And this morning

One of the suspects in the Glasgow Airport attack lived and studied in Northern Ireland for three years, maybe people will not be feeling as safe this morning. UPDATE Orde adds his concerns.

  • sleepy

    he’s not the first.

  • Animus

    A terrorist spent time in Northern Ireland. Certainly not the first, unlikely to be the last. This doesn’t affect my feelings of personal safety – will it be much different for anyone else?

  • francesco

    what’s yer point fair deal?

  • Two Nations

    He was on the executive committee of the ISLAMIC STUDENT SOCIETY OF NORTHERN IRELAND. He’s named in the contact info. He did a MPHIL in the Dept. of Aeronautical Engineering. Graduating in 2003.

  • jim

    Was he in a flute band

    Islamabad proddie boys no surrender uvf flute band perhaps.

  • interested

    Jim
    Or maybe he was in the Islamabad Martyrs GAA team. Now what’s your point?

  • Two Nations

    Jim

    I believe he was a Catholic Muslim.

  • jim

    Maybe Glentoran will hold a minutes silence for him

  • francesco

    we’ll miss you mate!

    The Orange Order Belfast “for allah and ulster”

  • Well, he showed himself to be completely useless at terror attacks despite all his time spent studying in Northern Ireland. A sad indictment of Northern Ireland’s education system.

  • Pete Baker

    Getting back to the actual topic

    It’s probably worth pointing out that in April 2003 an Algerian was arrested in Belfast – he had been in Ireland from at least 2001.

    Subsequently convicted on charges of possessing and collecting information “for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism” and sentenced to 6 years.. and is presumably still being held?

  • The attacks on London and Glasgow airport were at best complete cockups by people who one would expect to be much more professional in such matters or yet another ‘false flag’ operation by people working for the Mossad – Shiefkh Ahmad al-Qubeisi, Bilal Abdulla et al. – to keep Britain working to make Israel save in the Middle East.

    For me, it looks increasingly like the latter – a replay of the bombings in July 1994 of the Israeli Embassy and Balfour House by the Mossad in order to get Downing Street behind the war against Islam – efforts which also failed to kill anyone but produced sufficient alarm to succeed.

    In any case, N. I. has nothing to worry about as it is no longer of any strategic importance.

  • Turgon

    Trowbridge.

    Okay lets briefly suspend sense and analyse what you are saying.

    There is a man who set himself on fire and may or may not (I hope not) die. If this were a “false flag” operation how was this man persuaded to do this?

    In reality he did this for a pervertion of a religious ideology.

    Trowbridge I believe from raeading your posts before you are well read. Try applying Occam’s razor to your theories “entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity.” In other words simple explanation are more often correct. Your theories involve unfeasable levels of complexity.

    Yet again I put it to you that you are a paraniod conspiracy theorist and like all such you try to fit everything into your over arching narrative not matter how many square pegs need to be hammered into round holes.

  • What simple explanation is there for the apparent utter ineptitude of the attack(s), given the fact that the suspects are highly, -indeed appropriately- educated individuals?

  • Let’s see, a bunch of amateur wannabes bungle a few low grade nail bombs in an operation that ‘may’, according to The Sun, ‘have killed hundreds’, but actually would more likely have killed betweeen no and 5 people even if they had been successful (hint, nail bombs don’t work too well in open space). Because of this I’m supposed to say “Ooh, I’m so scared, please won’t the government bring in ID cards, introduce internment for brown-skinned Muslim people and let the CIA spirit people out of the country without even a court hearing.”

    It’s a load of shite, folks, and those of you who buy into this crap about Al Qa’eda being the greatest ever threat to Western civilisation are just being stupid, stupid in the sense of not using the brains that God gave you. As well as our own little situation, the previous generation had to deal with ETA, the Red Brigades, Abu Nidal, Carlos the Jackal, the Shining Path, the PLO, ASALA, god knows how many wacky right-wing outfits funded by the CIA, and the weirdest of the lot, the Gang of Nijvel, who never issues a statement or a demand but just used to run around Belgium machine-gunning people in supermarkets.

    Then in the past there was the IRB (first London bombing campaign in the 1860s), the Anarchists who blew up Wall Street in the 1920s, the Anarchist who shot Archduke Ferdinand and started World War One, the Sikhs who went around London killing army officers in revenge for the sack of the Golden Temple (the Brit one, not Indira Ghandi’s one), the Assassins of 12th Century Persia, etc., etc.

    Terrorism is not new. And there is nothing particularly new or especially grave about the threat from Al Qa’eda (they’re a bunch of wet humanitarians compared to the Shining Path). What is new is an almost generalised culture of paranoia and inability to assess risk that seems endemic across the West; exacerbated in Britain by a government that seems to enjoy power for its own sake, and believing in nothing in particular, regards checks and balances on its own power as a hindrance to be swept aside.

    Am I really that scared of Al Qa’eda? You mean scared, in the way I was scared of Johnny Adair and his mates in the early 1990s when they seemed to be able to shoot friends and neighbours of mine with impunity? No, I’m not, and anyone who is needs their heads examined.

  • given the fact that the suspects are highly, -indeed appropriately- educated individuals?

    Another example of the “doctors are infallible myth”. Dcotors are appropriately educated for what? Running a successful guerilla campaign? I don’t think so.

  • Dcotors are appropriately educated for what? Running a successful guerilla campaign? I don’t think so.

    With regard to appropriateness, I was referring to the aeronautical engineering PhD. You would think he would have stuck up his hand at some point in the planning stages when they were talking about using gas cylinders.

  • Rory

    Eric Hobbsbawm on Radio 4 a few days ago pointed out how innefectual small terror groups were in destabilising or indeed posing any significant threat to any stable democracy anywhere. The greatest number of fatalities for example that they have been capable of inflicting are quite statistically insignificant when compared with, say, road traffic accidents, or, perhaps a better comparison, companies like Enron.

    The real danger to democracy lies in the paranoid overreaction to this minor threat and any resulting repressive legislation and unfettered expansion of extra-judicial police powers. Both Fair Deal and Pete Baker above have a tendency to add to that unwarranted paranoia when a more useful role might be to act vigilant in the face of the erosion of our hard won liberties.

  • It’s quite easy to explain, Turgeon, why Khalid Ahmed tried to kill himself – he was persuaded by Bilal Abdulla to join the jihad that Sheekh Ahmad al-Qubeisi had helped put together with other pro-Israeli, anti-Saddam Sunnis in order to make Iraq ungovernable – what ended up as utter fiascoes.

    Ahmed was the driver of the Mercedes which was so filled with fumes that he was forced to leave it in London before anything happened, or the one which failed to explode because of some electrical fault between the cellphone and the detonator – what only led to the exposure of the other fall guys in the Abdulla’s plot.

    And while Ahmed was persuaded to drive the Jeep into the Glasgow terminal as a last resort – so much so that he even wrote a suicide note about his action – he discovered that this operation was just another fraud – the Cherokee neither penetrating the barrier nor the gas cannisters exploding during the incredibly intense fire because there was no gas in them to start with – what led to his still trying to incinerate himself but again without success.

    As for Occam’s razor – what can be used effectively in logical analysis, and scienfic experiments – it hardly holds for covert plots, especially ‘false flag’ ones, specifically designed to fool people.

    Furthermore, Occam didn’t say what you quoted but this: “It is vain to do with more what can be done with fewer.” (Bertrand Russeell, A History of Western Philosophy, p. 472)

    Despite your continuing personal attacks, I shall continue to investigate this most deceptive operation, and post my findings somewhere in due course.

  • With regard to appropriateness, I was referring to the aeronautical engineering PhD. You would think he would have stuck up his hand at some point in the planning stages when they were talking about using gas cylinders.

    Oh, aye, never thought of it that way! People seem to think that home made bomb-making is something you just sort of pick up if you’ve read The Anarchist’s Cookbook on the internet. That’s not the evidence of our own conflict here and in the early stages in our case it involved a lot of people blowing themselves up with their own bombs.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    There was a book came out recently which virtually attributed the modern car bomb to a RA boy who accidentally blew himself up.

  • Keith

    Orde – “The recent experiences in Glasgow and London illustrate how real the potential danger of the threat is.”

    sure, they couldnt afford the bloody ferry over…

  • nuttal

    Hugh,

    he didn’t have a PhD from Queens. He left with an MPHIL degree. MPHIL’s tend to be awarded to those who are either deemed not up to PhD standard, or those who decide to withdraw.

    Apparently he did have a PhD from somewhere. It defo wasnt queens tho.

    The aero department at QUB, and the Mechanical department, now one joint School, are both rated as among the best in the UK for research quality.

  • Token Dissent

    Trowbridge – Yeah it was clearly Mossad that done it! Life must be simple for conspiracy theory junkies, with the belief that everything can be explained away by a tediously constructed narrative of ‘goodies’ and ‘badies’, and a consequent application of an absurd ‘logic’.

    It probably makes life simpler for you – more black and white – but it is a dangerous self-delusion. The statistics for the number of British Muslims who think that the government “set up” 7/7 as a so-called false-flag event (25%) highlights the corresive impact that this conspiracy nonsense can have on society.

    http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/society/religion/survey+government+hasnt+told+truth+about+77/545847

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/attackonlondon/story/0,,1806794,00.html

  • Turgon

    Trowbridge,

    “As for Occam’s razor – what can be used effectively in logical analysis.”

    Leaving aside the grammar issues I can see why you do not like Occam’s razor. You do not really do logical analysis do you?

    On the main theme, I am a bit bemused regarding the horror that many of these people are doctors etc. There was even someone from the BMA on radio 4 saying it offended against the Hippocratic Oath. Well yes of course it does it also offends against morality, religion, ethics, the law etc. etc.

    Sadly there are doctors who do evil things eg Harold Shipman, Joseph Mengle and nurses eg Beverley Allet

    Had the terrorists been firemen or accountants or taxi drivers, I do not see how it would have been a less horrific or less immoral attack.

    The one thing I will accept is that it seems to be a rather poorly organised suicide attack for a group of people who presumably were clever and motivated.

  • It must come as a surprise for you, Token Dissent, to learn that 7/7 was a Muslim conspiracy, organized by the underlings of those set up in Operation Crevice, as this link explains:

    http://codshit.blogspot.com/archives/2005_07_17_archive.html#11220261776086624

    Everyone apparently is engaging in conspiracies these days. I am just reporting them.

    And Turgon, I am quite fond of the principle when one is dealing with rational people and their activities. Unfortunately, today’s world is run by loonies, especially in Tel Aviv, Washington, and London, who practice its undoing.

  • Turgon

    Trowbridge.

    There is a saying which a friend’s mother used to recount “All the world’s a little queer save thee and me and even thee’s a little queer” (queer in this case meaning odd). Maybe that could apply to your view of the world.

  • McGrath

    What simple explanation is there for the apparent utter ineptitude of the attack(s), given the fact that the suspects are highly, -indeed appropriately- educated individuals?

    Posted by Hugh Green on Jul 06, 2007 @ 01:06 PM

    Most Doctors I know cant change a flat tyre, never mind execute a terrorist attack. One doctor I know particularly well made about 5 attempts at their driving test. IMO many of them lead very insular lives.

    I will wait to learn of their real qualifications and the real extent of their involvement in the medical field.

    The perplexing aspect of this, to me, is the apparent involvement of care givers in the attempted destruction of other human lives. Further, these people were not your typical impoverished, ignorant, unable to tell the difference between right and wrong, suicide bombers, that may be the most interesting part.

  • jone

    “I shall continue to investigate this most deceptive operation, and post my findings somewhere in due course.”

    The most splendidly pooterish line ever published on Slugger.

    And the book about car bombs is Buddahs Wagon by Mike Davies

  • Turgon

    McGrath,

    I can see your reasoning but these people intended to kill themselves. You might expect them to plan and learn and even if a bit pratically useless they could presumably use the fact that they are intelligent to learn.

    I do not fully accept the idea about care givers. As I said before there have been evil doctors in the past(Shipman, Mengle etc). I am sure it is only a minority of doctors but I guess (thankfully) it is only a minority of most groups which would commit terrorist acts.

    As I said earlier would you have been less suprised had they been firefighters, nurses, accountants etc? Are they not just a group of friends united by a evil and inappropriate world view who conspired together (thankfully incompetently) to kill people.

  • these people were not your typical impoverished, ignorant, unable to tell the difference between right and wrong, suicide bombers, that may be the most interesting part.

    Not true. Most Al-Qa’eda and franchise operations carried out in the West have been carried out by well educated operatives from well heeled backgrounds; the September 11th hijackers, several of the London tube suicide bombers, Ahmed Omar Sheikh, the public schoolboy murderer of Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl; Said Bajat, the chickenshit wannabe shoe-bomber, etc., etc. There are a handful of exceptions – Bajat’s mate Richard Reed and July 7 bomber Germaine Lindsay stand out, both from British-Caribbean Christian backgrounds, both with fairly troubled pasts before their conversion to Islam, but these are a minority.

    It’s a convenient myth for people who think that the source of all evil in the world is Western capitalism to make out that terrorism is always a response to poverty and marginalisation; sometimes it’s a repsonse to being an overprivelleged bigot with a misplaced sense of grievance. While in The Troubles, terrorism was a largely working-class activity, look around the rest of the world, and look at Ireland’s history and you’ll see it ain’t always so.

    And none of this makes me think that the danger of Al Qa’eda is being anything other than overhyped.

  • McGrath

    Turgon:

    “I do not fully accept the idea about care givers. As I said before there have been evil doctors in the past(Shipman, Mengle etc). I am sure it is only a minority of doctors but I guess (thankfully) it is only a minority of most groups which would commit terrorist acts.”

    Would you agree that psychopaths prevail at the same level within any profession as within society in general? (granted the medical profession may be more facilitative that other professions).

    I agree they were united in their motives and obviously organized themselves as a result of their social network. I am more surprised that the social network may have been the medical field.

  • Turgon

    McGrath,

    I agree that criminal people /people who do unpleasant things exist at about the same level in most groups. As to the social group being doctors I am not that suprised though that of course makes it more unacceptable

  • McGrath

    And none of this makes me think that the danger of Al Qa’eda is being anything other than overhyped.

    Posted by Sammy Morse on Jul 06, 2007 @ 06:13 PM

    I agree with your analysis of Al Qa’eda’s fear hype etc.

    But if these attacks are not motivated out of poverty / marginalization, (even surrogate poverty / marginalization), what is the true motivation?

  • fair_deal

    McGrath

    ” what is the true motivation? ”

    If you have the time, I would recommend you track down a copy of The True Believer by Eric Hoffer. It is very good in outlining the types attracted by political movements and why. The types don’t really change just different causes espoused.

  • The Third Policeman

    As a medical student I resent some of the accusations being thrown at my (future) profession… I can change a tyre with the best of them!

  • Sorry to interrupt this apparently meaningless discussion by those who mostly, for one reason or another, are unwilling to consider the tighening of the West’s police state every day, the link to my article about the 7/7 bombings, a perfect Muslim conspiracy which MI5/MI6 instigated by trying to set up Muslims in Operation Crevice, cannot be gotten by the blogspot service because Big Brother won’t allow it.

    If you want to see it, you will have to type in the link on your own address line.

    While jone thinks my articles are a diary of a nobody, the ongoing terrorist process shows something entirely different, provided one is willing, despite whatever employment and inducements one is receiving, to look at what is really going on.

  • Trow the doh

    I see Trowbridge, so it is mossad who is behind the (failed) attacks in London and Glasgow.

    And they persuaded these non jewish muslim doctors how exactly? By giving them a place at the wailing wall?

    No No its not mossad, but its the pro-israeli sunni’s.

    Or is it mossad behind the attacks to get downing st keeping israel safe in the middle east?

    Which theory is it? It appears to me that you get all enemies of the british and american governments together mix it all up and come up with a theory that fits the events. Problem solved. Which ever theory fits best is the answer.

    Reason and intellect is out the window. How come NI isn’t important anymore? Evidently one of these ‘doctors’ thought it was ok. Nice and quiet and out of the way NI is a great place in the UK to bolster up any kind of terrorism to hurt Britain. Especially for immigrants who want to damage Britain.

  • My inquiries are still in progress,TTD, but apparently the pro-Israeli, anti-Saddam sunnis – especially the head of the Iraqi De-Baathification Commission, Mithal al-Alusi, the guy who completely opened Filluja and Ramadi to Sunni insurgents, thanks to al-Qubeisi’s violent anti-Semitism – are completely connected to the Mossad.

    And Bilal Abdulla, a student of al-Qubeisi, got all the other medical people seemingly on board by taking advantage of them by calling them, using them, programing them, especially Khalid Ahmed, etc.

    More soon, but in the meantime, you should read about how the Mossad set up Palestinians by the attacks on the Israeli Embassy and Balfour House in London in 1994. The current operation is a variation of this ‘false flag’ one.

  • Trow is a doh

    Bilal Abdulla, got Khalid Ahmed by calling, using and PROGRAMMING him?

    So these guys did it because they were on automatic pilot, they had no reasoning or independent will of their own, they acted like robots suped up on what Bilal abdulla told them?

    So much for man being a super being!

  • Since TTD aka TIAD is too busy watching The Simpsons, and similar shite, I shall have to introduce him into the covert and police practice of entrapment:

    http://www.lectlaw.com/def/e04.htm

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Most Doctors I know cant change a flat tyre, never mind execute a terrorist attack. One doctor I know particularly well made about 5 attempts at their driving test. IMO many of them lead very insular lives.

    Harrumph!

    I know my way around my 156 quite well and passed driving test first time, McGrath. Insular lives? Well it’s part of the job isn’t it – we can’t go around telling the general public how cretinous we find people like yourself now can we? 😉 It has to be other doctors…

    Doctors are just ordinary people with opinions, likes & dislikes same as everybody else. The fact that these alleged terrorists may be medically qualified makes them no less likely to be radicalised than anyone else (though it may suggest weak mindedness). Turgon, why do the qualifications of these people make these acts more unacceptable? Are you suggesting that doctors should have a higher moral code than the general public and be treated more harshly? Do you think the Hippocratic oath entered their minds before their (misguided in this instance) loyalty to Allah? Not a chance.

    I met a couple of rather fundamentalist Muslim med students while studying myself and they saw no conflict between primum non nocere and wanting Israel wiped from the map – it’s not an issue to them.

    Now, must get back to my sad little lonely life, do carry on.

  • Trow is a doh

    Trow whats with the link? It’s a link to a library?

  • Here is the latest on the Glasgow airport bombing, the charge of conspiracy to commit explosions against Bilal Abdullah:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6278318.stm

    Of course,if everything is simply what the Islamophobes are claiming, why isn’t Khalid Ahmed charged too since his actions are clearly captured on the footage?

    And he was driving the Jeep Cherokee!

    Looks like a case of entrapment to me.

    But why, and by whom???

  • Turgon

    Esmereldavillaobos,

    My apologies. I mis typed. I meant to type no more unacceptable.

  • Turgon

    Esmereldavillaobos

    I also apologise that the correct version though less offensive to you is still offending against good grammar being as it is a double negative. I hope you will forgive both.

  • esmereldavillalobos

    No problemo, Turgon – my grammar has been deteriorating for years.

  • But if these attacks are not motivated out of poverty / marginalization, (even surrogate poverty / marginalization), what is the true motivation?

    I’d say surrogate poverty/marginalisation is a part of it and part of it is buying into a hate-filled version of Islam that sees infidels, and most Mulsims for that matter, as heathen scum who want to die, and as well as that… well I know this sounds flippant, but I genuinely think part of it is sheer media-whorishness. Everybody is famous for fifteen minutes, as long as they strap some explosives on to themselves and blow up a carriage full of commuters.

    It might be credible to think a bombing campaign against civilian targets in Britain could force a British withdrawal in Iraq and Afghanistan. But to think it could ensure Israel is wiped off the map, let alone do anything to create a global caliphate, is just ludicrous. So let’s set any serious political motivation, any view of this as a serious attempt at revolution, aside.

    The bizarre thing about the current wave of Islamist terrorism is the degree to which suicide bombing is seen not as a regrettable necessity, or the last weapon of the powerless, but as a positively virtuous step in and of itself. Unlike those who classically take up arms claiming to act on behalf of the marginalised, the current wave of bombers aren’t seeking to build a utopian future for themselves and their children, because they won’t be part of it. The Madrid train bombers and the London tube bombers probably didn’t need to blow themselves up to carry out their operations; they just did it to make a statement, or to get to heaven quicker. Killing civilians is also seen as good in and of itself, not as a means to an end. Millenarian theology meeting bored, overprivilleged, guilty young man is not a good combination.

    The sheer nihilism of it all is frightening, and suicide bombers present all sorts of particular problems from the point of view of anti-terrorism measures, but it doesn’t actually make them a more serious terrorist threat than hundreds of others in the past.

    But the fact that they were middle-class professionals shouldn’t surprise anyone. Carlos the Jackal, Ulrike Meinhoff, Pol Pot, most senior Nazis were all from impeccably privilleged backgrounds. Seeing terrorism as purely a response to injustice, although on occasions it might be that, is just a wanky statement of how much you hate liberal Western society.

  • Turgon

    Sammy Morse,
    No criticism of your post but interestingly the Tamil Tigers use suicide bombing extensively as well.

    Esmereldavillaobos,
    Thank you for your understanding. Actually the post was in haste and unchecked as the SHO wanted to present a patient and should have left at 5pm.

  • Trow is a doh.

    Sammy it’s called ‘blow back’.

  • No criticism of your post but interestingly the Tamil Tigers use suicide bombing extensively as well.

    Good point and I’m not sure where it fits in with my point; obviously suicide bombing is catching.

    Sammy it’s called ‘blow back’.

    Nah, too simple. When some bloke from one of Al Qa’eda’s many Pakistan based associates goes into a Shi’a mosque and blows himself and some other people to bits during Friday prayers, that’s not blowback, that’s pure religious hatred.

    It’s too navel-gazing a thing to think that Islamist terrorism is entirely, or even primarily, aimed at the West. Most people killed by Islamic fundamentalists are other Muslims living in Muslim countries. The silly PNAC-heads sitting in their offices in Washington used to witter on about ‘Islam needs a Reformation’ (because you see, Protestantism is the foundation of the USA, and the Reformation was the foundation of Protestantism; ergo, Reformations are good. Right.).

    Well, it’s having one right now (what do you think expansionist Wahabbism is?), and just like our Reformation it’s a bloody business. I’m just glad we’re on the fringes of this one, because we’re only getting over the 16th Century Reformation…

  • jone

    Kafeeel Ahmed hasn’t been charged because the cops haven’t been able to ask him one damn thing since they trailed him up the airport forecourt. Mainly because he set himself on fire. It was on the telly and everything. You might have seen it.

    I wouldn’t worry too much about it as he’ll almost certainly die and get his 72 raisins.

  • Bob From Boston

    ‘Unfortunately, today’s world is run by loonies, especially in Tel Aviv, Washington, and London, who practice its undoing.’

    Not the ones in Iran and Syria eh? The word ‘sympathizer’ comes to mind THF, no surprise btw.

  • McGrath

    I met a couple of rather fundamentalist Muslim med students while studying myself and they saw no conflict between primum non nocere and wanting Israel wiped from the map – it’s not an issue to them.

    Now, must get back to my sad little lonely life, do carry on.

    Posted by esmereldavillalobos on Jul 06, 2007 @ 08:32 PM

    The premise of my point is, would an artist destroy a precious artwork knowing the time and effort it took to create it?

    Subsequently, we don’t hear of many doctors up on assault charges. I recognise doctors are only human, but surely there is some vocation to the profession, surely an a assault like this raises questions about new depths of human depravity?

    Anyway, sorry about the tyre changing comment, obviously there are a few of you who actually can change a flat tyre 😉

  • McGrath

    Fair Deal / Sammy Morse:

    OK, I read some of the book. (its available on-line)

    “…many who join a rising revolutionary movement are attracted by the prospect of sudden and spectacular change in their conditions..”

    The above synopsis comment at amazon.com covers it well (obviously not entirely)

    Which brings me back to my original question. There has to be some change in the assailant’s condition, the condition could be poverty aspiring to a basic living, or the condition could be a good living aspiring to a better living. Thinking wider, it could also apply to the assailant’s wishing for wider social acceptance or imposition of their social system. But the method makes no sense, blowing yourself up and others around you isn’t much of a sales pitch.

    I think its more basic as Sammy has suggested, its more a case of one culture blindly hating another culture, motivated our of some Neanderthal compulsion to leave your dominant DNA behind.

  • McGrath

    “our” should be “out” in the last para. I wish we had 5 minutes to edit our comments sometimes.

  • Posters interested in seeing that due process is followed in dealing with the alleged terrorists of the bombings of London and Glasgow airports – what is plaguing the Western world with mass hysteria, and what British security officials will apparently exploit by allowing Bilal Abdullah to plead guilty about the criminal conspiracy of the others for a much lesser sentence – see this link:

    http://www.joebageant.com/joe/2007/07/lies-about-fail.html

    It seems that wanting to see justice served in this most bizarre case makes one a Syrian and Iranian sympathizer – a victim of just the West’s growing McCarthyism.

  • For the latest example of the depths to which the British media have descended in covering the failed bombing efforts in central London and the Glasgow airport, read this Times story:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article2034118.ece

    Note particularly that an unnamed top foreign intelligence source was the basis of the claim that they “…were carried out with bin Laden’s blessing.”

    Who is this source and what is the basis of his claim, especially when most people now believe that bin Laden is dead? Is this top intelligence source the Mossad’s director Meir Dagan or one of his immediate subordinates? In any case, who is he?

    And then the claims by an unnamed “friend” of Bilal Abdullah are just as irresponsible. He makes out that Abdullah could have become a follower to Al-Qaeda when he disappeared somewhere before graduating from the Medical College of Baghdad University (Pakistan or was it Lebanon?), and then during 2004 after graduation when he went somewhere.

    His behavior showed that he was not involved in Alqaeda terrorism, and his radicalism he kept to himself. Was he some kind of intelligence sleeper?

    It seems that Abdullah could very easily have gone to Israel where he was ultimately persuaded to go to the UK to set up a cell for the ‘false flag’ operations which just occurred.

    In sum, this is gutter journalism, on a par with what one became accustomed to under Adolf Hitler.