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Friday, March 21, 2008


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.


greg Bacon said...

When Seeing and Hearing Isn't Believing

By William M. Arkin Special to
Monday, Feb. 1, 1999

"Gentlemen! We have called you together to inform you that we are going to overthrow the United States government." So begins a statement being delivered by Gen. Carl W. Steiner, former Commander-in-chief, U.S. Special Operations Command.

At least the voice sounds amazingly like him.

But it is not Steiner. It is the result of voice "morphing" technology developed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

By taking just a 10-minute digital recording of Steiner's voice, scientist George Papcun is able, in near real time, to clone speech patterns and develop an accurate facsimile. Steiner was so impressed, he asked for a copy of the tape.

Steiner was hardly the first or last victim to be spoofed by Papcun's team members. To refine their method, they took various high quality recordings of generals and experimented with creating fake statements. One of the most memorable is Colin Powell stating "I am being treated well by my captors."

"They chose to have him say something he would never otherwise have said," chuckled one of Papcun's colleagues.

Source:Washington Post

Anonymous said...

Damian, let's bring the focus back to the grave Iranian threat: seems like someone has been hitting the repeat button?

"The thesis that the danger of genocide was hanging over us in June 1967 and that Israel was fighting for its physical existence is only bluff, which was born and developed after the war."

Israeli General Matityahu Peled, Ha'aretz, 19 March 1972

Damian Lataan said...

The ‘grave Iranian threat’ is, of course, simply a propaganda device deigned to demonise the Iranian hardliners in order to keep Western public opinion primed in readiness for an attack by the Israeli/US alliance at a time of their choosing and convenience – hence the on-again-off-again approach to their rhetoric.

From the very beginning of Zionist intrusion into Palestine a classic characteristic of Zionist Israeli propaganda is for them to always find casus belli with which to attack their enemies. In most instances, however, it is usually the Israelis that cast the first stone and then somehow twist it to blame it on their enemies for having ‘started’ it.

For example, the recent killing of Hezbollah leader Imad Mughniyeh has been denied by Israel because any retaliation for his death by Hezbollah would then provide casus belli for Israel to launch a full-on offensive against south Lebanon. Their modus operandi is now fully transparent.