A sure fire way of keeping the spotlight off a murderous government that is neither
believed nor trusted by the majority of the population, is to have a diversion
of enormous magnitude caused by an enemy, preferably of an elemental kind (anarchists,
communists, fanatics, fundamentalists, terrorists, take your pick).
Once you have a public fixated on this perceived enemy, it is necessary to
maintain a constant level of fear and when necessary ramp it up, either though
potential events (”not if but when”) or to exploit events that do
occur by connecting the elemental enemy to the events, however tenuous the connection.
If no real connection can be made, invent the connection. If necessary, invent
a multitude of connections that can be announced and discarded at will. Nobody,
least of all a complicit media will question why ‘connections’ come
and go without explanation, everything is in flux in this world of illusions,
where fact and fiction blur one into the other.
Aside from the many still as yet unanswered questions and contradictions surrounding
who, exactly carried out the bombings of July 7, we now have the ‘failed
bombings’ of July 21 to contend with, about which there even more unanswered
questions. Questions that the corporate/state media are not asking.
As with the July 7 attacks, initial police reports on the July 21 attacks were
followed by contradictory police reports as to the exact nature of the ‘bombs’.
Initially we were told the July 7 bombs used “military grade” explosives
detonated with timers and there was no mention of ‘suicide bombers’
but then this changed to homemade explosives and the sudden appearance of “suicide
bombers”. Then it returned to “military grade” explosives
and back to timers. The July 21 attacks have gone through the same metamorphosis.
Now it’s back to “homemade” explosives but the jury’s
still out on the timers (that obviously didn’t work). The point here is
that it’s not important how but that it stays in the headlines at all
times, the objective; keep on ramping.
And we still have all the issues the police/security services have not adequately
explained about July 7 including; why the four alleged suicide bombers bought
return tickets, nor why they left explosives and weapons in their cars parked
at the Luton ‘Park and Ride’ lot, nor why it took over a week to
find the aforementioned weapons, nor why these alleged suicide bombers had ID
with them, nor why they had no history of connection to so-called extremists,
in spite of every effort to connect them to the aforementioned.
Then we had the ‘Egyptian’ connection, a story that vanished literally
overnight. Remember that it was alleged that it was in the Egyptian guy’s
apartment that the police allegedly found a bath tub full of acetone peroxide?
Within hours of his name surfacing, the Egyptian foreign minister no less, was
denying that he had any connection, a denial that was apparently immediately
accepted by the British authorities.
I reported here that the rumour in and around Leeds University was that he
was a spy keeping an eye on Egyptian and Arab students at the uni. Did he work
for the Egyptian government I wonder, and was this why the Egyptian government
was so quick to exonerate him? I note that he hasn’t been interviewed
either by the police or the media, in fact he has effectively disappeared off
the face of the planet, along with his alleged terrorist connection.
Then there was the 900 quid’s-worth of exploding perfume, allegedly purchased
by Lindsay Germaine, one of the alleged suicide bombers, another story that
came and went just as rapidly. Then there was the Pakistani ‘connection’,
another story that came and went equally as rapidly especially after it was
discovered that one of the alleged suicide bombers was misidentified by the
Then it was the ‘madrassas’ connection. This too, came and went
without any connection being established between the relevance of the madrassas
to the July 7 bombing other than the alleged ‘brainwashing’ said
to be conducted at these schools. The point here that needs to be emphasized,
is that every time Muslim, Islam, schools, indoctrination, Quran, or any other
‘alien’ sounding word or connection is made, it reinforces every
stereotype that the government and the media have implanted in the public’s
mind about the nature of this elusive, ‘cunning’ and ‘evil’
Where are all these allegations originating from? Why do the police insist
in putting out one contradictory story after another? Surely, as with any criminal
investigation, the police have clear rules concerning the reportage of investigations
into criminal acts. We were told that the “largest forensic investigation
in history” was being conducted following July 7, yet the rumours, often
reported by the press as having a “police source” continued to emerge,
only to be found wanting only hours or days later. Who is authorizing the release
of this avalanche of disinformation? What kind of forensic investigation is
it that puts out such an endless stream of crap?
And I have mentioned only a few of the plethora of stories that have appeared
concerning who, how and why the July 7 bombings occurred. I’ve not mentioned
the long list of names allegedly associated with the 4 dead men, that later
we find, have no connection whatsoever. But it matters not, the damage has already
been done. There are no retractions, no explanations.
So too with the July 21 attacks that went through same process. At first they
were “nail bombs” where only the detonators went off, then they
were “failed bombs” “similar to” the July 7 bombs, possibly
made from the “same batch” of homemade explosive, allegedly the
highly unstable acetone peroxide (see Wikipedia
entry on this stuff). Then they miraculously metamorphosed back into nail bombs
but still made with homemade (and apparently past its sell-by date) explosive.
Bombs moreover, that are in police possession.
Is it credible that all four bombs failed to detonate? Is it credible that
the alleged bombers followed exactly the same pattern, three on the tube and
one on a bus if they are indeed part of some international conspiracy? The police
then claimed that the (highly unstable, the BBC called it “volatile”
this am) mixture of acetone peroxide (and what, Hugo Boss perfume?) “degraded”.
But at the same time, we have been told that the July 7 bombings were planned
months in advance by highly sophisticated members of ‘al-Qu’eda’
(Jack Straw the foreign minister on the same day, July 7). So are there two
groups of bombers? Apparently not, at least according to the authorities, they
are all part of the ‘international terror network’ run by ‘al-Qu’eda’.
Then we have the four photos released by the police of the alleged July 21
bombers, that so far nobody has come forward and identified. Is it credible
that nobody can identify these four individuals? Do these people actually exist?
Are they the ones responsible for the dud bombs? Will we ever find out? Don’t
hold your breath over this or any of the other, dozens of questions surrounding
Not so breaking news: two of the alleged July 21 attempted bombers have been
identified and they are neither Asian nor Brazilian, but apparently from East
Africa, possibly Somalia or perhaps Eritrea. So now yet another group of those
who are ‘darker than blue’ are to be singled out as eligible for
getting shot on sight. Apparently their bombs were in plastic sandwich containers,
we even know the brand and size. And just in case, should anyone want to imitate
them, the police have announced that they used six-and-a-quarter litre, clear,
Delta brand family containers, with white lids, made in India. No doubt this
announcement will be followed by cries for a boycott of Indian goods.
The media for its part, seems quite content to act as an unquestioning conduit
for whatever rubbish the state puts out, not even bothering to correct the record
(such as it is) when yet another scurrilous piece of disinformation bites the
dust. In fact the media’s role in this entire affair has been, to put
it mildly, shameful.
Take for example, the case of the assassinated Brazilian, who according the
state and the press was “in the wrong place at the wrong time”.
Initially the police issued a statement that was quite categorical about the
fact that he was “directly linked” (chief of the Metropolitan police)
to the July 21 attacks, although how they could know that, is beyond me, the
body wasn’t even cold. There was no retraction until it became known that
he was in fact a (Christian?) Brazilian, at which point his assassination turned
into a “terrible tragedy” but one which the police refuse to apologise
for. Had he in fact, been an Asian, then no doubt he would still be a convenient
scapegoat for the state’s propaganda campaign to demonise those who are
‘darker than blue’.
The objective is clear; keep ramping up the ‘fear quotient’ in
the minds of the public by issuing an endless flood of baseless accusations
that keep the stories in the headlines and which have the additional advantage
of sowing total confusion when one tries to find out what is really going on.
As long we don’t focus on Iraq, the poor of the planet (remember them?)
or our rapidly disintegrating climate, all is well in the corridors of power.
They can get on with blowing away people out of sight in distant lands, using
really big bombs, safe in the knowledge that the mass of the
public will now look at any Asian (or Asian ‘looking’) person wearing
an I-pod and either overweight, cold or wearing a rucksack, as a potential suicide
bomber, rather than focus on our government of terrorists and mass murderers.
Frankly, the July 21 attempts have all the hallmarks of a bunch of amateurs
attempting to capitalize on the first and obviously professional outrages. Ask
yourself if it seems credible that following the awful carnage of July 7, that
such an obviously botched job was committed by the same group?
The point is, given the way the public have been conditioned to accept the
idea of a global network of terrorists, out to destroy the ‘Western way
of life’ (but not it seems the manufacture of plastic sandwich containers
and hence a return to ‘pre-globalised days’ when sandwiches got
wrapped up in wax paper), it matters little where they come from, or indeed
what their real motives are. All that matters is that they have Muslim-sounding
names, dark skins, they all need a shave and that they are enemies of ‘Western
Afterthought: acetone peroxide is a liquid, so how come it didn’t all
leak out of the sandwich containers? My feeling is that whoever attempted the
July 21 bombings were either totally clueless about making bombs or, were set
up to fail but frighten, making sure terrorists stayed in the headlines. Either
way, the futility of such acts should be clear to anybody genuinely wanting
to get the US or the Brits out of Iraq or any other countries the real terrorists
A further postscript: I have been getting quite a few letters from readers
who, like me, are desperate about the situation that the government has created
here and want advice no less, from me on what we can do. It’s difficult
to know how to answer such a question, for on the one hand, I don’t want
to throw up my hands in abject defeat nor do I want to offer useless platitudes.
But one thing is certain; knowing what is really going on and why, is the first
step, that’s why an independent media is so vitally important.
Second, we have all been here before, several times in the past one hundred
years and we all know what the outcome was every time; slaughter on an unimaginable
scale preceded by witch-hunts and the deliberate demonisation of convenient
segments of society. There is nothing new about the current situation. When
the state itself feels itself under threat it will strike out using whatever
means it has to hand. That there are a tiny minority who will resort to the
use of acts of individual violence, is actually quite convenient for the state,
for these can then be used to rationalise the use of the overwhelming
violence of the state in ‘retribution’. Operation
Kratos is but one of the inevitable outcomes with the state promising more
There is no doubt that the failed and unpopular invasion of Iraq is a major
reason, not for the bombings, but for the state’s reaction and the use
of force and repression. But once again, I resist the urge to talk of ‘blowback’
as there is no evidence to directly connect any of the bombings to the situation
in Iraq. Rather, the situation started with the concept of a ‘war on terror’
that once initiated set in motion a train of events with each step reinforcing
the state’s terrible logic. Revealing the policies of the state as part
of a historical process, in defence of capital is the key to
understanding the situation.
Once this accepted, the situation becomRamping up the fear quotient
es transparent and the solution obvious;
get rid of this government like they did in Spain for example. This might sound
futile, we have after all, another five or even six years of the monstrosity
that is the Labour Party and with no alternative on the horizon, there is no
But another thing history reveals is that situations can change with amazing
rapidity. It is conceivable that a sufficiently large section of the public
can come to the realisation that in order to avoid yet more July 7s and 21s,
we have to abandon our imperial ambitions. Whether this will happen is of course
unknown, but it is the only answer I have to the question, what can we do? Taking
the first step is the most difficult and speaking out in opposition to the occupation
of Iraq and our government’s imperialist policies and ultimately joining
forces with others to speak out, is at least a positive step in the right direction.