Thursday, June 12, 2008

al-Guardian More Likely to Believe al-Queda than the US Government

The usual impotent rage on their news and opinion sites sound more or less like this when they’re intelligible:

The US military-industrial-televangelist complex keeps power by fomenting instability and violence.
and other forms of the confluence of anything, anything, and everything that they can beat off to:
Barack Obama puppet boy of the New World Order ...bought and paid for by big corporations , next president of the USA (United States of Advertising)
In a more sober moment:
Last month an Arabic satellite TV channel broadcast a chilling video of a group of Iraqi teenagers called the "Youths of Heaven" - their faces masked and brandishing Kalashnikov rifles, chanting "Allahu Akbar" and vowing to blow themselves up with "crusaders and apostates." The film of these aspiring suicide bombers, all said to be under 16, was produced by al-Furqan, the media arm of the Islamic State of Iraq, aka al-Qaida. But such material is rare these days, with film coming out of Iraq looking suspiciously like posed training sessions with little of the live action of ambushes that has been the staple fare of jihadi websites.

Two weeks ago, General Michael Hayden, the director of the CIA, made waves when he said in an interview that al-Qaida has suffered "near-strategic defeat" in Iraq. To many observers it was a surprisingly upbeat view just a year after gloomy assessments of the dangers that Osama bin Laden still posed. In fact, few security sources - including key counter-terrorism officials canvassed by the Guardian - and independent experts disagree, though the US military is more circumspect.
That they are too touchy and self-absorbed to hear the idea “attract as many of them into one place and kill them” spoken out loud, but for now this bit of awarness will do.

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