You know, if the propagandists want to be even slightly convincing,
then they may wish to write articles that actually "seem"
factual. Take for example this latest terra alert - this
one in the UK - about the big Al-Qaeda (Osama? Where is
Osama?) threat about to take out all of Britain:
"ISLAMIC terror cells in Britain have been instructed
to carry out a series of kidnappings and beheadings of the
kind allegedly planned by the nine terrorist suspects arrested
in Birmingham last week.
The “strategic” assassination instruction was issued by Al-Qaeda’s
leaders in Pakistan and Iraq to dozens of their followers
in this country. It was uncovered by MI5 last autumn, senior
security sources say."
Um, what Al Qaeda leaders in Iraq? Oh and how did they send
the message, telepathically? Pakistan I could believe, but Iraq?
Sorry, but this article lost me right at the beginning.
But I am still a bit confused on timing here..."last autumn?"
So why are we hearing about this now? And if this was handled,
why do we need to know about it? Let me put it this way, my
father would never want to alarm me for any reason. I
never knew that my parents were frightened when we first came
to this country or for many years after. They never showed their
fear to me. When my mother was in the hospital several years
back, my father did not tell me right away because he did not
want to worry me.
In general, information that may cause panic is not
put out to the public (rightly or wrongly) because in panic
But here we have a case where a threat from last year was neutralized,
that is, posing no threat now, and yet the information is relevant
So what purpose does it serve to tell the public that they were
going to be killed? I could see if the threat of an attack was
looming (but wait, that is coming below), that would be one
thing. But why create panic when it serves no purpose
at all, that is, outside of fear? Precisely.
Fear is the story that is being sold here, not some plot of
dubious origin (Iraqi Al Qaeda leaders?).
But it also serves another purpose, a more alarming purpose
than just the selling of fear:
"The revelation explains the recent deployment of a
permanent SAS unit to London. The unit has been placed on
24-hour standby to respond to a terrorist attack in the capital.
It would aim to carry out a hostage rescue mission within
minutes of being alerted."
Ah, it gives a reason for more paramilitary on London
streets, in case anyone might be wondering.
"After learning of the alleged Birmingham plot to behead
a British Muslim soldier returning from Iraq or Afghanistan
last autumn, the Ministry of Defence spent several months
trying to establish how many soldiers fitted into this category.
After focusing on soldiers in the regular army, the Royal
Marines and the Territorial Army, officials whittled the list
of potential targets down to fewer than 10."
So why all the need for extra boots in London streets? Remember,
this does not have to make sense. It just has to frighten you.
And really, since when is it news that Muslim-American or Muslim-British
soldiers are extra vulnerable to attacks? This is common knowledge
and should have been of concern before the war started.
But what, get this:
"The decision to arrest the nine suspects is said to
have been made after one of them was seen buying a video camera
in an electronics shop last weekend."
Well there you have it, the "go shopping" mantra
of our own dear leader might need to come with a caveat: don't
buy video equipment.
The article then goes on to claim brewing plots still in the
works (because a good counter-terrorism officer knowns that
the best way to stop such a plot would be to out his agents
on the inside?):
"Despite intelligence about the new UK strategy security
sources say that Al-Qaeda has not entirely dropped more traditional
At least two cells are believed to be preparing attacks using
cars packed with fertiliser explosives to cause mass casualties."
If there is such a plot and the UK authorities really were
so concerned, why the hell would they supply this level of detail
and possibly risk exposing a mole? Either the British authorities
are in need of counter-terrorism schooling or this piece, once
again, is total propaganda. I choose the latter for obvious
You can, however, be sure that the right wing - who is less
interested in reason and fact-based discussion - will spread
this latest story far and wide. Remember, they too sell fear
- for maybe different reasons - but that is their goal.