Message From al-Qaeda

Message From al-Qaeda
Vol: 9 Issue: 23 Sunday, June 23, 2002

In a tape aired on Qatari-based al Jezeera, an al-Qaeda spokesman took responsibility on behalf of al-Qaeda for the suicide attack at a Tunisian synagogue in April. The spokesman also said al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was “alive and “in good health.”

It was the first direct claim of al Qaeda involvement in the blast near El Ghriba synagogue on the resort island of Djerba in April which killed 21 people, including 14 Germans.

“This operation was carried out by al Qaeda network. A youth could not see his brothers in Palestine butchered and murdered…(while) he saw Jews cavorting in Djerba,” Sulaiman bu Ghaith said in the undated recording broadcast by al-Jazeera.

“So this spirit of jihad surged and he (the al Qaeda member) carried out this successful operation, may God accept it,” said bu Ghaith, who emerged as an al Qaeda spokesman after the September 11 attacks, which Washington blames on al Qaeda.

Bu Ghaith said the United States had not defeated al Qaeda during its military campaign on Afghanistan and warned the United States to get ready for another attack.

“As long as America insists on its unjust and biased policy toward Muslims in favor of Jews and Christians around the world, then God willing we will continue to hit it anywhere in the world,” said bu Ghaith, a Kuwaiti-born cleric.

“America knows the truth of what we say. We have the ability to carry out our threats and in the coming days and months we will prove to world the truth of what we say,” he said.

“I want to reassure Muslims that Sheikh Osama bin Laden is in good health, thank God, and that all that is rumored about Sheikh Osama bin Laden being injured or sick in Tora Bora is not true,” he said. “The whole world…will discover that in an interview with Osama bin Laden soon, God willing, which will appear on television screens.”

According to Abu Bu Ghaith “98 percent” of al Qaeda leaders, including Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman Zawahri, had survived the Afghanistan campaign and were “going about their work.”

Assessment:

Is this more propaganda? Probably, but for propaganda to be successful, it must contain a kernel of truth at its core to give in authenticity. For example, if bin-Laden is alive, and presents himself holding a dated newspaper, then the part about ‘98% of al-Qaeda’s leadership surviving’ will likely be accepted by the Western press as fact, whether true or not.

bu Ghaith told al Jezeera — and the Arab world — “God gave us a historic and great victory that broke the backs of Americans and broke the back of the greatest power in the world.”

And having it reported in the Western press that al-Qaeda remains intact as fact is all the bona fides al-Qaeda needs to convince the disaffected Muslim peasant that maybe America’s back can be broken, after all.

The tape also contained an element of truth one can only hope the Western world can grasp before it is too late. America is a target because of its ‘biased policy that favors Jews and Christians’.

In this statement is a logical syllogism. Since America is the enemy because it ‘favors Jews and Christians’ — then it follows that Jews and Christians are the real enemy.

America is merely a place where they are conveniently concentrated.

This is a religious war. A war against Christians and Jews, according to someone who ought to know, considering he is the one making that declaration. This isn’t a political war, it is a war of ideologies.

A Spiritual War

America is hardly a Christian nation in practice, but, despite what the ACLU would have us believe, it is a Christian nation in principle and was so intended by its Founders. Our founding documents acknowledge America as a republic and asked for [and was granted] the blessing of God. The God of the Bible. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Joseph. The God of both Christian and Jew. America remains governed by those same principles, as much as our courts attempt to deny it.

Thus, ‘American’ is the semantic equivalent to ‘Christian or Jew’ to our enemy. It is as much a war against God as it is against America and Israel. Those nations are merely visible symbols of Islam’s real, traditional enemy.

The god of Islam is Allah. Allah is not the God of the Christians and Jews. God says of Himself “I change not”.

For Allah and God to be the same Deity would require God to reinvent Himself more times than Yasser Arafat.

Our enemy is more than just al-Qaeda, it is the spiritual philosophy behind it. To deny that is to deny reality.

America s Trojan Horse

al Jezeera aired the statements from al-Qaeda in short segments for maximum effect. The Arab network says the recorded statements were taped recently because he referred to the controversy in the United States about whether U.S. authorities might have had information to prevent the devastating attacks on U.S. cities.

In al-Qaeda’s view, “We believe we are still at the beginning of the war and it is only a stage and we are still at the beginning of the road.”

Islamic apologists claim that real Islam does not endorse suicide attacks. One can cite chapter and verse justification for killing those who do not convert to Islam directly from the Koran.

Islam is a very demanding religion, requiring great material sacrifice on the part of its adherents.

So demanding that it is hard to imagine someone submitting to its rigid requirements if they didn’t believe it was all true.

Another argument often offered is that the Bible also contains exhortations to war, especially in the Old Testament.

The Bible gives accounts of the wars of the Jews. That is not the same as making war an element of doctrine.

The facts are these. The philosophy [or spirit, if you will] of Islam is at war with the philosophy [or Spirit] of Judeo-Christianity.

Not all Americans are Christians or Jews, but all are enemies of al-Qaeda. But ALL of al-Qaeda is Muslim.

Is this, then, a logical syllogism that proves all Muslims are al-Qaeda? I would argue that it does not.

Instead it establishes a logical truth that is even more dangerous. It proves that all Muslims are potentially al-Qaeda. There’s no way to tell which is which.

Not until after it is too late.

King Abdullah: Arafat Has Lost Control

King Abdullah: Arafat Has Lost Control
Vol: 9 Issue: 22 Saturday, June 22, 2002

Jordan’s King Hussein said out loud what the rest of the world’s leaders have been thinking , telling a Belgian paper that Arafat has lost control of the extremist elements of Palestinian society.

For years, said the king, he had held the view that Arafat was able to contain Palestinian sentiments, including within the extremist groups, but that was not the situation today.

The king also said the US administration was out of its element and doesn’t fully comprehend the seriousness of the situation.

“The American are sure that a visit by (Secretary of State) Collin Powell to the region is enough to clam the situation,” he reportedly said.

The king also said that if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues, the political situation of the entire region will deteriorate. “I have made clear,” he said, “that the worst is not yet behind us.”

Administration Still Sorting Out Political Invention

President Bush put off his anticipated announcement of his interim vision thing, a kind of fuzzy form of temporary statehood for which there is no historical precedent.

The speech explaining the plan was put off, ostensibly because it might not sound right for the president to talk of two states side-by-side, living in peace, while one side continues to attack the other side while they lay asleep in their homes.

Making a speech at such a time might sound insincere . . . better to make the announcement in between atrocities.

As cynical as that makes the administration sound, it is better than revealing that King Hussein is right.

The administration evidently took another look at the plan and decided that, as is, it couldn’t survive the first press conference. Can a temporary state join the United Nations? Can it issue its own currency? What happens if the new Palestinian state doesn’t want peace after they get their temporary state?

What about the million or so Jews now living inside what would be the new state? Would the world insist on forcible mass deportations of Jews — again?

Clearly, King Hussein has a point. There’s an old saying to the effect that when you don’t know what to do, the best course of action is usually to do nothing. While it is obvious that Washington can’t ignore the Middle East, it is equally obvious it doesn’t know what to do.

Inventing a brand new classification of geopolitical reality as a solution is like applying a tourniquet to a head wound. Sometimes, less is more.

EU A Bit Confused As Well

If the US doesn’t have a grasp of the seriousness of the situation in the region, it could be argued the the EU doesn’t have a clue regarding its politics.

The EU has its own plan, one that calls for the establishment of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders.

The EU would also offer economic aid to peace-building, including the reconstruction of the Palestinian economy, and help in monitoring peace. “The message from the Europeans will be that we need a new political push, which might be an international conference or something else,” said Javier Solana, EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy,

“What form this takes is not that important,” he said. “The important thing is that there be a political push, a perspective for getting out of the terrible situation in which we are now.”

What Do You Mean, ‘We?’

Europe has been attempting to insinuate itself into the Middle East peace process since there has been anything going on that could approximately fit the term. But Israel doesn’t trust the Europeans. Sixty years is not a long time, historically speaking.

Contemporaneously, Europe has done little to give Israel any reason to believe it is a neutral observer. European anti-Semitism isn’t confined to the working classes.

Europe’s leaders have made their bias clear in recent months, from French Ambassador Daniel Bernard’s reference to Israel as “that sh**ty little country” to European eagerness to vindicate its own history by branding Israel ‘war criminals’ following the Battle of Jenin.

Leaders of the 15-nation bloc, meeting for a two-day summit will issue a call for a Palestinian state when they end talks Saturday on the grounds that it would ensure security for both sides within recognized borders.

How the mere declaration of statehood will ensure security for Israel remains somewhat fuzzy in the European plan. Hmmmm.

Assessment:

The Biblical prophecies for the last days indicate ever escalating chaos in the Middle East, particularly over the question of Jerusalem and the continued existence of Israel. Little pieces of the puzzle continue to fall into place.

Tiny details, like a reference in Ezekiel’s account of the mid-Tribulation Gog-Magog war. “And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates” [- Ezekiel 38:11]

In Ezekiel’s day, it was a common practice to build walls around cities as a defense against attack. Jerusalem is a walled city. So is Damascus. The Great Wall of China was built to keep out invaders.

Modern commentators interpret the reference to a land of ‘unwalled villages’ as symbolic of a time of temporary peace.

The interpretation that sees Ezekiel 38:11 as depicting a period of false peace is accurate — it is confirmed by both Daniel and Zechariah, for example.

But Ezekiel’s reference to a land of ‘unwalled villages’ is intriguing. In the 21st century world of smart bombs, stealth aircraft, InterContinental Ballistic Missiles [ICBMs] and cruise missiles, walls are redundant.

Except that Israel has decided to erect an electronic fence the length of the West Bank, hoping to deter suicide bombers.

Daniel 9 says that eventually, Europe does achieve her goal of usurping the peace process. And that its leader is able to hammer out what looks like a genuine peace.

The fence Israel is building today to wall out the suicide bombers will come down with great pomp and circumstance one day with the announcement of peace. Just like the Berlin Wall did.

A ‘land of unwalled villages’ — a minor piece in a larger puzzle. But it provides insight into the incredible accuracy of Bible prophecy for the last days.

Bible prophecy is a bit like a road map. You can tell where you started and where you are going from looking at the map. But to plot where you are, you need specific landmarks or mile-markers.

Specific references, like the ancient practice of walling out an enemy, being revived as a 21st century tactic, by the very nation Ezekiel makes reference to . . .whew!

Added together with other signs like the Revived Roman Empire, global government, global economy, wars, earthquakes, the Islamic global terror alliance. . . the very existence of Israel itself — it all fits together in a tightly wrapped package.

A package that says ‘do not open until just before Jesus returns’.

We are seeing what we are seeing. And the Bible said what it said centuries before the events we are eye witnessing were even possible. You aren’t confused. You haven’t been brainwashed — unless you can look around you and still buy the argument that it is all a big coincidence.

Believing the Bible doesn’t mean you check your brain at the door — it means to begin to use it.

The Bible has met every test, withstood every attack made on it, historically, scientifically, archeologically — for two thousand years.

It is the only Book among the sacred writings of the human race to claim 100% accuracy in things past, present and to come.

In all the generations past, among all the philosophers and thinkers who dedicated their lives to disproving Scripture, if one had managed to conclusively disprove a single word of Scripture, God would be proved a liar, and the Judeo-Christian ethic would evaporate, together with most of its adherents.

That has not happened. Scripture remains unbroken. Since it has withstood all tests so far, there is no reason to doubt that it will fail on the things yet to come.

The mile markers on the Biblical roadmap say the human race is approaching its destination. These are the last days spoken of by Jesus when He said, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. ” Luke 21:28

If you are a Christian, it s time to get excited! If not, it is time to get your business straight with the Redeemer. He purchased a Pardon for you at the Cross.

You need only claim it and you too can look up and lift up your head in eager anticipation of the coming King.

We live in perilous times; to the world in general, things appear to be chaotic and out of control. But what scares the world encourages the Christian.

If you don t know Christ, but want to know how you can, click here.

Arafat Accepts 2000 Peace Proposal But This is 2002

Arafat Accepts 2000 Peace Proposal But This is 2002
Vol: 9 Issue: 21 Friday, June 21, 2002

Now that Yasser Arafat has been informed of Israel s redesigned land for peace deal, he s changed his mind about the deal offered him by Ehud Barak at Camp David in 2000.

Arafat said today that he d like to take that deal after all. Asked if he accepted the plan Clinton charted in December 2000 after peace talks between Arafat and then-Israeli leader Ehud Barak at Camp David, Maryland, collapsed in July, Arafat told Akiva Eldar of the Ha’aretz newspaper: “Yes, I do.”

But Clinton left office in January 2001. Barak was kicked out by the voters shortly thereafter. The US and Israel both regard the 2000 offer as having expired.

As Arafat was telling Ha aretz that he was willing to accept the 2000 peace offer, Israel buried 39 victims of three back to back terror attacks against civilian women and children.

Funerals like those of Rachel Shabo, 40, and her three children, Neria, 16, Zvi, 12 and Avishai, 5, are becoming daily occurrences. So are the claims of responsibility being issued by members of Arafat’s own forces.

More Than Statistics

Distance and culture tend to blunt the impact, to a degree, of the destruction of the Shabo family. We don t know them, or anything about them. They become statistics. But they are not.

Allow me a personal illustration.

My father settled in our area when he returned from combat after World War II. When we gather next month for our family reunion, the family he founded fifty years ago some 74 of us will come together for a picnic in a public park.

There are too many of us to fit in anybody s back yard. It takes a public park to hold the offspring of a single human being after only two generations.

In Israel, too many families have been cut off. Too many family reunions are taking place in graveyards. As one Israeli headline lamented, The House of Israel is Crying.

Operation Determined Path

Fed up with constant attacks coming from territory Israel turned over to the Palestinians as part of the Oslo land-for-peace process, Ariel Sharon turned the concept on his head.

To this point, the process has worked like this. In exchange for peace, Yasser Arafat demanded more land. Once Israel gave him the land, he used that land to stage attacks against what remained of Israel.

Then he d demand more land in exchange for halting the attacks, get the land, launch more attacks, and so on.

That is what the Arabs call land for peace . The mainstream press calls it a cycle of violence that the press says is partly Israel s fault. The mafia calls it a protection racket. To paraphrase the Bard, a rose by any other name still smells.

The Repo Man

The Oslo process has been spun like a top. Over the last decade, each parcel of land surrendered for peace has been used to widen Arafat s war.

The only role Israel could play in stopping the cycle of violence would be to surrender what land remains.

That fact is so painfully obvious that having to point it out is mute testimony to the power of the propaganda machine.

After meeting with his cabinet, Ariel Sharon outlined the new land for peace equation. Every time the Palestinians commit an act of war against Israel, Israel will take back some of the land it had previously exchanged for a peace that never materialized.

Assessment:

It is a simple act of sequestration. Israel paid for something it never received. It wants the purchase price refunded.

The Bush administration is about to outline its vision for peace in the Middle East.

But it is based on the old land-for-peace formula, including an eventual return to pre-1967 borders, a loss of sovereignty over parts of Jerusalem and Jewish holy places.

In order to work, Israel will have to trust its security to the very people sworn to its destruction. That is unlikely to happen. Especially now.

An Israeli website, Gamla, has a banner it offers free to webmasters.

The banner proclaims, When somebody says he is going to kill you . . . Believe Him.

Global Enemy #1

Global Enemy #1
Vol: 9 Issue: 20 Thursday, June 20, 2002

Global Enemy #1

In an open letter to the leaders of the eight richest and most powerful nations, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan wrote that people in the developing world “have suffered disproportionately from the slowdown in the world economy, and they are also the primary victims of terror and violence.”

Then he reissued the same warning we’ve already heard from every Islamic terror apologist ever to get a public forum. “Even the richest and most powerful countries … are unlikely to achieve lasting security, either in the economic or the physical sense,” as long as billions remain poverty-stricken, Annan warned.

Summary:

Is it only me? Or does anybody else hear “your money or your life” echoing not- so-subtlely from between the lines? It is a variation on the same theme issued by terrorists and their sympathizers the world over.

The theme, including Annan s variation, has been repeated so many times it isn t shocking. That fact alone is significant. Hitler s Big Lie Principle is validated here. Nobody actually hears what is being said. It gets absorbed as a warning and that somehow, it s our fault terrorists want to kill us. We re getting so used to that lie we don t even hear it anymore. Just the warning.

Reduced from an United Nations warning to a less grandiose stage, it sounds more like this.

Citizens of Muddville! As long as you work hard and prosper, you will have crime. There s nothing we can do about crime, we just have to live with it. Unless you pay off the criminals, are unlikely to achieve lasting security, either in the economic or the physical sense. Thank you. This has been your mayor speaking.

I don t know about you, but if I heard my mayor issue that statement, my immediate thoughts would be;

1) kinda sounds like the mayor is getting a piece of the action

2) I think the guy is nuts

3) now might be a good time to think about relocating outside his jurisdiction.

Similar thoughts crossed my mind as I read Annan s open letter to the G-8.

1) The UN is fronting for the Islamic extremist constituency that forms the largest voting bloc in the UN

2) his warning is accompanied by a bodyguard of lies; the Big Lie being that appeasing international terrorists is different than paying off a local mob syndicate.

3) now would be a good time for Washington to consider relocating outside his jurisdiction.

The United Nations has always been Islam s champion in the global arena. The Islamic dictatorships form the largest single voting bloc in the UN (given there are no genuine Islamic democracies) so it comes as no surprise that the UN itself has global dictatorial designs. The UN voting record makes clear what kind of world such a global dictatorship would impose on its subjects.

The Bible does predict a coming global dictatorship. Daniel says that its leader will be a prince of the revived Roman Empire. But before the antichrist can seize the reins of global power, someone must first hitch up the team.

We continue to observe that operation in progress on many levels. While the UN isn t Europe, it grows increasingly difficult to tell them apart. Europe believes itself more than qualified to rule the world. During the Colonial era, it had lots of practice.

The UN has the means, but not the leadership. Europe believes it has the leadership, but not the means. The US, which has both, is preoccupied fighting a war with shadows. Consequently, such calls for appeasement have a seductive appeal.

Especially when some of those shadows fall across the halls of power in both Brussels and UN headquarters.

When asked what would be the sign of His coming, and of the end of the age , Jesus spoke of wars and rumors of wars, ethnic unrest and international conflict.

Jesus applied a universal measure He likened them to birth pangs. Those signs were the same in Jesus’ day as now as labor pains grow closer together and increase in intensity, it is a certain sign of impending delivery.

An escalating series of wars, rumors of wars, ethnic unrest, international conflict sounds like today s newspaper.

Taken together with the climactic changes wreaking havoc with the global harvest, the potential risk of biological warfare and the undeniable and steady increase in global seismic activity in each of the past five decades, and you have a complete picture.

The same picture painted by Jesus in his reply to the following question:

And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? Matthew 24:3

MSNBC Doesn’t Want To Be Seen “Making Sense”

MSNBC Doesn’t Want To Be Seen “Making Sense”
Vol: 9 Issue: 19 Wednesday, June 19, 2002

MSNBC is pulling the plug on Alan Keyes’ program ‘Alan Keyes is Making Sense’ after five months on the air. It seems that Keyes’ position on things like abortion, media bias, personal morality, support for Israel, school prayer and other difficult issues doesn’t make sense to MSNBC executives.

Who ever heard of an unbiased network taking on such a conservatively biased program? At least, that’s MSNBC’s argument.

They prefer the ‘unbiased’ but enlightened perspectives of Ashleigh Banfield, Chris Matthews or Don Imus.

Keyes is not going gently into that good night, however. MSNBC gave him a contract guaranteeing him a prime time slot. And he is holding them to it.

An email campaign is underway in an effort to keep former US Ambassador and Republican presidential candidate Keyes on the air.

Bias No Problem At ABC

While the MSNBC executives are trying to make their case that the problem with Keyes isn’t that he’s too conservative, just too dull, ABC is making the case that they didn’t hire George Stephanopolis because he’s a liberal, but because he is a ‘serious journalist’ who can rise above his liberal leanings.

Here’s how ABC’s Peter Jennings explained George Stephanopolis to Bill O’Reilly on O’Reilly’s radio program: “I am not much of a fan of people leaving government to come into journalism. And I do not like the revolving door between journalism and government anymore than you do. But if there’s ever been a guy who’s come out of an administration, who has made a cleaner break, and proved himself as a journalist than George Stephanopoulos, I don’t know who it is.”

Stephanopolis became a serious, unbiased journalist during his stint as White House Press Secretary during Bill Clinton’s first term. When he left the White House, ABC snapped him up as a political commentator.

After proving he was able to rise about his political bias covering Campaign 2000, ABC decided he was ready for to Washington beat and booted veteran newsman Sam Donaldson from ABC’s venerable Sunday morning’s “This Week.

Here are a few examples of how Stephanopolis convinced the ABC brass that he was able to put his personal political agenda behind him.

Just the facts from Campaign 2000’s Bush vs. Gore matchup. It is impossible to determine which candidate Stephanopolis favors, as I am sure you will agree:

“The U.S. Supreme Court jumped right into the middle of a political dispute in a way that will hand the election to the party of the person that appointed them, Stephanopoulos complained of the court decision that upheld Bush s victory in Florida.

If this race is counted fairly, Al Gore won Stephanopoulos insisted days before the Bush inauguration.

Regarding the 3rd presidential debate, Gore seemed to know some of Bush s proposals and facts about his record better than Bush did himself

After Gore had falsely claimed to have traveled to Texas with the FEMA director to visit a disaster area, Stephanopoulos explained it away. Gore exaggerated a little bit, the former Clinton aide said.

A Media Reality Check examined Stephanopoulos s seeming role as an unpaid Gore campaign worker in assessing the Vice President s debate performances.

Four years ago, George Stephanopoulos was a paid staffer for Al Gore’s election. The only difference last night was that he’s now paid by ABC News.

From the Democratic National Convention, Stephanopoulos told viewers not to worry about Connecticut Democrat Joe Lieberman, the vice presidential-nominee. He’s been down the line with liberals on a woman’s right to choose, consumer issues, environmental issues.

Stephanopoulos read a list of the bills that hard line conservative Republican vice presidential-nominee Dick Cheney opposed while in Congress. His last line: So I think for Democrats, this is real red meat for liberals and kind of something for everyone.

Stephanopoulos argued that Bush had moved so far to the right in the South Carolina primary that he had become a kamikaze conservative.

Assessment:

The disparity here is political, but that isn’t what makes it significant. What makes it significant is the fact it is network executives who decide what political view is correct.

Having made that determination on your behalf, it then sets out to convince you of the rightness of their position, by selectively reporting information to support their preconceptions.

No matter how you slice it, that is called propaganda, no matter how often it is called ‘news’.

Alan Keyes was canceled because he was dull. His program was clearly billed as a program dedicated to commentary and opinion and not hard news. MSNBC swears it is not because of his conservative views.

Allow me to express an opinion of my own. Ashleigh Banfield is dull. Like watching paint dry. I had a math teacher who could evoke more excitement about compound interest than she can generate reporting from a war zone.

But she isn’t conservative, so that makes her more interesting, evidently.

ABC’s George Stephanopolis isn’t dull. In fact, he’s charming, urbane and erudite. But he is a professional propagandist whose liberal worldview was what made him a celebrity in the first place.

But ABC continues to claim that it offers fair and unbiased journalism, which is why they take such pride in reminding us that, “More Americans get their news from ABCNews than from any other source.”

For more on media bias, much of the background for today’s Omega Letter was obtained from the archives at the <a href="http://www.mrc.org/welcome.asp

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No Talk, No Action, al Qaeda Still on Front Page

No Talk, No Action, al Qaeda Still on Front Page
Vol: 9 Issue: 18 Tuesday, June 18, 2002

Pulling together scattered news reports over the weekend, one can see a pattern emerging that suggests al Qaeda may be stepping up its global activities in advance of a possible new offensive.

The Washington Post reported that — according to U.S. intelligence — Osama bin Laden had ordered al Qaeda operatives to disperse around the world and to prepare to carry out actions against American and Jewish interests.

The New York Times says mid-level operatives have assumed command of the network, replacing senior leaders who have been killed, captured or isolated. The Times cites sources within the FBI and CIA who obviously leaked the information for a reason.

What emerges is a deliberate effort on behalf of US intelligence to create the appearance that al-Qaeda is preparing to strike.

What is al Qaeda thinking?

More the point, what are they planning? The September 11 attacks were not intended to inflict military damage. Indeed, even the terror and suffering they inflicted was a secondary objective. The primary objective was to demonstrate that it could be done.

The al-Qaeda main objective was to goad the United States into attacking Afghanistan, hoping that the attack would spark a grass-roots rebellion among Islamic countries it feels are too close to the United States, like Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

While there were mass demonstrations throughout the Arab world, the hoped-for popular uprising failed to materialize. The terrorists underestimated the fury of the US response, although they did accurately gauge the Europeans.

The US assault killed more of the top leadership than anticipated and dispersed the Base to a greater degree than they had planned.

To appear defeated would have been the equivalent to having been defeated, since the mission objective was to demonstrate to the Islamic street that the US is really a vulnerable paper tiger.

Despite the fact they have been unable to launch a successful second strike, even considering the high-profile given by the DoJ to thwarted efforts like that of shoe bomber Richard Reid, there is no perception on the Arab street — or the American street that al Qaeda has been defeated, or even seriously damaged.

Assessment:

The demands of democracy force the administration into the bizarre situation of helping al Qaeda maintain its credibility, with Washington serving as al Qaeda s most effective public relations firm.

America is a free and open society, and from the perspective of al Qaeda, that is America s Achilles Heel.

While America s counter-terrorist efforts have prevented al-Qaeda from conducting a major strike against the US since September 11, it doesn t really have to.

America has been on a more or less constant state of heightened terror alert since 9/11. Daily news alerts inform us of some prevented strike, or sharing the latest bit of intelligence squeezed from captured al-Qaeda operatives.

While it keeps al-Qaeda off-balance, since they don t know to what degree they have actually been compromised, it has also forced them to reorganize and regroup.

And while they are doing so, our own system maintains the perception of US vulnerability as effectively as additional successful al-Qaeda attacks would have.

The al-Qaeda network remains frighteningly large, but its membership is still numbered in thousands, not millions. And of those thousands, perhaps only hundreds are effective field operatives.

So they only risk those assets when they have to in order to accomplish their objective which is to convince the Arab street that the US isn t untouchable, and that if they were all to rise up at once, America would be unable to defeat them.

The US has had no choice except to publicize every credible terror threat.

As a consequence, the constant state of alert is keeping al-Qaeda alive and giving it an appearance of viability in the Islamic world as effectively as a successful attack would.

Therefore, al-Qaeda s thinking is that as long as the United States is prepared to underwrite its credibility publicly, it can preserve resources and protect against security failures simply by biding its time.

Since September 11, al-Qaeda has regrouped and reorganized, but it has not struck. It will strike when it feels the need for tactical reasons.

Vengeance is for amateurs — like the kids blowing themselves up to get even in Israel. Not for the al-Qaeda professionals.

al-Qaeda will strike again when it is tactically advantageous for them — over the long haul. In a guerilla war, patience is a virtue. And Osama taught his organization patience during the Soviet-Afghan war.

Patience that resulted in the defeat of the Soviet Union in 1989.

The purpose is to demonstrate that a few thousand dedicated fighters can fight America to a standstill, so the rest of the Islamic world will believe a few million dedicated fighters could bring America to her knees or possibly even defeat her.

If Washington can t destroy a few thousand men, how could it defeat a united, billion-strong hostile Islamic world?

Europe Adds Two Names To Terror List

Europe Adds Two Names To Terror List
Vol: 9 Issue: 17 Monday, June 17, 2002

Europe Adds Two Names To Terror List

The Europeans decided [at long last] that the al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and the PFLP, responsible for most the suicide bombings in Israel, should be included on its list of terror groups.

That list included Islamic Jihad and Izzadin Kassam, the military wing of Hamas, as well as the Basque separatist organization ETA, Irish Republican Army dissidents, and anti-Catholic groups from Northern Ireland.

Israel began lobbying the EU to have the al Aqsa Martyrs, PLFP and Hezbollah included on the list since the EU published it last year. It took dozens of claims of responsibility for the suicide bombings and the deaths of scores of women and children, plus the Israeli incursions into Jenin, Ramallah, Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity standoff before the EU would consider al Aqsa and the PFLP for inclusion. But that is as far as the EU was willing to go. And way further than France was comfortable with.

Beyond the practical financial impact for these groups, there is also considerable symbolic significance attached to being placed on the list.

For instance, it is more difficult for these organizations to characterize themselves as freedom fighters or national liberation organizations when they are included on various terror lists.

This Just In Hezbollah is a Political Party

According to the European Union, the Iranian and Syrian-backed Hezbollah, [Party of God] aren t really terrorists. The European Union says that Hezbollah is really a political party. The French argue that declaring it a terrorist organization might destabilize Lebanon.

[Sort of like the captain of the Titanic declaring the crew women and children to avoid destabilizing the steward s union, but the Europeans dance to the beat of a different drummer].

Politics of Terror

Calling Hezbollah a ‘political party’ is like referring to the Mafia as an ‘Italian benevolent society’.

Hezbollah s career as a terrorist organization includes kidnappings of Westerners, (including Americans and Europeans), the Beirut truck bombing of the US Marine barracks that killed more than 200 Americans.

Hezbollah hijacked TWA Flight 847 in 1985. Evidently, the EU has forgotten the pictures of the pilot looking out the cockpit window with a Hezbollah gun pressed to his head.

Hezbollah also claimed responsibility for the bombings of the Israeli embassy in Argentina that killed 29 people in 1992. Two years later, Hezbollah claimed responsibility for an attack against a Buenos Aires Jewish center that killed ninety-five people.

When the US State Department included Hezbollah on its list of terrorist organizations, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said it was only natural they should be included.

He said Hezbollah was proud to be on the terror list, saying, It is our pride that the Great Satan and the head of despotism, corruption and arrogance in modern times considers us as an enemy that should be listed on the terrorism list.

Europe s effort to appease the terrorists among them will last only as long as they are able to maintain their balancing act between their reluctance to openly side against Washington and their unwillingness to risk the wrath of their own huge domestic Islamic populations.

Assessment:

The French think they have stumbled onto a superior method of combating terror. Give them what they want and hope they leave you alone.

It seems to be working, and the Europeans are united behind the illusion that the war on terror is just a Colonial overreaction to a problem Washington created for itself.

More that that, they really believe they are taking the mature and balanced approach to Europe s perennial problem — the Jews.

The Europeans really believe that Americans don t understand the Jews or the Arabs as well as they do.

But Europe s enlightened attitude as reflected by its overall Middle Eastern policy is a repackaged and modernized version of an old policy. History recalls the 1938 Munich meeting when Eduard Deladrier and Neville Chamberlain sold out Czechoslovakia to Hitler in an effort to prevent war with Germany.

Deladrier called it a great diplomatic achievement Chamberlain promised peace in our time .

History called it appeasement .

And it didn t work, doesn t work, and can t work. To borrow an analogy from Donald Rumsfeld, appeasement is akin to ‘feeding an alligator for the sole purpose of distracting him so he won t eat you .

Within two years of the Munich Agreement, France was under the heel of the Nazi jackboots and London was in flames.

Europe is already dancing with the devil by appeasing the Islamic threat in its midst. Common sense dictates that one day somebody is going to have to pay the piper.

The French, together with the rest of Europe, would prefer that somebody else picks up the check.

Israel or America, as long as it isn t them.