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By Yamin Zakaria
July 11, 2005
'God didn’t call
We live in a world where Anglo-Saxon civilization assumes the right to unleash its military forces on anyone, but expects everyone else to howl “terrorism,” give minutes of silence, and stand shoulder-to-shoulder when they face retaliation! As expected everyone is howling and describing it [the London bombings] as barbaric, an act of terrorism and an attack on humanity because the bombs were detonated in London and not in Baghdad or Kabul!
Fifty-four people killed at a wedding party
At the G8 Summit, Blair and Bush referred to their noble work of relieving poverty (as if the West had no role in causing that poverty in the first place) and contrasting that with the acts of the terrorists in London. In fact, the G8 Summit is actually facilitating a new scramble for Africa, and let’s face it, capitalism and altruism don’t mix, they are polar opposites.
They (Bush and Blair) portray the attacks on London as lacking any cause whatsoever. Examining the “cause” is an uncomfortable topic, since it can be self-incriminating.
What is even more perplexing is that the “man” who
is leading the war on terror is doing so from the rear or from his bunker.
George Bush says: “The war on terror goes on” as if this incident is justification
for the war waged in
If anything, the incident in London is a by-product of the initial aggressions in
Now the basic question, who did it and why? It could have been the IRA but this does not carry the hallmarks of an IRA attack, and they have been dormant for some time. The splinter group, the real IRA, do not have the logistical capability to carry out such attacks.
Theoretically, some may point to extreme French nationalists as the likely suspects, after France lost its Olympic bid to Britain and just after it had to watch the British gloat over the Battle of Trafalgar [the decisive battle of the Napoleonic Wars], not to mention reliving the old historic wounds from Agincourt to Waterloo [other French defeats]. But this too, is unlikely.
For various reasons, many skeptics, war opponents
and Muslims may point to the CIA and/or the Mossad as likely suspects for
carrying out such an operation; to discredit their domestic opponents; justify
prolonging their aggression against Muslims; or to build a climate for attacking
But the most likely suspects, as the media has already pointed out, are the Muslims – and why?: Because they have reason to retaliate. The reason is not often elaborated upon, usually hidden behind the labels of “terrorism” and “extremism.”
Anyway, the al-Qaeda network comes to everyone’s lips. But no one is prepared to say that the bombings could have been carried out by relatives of those who perished in Fallujah, Ramadi, Anbar, etc. Let us not forget Hilla, where British forces deliberately dropped cluster bombs on civilians, maiming many, where even before the war there were no Iraqi or resistance forces present.
Blair referred to the “terrorists” wanting
to destroy their way of life. If that is the case, then why have they chosen
to attack after all this time? What is the motivation for wanting to destroy
your way of life? How does it benefit them? Is Blair suggesting that they
are mindless serial killers like those walking the streets of
If it was an act of retaliation by Muslims, then the
reasons are obvious. It is partly vengeance and partly to make the citizens
of the West feel the reality of what their governments are doing in
To condemn the atrocity in London in isolation from everything else is to condone the real and bigger criminals (Bush and Blair) sitting at the G8 summit! Out of diplomatic protocol and niceties, all of the G8 members stood shoulder to shoulder. Muslims moderates as usual cannot do anything but follow their masters nor do whatever is fashionable and acceptable.
But where was the voice speaking out for the unprovoked aggression in Iraq that has taken the lives of 100,000 plus, which, if balance were sought, would take around 2000 more incidents of the kind that took place in London?