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Tuesday, September 23, 2008


The fact that both the Pakistan president and his Prime Minister were both scheduled to meet and dine at the Marriott Hotel together with many other senior government leaders at the time of the bomb blast that destroyed the hotel puts a new perspective on the notion that the blast was something more than just another so-called ‘suicide bomber’ attack by ‘Islamic extremists’.

While the US and their allies were quick to use the mainstream media to point the finger of blame at al Qaeda and the Taliban in Pakistan, who have denied any knowledge of the attack, the reality is that neither al Qaeda nor the Taliban had anything to actually gain from such an atrocity. Only the US and their allies would have gained from the deaths of Pakistan’s leaders in these circumstances. Had they been killed, the US and their allies would have had an opportunity to back a pro-US Pakistani to lead the country in its ‘war against terrorism’ which had now come to Pakistan. The US may even have used the event as an excuse to launch ground operations by US forces to secure Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal using the US-backed emergency leader to give authority to such action.

Other factors are also giving cause for greater suspicion about this event. Just days before the bombing, the US had launched a number of drone attacks against targets on Pakistani soil. The Pakistan government had told the US that all such attacks in future that infringed Pakistan’s sovereignty would be defended by Pakistan’s forces regardless of who was attacking them. The US head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, had given his assurances personally to the President that such attacks would not happen again. But they did. Even as Mullen was giving the President his assurance, the Predator drone attacks were being planned. It was quickly becoming apparent that both the Pakistani government and, more importantly, the Pakistani people, were rapidly losing what little confidence they had left in being allied to the US as they had been. US and allied incursions into Pakistan were seeing Pakistanis becoming increasingly hostile toward the US to the point that the US was running the risk of becoming completely alienated by the Pakistan government.

An alienated nuclear armed Islamic Pakistan right next door to Iran is the last thing the US and their allies want.


Kashif said...

I doubt that attack was on President/PM. While Interior Advisor Rehman Malik said there was a reception planed at Marriott, Hashwani, the owner denied any official booking.

I believe that Marines/CIA officials staying in the hotel were the target. I also believe that from eyewitness accounts and scope of destruction, there are more causalities than the numbers made public by government.

Anonymous said...

you are dead right, lataan.

Esp as US has already bee implicated in bombings in iraq:

'The former collaborator went on: "the unit that I was with settled in the presidential palace in the al-A'zamiyah district. We were allowed to visit our relatives and relations in Baghdad once a month, and so I would go visit my family in 'Madinat as-Sadr’ in eastern Baghdad. But after things began to get worse and the armed men began to shoot at everyone leaving the palace, I asked my family to come to the palace every now and then so I could see them. My job was being a guard, but after a time that situation changed and the American occupation forces put me in charge of a group of a unit that carried out assassinations in the streets of Baghdad," he said.

"Our task was to carry out assassinations of individuals. The US occupation army would supply us with their names, pictures, and maps of their daily movements to and from their place of residence and we were supposed to kill the Shi'i, for example, in the al-A'zamiyah, and kill the Sunni in the of 'Madinat as-Sadr’, and so on."

"Anyone in the unit who made a mistake was killed. Three members of my team were killed by US occupation forces after they failed to assassinate Sunni political figures in Baghdad. A US force that had been so-ordered eliminated them. That took place two years ago," the former collaborator recalled.

The former collaborator said that the Americans have a unit for "dirty jobs." That unit is a mix of Iraqis, Americans, and foreigners and of the security detachments that are deployed in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities. This unit doesn’t only carry out assassinations, but some of them specialize in planting bombs and car bombs in neighborhoods and markets. This unit carries out operations in which wanted people whom the American army does not want killed are arrested.

The former collaborator said that "operations of planting car bombs and blowing up explosives in markets are carried out in various ways, the best-known and most famous among the US troops is placing a bomb inside cars as they are being searched at checkpoints. Another way is to put bombs in the cars during interrogations. After the desired person is summoned to one of the US bases, a bomb is place in his car and he is asked to drive to a police station or a marked for some purpose and there his car blows up."

The testimony of the former collaborator is consistent with some western reports that have disclosed the involvement of US military personnel in bombings that target Iraqi civilians. The British reporter Robert Fisk, AMSI noted, had recently met with Iraqis in Syria concerning such "black operations" carried out by the Americans.'


Anonymous said...

Hi damian, Kashif is right. the Interior minstiery says the head of go vmeeting was booked and changed at last minute, and The owner denies any such is lying.

Why? Cheap political gain or more serious.

It seems Bhutto's husband likes to play the victim even to the point of using murdered bomb victims.

Wonder if the owner will change his version or .....a bit of a smoking gun. His partner is Texas based and another powerful person, his hotel was hit, his staff and friends were killed as well as his ghests...maybe he is angry and flexing.....

So, were any marines killed, wer ethe metal boxes still there, was that story a plant or real, and how on earth does a hotel ignite in that way from a ground detonation even it is really was in teh truck(impossbile due to the immediate photo of the crator truck bits there at all in the base...suggests from below). Didnt see any sniffer dogs either in teh CCTV , wonder why the security guys headed off.

Amazing that no warning given to anyone despite this truck stopping and interior small blast and small fire etc taking so long to occur.

I agree with Kashif, there MUST have been huge casualties with a fierce nowarning blaze like that or was occupancy limited?

And what muslim would target those good muslims breaking their fast for ramadam? Remonds me ot the Golden Domed Mosque bombing.

Still cannot see anywhere blaming Iran, expected that. And still no realistic claim for responsiblity....if ISI hadnt heard of Fedayin al Islam then it never existed I reckon.
wotcha think Damo, a false flag? Seems most of the internet public would agree with that...then why and by whom, cui bono? Quite a few actually.

it certainly reminds of the Indonesian bombings and the same peopel probably behind it.
ciao Annie

Damian Lataan said...

Some interesting points have been raised, particularly by Kashif and Annie, none of which I can answer. Like most, I can only speculate.

Annie’s point about this bombing being similar to the Indonesian bombings is interesting. The Marriott Hotel chain certainly seems to cop more than their fair share of targeting for a starters.

The first question any objective investigator needs to ask is simple; who benefits? In the circumstances at the time, what with the US getting a hard time from the Pakistani government over US military incursions into the border regions of Pakistan, it would seem that neither the Taliban nor al Qaeda would have benefited from such an action. Bringing ‘terrorism’ to Pakistan could only benefit those that have a vested interest in legitimising a western foreign presence in Pakistan.

One should remember that the border line between Afghanistan and Pakistan was an arbitrary line drawn by western colonialists and to this day is not one accepted by the peoples of the border regions. It does, however, provide a convenient point by which fighters can find safe haven – until now – in their fight against the western invaders. These fighters have considerable support from the Pakistani people and, since the demise of President Musharraf from power, the US/western control over politics in Pakistan has diminished somewhat. It is this loss of control that worries the US and their allies, what with Pakistan being a nuclear power and being right next door to Iran.

I think this bombing was definitely a ‘false flag’ event planned by the western allies and perpetrated by paid and supplied warlords. I think there is a lot more to come as we learn more about what happened and take note of how the political consequences pan out.

American Hill BIlly said...

Thank you for this view point. The power each one of us has typing away in this virtual reality is refreshing. I've read different things regarding this bombing, and so far this has the most creedence.

United In Peace And Freedom

Kashif said...

@Damian: Earlier, I have missed the post - I can buy Michael's comment there, about the mini nuke.

As for the motive, well, its quite clear that US doesn't want a nuclear (and stable) Pakistan. A divided Pakistan will help India to further expand itself and pose as a threat to China, while US can go on with its hegemonic intentions.

Pakistan is being destabilized quite rapidly. With deteriorating economy, rising street crime, power failure, insecurity at the borders, kidnappings of foreigners, political uncertainty and retard leaders (, we are ready for a national disaster.

I take this op-ed in NY Times quite seriously ( It indicates the shape of things to come.