Sunday, April 09, 2006

Debunking the al-Qaeda Myth.

As you can read in today's The Observer (i.e. The Guardian), the 7/7 London attack was much more home-made than previously thought.
A Whitehall source said: 'The London attacks were a modest, simple affair by four seemingly normal men using the internet.'
Far from being the work of an international terror network, as originally suspected, the attack was carried out by four men who had scoured terror sites on the internet. Their knapsack bombs cost only a few hundred pounds, according to the first completed draft of the government's definitive report into the blasts.
Clearly, this is big news with major consequences. After all we were all told that the London bombing bears "all the hallmarks of al-Qaeda attacks". While al-Qaeda has become an easy pretext for the implementation of neo-con political agendas, it is the laziness of the media which bears the responsibility of jumping to conclusions. Al-Qaeda is the easy bogeyman in our day and age and it sells.
Evidently, one cannot trust al-Qaeda's statements either (Duh!). They will take any opportunity to instill fear. By blaming Bush and Blair's foreign policy decisions, they give them credibility in the public opinion, and those political decisions will probably make it easier in return to recruit more people to blow themselves up.


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