Friday, October 15, 2004

No Threat!

Hooray! We were wrong all along. There is no terrorist threat. Al-Qaeda doesn't even really exist. There was no threat from the Soviet Union either. Who knew?

The U.K.'s Guardian explains the BBC's view, to be shown as a 3-part series. Some excerpts:
Much of the currently perceived threat from international terrorism, the series argues, "is a fantasy that has been exaggerated and distorted by politicians. It is a dark illusion that has spread unquestioned through governments around the world, the security services, and the international media."

The Power of Nightmares [on BBC2] seeks to overturn much of what is widely believed about Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida. The latter, it argues, is not an organised international network. It does not have members or a leader. It does not have "sleeper cells". It does not have an overall strategy. In fact, it barely exists at all, except as an idea about cleansing a corrupt world through religious

Curtis' evidence for these assertions is not easily dismissed.

Bill Durodie, director of the international centre for security analysis at King's College London, says: "The reality [of the al- Qaida threat to the west] has been essentially a one-off. There has been one incident in the developed world since 9/11 [the Madrid bombings]. There's no real evidence that all these groups are connected."

"Almost no one questions this myth about al-Qaida because so many people have got an interest in keeping it alive," says Curtis.

A sceptical observer of the war on terror in the British security services says: "All they need is a big bomb every 18 months to keep this going."

But whatever the reception of the series, this fear could be around for a while... the cold war was sustained for almost half a century without Russia invading the west, or even conclusive evidence that it ever intended to.
There's no need to even attempt to editorialize or Fisk such -- what -- there isn't even a word for what the above is, that fully captures the combination of outrageous, dangerous nonsense tinged with insanity and wrapped in cognitive dissonance.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm afraid there IS a word for it, Scholar...six actually..."satan at large in the world."

7:57 PM, October 15, 2004  

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