1997, Beghal moved his family to Leicester, apparently earning money by making sandwiches and working for a homeless charity while studying information technology. But he made frequent trips to London and the Finsbury Park mosque.

According to legal documents in the case against Abu Qatada, who was deported from Britain after an 11-year battle, Beghal became an "extremist" under the influence of the preacher and was a member of a group involved in "distributing propaganda material" around Britain with Abu Qatada. Abu Qatada is also believed to have inspired him to move to Jalalabad in Afghanistan in November 2000.


When he was arrested at Abu Dhabi airport in July the next year, he claimed to have been travelling from Pakistan to Morocco with the wife and children of a friend. But he was suspected of returning to Europe to lead Osama bin Laden's war on the west after a year of training with senior al-Qaida commanders in Afghanistan.

In a vivid account of his interrogation in Abu Dhabi given to the campaign group Cage in 2011, Beghal claimed he had been forced to endure deafening sounds and suffocating smells while being deprived of sleep, food and light.

Beghal said he had been interrogated and beaten by a British-accented agent who asked him solely about his connections with the UK. He said he was questioned about Leicester and prominent Muslims in London – chiefly Abu Qatada. "They wanted me to accuse Abu Qatada at any cost," Beghal told Cage. "He would insist with brutality to reveal the link between Abu Qatada and Osama bin Laden, whom he called Abu Abdallah."

Under interrogation, Beghal admitted to receiving training in Afghanistan, to meeting Abu Zubaydah – a key lieutenant of Bin Laden – and to travelling back to France to attack the US embassy in Paris.

Back in France he withdrew this confession but was convicted in March 2005 on terrorism charges and was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment.

He was released in 2009 but put under house arrest in the village of Murat, in the Auvergne, where he appears to have been visited by several aspiring jihadis including Kouachi and Coulibaly. They were all arrested in May 2010, accused of attempting to free Smaïn Aït Ali Belkacem, a convicted terrorist jailed for a 1995 bombing of the Paris metro.

Beghal's wife, Sylvie, still lives in Leicester with their four children in a four-bedroom terraced house overlooking a park. She is mounting a supreme court challenge to anti-terrorist legislation after she was questioned by police on 4 January 2011 at East Midlands airport.

She was cautioned for failing to disclose information requested by officers under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act.

She pleaded guilty at Leicester magistrates court, but later brought unsuccessful appeals to the high court and court of appeal. In November 2014, she took her legal challenge to the supreme court, supported by the Muslim Council of Britain, Islamic Human Rights Commission and Cage.

In a statement after one court hearing, Sylvia Beghal said: "Once again my husband is punished for something he didn't do … We just want to be left alone and live a peaceful life."

[Jan 13, 2015] French police chief committed suicide after Charlie Hebdo attack

Jan 13, 2015 | Telegraph

A high-ranking judicial police chief in Limoges committed suicide last Wednesday hours after being asked to file a report on the Charlie Hebdo killings, it has emerged.

Helric Fredou, 45, the deputy director of the regional judicial police in Limoges turned his gun on himself last Wednesday night, hours after Cherif and Said Kouachi killed 12 people in an Islamist rampage, including two policemen.

He had been tasked with investigating the family of one of the victims, but died before handing in the report.

He had reportedly interviewed families of Charlie Hebdo victims in the hours after the attack.

It is not known if his decision to commit suicide has any link to the Charlie Hebdo killings.

Charlie Hebdo Attack 'False Flag' Debate Intensifies By Tommy Hansen

Caravan Daily

Experts tell Anadolu Agency the fears that 'terror attacks' are being orchestrated to demonise Muslims 'must be considered seriously and investigated'

COPENHAGEN - Experts have said fears aired in discussions largely on social media and online about the Charlie Hebdo massacre being associated with "false flag" operations or western agents must be taken seriously after it emerged the two Kouachi brothers accused of the slaughter in Paris had been on British and US intelligence services terror watch lists for years.

Debate over possible motives for the attacks and concerns of possible "orchestration" intensified on Tuesday, a day after a story on a BBC-lookalike web page which raised questions about the authenticity of YouTube footage of the killing of a police officer by a gunman during the Charlie Hebdo shootings, went viral on social media.

Concerns increased after European media reported that both Cherif and Said Kouachi, who carried out the massacre at the Paris headquarters of the satirical magazine and were later killed in a shoot-out with police in a French village on Friday, had been identified as a "potential terror threat" and placed on a watch and no-fly list by British authorities in 2010.

UK daily The Guardian reported the brothers had been flagged in a U.S. database as "terrorist suspects" and barred from flying into the U.S. after they were identified as being part of a terror cell established in 2003 to send volunteers to Iraq.

The reports added to concerns over the nature and direction of the U.S.-led "war on terror" and motives behind the political and military construct, launched during the George W. Bush administration in the U.S. following the 9/11 events in New York in 2011.

'Europeans opposing wars'

Many online and social media users raised concerns over what many said were a pattern of U.S. and UK intelligence service involvement with the perpetrators of "terror" attacks.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Associate editor at the Wall Street Journal and Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury under the Reagan Administration, told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday that the events in Paris appeared to have been a "false flag" operation carried out with the involvement of Western intelligence agencies, in order to bring France "back into Washington's orbit" and to "realign Europe with Israel".

Roberts explained: "I don't say it was a false flag operation. I say it has the marks of a such.

"Another reason would be to get rid of the rising opposition in Europe against more Middle Eastern wars. "

He went on: "Considering the number of journalists on war fronts who have been killed by Washington-funded and organized ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), the uproar over the cartoonists' deaths has the appearance of orchestration.

"Whether or not it is a false flag operation, the shootings are clearly being used for a wider purpose or purposes, to create hatred against Muslims and support the 'war on terror', launced by then-U.S. President George W. Bush immediately after September 11."

'War with Iran'

His comments added to concerns long-debated on social media over comments made in 2007 by retired 4-star U.S. Army general General Wesley Clark, the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO during the 1999 War on Yugoslavia.

Clark said in a video interview in 2007 with U.S. journalist Amy Goodman of Democracy Now that a classified memo referred to him by a general of the U.S. Joint Staff during the initial bombings of Afghanistan showed: "We're going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and – finishing off – Iran."

Daniele Ganser, director of the Swiss Institute for Peace and Energy Research (SIPER), told Anadolu Agency: "Researchers must try to find out whether the recent terrorist attacks in Paris were a false flag operation carried out in order to discredit Muslims globally and justify the bombing of Muslim nations, which has been going on for many years now and continues.

He explained: "During the Cold War, 'false flag' terrorist attacks were carried out in Europe by criminals linked to European secret services, the CIA and also NATO.

"A network of secret armies known as 'Gladio' prepared for secret warfare in case of a Soviet invasion."

'Britain manipulates radicals'

He went on: "During that time. the official enemy of Washington and NATO was communist Russia.

"In the absence of an invasion, criminals within the Gladio network carried out terrorist attacks in Italy and other countries and planted fake evidence in order to discredit the Communists."

Ganser observed that NATO countries have bombed several Muslim countries in recent years, including Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq and Syria.

Kevin Barrett, editor at U.S. war veterans' online news site, Veterans Today, said on Monday: "The British government has a long history of working with radical Salafi and Wahhabi figures, which it protects and manipulates in order to achieve its political objectives."

Spoof BBC story

Their comments came a day after a story on a BBC-lookalike web page which raised questions about the authenticity of YouTube footage of the killing of a police officer by a gunman during the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris last week went viral on social media.

The false story stated that a "video clip broadcast by news agencies across the world in relation to the recent events in Paris is now under scrutiny" referring to perceived anomalies in a YouTube video of the actual Charlie Hebdo massacre.

The web link pointed to the existence of what it described as "place markers" in the video of two gunmen killing a police officer – two dark lines at a right angle on the road where the gunmen's car is centered when the video begins, as well as a shoe positioned squarely in front of the car door from which the armed passenger exits.

The text suggested a break in the footage which appeared after the policeman was "apparently" shot in the head, showed after it restarted the passenger-side gunman returning to the vehicle, which then appeared to be sited slightly behind its original position – with a second dark line at right-angles to the road direction showing up more clearly by the offside front wheel.

U.S. military expansion

The gunman then picked up the shoe and carried it with him back into the car.

The text also quoted a "David Mayhew" saying: "If the video shows events as they actually occurred, then in my opinion it is most likely that the firearm shown is discharging blanks rather than conventional ammunition", describing him as a "forensic and ballistics expert".

The fake article concludes: "Whilst numerous theories have sprung up concerning this and other details, the general consensus among not just skeptics, but some major news agencies, is that the entire event was a 'False Flag' attack perpetrated by the CIA and/or Mossad in a "psy-ops" exercise to rouse hatred against Islam and support for what has been so far, a failing campaign in Iraq, Syria and the Middle East".

Such discussions mirrored authentic critics on the internet and social media sites who have repeatedly voiced concern over what the U.S.-led "war on terror" and the constant military expansion and warring led by the U.S. which has marked the post-9/11 period. - aa.com.tr

[Jan 12, 2015] M of A - Some Additional Bits On The Hebdo Attack

Gerry1211 | Jan 10, 2015 12:24:25 PM | 6

Let's remember the bombings of Rome RR stations as well as other bombings just so we could, at that time, accuse the Communists. Gladio/CIA was very active all across Europe at that time. It included the killing of Italian PM Aldo Moro. There has not been one European election in which the CIA did not interfere.

So, when Francois Hollande decided to support an independent Palestinian State, subsequently supported Palestinian membership in the ICC, Netanyahu had a cow and said France would be sorry.
Subsequent statements by Hollande that sanctions against Russia should be stopped because they were bad for Europe got him in hot water with the hegemon.

What better way then to create a false flag operation by well trained operatives who, believe it or not, just happened to know that there was a meeting going on at Charlie Hebdo that had all the players in one room, to punish France AND to accuse and revile the Muslims. Killing 2 flies with one stone. Very conveniently they spoke fluent French. Very unprofessional and shabby to leave their own identification in the car. Reeks like Mohammed Atta whose passport miraculously survived the fire during 911. Anyone remember the Boston bombing?

And then we have another altercation with a hostage taker in a Orthodox Jewish Deli just in case WE didn't get IT after Charlie Hebdo killings. Yes we know, it is the evil Muslim terrorists who are against freedom of speech and hate the Jews. Missing is the sordid reality that France together with the West has funded/trained and aided terrorism of ISIL in Libya, Iraq and Syria.

So France can engage in terrorism in the M.E. but the world falls apart if they receive in kind, not necessarily by real terrorist, most likely patsies on behalf of a "greater good" snowing the people of France and the world as Gladio/CIA/Mossad engage in terror in France. I am against killing for whatever reason, but I am definitely NOT Charlie.

Wait for the next installment.

Cynthia | Jan 10, 2015 12:11:36 PM | 5

I try to use Molly Ivins' words as my guideline:

"There are two kinds of humor. One kind that makes us chuckle about our foibles and our shared humanity - like what Garrison Keillor does. The other kind holds people up to public contempt and ridicule - that's what I do. Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful. I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel - it's vulgar."

And as Max Blumenthal, as well as Bernhard, pointed out, Charlie Hebdo fired a cartoonist (Maurice Sinet/Siné) for ONE allegedly anti-Semitic article and cartoon, for which he received death threats from the Jewish Defense League (JDL):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin%C3%A9

The rag was definitely not an equal opportunity offender.

No, I'm not much of a Charlie, meaning that my tolerance for racist, shock-jock satire, especially directed at the powerless, is very low.

H/T: Ritzl @ Mondoweiss

Oui | Jan 10, 2015 12:52:21 PM | 8

Info can be read here. It was not a cartoon but remarks by Maurice Siné in his column on July 2, 2008. A lawsuit had been filed by LICRA (Ligue Internationale Contre le Racisme et l'Antisémitisme) on two occasions, in 1982 and in 2008 against cartoonist Maurice Siné:

Sinet is subpoenaed September 9, 2008 before the 6th Criminal Chamber (press) the High Court of Lyon by the Licra for "inciting racial hatred". The hearing on the merits has been scheduled for January 29, 2009. It was finally held on 27 and 28 January 2009.

On February 24, 2009, he was acquitted in Lyon, judges considering that Sinet had used his right to satire. In March, Sinet is however dismissed a libel suit brought against Claude Paris Askolovitch .

On 30 November 2010, the High Court of Paris condemned Charlie Hebdo for moral and financial prejudice against Sinet. The judgment states in fact that "it can not be claimed that the terms of the chronic Sine ... are anti-Semitic or that it has made a mistake by writing. "Rotary Publishing, publisher of the weekly, will have to pay 40,000 euros in damages to Maurice Sinet for breach of contract. Charlie Hebdo appealed, and in December 2012, the Paris Court of Appeal confirmed the conviction and increases the amount of damages to 90,000 . [Source: Wikipedia]

Noirette | Jan 10, 2015 1:16:04 PM | 10

France is the no. 1 W. country that is 'supposedly' vulnerable to civil strife thru manipulation of the Arab-muslim dimension - large no. present thru long-standing cheap-labor immigration, colonialist past and yes *present*, racism against Arabs, etc. - but it resisted until recently (but see the Merah shootings in 2012, but who remembers that? See how fast that indignation goes down the memory hole?)

The original idea of terrorist attacks (since some time before 9/11, other topics left out,..) was to whip up hate against enemies of Israel - Arabs, muslims - who coincidentally had their expensively-clad cotton derrières sitting on massive spouting oil reserves. 9/11 was then used to justify invading 'n destroying Afghanistan and Iraq.

Russia, Turkey, others, all in raucous yet uniform chorus after 9/11, we TOO will FIGHT TERRORISM, etc. (First! our own internal enemies! ..ha ha..) The only terrorism and contra-terror rationales or actions the Hegemon allows are against Ayrabs, sand-niggers, muslims, radical islamists etc. without any exceptions. Note good Muslims can exist, e.g. moderate rebels in Syria or the Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi, in Egypt.

Islamist terrorism became a wet-dream script for a) provocateurs, thin on the ground, but maybe some cartoonists who earn good pay, b) authoritarians, law enforcement, arms sellers, bio-warfare types, etc., c) those who want to show subservience, loving hands, to the USA.

Add on, d) non-white angry potential criminal sadist or murderer, as there is some support, rationale, etc. hovering to be embraced thru the pretense of love for the Prophet.

C. Kouachi, in F

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clCRRyTvWMo

Partial trans NSBC http://tinyurl.com/n69jo5g

Makes for a heady mix, as I said before, I'm surprised there haven't been more deathly attacks.

It is too tempting, too easy.

Even a modest terrorist attack, outsourced very cheaply, easy to organise, maybe 50K per terrorist (they make money too), three cars, some bombs, phones, or guns, etc., peanuts, can bring tremendous profits, a very lucrative investment, in terms of funding for police, military, weapons, new IT programs, surveillance matériel, experts, pundits on board from day one, new Gvmt. anti-terror program staffed with 150 ppl, justification for Gvmt. surveillance, control, etc. With minimal loss of life! (Surely this is a well-touted excuse?)

Ok, ideally you should torture some folks, but you can pretend to do that or skip it for now.

[Jan 12, 2015] Who Should be Blamed for Muslim Terrorism by ANDRE VLTCHEK

I doubt the Muslims in Middle Ages were so benign as author described. They regularly raided Ukraine and other European countries for slaves. Slave trade in Africa was mainly in their hands.
Jan 11, 2015 | CounterPunch
A hundred years ago, it would have been unimaginable to have a pair of Muslim men enter a cafe or a public transportation vehicle, and then blow themselves up, killing dozens. Or to massacre the staff of a satirical magazine in Paris! Things like that were simply not done.

When you read the memoirs of Edward Said, or talk to old men and women in East Jerusalem, it becomes clear that the great part of Palestinian society used to be absolutely secular and moderate. It cared about life, culture, and even fashion, more than about religious dogmas.

The same could be said about many other Muslim societies, including those of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Egypt and Indonesia. Old photos speak for themselves. That is why it is so important to study old images again and again, carefully.

Islam is not only a religion; it is also an enormous culture, one of the greatest on Earth, which has enriched our humanity with some of the paramount scientific and architectural achievements, and with countless discoveries in the field of medicine. Muslims have written stunning poetry, and composed beautiful music. But above all, they developed some of the earliest social structures in the world, including enormous public hospitals and the first universities on earth, like The University of al-Qarawiyyin in Fez, Morocco.

The idea of 'social' was natural to many Muslim politicians, and had the West not brutally interfered, by overthrowing left-wing governments and putting on the throne fascist allies of London, Washington and Paris; almost all Muslim countries, including Iran, Egypt and Indonesia, would now most likely be socialist, under a group of very moderate and mostly secular leaders.

***

In the past, countless Muslim leaders stood up against the Western control of the world, and enormous figures like the Indonesian President, Ahmet Sukarno, were close to Communist Parties and ideologies. Sukarno even forged a global anti-imperialist movement, the Non-Allied movement, which was clearly defined during the Bandung Conference in Indonesia, in 1955.

That was in striking contrast to the conservative, elites-oriented Christianity, which mostly felt at home with the fascist rulers and colonialists, with the kings, traders and big business oligarchs.

For the Empire, the existence and popularity of progressive, Marxist, Muslim rulers governing the Middle East or resource-rich Indonesia, was something clearly unacceptable. If they were to use the natural wealth to improve the lives of their people, what was to be left for the Empire and its corporations? It had to be stopped by all means. Islam had to be divided, and infiltrated with radicals and anti-Communist cadres, and by those who couldn't care less about the welfare of their people.

***

Almost all radical movements in today's Islam, anywhere in the world, are tied to Wahhabism, an ultra-conservative, reactionary sect of Islam, which is in control of the political life of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other staunch allies of the West in the Gulf.

To quote Dr. Abdullah Mohammad Sindi:

"It is very clear from the historical record that without British help neither Wahhabism nor the House of Saud would be in existence today. Wahhabism is a British-inspired fundamentalist movement in Islam. Through its defense of the House of Saud, the US also supports Wahhabism directly and indirectly regardless of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Wahhabism is violent, right wing, ultra-conservative, rigid, extremist, reactionary, sexist, and intolerant…"

The West gave full support to the Wahhabis in the 1980s. They were employed, financed and armed, after the Soviet Union was dragged into Afghanistan and into a bitter war that lasted from 1979 to 1989. As a result of this war, the Soviet Union collapsed, exhausted both economically and psychologically.

The Mujahedeen, who were fighting the Soviets as well as the left-leaning government in Kabul, were encouraged and financed by the West and its allies. They came from all corners of the Muslim world, to fight a 'Holy War' against Communist infidels.

According to the US Department of State archives:

"Contingents of so-called Afghan Arabs and foreign fighters who wished to wage jihad against the atheist communists. Notable among them was a young Saudi named Osama bin Laden, whose Arab group eventually evolved into al-Qaeda."

Muslim radical groups created and injected into various Muslim countries by the West included al-Qaeda, but also, more recently, ISIS (also known as ISIL). ISIS is an extremist army that was born in the 'refugee camps' on the Syrian/Turkish and Syrian/Jordanian borders, and which was financed by NATO and the West to fight the Syrian (secular) government of Bashar al-Assad.

Such radical implants have been serving several purposes. The West uses them as proxies in the wars it is fighting against its enemies – the countries that are still standing in the way to the Empire's complete domination of the world. Then, somewhere down the road, after these extremist armies 'get totally out of control' (and they always will), they could serve as scarecrows and as justification for the 'The War On Terror', or, like after ISIS took Mosul, as an excuse for the re-engagement of Western troops in Iraq.

Stories about the radical Muslim groups have constantly been paraded on the front pages of newspapers and magazines, or shown on television monitors, reminding readers 'how dangerous the world really is', 'how important Western engagement in it is', and consequently, how important surveillance is, how indispensable security measures are, as well as tremendous 'defense' budgets and wars against countless rogue states.

***

From a peaceful and creative civilization, that used to lean towards socialism, the Muslim nations and Islam itself, found itself to be suddenly derailed, tricked, outmaneuvered, infiltrated by foreign religious and ideological implants, and transformed by the Western ideologues and propagandists into one 'tremendous threat'; into the pinnacle and symbol of terrorism and intolerance.

The situation has been thoroughly grotesque, but nobody is really laughing – too many people have died as a result; too much has been destroyed!

Indonesia is one of the most striking historical examples of how such mechanisms of the destruction of progressive Muslim values, really functions:

In the 1950s and early 1960s, the US, Australia and the West in general, were increasingly 'concerned' about the progressive anti-imperialist and internationalist stand of President Sukarno, and about the increasing popularity of the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI). But they were even more anxious about the enlightened, socialist and moderate Indonesian brand of Islam, which was clearly allying itself with Communist ideals.

Christian anti-Communist ideologues and 'planners', including the notorious Jesuit Joop Beek, infiltrated Indonesia. They set up clandestine organizations there, from ideological to paramilitary ones, helping the West to plan the coup that in and after 1965 took between 1 and 3 million human lives.

Shaped in the West, the extremely effective anti-Communist and anti-intellectual propaganda spread by Joop Beek and his cohorts also helped to brainwash many members of large Muslim organizations, propelling them into joining the killing of Leftists, immediately after the coup. Little did they know that Islam, not only Communism, was chosen as the main target of the pro-Western, Christian 'fifth column' inside Indonesia, or more precisely, the target was the left-leaning, liberal Islam.

After the 1965 coup, the Western-sponsored fascist dictator, General Suharto, used Joop Beek as his main advisor. He also relied on Beek's 'students', ideologically. Economically, the regime related itself with mainly Christian business tycoons, including Liem Bian Kie.

In the most populous Muslim nation on earth, Indonesia, Muslims were sidelined, their 'unreliable' political parties banned during the dictatorship, and both the politics (covertly) and economy (overtly) fell under the strict control of Christian, pro-Western minority. To this day, this minority has its complex and venomous net of anti-Communist warriors, closely-knit business cartels and mafias, media and 'educational outlets' including private religious schools, as well as corrupt religious preachers (many played a role in the 1965 massacres), and other collaborators with both the local and global regime.

Indonesian Islam has been reduced to a silent majority, mostly poor and without any significant influence. It only makes international headlines when its frustrated white-robed militants go trashing bars, or when its extremists, many related to the Mujahedeen and the Soviet-Afghan War, go blowing up nightclubs, hotels or restaurants in Bali and Jakarta.

Or do they even do that, really?

Former President of Indonesia and progressive Muslim cleric, Abdurrahman Wahid (forced out of office by the elites), once told me: "I know who blew up the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta. It was not an attack by the Islamists; it was done by the Indonesian secret services, in order to justify their existence and budget, and to please the West."

***

"I would argue that western imperialism has not so much forged an alliance with radical factions, as created them", I was told, in London, by my friend, and leading progressive Muslim intellectual, Ziauddin Sardar.

And Mr. Sardar continued:

"We need to realize that colonialism did much more than simply damage Muslim nations and cultures. It played a major part in the suppression and eventual disappearance of knowledge and learning, thought and creativity, from Muslim cultures. Colonial encounter began by appropriating the knowledge and learning of Islam, which became the basis of the 'European Renaissance' and 'the Enlightenment' and ended by eradicating this knowledge and learning from both Muslim societies and from history itself. It did that both by physical elimination – destroying and closing down institutions of learning, banning certain types of indigenous knowledge, killing off local thinkers and scholars – and by rewriting History as the history of western civilization into which all minor histories of other civilization are subsumed."

From the hopes of those post-WWII years, to the total gloom of the present days – what a long and terrible journey it has been!

The Muslim world is now injured, humiliated and confused, almost always on the defensive.

It is misunderstood by the outsiders, and often even by its own people who are frequently forced to rely on Western and Christian views of the world.

What used to make the culture of Islam so attractive – tolerance, learning, concern for the wellbeing of the people – has been amputated from the Muslim realm, destroyed from abroad. What was left was only religion.

Now most of the Muslim countries are ruled by despots, by the military or corrupt cliques. All of them closely linked with the West and its global regime and interests.

As they did in several great nations and Empires of South and Central America, as well as Africa, Western invaders and colonizers managed to totally annihilate great Muslim cultures.

What forcefully replaced them were greed, corruption and brutality.

It appears that everything that is based on different, non-Christian foundations is being reduced to dust by the Empire. Only the biggest and toughest cultures are still surviving.

Anytime a Muslim country tries to go back to its essence, to march its own, socialist or socially-oriented way – be it Iran, Egypt, Indonesia, or much more recently Iraq, Libya or Syria – it gets savagely tortured and destroyed.

The will of its people is unceremoniously broken, and democratically expressed choices overthrown.

For decades, Palestine has been denied freedom, as well as its basic human rights. Both Israel and the Empire spit at its right to self-determination. Palestinian people are locked in a ghetto, humiliated, and murdered. Religion is all that some of them have left.

The 'Arab Spring' was derailed and terminated almost everywhere, from Egypt to Bahrain, and the old regimes and military are back in power.

Like African people, Muslims are paying terrible price for being born in countries rich in natural resources. But they are also brutalized for having, together with China, the greatest civilization in history, one that outshone all the cultures of the West.

***

Christianity looted and brutalized the world. Islam, with its great Sultans such as Saladin, stood against invaders, defending the great cities of Aleppo and Damascus, Cairo and Jerusalem. But overall, it was more interested in building a great civilization, than in pillaging and wars.

Now hardly anyone in the West knows about Saladin or about the great scientific, artistic or social achievements of the Muslim world. But everybody is 'well informed' about ISIS. Of course they know ISIS only as an 'Islamic extremist group', not as one of the main Western tools used to destabilize the Middle East.

As 'France is mourning' the deaths of the journalists at the offices of the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo (undeniably a terrible crime!), all over Europe it is again Islam which is being depicted as brutal and militant, not the West with its post-Crusade, Christian fundamentalist doctrines that keeps overthrowing and slaughtering all moderate, secular and progressive governments and systems in the Muslim world, leaving Muslim people at the mercy of deranged fanatics.

***

In the last five decades, around 10 million Muslims have been murdered because their countries did not serve the Empire, or did not serve it full-heartedly, or just were in the way. The victims were Indonesians, Iraqis, Algerians, Afghanis, Pakistanis, Iranians, Yemenis, Syrians, Lebanese, Egyptians, and the citizens of Mali, Somalia, Bahrain and many other countries.

The West identified the most horrible monsters, threw billions of dollars at them, armed them, gave them advanced military training, and then let them loose.

The countries that are breeding terrorism, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, are some of the closest allies of the West, and have never been punished for exporting horror all over the Muslim world.

Great social Muslim movements like Hezbollah, which is presently engaged in mortal combat against the ISIS, but which also used to galvanize Lebanon during its fight against the Israeli invasion, are on the "terrorist lists" compiled by the West. It explains a lot, if anybody is willing to pay attention.

Seen from the Middle East, it appears that the West, just as during the crusades, is aiming at the absolute destruction of Muslim countries and the Muslim culture.

As for the Muslim religion, the Empire only accepts the sheepish brands – those that accept extreme capitalism and the dominant global position of the West. The only other tolerable type of Islam is that which is manufactured by the West itself, and by its allies in the Gulf – designated to fight against progress and social justice; the one that is devouring its own people.

Andre Vltchek is a novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. The result is his latest book: "Fighting Against Western Imperialism". 'Pluto' published his discussion with Noam Chomsky: On Western Terrorism. His critically acclaimed political novel Point of No Return is re-edited and available. Oceania is his book on Western imperialism in the South Pacific. His provocative book about post-Suharto Indonesia and the market-fundamentalist model is called "Indonesia – The Archipelago of Fear". His feature documentary, "Rwanda Gambit" is about Rwandan history and the plunder of DR Congo. After living for many years in Latin America and Oceania, Vltchek presently resides and works in East Asia and Africa. He can be reached through his website or his Twitter.

[Jan 12, 2015] Is the Islamic State Really Such a Psychological Enigma by JOHN GRANT

Jan 11, 2015 | CounterPunch

By all means let's mourn together; but let's not be stupid together.

- Susan Sontag

The costly debacle known as the Iraq War put the US government in a tough spot that's now exacerbated by the rise of the Islamic State in Anbar Province and western Syria.

A recent New York Times story referred to the Islamic State (also ISIS or ISIL) as a "conundrum" - "a hybrid terrorist organization and a conventional army." The focus of the story was Major General Michael Nagata, who heads something within the Pentagon known as the Strategic Multilayer Assessment. The Times called it an "unofficial brain trust outside the traditional realms of expertise within the Pentagon, State Department and intelligence agencies, in search of fresh ideas and inspiration." Besides this theoretical effort to delve into the psychology of the Islamic State, General Nagata has been assigned by President Obama the practical battlefield task of training local Syrian and Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State.

"We do not understand the movement," General Nagata said of the Islamic State. "And until we do, we are not going to defeat it. We have not defeated the idea. We do not even understand the idea." The Islamic State's efforts to reach into places like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya and even Afghanistan "is a huge area of concern," said Lisa Monaco, Obama's counterterrorism adviser. CIA Director John Brennan said, "We have to find a way to address some of these factors and conditions that are abetting and allowing these movements to grow."

General Nagata's concern is this: "There is a magnetic attraction to I.S. that is bringing in resources, talent, weapons, etc, to thicken, harden, embolden I.S. in ways that are very alarming." In other words, the Pentagon and the US government are seriously scared of the Islamic State and what it means in the Middle East, North Africa and Southwest Asia. General Nagata, we're told, wants to introduce complexity into the conundrum. Some might say it's a bit late in the game for that. To his credit, the general seems to realize that the Islamic State is playing the US like a fiddle. "They want us to become emotional. They revel in being called murderers when the words are coming from an apostate. They are happy to see us outraged," he says. This suggests that, so far, US belligerence has played right into the hands of the Islamic State, and General Nagata knows it.

The problem with General Nagata's effort is it fails to include in the analysis the elephant sitting in the room. That elephant is the culpability of the United States of America in fomenting the rise, and the sustaining power, of the Islamic State. Without us, there would be no Islamic State. The disastrous invasion and occupation of Iraq started with the criminalization of the ruling Ba'ath Party and the absolute disbanding of the Iraqi military. This stupid decision was further exacerbated by a desperate and ruthless campaign of focused killing in Anbar Province to neutralize the leadership of the Sunni insurgency that - surprise! - rose in direct opposition of our invasion and occupation. Our cavalier exhibition of "shock and awe" on Iraqi society ended up turning the keys to the country over to the out-of-power Shiites allied with our worst enemy, Iran. Besides being ill-conceived and dishonest, what we did in Iraq was an incredible insult to Sunnis.

In February 2004, Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was captured and held by US forces in the Camp Bucca prison for 10 months; he was released in December. We can only presume he was not treated like a first class citizen. Baghdadi's two deputies are former Iraqi generals stripped of power by Paul Bremer, the Kissinger protégée assigned the role of proconsul in the US invasion and occupation. Other leaders in the Islamic State are Sunni veterans of Saddam's army familiar with Anbar Province.

The point is it's impossible to understand the Islamic State unless one realizes it's an entity fueled by grave resentment and vengeance for the strategically stupid imperial blundering the United States did in Iraq. And since, like Iraq War Commander-in-Chief George W. Bush, the United States never can say it's sorry or admit to any wrong doing, you have to wonder whether all the mysterious psychological talk General Nagata and his experts are sharing with the press is not actually a ruse. It seems disingenuous as long as the Bush's Great Imperial Blunder is not considered in a cause and effect role.

A cursory look at the Middle East, North Africa and Southwest Asia should make it clear that many powerless, struggling elements in that part of the world tend to fall back on ethnic and religious roots as ideological fuel to sustain their struggle. One of the prime functions of religion is to explain the mystery of death, to place one's inevitable death into a larger narrative of meaning. When life reaches rock bottom, religion helps make sense of it all. People in Muslim lands are no different. Religion can be a major motivator for a crusade against oppressive demons. Events like the Iraq War have made us a demon for many. For us in the US, our self-perceived exceptionalism has become a religion.

Virginia Postrel says what General Nagata calls the "magnetic attraction" of the Islamic State can be quite compelling. "The result is a 21st-century Islamic version of the medieval Christian Crusades. Islamic State promises ordinary men adventure, fellowship and religious significance if they fight infidels and heretics in a distant land."

Full disclosure, for anyone who might think otherwise, I detest ISIS or the Islamic State. Killing and chopping off heads as a way to advance one's interests is repugnant to me. But so is the rash invasion and occupation of a nation that, despite its gangster leader and the embargo, had a lot going for it. Before the Gulf War, Iraq was approaching first world status in some areas. When I was in Baghdad in December 2003, I ran into many educated and sophisticated Iraqis who told me Saddam was, indeed, a monster, but that if you went about your business and stayed out of politics life was good. Our invasion tossed a huge bomb into that state of affairs. We wrecked the place. We turned it from an imperfect nation into a festering wound that's far more dangerous now than it was in early 2003. Actions have consequences.

The Islamic State is, more than anything, a symptom of that grave wound inflicted by the United States on Iraq. General Nagata and his experts no doubt talk realistically about this in secret. It's only a great enigma in the public relations realm. We all know by now that embarrassment is the primary cause for most secrecy. That's true today in spades. Our military institutions now deal with US citizens in two very distinct modes: Secrecy or Public Relations. Wikileaks, Edward Snowden and Michael Risen work in the no-man's in between those two modes. General Nagata's notion of a great mystery is probably a PR tack. Don't think cause and effect; think mystery. Everybody loves a good mystery.

The brilliant Stanley McChrystal, for instance, was a master at straddling this divide. During the Shock & Awe invasion, he was the charming one-star PR officer who gave the daily press briefing. Other talents soon became evident and he shot up the ranks to four stars. He led the deeply secret operation in Anbar Province assigned to lop off the heads of the Sunni insurgency our invasion had flushed out. He turned a sluggish intel operation into a streamlined effort that could analyze laptops, phones and documents obtained in night raids and parlay the information gained into three or four more raids before the sun came up. Many of these raids were to kill leaders of the insurgency. Torture was a tool. Reportedly, men and women wore civilian clothes with no rank and used fictitious names - all to make accountability difficult to impossible. Before his effort became public it was known among reporters as "the Salvadoran option." Salvadoran for death squads.

The so-called "surge" was about a lot more than additional troops. It was a ruthless campaign to hunt down and kill people who had been designated in the common argot of our times as "terrorists." In the minds of the people hunted, they were brave individuals fighting an invading force. (Consider how you'd feel if someone invaded your neighborhood and kicked in your door at 3 AM.) A friend of mine was in the army at a base in Abu Ghraib, the town where the notorious prison was located. He told me, "I must have kicked in a thousand doors." He also told me it eventually dawned on him the only reason his unit was being attacked was because he was in the town kicking in doors.

Tonight, I watched Bill O'Reilly fulminate on the killing of 12 people by gunmen in Paris. He went on how this made it clear we are at war with Islam. Although it happened in Paris, he blamed Barack Obama and Mayor Bill DiBlasio for being wimps not up to the task of protecting America. Of course, it never occurs to people like O'Reilly to cast even an iota of blame for endangering America on people like George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, among those who dishonestly gave America the Iraq War that gave us the Islamic State.

I've been a peace activist so long it seems to come down to this: If like Susan Sontag (quoted above) you advocate for justice and for understanding something fully before acting, you are un-American. And, of course, there's an argument for this that rests on the glorious history of American imperialism. As George Bush put it: "You're either with us or against us." Back at the dawn of the empire, Teddy Roosevelt liked to pump up his chest and bloviate about the need to intervene in "states unable to manage themselves." As H. Rap Brown put it: "Violence is as American as cherry pie." It has been thus for so long now it seems nigh impossible to alter the cycle. The formula works this way: Never mention the violent horrors you've unleashed on others; instead, act like you're a virgin assaulted by Jack the Ripper. Make it seem the evil doers are trying to destroy civilization itself. And do your best to shut up people like Susan Sontag. Then check your stock portfolio and play a round of golf.

"What we have been asked to do will take every ounce of creativity that we have," General Nagata says of his task to psyche out the Islamic State. "This may sound like a bizarre excursion into the surreal, but for me it is about avoiding failure." The good general's experience and devotion to complexity aside, I submit he's not being quite candid with us. For one, the failure has already happened in Iraq. The Bush Administration opened Pandora's Box and the boogie men are loose.

The Pandora myth does, however, have a positive twist: Zeus knew the curious Pandora would open the box (it was actually a jar) and release all the evils of the world. So he put at the bottom of the jar the quality of hope. Thus, despite all the evils of the world, hope always remains. Instead of inciting more violence, fueling even more hatred and playing even more into the hands of the Islamic State, maybe the best way for the United States to deal with the Islamic State is to simply ignore it. Let it burn itself out. If a violent crime is committed by a Muslim against someone in the West, by all means let's hunt the culprit down and punish him. If we really had faith in our cherished civilization and were as smart as Sontag would have us be, we would be confident loose cannons can't destroy us. The only way we will be destroyed is by ourselves.

JOHN GRANT is a member of ThisCantBeHappening!, the new independent three-time Project Censored Award-winning online alternative newspaper.

[Jan 11, 2015] Here's some nice, timely, black propaganda from Der Speigel

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et Al, January 11, 2015 at 10:18 am
Here's some nice, timely, black propaganda from Der Speigel:
Assad's Secret: Evidence Points to Syrian Push for Nuclear Weapons

http://www.spiegel.de/international/

For years, it was thought that Israel had destroyed Syria's nuclear weapons capability with its 2007 raid on the Kibar complex. Not so. New intelligence suggests that Bashar al-Assad is still trying to built the bomb. And he may be getting help from North Korea and Iran….

Nuclear? Check!
I-ran? Check!
North Korea? Check!
Secret? Check!
Findings of western intelligence agencies? Check!

So, a day after the girlfriend of one of the Charlie Hebdo murderers is discovered to have already disappeared to Turkey and believed to have gone to Syria (not to fight for Assad of course) we get this. Timing, timing, timing. To distract us from the fact that the West are state sponsors of terrorism in Syria and that the Charlie Hebdo attacks fairly likely have a link to opposition groups in Syria that the West has been financing.

When the dying German journalist (I can't remember his name) said that the big media are fully infiltrated by the spy agencies and co-opted, this Der Speigel piece can hardly be a better example. But, but they're supposed to be left-leaning some might say. Whether left or right, they spread-em when told.

Expect in the coming days and months all sorts of excuse to a) boost surveillance powers; b) restrict voters rights; c) say that the sooner Assad is assassinated (because that is the accurate word) then the sooner westerners will stop going to terrorist training camps funded by the West and the Gulf arab states and coming back to Europe to kill people.

It's the same old trope, over and over and over again. 1 million Iraqis dead since 2003, not to mention a bit less between 1990 & 2003; Afghanistan 'liberated', Libya turned in to dust etc. Who needs to be reminded of stupid facts when you can get out of bed take a couple of hours out of your life to say 'Je Suis Charlie' and then forget about it all again?

I liked the calm and reasonable position regarding the terrorist attack in Paris Rostislav Ishchenko

vk.com

People argue whether it can be morally justified to kill French cartoonists because the obnoxious character of their jokes. Let's look at this matter without anger and prejudice.

First, a word and a picture, too, can kill. And often did. So, from this point of view "jokers" and murderers are equal.

Secondly, murderers, too, could "make a joke" (well with a foreign to French public and unusual for Europeans sense of humor). Nobody asked them why had killed the "jokers". They were simply shot by the French police. And while externally it was definitely a murder, if there was a proper judicial process, I would exclude the possibility of the line of defense that this mass murder was only externally was murder, but in fact it was a joke - and as such also belongs to the high art.

Thirdly, if the French government pretends to believe the Ukrainian assurances that in Odessa, the anti-fascists burned themselves (for provocative purposes, performing under FSB instruction) that Donbass militias fire at themselves using heavy artillery (to specially provoke ukies to get such a fire), and so on. In view of this popular Western interpretation of Odessa events, I think it will be easy to convince the jury that the staff of "Charlie Hebdo" deliberately provoked their murder, with the aim of increasing the circulation of the publications.

If we consider what happened from the point of view of Russian culture the killing of "the jokers" it is, of course, a grave crime, no excuses. But, from the point of view of Russian culture, "the jokers" were also criminals.

If we are going to consider the event from the point of view of Western culture, then nothing happened. One group of people exercised their right to freedom of expression of their views, systematically spreading blasphemous provocative cartoons. Another group of people also took advantage of the right to freedom of expression of their views, killing the first group. And police responded to restore the balance of free speech and shot the killers.

From the point of view of radical Islam, it was their religious duty to kill "the jokers". While from the standpoint of Christianity (I mean both Orthodox and Catholic branches) "jokers" certainly should be forgiven. So Christians do not kill such people. Christians forgive them. They were killed by Muslims. And if we adhere strictly to the point of view of Christian morality murderers probably also should also forgiven, leaving the question of guilt and retribution to the Lord, who specifically proclaimed: "The vengeance is mine and I will repay".

What I want to demonstrate by points above is that it is impossible to assess what happened from the point of view of moral norms as "jokers" intentionally took himself out of the scope of moral norms. They just believed that they are safe in French society. They made a mistake.

When I wrote in Kyiv political texts, long before the revolution, I also knew that I could killed. Attacks on anti-fascists (including armed) happened regularly starting a few years ago. When I write political lyrics in Moscow, I understand that theoretically junta apologists have the technical ability to reach me here too. It's not difficult, just expensive. There enough mad people in this world and their quantity recently only increases. So in this world publicly voicing a viewpoint that a large number of armed men does not like put the speakers at risk. Whether you want to understand that or you don't, but in a way it is difficult to penalize people who decided to ruin you, if you seek to destroy their ideology. As the latter in a way worse than physical destruction, destroying the purpose of life. And is a conviction for which many people sacrificed their lives in the past and for some many people will sacrifice their life in the future.

So it is necessary either to remain silent and not to play in the political-ideological games, or not to be offended that you it happens that you have a mark on your back. Alpinists mortality is higher than that of political correspondents. They made their choice. They believe their risk is justified. They don't make claims against the mountains. Political journalist is also essentially a solder in the war. And help for the cause he defends and promotes from a good journalist can be higher than that of the platoon of tanks. But journalists die on the front line far less often than tank crew members. Think about it.

[Jan 11, 2015] About terrorist attacks and cynicism of Western ideology

While several points deserve your attention, the author mixed two completely different topics: West and neoliberalism. In a way people in the West is the same victim of neoliberalism as people of Russia. I think a lot of people in the West (may be majority) what to see Bush and Cheney in the jail for their Iraq adventure. But they can do nothing because the elite now is completely isolated from people and elections, at least in the USA, as very similar to the elections in the USSR. I also do not understand why Europeans need to react stronger to events in Syria or Russia then in France? Is not it natural to react stronger to news within your county or neighbouring country then news from a county thousands miles away? I guess it's the same reaction as Russians have?
January 10, 2015 | http://matveychev-oleg.livejournal.com/1837790.html

Original taken from xommep in About terrorist attacks and cynicism

Another article on the topic of cynicism Western ideology -- for example, yesterday's massacre in Paris.

I mentioned in passing in the recent article that the cannibalism of the West manifests itself most clearly in times of terrorist attacks. The most recent illustration is French massacre. Not a week passed since the terrorists shot the staff of the French satirical magazine. Everybody who was at this time at the office. Twelve people are dead. Moreover most victims were journalists. Well, here we go. Predictable outrage at this horrible act. World leaders race raised to send condolences and Putin and Medvedev of cause joined the chorus. In principle they acted morally, and reacted as they should --- people died, in time of peace; but does not leave a strange feeling of familiar one-sided coverage typical for Western MSM in coverage of Syrian, Russian and Ukrainian events.

As we all know, in 2003 year, the stronghold of democracy invaded the state at the other end of the Earth by the name of Iraq and started randomly disperse kilotons of democracy on the country population including women and children. In the end, war was kind of over (although the American contingent in the county is is in thousands), but now civil war is raging in full swing; in this war, the attacks of the scale of the French happens ...every month. As we can see from this link - every month in Baghdad terrorists kill more than a dozen people; do we see the world leaders react to this and publicly send their condolences to Iraq government? Such events no longer are even mentioned in Western MSM. Why do this, one Untermensch more, one Untermensch less, who cares !. that means that terrorist acts are not in a horrible act in themselves - it all depends who is the victim; if the victim is white plantation owner (aka progressor), then yes, the world should grief; but if any Negros, Arabs or yellow people are killed, West can't care less.

Maybe blame the identity of the victims to the journalistic fraternity and the attack on freedom of speech? Yes, with regard to Western journalism, then the whole world must fight in hysterics - remember the same Politkovskaya, which the West still we cannot forget. But if you take some Russian journalists killed in Ukraine or Ukrainian - they don't give a damn. During last year's war in Ukraine journalists from both sides was constantly getting into trouble - and whether the world community's response to such horrible acts? Yeah, nothing. Even when they capture Bloomberg-affiliated journalist, or Ukrainian military captured and tortured Ukrainian journalists (I can find the link right now) and "the world public opinion" demonstrates that it can't care less. Those uncivilized natives, Ukranian and Russian Untermensch deserve what they got.

As has been shown in the article above, the ideology of the West has nothing to do with "human rights" or "freedom of speech" - because freedom means freedom to speak could anyone, not only representatives of the top 20 countries; because in this case it's just cruel colonialism. And shom did see? Merkel, Obama, Cameron - all expressed their strong conviction that they will stand for our values to the last French journalist. And what are your values, let me ask? If revealing the truth - then why do you not stand for Russian or Ukrainian journalists? And here is a nice article: last year a few dozen journalists were killed in Syria. Most of them Syrians. So who cares?

After the terrorist attack at Sheremetyevo airport in 2011 the President of Georgia said that this is the price paid for "separatism" South Ossetia and Abkhazia. After the terrorist attack on Dubrovka the main guilt was laid on Putin -- he did not managed to save all hostages; And yes, of course, it was "payback for Chechnya". See how interesting it turns out - when they kill Russian we are Russians are guilty. And when their folk is killed then immediately sorrow and universal screams.

The origin of this attack is "multiculturalism". Unlike "melting pot" it stirs up nationalism and does not contribute to the interpenetration of cultures. Instead of mutual respect peoples (which is the Foundation of the Russian statehood), in Europe rages tolerance, i.e. just desire to swipe the problem under the carpet. I wrote already about this problem in the article about the Unification of Nations. "Freedom of speech" in the European sense means permissiveness and does not take into account cultural characteristics of all participants in the community - and in Europe the Muslims already make up a significant part of the society because of short-sighted policy (the path we also took). It is logical that if you make fun of everything, regardless of the person, you can get in stigma - although, of course, method of response used are clearly beyond any civilized norms. It's a horrible crime, no question about it. But look at the cartoons to get a better grasp of the situation. Examples of cartoons can be found here (18+).

In General, for they fought for, they now got. Enough already with affection and rolling eyes at the sight of the white colonists - they are under any pretext will conduct its own colonial policies, always at our expense.

Let me remind you that after the terrorist attacks of September 11, the United States went to war on terror, which killed thousands of times more people - mainly such as innocent as the victims in new York; here it might well be the same plot. Under the covers of rage about civilians victims, national security state will bolted on and life will get worse - under usual politician speeches about universal human values, democracy and freedom of speech.

That does not may that we should justify terrorism - of course, it's inhuman and victims have to be mourned. But the fact that in one place inflated hysteria was launched about the victims of the terrorist attacks, and in another place controlled by the same people - the attacks have become almost commonplace, raise certain thoughts. In my opinion, all this European "democracy" for a long time stinks of blatant racism and fascism, separating whites and niggers, Ubermensch and Untermensch. And their declared values is a smoke screen designed to deserve their real intentions so that oppressed people of the world did not know about the true goals and values of Western civilization.

Roughly, this is about the war West conducts against other countries.

[Jan 10, 2015] Boko Haram's 'deadliest massacre': 2,000 feared dead in Nigeria

From Wikipedia: Boko Haram ("Western education is forbidden"), officially called Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'Awati Wal-Jihad ("People Committed to the Prophet's Teachings for Propagation and Jihad"), is a militant and self-professed Islamist movement based in northeast Nigeria with additional activities in Chad, Niger and Cameroon.[4] The group is lead by Abubakar Shekau and membership has been estimated to number between a few hundred and a few thousand. The group is designated as a terrorist organization by New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and the United Nations Security Council, which declared it an al-Qaeda affiliate and imposed the al-Qaeda sanctions regime on the group.[4][5][6]
The Guardian

Hundreds of bodies – too many to count – remain strewn in the bush in Nigeria from an Islamic extremist attack that Amnesty International described as the "deadliest massacre" in the history of Boko Haram.

Fighting continued on Friday around Baga, a town on the border with Chad where insurgents seized a key military base on 3 January and attacked again on Wednesday.

"Security forces have responded rapidly, and have deployed significant military assets and conducted air strikes against militant targets," said a government spokesman.

District head Baba Abba Hassan said most victims are children, women and elderly people who could not run fast enough when insurgents drove into Baga, firing rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles on town residents.

"The human carnage perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists in Baga was enormous," Muhammad Abba Gava, a spokesman for poorly armed civilians in a defence group that fights Boko Haram, told the Associated Press.

He said the civilian fighters gave up on trying to count all the bodies. "No one could attend to the corpses and even the seriously injured ones who may have died by now," Gava said.

An Amnesty International statement said there are reports the town was razed and as many as 2,000 people killed.

If true, "this marks a disturbing and bloody escalation of Boko Haram's ongoing onslaught," said Daniel Eyre, Nigeria researcher for Amnesty International.

The previous bloodiest day in the uprising involved soldiers gunning down unarmed detainees freed in a 14 March 2014 attack on Giwa military barracks in Maiduguri city. Amnesty said then that satellite imagery indicated more than 600 people were killed that day.

[Jan 10, 2015] Charlie Hebdo massacre aftermath LIVE UPDATES

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Tom Tolle, Jan 10, 2015|

apparently many of the french are starting to doubt the official story, too especially after the chief investigator of Charlie Hebdo was found dead in his office.

Mel S.

It is worth making note that.....

1) mulch-religious Nations and communities who have lived together in peace for centuries are beginning to experience friction with their Muslim neighbors.

2) Compassionate and peaceful countries who have granted safety, dignity & hope for growth and prosperity for millions of foreigners through their welcoming immigration policies are now in being driven by pain to become persecutors and crusaders.

3) Since 911, the US has managed to propagate fear and terror on every corner of the planet through aggressive promotion of Islamism and terrorism.

4) Terror threats and/or actual attacks have repeatedly served as pretexts to important political moves that seem to advance ONLY US foreign policy objectives at the expense of the American people as well as other nations throughout the world.

5) Almost every "terror" event or allegation world-wide has served as a catalyst for interventions that involve military action, promote the creation of violence groups, increase US interference in the domestic affairs of sovereign States or give US defense contractors access to foreign assets.

6) In most cases that we have seen so far, the USA is always the first to volunteer in some sort of retaliation or intervention even if it is none of its business to do so.

One must wonder what type of intervention campaign is going to be come this time around. I wonder what the political gains would be for the French Government? of US Foreign policy?…or perhaps Yemen will end up like Libya and Iraq?…….or worst yet, they may just come out and admit officially that the "war on terror" will now be acknowledged as "the war on islamization" so that laws can be issued for the open and direct intimidation, criminalization & detention of all Muslims? …who knows! It is a strange world we live in.

Paris gunman's partner 'crossed into Syria'

RT News

A source told Reuters that Boumeddiene left France last week and took a plane to Syria via Turkey.

"On January 2, a woman corresponding to her profile and presenting identity papers took a flight from Madrid to Istanbul," a source familiar with the situation told Reuters.

She reportedly had a return ticket for January 9, but never took that flight. Boumeddiene was traveling with an unnamed man.

A senior Turkish security official revealed that France and Turkey are now cooperating in the search.

"After they informed us about her ... we identified her mobile phone signal on Jan 8," the source said. "We think she is in Syria at the moment but we do not have any evidence about that ... She is most probably not in Turkey," the source said, adding the last time her phone appeared online was Thursday.

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According to various reports, Boumeddiene is one of seven children. Her mother died very young and her father struggled to support the family financially.

She is said to have allegedly lost her job as a cashier after she began to wear a niqab, following her conversion to Islam.

Le Monde reported that she got married to Coulibaly in a religious ceremony in 2009, which is not officially recognized by French civil authorities. According to the same report, the pair was questioned by police in 2010 and Coulibaly served time in jail for his involved in a failed attempt to help the author of a deadly 1995 attack on the Paris transport system escape from prison.

Police found out that Boumeddiene was also connected to the Cherif and Said Kouachi, the two gunmen behind the attack on Charlie Hebdo's headquarters in Paris on Wednesday, where 12 people were shot.

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said that Boumeddiene kept a close touch with Cherif Kouachi's wife. Around 500 phone calls have been uncovered between the two of them just in the last two years. Kouachi's wife is currently being questioned by police.

There have been conflicting reports as to Boumeddiene's involvement in the Paris attacks. Some media claimed that she was present at the shooting of a policewoman by Coulibaly on Thursday, others originally reported she was at the Paris kosher market with the gunman on Friday.

Terror suspect Cherif Kouachi 'I was ready to go and die in battle'

CNN.com

One of the two main terrorists accused in this week's attacks in Paris had a long history of jihad and anti-Semitism, according to court documents that CNN obtained in conjunction with French newsmagazine L'Express.

In a 400-page court record, Cherif Kouachi was described as wanting to travel to Iraq through Syria "to go and combat the Americans."

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On Friday, security forces surrounded and killed Kouachi, 32, and his older brother, Said, 34, in Dammartin-en-Goele, France, the town's mayor said. The Kouachi brothers were wanted in Wednesday's massacre at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris that left 12 people dead.

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In the 2007 French court documents, Cherif Kouachi stated in a deposition, "I was ready to go and die in battle," and "I got this idea when I saw the injustices shown by television on what was going on over there. I am speaking about the torture that the Americans have inflicted on the Iraqis."

The court documents -- dated December 2007 -- stem from a 2005 arrest. They say Cherif Kouachi was raised in orphanages and foster homes from a young age, and became involved in a group in Paris' 19th arrondissement. He was arrested with other young men from that part of Paris for a conspiracy to go to Iraq and fight as jihadists.

In the documents, prosecutors outlined strong details of Kouachi's interest in jihad, interest in martyrdom and strong links to anti-Semitism, attacking and killing Jews.

Kouachi stated he came to the idea of jihad through Farid Benyettou, a well-known spiritual leader who's been long associated in France with supporting jihad and terrorism, and is associated with a mosque in the 19th arrondissement.

Through Benyettou, Kouachi was studying how to wield arms and use Kalashnikovs. Under a section titled "Motivations of Influence" describing Kouachi, court records said he stated "the wise leaders in Islam told him and his friends that if they die as martyrs in jihad they would go to heaven" and "that martyrs would be greeted by more than 60 virgins in a big palace in heaven."

The documents also said, "(F)or him any place on earth where there is such an injustice is justification for jihad; what was going on Iraq was in his eyes such an injustice."

The mosque, called La Mosquee de Stalingrad, has since been demolished and appears to be under construction.

Court records show Kouachi said he didn't consider himself a good enough Muslim, and said he had only been to the mosque two or three times before he met Benyettou, and he had been smoking cannabis.

Kouachi told investigators he committed himself to the idea of jihad during Ramadan in 2004. He told his friends he was going to Syria to fight.

The documents say when police interviewed his accomplices they stated that Kouachi "said he was ready to firebomb and to destroy Jewish shops in Paris."

When officials confronted Kouachi with that information, he told them "that's not exactly what I said. ... I don't hide having proposed anti-Semitic ideas, but I would note that I never really would have done that."

[Jan 10, 2015] Who profits from killing Charlie By Pepe Escobar

Jan 08, 2015 | Asia Times

... Cui bono?

Careful planning and preparation; Kalashnikovs; rocket-propelled grenade launcher; balaclavas; sand-colored ammunition vest stuffed with spare magazines; army boots; piece of cake escape in a black Citroen. And the icing on the lethal cake; faultless Paris-based logistical support to pull that off. A former top French military commander, Frederic Gallois, has stressed the perfect application of "urban guerrilla technique" (where are those notorious Western counter-terrorism "experts" when one needs them?)

They might have spoken perfect French; others said it was broken French. Anyway, what matters is that they uttered the magic word; "We're al-Qaeda." Better yet; they told a man in the street, "Tell the media that this is al-Qaeda in Yemen", which means, in American terror terminology, al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP), which had Charlie Hebdo's editor/cartoonist Stephane Charbonnier ("Charb") on a hit list duly promoted by AQAP's glossy magazine Inspire. Accusation: "Insulting the Prophet Mohammed."

And just to make sure everyone had the perpetrators implanted on their brain, the killers also said, "Allahu Akbar"; "We have killed Charlie Hebdo"; and "We have avenged the Prophet."

Case closed? Well, it took only a few hours for French police to identify the (usual?) suspects; French-Algerian brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi. The third man - the driver of the black Citroen, 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad - then turned himself in with an ironclad alibi. So the third man remains a cipher.

They all wore balaclavas. The Kouachi brothers have not been captured. But the police seem to know very well who they are. Because they found an abandoned ID in the black Citroen (oh, the troubles of being a command in a rush ...) How come they didn't know anything before the carnage?

Right on cue, Cherif Kouachi's bio was splattered all over. He was on a global watch list. Along with six others, he was sentenced in May 2008 to 3 years in prison for "terrorism"; in fact unloading a dozen young Frenchmen via madrassas in Egypt and Syria to none other than Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the killed-by-an-American-missile former head of Al-Qaeda in Iraq and the spiritual father of Daesh/ISIS/ISIL.

Also right on clue, a full narrative was ready for mass consumption. The key point; French police privileges the hypothesis of "Islamic terrorism". According to their "experts", this could be an attack "ordered from abroad and executed by jihadis coming back from Syria that have escaped us", or it could be "suburban idiots that radicalized themselves and concocted this military attack in the name of al-Qaeda."

Scrap option two, please; this was a pro job. And staying with option one, this points right at - what else - blowback. Yes, they could be Daesh/ISIS/ISIL mercenaries trained by NATO (crucially, France included) in Turkey and/or Jordan. But it might get even false-flag nastier. They could also be former or current French special forces.

Blast Islam, will travel

Predictably, Islamofascism peddlers are already having a field day/week/month/year. For simpletons/trolls/hordes exhibiting an IQ worthy of sub-zoology, when in doubt, demonize Islam. It's so convenient to forget that untold millions from Pakistan's tribal areas to street markets across Iraq continue to feel pain devastating their hearts and lives as they are expendable victims of the jihadi mindset - or "Kalashnikov culture", as it is known in Pakistan - profiting the "West", directly or indirectly, for decades now. Think ritual droning of Pakistani, Yemeni, Syrian, Iraqi or Libyan civilians. Think Sadr City witnessing carnages over 10 times worse than Paris.

What French President Francois Hollande defined as "an act of exceptional barbarism" - and it is - does not apply when the "West", France in the front line, from King Sarko to General Hollande himself, weaponizes, trains and remote-controls assorted mercenaries/beheaders from Libya to Syria. Oh yeah; killing civilians in Tripoli or Aleppo is perfectly all right. But don't do that in Paris.

So this, in the heart of Europe, is what blowback feels like. This is what people feel in the Waziristans when a wedding party is incinerated by a Hellfire missile. In parallel, it's absolutely impossible that the oh so sophisticated Western intel network had not seen blowback coming - and was impotent to prevent it (how come the scapegoats du jour, the Kouachi brothers, were not in the gallows?)

Of course the ultra-elaborate Western counter-terrorism expert network - so proficient at strip-teasing us all at every airport - saw it coming; but in shadow warland, portmanteau "al-Qaeda" and its myriad declinations, including "renegade" Daesh/ISIS/ISIL, are used as much as a mercenary army as a convenient domestic threat "against our freedoms".

Who profits?

US Think Tankland, also predictably, is busy spinning the drama of an "intra-Muslim" split which provides jihadis a lot of geopolitical space to exploit - all this sucking the Western world into a Muslim civil war. This is absolutely ridiculous. The Empire of Chaos, already during the 70s, was busy cultivating jihadi/Kalashnikov culture to fight anything from the USSR to nationalist movements all across the Global South.

Divide and Rule has always been used to fan the flames "intra-Islam", from the Clinton administration getting cozy with the Taliban to the Cheney regime - helped by Persian Gulf vassals - advancing the sectarian Sunni/Shi'ite schism.

Cui bono, then, with killing Charlie? Only those whose agenda is to demonize Islam. Not even a bunch of brainwashed fanatics would pull off the Charlie carnage to show people who accuse them of being barbarians that they are, in fact, barbarians. French intel at least has concluded that this is no underwear bomber stunt. This is a pro job. That happens to take place just a few days after France recognizes Palestinian statehood. And just a few days after General Hollande demanded the lifting of sanctions against the Russian "threat".

The Masters of the Universe who pull the real levers of the Empire of Chaos are freaking out with the systemic chaos in the racket they so far had the illusion of controlling. Make no mistake - the Empire of Chaos will do what it can to exploit the post-Charlie environment - be it blowback or false flag.

The Obama administration is already mobilizing the UN Security Council. The FBI is "helping" with the French investigation. And as an Italian analyst memorably put it, jihadis don't attack a vulture hedge fund; they attack a satirical rag. This is not religion; this is hardcore geopolitics. Reminds me of David Bowie: "This is not rock'n roll. This is suicide."

The Obama administration is already mobilized to offer "protection" - Mob-style - to a Western Europe that is just, only just, starting to be diffident of the pre-fabricated Russian "threat". And just as it happens, when the Empire of Chaos mostly needs it, evil "terra" once again rears its ugly head.

And yes, I am Charlie. Not only because they made us laugh; but because they were sacrificial lambs in a much nastier, gruesome, never-ending shadowplay.

Pepe Escobar's latest book is Empire of Chaos. Follow him on Facebook. He may be reached at pepeasia@yahoo.com.

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Sheikh Waqasuddin

If France escapes punishment for its sins and its crimes, whether in Haiti, Africa or in Asia, then we can rest assured that there is no God. Not a personal God the likes of which us simple folks have always believed in. But if there is a God, and by that I mean a real God, then they will be recompensed for what they used to do and what they continue to do till this day. Lest we forget I think it bears reminding that it was France which was intimately involved in the Sikes-Picot Agreement which split the Middle East into the fragmented pieces we see today, which is directly responsible for the bloodshed we are witnessing today. They were also amongst the nations that plundered China during the times of the Open Doors Policy.

What kinds of crimes have they not committed? Not only during times of their initial colonization, but also the barbaric massacres during decolonization. The colonized debate hotly amongst themselves till this day whether the despoliation of the British was worse or that of the French. Does France think that the promise of God's Divine Punishment was a tale of deluded old men? That God is but a figment of their imagination? Wise men of yore had warned that God's Justice does not sleep forever, and those guilty parties that are responsible for creating and upholding the rule of the jungle that we witness in our world today will be destroyed by the Wrath of God.

And they shall know that He is God, the Almighty, and that He Exists, and they shall recognize Him through His Punishment. France the nationalist chauvinist, who plundered and looted other nations out of false pride in its superiority, SHALL FALL!

Anita Sent

I'll add - only a day after UN said Palestine is to join ICC. Much like when MH17 went down at the same time that Israel's ground invasion started. I hate sounding like a crazy conspiracy theorist, but these events are becoming hard not to notice and gives me an uneasy feeling in my gut.

Dyer Danforth

Mossad, Mossad, Mossad.

Mark Thomason

Perhaps they would if they could. They've done worse. But they could not possibly be stupid enough to think they'd get away with this. Could they?

Boris M. Garsky

How did the police ID the terrorists so quickly? Good police work or an anonymous tip? The suspects were allegedly to be under the watchful eye of the secret service. What happened.? They just returned from Syria as ISIS terrorists, were known to be associated with Al Queada, recruited fighters for Al Queada, taught and encouraged terrorist acts and managed to secure Kalashnikov rifles and in broad daylight massacre 12 people. Under these circumstances, the secret service, including the Mossad would have informants up the rectums of the terrorists. Did the government know of the plan and did the government or Mossad encourage the attack? Most certainly. More than likely, the Mossad targeted the terrorists, encouraged the terrorist act, including supplying the weapons. Once the act was committed, the Mossad leaked the identities. There is no other explanation.

For thirty plus years, the french intelligence service has kept the Mossad on a short leash, however, sarkozy and hollande changed that. Now terrorism returns to France. Keep in mind that the publication also defamed the Mossad, not just Muslims. First reports, after the identification stated the the suspects were close to apprehension, then they were in custody, then no-one knew where they were and now it is known that they are in algiers? If this isn't a false flag then I don't know what is. There will certainly be a large backlash against the Muslim population. Is this an attempt to diffuse hollandes already historic blunders and low standing in the polls? I don't know, but this all bodes ill for Europe if they allow the Mossad to run wild.

Beatrice Mcartney

It's very clear. I said from the first moments. The father is mossad and the God father is cia and these 2 hunting men Kouachi are 2 small fish with records in global hunting ;) well and carefully choosen bu specialist to corespond with the profile of the perfect terrorist for this case....perfectly match.....

How much stupid do they think that all the people are to believe that a terrorist are going to make his crime with an identity card and he will loose it in the car??? That was the best maximum joke of stupid fake of services.

Ivan Novoroľník

remember find of 9/11 hijacker passport on top of WTC rubble? :-)

Kevin Quinn

The same way the Ukrainians quickly IDed the rebels shooting down MH17 ... or the FBI IDed the norks as the Sony hackers ..... they were 'watching'.

Frank Calamia

This time Pepe you have gone nuts! Are you asleep at the wheel as Muslims murder and rape in the name of Muhammad? You said, "Only those whose agenda is to demonize Islam was somehow the objective of the massacre at Charle!!! " Islam demonizes itself by the slaughter of Christians and the rape of little girls. Stop apologizing for Islam's crimes. Use your pen to out the evil nature of the Islamic ideology. But, you can not help yourself, can you. You have to blame everything evil in the world on the CIA--your so called Masters of the Universe. Frankly, take your blow back or false flag

ahmed.sal99

You have betrayed your criminal origins. Whose armies are in Islamic lands? who is droning and murdering innocent women and children? this will never end until the west is deposited into the dustbin of history,..and that will happen its only a question of time.

Parvin Darabi

You forgot about the assassination of iranian scientists and military men, the student and worm virus which was intended to destroy iran nuclear power plant and kill thousands of innocent people.

What about the murder of the Palestinian in Dobai? The West can't always be on the giving end sometime they are on the receiving one. But the wrong people get killed. This is the work of Mosad and CIA.

Pzyklon Geheime

Nice tin foil hat session, Pepe....the Arabs and Muslims are innocent. It was the Jews that killed Ali, Husain, and Hassan too. Blame the Jews...Islam split and is dying. Blame the Jews. Muslims want to immigrate and have an iPhone.

ahmed.sal99 (signed in using yahoo)

We need to realize that colonialism did much more than simply damage Muslim nations and cultures. It played a major part in the suppression and eventual disappearance of knowledge and learning, thought and creativity, from Muslim cultures. Colonial encounter began by appropriating the knowledge and learning of Islam, which became the basis of the 'European Renaissance' and 'the Enlightenment' and ended by eradicating this knowledge and learning from both Muslim societies and from history itself. It did that both by physical elimination – destroying and closing down institutions of learning, banning certain types of indigenous knowledge, killing off local thinkers and scholars – and by rewriting History as the history of western civilization into which all minor histories of other civilization are subsumed."

From the hopes of those post-WWII years, to the total gloom of the present days – what a long and terrible journey is has been!

The Muslim world is now injured, humiliated and confused, almost always on the defensive.

It is misunderstood by the outsiders, and often even by its own people who are frequently forced to rely on Western and Christian views of the world.

What used to make the culture of Islam so attractive – tolerance, learning, concern for the wellbeing of the people – has been amputated from the Muslim realm, destroyed from abroad. What was left was only religion.

Now most of the Muslim countries are ruled by despots, by the military or corrupt cliques. All of them closely linked with the West and its global regime and interests.

As they did in several great nations and Empires of South and Central America, as well as Africa, Western invaders and colonizers managed to totally annihilate great Muslim cultures.

What forcefully replaced them were greed, corruption and brutality.

It appears that everything that is based on different, non-Christian foundations is being reduced to dust by the Empire. Only the biggest and toughest cultures are still surviving.

Anytime a Muslim country tries to go back to its essence, to march its own, socialist or socially-oriented way – be it Iran, Egypt, Indonesia, or much more recently Iraq, Libya or Syria – it gets savagely tortured and destroyed.

The will of its people is unceremoniously broken, and democratically expressed choices overthrown.

For decades, Palestine has been denied freedom, as well as its basic human rights. Both Israel and the Empire spit at its right to self-determination. Palestinian people are locked in a ghetto, humiliated, and murdered. Religion is all that some of them have left.

The 'Arab Spring' was derailed and terminated almost everywhere, from Egypt to Bahrain, and the old regimes and military are back in power.

Like African people, Muslims are paying terrible price for being born in countries rich in natural resources. But they are also brutalized for having, together with China, the greatest civilization in history, one that outshone all the cultures of the West.

arius1071

The US Deep State benefits, again, against the emergence of a multipolar world.

Charles Tonirownov

Let me make it clear from the outset that I do not believe in any religion and the stuff that goes with it. I also strongly detest terrorism and the taking of innocent lives. However, there are billions of people in the world who believe in one religion or another. I respect them all for their beliefs, and I hope they accord the same to me.

Freedom of the press is not freedom to mock or insult people's cherished beliefs. Why don't you use that freedom to educate masses about who the real terrorists are in the world?.

Let us, however, not be pushed by media propaganda to believe that this heinous act of murder was by Al-Qaeda or the Islamic State terrorists who defy even Islam, as they have been killing Sunnis, Shiites, Christians, etc. They are simply equal opportunity murderers organized and paid, you know by which countries.

Could these terrorists be a part of what France has sent to Syria? Are the terrorists coming home to roost? Was this done to prepare public psyche for a US attack on another Muslim country? Only time will tell.

brandoninmerryland

Now that the incident is over, let's ck Pepe's acumen. First after Charlie, the shooting perps crossed paths running down the street-a pro no-no. Also what pros rely on robbing gas stations for logistics (gimmee some of those Huggies)? They were orphans, confused and seeking ID-clearly ISIS fodder, but not pros, Mossad or CIA. Pepe and some commenters have lost their (Ockam) razors.

John Rintala

All Western intelligence agencies, which includes Mossad of course, have to do is to simply allow something others are planning to go forward; and they are aware of almost everything.

They can filter jihadi actions to suit their purposes. Those that do not serve their strategic purposes get Hellfire missiles; those that do serve their strategic purposes are allowed to go forward to further create the proper political climate.

That is all. It is not complicated.

Kevin Quinn

Army boots? That was a sneaker one of the gunmen retrieved after it fell off his foot when he was exiting the car to shoot at a bike cop, hardly the seasoned professionals one might expect. And what 'operative', even a retarded one - brings his ID on a mission and has it lying about loose to be left behind with the weapons cache?

Rule one, leave nothing behind, just like 9/11. Unlike the 'dancing Israelis', a clean get-away and an overnight Aliyah.

Laura Prezio

Excellent article...Can you tell us where to find some of the security video that must have been recorded? Has anyone tracked the cell phone tower beeps? Of course its unlikely that the media will demand such details as long as the majority are going along with the narrative, but the truth does matter and so the actual pictures and ballistic identity matter.

belphegor692003

The Mossad-Saudi terror nexus with their Arab patsies and the commando thugs who "got away".
LOL how stupid do they think people are nowadays?

Everyone is wise to all the dirty tricks and if you take an incident like this at face value, especially in this day and age, then you have no sense.

candel1212

I am sure everything is just as it seems, as the authorities tell us, why would such honorable men do anything other than tell the truth. But in the real world one cannot trust anything except one's own sound judgment guided by higher powers. This empire of dirt is just that.. I suspect things are not as they are portrayed. The wolves again slaughter the sheep, but few know who the wolves are, what they are, or even that they are.

toxiclogik

Aside from the usual suspect many here already have mentioned, I think Muslim Jihadists in general will benefit. After Danish cartoonist and Charlie, Western journalists will now think twice about creating insulting imagery of Islam.

Jon Micheal

Sorry Pepe, have disagree here, the Algerians of France are the scum of the earth.

[Jan 10, 2015] Ex-CIA bin Laden hunter Paris gunmen have probably planned a second act

Jan 08, 2015 Telegraph
The three gunmen in the Paris attacks have probably planned a dramatic "second act" to the murder of ten journalists at Charlie Hebdo, a former senior CIA agent who was involved in the search for Osama bin Laden has told The Telegraph.

Michael Scheuer, who led the hunt for bin Laden from 1996-1999, said the gunmen's decision to hide their identities and plot their escape suggested their mission was not at an end, and could be capped by a jubilant propaganda video celebrating their successful mission.

"They weren't suicide guys, given the fact that they wore gloves and masks," Mr Scheuer said. "The effort that went into this suggests that there is a second part to this. Whether it's another attack or a video I don't know.

Charlie Hebdo - The Chickens Come Home To Roost

Jan 7, 2015 | M of A

MRW | 10:30:03 AM | 10===

Why are Americans so lacking in self-reflection that they can't see this is the consequence of the results of their actions? We killed 1.5 million and displaced over 2 million Iraqis on a lie, and we don't expect blowback? We go batshit when 3,000 are killed, cower in fear, tossed away our personal liberties like a bunch of woosies, and start two wars--over 3,000 dead people.

And they're missing 3.5 million out of a population of 40 million and we don't expect retaliation? We taught the ISIS fighters after we dismantled thier army, destroyed their infrastructure, water, and electricity, then abandoned them.

We destroyed Libya and lives. We almost destroyed Syria. We're poking Russia now, and we've impoverished the Ukraine.

And the only response here is to bitch, or joke, about living under Sharia law as if that's a threat? Meanwhile, the animosity towards us is growing so that we are creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. And for what? The neocons' fascistic Israel?

jfl | Jan 7, 2015 10:30:50 AM | 11

I agree that these people and the Danes were pigs and just asking for it ... although of course they do not 'deserve' to get this kind of treatment, no one does.

I'm sure it's not literally a false flag, but I can imagine the agents in the panopticon knowing that it was about to go down and keeping mum. It suits them. That was my original assessment of their extent of involvement in 9/11, although as time goes by and information is amassed I wonder know if they were not actively involved in the collapse of the towers ...

Another question occurs to me now ...

' While it supports Jihadis in Syria France is now deploying an air craft carrier to the Persian Gulf to attack the Islamic State in Iraq. '

... is that one of Russia's aircraft carriers?

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ralphieboy | Jan 7, 2015 11:09:43 AM | 18

"Unlike U.S. "liberals" most of the world does not consider free speech as an absolute right. Indeed like screaming "fire" in a filled theater, insulting the believe of other people is likely to get you hurt in most parts of the world. To claim such insults should not matter is itself an insult in that it declares one culture, that of absolute free speech rights, to be superior to other values. It is indecent."

Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke and fuck you if you cannot take free speech. Don't like what they said? You are free to express your outrage IN WORDS and even in actions, but not in violence against people or destruction of property. What the fuck is so hard to understand about that?

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Lysander | Jan 7, 2015 11:59:50 AM | 21

I always consider false flag as a possibility. Anybody can shout "Allahu Akbar." From MCClatchy:
Other evidence suggests they may be linked to a top French al Qaida operative, David Drugeon, who has been the target at least twice of U.S. airstrikes in Syria over the last four months.

Witnesses inside the magazine's offices told the French newspaper Humanité that both attackers spoke perfect French and claimed to be members of al Qaida.

Drugeon, who many experts believe was initially a French intelligence asset before defecting to al Qaida, previously masterminded a 2012 "lone wolf" attack on French soldiers and Jewish targets in the southern French city of Toulouse. That attack killed seven people before the perpetrator, a French citizen named Mohammed Merah who French intelligence believes had been trained by Drugeon, was killed by a police sniper after a long a violent standoff with security force

Hat Tip to Xymphora

RUKidding | Jan 7, 2015 12:11:01 PM | 22

If it looks like a False Flag & quacks like a False Flag...

Either it was developed by the PTB and/or they knew about it and let it happen.

The French satirists don't deserve to have this happen to them, but I consider it, at the very very least, to be extremely poor taste to mis-characterize a religion like that. Disgusting, in fact, and quite unnecessary.

Ergo, live by the sword & die by the sword, and stop whining about it later. If you play with fire, you have to be prepared to be burned. If that's too real for you, then don't do it. Tired of "freedumb of speech" crap in this regard.

Duly noted also that almost immediately there is "nooz" about Hollande calling for ending sanctions on Russia. Coincidence?????? Pull my other leg, please.

RUKidding | Jan 7, 2015 12:56:51 PM | 30

I've seen posts on other blogs where commenters point out that, while they in no way condone the murder of the satirists, one has to consider that if you play with fire, you might get burned. No one is *agreeing* with, supporting or condoning the murder. Yet, one might also point out the factual reality that France, like the USA, has participated (to a lesser extent than the USA) in killing many thousands of people various parts of MENA. No: two wrongs don't make a right, but people do sometimes retaliate. Again: pointing factual reality; not condoning murder.

Yet on various blogs suddenly the trolls appear and conveniently start accusing "lefties" of condoning or agreeing with this murder... mostly based on how "lefties" agree with the purported Muslims (are they really muslims? are they ISIS? I don't know. Do you?) in killing the satirists.

Then all sorts of condescending/dissing lectures start.

Gee I'm sure all these same talking points are entirely coincidental, especially the dissing of so-called "lefties."

Just saying...

Oui | Jan 7, 2015 12:57:53 PM | 31===

In 2012, WH Criticized the Prophet's Caricatures
Obama on Paris shooting: "It's a terrorist attack."

In 2012, the White House criticized Charlie Hebdo's publication of the caricatures as "deeply offensive to many." During the September 19, 2012, press briefing, then-spokesman Jay Carney questioned "the judgment of publishing something like this."

"We know that these images will be deeply offensive to many and have the potential to be inflammatory," he added a week after the Benghazi consulate raid.

okie farmer | Jan 7, 2015 1:08:10 PM | 32===

Posted this on the open tread a few minutes ago.

Almost certainly a false flag. Meaning: that KSA has been funding, arming jihadists all over the globe, and KSA security services all run by the CIA. Automatic weapons in France? How? Provided by SOMEONE. Who? The video showed to me what looked like a well trained profession hit team.

@John

wow, not even 48 hours ago the headlines splashed all over the msm were all Hollande calling for an end to sanctions against Russia!

The Israeli-Saudi nexus must be considered in this incident - Israel to supply the weapons and the Saudis(CIA) the training and money.

farflungstar | Jan 7, 2015 1:35:44 PM | 37===
okie farmer 32

the FF flag angle makes sense - how these people get an RPG and automatic weapons? Can you just buy those in a French gun shop? Especially with Ayrab Mooslims probably being watched and profiled?

Gotta be careful when you got so many different brands of spooks and creeps and maybe ppl on the inside looking the other way with an agenda crawling all over you - they don't give a crap who they murder, who they frame and who takes the fall - as long as it isn't them.

If and when they catch the perps, will they be tortured until confessing or will they freely brag or lie about their origins and paymasters?

Lunatics who do these things on their own seem to get caught or blow themselves away - the professionals know how to leave the scene and not blow their fingers off either.

okie farmer | Jan 7, 2015 1:44:31 PM | 39===
They won't catch them
the professionals know how to leave the scene

If indeed it's a false flag, the perpetrators will have escape already prepared - by their outside collaborators I would add.

"Chickens coming home to roost" or "Blowback". Fully agree.

A "western (european ???) intelligence officer" told Mitchell Prothero (McClatchy Newspapers): "We are expecting blowback somewhere in the future". Well, that blowback seems to be here & now.

But where is this "blowback" coming from ? Ukraine, Iraq, ISIS, Libya (also a hotbed of muslim extremism), Turkey (the US & NATO poured billions into the Fetullah Gülen movement and with that money dozens of madrassas were founded in Central Asia), ............

Willy2 | Jan 7, 2015 1:57:40 PM | 43===

Anonymous | Jan 7, 2015 2:00:32 PM | 44===
Willy2

Trained? Did you watch the shoot out with the cop? They ran around like confused kids with guns.
Their training, if any, was probably from Syria or Libya.

radiator | Jan 7, 2015 2:16:05 PM | 46===
I watched the video and how these two guys check the situation and just finish off the cop looks indeed like it's part of their everday job. On the other hand, a libyan/syrian mercenary might be used to check out an area and just shoot everyone who still moves on the ground.
Just findt it strange how they can escape in a car through the center of a town like paris in bright daylight while half of the cities cops are after them and the video is already up on youtube :-/.
But I might as well buy that this is a genuine islamist attack of no specific political pragmatism, with the only purpose of "revenging" ones beliefs.
Anyway, it's a sad thing. Cartoonists, satirists and the like are, to me, these days some of the more "valuable" guys around and often among the last ones that haven't been bought completely. Don't know if that's true about the CH guys, but from what I read about them, they were actualy believers in the necessity to insult everyone, which i agree with 100%. In a way, if CH insulted someone the terrorists believed in, they in return killed someone or -thing I believed in.
If this was a genuine attack, I'd hope they catch these guys and have them face the families of those they have killed.
radiator | Jan 7, 2015 2:40:44 PM | 52
#47
you're probably right, for a military person this might be just a standard procedure. I was just surprised at how routinely they went about it. being a fanatical person a revenge crusade, I'd expected some more emotional behaviour, but that's just irrational imagination i guess.

i think satire is quite important, in germany eg i often get the impression that the few and far between quality satirist mags are the last ones left that are not bought and part of the mainstream propaganda or for that matters anyone's propaganda

DuBois | Jan 7, 2015 2:45:20 PM | 53===
"Unlike U.S. "liberals" most of the world does not consider free speech as an absolute right. Indeed like screaming "fire" in a filled theater, insulting the believe of other people is likely to get you hurt in most parts of the world. To claim such insults should not matter is itself an insult in that it declares one culture, that of absolute free speech rights, to be superior to other values. It is indecent."

Unlike the US, where we honor the place of religion in society without, yet, giving any particular one a special place alongside the government, France is very serious about keeping religion out of the public sphere. The French consider this to be an intrinsic part of republican virtue. Americans were shocked when the burka was banned in France, but it made good sense in a French context. As I recall, the ban provoked whining and protest from Muslims but very little from non-Muslims. If you want to live in France, it is legitimate to demand that French republicanism be respected. If you want some other culture to be valued above all others, go elsewhere.

If you have lived in a Gulf country, you will be aware that any religion but the Wahabbi brand of Islam is not only suppressed, it is insulted in public by public figures. Am I justified to go after Saudi or Qatari religious figures in their own country because of it? I don't think so. There are many gentler, more tolerant varieties of Islam, but they are not the ones murdering people around the world.

IhaveLittleToAdd | Jan 7, 2015 2:59:41 PM | 55===
"insulting the believe of other people is likely to get you hurt in most parts of the world... it declares one culture, that of absolute free speech rights, to be superior to other values."

It seems unnecessary, but I would argue that free speech is a step forward for society. b seems to make this point in his argument too. Purveyors of free speech are not superior to others, but free speech has marked advantages to getting shot for lampooning dubious forces. We relentlessly criticize our own governments and to this point it has not resulted in anyone kicking my door in and shooting me.

b does make the prevailing point though, in that the net aggression is asymmetrical yet the coverage would indicate westerners are being barbered in excess. I reckon that one more attack on our deployed troops garners little attention, while something like this shakes the world's nervous system. It's all sad. Lost lives that will all but guarantee an overreaction that will cost additional civil liberties and even more lives.

MRW | Jan 7, 2015 3:12:59 PM | 56===
35,

In 2010, Brian Michael Jenkins, the acknowledged top security expert in the country then (for 40 years), appeared before the Senate. I don't have a link right now but you can look him up. He worked for the RAND Corporation then. On the penultimate page, he made the cogent argument that the 1970s in the US was *far* more dangerous from a security point of view than the 00s. He said we had more plane hijackings--and it was true--and terrorist groups (I remember some group from Germany with Baden in the name, then there all the Latin Americans), and that generally.the country was far more unsafe than now.

Of course, wer weren't scaredy-cats then, cowering with our fingers in our mouths. We weren't exactly the Brits 'Carrying On' the way they did during the Blitz, but we sure as hell didn't have hard-ons for amygdala-fueled fear and drama the way we're addicted to it now.

Uncle $cam | Jan 7, 2015 3:21:32 PM | 59===
My question is, not just WHO filmed this? But who broadcast it, when did it "go live". It looks to be a professional. So how did they know to be at the right place on the roof, at the right time? And to film an out right execution w/out any emotion expressed what so ever? Seems seriously suspect. I'd start there. If we had treated this, all these matters as police detective work in the first place, instead of paramilitary action 'lets' roll' bullshit, (When I say from the beginning, I mean from day one of the WTC collapse) then we let the evidence decide, not the media, the talking cunts, not the ideology. But tangible non subjective observation and artifacts.
MRW | Jan 7, 2015 3:30:12 PM | 62===
53,

The Wahhabis are like the Christian Fundies with a jolt of Dispensationalism and a little snake-waving thrown in. Their sect is 214 years old. Created in tents on the sand. For those who don't know, Islam does not have a priestcraft, or a hierarchy, unless a bunch of people get together and agree to it. The Imams and Ayatollas are scholars, not religious leaders, contrary to what we may think. There are no set of volumes called Sharia Law. Sharia exists the way the code of honor exists at West Point. In your head as a common understanding.

BTW, the McClatchy article that Lysander linked to above is good. McClatchy is the only good newspaper left in this country. They have the best reporters and editors. McClatchy was the ONLY US newspaper to get the lies about why we were going to war in Iraq right, and they did it with shoe leather. They only got the Pulitzer for it two or three years later when they were found to be correct. McClatchy names a former French Intelligence asset as the perp, some guy who says he subsequently joined Al Qaeda.

Oui | Jan 7, 2015 3:38:59 PM | 63===
Untill the culprits are found, don't take anthing off the table for investigators. Especially not a false flag operation!

The weapons used, the military planning and execution plus a clean get-away. A professional hit not performed by a religious zealot or a vengeful extremist. The gravity of the crime to execute 12 persons in cold blood goes way beyond an average bomb or suicide attack or the planning by a "loner," These weapons could have been smuggled throughout Europe, the crime mafia also possess these weapons and everything can be bought at the right price. From the Yugoslav and Bosnian wars there are many remnants. A diplomatic pouch is also a strong bet to smuggle these weapons. I won't call out names, but Paris always has been a playground for intelligence agents from all major powers, including Khomeiny's Islamists and the Mossad.

Oui | Jan 7, 2015 3:39:30 PM | 64===
Plenty of liquidations in the EU including the unsolved execution style murder of four in Cheveline in the Haut Savoy on Sept. 5, 2012.

Anonymous | Jan 7, 2015 3:42:52 PM | 65===
Oui

. "I won't call out names, but Paris always has been a playground for intelligence agents from all major powers, including Khomeiny's Islamists and the Mossad".

Lol Iran is behind this now? Even shiites? I expect high standards here at MoA to be frank.

Willy2 | Jan 7, 2015 3:53:12 PM | 66===
ZEROHEDGE: "Three Paris Terrorists Identified"

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-07/three-paris-terrorists-identified

Demian | Jan 7, 2015 3:54:08 PM | 67===
Not every terrorist act is a false flag. This is blowback. Russia warned Western leaders about this. If you support terrorists in Syria, they will gain combat experience, and they may come to Europe to effectively perform terrorist acts there.

What this looks like to me is the Islamic State bringing the fight to Europe.

As for the free speech and satire angle, it is fairly obvious that Islam is a false religion, a heretical spin-off of Christianity. Therefore, attacking it with "satire" is completely unnecessary, and is also tasteless and rude, because even though Muslims worship an idol, they are still human beings, so their beliefs should be treated with respect.

spinworthy | Jan 7, 2015 3:57:54 PM | 69===
Connect the dots.

Hollande stops into Moscow 'unexpectedly' last month, and then says absolutely nothing upon return to France (just had to get those Mistrals off his mind).

This past weekend Hollande says sanctions on Russia must end (he had to wait a little while so that people forgot about his layover).

This week - BOOM! a major 'terrorist' attack in Paris! How's that for blowback Mr. Hollande?
Looks like someone wanted to remind Hollande who's the boss, any takers?

Anonymous | Jan 7, 2015 4:08:10 PM | 72===
slothrop

Maybe because Chechnya is INSIDE Russia compared to Syria, Iraq that is NOT inside the US/NATO.

Just admit that Russia is right about blowbacks, what in it for you?

slothrop | Jan 7, 2015 4:10:22 PM | 74===
in the jurisprudence of American speech law, none of these parodies of religion rise to the level of "incitement to imminent lawless action." In other words, these are just fucking cartoons.

We "respect" beliefs by making sure that all beliefs are open to occasional rhetorically hyperbolic ridicule. Clearly, some people don't have a sense of humor. And people who don't have a sense of humor are seldom good candidates for members of a liberal society.

Almand | Jan 7, 2015 4:13:02 PM | 75===
In the discussions of this attack I've seen online and amongst my peers, I've got a hypothesis that liberalism has supplanted Christianity as the real true faith of the West ( while of course while keeping its influences). The same way people in the West feel about free speech being attacked is similar to the way Muslims feel about depictions of Mohammad. The difference of course, like many have already stated, is that our beliefs are regarded as superior to theirs and more deserving of protection and quarter. Of course I have very little regard for Islam (or any Abrahamic faith), which seem to bring nothing but war and oppression in their wakes. Just my opinion.

Funny that b mentions the bombing in Sanaa. The men who died were there to sign up to defend their neighborhoods and protect the public. Who cares, though. They are just part of the faceless brown mass, the same one that shot up the newspaper in Paris, and thus are not worthy of being considered human or even thought of as individuals.

The PEGIDA types and other anti-Muslim forces just got a late Christmas gift. Expect mosques to be vandalized and other retaliatory violence.

Anonymous | Jan 7, 2015 4:17:02 PM | 77

slothrop

Yes because killing millions is just a joke, you whine when 11 is killed in your "neighborhood" but support western wars all over the world. Get a grip for crying out loud.

brian | Jan 7, 2015 4:52:42 PM | 80===

UNGA condemns paris massacre
UN General Assembly President and Security Council condemned Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150107/1016634751.html … pic.twitter.com/tQ3eGjSVli

.....BUT did they also condemn the Odessa massacre?
'Russia still has not received an answer from the United Nations concerning the May tragedy in the Ukrainian city of Odessa, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told RIA Novosti in an interview.'
but then:
'"Back in May, we have raised this issue before the UN Secretariat, we demanded an investigation into those incidents and expressed hope that the UN authorities would give an exacting evaluation of the events and condemn such action, which does not adhere with the UN practice," Gatilov said.

"The secretariat assured us back then that they were in contact with the Kiev authorities and would inform us of the results. To this day, we have not been informed about the results," he added.'
http://sputniknews.com/world/20140906/192687875/UN-Not-Responding-to-Russias-Request-of-Odessa-Tragedy.html

UN as silent now as NATO killings in Libya

Demian | Jan 7, 2015 4:53:14 PM | 81===
I had a look at an anti-Islamophobia Web site I knew about, Loonwatch.com, and had a look at blogs it links to. So far, the only post I've seen about this attack was by Juan Cole. His take was that this was an attack by al-Quaeda to increase Islamophobia in Europe, in order to radicalize European Muslims.

I find that interpretation of this terrorist act strange. My impression is that al-Qaeda is pretty much a thing of the past (when it comes to the Middle East as opposed to north Africa) and that it has evolved into the Islamic State. The Islamic State aspires to become a caliphate, whereas al-Qaeda had no such aspirations. If one views this terrorist attack in the context of the emergence of IS/ISIS, then what this attack looks like is a message from Muslims that the days of the West subjugating the Muslim world are over. The Islamic State is capable of taking the war to the enemy's turf.

Laguerre | Jan 7, 2015 5:05:58 PM | 86===
Like b, I don't think this was a false-flag.

If one can characterise jihadi-type operations, which is probably not at all justified, it is that they are aimed at slaughtering a maximum of the civilians of the supposed enemy, e.g. bombs outside mosques. That is what happened here.

What we know about false-flags in the Middle East suggests that they are less interested in killing people, but rather in a maximum political effect, e.g. the bombing of the Golden Dome in Samarra, where no-one at all was killed.

By the way, the French police have a very poor reputation. I am not at all surprised that they failed to pick up the killers.

Demian | Jan 7, 2015 5:21:27 PM | 90===
Here is a quote from an op-ed at Al Jazeera America:
There is an old Parisian tradition of cheeky humor that respects nothing and no one. The French even have a word for it: "gouaille." Think of obscene images of Marie-Antoinette and other royals, of priests in flagrante delicto with nuns, of devils farting in the pope's face and Daumier's caricatures of King Louis-Philippe, whom he portrayed in the shape of a pear. It's an anarchic populist form of obscenity that aims to cut down anything that would erect itself as venerable, sacred or powerful.
Well, sorry to have to break the news to multiculturalists, but gouaille arose from a Christian culture. It is alien to Muslim culture. Thus, another aspect of this tragedy is that it illustrates the internal contradictions of the multiculturalism which the Empire has imposed upon Europe. According to multiculturalism, speech must be free, so satire attacking religions should be celebrated, but Islam should be treated as just as European as Christianity, even though according to Islam, speech defaming the Prophet is an attack on Islam, and so must be avenged.
Laguerre | Jan 7, 2015 5:46:36 PM | 94===
They're talking about 2 Algerian brothers and a third person. This tends to confirm b's hypothesis of payback, and also the idea of lone-wolf.

I am not surprised. There are many quasi-alQa'ida groups in France. It is not surprising that someone might have have felt to have been driven over the edge.

One should recall the Algerian war at the end of the 1950s and the beginning of the 1960s, where there was open conflict on the streets of Paris, not that long ago. 17 Algerians were thrown in the Seine. Then again there was the Algerian bomb in the metro in 1995, which killed more than today. I'd be surprised if Parisians are overwhelmed by today.

Oui | Jan 7, 2015 6:10:23 PM | 98===
On such an occasion France24 asks the views of Meyer Habib to explain today's act of terror in Paris …

The position of France in the UN Security Council is quite crucial … the three terror suspects "lost" their ID cards in the abandoned Citroen C3. Sure. Let's wait for real evidence. Sensing a false flag operation.

Israel to call in French envoy to protest vote in UN Security Council

WhoIs Meyer Habib?

Immediately following the vote, Meyer Habib, a center-right lawmaker and close friend of Netanyahu, said …

"France today chose the wrong partner and I fear repercussions in relations with Israel, the only democracy in the region…While radical jihad killed citizens of France and other parts of the free world, legitimization is given to the establishment of a state run by corrupt people and terrorists."

Demian | Jan 7, 2015 6:13:05 PM | 100===
@Laguerre #93:
the idea of lone-wolf
From what I read, the attackers acted with military precision. This was a paramilitary operation, not a crude terrorist attack like a suicide bombing. And I would say that the attackers not getting caught was part of the message. The attackers had paramilitary training and/or combat experience, which by definition rules out their being lone wolves, IMO.

This is not to say that I am claiming that this attack was ordered and planned by the ISIS high command. But I do think that the attackers and ISIS are on the same wavelength. And I don't think "radical Muslim" is a useful category anymore. I read this act as an event in the process of the shift to a multipolar world. That involves not just Eurasia emerging as an opposite pole to the US, but also the Muslim world becoming free of its current subjugation by the West.

Luca K | Jan 7, 2015 6:19:45 PM | 102===

Adlai Stevenson stated:
"A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular."

This is an accurate statement. So, how many truly free societies can
we find in the West? Not many, if any. The argument for free speech,
even more so in Europe than ZUSA, is used with extreme hypocrisy and
only when it suits the interests of the hostile elite.

An European wrote this in regards to the events in France:

"Media luvvies all round europe were banging on about 'free expression'
and the 'freedom to speak without fear of persecution'
and other such tosh.
If you are in the US you won't probably understand that here in Europe
we don't actually have free speech.
We have guidelines and laws to coerce one into saying nice stuff and
even nasty comments should be done with respect etc. More tosh.

So I ask here why when it is ok for this magazine to produce many
cartoons being extremely rude to religious icons and Gods-Prophets
etc, which have led to this mass murderous outrage, that it isn't ok
to discuss the subject of the holocaust being the biggest lie and con
of the last one hundred years?

France was famous for the Robert Faurisson(French scholar with a
different take on what happened to the Jews during WWII) situation
whereby loads of clever blokes with large IQs and small penises
decided that to question whether it (the holocaust) actually happened
(as alleged) should be made illegal because 'it happened so we know
that it was possible, so there must be no discussion'.
I paraphrase a little but the results is the same.
'Of the four million Jews under Nazi control in WW2, six million died
and alas only five million survived.' "

There u have it; the flagrant double standarts! Free speech to attack
Religion, particularly Islam but also Christianity, good!
Free speech to discuss the West's sickly new 'religion', the
holohoax, bad!!

Let us remember that the holocau$t is a set of alleged historical
facts,which obviously should be possible to scrutinize, as long as
one sees History as a Science(in fact it is one of the most prostituted
professions, together with jornalism and a few others).
While a Religion is something intrinsically dogmatic, one needs to
have faith, to believe... that is, btw, why the Israeli dissident
Gilad Atzmon, refers to the holohoax as a Religion.

Besides this most sacred of cows, there are many other issues that
cannot be freely and safely discussed in Western societies. Take
your pick; Race and race differences, Immigration, the negative
impacts of multicultiralist ideology, Jewish power, etc.

B writes:
"Unlike U.S. "liberals" most of the world does not consider free speech as an absolute right."

Got news for u;
U.S liberals also use free speech only when it suits them. Controversial
issues might not land u in jail, as in your beloved "free" Germany
(ZUSAS vassal), but u will be out of a job and ostracized in the media
in no time!

Demian | Jan 7, 2015 6:27:37 PM | 103===

@Oui #97:
Sensing a false flag operation.
Certainly the possibility of an Israeli false flag should always be considered, but I don't see Israel getting much benefit out of this, so I don't see why it would go through the trouble.

I hate to sound like a trendy leftist, but to suspect that this is a false flag is to deny Muslims agency.

somebody | Jan 7, 2015 7:31:46 PM | 110===

The people French police are in the process of arresting are marginals, easy to recruit. Religion hardly has a part in this.

France has been deeply involved in its former colonies eg Hollande backing Turkey's buffer zone proposals.

This "blowback" has as likely a secret service background as not. This is Marine le Pen who will profit politically.

Marine Le Pen : "S'allier au gouvernement syrien, c'est la politique du moins pire"

This here is an example of the strange way France has been treating Syrian Jihadis.

I would say the attack is a message.

jfl | Jan 7, 2015 7:36:05 PM | 111===

@97

I imagine the Israelis knew this was coming up - they have the NSA's entire raw feed in addition to their own taps, and unlike the NSA/CIA they can actually 'decipher' the languages of the Middle East in real time - and they apparently said nuthin'.

What to Say When You Have Nothing to Say?


Charlie Hebdo was not in reality a model of freedom of speech. It has ended up, like so much of the "human rights left", defending U.S.-led wars against "dictators".

I wonder if the assassins were CIA-trained? Probably some of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate's "moral equivalents of our founding fathers" left over from his adventures contra-Assad in Syria.

somebody | Jan 7, 2015 8:05:03 PM | 114===

Listen, you conspiracy theorists, Russian, Syrian, Algerian secret services are professional, why do you insult them. This is not going Hollande's or the Trans-Atlantic way.

In a strange way, one of these very professional acting assassins has lost his carte d'identite.

somebody | Jan 7, 2015 8:22:36 PM | 115===

How did this happen?
Une pièce d'identité retrouvée

Selon nos informations, les enquêteurs ont retrouvé une pièce d'identité dans la Citroën C3. Laquelle n'est évidemment pas celle du propriétaire de la voiture volée, mais bien celle d'un des suspects de l'attaque contre Charlie Hebdo.

La police resserre son étau autour de deux frères de 32 et 34 ans originaires de Paris, bien connus des services de police et revenus de Syrie l'été dernie. Le troisième homme serait un SDF de 18 ans.

Le frère cadet avait été mis en examen en janvier 2005 pour " association de malfaiteurs en relation avec une entreprise terroriste ". Interpellé la veille de son départ pour Damas, il appartenait à une fillière de recrutement qui cherchait à envoyer de jeunes djihadiste en Irak.

Il avait été condamné à six ans de prison ferme. Il avait 22 ans à l'époque.

Avant de rejoindre Paris, il avait vécu quelques années à Rennes, où il a suivi des cours lycée Bréquigny, en section sports-étude football. Ne parvenant pas à passer professionnel, il a passé et obtenu un brevet d'éducateur sportif, à Rennes.

Arrested on departure to Syria intending to fight against Iraq, spent 6 years in prison for intent to join the Iraqi insurgency, back to Syria intending to fight against Assad, returning to France without problem but "well known to the police".

There are so many ways one can look at this. Just on the surface, of course, one cannot condone the killings. Insulting another's faith is, clearly, not a good idea either (I don't get the point of the cartoons - never thought Mohammed was particularly funny). But the false flag operation cannot be ruled out - would a potential killer really take his/her ID w them? Seems sorta preposterous... They were 'definitively' identified a little too quickly... But a good post, B. (And let's recall the time before 1979, when the Soviet Union was conned into marching into Afghanistan... militant Islam did not exist bef the US support for the so called mujahedin (at least not in its current, violent reincarnation.)

GoraDiva | Jan 7, 2015 8:22:56 PM | 116===

"In a strange way, one of these very professional acting assassins has lost his carte d'identite."

Indeed, Said Cherif left his passport in the gateway car!? Professional killer?

So, French police identified the perpetrators without catching them - I guess video was enough for them (police). Congratulation.

neretva'43 | Jan 7, 2015 8:34:46 PM | 117===

Of course... Reichstags was burned by communist.

On freedom of speech:
"How Tarek Mehanna Went to Prison for a Thought Crime" http://www.thenation.com/article/177750/how-tarek-mehanna-went-prison-thought-crime

neretva'43 | Jan 7, 2015 8:54:33 PM | 120===

This must be part of a ploy to drown out the China-CELAC forum taking place. That piece of news is actually positive and constructive.
The news from my dear France is negative and toxic.
Pepe Escobar is correct when he calls The West; The Empire of Chaos, wither there was once a time the whole world wanted to be like the West. Now the reasons as to one would wish to emulate this cesspool of disbelief, racism and neoliberal corruption is beyond me.
Fuck the EU?
Yes, indeed.

Fernando | Jan 7, 2015 9:29:13 PM | 123===

Interesting detail from the Guardian:
A witness said the gunmen climbed out wielding a rocket launcher and yanked an elderly man out of the car behind. The man insisted on taking his dog out of the car before the attackers drove off, and they let him. They climbed into the Renault Clio telling bystanders: "You can tell the media we're from al-Qaida in Yemen."
The most interesting development to wait for now is whether the gunmen and their driver will be caught. Given how "professionally" they acted, I would be surprised if they will be. The operation was so well executed that I get the impression that someone was running them. Thus, there would have been a well thought out escape plan.

I haven't seen anyone compare this to the Boston marathon bombings, although that was the previous Muslim terrorist attack on a western country that produced a considerable number of casualties. This attack comes across as much better executed than the Boston one.

To explain why I am being so clinical about this: I see this as an operation that is part of a fourth generation war. (Terrorism is a tactic employed in fourth generation warfare.)

Demian | Jan 8, 2015 12:00:46 AM | 128===

An interesting development:
There are many questions around the 18-year-old who handed himself in to police. …

Hamyd is being described as a suspect but reports - some unconfirmed and all from unnamed sources - surfaced a few hours ago that he did so only because he saw his name published online. Itele cited its own sources when it reported Hamyd went to police to tell them he was innocent and had been in school at the time of the attack.

Social media in France is now showing numerous apparent students and friends proclaiming Hamyd's innocence, with some posting under the hashtag "#MouradHamydInnocent" that he had been with them in class.

This supports what I had suspected: that an ID had been left in the car to throw police onto a false trail.

Demian | Jan 8, 2015 12:17:29 AM | 129===

A writer for the Financial Times shows some common sense. Unsurprisingly, he gets viciously attacked by the zombies posting comments.
Charlie Hebdo has a long record of mocking, baiting and needling French Muslims. …

some common sense would be useful at publications such as Charlie Hebdo, and Denmark's Jyllands-Posten, which purport to strike a blow for freedom when they provoke Muslims, but are actually just being stupid.

Common sense when it comes to matters of religion is no longer permitted in the Anglosphere, so that post was changed. (I don't know what the new version says because it is behind a paywall.)

Demian | Jan 8, 2015 1:23:12 AM | 130===

b., not every enemy of American hegemony is an ally you should be justifying and apologizing for b/c you happen to oppose US hegemony yourself. These guys are murdering scumbags who are trying to impose religious restrictions on free expression in a European country to which they are newcomers. The West has every right to be outraged by this. These men aren't pretending to be muslims, they are muslims. Europe needs to realize they can't accommodate them without seriously altering its culture and traditions.

J. Bradley | Jan 8, 2015 2:20:19 AM | 131===

#KnowYourScumbags

"… impose religious restrictions on free expression in a European country to which they are newcomers."

Are you justifying and apologizing for scumbags like LePen and Wilders? The ziocons have fought a War of Terror after 9/11 by advocating Islamophobia, see FEAR INC. The murders of people like Theo van Gogh and these people in Paris is useful PR for extremists from all sides.

Look in the mirror and see the scumbags of George Bush & Co for invading and destroying Iraq. Rumsfeld providing readable military briefings/orders by quotes from the Christian bible. After the 9/11 attacks, how well was freedom of speech preserved in the land of Liberty?
- no criticism to fight an unlawful war
- embedded reporters in Iraq (censored)
- scores of journalists targeted and killed with WH approval

Why didn't the Congress 9/11 commission publish the 28 pages implicating the royals of Saudi Arabia, why did the NJ prosecutors let the three Mossad agents return to Israel?

Why the extensive propaganda in US admirable media on all foreign adventures by the Obama asministration and the war crimes being committed on a daily basis? Indeed, know your scumbags …

Oui | Jan 8, 2015 3:03:46 AM | 135===

@Fuck God #132:

Nobody is saying they "had it coming". The point is that Western Europe wants to be multicultural, but isn't willing to take the cognitive leap to understand that Islam is different from Christianity, and one way in which it is different is that while Christians will tolerate any insults to their religion by "turning the other cheek", Muslims may not, because their idea of how one respects God (or Allah, in their case) is different from that of Christians. And I am not an apologist for Islam. That's just how it is. As I said above, I believe that the Christian God is the one true God, whereas Allah is an idol.

@Oui #130:

I am willing to entertain the possibility that this was a false flag. I looked at a few blogs BTW, and nobody expressed what I suggested here, that this was a move by some Muslim paramilitary group, inspired by the successes of ISIS, to take the West's war against the Muslim world to the West. My intuition tells me that this act was motivated not by "Islamic fundamentalism" but resistance to Western hegemony. I guess I have that impression because that is my reading of 9/11.

@J. Bradley #129:

These men aren't pretending to be muslims, they are muslims. Europe needs to realize they can't accommodate them without seriously altering its culture and traditions.
I am going to take the liberty here of expressing a little Russian nationalism and saying that I believe that Russia is the only successfully multicultural European society. There is religious freedom in Russia, and something like 15% of the population are Muslims, but it is clear to everyone that Russian Orthodoxy is the primary religion. Russian Muslims do not seem to mind this, and things have been this way for centuries. This solution of the "Muslim problem" comes easily to Russia, because Russians are used to dealing with Muslims, since they underwent several centuries of occupation by the Mongols, who were Muslims. (In fact, my ancestors were Mongol Muslims who converted to Christianity because they decided to stay in Russia instead of leaving with the Mongol Horde.) Since Western European countries (other than Spain) have not had such a centuries-long exposure to Islam, I'm afraid I can't think of any solution to their Muslim problem. Certainly the Anglozionist multicultural model is failing. The only hope I can see is, as truthbetold suggests at #107, if Eurasia becomes a block, then Christian primacy, and hence social harmony, can be restored.

Demian | Jan 8, 2015 3:51:55 AM | 138===

@Fuck God #132:

Nobody is saying they "had it coming". The point is that Western Europe wants to be multicultural, but isn't willing to take the cognitive leap to understand that Islam is different from Christianity, and one way in which it is different is that while Christians will tolerate any insults to their religion by "turning the other cheek", Muslims may not, because their idea of how one respects God (or Allah, in their case) is different from that of Christians. And I am not an apologist for Islam. That's just how it is. As I said above, I believe that the Christian God is the one true God, whereas Allah is an idol.

@Oui #130:

I am willing to entertain the possibility that this was a false flag. I looked at a few blogs BTW, and nobody expressed what I suggested here, that this was a move by some Muslim paramilitary group, inspired by the successes of ISIS, to take the West's war against the Muslim world to the West. My intuition tells me that this act was motivated not by "Islamic fundamentalism" but resistance to Western hegemony. I guess I have that impression because that is my reading of 9/11.

@J. Bradley #129:

These men aren't pretending to be muslims, they are muslims. Europe needs to realize they can't accommodate them without seriously altering its culture and traditions.
I am going to take the liberty here of expressing a little Russian nationalism and saying that I believe that Russia is the only successfully multicultural European society. There is religious freedom in Russia, and something like 15% of the population are Muslims, but it is clear to everyone that Russian Orthodoxy is the primary religion. Russian Muslims do not seem to mind this, and things have been this way for centuries. This solution of the "Muslim problem" comes easily to Russia, because Russians are used to dealing with Muslims, since they underwent several centuries of occupation by the Mongols, who were Muslims. (In fact, my ancestors were Mongol Muslims who converted to Christianity because they decided to stay in Russia instead of leaving with the Mongol Horde.) Since Western European countries (other than Spain) have not had such a centuries-long exposure to Islam, I'm afraid I can't think of any solution to their Muslim problem. Certainly the Anglozionist multicultural model is failing. The only hope I can see is, as truthbetold suggests at #107, if Eurasia becomes a block, then Christian primacy, and hence social harmony, can be restored.

Demian | Jan 8, 2015 3:51:55 AM | 138===

@Anonymous #137:

I am a heterodox Christian, because even though I believe that Christianity is the true religion (this does not mean that one should not take some other religions seriously, above all Buddhism), I do not believe that God exists. This position is very German, by the way.

Yes, Christianity is "based on" Judaism. Christianity was actually a reform of Pharisaic Judaism. Contemporary Judaism, i.e., Rabbinic Judaism, emerged as a reaction to Christianity, in other words, was produced by a rejection of Jesus' and Paul's reforms of Pharisaic Judaism. Christianity is an older religion than contemporary Judaism. Many evangelical Christians know this, but in general, very few Westerners do, because they are not aware that contemporary Judaism is not the Judaism laid out in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). Pharisaic Judaism stopped being viable after the second destruction of the Temple, because worship as laid out in the Hebrew Bible took place in the Temple. That destruction occurred after the death of Christ. This is the simple reason why Christianity is older than today's Judaism. (Of course, there is more to it than that, such as when the texts of the two religions became canonical.)

As for "Islam [being] a big historic part of Russia: Russia has assimilated Islam while maintaining its Christian identity, so I don't see where there is any decadence.

Demian | Jan 8, 2015 4:52:35 AM | 142===

Info about Kouachi brothers in Paris, previous arrest and teachings by Farid Benyettou, a janitor-turned-street preacher.

Radicalized by US Invasion and Abu Ghraib Torture

Oui | Jan 8, 2015 5:01:40 AM | 143===

One would ALMOST have to be convinced that b is an intel asset, programming MoAs to not connect the dots, and instead, fall back on feckless, senile diatribes about 'free speech'.

Remember 1967 Six Days War, when Mossad effectively dealt with pre-emptive attacks (how?) by six neighboring countries, while destroying the only US asset, the USS Liberty sigint spy ship (remember there were no spy satellites in 1967!), before the USS Liberty could intercept the rat-out communications that tipped Israel off. My guess is Egypt sold out their partners, rather than risk IL nuclear retribution, ...or having a new Arab neighbor.

So it's not too much of a leap, since Mossads literally grow up in Arab society, and every Mossad agent is fluent not only in Arabic, but their entire dialectic, and can impersonate, say, a false-flag attack using 19 Saudi and Egytian dupes, who probably thought they would make a few bucks by hijacking some US airliners, as had been done many times before, only to find, to their horror, the planes were on UAV autopilot, programmed by GPS to fly into the WTC all without any human intervention, or ability to override the controls. They were useful idiots, none of them trained in 757 flight controls. Like taking candy from a baby.

Then the 'magic passport' pristine on the ground, and instant list of 19 names.

You'll recall that this is 'mindwar'. This is the Final Putsch of the NeoCon Third Way. That now we are, as Mossad asset Lindsey Graham puts it, in Religious War with Islam™, at a time when French President Hollande just publicly called for an end to Russian sanctions, and Germany is being overrun with fascist hooligans, and Breitbart has nothing to rag on.

US/UK needed a false flag action BAD!

So they found some dupe, drugged him, or tortured him, who knows, then two Mossad agents made a thoroughly military execution, leaving the dupe's body at the scene, and posting in another 'miracle bullet' and/or 'miracle passport' CIA signature the names of two more poor dupes who had probably just been at a 'Workers Wanted in Saudi Arabia!' job conference held by Mossad agents, and given up their personal identity information for a shot at dinars.

So CIA/Mossad turned the tide, Hollande and Merkel are emasculated once again, the Empire is safe, and Kill All Muslims™ is back in prime time. Oh, maybe for a month it will hover there, ...what better venue than to assassinate media members, you remember the Palestine Hotel in Iraq? They can probably get two more weeks of spin out of this before the dupes are 'discovered and killed in a shootout', probably already being held some an abandoned incinerator or broken pottery factory in the south, waiting to die in a hail of bullets.

Then more months of media terror. Perpetual Crusades.

This is 'mindwar'. This is Full Spectrum Dominance domestic espionage and propaganda. This is a coordinated attack on RU and IR oil production, and Uke heavy-lift rocket engines for Boeing/Lockheeds new $100Bs, maybe $1000Bs Mission Mars. This is bigtime trillion $ shyte. This is LOOTING of the highest order by Mil.Gov and the Fed and International Bank-Brokers.
They know what's coming, they see fund balance updates and projections every nanosecond.

But b would have you believe that three angry young men donned black leather and conducted a ruthless military execution, after they watched The Mechanic two or three times. Foobar!!

Behold, ...Your Brave New World.

ChipNikh | Jan 8, 2015 6:29:00 AM | 146===

Let do a count on the number chickens coming home to roost - it's gonna be one crowded chicken coop, to say the least.

Not long ago these jihadi retards were the peace-loving, democracy drenched revolutionaries that Western leaders were falling head over heels and all lining up to support. Meetings upon meetings, many fund raising conferences all aimed at whitewashing the jihadi credentials of these retards and re-branding them as democracy loving "moderate" jihadis,sorry, I mean "opposition"...

Assad had warned them of the stupidity of their madness but noooone was heeded - that evil diktator that "murdered his own people" must go, dammit!!! France air-dropped weapons to them in Libya, supported them in Syria/Lebanon.

A quick look at the chicken list make one shiver. Islamic front(moderate, Saudi version), Al-Nusra front(somewhat moderate but...depends), FSA (purely moderate except that they work with Nusra and the many others non-moderates) then we have the ultimate ISIS/ISIL (these guys will feel offended if they're tagged with moderate).

There's lots of guns all over thanks to the stupidity of EU/Western leader who not too long ago armed and trained them and STILL arming and training them.

Another dimension is how dual citizen Israelis living in Europe/West are aggressively pushing anti-Muslim/immigrant hate through shady front organizations. For them, it's better to focus the European mind on the "evil" Islam instead of their genocide in Palestine.

Sad to say but the amount of chickens coming back home is scary..To think these retards have now been trained on how to cook C4 type explosives, advanced weapons training/tactics etc etc makes me wanna crap myself...May the souls of the innocent rest in peace.


Sad days :(

Zico | Jan 8, 2015 6:45:14 AM | 148===

114

"Arrested on departure to Syria intending to fight against Iraq, spent 6 years in prison for intent to join the Iraqi insurgency, back to Syria intending to fight against Assad, returning to France without problem but "well known to the police"."

In other words, the kid had ZERO EXPERIENCE with conducting a MILITARY-STYLE EXECUTION.

?You think you can learn military assassination by playing Call of Duty and watching The Mechanic V? Just the same way, the mercs who DO military executions, and there are 10,000s of them, cannot UNLEARN that precision, and act like a couple of drugged up 20-somethings.

This was exactly like what it looks like: military execution. ? You think Mossad would have the slightest heartburn about assassinating a bunch of French flaming liberal journalists?! You think the two who made a precise escape will be the same who die in a hail of bullets?

This is mannah from NeoCon heaven, delivered hot and piping direct from Hebron.

ChipNikh | Jan 8, 2015 6:54:47 AM | 150===

130

"They even found their ID cards in the abandoned Citroen C3."

That's a classic CIA/MOSSAD signature, like the 'miracle bullet' on Kennedy's gurney or the 'miracle passport' found on the ground at WTC, or the 'miracle street cam photo' of the two dupe 'Boston bmobers'. That's their SIGNATURE. That's how they MARK THEIR TURF. That's how they IDENTIFY THEMSELVES TO THEIR PAYMASTERS. Like the origami crane in Blade Runner.

Any good military assassin will abandon their escape vehicle in the first few miles. What better opportunity than to shed their leathers, plant the IDs, crash into another car to stop traffic, then strong arm a new car, one that would take hours before the poor drivers and distracted police completed an investigation report 1+1=3!

Now 'shots fired at police' in the South of Paris, because that's where Mossad is holding the two other dupes whose IDs they seized when the dupes applied for a job in Saudi Arabia. Who's gonna believe two dead Muslims cut down in a hail of bullets, with shots being fired at the police by snipers on the roof? Look how well that worked in Kiev!

ChipNikh | Jan 8, 2015 7:13:41 AM | 152===

So, b, you are pushing the exact line the msm is pushing that this is an attack on 'free speech'. As if the attackers would really care about something that was done in 2011?!
Really?

"That the Charlie Hebdo satire was indecent and insulting does not justify the murderous attack, but explains the probable motivation of the attackers. It is deeply wrong to kill people for their speech"

No thinking outside of the box. Not considering that exactly what is being presented by the msm and you is exactly that which the unwashed masses are to believe?
If this was really about the cartoons, why would these attackers wait so long? That doesn't even make sense

And the blowback meme- Yet another msm narrative
Blowback is of course just another logical fallacy
It assumes the conclusion in the premise and put a total brake on considering any other possibility- You can't know this is blowback, you can only assume it is- Of course 'blowback' goes along so handily with the free speech meme being pushed by yourself and the msm and this 'alternative' blog is just putting cherry on top of the nonsense sundae!

Penny | Jan 8, 2015 7:25:43 AM | 154===

I give credence to Pepe's Escobar's (and b's) version of events. PepeEscobar:

"The Masters of the Universe who pull the real levers of the Empire of Chaos are freaking out with the systemic chaos in the racket they so far had the illusion of controlling. Make no mistake - the Empire of Chaos will do what it can to exploit the post-Charlie environment - be it blowback or false flag."

The Obama administration is already mobilized to offer "protection" - Mob-style - to a Western Europe that is just, only just, starting to be diffident of the pre-fabricated Russian "threat". And just as it happens, when the Empire of Chaos mostly needs it, evil "terra" once again rears its ugly head."

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/World/WOR-01-080115.html

madisolation | Jan 8, 2015 7:42:56 AM | 155===

As I said before, I always consider false flag until evidence comes out to prove otherwise. But so far the evidence more and more confirms false flag and not "blowback." Perhaps some here don't take Land Destroyer seriously. I think they should.

We now know that:

1) The culprits were in Syria, where France along with other countries have been openly arming, training and financing to destroy that country.
2) We know they have been terror suspects for a long time and have been under surveillance for a while.
3) Despite being under surveillance, they manage to obtain several automatic weapons and a rocket launcher and bring them to Paris.
4) They conveniently leave ID at the scene.

The point Tony Cartalucci of LD makes though, is how the public is distracted by topics of "free speech," "immigration," "assimilation" etc. The corporate media will not direct the public's attention to the above for facts, even if they mention them in passing as if they were trivial details.

Note also how cleverly the targets are selected. They pick something that 1) is plausible and 2) will get many Muslims themselves debating about the "free speech" canard.

As a Muslim myself I say openly I don't care what a bunch of 4th rate cartoonists posing as anti-establishmentarians do. I certainly don't want them harmed physically. The correct response to their insults was the Iranian one back in 2007. Namely the holocaust cartoon contest. In other words, you make fun of our religion then we make fun of your "religion." Hey, it's all just free speech right? It's only satire. Totally nonviolent.

Lysander | Jan 8, 2015 9:43:10 AM | 164===

@spinworthy

Isnt it funny that in a few days time (jan15) that the Russians Germans French and Ukrainians are meeting in Astana Kazakhstan to discuss the Ukrainian crisis, and guess whose not being invited to those talks?

and please take pity on poor Victoria (Fuck the EU)Nuland (not).

I guess that Cameron Obama is well pissed off about that.

Never mind, at least John Kerry speaks very good French.

chris m | Jan 8, 2015 9:58:33 AM | 166===

Lysander | Jan 8, 2015 9:43:10 AM | 162

Whether or not it is an explicit false flag, the US has long paid (whether directly or indirectly, who cares) and supported Wahabbist 'extremists' (mostly from Saudi Arabia or directly paid by Saudi Arabia) (or chumps or players) who carry out 'terrorist' acts that advance US and Western capitalist goals. The US doesn't need to support or direct specific acts. As long as there is a steady drumbeat of 'terror' then those who benefit from the post-9/11 neo-fascism, security statism, corporate globalization and militarism will continue to benefit, and that 'project' will continue to advance.

fairleft | Jan 8, 2015 10:33:28 AM | 167===

One of the attackers clearly yells "Bullshit" in the edited video. Yet another case of a false flag attack. They got away "a plein soleil" in Paris, spoke perfect French and with professional cold blood killed a wounded policeman (revenging Islam? I don't think so). And, how easy is it to get a rocket launcher and those weapons in France? Needless to say, the masterminds already had the "culprits" lined up, which will me massacred in the near future so that they cannot speak. All of this hours after Hollande opened up the possibility for lifting sanctions on Russia. This whole thing stinks.

Raymond | Jan 8, 2015 10:44:24 AM | 168===

Think Operation Gladio and the stay behinds.....

Also consider that France was really, really looking to get out of the Russian sanctions- Hollande was talking this up starting at least a month ago...

Could that have been a factor in the choice of locales for the attack?
I rounded up just a few news articles at my place dating back to mid December of Hollande's 'appeasement'

Once you except the meme of blowback all options come off the table and that's not realistic

@163- I was curious how you were reconciling the glaring differences in the two analysis?

Penny | Jan 8, 2015 10:48:40 AM | 169===

Can anyone seriously believe that one of the attackers left his ID (!) on the car? Professionals attackers? Again, this whole false flag operation stinks.

Raymond | Jan 8, 2015 10:56:09 AM | 170===

I haven't read all the posts yet, so if any of you have already made the reference, I apologize for any duplication. What to my mind is a fair 'interpretation' of the event at hand:

http://journal-neo.org/2015/01/08/paris-shooters-just-returned-from-nato-s-proxy-war-in-syria/

Regards to all

Norm | Jan 8, 2015 11:41:44 AM | 172===

GLADIO V.2 or V.3 at work here folks. Notice the clusterfuck of arguments on this thread gnashing back and forth with little logic, except for the standard discourse ('justifiable blowback' versus 'muslims are animals')?

As in any of theses externally planned false flag attacks of the recent past there is a partial information disclosure strategy that results in greater confusion and tension in the immediate aftermath. From there the dominant controlling memes will be extracted in due time.
I agree that this attack was intended as punishment for France/Hollande - but not the kind of punishment everybody here is arguing about and not from the 'usual' parties as have been regularly paraded in the media.

Face it folks, the so-called global war on terror is a geo-strategic gambit by certain western powers and they have been driving the narrative since day one. None of this shit is as its being presented to any of us, just think clearly back to 9-11 and you should be able to calibrate your skepticism back to where it belongs.

spinworthy | Jan 8, 2015 11:42:37 AM | 173===

This isn't blowback, it's Operation Gladio, in my view.

relament | Jan 8, 2015 11:51:19 AM | 174===

What Pepe Escobar fails to highlight in his "cui bono?" analysis -- maybe I missed it; I read it quickly -- is the National Front clearly benefits here. Le Pen was already polling ahead. After the Charlie Hebdo massacre I don't see how she loses. The MSM analysis seems to me be on the money. The UKIP, the National Front, the burgeoning nativist movement in Germany -- all have been bolstered by Charlie Hebdo.

With Europe in deflation, a split in the ECB between Germany and Draghi, Syriza positioned to take power in Greece, the eurozone is headed for serious instability.

Mike Maloney | Jan 8, 2015 11:52:07 AM | 175===

I think we need to be careful not to conflate what the journalists and cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo were doing with the idea of 'inciting hatred'. Because people (no matter how numerous) believe something wholly and absolutely, does not mean they are immune from having their beliefs challenged, particularly when they are living within an unapologetically democratic society. At the risk of a spot of reductio ad absurdum, Hitler and the Nazis were pretty firm in their beliefs about Aryan supremacy – should we have given them a freer rein on the basis that to challenge (or even poke fun at) their beliefs would have been to cause offence? And where would you draw the line? Is it just the media which should retain a respectful distance from such things, or would you have to start exerting strong editorial controls over programmes like 'Family Guy' who regularly lampoon Christian and Islamic themes and have a far greater reach than a left-wing French-language magazine. The men who carried out these attacks are clearly lunatics. We need to spend our time attempting to understand how these and other young people are becoming radicalised and encouraged into acts of extreme violence if we're ever going to find any sort of solution to this puzzle. Western governments clearly have an integral role to play in this process, but not through the suppression of hard won, democratic principles.

Francois | Jan 8, 2015 12:14:55 PM | 176===

@ Raymond #166
They got away "a plein soleil" in Paris, spoke perfect French and with professional cold blood killed a wounded policeman (revenging Islam? I don't think so)

FWIW: That policeman was Ahmed Merabet , a Muslim as was Mustapha Ourrad who worked and was killed inside Charlie Hebdo

Yul | Jan 8, 2015 12:27:22 PM | 177===

174
and the moronic "free-speech" bandwaggonists just bleat on and on,like the good little sheeple that they are, completely ignoring the few intelligent points raised in opposition to the moronic "free speech" group-think in this thread on this subject so far,

. . . . Natch . . .

Baa baa dump sheep,

Rogan Josh | Jan 8, 2015 12:28:00 PM | 178===

free-speech is what allows you to indiscriminately call someone a moron. but you can't see the irony in it can you?!

Francois | Jan 8, 2015 12:34:54 PM | 179===

that NBC fuckup yesterday was not american-sourced, and "where the fuck did they get those ?" : it was from the Charente Libre who first published that nonsense @ 23h50 (Paris Time), even if they specified "unconfirmed". NBC took the bait anyway 1h later and got ridiculed afterwards.

http://www.charentelibre.fr/2015/01/07/fusillade-a-l-arme-automatique-a-charlie-hebdo,1933643.php
Jan 7, 23h50 : "Selon plusieurs sources policières, non confirmées officiellement, le Raid aurait interpellé à Reims deux des suspects auteurs de la tuerie de Charlie Hebdo. Le troisième homme recherché aurait été abattu. Ce serait le plus jeune, âgé de 18 ans."

zingaro | Jan 8, 2015 1:16:13 PM | 180===

Norm thank for the link. Cartalucci has the same take as me.

okie farmer | Jan 8, 2015 1:16:59 PM | 181===

why all the big fuss about this particular terrorist attack?
why the wall-to-wall coverage about whodunit, and what are we going to do about it?

The French are perfectly capable of sorting this out all by themselves.
and so has the rest of europe been dealing with such threats for the past 100+ years.

Thanks, but no thanks.
we dont need Cameron Obamas help.

ps have the Americans located that black box from the 911 incident yet?
no? i didnt think so.

Rogan Josh | Jan 8, 2015 1:56:37 PM | 183===

@ 174

At the risk of a spot of reductio ad absurdum, Hitler and the Nazis were pretty firm in their beliefs about Aryan supremacy – should we have given them a freer rein on the basis that to challenge (or even poke fun at) their beliefs would have been to cause offence?

Clearly not. This isn't about the principle of denigration or offense per se. It is about power. Satire is the denigration of the powerful to take it down a peg, not the denigration of an oppressed, insular minority (Muslims within French society) or the denigration of an oppressed people in foreign lands (Muslims in the Middle East attacked by Western powers). Making fun of the weak and the poor only contributes to their marginalization and empowers their oppressors. It is necessarily a right-wing, reactionary activity.

ee | Jan 8, 2015 1:58:19 PM | 184===

Satire is the denigration of the powerful to take it down a peg, not the denigration of an oppressed, insular minority (Muslims within French society) or the denigration of an oppressed people in foreign lands (Muslims in the Middle East attacked by Western powers).

ee | Jan 8, 2015 1:58:19 PM | 184

astounding that this even needs to be explained to these fools

Rogan Josh | Jan 8, 2015 2:32:58 PM | 185===

"Unlike U.S. "liberals" most of the world does not consider free speech as an absolute right. Indeed like screaming "fire" in a filled theater, insulting the believe of other people is likely to get you hurt in most parts of the world. To claim such insults should not matter is itself an insult in that it declares one culture, that of absolute free speech rights, to be superior to other values. It is indecent."

What utter horsesh*t! Free speech IS an absolute right, get over it. It is in no way similar to screaming "fire" in a filled theater! Are you mad? Insulting the belief [sic] of other people is as much a right as anything else. Where rights get violated is if the recipient(s) of the insult retaliate violently. They are perfectly free to SAY anything they want in response, but they have no right to be violent. I find your assimilation of western culture to be indecent, rather. Free speech is a natural right, and any natural person may exercise free speech rights, and there should never be any retaliation except with more speech. Shame on you for making this statement.

You're basically saying that I have to accept all religions, no matter how ridiculous, without comment. Clearly you are not interested in the rights of people across the world. Up until that comment, I thought you were a reliable source of information for free people everywhere. And I thought you were making sense. You'd rather have a religion free to expand and indoctrinate without objection. I'm afraid that your view has nothing to do with freedom, so no thank you to that.

Michael | Jan 8, 2015 2:33:12 PM | 186===

A good quote from Saker
http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.ru/2015/01/i-am-not-charlie.html
So no, I am most definitely NOT Charlie this morning and I am disgusted beyond words with the obscene display of doubleplusgoodthinking "solidarity" for a group of "caviar-lefties" who made their money spitting in the souls of billions of people and then dared them to do something about it.

And I am under no illusion whatsoever about the fact that cui bono clearly indicates that the French regime either organized it all, or let it happen or, at the very least, makes maximal political use of it all.

But most of all, I am disgusted with all those who play along and studiously avoid asking the right questions about all this.

I guess they really are "Charlies" all of them.

Anonymous | Jan 8, 2015 2:48:39 PM | 189===

LandDestroyer
In the recent attack in Paris, France, the canards of
  • "free speech,"
  • "condemning radical Islam,"
  • "tolerance," and
  • "extremism"
have all taken center stage, displacing the fact that the terrorists who carried out the attack were long on the leash not of "Islamic extremists" but Western intelligence agencies, fighting in a Western proxy war, as a member of a well-funded, armed, and trained mercenary force that has, on record since as early as 2007, been an essential component of Western foreign policy.

Canards . . .

If it looks like a duck . . . . .

Rogan Josh | Jan 8, 2015 3:43:31 PM | 190===

Found obkects include 1 passport,. 1 black islamist banner

recalls the found objects in Attas car on 9-11

brian | Jan 8, 2015 3:49:37 PM | 191===

why i'm not charlie:

'In 2002, Philippe Val, who was editor in chief at the time, denounced Noam Chomsky for anti-Americanism and excessive criticism of Israel and of mainstream media. In 2008, another of Charlie Hebdo's famous cartoonists, Siné, wrote a short note citing a news item that President Sarkozy's son Jean was going to convert to Judaism to marry the heiress of a prosperous appliance chain. Siné added the comment, "He'll go far, this lad." For that, Siné was fired by Philippe Val on grounds of "anti-Semitism". Siné promptly founded a rival paper which stole a number of Charlie Hebdo readers, revolted by CH's double standards.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/07/what-to-say-when-you-have-nothing-to-say/

brian | Jan 8, 2015 3:52:15 PM | 192===

Patsies identified and caught through careless discarding of personal ID? Check.
Commando thugs escape? Check?
French gov't chastened after voicing support for Palestinian state? Check.
French gov't re-think on Russian sanctions maybe halted? Check.
Any Saudi-Mossad connections ignored (Except by "conspiracy theorists")? Check.
Rabid Islamophobes like Peter King calling for over-the-top retaliation? Check.

These seem to always happen curiously if and when a US client-poodle-colony remembers it has a brain and its own interests and starts to think it can act on its own.

Sorry, but we've all seen this show before and know how it plays out.

farflungstar | Jan 8, 2015 4:21:24 PM | 193===

Idk about this Charlie Hebdo attack, though it would be a good oppo to attempt to find out how these things are organised...

The last I looked at in detail was the Boston Bombings. Blatant FF (false flag) if one likes, I am *absolutely* certain. More, in a way, a 'managed event' (not! contradictory with FF), creating spectaculars for the public, a buzz, participation, akin to a well planned demo - an event were a celeb shows up after a lot of mystery hot air - a Pussy Riot gig, etc., here with some (limited) maiming and deaths. Movie fiction meets, or melds with, reality, Guy Debord x 100.

It's aim, I felt, was more to practise this kind of staging, the giving out of scripts which must remain secret, testing the top-down chain of command, etc. re. all the participants - police, media - some actors are lowly journos on the ground or just informal recorders, an important sporting event after all (1) - (top) organisors of the marathon, ambulance and emergency, and most vital, hospitals, where the victims were, or were not, treated. Sandy Hook (about which I know nothing at all) has some of the same flavor.

The BB actors (no names from me, but ppl from the public who were witnesses and told the tale(s), living victims and families of victims) have to be set up, carefully chosen and hansomely paid, and imho this was the most difficult part - as it is the easiest to pierce by an outside observer.

Police and media already act out a role in a chain of command, and are themselves as to their identities but can hide under their roles, they didn't see, don't know, obeyed orders, can't say, etc.

The actors have faces, have names, voices and accents, and also, wear clothes (funny that, the organisers forgot it - 2) have a past (or none), are interviewed, appear on the TV, though only the most convincing are put in front of the cameras.

They can be traced, or if they can't, if their identities come up 'empty' see e.g. "Yes I've lived in Boston all my life and entered the Marathon 3 times, here is my wife Cindy who works at Quincy hospital and treated one of the victims, too sad, - wipes imaginary tear - yes we live in X …our name is spelled with ph.. .." - ?? err ?? nobody home? Face turns up three look alikes, all aspiring actors, you get the picture..) Overall though it was extremely well done.

This attack in F is less sophisticated. The usual plot of enraged muslims, individuals with arms acting in a closed envrionment, a sneak thing, against an 'enemy'.

D. Johnstone agrees with me about Charlie Hebdo (see my previous post)…

*Charlie Hebdo* was not in reality a model of freedom of speech. It has ended up, like so much of the "human rights left", defending U.S.-led wars against "dictators".

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/07/what-to-say-when-you-have-nothing-to-say/

I'd add C. Hebdo was dead racist, extreme. In fact many of its cartoons etc. would have been actionable under the 'incitation to hatred' and 'against racism' etc. French laws, but nobody took action (a complaint is necessary, there is no automatic prosecution), as *Muslims* were targeted, and Catholics, Jews, and others, well understood they should not bite the hand that feeds.

C. Hebdo managed to publish insulting, horribly degrading, things about Jews, 3, these are not published or mentioned in the Angloworld, and the LICRA (jewish lobby) and others hardly ever (or never? oh imho never) complained. Any small town newspaper that did the equivalent, in even one sketch or op-ed, would have been shut down and its editors facing huge fines and suspended jail sentences, not to mention a private person or a lonely pamphleteer, who who have been - err, crucified, life absolutely ruined for evah. All understood that C. Hebdo had to appear as an 'all purpose mocker' so as to allow the rabid anti-muslim message a legit platform.

Some of the background. About the mechanics of the attack, idk.

Demian at 73 I don't disagree w. you.

1. data remained on the web for weeks. Cleaning all that up took time, a lot of staff.

2. Victim is at Marathon (dozens of pics, long vids) in striped T, black pants, and with green socks, is hauled away in pieces, and later interviewed after recovery, same T and same socks! err just one sock…

3. some ex. http://tinyurl.com/nodh3bb

Noirette | Jan 8, 2015 4:37:12 PM | 194===

farflungstar | Jan 8, 2015 4:21:24 PM | 193

Russian agents on English blog spaces pointing fingers at America yet again after a tragedy? Check

He who smelt it first, dealt it. I thought it was North Korea initially, but now I'm sure it was Russia witnessed by its aggressive accusations.

Cold N. Holefield | Jan 8, 2015 4:41:09 PM | 195===

No, satire is the psychical sword that strikes at the heart of tyranny in all its manifest forms. Religions are inherently tyrannical.

Cold N. Holefield | Jan 8, 2015 4:44:30 PM | 196===

A question: why is there no blood for the cops head when he got shot?

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=2be_1420632685

Ron | Jan 8, 2015 4:49:26 PM | 197===

I'm sorry, but no. Freedom of speech should be a fundamental right. They had every right to be as insulting and inflammatory as they wanted. Those who didn't like it could simply not read it, or silently rage, or voice their anger just as vocally and publicly as the original offense. What they don't have is a right to use violence as a response, nor is it remotely 'understandable' that they did. The perpetrators of this attack are monsters, pure and simple, and whether this is ultimately a form of blowback and the magazine merely the final trigger or not doesn't matter. So they insulted your Prophet. Well you know what? That's too fucking bad for you. You don't get to take life or inflict injuries because of that.

As for the inane 'don't get to yell fire in a crowded theater' argument, yes, actually, you do. A theater is private property, the people running it have the say about what you can or can't do there. Further it would be real nice if people using that quote actually knew the context in which it was given:

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/11/its-time-to-stop-using-the-fire-in-a-crowded-theater-quote/264449/

It was about suppressing speech against the draft, and it was a ruling that was over-ruled over 40 years ago.

Saghei | Jan 8, 2015 5:01:48 PM | 198===

How do they ban Dieudonne but are content to let Charlie carry on?

Is it because: making fun of jews = bad, making fun of Muslims = good?

Guess no double standard there!

195 - Russian agents? How can you tell? Lot of people think AmeriKa is behind bad shit that goes on all over the place - I mean, given what has been revealed about saintly and benighted AmeriKa over the last dozen years, can you blame anyone, not just Russian agents, from pointing fingers at AmeriKa?

farflungstar | Jan 8, 2015 5:07:56 PM | 199===

continued from 199
Plus, France was doing a rethink of sanctions re: Russia. Why would the Russians blow that shit up on their own and hurt themselves? Doesn't quite wash to blame them.

farflungstar | Jan 8, 2015 5:11:08 PM | 200===

@135
If I lived in France I'd be voting for Marine Le Pen. I'd vote for any reasonable person who can admit that European immigration rates need to be sharply reined in. I am also opposed to the ziocon wars and the foreign policy of the current US and EU establishment. Is Marine Le Pen in support of Hollande and Sarkozy's neocon foreign policy? I don't think so.

The killers of the Charlie Hebdo staff are not reacting to French foreign policy in the ME. They are religious fanatics killing people who dare to ridicule their idols. If these guys had attacked a war-mongering newspaper or a think tank or a government official then it would make sense to claim this was a response to French aggression or intrusion into Middle Eastern affairs.

However, two of the attackers had gone to Jihad in Syria which the French government has been instrumental in bringing about. It is possible that these men would have not been radicalized or motivated enough to commit murder had the US, UK and Fr not made Syria into a terrorist training ground. So, on that basis France could be considered to blame for this and b. is somewhat right about "chickens coming home…" but the personal motives of the killers is still religious and these guys are worst kind of imperialists in their own fanatical way.

J. Bradley | Jan 8, 2015 5:23:10 PM | 202===

Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack highlights MSM's selective compassion
Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack once again showed the world that the Western mainstream media can be vISILant ... when it is in the Western interests.

A rightful uproar over the deaths of journalists in Paris makes MSM's silence, ignorance and quiet approval of Kiev's atrocities in Donbass all the more apparent.

Not only Kiev's atrocities in Donbass but the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate's drone assassinations of women, children and wedding parties in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, and wherever else he just happens to be feelin' like killin' with no reason.

Not only Kiev's atrocities in Donbass but the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate's and his European Unit sidekicks' murder of 100,000 Syrians.

Not only Kiev's atrocities in Donbass but Bush' and the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate's murder of 1,000,000 Iraqis.

Not only Kiev's atrocities in Donbass but the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate's, UK's, France's, Germany's murders worldwide.

jfl | Jan 8, 2015 6:12:25 PM | 205===

J bradley

It is about foreign policy how many times must this be told?
911 happend because of the same reason.

Anonymous | Jan 8, 2015 6:29:10 PM | 206===

at J. Bradley

That you are racist rag is self evident, just as those are/were from that "satirical" journal. Should I say for that matter you are Nazi, I suspect you will take this as a compliment. All Europeans are. About their barbaric extension over the pond one should not waste space and time.

Now, your dream come true, you have the "reason" to hate Muslims - everywhere, and Islam. But you always hated them, there were always clash of civilization in your mind, and your behavior.

Otherwise, anyone who is talking and commenting about "free speech", is in the government narrative/propaganda and missing the point.

neretva'43 | Jan 8, 2015 6:49:52 PM | 207===

A question: why is there no blood for the cops head when he got shot?

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=2be_1420632685

Ron | Jan 8, 2015 4:49:26 PM | 197

http://www.davidicke.com/headlines/france-false-flag-shooting-attackers-spliced-in-and-cops-cut-out-whilst-man-in-bullet-proof-vest-watches/

The body of the "policeman" never recoiled from the shot in the slightest and no blood spatter. Passport found. Precision of attack.

False Flag. See excellent remarks by ChipNikh, Penny and Josh Rogan above.

fast freddy | Jan 8, 2015 8:18:17 PM | 208===

The cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo made fun of EVERYBODY. Christians, Jews, Muslims, politicians, corporations, bankers and any PTB.

Uh, no not so much:

"Charlie Hebdo was not in reality a model of freedom of speech. It has ended up, like so much of the "human rights left", defending U.S.-led wars against "dictators".
In 2002, Philippe Val, who was editor in chief at the time, denounced Noam Chomsky for anti-Americanism and excessive criticism of Israel and of mainstream media. In 2008, another of Charlie Hebdo's famous cartoonists, Siné, wrote a short note citing a news item that President Sarkozy's son Jean was going to convert to Judaism to marry the heiress of a prosperous appliance chain. Siné added the comment, "He'll go far, this lad." For that, Siné was fired by Philippe Val on grounds of "anti-Semitism". Siné promptly founded a rival paper which stole a number of Charlie Hebdo readers, revolted by CH's double standards.

http://xymphora.blogspot.com/2015/01/je-ne-suis-pas-charlie.html

Lysander | Jan 9, 2015 1:00:59 AM | 219===

farflungstar | Jan 8, 2015 5:07:56 PM | 199

Saudi Arabia seems to be blocking Nigeria from its oil reserves via Boko Haram.

German papers say Paris suspects were on US terror list.

France has been meddling - using extremists - in Syria - all along, it is their former colony, remember. Same applies to Turkey, same applies to Israel. Algerien secret services know a thing or two about French secret services. Same applies to Syrian secret services.

Strange news are on the internet involving Qatar, Israel, Britain - rumors apply to France and Turkey, too.

You would think the rat lines to Syria were closely watched by all the above. I would also doubt that French secret services are incompetent.

somebody | Jan 9, 2015 1:06:48 AM | 221===

@Jack #218:

Your post made me take the trouble to find an unedited video which shows the execution of the policeman. I finally found one. Jesus, is that brutal. The gunman delivers what Russians call the control shot without changing his gait at all. A journalist in a Sky News segment concludes from the behavior of the gunmen that they have probably killed before, and it is hard not to agree with him.

Also, sorry, it is hard for me to believe that people so professional are religious fanatics acting on a grudge. This was a special op, the purpose of which we do not know. Yes, it could have very well been a false flag. As for Mossad, (1) I doubt that Mossad has any experienced killers who speak French without an accent; (2) I still think that several countries, including France, had more of a motive to do this than Israel did.

Anyway, those men are so well trained that obviously there was someone else supervising the operation; another reason to think so is that the men initially went to the wrong building, which means that it was not they who reconnoitered it. Since this was a professional operation, the chances of these men getting caught are nil.

@juliania #220:

Why then was this a target? I submit, for the reason that it is high profile, a symbol of French cultural values, as was the World Trade Center in New York. In this respect, any symbol of 'western decadence' will do
You could well be right about that. As for the men being criminals, after watching the video, I have the impression that they were working for some intelligence agency. We don't usually call people who are following the orders of a government criminals.

Demian | Jan 9, 2015 1:55:46 AM | 222===

Love how moa suddenly got flooded with new names all repeating the same "free speech" bs. Paid trolls?

Anonymous | Jan 9, 2015 3:02:16 AM | 223===

Syria: Paris attack price of French politics
Ja'afari said, "We have repeatedly said and warned the French government about working with the terrorists, about manipulating the terrorists. And we told them 'one day it will return to you.'"

He cited former French Interior Minister and current Prime Minister Manuel Valls as saying in 2013, "I cannot as a minister of interior prevent the French jihadists from going to Syria to fulfill their jihad."

"The French Minister of Foreign Affairs [Laurent] Fabius said something worse in 2012. He said that the Islamist jihadists are doing well in Syria," according to the Syrian official.

"Now they call them terrorists because today they are killing French people. But when they used to kill Syrian people, they were considered jihadist."


The obvious is beginning to sink in?

jfl | Jan 9, 2015 3:30:10 AM | 224===

@216

And it's the criminal collaborator Abbas who is withholding the aid already received for the Gazans from them.

Even the West Bank Palestinians hate the Gazans? Or will someone there fnally get rid of the US/Israeli appointed Abbas?

jfl | Jan 9, 2015 3:34:28 AM | 225===

@Anonymous #223:

I honestly don't think there's a free speech issue here. I'm American, so I'm all for free speech. I find the laws that many European countries have criminalizing criticism of the official account of the Holocaust to be barbaric and to go against everything that Western civilization is about. They break the separation of church and state, by making the Holocaust Religion the official state religion. But even if you have the right to free speech, that does not mean that you should stupidly and provocatively use it to insult other people's deeply held beliefs, especially if you are not making any kind of point that tells someone anything they didn't already know. But that's exactly what Charlie Hebdo did with their stupid Islamophobic cartoons.

Charlie Hebdo supports the fascist junta in Kiev, by the way.

somebody at #221 gave a link to a story about Israel secret service recruiting Algerian youth to fight in Syria. That is interesting. It means that Israel could be controlling the Charlie Hebdo gun men. It is also possible that another country contracted out to Israel the Charlie Hebdo op.

I find this whole affair pretty painful. It reminds me so much of the Boston Marathon bombings, with the massive manhunt and police in paramilitary garb invading people's homes.

Demian | Jan 9, 2015 3:38:56 AM | 226===

@Demian 226: "Charlie Hebdo supports the fascist junta in Kiev, by the way."

Evidence please. Les preuves, svp.

Snake Arbusto | Jan 9, 2015 4:18:27 AM | 227===

"Free Speech" hypocrisy in the aftermath of the attack on Charlie Hebdo

In 2003, when the Bush administration invaded Iraq, French popular opposition was so overwhelming that the government led by President Jacques Chirac was compelled to oppose the war, even in the face of massive political pressure from the United States. Now, 12 years later, as President François Hollande is striving to transform France into the United States' principal ally in the "war on terror," the attack in Paris plays into his hands.

In the midst of this orgy of democratic hypocrisy, no reference is made to the fact that the American military, in the course of its wars in the Middle East, is responsible for the deaths of at least 15 journalists. In the on-going narrative of "Freedom of Speech Under Attack," there is no place for any mention of the 2003 air-to-surface missile attack on the offices of Al Jazeera in Baghdad that left three journalists dead and four wounded.

Nor is anything being written or said about the July 2007 murder of two Reuters journalists working in Baghdad, staff photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and driver Saeed Chmagh. Both men were deliberately targeted by US Apache gunships while on assignment in East Baghdad.

The American and international public was first able to view a video of the cold-blooded murder of the two journalists as well as a group of Iraqis-taken from one of the gunships-as the result of WikiLeaks' release of classified material that it had obtained from an American soldier, Corporal Bradley Chelsea Manning.

And how has the United States and Europe acted to protect WikiLeaks' exercise of free speech? Julian Assange, the founder and publisher of WikiLeaks, has been subjected to relentless persecution. Leading political and media figures in the United States and Canada have denounced him as a "terrorist" and demanded his arrest, with some even calling publicly for his murder. Assange is being pursued on fraudulent "rape" charges concocted by American and Swedish intelligence services. He has been compelled to seek sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, which is under constant guard by British police who will seize Assange if he steps out of the embassy. As for Chelsea Manning, she is presently in prison, serving out a 35-year sentence for treason.

That is how the great capitalist "democracies" of North America and Europe have demonstrated their commitment to free speech and the safety of journalists!

jfl | Jan 9, 2015 4:45:41 AM | 228===

@227

Charlie Hebdo endorses the neo-Nazi coup in Ukraine and its bombings of Ukrainian citizens

jfl | Jan 9, 2015 4:48:19 AM | 229===

Lest we forget: "Rainbow Warrior"(Wikipedia)

The sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, codenamed Opération satanique, was an operation by the "action" branch of the French foreign intelligence services, the Direction générale de la sécurité extérieure (DGSE), carried out on 10 July 1985. During the operation, two operatives sank the flagship of the Greenpeace fleet, the Rainbow Warrior in the port of Auckland, New Zealand on its way to a protest against a planned French nuclear test in Moruroa. Fernando Pereira, a photographer, drowned on the sinking ship.

France initially denied responsibility, but two French agents were captured and charged with arson, conspiracy to commit arson, willful damage, and murder. As the truth came out the resulting scandal resulted in the resignation of the French Defence Minister Charles Hernu.

As part of a plea bargain, the two agents pleaded guilty to manslaughter and were sentenced to ten years in prison, but in fact spent just over two years confined to the French island of Hao before being freed by their government in breach of its treaty obligation. . . .

x | Jan 9, 2015 5:10:40 AM | 230===

@227 Sorry, but that doesn't at all look like a Charlie cartoon to me. I'll need more evidence than that - actual pages from _Charlie_.

Just as an aside, the satirical weekly _Le Canard enchaîné_ does indeed seem to be on the demonize-Russia bnadwagon. I was greatly disappointed to see that, and I'd be greatly disappointed to see that _Charlie_ actually supports the coup regime. But I'd have to see it. Si je vois, je crois. Noirette, you seem to have little use for _Charlie_. Maybe you can prove to me that they support the Kiev coup regime? Merci d'avance.

Snake Arbusto | Jan 9, 2015 5:35:40 AM | 231===

As France shows the world that she is a champion of free speech and a free press in the wake of the attack, a little history is in order. The name of the weekly _Charlie Hebdo_ was changed from its original name, _Hara-Kiri Hebdo_, after the paper was banned by the French government for publishing a tasteless headline after the death of Gen. de Gaulle. The ban meant that the paper could not be sold on newsstands - which, then as now, is enough to kill a publication in France (note that one of the killers is supposed to have said, "We killed _Charlie_").

From Wikipedia:
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In November 1970, following the death of Charles de Gaulle at his home in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, the weekly Hara-Kiri Hebdo bore the headline " Bal tragique à Colombey : 1 mort " (En: "Tragic ball in Colombey: 1 death").

The choice of the title refers to a tragedy of the same month: a fire at a discothèque where 146 people were killed. As a result, the magazine was immediately and permanently banned from sale to minors and publicity by the minister of the interior Raymond Marcellin.

Charlie Hebdo was started immediately afterwards. Charlie in the title refers to General de Gaulle (said Georges Wolinski); but it was the name of another magazine from Éditions du Square Charlie Mensuel, named after the character Charlie Brown from Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts.
_____________________

Snake Arbusto | Jan 9, 2015 5:46:12 AM | 232===

France24 – reports the Kouachi brothers were in Yemen and had met AQ operatives. Source from a group of 4/5 journalists who had met AQ leadership recently in Yemen.

French police have cornered the two suspects in the village of Dammartin-en-Goële, 40 km north from Paris, in a printshop in an industrial zone in a hostage situation. Journalists are nearby after they were escorted by police to the village.

Paris Attack: 'Martyrs of Liberty'

Oui | Jan 9, 2015 6:58:21 AM | 233===

Boko Haram is active in northern Nigeria while oil production is mainly in the Niger's Delta in the southern coast. Though it seems reasonable that Saudi Arabia may have some hand on arming or supporting Boko Haram as an extreme islamist force I don't see any relation with Nigeria's oil production.

ThePaper | Jan 9, 2015 6:58:48 AM | 234===

Charlie Hebdo police officer shooting zoomed in - cop head-shot in slow mo - no blood

2nd video

Rogan Josh | Jan 9, 2015 7:10:40 AM | 235===

@231

I actually know nothing about 'Charlie', other than of it's cheap, offensive - and stupid and deadly as it turns out - tricks played on the bigots who read it, with it's redflag cartoons waved at Islam ... I hope I'll hear no more of it now.

I assume it was hip 'mainstream', and mainstream means with the imperial party line.

What to Say When You Have Nothing to Say?

Freedom of the press is also freedom to be vulgar and stupid from time to time.

Charlie Hebdo was not in reality a model of freedom of speech. It has ended up, like so much of the "human rights left", defending U.S.-led wars against "dictators".

In 2002, Philippe Val, who was editor in chief at the time, denounced Noam Chomsky for anti-Americanism and excessive criticism of Israel and of mainstream media. In 2008, another of Charlie Hebdo's famous cartoonists, Siné, wrote a short note citing a news item that President Sarkozy's son Jean was going to convert to Judaism to marry the heiress of a prosperous appliance chain. Siné added the comment, "He'll go far, this lad." For that, Siné was fired by Philippe Val on grounds of "anti-Semitism". Siné promptly founded a rival paper which stole a number of Charlie Hebdo readers, revolted by CH's double standards.

In short, Charlie Hebdo was an extreme example of what is wrong with the "politically correct" line of the current French left.


Evidence of hypocrisy, although no real evidence there of "support for the fascist junta in Kiev", but they seem to have sung in the same key, and Diane Johnstone has yet to lead me astray.

The senseless murders seem to play into no one's hands but the Empire's. I imagine there is a connection there - the perps trained by the CIA/NATO, striking back at the authors of their mad skills?

jfl | Jan 9, 2015 7:18:58 AM | 236===

@233 France24 is reporting that the press are not being allowed within one kilometer of the industrial park in Dammartin:

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La commune est quadrillée et aucune échappatoire ne semble possible : tous les accès de la zone industrielle de la ville sont bouclés et elle est entourée de champs plats et détrempés à perte de vue. La presse est bloquée par les forces de l'ordre à environ un kilomètre de l'endroit où se déroulent les opérations.
_____________

Snake Arbusto | Jan 9, 2015 7:43:55 AM | 237===

@231 I haven't kept up with _Charlie_ regularly lately. But one thing I can say for certain is that they are not Islamophobic or anti-Semitic. They are against religious hypocrisy in all its forms, yes.

I heard a contributor say in a radio interview that the editorial meeting on Wednesday concerned an upcoming issue whose theme was combating racism.

I started reading Charlie in 1972, and have read it with pleasure on an off since. I do not consider myself a bigot, and you should be careful about throwing that term around, whatever your reaction to the scatological nature of Charlie's humor. Have you ever read Rabelais or Villon?

Snake Arbusto | Jan 9, 2015 7:52:48 AM | 238===

Snake Arbusto

Charlie made comics like this:
http://www.islametinfo.fr/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/1418433_226701860837248_576295875_n.jpg

That's as you know the french politician. I dont see how that is not racism.
Also anyone can draw a stupid pic humilitating a religion, is this really what generate money and fame today? Havent we evolved from that?

Anonymous | Jan 9, 2015 8:23:53 AM | 239===

sorry for the conspirationists but after they led their ID in the car (you have to understand the guys want to die as martyrs anyway, so they want advertisment and told a guy they stole his car from to tell the media they are doing it on behalf of al qaeda in yemen, which indeed had put the head of "Charb" the director of charlie hebdo, on its list of "a bullet a day keep the unfaithful away" some years ago)
they were seen in a gas station yesterday (with black hoods and guns) and are just having a hostage taking right now
this of course did not hinder Hollande of having a live speech from the ministry of interior just as the hostage crisis was still unresolve, and shortly before a second hostage taking started in Vincennes (by a guy who killed a policewoman yesterday in montrouge and injured a civil employee)
when you think that there was a couple of killings during the christmas holidays with guys running into crowds shouting allah akbar you really think the french police is useless

Mina | Jan 9, 2015 8:24:19 AM | 240===

New assault, man occupy jewish store outside Paris, allegedly have 2 people been shot.
https://twitter.com/RobPulseNews/status/553533571886219265/photo/1

Anonymous | Jan 9, 2015 8:43:14 AM | 241===

Lysander @219

Oh yes, Charlie Hebdo is making fun of everybody, especially of French people. But you're not French so you don't know anything about these guys.

They are probably hated by a lot of people! But they are also our guardrails and French people were gut wrench by this gunning. I don't think you realize how bad this is.

To answer your example: there are laws against anything slightly anti-Semite in France (in Germany as well) because of WWII and what happened to Jews at that times. Charb was probably coerced.

So you would like the same protective laws for Muslims, Christians, politicians, corporations, military and bankers? You might get what you want and you'll have to shut up on anything and everything.

Take a look:
https://www.google.com/search?q=charlie+hebdo&biw=1920&bih=922&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=C-CvVNjYN8mSyATdnoKQAg&ved=0CD8QsAQ

aliena | Jan 9, 2015 9:39:04 AM | 242===

@ 241, so there are laws against anything 'slightly antisemitic' but, you can do anything to deliberately provoke Muslims and call it free speech? Those Charlie guys are easily coerced by the French government but they really are champions of liberty? Anyway, I'm falling for the canard I warned others about. This is a false flag. It is not about free speech. The French need to look at the evidence if they really want to get at the culprits...but since there are laws against anything 'slightly antisemitic' it might be hard.

Lysander | Jan 9, 2015 10:24:19 AM | 243===

Lysander

Very true.

"Maurice Sinet was fired from Charlie Hebdo for anti-semitism. He was ordered "to write a letter of apology or face termination. The cartoonist said he would rather "cut his own balls off", and was promptly fired.[4]" "Maurice Sinet also reported a death threat posted on a site run by the Jewish Defence League. The text said "20 centimeters of stainless steel in the gut, that should teach the bastard to stop and think".[6]
http://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/2rqvtf/til_that_after_the_muhammed_cartoons_controversy/

Anonymous | Jan 9, 2015 10:34:24 AM | 244===

So now they are dead, now no questions could be asked, just great!

Anonymous | Jan 9, 2015 11:24:29 AM | 245===

Snake you need to google Charlie's cartoons of the past few years. Whatever they 'were about' in the 70s is immaterial.

Now it's 99% Islamophobia, mirroring Der Sturmer. With a 1% nod to 'other' religions, and sex-scandals, etc., just to keep their 'image' up I guess.

JFC just a quick google can tell you this. De-invest from your nostalgia, please.

L Bean | Jan 9, 2015 12:35:14 PM | 246===

A must-read:
(...) In particular, the west has spent years bombing, invading and occupying Muslim countries and killing, torturing and lawlessly imprisoning innocent Muslims, and anti-Muslim speech has been a vital driver in sustaining support for those policies.

IN SOLIDARITY WITH A FREE PRESS: SOME MORE BLASPHEMOUS CARTOONS

Michał | Jan 9, 2015 1:26:38 PM | 247===

love free speech in france.
go to jail for saying holocaust is BS.
dieudonné also loves french tolerance for his humor.

5 dancing shlomos | Jan 9, 2015 2:27:04 PM | 248===

@242

The French government let them be, yes.
Except when it comes to Judaism because of our past. French people have a strong anti-Semitic tendency, enough to deport a lot of Jews during WWII. So there are laws. Doesn't mean they didn't try to blaspheme Judaism to a certain point (see Shoah Hebdo for example)! But Sarkozy was a special A-h***!

Why Charlie Hebdo Must Be Free to Offend All - Even Us
http://forward.com/articles/212292/why-charlie-hebdo-must-be-free-to-offend-all-ev/

aliena | Jan 9, 2015 2:40:08 PM | 249===

Isn't anyone else sick of the false flag nutters, the Jewish conspiracy freaks, and now the excuse the religious freak weirdos who would defend Charles Manson if he attended one anti-imperialist protest. What is most of the time such a great blog is often ruined by all of this garbage. Conspiracy isn't informed comment..

Fuck God | Jan 9, 2015 4:41:58 PM | 250===

@250

That's routine for this site.

Saghei | Jan 9, 2015 5:04:57 PM | 251===

Lol all of a sudden a source say it have ties to Yemen. Soon to be bombed I guess..sigh.

Anonymous | Jan 9, 2015 5:05:04 PM | 252===

France sends warship to persian Gulf, everyone was puzzled, now AQ in Yemen is being implicated, if you remember Houthis now effectively control most of Yemen.IRGC is now in direct control of Yemeni state apparatus running hospital,prisons,ports,banks,airports. The Saudi proxies have been comprehensively beaten. Suddenly France has resources to attack Yemen, hit the Houthis under the guise of attacking AQ in Yemen, stopping their control of the border area of Saudi. Clever SOB, sacrifice few goyims to achieve their ambitions.

papa | Jan 9, 2015 5:12:58 PM | 253===

getting weirder and weirder - lone wolf theory definitively does not apply.
Amedy Coulibaly, who along with a woman accomplice took five hostages in a kosher bakery in Paris, was named by the police as the man who murdered a policewoman on Thursday. He was also linked to the Kouachi brothers who carried out the Charlie Hebdo murders through, among others, Djamel Beghal, a senior al-Qaeda member and convicted terrorist.

Intercepts on telephone calls by the French security service reportedly showed Coulibaly and the Kouachis had recently planned to visit Beghal in Murat, Cantal, where he is under house arrest, but turned back after fearing they would come under suspicion. Coulibaly is said to have met Cherif and Said Kouachi in 2004 and 2005 when they were part of the "Buttes Charmont" group which organised the travel of Muslims to Iraq to fight US forces. The group was dismantled by French intelligence but later reactivated. Their mentor was Faird Benyettou, who worked as a cleaner in a Paris mosque where, it is claimed, he met Coulibaly and Cherif Kouachi.

Coulibaly, 32, was jailed for five years over a plot with Beghal to free Smain Ait Al Belkacem, a former member of the Algerian Salafist GIA movement who was sentenced to life for a 1995 attack on a train in Orsay in which eight people died. Just before his arrest Coulibaly met Nicolas Sarkozy at a conference over disenfranchised young people arranged at the Élysée Palace. Afterwards Coulibaly said: "In truth he [Sarkozy] impressed me, whether you like him or not, he is the president."

Coulibaly's girlfriend, Hayat Boumedienne, 26, who carried out the attack on the grocery alongside him, had also met Beghal in the past, according to reports.

The attackers had been on intelligence services radar in America as well as France. The Kouachis were put on a US "no-fly list" of suspected terrorists. The CIA had told French intelligence that Said Kouachi had been to Yemen and almost certainly took part in training with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Questions are being asked about how the jihadists still managed to build an arsenal of automatic rifles and explosives, then carry out the deadliest terror attack in France in recent times.

This here is the Daily Telegraph on Beghal

At the time of the 9/11 attacks in 2001, Beghal was suspected by European intelligence agencies of being the man chosen by al-Qaeda to open a terror front in Europe, beginning with the planned suicide attack on the US Embassy in Paris.

After he was arrested at Dubai airport in July 2001, Beghal told his interrogators he would travel around Britain in the late 1990s recruiting young Muslims for jihad. Even among the many extremists who congregated at Finsbury Park Mosque, he was regarded as one of the most dangerous.

This here is Djamel Beghal and this here is the guy he tried to free.

somebody | Jan 9, 2015 5:39:53 PM | 254===

@249 Bean I've kept up with _Charlie_ since it started up again in 1992, and the picture you paint of its being racist and Islamophobic is inaccurate. A mainstay of the paper was Bernard Maris, an economist who was writing some of the most cogent commentary to be found anywhere in the French, British or US press. New voices like Riyad Sattouf were moving in interesting new directions, using comics to observe contemporary life. Etc. I would urge you to actually read the paper and suspend your distaste for some of the cartoons. _Charlie_ was never politically correct-but then neither were Rabelais and Voltaire.

I am definitely not a victim of my own nostalgia. My new life in France is better than anything I experienced as a youth. If only France were not following the path of the US in becoming a police state and pursuing neocolonialism... Unfortunately, now that _Charlie_ is to be "saved" by the French state, its soul will die. We are not _Charlie_. We are the most godless, most ruthless empire the planet has ever seen, and also the most insidious, because we manipulate our populations with illusions like solidarity and freedom of expression while maintaining our domination through violence and the threat of violence. The politicians are the real terrorists, because it is they who will kill _Charlie_.

Snake Arbusto | Jan 9, 2015 6:23:23 PM | 255===

@247

That is an excellent article. Greenwald has caught them with their pants down ...

IN SOLIDARITY WITH A FREE PRESS: SOME MORE BLASPHEMOUS CARTOONS


"to blaspheme the Prophet transforms the publication of these cartoons from a pointless act to a courageous and even necessary one, while the observation that the world would do well without such provocations becomes a form of appeasement."
... not only it possible to engage in this malodorous attack on Islam without opprobrium ... it is essential! Only terrorists would not do so!

Less hatred and mindless slander. Not more.

jfl | Jan 9, 2015 6:26:52 PM | 256===

So, I think we can close the case on whether this was a false flag.

Jeremy Scahill: Al Qaeda Source: AQAP Directed Paris Attack

It's nice that this got resolved so quickly, so that "conspiracy theorizing" will be nipped in the bud. Also, The Intercept is now living up to the high expectations that people initiallly had of it.

Demian | Jan 9, 2015 6:38:05 PM | 257===

Demian

Whats next a.source.saying santa claus is real?
Lets not accept everything.msm tells you.

Anonymous | Jan 9, 2015 7:13:11 PM | 258===

I'll redundantly re-post jfl's link.

greenwald

Guess this is the best and most important point you can make about this tragedy: make people aware of their mindlessness and subconscious assesments.

radiator | Jan 9, 2015 7:44:02 PM | 259===

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More to the point, the Western White Media description 'Sharia Law' is a misnomer: 'sharia' means 'law', the way 'jaweh' means 'g-d'. You don't say the Israeli's Jaweh G-d, nor do you describe Afghans as Afghanis, their nation's currency, a Western-imposed currency, I might add, just like their Neo National Flag and National Anthem, all crafted in the White West.
Imagine if China imposed their version of a national flag and anthem on US Rabbinicals." )

"This land is Amero!
It is the pride of every American.
The land of peace, the land of the bmob.
Its sons are all brave.

This is the country of every lineage,
The land of Hillbillys and Ubangis,
Protestants, Catholics and Wikkans,
The Chosen and The Mil.Gov.

With them, Aristocrats and Crackers,
Professionals, National Athletes,
the Biker Brothers and Queers,
Also Hispanics and Latinos.

This Land will shine for ever,
Like the sun in the blue sky.
In the chest of North America,
It will remain like the heart forever.

We will follow the one God;
We all say, Mammon is great!
We all say, Mammon is great!
Lu-lu-lu-lu-lu-lu-lu-lu-lu-lu-lu

ChipNikh | Jan 9, 2015 7:51:29 PM | 260===

@ChipNikh #260:

I don't understand what you are saying. What the hell do you mean by "g-d" and "G-d"? Those aren't even words.

Demian | Jan 9, 2015 8:02:01 PM | 261===

@259

It was not 'my' link, it was 'Michal's @247 ... in truth it was and is Glenn Greenwald's and I'm sure it will be linked-to everywhere ...

Not so Jeremy Cahill's ' A source within al Qaeda ... ' article. I also agree with @258. The article is nothing but an anonymous assertion of responsibility by someone who says they are al Qaeda.

Paul Craig Roberts reviews the past, and present ... Charlie Hebdo and Tsarnaev's Trial: Cui bono?.

I have no way of knowing who was behind the murders of the Charlie board, but to rule out the US/Israeli terrorist agencies is certainly premature. I read now that the 'perps' are safely dead, and of course dead men tell no tales. I also read of a French ship steaming for Yemen.

jfl | Jan 9, 2015 8:31:37 PM | 262===

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All you need to understand the military blowback following from Hollande's support for a Palestinian State and an End to Economic Sanctions against Russia, was described to me by an old peacenik friend, a Kibbutzim, Sephardim, former Israeli, pushed out in 1984 by the massive wave of 'White' ex-Soviet Jew emigres, who now control Israeli government, foreign policy, Zionism and Expansionism, as an expression of the former aggressive Soviet state.

Hollande, himself a Jew, threatened the 'White' Israeli power-structure at it's very core. And that explains exactly the #JeSuisCharlie Operation and the Kosher Deli Cover Operation, conducted in retaliation for Hollande's betrayal of that former-Soviet regime in Hebron.
(A former-Soviet regime that US Rabbinical NeoCons are in sycophant slavish servitude to.)

Ironically, my Sephardim Israeli-American friend, who hates 'White' Israelis, hates Muslims more, and that's why you'll never see a USA/UK/IL Regime returning to a World of the Free.

And here's the principal reason:

'Give me Toothpaste and Sea Salt, I can Heal the World.'

What Mil.Gov doesn't directly loot, rape and slaughter, MIC-Health, MIC-Prisons, MIC-BigAg, MIC-BigEnergy, MIC-SeniorNursingCare and MIC-Education will rapidly 'wipe off the map of history', ...and yet here we are with a global communication system that's free and widely distributed, free language translators, blogs, MOOCs, and more wealth in circulation than at any time in human history to solve our problems, ...but we can't seem to organize!

This proves the Ancient Greek theory that the gods are laughing at us. But you don't have to go all sardonic like George Carlin, just roll up your damn sleeves~! I pick up trash at the park and tutor kids after school. It's a small thing, but the kids can enjoy a clean park and understand why education, in its many streams and tracks, is a lifelong pursuit.

Or, you can binge-watch NetFlix while you binge-Twitter away on Facebook, sending selfies from the shower with football lips, and slurping on your Uber Big Gulp Apocalypse Edition.

'Your choice is simple: join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration. We shall be waiting for your answer.'

Klaatoo barada nikto

On to Demos~! On to Phobos~!

ChipNikh | Jan 9, 2015 8:32:24 PM | 263===

@Anonymous #258:

Please don't be so smug. Jeremy Scahill is a respected journalist, and The Intercept, while financed by an American oligarch, is not exactly "msm". In any case, the corporate media is reporting this, so this is going to become the accepted story, by everyone but conspiracy theorists:

Al Qaeda Yemen claims Charlie Hebdo attack as twin sieges end

A government source said the brothers had emerged from the building and opened fire on police before they were killed.
Something makes me think that they had seen Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. These brothers were bicultural: they understood both French and Muslim culture. Inspire is basically a jihadist glossy teen magazine. Because of globalization, Arabs and Muslims in general are becoming well versed in Western culture, and that makes them more effective at resisting their subjugation by the West.

Demian | Jan 9, 2015 8:42:45 PM | 264===

Wow

the tards are determined to turn this into a Scahill and Agent Grunwald Soggy Biscuit Wankfest

"business as usual" then, for this place

Rogan Josh | Jan 9, 2015 9:00:57 PM | 265===

Please don't be so smug. Jeremy Scahill is a respected journalist, and The Intercept, while financed by an American oligarch, is not exactly "msm".

Seriously f'n LAME

Scahill is nothing but a shithead Liberal Interventionist masquerading as a "Journalist"

Rogan Josh | Jan 9, 2015 9:03:43 PM | 266===

Family died as a result of shelling in Donetsk

As a sequence of direct hit of the house № 20, 60 years USSR died family. It was pointed out by witnesses that the flat was struck the second time.

Saker has a 'Je Suis Donbass' graphic at his site ... along with the news that his 'best friends' have reviled and deserted him over his I am NOT Charlie post.

The same people who cried out for Qaddafi's blood and the destruction of Yugoslavia, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine ... and now more new recruits ... are lining up behind Charlie, and the "clash of civilizations".

jfl | Jan 9, 2015 9:26:45 PM | 267===

@267

Good, he deserves to be abandoned. Saker is a fucking nutjob. The only reason I visit his site is for news on Ukraine. If better, less obviously insane sources existed I would drop him altogether in a heartbeat.

As it is I have to wade through his inane ramblings about 'Anglo-Zionists', Freemasons, evil Catholics and of course homophobia to get to anything worthwhile. His comments section is invariably even more mad by an order of magnitude.

Saghei | Jan 9, 2015 10:13:46 PM | 268===

IRBIL, Iraq Videos show Paris gunmen were calm as they executed police officer, fled scene

McClatchy DC

Drugeon, who many experts believe was a French intelligence asset before defecting to al Qaida, is alleged to have masterminded a 2012 "lone wolf" attack on French soldiers and Jewish targets in the southern French city of Toulouse. That attack killed seven people before the perpetrator, a French citizen named Mohammed Merah, who French intelligence believes had been trained by Drugeon, was killed by a police sniper after a long, violent standoff with security forces.

The Controversial Cartoons That Are Said To Have Inspired The Terrorist Attack Against Charlie Hebdo ThinkProgress

At least 12 people were killed in a shooting at the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo Wednesday morning. Multiple masked gunmen entered the building, opened fire on the writers, and escaped in a getaway car. The shooters reportedly yelled "Allahu Akhbar" ("God is greatest") during the assault and "We have avenged the prophet" as they sped out of the office. Among the confirmed dead are two police officers and Stephane Charbonnier, a journalist and editorial director. French President Francois Hollande has called the shooting "a terrorist attack." The gunmen and driver are still at large.

The French Muslim community has condemned the attack. Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Great Mosque of Paris, announced on behalf of French Muslims, "I want to denounce the horror and the unspeakable and show our compassion. We condemn what just [happened] in the name of all Muslims. This is an act of war in the middle of Paris. "

Chances are, if you've heard of Charlie Hebdo before, it has been because their satire has inspired the ire of Islamic extremists; the target of the magazine's humor is frequently religious, political and social mores.

Charlie Hebdo by Chris Bertram

January 7, 2015 | Crooked Timber
We don't have all the facts about the attack on Charlie Hebdo, but it seems very likely that it was carried out by extreme Islamists as revenge for the magazine's satirizing of Islam. I'm sure there will be a lot of comment over the next few days about the symbolic and principled aspects, the need to stand up for freedom of speech, and so on. I don't dissent from that, but I'm finding it hard to see past the immediate horror of ten, eleven or more human beings, journalists, gunned down like that in a West European capital city. Awful.

The attack comes just after the Islamophobic marches in Germany by Pegida and the many reports of desperate refugees fleeing Syria in unseaworthy hulks. No doubt the Islamophobic parties, the Front National, UKIP and the rest will try to take advantage and ordinary Muslims will feel more isolated and threatened. We need to remember that most of the victims of extremists of this type have been everyday people who happen to be Muslims, we owe those victims our solidarity and to resist the voices who will try to shut them out. We can do that by affirming that citizenship and inclusion are for everyone, regardless of religion, and that we will help those fleeing from persecution by IS and the like.


Merian 01.07.15 at 4:36 pm

What I hate about this, beyond the obvious (loss off life …), is how this event will retroactively justify Charlie Hebdo's style of arrogant islamophobic superiority. (I don't know how many have followed this very long running controversy - I recommend the texts by Mona Chollet, if your read French, for context: L'obscurantisme beauf - Les mots sont importants (lmsi.net).)

Even just writing this here will appear as if I'm blaming the victims, which I'm not. They had the absolute right to their editorial line, and my agreement or disagreement are irrelevant.

Maybe that's these people's ulterior goal, I often think.


Andrew F. 01.07.15 at 6:29 pm

The greatest enemy of equal rights, of humane refugee and immigration policies, of peace and understanding between human beings, is not any Western government, nor many non-Western governments, but people like these three gunmen.

As to some of the comments in this thread, it is important that acts like this are openly and vehemently condemned within Muslim communities for three reasons.

First, open and vehement condemnation is needed to combat the perverse and barbaric ideology that people like these gunmen use to motivate and justify their actions, and that serve as a point of coordination for such people to connect, combine and develop resources and capabilities, and finally devise plans and execute them.

Second, cooperation from those within Muslim communities is needed to prevent these attacks from occurring. If extremist elements are taking root, if extremist elements are recruiting, and if extremist elements already exist, intelligence must be gathered so that, if necessary, preventive action can be taken.

Third, open and vehement condemnation weakens the support that bigoted anti-Muslim groups and ideologies might draw from an event like this.

In the ideological space, what extremists like these gunmen want to create is the perception of a clash of civilizations, encouraging persons to choose sides as the gunmen see them. Ironically, anti-Muslim groups contribute energy to the establishment of the perception, aiding the terrorists.

The counterattack in the ideological space must be: this is not a clash between civilizations, but a clash between civilization and the uncivilized, between those who value human life and those who out of ignorance and savagery desecrate themselves and brutalize others.

And while I do not wish to exaggerate this attack, which will hopefully remain an isolated incident, dwarfed in human cost by the annual toll of motor vehicle accidents and ordinary murder, it is worth remembering that the lines between many who celebrate these three gunmen and seek to emulate them, and the offices of newspapers everywhere, would be thin indeed were it not for aggressive counterterrorist efforts in Yemen, in Syria, in Iraq, and in other places around the world.

Roger Gathmann 01.07.15 at 7:04 pm

I see at the NYT that a bunch of people want the paper to publish the cartoons mocking Mohammed, seemingly in blissful ignorance of CharlieH's cartoons, for instance, showing Jesus sodomizing the good lord and such. I'd love to see their reaction to that! I mean, the piss christ seemed to many to be beyond the beyond.

The particular strain of Islam that the killers adhere to is easy to locate. It is the state ideology of Saudi Arabia. And as long as we have a discussion in which, vaguely, these radical Moslems have to be repressed, and we pretend that we don't see that our ally and the elite in the Gulf states finance and nourish this kind of shit – because we love their oil and their "moderation" – we will get nowhere.

There were millions of Moslems in Europe in the sixties and seventies. It was in the eighties, when the Saudis, under the blessing of the anti-communist West, started a mass global campaign of building mosques, that the terrorism started. It is happening in Bosnia today, for instance – the takeover of mosques by other Moslem believers by the Saudi-financed Wahabists. The interconnection between the Saudis and the financial and political elites seems to be too strong to be penetrated, but someday questions will have to be asked about why this has been going on. I'm not a big subscriber to the terrorist export industry, which is mostly bogus, but I think Sarah Ehrenfeld is right, here: http://acdemocracy.org/their-oil-is-thicker-than-our-blood/

stevenjohnson 01.07.15 at 7:13 pm

Instead of racist hysterics that lay out ultimata for Muslims a la @37 and defend Christendom's bloody performance as anti-terrorism, shouldn't a little common sense be used? Gunmen supposedly shouting "Allahu akbar" doesn't make them Muslims. Government agencies or rightist militant groups are entirely capable of performing this deed to advance a new military intervention or anti-immigrant/anti-Muslim legislation, either in their own persons or by false flag recruitment. I can't but think anyone who dismisses this possibility is letting their prejudices show.

But, if it did happen that the individuals were Muslims ordered by a jihadi group to undertake this provocation, then the most likely aim was to portray the indiscriminate response against Muslims as indiscriminate hatred of Muslims. That's a very difficult argument to refute, which means a serious desire to thwart the assassins' will means keeping a cool head.

And, on a personal level, a desire for simple justice for murder victims, really does imply a concern for who actually did it. Using an atrocity to make political points like a Jerry Coyne (who managed to use dead bodies for a shot at… Ben Affleck!) or Lubos Motl, demeans the victims. Why add insult to such a grave injury?

stevenjohnson 01.07.15 at 7:19 pm

Following the link @41, I noted that the author claims that the Saudis have betrayed the US by appeasing Iran. I think this woman is either insane or completely dishonest. For what it's worth (?)

http://rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/American_Center_for_Democracy


David 01.07.15 at 10:06 pm

For those who are interested, there is now a much better and more complete picture of what happened this morning. See for example Le Monde: http://www.lemonde.fr/attaque-contre-charlie-hebdo/article/2015/01/07/comment-s-est-deroulee-l-attaque-contre-charlie-hebdo_4550930_4550668.html#xtor=RSS-3208
Among other things, this makes it clear that the first reports, suggesting a high degree of preparation and intelligence, were greatly exaggerated. In fact, the attack seems more opportunistic – the attackers first went to the wrong building.
French police claim to know who the alleged perpetrators are:
See http://www.metronews.fr/info/attentat-a-charlie-hebdo-les-trois-suspects-ont-ete-identifies/moag!6R1qjYdgLbxjQ/


Peter Dorman 01.07.15 at 10:59 pm

First, I share the emotions of the OP: this is simply a horrible event. Yes, I know many more are killed each moment in perfectly ordinary, quotidian ways, but these people were part of the lives of millions (that's the real cost of death - to the living), and the motive behind their murder was heinous.

That said, I think it's necessary to pull back and consider the larger picture. Europe has become more open, not just through policy, but also the social, cultural and technological forces of globalization. Its destiny cannot be separated from that of the next door Muslim world. And that other world is in crisis. Tyranny is the norm, not the exception. Economies are weak and harshly divided. The oil curse has become a nightmare. A large part of the region is in civil war, and in much of the rest it is only that this war has been repressed. Of course, western intervention (and forbearance of Israel) has made matters much worse. In any such crisis there will be a surplus of groups that direct their frustration toward national/religious/racial Others.

No doubt the CH attack will lead to more stringent surveillance and policing. There will be calls for the good people on "both sides" to come together. Some of this will be productive. But my pessimistic view is that unless there is significant progress toward democracy, human rights and economic opportunity in the Muslim world, the outlook in Europe as well is not good.

We need solidarity on a very large scale.

engels 01.07.15 at 11:26 pm

Nato defends TV bombing
Nato has defended its bombing of Serbia's state television station, saying it was a legitimate target and a "ministry of lies".

Al-Jazeera 'hit by missile'
A US missile has hit the Baghdad offices of Arab news service al-Jazeera television, killing one member of staff and wounding another, the station reported on Tuesday

MPs leaked Bush plan to hit al-Jazeera
Two Labour MPs have defied the Official Secrets Act by passing on the contents of a secret British document revealing how President George Bush wanted to bomb the Arabic TV station, al-Jazeera.

Mitch Guthman 01.07.15 at 11:43 pm

Here is a link to the video of Hassan Chalghoumi referred to by Jesús Couto Fandiño #33:

http://preview.tinyurl.com/ohth5jn

Here is statement by UOIF (an umbrella organization of conservative French Islamic groups) condemning the attack and calling upon all French Muslims to show their solidarity by participating in marches or rallies in memory of the victims and stating that a delegation of the management of the UOIF went [to one of the many demonstrations today] in order to show their solidarity. (NB, there were many marches and demonstrations today throughout France in hommage or to show solidarity). http://preview.tinyurl.com/o96a966

Here is a statement by the Grand Mosque of Paris condemning the attack: http://preview.tinyurl.com/ka3cyf9

They are in French and I couldn't find English versions but the statements are in very simple, very direct and very strong French and I believe that Google Translate will handle it nicely.

The video is in French but I'm trying to have it subtitled in English and will update this comment when that's accomplished.

Also, Arun Kapil has offered an excellent comment and the best collection of links:

https://arunwithaview.wordpress.com/

Watson Ladd 01.07.15 at 11:56 pm

LWA, it might amuse you to learn just what it took to make Europe and the Americas into what it is today. Violence, lots of it: the heads of multiple kings, several civil wars, which combined into a Continent-wide conflagration. Even during the supposedly peaceful 19th century, revolutionary violence extracted a toll. But it was never necessary to resort to genocide: most people are unwilling to die for a lost cause.

Arabs and Persians are not different from us. They too have a history of liberal and revolutionary politics: Ataturk overthrew one self-described caliphate, and there is no reason liberals in Iran could not do the same. Afghanistan was run by the Communist Party before Islamists seized it and plunged it into the dark ages. Today it has a relatively democratic government. Pakistan was a hotbed of labor unionism, before decades of Islamist and military rule destroyed civil society. Palestinian terrorism used to be carried out by Stalinists, and now is conducted by Islamists.


Watson Ladd 01.08.15 at 12:47 am

The Communist government lasted after the end of the USSR occupation, only falling when the money ran out. The Taliban and mujahadeen were somewhat popular, but the majority of their support came from outside Afghanistan. Besides, we shouldn't let a Vendee or two deter us from our commitments to human rights.

LWA (Liberal With Attitude) 01.08.15 at 12:54 am

I saw a series of photos somewhere from an Afghan ex-pat showing Afghanistan in the 1950's, showing that universities there were coed, and had plenty of young engineers and intellectuals in Western dress.

I doubt it was universal, but the point of his memoirs was that its a mistake for us Westerners to imagine that all Muslim countries are irrevocably and monolithically primitive and barbaric.

More importantly, we just assume that progress runs only forward- But religious fundamentalism can arise anywhere, and turn back the clock to the Dark Ages anywhere.

I note with grim lack of surprise that Bill Donohue, the American Catholic version of a Taliban mullah, is gingerly sympathizing with the rage that the attackers felt, stopping just short of endorsing the attack.

Omega Centauri 01.08.15 at 2:47 am

False flag attacks are relatively rare. I think there is a good reason. Anyone holding a terrorist attitude thinks of and perhaps even does some planning for them. [I'm defining terrorist attitude, as holding some agenda (usually nationalist, but sometime ideological or religious) as far more important than human lives -even innocent lives.]

But, the potential damage to ones cause of a botched false-flag operation (especially if it causes casualties and outrage, but the who-done it is obvious to the public) can be fatal to the oh-so important cause. So they aren't attempted very often.


Ronan(rf) 01.08.15 at 3:00 am

I find Scott Atran's answer most plausible:

"If so many millions support jihad, why are only thousands willing to kill and die for it? We shall see that young men willing to go kill and die for jihad were campmates , school buddies, soccer pals, and the like, who become die-hard bands of brothers in a tragic and misbegotten quest to save their imagined tribal community from Crusaders, Jews, and other morally deformed, unrepentant, and therefore subhuman beings. It's in groups that they find the camaraderie of a cause , however admirable or abhorrent, and the courage and commitment that come from belonging to something larger. Terrorists generally do not commit terrorism because they are extraordinarily vengeful or uncaring, poor or uneducated, humiliated or lacking in self-esteem , schooled as children in radical religion or brainwashed, criminally minded or suicidal, or sex-starved for virgins in heaven. Terrorists, for the most part, are not nihilists but extreme moralists- altruists fastened to a hope gone haywire. And there is basis for real moral grievance, whether one believes exclusively in secular human rights or in the religious ethics of the house of Abraham. There's no excuse, "collateral damage" or otherwise, for the killing of innocents in Afghanistan , Iraq, Palestine, Chechnya, and elsewhere. But a divine justice that rewards the killing of innocents in the name of an eye for an eye, exalting death over life for its own believers, is the will to power of a cruel and sadistic Moloch that would leave the whole world blind."

(also for anyone interested Olivier Roy's 'Globalised Islam: The Search for a New Ummah' makes similar arguments, which I cant really recall at the moment)

Ronan(rf) 01.08.15 at 3:20 am

I also think that explains the neocons, btw.

ZM 01.08.15 at 6:47 am

Chris Bertram,

"We need to remember that most of the victims of extremists of this type have been everyday people who happen to be Muslims, we owe those victims our solidarity and to resist the voices who will try to shut them out."

I don't know if this got international coverage or not. In Australia during the tragic recent siege and killings incident in Sydney some Muslims/Middle Eastern people were scared taking public transport in case they were attacked due to the hostage taker and killer being Muslim and people started a Twitter hashtag #illridewithyou to show solidarity . These are some articles about it -

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-15/illridewithyou-hashtag-takes-off-following-siege/5969102

"Sadly, we also saw a rush of racist hatred towards innocent people. But we saw an even greater outpouring of solidarity by ordinary people with the ordinary people who were being threatened with this violence and abuse, crystallised in what can only be described as a love poem written by the people to the people, namely 'I'll ride with you'.

It looked like a simple offer of human support and protection to people of the Muslim faith who were in danger as they rode on the buses, trams and trains across Australia the next morning. But it was always more than this. In its concreteness it was also a deeply profound declaration of a vision for a just and inclusive Australia. It was particularly beautiful because it came from ordinary people and it so strongly struck a chord with ordinary people."
http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=42421#.VK4m20ZXfCQ

Ze Kraggash 01.08.15 at 8:25 am

Just a few days ago:
http://www.newsweek.com/940-cars-torched-france-new-year-celebrations-296360
"940 cars were set on fire across France by frenzied revellers as they welcomed the arrival of the New Year, according to France's Interior Ministry.

Pierre-Henry Brandet, spokesperson for the Interior Ministry told French broadcaster BFM-TV that the car burning was most frequent in eastern France, as well as in the suburbs of Paris, particularly in the banlieues (ghettos) of Seine-Saint-Denis, which were the epicentre of riots protesting police brutality in 2005 resulting in the torching of more than 10,000 cars."

Something's rotten in the land of social democracy.

Maybe this is something similar to the workplace and school massacres of the late 1980s and 1990s in the US…

reason 01.08.15 at 8:43 am

Just a small question – who is insisting that the moslem communities "apologise" for what happened? I don't think anybody here did. They are not responsible for the attacks. But it seems to me that there is a lack of public demostrations from the moslem communities of condemnation for the attackers and their ideology. It could of course be that is as some people have suggested the fault of the press, but their seems to have been plenty of coverage for Kurdish anti-Turk demonstrations and vice versa.

The scale of the problem (and the number of young Europeans ruining or giving their lives for IS) suggests that now is the time stop being passive about this, before deep rifts open in European communities.

reason 01.08.15 at 9:16 am

P.S.
Yes and more fingers needed to pointed at Saudi Arabia as the source of this plague.


J Thomas 01.08.15 at 10:17 am

#107 Collin Street

> How would you find out how rare successful false flag attacks are?

"It seems implausible that adding "and we have to pretend to be someone else the whole time" makes your operation more likely to succeed, wouldn't you think?"

Not particularly relevant.

So a comparison of rates of unsuccessful false-flag operations to unsuccessful non-false-flag operations is - absent evidence to support the otherwise-implausible claim that [see first para] - a pretty good [conservative] proxy for total false-flag operations to total non-false-flag operations, and for successful &c to &c.

False-flag operations that fail to meet their official objectives can be almost as effective - or more effective, depending - as those that do. An unsuccessful attempt by arabs to attack the White House with poison gas might generate just the right amount of outrage, while a successful attempt might not only generate too much but also put the wrong person into the presidency.

Then there's the question whether a particular group which is blamed for an attack makes a public denial. Would they say "We agree with the intent of whoever did this, and we would have been glad to do it, but in fact we did not do this one"? Or would they claim credit? We might estimate this by looking at how often more than one terrorist group claims credit for a particular incident. As far as I know, AQ stopped denying doing 9/11 after the first few months. But if they didn't do it, still it would be a troubling tactical decision to admit not doing it.

They had been blamed for a previous WTC attack by egyptians, when the main connection was that one of the conspirators had attended an AQ infantry training camp. I haven't heard that they denied that one. Iraq captured one of the conspirators and after interrogation Saddam speculated that it was done by Israel, USA, or factions in Saudi Arabia or Egypt. That is, he didn't trust the cover story but he had no idea what the truth was.

Consider the Lavon affair, a failed false-flag operation with serious consequences. Apparently it failed because the leader of the group had been a double agent all along. Also it was done by egyptian jews recruited by Israel, who were not good at denying their involvement. Israel would have done far better to pretend to be an arab fanatical group and recruit arab fanatics who could then be caught to confirm the story. Israel publicly denied the attacks for 51 years.

I have no evidence how common it is for false-flag operations to "succeed" by being attributed to the wrong groups. I don't understand why you would think you know.

bunkerbuster 01.08.15 at 10:50 am

While it seems rational to ask moderate Muslims to be more vocal about distancing themselves from the quasi-religious gangsters who kill and destroy in their religion's name, such a demand is shamefully naive and, often, echoes with the sound of a bigot clearing their throat.

Muslims from Syria to Pakistan, Algeria, Nigeria and Egypt are laying down their lives to protest against radical Islam. They are not just protesting, they are fighting against it from the mosque, from the courts and, even, on the battlefield. The implication that this isn't happening betrays a vast ignorance about the Islamic world and the conflicts dividing it.

In America, moderate Muslims are widely ignored in the media in favor of heavy coverage of radical Islam, adding a very tragic irony to the claim that Muslims just don't speak out enough. Moderate Islam is involved in schools, hospitals and charities across the Middle East and around the world, but that simply doesn't warrant coverage. That's fine, since news isn't supposed to be about the ordinary things in life that lack urgency or alarm. But when media consumers then turn around and pretend moderate Islam doesn't actually exist, you have to question their motives and their intelligence…

Jim Buck 01.08.15 at 11:14 am

I find it interesting that you'd omit the subsequent invasion and occupation by the USSR

I find it interesting that you omit US manoeuvres in Afghanistan, prior to the Soviet intervention. S' not as if it's a big secret:

http://dgibbs.faculty.arizona.edu/brzezinski_interview

You might say, they were so vicious, they made the Islamicists look attractive by comparison.

What a Taliban spokesman did say was that the Soviets were much cleaner fighters because they engaged hand-to-hand with their Afghan opponents; whereas the Americans preferred: fighting prisoners to death; bombing wedding parties; and avoiding the more manly aspects of warfare.

http://dgibbs.faculty.arizona.edu/brzezinski_interview

Ronan(rf) 01.08.15 at 3:41 pm

J Thomas -it doesn't have to be true in every case. His case studies were quite interesting, and it does seem to say quite a lot about these types of Al Q 'self starter' groups.

Beyond that though, my emphasis was more on his argument that they aren't monsters but 'extreme moralists.' People who like to write Islamic terrorism (specifically the Al Qaeda ideological 'brand') off to 'western imperialism' do a real disservice to the people who sign up. It is oddly patronishing, removing all agency from the individual, imagining them solely as the product of our play/out victimisation.

US foreign policy can work as one part in a radicalisation process, but usually as a small part, and something approaching a post hoc justification. But anyway, plenty of people become radicalised by US human rights abuses in *positive ways* (campaigners, researchers, layman humanitarians etc), so the question is what radicalises some people to violence, but others to peaceful , positive contributions ?
The other thing we have to understand is that these people *believe in this ideology.* This isnt the product of false conciousness, or shouldn't be seen through the western lefts romantic notions of postcolonial political struggles, these individuals are reactionary Utopianists. They believe fundamentally in this radical, religious based ordering of society. They believe it will come about, and see themselves as positive moral actors bringing it into existence. They are not reacting mindlessly to western provocation. They are certainly creating strategies to provoke response and develop narratives to build support, but the driving force at the core is a vision of society (much like communism, facism, or even the worldview of the neocons) that is millenarian, Utopian and morally serious, if awful.
So religion is important,and it's not. If it wasn't Islamic Utopianism it'd be something else, but it is Islamic Utopianism so people should take the Islamic part seriously.

Obviously there are differen't seasons of this stuff. In largely nationalist, or distributionalist, struggles (Palestine, Lebanon etc where there are governing structures, domestic constiuents, different narratives) it (imo) explains less. This is just one of the ways society and politics is structured in those societies, along sectarian/ethnic,/class grounds, and so a specific cleavage becomes salient and built into the conflict.

But in the case of groups like Al Qaeda and the vision they propagate, it is morally serious, if akin to facism (as an aspiration for society if not a threat), and will probably inspire a low level terrorist campaign across the west (with perhaps bigger gains elsewhere) for decades.

stevenjohnson 01.08.15 at 5:10 pm

If an asset for a security agency or militant group recruits operatives while posing as a representative of another agency or group, that is a false flag recruitment. Any public actions carried out then would be false flag operations, as I understand it.

In a purely domestic context, a supposed militant turned while in jail might pretend not to be working for the police but someone else. This is commonly called provocation or entrapment. But I think that is essentially the same thing, making it useful to call the possibility "false flag" when uncertain of a purely domestic context.

MPAVictoria 01.08.15 at 6:17 pm

ELIZABETH STOKER BRUENIG on Disavowal Politics. Worth a read.

"..the urge to call for disavowal isn't very good for politics. It can encourage the behavior it intends to discourage and it can cripple movements that have good intentions by conflating them with ones who have only bad intentions. Further, it can distort good messages and engender further resentment where it already exists, which is the last thing anybody should want in a particularly tense political moment."

http://elizabethstokerbruenig.com/2014/12/21/disavowal-politics/

J Thomas 01.08.15 at 7:22 pm

#159 MPAV

Unless you are feeling brave then take up the bet I offered further up thread.

Sucker bet. You say there are basicly no false-flag operations. So you make a bet that would be a fair one if there was an 80% chance that the mass media do not announce that this particular incident was false-flag within 6 months.

But of course if most false-flag incidents go unreported in the mass media, it would be unlikely that this one does in 6 months.

I propose a better bet. You bet me 20 to 1 that this incident is not reported as false-flag in any of the traditional "secretive" websites like Stratfor within the next 2 years.

It has to be a traditional site, not one that I could get printed on, not that I would do that to win a bet.

If it is reported but essential details have been reliably falsified, that doesn't count. So it has to be plausibly true, not Laurie Mylroie quality.

In case we disagree whether it's plausible enough, ask some reputable person we agree about ahead of time to arbitrate? William Timberman? I suspect John Quiggen would be too busy, but of course anybody could be too busy, we'd have to ask.

Donald Johnson 01.08.15 at 7:29 pm

"Yeah, that's why I said Donald."

You praised tough counterterrorism activities in Yemen and Syria and Iraq–given that much of that activity in Yemen has included drone strikes, it's not at all clear that we haven't increased hatred of the US with such activities. And mentioning Syria in this context is just weird–again, numerically the Assad regime is killing vastly more Islamic extremists than we are. In Iraq our invasion helped cause the plague of Islamic extremism in the region, and our current allies the Shiites there have committed so many atrocities against Sunnis it drove many Sunnis into the arms of ISIS.

In that comment you also said this–

"The greatest enemy of equal rights, of humane refugee and immigration policies, of peace and understanding between human beings, is not any Western government, nor many non-Western governments, but people like these three gunmen."

Why talk like this? It's obvious that Western actions, including Western abuses of human rights, have fueled Islamic extremism. People who join jihadist groups sometimes do so out of a misguided sense of moral outrage (others may do so simply because the thought of killing people in a supposedly noble cause excites them). Islamic extremism in turn incites more Western atrocities. I jump on you because you consistently downplay Western atrocities–in my opinion, attitudes like yours are part of the problem.

Suzanne 01.08.15 at 7:32 pm

Here is how Denmark is coping with the problem of returning jihadis:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/09/denmark-introduces-rehab-syrian-fighters-201496125229948625.html

Seems much more promising than throwing the book at them, and Denmark is not forgoing tougher measures when called for. In addition they are being firm with the religious authorities – no encouragement of travel for jihad, period, or suffer consequences.

Ronan(rf) 01.08.15 at 9:18 pm

"We should understand that aggressive counterterrorist efforts abroad prevent like-minded men from developing the organization, and the monetary, technical, and human resources to travel west or north for a few hours and make a much more bloody statement."

This really needs qualification (as the statement itself is so broad, which " counterterrorist efforts" specifically ?) and some show of evidence for your general argument.

My understanding is that even among experts sympathetic towards US 'counterror efforts' they don't view things like the drone war as an unqualified 'success' (or at least they elaborate on what they mean by success) . There's some evidence, but it's contested, that it has helped retard Al Qaeda growth, but there's still a lot of debate on it and there are certainly costs -even from a purely 'national interest' perspective – associated. And of course there are plausibly useful alternatives that the policy crowds out.

I don't think the opposite is true either though (that it leads to significant blowback) Christine Fair, iirc, has conducted polling from the FATA region in pakistan which shows that most people are unaware of the drone attacks, and that the radicalising effect is pretty limited. (I'll try find the article later)
Your general position on US policy – and I don't mean this snarkily – is just so generous all of the time, and blinkered to any alternative. It seems to be a case of 'if it's happening it's good, and there really is no other option available.'

I genuinely don't know how you deal with these situations – the breakdown of order in the Levant and North Africa – or how you deal with these security threats ( which are real though much more limited than claimed ) and I'm not opposed to using force at times. But we really do need better ideas at this stage than the same old.

J Thomas 01.08.15 at 9:56 pm

"I propose a better bet. You bet me 20 to 1 that this incident is not reported as false-flag in any of the traditional "secretive" websites like Stratfor within the next 2 years."

I have never heard of that site. So it is unacceptable to me.

Your ignorance should not be the determining factor here. Stratfor attempts to present a cynical superior view of world events. They sometimes spread rumors that the mass media ignore. I don't consider them reliable, but sometimes their speculations check out. Other times, no.

http://www.stratfor.com/geopolitical-diary/paris-attack-underscores-deeper-malaise#axzz3OGhaeN2X

Their current take on this event is that it may have been done by home-grown muslims or by muslims associated with one or another international conspiracy. Either way, their view is that this is primarily a muslim/muslim argument and that they bother westerners to affect their popularity among their own people. We are extras and spear-carriers in their own drama. The claimed jihadi strategy is to get us to oppress muslims in western nations etc, so that muslims at home will be more sympathetic to jihad.

I have no idea whether they will consider the possibility that this is a false-flag thing done by somebody else within the next 2 years. I mostly don't follow Stratfor and I don't know how likely they are to choose one idea and hang onto it as hard as they can.

20 to 1 does not leave enough room with my limit of 100 dollars for much money for needy pugs. 5 to 1 is my offer.

That's low, but it might be acceptable if the other terms work out. If you reject Stratfor, what sites would you definitely accept?

If you'll accept any CT member to arbitrate, I'll suggest we ask William Timberman after we get all the other details straight.

Ronan(rf) 01.09.15 at 1:23 am

No problem. Keep in mind though my evidentary standard, ie nothing less than an admittance of complicity by Obama.

A bit more on the radicalisation topic

https://acrossthegreenmountain.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/background-on-the-19th-network-paris-france-2000-2013/

which seems to support Atran's position noted above (small networks of close friends from the same area) Also worth noting that a lot of them are from poorer areas, *normally* the demographics skew better educated/wealthier.

Andrew F. 01.09.15 at 4:39 am

MPA, J Thomas, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. The bet should be that reasonably persuasive evidence of responsibility either by the French Government or by a right-wing, anti-immigrant, group emerges.

The loser must append: "[name of winner] is brilliant and I have been humbled in a prior argument." to all comments for no period less than a year and to no less than 365 comments. The false flag narrative is really beyond silly. I suggest a bet be made and we move, or we simply move on.

Donald Johnson @163: You praised tough counterterrorism activities in Yemen and Syria and Iraq–given that much of that activity in Yemen has included drone strikes, it's not at all clear that we haven't increased hatred of the US with such activities.

The Yemeni tribes are another matter. Hatred by them may have increased, though since we've long been viewed as allied with their worst enemies we've never been on their Christmas card list. But more importantly, among the key players in AQAP – the bomb-makers and the operatives – an ideology has already taken root. Combined with sufficient support, those bomb-makers and operatives could cause quite a bit of damage in Europe and the US. They haven't – and it's because of aggressive efforts against them.

And mentioning Syria in this context is just weird–again, numerically the Assad regime is killing vastly more Islamic extremists than we are.

Aggressive counterterrorism isn't simply about a body count, but to the extent Assad's forces kill al Nusra and ISIL elements, that works to our favor. Of course one must consider the means by which Assad's forces do so, and whether there is a credible alternative in place to Assad loyalists or Islamists in much of Syria.

In Iraq our invasion helped cause the plague of Islamic extremism in the region,

Well, first off, I was talking about CT efforts, which the 2003 invasion was not.

As to Islamic extremism in the region, it was a major problem long before 2003.

Why talk like this? It's obvious that Western actions, including Western abuses of human rights, have fueled Islamic extremism.

That's a very Western-centric view. In fact we really should separate the motivations of alienated immigrants to the West from those fighting a struggle for power in their home region.

The former, for the most part (there are some big exceptions), are a small percentage of those who fell off the normal track for advancement as one moves through life, cannot see any normal way forward to gain a position of respect and security, are filled with anxiety and anger, and are ripe for the plucking by extremist recruiters or propaganda material. The problem isn't Western atrocities so much as it is despair at leading a successful life through the channels available to them.

The latter, those indigenous to the various regions in question, are fighting a power struggle at home. The US is hated because (i) it is the main actor in every fevered conspiracy theory that runs through these worlds like street food through a tourist, and most importantly (ii) the US is a vital component of order in the Middle East, especially with respect to the governments that Islamists most desire to overthrow. Their attacks on the US, and Europe, have underlying strategic considerations; the propaganda fluff that they feed to angry young men on the net, around the camp fires, is simply a way of selling a war undertaken for much more self-interested reasons. But they sell much more than anger at the US or Europe. They sell wages, and respect, the prospect of family and of an elevated status in a community. They sell an identity and a vision, as all good recruiters for causes do, and then they use these men and women for their own strategic purposes.

The wet dream of the Islamists, or to put it differently the strategic objective of Islamist terrorism directed against the West, is to cause the West to consider any "interference" with such extremist groups to be so costly in blood that the West will cease to do so. It's quite the fantasy, but stupid wars often involve men in position of some power who imagine they are in possession of much more – and they perish when their dreams meet reality.

Islamic extremism in turn incites more Western atrocities. I jump on you because you consistently downplay Western atrocities–in my opinion, attitudes like yours are part of the problem.

They're not, unfortunately – I wish they were, since they'd be easier to stop. Islamist extremists grow from the combination of well funded and radical streams of ideology, corrupt or failing governments, and economic and social hopelessness. The US and Europe can have some positive effect towards changing those things, but it will take decades, and we're really side-players in that particular drama. In the meantime, we have to deal with actual threats – actual bombs being devised and tested for use on aircraft bound for Europe and America, actual mass casualty plots (by whatever means) being planned inside and outside targeted countries, and so forth, actual organized movements to defeat governments in that region and install themselves.

While we make what nudges we can to move policies in those regions in a good direction, we must deal with the threats facing us – and, relative to the insurgents and terrorists, better governments in the region.

And in the meantime, we will continue to degrade the capacity of these networks to organize, develop, and execute attacks abroad, of which this atrocity in France is but one example, on a smaller scale, of what they would like to do.

The strategic lesson that their leadership must learn is this: if you wish to succeed, you cannot attack the West, and you cannot offend their values to such an extent that they feel they must respond. If you do, your network will be destroyed, your power will be lost, you will lose respect, and you will bring ruin to any who are close to you. Those that learn this will survive, perhaps even thrive. Those that don't will die.

Mitch Guthman 01.09.15 at 6:10 am

Andrew F. at 187,

Up until a few hours ago, I was thinking along the same lines, especially in thinking that their plan involved escaping to someplace like Iraq where they'd be relatively safe. Now, I'm just confused about what their plans were for getting away.

Presumably they did want to get away because they took what I assume was the precaution of having a lookout and driver for their getaway car. Also, unless they were very lucky, they seem to have had a sense of exactly how long they could stay at the Charlie Hebdo offices before heavily armed police reinforcement would arrive. And, of course, they hid their faces with masks-clearly, they intended not merely to evade capture but also to avoid being identified, which strongly suggests that they could envision either hiding out in France or returning once the initial hue and cry blew over.

They had sophisticated weapons, at least some training in their use, and plenty of ammunition. That suggests planning and the participation of others who supplied the weapons. As you say,
the careful timing of the attack, the calmness in returning to their car and their quick getaway away from the site of the attack suggests either significant advance planning or remarkable luck.

Assuming that the authorities are correct about the identities and probable whereabouts of the killers, I'm now leaning towards luck. Despite their initial calmness, they get into an accident at Place du Colonel Fabien and abandon their black car which has something in it that facilitates their identification.

Significantly, in light of the information provided by Ronan(rf), the car is abandoned in the 19e arrondissement which suggests that they were counting on being hidden by the members of the Islamist cell them and among inhabitants who might have been expected to be sympathetic to their cause and unlikely to betray them to the authorities. But they apparently don't go to the 19e but seem to run helter skelter. Significantly, they don't seem to have any money-perhaps because they lost in when they abandoned the black car or perhaps because they just don't have any money.

Are they just on the run and improvising or are they moving towards a backup contact and a pickup somewhere else in France, perhaps in a suburb near Paris?

David 01.09.15 at 10:42 am

IIRC, "Al Qaeda in Yemen" is actually Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and is a relatively small group with a largely regional focus. It's unlikely that they could (or would want to) conduct operations in Europe, and certainly not against a magazine that none of those in command could read.

But the French government said yesterday that one of the brothers had known links with networks for the recruitment of French volunteers to fight in the Middle East, and these things often work in both direction. As I said, it looks as though the brothers had at least some outside help, but their tactics are clearly not classic AQ ones (wanting to survive, concealing their identity, trying to escape) so I think we should reserve judgement for the time being.

Ronan(rf) 01.09.15 at 12:27 pm

ie http://www.fpri.org/geopoliticus/2015/01/who-attacked-charlie-hebdo-paris-assessing-jihadi-attack-west-isis-vs-al-qaeda#.VK9AkyitoFM.twitter

J Thomas 01.09.15 at 12:28 pm

#216 David

IIRC, "Al Qaeda in Yemen" is actually Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and is a relatively small group with a largely regional focus. It's unlikely that they could (or would want to) conduct operations in Europe, and certainly not against a magazine that none of those in command could read.

The US-centric view I linked earlier has it that they want us to attack them in muslim countries so they will get more support at home. Also as ISIS gets more attention, AQ would want to do something to stay important. I think that's possible. But just as the argument says that their motives are primarily about each other and not about us, the argument itself is part of a western argument about us, and not so much about them. If attacking them more brings them more support, maybe it would be a mistake to hit them harder. On the other hand, if we attack them hard enough to KILL THEM ALL and the dog they rode in on, then their own tactic was a mistake.

Maybe they try to manipulate us based on their fantasies about us, while we try to manipulate them based on our fantasies about them.

J Thomas 01.09.15 at 12:33 pm

#217 Peter T

Likewise, "network" here can be taken to mean "talks to like-minded people", and "linked to AQ" means "knew someone who knew someone who went to Afghanistan". "Following AQ tactics" means "watches TV, surfs the net and has picked up a few tips".

Yes, if Timothy McVeigh had links to the NRA it wouldn't mean much at all. If he had links to a particular militia which provided training in urban warfare, that might mean more but it wouldn't have to.

P O'Neill 01.09.15 at 12:35 pm

Anyone who thinks AQAP is regional and illiterate regarding western media may want to bing AQAP + Inspire…

Donald Johnson 01.09.15 at 2:41 pm

"As to Islamic extremism in the region, it was a major problem long before 2003."

True. The US supported it in Afghanistan. Israel initially supported Hamas as a counterweight to the PLO. I'm not saying that the West created Islamic extremism, only that we contributed to its rise. For example–

"the US is a vital component of order in the Middle East, especially with respect to the governments that Islamists most desire to overthrow. "

Support for corrupt authoritarian regimes is one way we've done this. Support for Israel no matter what it does is another way we discredit our alleged ideals. The use of torture is another. It would be nice if the conflict could be treated as civilized Westerners vs. uncivilized barbarians, but unfortunately there are uncivilized barbarians everywhere one looks.

And anyway, you identify a big part of the problem. The US is associated with governments like those of Egypt and Iraq which are repressive and create support for terrorism.

"That's a very Western-centric view. In fact we really should separate the motivations of alienated immigrants to the West from those fighting a struggle for power in their home region."

I don't claim that terrorist leaders are all a bunch of misguided idealists who are motivated solely by moral outrage at Western atrocities, any more than I think Dick Cheney is a fine public-spirited man who wanted to invade Iraq because he loves democracy. If the leaders of ISIS and the Taliban and others were merely outraged by Western colonialism, it would be hard to understand why the bulk of their victims are their fellow Muslims. But Western hypocrisy fuels recruitment for their cause, just as 9/11 was ideal propaganda fodder for someone like Dick Cheney.

To JThomas–Leaving aside her nastier comments to you, something MPA said upthread is correct. You tend to argue for points of view ad nauseam. I like some of your posts, but not when you go off on one of these pointless tangents. Sometimes I can't even tell if you are giving your own point of view or just trying to give an encyclopedic recitation of all possibilities no matter how unlikely. If there is actual evidence of Charlie Hebdo being a false flag operation, bring it forward. If there isn't, then fine, note the (remote) possibility, but it's not very interesting without evidence. Occam's razor and all that.

J Thomas 01.09.15 at 3:10 pm

#234 Donald Johnson

If there is actual evidence of Charlie Hebdo being a false flag operation, bring it forward. If there isn't, then fine, note the (remote) possibility, but it's not very interesting without evidence.

I see no evidence yet about who if anyone supported this particular attack.

I apologize for going on about it. I've tended to let this sort of thing happen sometimes when I point out a possibility in passing - look, here's something we don't actually know - and somebody announces that my possibility is actually impossible, can't ever happen, no way, only an idiot Truther would imagine such a thing. So I ask for their evidence and it's we don't need any steenking evidence, it would be extraordinary if that came true so it needs extraordinary evidence but the other side is not extraordinary and needs no evidence whatsoever, it's just true unless proven false beyond all possible doubt. And I let myself get trolled.

I'm going to make a solid attempt to respond less to idiots.

Andrew F. 01.09.15 at 4:57 pm

Peter T @214: Ah. The endless urge to get into a pissing contest and win. No analysis, no attempt to understand, just "hit them until they die or cower away". Same logic as Vietnam, Iraq, Cuba…Funny that often the same people who take this line brandish flags with "Live Free or Die" on them (not that Andrew F does anything so crass). No amount of failure teaches.

No, you're taking a comment about one line of effort and wrongly interpreting it as a comment about what the overall strategy should be.

I distinguished between the motivations of the leadership (which are strategic), those who join existing organizations (like ISIS) from local populations, and those who live in the West and are disaffected.

I noted the lack of ordinary avenues for advancement and social hopelessness in the case of disaffected individuals in the West, and the same (in addition to corrupt and abusive political institutions) in foreign areas.

I noted the importance of fostering cooperation within Muslim communities in the West, both in terms of undercutting radical ideologies supportive of violence and in terms of intelligence collection.

However, there are existing networks abroad with significant expertise in explosives, substantial knowledge of relevant techniques of planning, organization, and execution, and an ideology and leadership supportive of terrorist attacks against US and European targets.

US ability to effect meaningful social and political reform in areas where these networks are centered is minimal without the deployment of resources for a time and at a cost that would be politically unacceptable to the electorate and that would divert resources from national objectives of greater priority. These networks are also centered in areas where the local government is unable or unwilling to control them.

Though countering these networks involves multiple lines of effort, many of which are non-violent, direct action is therefore a vital component to degrading their ability to mount attacks. Eliminating key nodes, or clusters of nodes, within the networks does effect an immediate reduction in their capabilities while also producing follow-on effects that further weaken the network and enable additional operations against it. There simply is no other way to achieve their reduction at an acceptable cost.

Violent, militarized non-state actors will be a persistent feature of the world for some time. In most cases, the leadership will care about their own power, prestige, and survival. There is therefore an opportunity for deterrence. Deterrence here requires the establishment of a strong belief that to adopt a strategy of violence against the US or Europe, or to take action that will draw the US and Europe into a conflict, is to ensure the failure and destruction of one's organization, one's self, and potentially many other things one cares about. Not all organizations that use terrorism also target the US and Europe. Some quite wisely have an explicit policy of not doing so, precisely because it would provoke a reaction contrary to their interests.

Direct action that has become necessary against existing networks should be leveraged where possible to contribute to the deterrence of other networks, or the future leadership of existing networks, from provoking the US into a conflict.

So Peter, I'm not interested in a pissing match. I'm interested in encouraging actors to better assess their options in pursuing their goals so as to reduce unnecessary future violence. This will not prevent the occasional person or group from terrorist violence within the West, but it will help prevent far more serious acts of violence that some non-state actors are quite interested in achieving.

Ronan(rf) 01.09.15 at 5:20 pm

Thanks for those links Donald Johnson, they're very good. I don't know how I feel about it personally, mainly as I've not seen enough of the cartoons to form an opinion. I do think it's a pity that the 'debate' has become one about free speech, rather than what it should be – law and order and protecting people from violence. This has suited both sides, the Al Qaeda faction and the anti Islam right who (over the decade) have used the rhetoric of free speech absolutism (which I generally agree with) as a soundbite cause in their moronic 'civilisation war.'
This Joe Sacco cartoon is also alright

http://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2015/jan/09/joe-sacco-on-satire-a-response-to-the-attacks

js. 01.09.15 at 9:52 pm

Is this also "squeez[ing] alien events into familiar boxes":

Assia is typically Parisian, in her dress, accent and lifestyle. But that did not prevent her from being reminded, at every turn, of her otherness. 'Assia, what sort of name is that?' people would ask her since she was a child. With its strong centralising traditions, France shuns expressions of difference, notably the hijab, but continues to treat French citizens of Muslim origin as foreigners. Second and third-generation citizens are still routinely described as 'immigrants'. The message: don't wear the hijab, you're French; but don't bother applying for this job if your name is Mohammed. 'When my brothers were growing up,' Assia told me, 'they would be stopped by the police ten to fifteen times a day – on the bus, getting off the bus, on their way to school, on their way home. Girls weren't stopped; only boys. The French are more comfortable with "Fatima" than with "Mohammed".' French women of North African origin are doing better than men – which in part explains why some of the unemployed men take to dominating their mothers and sisters, as if they were their property, their only property. Assia is one of many French Maghrébins who have found it much easier to live outside France.

J Thomas 01.09.15 at 10:31 pm

#269 Stephen

How can anyone prove that the alleged killers, who believed themselves to have been recruited by an AQ group, had not really been recruited by the French security forces/US government/?

If you can get true information from AQ that they were AQ members following AQ plans, then you have it. Unless AQ itself is a false front for some western government etc. Or unless AQ is lying for their own reasons.

And of course some traveling AQ member could himself be a double agent and really take orders from someone else. Imagine for example that 9/11 was planned and paid for by AQ as a contingency measure, something they could do in some extreme crisis, and then somebody else figured out how to trigger it for just 4 planes but not the rest…. If there's the chance that their electronic communications can be changed out from under them, so their agents actually follow somebody else's orders, that would sure explain their fetish for courier messages.

How can anyone prove that the alleged killers, allegedly dead, are not alive and well after a pretended death?

Hey, why are you asking *me* these questions instead of the people who are sure they know it is not a false-flag thing? Ask them how they can find out whether they're right.

Over to you, J Thomas

I pass. I couldn't prove it was happening if it was - unless somebody gets clumsy or venal and reveals it. People find the question boring. They don't want to think about it. It's really none of our business. We need to give the various secret organizations their privacy.

Let's talk about something else.

Ronan(rf) 01.10.15 at 1:07 am

I'd link to this as well (though I dont agree with everything in it)

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/01/charlie-hebdo-the-time-of-the-assassins-114115.html

'Understanding' is a two way street, everyone has to make an effort.
I think a lot of the problems Shatz views as local to France, are broader. The anti semitism, and patriarchy, in the banlieues exist in Damascus and Rammalah as well. Are they really primarily the result of poverty, discrimination and France not excepting responsibility for its colonial crimes ? The poverty he identifies as driving radicalisation is *not* (in general) a good predictor of radicalisation – terrorists generally skew wealthier and more educated than the general population.
That doesnt mean the questions he raises aren't legit, but it's too strong a case and he too readily dismisses the position of ideology(or more specifically ideas) and the broader political context. (I do agree that Packer's article, which he's riffing from, is mostly banalities though)

Abbe Faria 01.10.15 at 1:28 am

The 284 agency link's really good. It's worth also reading Al Qaida's 2000-2020 strategy. You can go back to 2005 and read things that panned out more or less according to a plan.

http://m.spiegel.de/international/a-369448.html

As for Mumbai style attacks – I may be wrong, and we only see so many attacks out of many that must be planned. But back in 2010 when that was busted France, Germany and the UK were still all in Afghanistan. Recently, we've had targetted attacks on soldiers in Canada and the UK and the 2012 shooting in France, and stabbings of police in New York and Australia, and attacks on Jews, and continuing assassination attempts on mohammed cartoonists. Any of these could have been directed at the ordinary populace, but weren't – it's just strikes me that the method's changing slightly.

Ronan(rf) 01.10.15 at 1:34 am

abbe faria – you're probably right. It was more a stray thought on my part .. I think you're probably closer to the truth.

Mitch Guthman 01.10.15 at 2:02 am

Ronan(rf) at 286,

I think that some of this is common with all of the Western European countries who basically saw immigrants as a source of cheap labour and assumed that men would come to make some money in France, Germany or England and then go home to their families or, if they already had families, would return to their country of origin. There really wasn't any planning about how to integrate these people into very closed-knit, homogenous countries because there was any intention they either say or become integrated. Providing expensive social services such as education and housing for people who were seen as "guest workers" tended to defeat the