RINF, By Eric Zuesse, February 11
Zacarias Moussaoui was the bookkeeper for Al Qaeda, but the U.S. intelligence services have been keeping this fact secret as much as they can, because what he knows about the crucial financial backers of Al Qaeda can be very damaging to the U.S. aristocracy, which is heavily oil-based and closely allied with the Saudi royal family, which created Al Qaeda in order to please the Saudi clerics, who are Wahhabist Muslims who constantly threaten the royals with exposure of their economic and sexual corruption unless the royals finance the spread of the Wahhabist sect (such as by Al Qaeda), and thereby finance the spread of those clerics’ own international influence and power.
Or, so says the former bookkeeper of Al Qaeda, who was selected by Al Qaeda’s military chief, Abu Hafs (also known as “Mohammed Atef”), to serve Osama bin Laden in that capacity: Zacarias Moussaoui. This is his testimony, in brief.
Turkey’s President Gul is making a bold move to calm the political chaos in Turkey. Will he succeed or will the paranoid Prime Minister Recep Erdogan decide that Gul’s efforts are part of the conspiracy to remove Erdogan from power? (Image: Turkish Presidential Seal)
Since December 17, scores of Erdogan cronies have been arrested for graft and corruption. This included his hand picked ministers and key political supporters. The Prime Minister found this intolerable and began firing prosecutors and police. Dismissals are now in the hundreds. The PM maintains that a state within a state is attacking him. Supposedly masterminded by Fethullah Gul (no relation to the president), a Muslim scholar residing in the United States, the plot explains the corruptions charges.
PM Erdogan is assuming dictatorial powers. Turkey’s Constitution has clear rules about the separation of the judiciary and law enforcement from the executive branch. Erdogan doesn’t care about the rule of law. He made sure that prosecutors and police, many from his AK Party, were summarily dismissed after they brought corruption charges against Erdogan appointees and cronies. He said he’d like to prosecute the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors when that group questioned the legality of the mass firings of prosecutors. The council makes “decisions on appointments, promotions and assignments of those working under the judge class,” which includes prosecutors. Read More
Things are getting intense in the Middle East and Levant. The New York Times reports that Sunni militants are on the offensive in Iraqi cities with the headline indicating that the battle was over: Parts of 2 Key Iraqi Cities Fall to Qaeda Group Active in Syria, Jan 2
Isn’t it time to get this question answered: Who is funding Al Qaeda? Wealthy Saudis and other oil oligarchs on their own? Or the same seeming deep pockets acting as proxies? If the lately restive and belligerent Saudis are behind this (and why not suspect them), watch out for the Arab Spring treatment in Ridyah?
BAGHDAD — Radical Sunni militants aligned with Al Qaeda threatened on Thursday to seize control of Falluja and Ramadi, two of the most important cities in Iraq, setting fire to police stations, freeing prisoners from jail and occupying mosques, as the government rushed troop reinforcements to the areas.
Dressed in black and waving the flag of Al Qaeda, the militants put out calls over mosque loudspeakers for men to join their struggle in both cities in western Anbar Province, which were important battlegrounds during the American-led war in Iraq and remain hotbeds of Sunni extremism. … Read More
A horse! A Horse! My kingdom for a horse!
Erdogan campaign banner – will the Sultan abdicate or be forced from his thrown? Image
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has ruled Turkey with a progressively firmer hand since the AKP (Justice and Development Party) took power in 2003. His caustic comments and authoritarian style earned him the nickname of Sultan among his critics. His rule and freedom are threatened by a massive corruption scandal aimed at his cabinet ministers and chief backers. On December 17, police arrested 50 officials and others in the initial phase of arrests. More have followed.
Erdogan made some powerful enemies, including the shady Fethullah Gulen, leader of Hizmet, a supposedly moderate Muslim political and social movement. Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the United States, had been a strong supporter and ally of Erdogan. Over the past few months, a split surfaced when Erdogan shut down a network of private schools/madrassahs run by Gulen.
Erdogan blames opposing politicians and the United States for the corruption charges, which he says are an attack on the Turkish state (presuming Erdogan is the state). His ally now adversary, Gulen, has some curious connections to the U.S. intelligence community. The involvement of the U.S. is at the stage of conjecture, but worth considering given Gulen’s background (more on this later). Read More
Al Qaeda has a chemical weapons program, revealed in a United States Attorney’s case, reported on CBS (see video). This has real implications for the Obama administration’s Syria policy of supporting rebels that include Al Qaeda groups. It also raises questions as to who perpetrated the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on August 21.
In their rush to war, the Obama administration downplayed the importance and the numbers of Al Qaeda fighters involved in the attack on Syria. Kerry told Congress that Al Qaeda constitutes just 15% to 25% of the rebels attacking the Syrian government. That’s at odds with many observers of the war who maintain Al Qaeda is the best performing fighting force among the rebels. The dominance of Al Qaeda was demonstrated this week when the Al Nusra faction in Syria attacked and expelled the “good rebels” in the Turkish border town of Azaz.
The Obama administration just can’t admit that its strategy in Syria is a complete disaster. As a result, facts like these go largely unmentioned: Read More
When the attacks on Christians by Al Qaeda and other jihadist fighters in Syria come to the forefront, it will be nearly impossible to vote for the president’s authorization.
Business Insider just published this image along with two others that alledgly show military personnel protesting the proposed Syrian attack. The provenance of these images is important. However, the larger point is clear.
The Achilles heel of the administrations authorization request is the alignment of Al Qaeda fighters with the Syrian rebels, the Free Syrian Army (FSA). It makes no sense to just about anyone. Why would we support any rebel group that was aligned with Al Qaeda? Republicans in the House will divide over this issue and Democrats will join Republicans on this point and the larger issue of military aggression as a tool of perpetual imperialism.
The Al Qaeda issue should have surfaced in the NATO attack on Libya. Prior to the insurrection in that country, the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point (2007) identified Al Qaeda’s affiliation of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LGIF). The LGIF was the dominant force in the Libyan insurrection. That’s why Gadaffi said Al Qaeda was leading the attack on his regime: “Muammar Gaddafi, Libya’s leader, has said that al-Qaeda is responsible for the uprising against him, amid attacks by pro-Gaddafi forces against anti-government protesters in several cities.” Guess what, he was largely correct. Read More
Drop dead date pushed up – Man made pollution, mostly CO2, is accelerating at a rate that has a definite endpoint for world civilization as we know it. Since accumulated CO2 in the atmosphere sticks around for hundreds of years, we won’t be able to change the cycle of oblivion once it gets rolling. (Image: Takver)
In 2004, Lawrence Smith of UCLA pointed out that vast reservoirs of methane gas stored under Siberian permafrost could enter the atmosphere as global warming accelerated ice melts holding the tundra together. By 2008, the beginning of the permafrost melt was imminent and warnings were sounded. Now, we hear that the methane release, 20 times the pollution effect of CO2, will cost $60 trillion in adaptions to the damage to the environment (yes, $60 trillion).
What profound denial. Why characterize catastrophic global climate change in terms of dollars? Why not just say: there is no chance to mitigate this emerging cycle of oblivion because world leaders won’t even mention the topic and by the time they do, it will be too late. We’re done. Stick a fork in us.
We’re shocked, shocked to find that the Americans are spying on us! the European allies say.
Fetch Snowden!!! Euro-Poodles France (left) and Spain were “Best in Show” with President Obama barking orders. (Italy and Portugal were good poodles too.)
Two weeks ago, whistle blower Edward Snowden revealed that the United States National Security Agency (NSA) spied on European allies as part of the worldwide program that listens in to every possible form of electronic communication.
SpiegelOnline broke the story. The reaction was shock and dismay. The Guardian reported that a key trade pact was in danger due to this affront to the presumed allies. Germany was a special target. From the article:
“Germany’s justice minister, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, called for an explanation from the US authorities: ‘If the media reports are true, it is reminiscent of the actions of enemies during the cold war. It is beyond imagination that our friends in the US view Europeans as the enemy.'” Guardian, June 30
I hate to break it to you, Madame Justice Minister, but it’s worse than the U.S. viewing its allies as enemies. Rather, the U.S. views the nations of Europe as vassal states. When it appeared that Snowden might be on President Evo Morales’ jet going from Moscow to Bolivia, someone in Washington just picked up a phone and dialed in a restricted airspace command to Portugal, Spain, Italy, and France.
If there was ever a time to intervene in Syria, it has passed
A western intervention might never have worked. But it certainly won’t now
Douglas Murray 4 May 2013
Murray’s thesis rests on two points. First, he believes that intervention is allowed in foreign conflict if it meets two criteria: ” There are only ever two reasons for military intervention: strategic gain or moral necessity.” That ignores the only legally acceptable rationale for intervening in a military conflict – the foreign nation poses a imminent danger to the nation intervening. The factial deficiency in Murray’s argument is also clear. Through lots of money and technical assistance, the West has intervened.
Murray states the essential facts on the ground:
“So what to do? Of course the Assad regime is vile. But the opposition is, if anything, now worse. Even the most cursory analysis today confirms that arming the rebels means arming Islamists, including al-Qa’eda and related groups. The only reason for arming them would be to create a more level killing field.”
That’s the essence of the problem in Western capitals. The real world outcome of arming the rebels (even more) and dragging them across the finish line (as we did in Libya) is an intense focus on what happens to the great shame of the powers, the United States and Great Britain that fostered the viability of the rebel forces and those added (al Qaeda adherents) by the Gulf oil sheikdoms. The full article is instructive and a good read to get an insight into a failed policy and the assumptions leading to failure.