International Writers Magazine: Reality Check
QAEDA SHELL GAME
The Great Con Of Terrorism
a big article in this week's Newsweek magazine that echoes the
fantasy that has been conjured by not only the mainstream media,
but, more alarmingly, by the CIA and the Pentagon, and the whole
of the United States government: This al Queda everyone has been
so hot about since 9/11 is a tangible entity. It is not. And this
bit of misinformation has been as dangerous an enemy as we're
told al Queda is supposed to be. Those in charge don't admit it,
or won't admit it in public, because they have no idea what or
who al Queda really is, and that would not go over too well if
they went that route.
The worst part is
this is not any grand revelation. It's been a repeated mistake that
has had grave consequences for this country before and after 9/11/01,
not the least of which is the bloody dog and pony show currently going
down in Iraq. And not only did those in charge of the thing mistake
insurgents for guerrilla warriors, but also clumped at least three warring
factions as "the Iraqi people" for four years running now.
As in, "The Iraqi people yearn to be free of a dictator" and
"The Iraqi people want the right to vote" and "The Iraqi
people will treat us like liberators".
Wrong. Wrong. And, guess, what? Wrong.
There were never any Iraqi people. The "Iraqi people" didn't
think so; therefore we shouldn't have gone along with it. But we did.
We didn't recognize the Sunnis or the Kurds or the Shiites as completely
separate religious, cultural, and geographical entities, which were
held together by the iron fist of madness, and left to their own devices
would fight to the death to gain control of the hearts and minds of
a fractured nation. And because we failed to realize this, we now have
our military embroiled in an all-out civil war, one in which we cannot
abandon anytime soon without looking like master chessmen sacrificing
pawns for a minor victory down the line.
But that is a discussion for another day. Now we speak of al Qaeda,
and more precisely its latest fallen "leader", Abu Mussab
al-Zarqawi, made infamous by his televised beheading of American Nick
Berg two years ago, and whose death a few weeks back drove confetti
sales up inside the Beltway and had everyone giddy with joy.
And that's where we come to our Newsweek article and its query over
"Who Will Be al-Zaqawi's Successor?"
Successor? What do we think this is some kind of hostile corporate take-over,
an NFL coaching change, or the Queen of England here? There is no successor.
There is no leader. There is no al-Queda. It is a ruse, a smokescreen,
some kind of shell game that fractious hordes of murderous rogues are
playing on the big bad U.S. of A. This is why this space has maintained
for five years now that the celebrated figurehead of western hatred
Osama bin Laden is dead. He had as many enemies within the radical Muslim
community (and just using the word community here is short-sighted naiveté)
as he did without. It's a free-for-all, kids. The sooner we cop to this,
the sooner we'll be able to deal.
A prime example of this came home to roost this week when two U.S. soldiers
were found mutilated beyond recognition by purportedly al-Qaeda in response
to al-Zaqawi's death. A brand new loon by the name of Abu Hamza al-Muhajer,
aka Abu Ayyub al-Masri, aka Youssef al-Dardiri, another Reagan-funded
member of the 1980s' Afghani Freedom Fighter clan, claimed mastermind/leadership
duties on this abomination, and according to reports and web blogs and
other completely unreliable sources, Mr. Whatever is now the "successor"
to al-Zarqawi. We call him Mr. Whatever because there are also more
reliable reports out of London and Jerusalem the morning I write this
that al-Muhajer and al-Masri are not even the same guy. But the real
problem here is that some other branch or segment or off-shoot of al-Qaeda,
whatever that is, (and there are now five or six of these in Iraq alone)
Of course this is business as usual in the underworld kill-fest of terrorism.
Usually in places like Israel or Pakistan you have to get in line to
claim responsibility for this kind of brutal shit. On a fair day four
different news organizations will throw a dart at a board with names
of various independent terrorist organizations (and again I use the
term "organizations" with the utmost irresponsibility) and
hope for the best.
According to Newsweek, right now in Iraq there are at least eight
known terrorist groups claiming to be an arm of al Queda. They are the
Mujahedin Shura Council, which consists of the Victorious Sect Army,
the Monotheism Supporters Brigade, the Al-Ahwal [Fear] Brigade, and
the Al-Murabitun Brigades. Then there is the Ansar-al-Sunnah, the Islamic
Army of Iraq, the Mujahedin Army, and the 1929 Revolutionary Brigade.
And as far as we, the CIA, the FBI, the U.S. Military, Dick Chaney,
Donald Rumsfeld, Katie Couric, or the gray-haired guy who won American
Idol know, none of them wear any kind of uniform or espouse a specific
political agenda or ideology, except to cause as much mayhem and murder
as possible. I guess that's an ideology, but none that we, quite obviously,
You see, and this has been brought up here in Hackwriters and elsewhere
over and over but has not sunk in enough to be useful, this enemy is
not the Nazis or the Soviets or pick-and-choose your direct identifiable
enemy. This is a roaming pack of thugs and criminals and crazies that
you cannot wage war on or give speeches about or pinpoint in any military
conventional way. A glaring example of this is the "Mission Accomplished"
flack the president takes to this day. The fact is the mission was accomplished:
Saddam Hussein and his Baath Party were expunged from Baghdad. This
was the mission, however steeped in lies and propaganda: This was the
Since then the mission has been something else, which is why Republicans
in Congress this past week arguing that pulling out of Iraq is tantamount
to surrender is playing both sides of the fence. First they agree with
me that the mission had been accomplished, and now we're trying to build
a nation, but when the debate tumbles in that direction they conveniently
try and make this about The War. It is not a War, it is an occupation/policing
of a violent civil conflict and a fending off of random acts of murder,
and it should have never come to this if the people running things had
understood the bigger picture.
The bigger picture? There is no al-Qaeda. There is only chaos.
How do you fight chaos? I don't know. We pay people to handle that.
But I know one thing: You don't do it like this.
© James Campion June 23rd 2006
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