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Signs of the Times for Tue, 04 Jul 2006

Signs Editorial:

Joe Quinn
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You may have missed it, and I wouldn't blame you if you deliberately ignored it, but 'Osama' released a new audio message two days ago.

In his latest sermon, Osama warns Iraq's Shia population to stop attacking Iraq's Sunni population or they would suffer retribution. Osama message seems to be summed up thusly: "Our brothers, the mujahedeen in the al Qaeda organization, have chosen the dear brother Abu Hamza al-Muhajer as their leader to succeed the Amir Abu Musab al-Zarqawi," bin Laden says. "I advise him to focus his fighting on the Americans and everyone who supports them and allies himself with them in their war on the people of Islam and Iraq." So essentially, Osama's is a rallying call for ALL Iraqis to fight the Americans. However, the Bush government and its propaganda arm - the mainstream media - have gone to great lenghts to try and assign responsiblity for the apparent infighting among Iraq's Sunni and Shia groups to "al-Qaeda in Iraq". Evidence of this can be seen in CNN's coverage of the Osama tape which was headlined:

Tape: Bin Laden tells Sunnis to fight Shiites in Iraq
and where it is stated:
Osama bin Laden in a tape posted on the Web encourages Sunnis in Iraq to retaliate against Shiites, deviating from al Qaeda's stand of not promoting sectarian violence. Al-Zarqawi had been criticized for inciting sectarian violence by targeting Iraq's Shiites. Last year bin Laden's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, wrote a letter to the al Qaeda in Iraq leader telling him to stop, according to the U.S. military, which said it intercepted the letter.
Patsy Extraordinaire - Osama Bin Lying
Notice the comment above that: "Al-Zarqawi had been criticized for inciting sectarian violence by targeting Iraq's Shiites." What is not said is that it is the US government that has been claiming that "al-Zarqawi" and "al-Qaeda in Iraq" are responsible for sectarian violence in Iraq. Getting back to basics: "Osama", "al-Qaeda", "al-Qaeda in Iraq", "al-Zarqawi" "al-Zawahiri" are, or were, all part of a US government psychological operation that pitched them as the likely suspects to take the blame for the US and Israeli government Middle Eastern predations, not to mention the imposition of a police state in the US and Britian, for starters. Oh yes! Surely you know that the reason for the burgeoning police states in the US and UK is the imminent threat from "al-Qaeda"!?

Al-Qaeda 'increased threat to UK'

The threat to the UK from al-Qaeda is likely to have increased and the Iraq war has provided a boost to extremist groups, a committee of MPs has found. The terror network posed "an extremely serious and brutal threat" to the UK, the latest Foreign Affairs Committee report into the "war on terror" found.

Tackling this threat would become more difficult in the future, it concluded. One reason was propaganda coming from Iraq which is a crucial training ground for international terrorists, it said. Committee chairman Mike Gapes said al-Qaeda had now broken up into smaller groups which were harder to trace. "We feel that there is a problem that, although there's been some successes, al-Qaeda as a concept is actually more of a threat now than it was before."

So, the evidence for the clear and present danger from 'al-Qaeda', which leads directly to a clampdown on civil freedoms in the US and UK, would seem to be the existence of ongoing transmissions from 'Osama' and the claim by the US government that al-Qaeda is responsible for the killings in Iraq. So basically, if you are willing to believe the claims of the US government that the Osama tapes are authentic and that his claims to be in a position to wage global 'Jihad' are realistic, then you can feel secure that your civil liberties are being eroded for not other reason than to allow the US and UK governments complete control over your lives, and you need read no further. If, however, you suspect something is amiss with this scenario and you are interested in data that can actually be corroborated, then read on.

In his latest audio, 'Osama' appeared to assert his authority over the situation in Somalia and warned Western governments not to send their troops there, or else. In response to Osama's warning to Western governments, the powerful Islamist movement that currently controls Somalia more or less ridiculed the statement and said that 'al-Qaeda' had nothing to do with events in Somalia, and in fact called for international peacekeepers to be sent to the Somalia. Which leads us to believe that either Osama hasn't been keeping up with current affairs, or someone wants us to believe that 'al-Qaeda' controls Somalia, which, of course, would require the US military to get involved. How convenient.

Concerning the sectarian killings in Iraq that the US government and media try hard to attribute to "al-Qaeda":

It has already been exposed that the killings and bombings are the work of "death squads" working out of the Iraqi interior ministry, which itself is entirely controlled by the CIA. Let me reiterate that in every war waged by the US government against a foreign nation, a counter-insurgency operation has immediately been implemented. Counter-insurgency operations are required in such circumstances because when a country is invaded, an insurgency of some form invariably arises to defend the country. Such insurgents are very difficult for an invading army to defeat given the extensive support and collaboration they enjoy from the general population.

Essentially, an invading army finds itself at war with the population of the country they are invading rather than a separate and independent insurgency. Strategies developed over the years to deal with such situations has come to be known as "counter-insurgency", and include attempts to identify divisions within the society, usually religious, political or ethnic, however insignificant, and to then attempt to provoke these divisions. Of course, in the scenario where a country has been invaded by a foreign military force, such internal divisions become almost nonexistent as the population unites to oppose the invaders, as is the case in Iraq. For this reason, counter-insurgency tactics designed to sow discord must be fabricated and generally involve the creation of a fake insurgency by the military intelligence apparatus of the invading force.

This fake insurgency is made up of groups of armed militia who are paid by the invading force to target and murder distinct groups among the population, again, along religious, ethnic or political lines. In the case of Iraq, we see militia 'death squad' attacks on both Sunni and Shia members of the Iraq population which are blamed on the real insurgency or al-qaeda in Iraq. The hoped-for benefits of such brutal tactics are to demoralise and confuse the real insurgency and the population that supports them, to embroil the real insurgency in an internecine conflict, and, in the specific case of Iraq, to promote the US government's claim that al-Qaeda is still active and poses a deadly threat to civlised societies everywhere. The above scenario is EXACTLY what we are seeing in Iraq with the fake counter-insurgency death squads being controlled, financed and run by the CIA out of the Iraqi interior ministry, or rather, the US government's interior ministry in Iraq. A recent article serves well to prove the assertion that "al-Qaeda" in Iraq is indeed a creation of the US forces that are currently controlling the Iraqi conflict:

Al-Zarqawi's cell phone reportedly yields surprises

Monday, July 3, 2006

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had the phone numbers of senior Iraqi officials stored in his cell phone, according to an Iraqi legislator. Waiel Abdul-Latif, a member of former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's party, said Monday that authorities found the numbers after al-Zarqawi, leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, was killed in a U.S. air strike on June 7.

Abdul-Latif did not give names of the officials. But he said they included ministry employees and members of parliament. He called for an investigation, saying Iraqis "cannot have one hand with the government and another with the terrorists."

Of course, it is not "Iraqis" that have "one hand with the government and another with the terrorists", but rather the US government that has both hands controlling the Iraqi government and the terrorists.

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