|THE REAL TERROR NETWORK William Bowles 27/04/03|
Paul Bremer, the new Gauleiter of Iraq
George Bush has appointed Paul Bremer as the civil administrator of Iraq in what the Independent calls "a victory for Colin Powell in the running skirmishes with Mr Rumsfelds Pentagon ".
Victory? For who? As per usual, the Independent would have us believe that theres some kind of battle between the moderates represented by Colin Powell and the neo-cons represented by Donald Rumsfeld, so I did a little researching on Paul Bremer and far from being a moderate, hes part and parcel of the same pack of conservative wolves that run the Pentagon, the State Department, the CIA, the FBI, the NSA and of course, the Department of Homeland Security.
Bremer and the terror business
What Bremer thinks of Iraqis
"And I think the general attitude in our [the Reagan] government was to let the Iraqis kill the Iranians. That seemed like a pretty good way to deal with the problem [of the Iraq-Iranian War]."
"We're going to be on the ground in Iraq as soldiers and citizens for years. We're going to be running a colony almost,"
Bremer and the New American Century
"The fall of Soviet Communism left the United States, its commonly remarked, in a position of basically international dominance. I would argue that it is a position of international dominance: political, economic, military, even cultural, that is without precedent in world history."
Speech before the Los Angeles World Affairs Council on December 6, 2001
Bremer is also a senior advisor to Americans for Victory over Terrorism (AVOT) a project of www.empower.org where he is in good company with people such as William J Bennett, Frank Gaffney, Lawrence Kadish, James Woolsey and Ruth R Wisse. Also, check out these sites for more on where Bremer comes from, http://www.avot.org/stories/storyReader$29 and http://avot.org/stories/storyReader$131.
Bremer and the Homeland Security Act
"We believe that if (our recommendations) are followed, Americans will be safer from terrorist attacks here and abroad, without any loss of their civil liberties and constitutional rights," said L. Paul Bremer, chairman of the National Commission on Terrorism.
How this squares with what he said later in this CNN interview Ill leave up to you to decide,
"Track international students, panel suggests
Among the commission's recommendations:
Just five letters worth of difference between martial law and democracy?
""The National Commission on Terrorism, created by Congress two years ago, recently released its recommendations, including placing the military in charge of controlling civilians after a terrorist attack. "Were not recommending martial law," said commission chairman L. Paul Bremer. "were just recommending military control. Theres a big difference there, at least five letters worth of difference. Its not the same thing at all."
"Thugs [are] simply good kids gone bad" says Bremer
"The report also recommended that the FBI and CIA be better able to hire criminals and suspected criminals. Responding to the charge that the CIA shouldnt hire thugs or other "unsavoury sources", Bremer said "We feel that unsavoury sources and thugs does these folks a disservice. We prefer to think of these job applicants as simply good kids gone bad. We feel that the CIA can play a rehabilative role in American society."
Would you let guy this baby-sit your kids?
Creepy Paul Bremer?
The "Nebulous [dim, hazy, dark, obscure and vague] Terror Network"
"For the shadowy power brokers of Mossad, the Israeli secret service, it was confirmation of long-held suspicions that a nebulous Islamic terror network with connections from Syria to Pakistan had found a rich recruiting ground in the terraced streets of British towns and cities."
Now this assertion has nothing to back it up except the fact the writer believes this is what Mossad believes to be the case. But check out the wording, especially the idea that a nebulous Islamic terror network exists".
My thesaurus lists the following alternate meanings for nebulous: indistinct, confused, dim, hazy, dark, obscure and vague. The choice of the word nebulous is not accidental for it carries an entire universe (excuse the pun) of associations, chiefly that any network which is by definition nebulous is like Saddams WMDs, extremely hard to find.
In the same paragraph we find the phrase, "rich recruiting ground" and again the phrase is not accidental as it implies all kinds of things without actually substantiating anything. In other words its a nebulous (vague) concept. Firstly, why is it "rich"? Because theres lots of Moslems living in British towns and cities? And secondly, that theyre being "recruited". By whom? Why the nebulous Islamic terror network of course.
And what of the "terraced streets"? Now were entering the world of "Psycho" where, behind lace curtains there lurks an "Islamic terror network", who no doubt, when theyre not plotting are watching "Coronation Street"?
And further, just in case were not getting the message the piece carries another message, the implication that somehow Syria and Pakistan are involved. How? Were not told. But the choice of these two countries is no accident as firstly, Syria is allegedly behind the suicide bombings and the two Britons are, its assumed, of Asian descent. Another nebulous (dim, hazy, dark, obscure and vague) assertion.
And what of Mossads "confirmation of long-held suspicions"? Again, my thesaurus gave me the following definition of suspicion (guess): notion, idea, impression, surmise, conjecture, supposition and imagination.
Like pretty much all the coverage of the "Islamic terror network", little is actually said but a lot is implied. But the damage is done. The reader is terrorised with words.
Contrast this coverage with that of the Israeli settlers on the West Bank, many of whom are of North American origin, from places like New York and countries in Europe. Are they part of an international conspiracy to take over Palestinian land? When will I see a piece in the Independent which reads something like the following,
"Palestinian security services believe that a nebulous international land theft network with members in the US, France, and other European countries, is behind the decades-long illegal takeover of Palestinian land on the West Bank."
Of course, its not as dramatic as a terror network but given the connection between the two, putting them together paints an entirely different picture.
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