For the sake of argument, let’s say a Canadian terrorist, set
loose on the world by the Canadian Foreign Intelligence Service (I don’t
know if the CFIS creates terrorists, but in this instance let’s say they
do), escaped over the Canada-United States border and took refuge in International
Falls, Minnesota. Canada and CFIS discover this terrorist—who they want
to kill for political and propaganda purposes—is hiding out in a house,
which they later describe as a “compound,” and send a CFIS drone
bristling with missiles streaking over the border and bomb the house situated
in a quiet neighborhood in International Falls, killing eighteen people, including
women and children. Imagine the reaction. Millions of Americans, rightfully
outraged by this murderous attack, would demand the United States immediately
attack Canada, maybe nuke Ottawa, and string up every last member of the country’s
parliament in retribution.
In essence, this is what happened in the Bajaur area in northwest Pakistan
on Friday. “Pakistani officials on Saturday angrily condemned a purported
CIA airstrike meant to target al-Qaida’s No. 2 man, saying he wasn’t
there and ‘innocent civilians’ were among at least 17 men, women
and children killed in a village near the Afghan border,” reports the
Press. “Counterterrorism officials in Washington declined to comment
on U.S. media reports that CIA-operated drone aircraft fired missiles Friday
at a residential compound in Damadola trying to hit Ayman al-Zawahri, Osama
bin Laden’s top lieutenant whose videos have made him the face and voice
Of course, since Ayman al-Zawahri is not in Pakistan—and may in fact
be dead, as his boss is dead—the CIA attack served only to kill innocent
Pakistanis and further outrage Muslims, who understand very well that the United
States is engaged in a Crusade against Islam and Muslim lives can be had at
discount price. As well, the significance that the attack took place on Eid
ul-Fitr, an Islamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, is likely not lost
on Muslims around the world.
In order to spread around the blame, the Washington
Post, quoting a “source,” said Pakistani intelligence was involved
in the attack. Moreover, the so-called source (probably a neocon in the Pentagon)
said “that Zawahiri got out of the building before it was hit,”
in other words the dead Pakistanis, including the women and children, have nobody
to blame but themselves.
Zawahiri was known to use safe houses in a Pakistani area attacked by U.S.
forces yesterday, and U.S. intelligence indicated he might be in the location
or headed there, ABC reported. Five of those killed in the attack were high-level
al- Qaeda figures and their bodies are undergoing forensic tests for identification,
ABC said citing unidentified Pakistani officials.
Of course, we can’t believe anything we hear about al-Zawahiri or “al-Qaeda,”
since the Straussian neocons in the Pentagon, the CIA, and their Pakistani intelligence
friends make things up as they go along. Recall al-Zawahiri was supposedly killed
by Pakistani mercenaries as he was riding in an ambulance after being wounded
by an American bomb after airstrikes on a complex of caves near Jalalabad, Afghanistan,
on December 3, 2001 (the attack allegedly killed al-Zawahiri’s wife, Azza,
and their three children). And then, in May of 2004, al-Zawahiri was supposedly
surrounded by the Pakistani military in a tribal area of Pakistan bordering
the Afghan mountains. Although we are told a large number of “hardcore”
“al-Qaeda” fighters were killed in the attack, al-Zawahiri escaped
the dragnet just as the fighting commenced (another ruthless and mercurial al-Qaedaite,
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, also has the uncanny ability to elude capture). Thus,
not unlike Orwell’s Emmanuel Goldstein, both al-Zarqawi and al-Zawahiri
live another day to serve as bogeymen (and, like Goldstein, we are never sure
they actually exist).
It’s my guess al-Zarqawi will live on in infamy for a very long
time, or as long as he is useful to the Straussian neocons. In the meantime,
more Muslims will die—and thousands may soon die in Iran if the neocons
and the Zionists in Israel have their way—because, as the Washington Post
and Bloomberg remind us, Muslim lives are cheap and, besides, they deserve whatever
horrible fate they receive for serving dinner to Ayman al-Zawahri on Eid ul-Fitr.
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