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Sunday, October 09, 2005


The US government is, it seems, waking up to the idea that most people on the planet believe that Osama bin Laden is more than likely dead. Of course, they can’t quite just come out and say that because for a very long time now they have been telling the world that he is alive and continues to be a threat to the US and the world.

So now we are told and asked to believe that a letter – not, one should note, from bin Laden himself – but from Osama bin Laden’s number two man, has turned up on Bush’s desk. The letter, we are further asked to believe, was meant for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq, the one-legged Scarlet Pimpernel of the Middle East whose existence is the subject of the other myth that the US needs to perpetuate in order to keep the concept of a ‘Global War on Terror’ in motion. (But that’s another debate.)

We are told that the letter contains an outline of a strategy designed to force the US and its allies from Iraq and then to spread Islamic theocracy to neighbouring states and throughout the Middle East. All this very conveniently ties in with Bush’s claim in his speech of 6 October 2005 which, oddly enough, is the same date as the revelation to the world that the ‘letter’ exists. While the letter apparently only mentioned the ME being in line for Islamic theocracy, Bush embellished the claims by saying that they want “…to overthrow all moderate governments in the region, and establish a radical Islamic empire that spans from Spain to Indonesia.”

That’s from Spain to Indonesia, we are asked to believe!

Though I can find no date as to when this ‘letter’ was supposed to have come into US hands one might assume that its 13-odd pages must have taken some considerable time to prepare regardless of who actually wrote it. One can assume however that it would have been written before the 1 October 2005 blasts in Bali. (Courier services from the Tora Bora caves to the battle fronts of Iraq are notoriously slow these days.) But this wouldn’t bother Bush in his rush to propagandise any given situation. The latest bombings in Bali are proof enough for Bush that al Qaeda want to have an empire that will include Spain, stretch all the way across North Africa from Morocco to Egypt, across the entire Middle East and throughout Arabia, through Iran and Afghanistan, across the entire sub continent and all the way down through Asia to Indonesia. (Phew!)

The president, just to demonstrate how far he has really lost the plot, then goes overboard with the propaganda with this garbage which he expects the world to fall for: “With greater economic and military and political power, the terrorists would be able to advance their stated agenda: to develop weapons of mass destruction, to destroy Israel, to intimidate Europe, to assault the American people, and to blackmail our government into isolation.” Bush somehow misses the fact that if this ‘radical Islamic empire from Spain to Indonesia’ somehow comes about, they don’t have to develop WMDs – Pakistan and India already have them. And in the creation of this empire Israel would have long disappeared.

Such are the ramblings of a US President who tells the world that God wants him to stand up against the creation of this empire. This is the President of the world’s most powerful nation – one that Howard supports.

Now that is frightening!