Bush’s ‘Global War Against Terrorism’ seems to be running out of steam. The administration needs to justify its continued presence in Iraq so have resurrected ‘Osama bin Laden’ from the grave in order for him to summon up a bit of action in Iraq by calling on Palestinians frustrated at the way things are going in Palestine to go and fight the Americans in Iraq by joining ‘al Qaeda’.
The neocons and Israeli Zionists couldn’t have hoped for anything better. By the simple expediency of invoking the ‘voice’ of bin Laden and hoping that the Palestinians will do what’s asked of them, the Israelis get a whole load of angry young Palestinian men off of their backs and into Iraq where they can be killed by Americans who can then justify their continued presence in Iraq. The whole story, of course, also has the added benefit of perpetuating the myth of ‘bin Laden’ and ‘al Qaeda’ and ‘al Qaeda in Iraq’ as it gets a mention throughout western mainstream media – just in case people had started to forget what it was all about.
The sad thing is that there are still a few people around that actually believe this nonsense. However, their numbers seem to be diminishing and this is reflected in the way some of the reports of bin Laden’s resurrection are worded. For example; a few years ago CNN would have worded such a headline thus: ‘Bin Laden message: Iraq is perfect base’. Today though, there is a subtle qualifier to the headline and it reads: ‘Purported bin Laden message: Iraq is perfect base’. The first paragraph of a Reuters report ran: “The CIA is confident the voice in a message purported to be from al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is genuine, a US intelligence official says,” as if there was any doubt. A few years ago there would have been no such qualifier; we would simply been told that it was bin Laden and no ifs or buts.
It doesn’t demonstrate that most people are dumb and gullible enough to still believe this stuff; it does, however, demonstrate that Bush and the neocons are dumb and gullible enough to believe that most people will.
Their ‘Global War Against Terrorism’ is even more transparent than ever it was before.