By Darryl Mason
Are we seriously supposed to take this "An Al Qaeda spokesman said today" stuff as anything other than war propaganda? And often times, clearly absurd and unsophisticated propaganda at that.
Back in early April, I ran this hilarious video from The Onion, where a very annoyed Al Qaeda spokesman claims conspiracy theories about 9/11 are "ridiculous" because :
"How would you like it if you spent two months in a mountain cave, sleeping on rocks, planning something really special, only to have someone take the credit away from you..."
Now, in the supposedly real world of the 'War On Terror', a spokesman for whatever is passing as Al Qaeda claims 9/11 conspiracy theories are ridiculous because they take credit away from Al Qaeda for the attacks :
Osama bin Laden's chief deputy on Tuesday denied a theory that Israel carried out the Sept. 11 attacks and blamed Iran and Shiite Hezbollah for spreading the idea to discredit the Sunni al-Qaida's strike against the U.S.
The comments in a recording posted on an Islamic Web site reflected the increasing criticism by al-Qaida's No. 2 leader Ayman al-Zawahri against Iran. Al-Zawahri has accused Iran in recent messages of seeking to extend its power in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq and through its Hezbollah allies in Lebanon.
"The purpose of this lie is clear — (to suggest) that there are no heroes among the Sunnis who can hurt America as no else did in history. Iranian media snapped up this lie and repeated it," he said.
"Iran's aim here is also clear — to cover up its involvement with America in invading the homes of Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq," he said.
Iran cooperated with the United States in the 2001 U.S. assault on Afghanistan that toppled al-Qaida's allies, the Taliban.
You don't see that last bolded fact mentioned very often in the mainstream media.
One more quick point from the above Associated Press story, though it hardly seems worth mentioning :
Hell, who cares if it's real or not? The Associated Press sure doesn't. Somebody said it's Al Qaeda? Great, let's go with it. It sure sounds like something the New Nazis would say, or should say.
"The authenticity of the two-hour audio recording could not be independently confirmed."
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So just to recap : We're supposed to now believe that the CIA-branded entity known as Al Qaeda is annoyed that Israel is being credited by conspiracy theorists for the horrors inflicted on infidels on 9/11. Al Qaeda doesn't think it gets enough credit for the attacks, and that annoys them. Al Qaeda also has a conspiracy-within-a-conspiracy theory. They blame Iran for helping to spread conspiracy theories that Bush, Cheney and Mossad were in cahoots on 9/11. Oh, and by the way, Iran helped the United States invade and occupy Iraq, so get a bit more bloody busy with your personal jihading and add Iran to your shitlist, okay?
Confused? Well, maybe that's the idea, from both sides (or is that all sides?) of the 'War On Terror'.
Former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld did promise the 'WoT' would be fought with a heavy emphasis on propaganda, online, as well in the front lines. How much of what we see supposedly flowing from the Al Qaeda publicity bunker is information warfare? You don't need much footage to work with. Osama Bin Laden has already proven how effective and how far only a couple of hours of repeatedly recycled footage and audio speeches can go.
Paul Joseph Watson has some very interesting information on the American based IntelCenter, which supplies American and international media with a steady stream of Al Qaeda videos, audio tapes and translated speeches and statements.
If it wasn't for the endless publicity afforded Al Qaeda by Bush and Cheney, the coverage of almost every claimed Al Qaeda utterance by corporate media, and intense media wrangling by IntelCenter, you just might forget that your country is at war with whatever the hell Al Qaeda is.
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