Wednesday, October 29, 2008
It should probably come as no surprise the CIA led the recent attack on Syria that allegedly killed an “al-Qaeda commander” who supposedly “oversaw the smuggling into Iraq of foreign fighters whose attacks claimed thousands of Iraqi and American lives,” according to McClatchy, citing “U.S. officials, who all spoke on the condition of anonymity because the operation was classified.”
The CIA has a long and sordid history of violating the national sovereignty of nations, beginning in 1948 when the agency’s “covert-action wing” was created by Wall Street lawyer Frank Wisner. According to its charter, the covert-action wing, also called the Office of Policy Coordination, was “responsible” for “propaganda, economic warfare, preventive direct action, including sabotage, antisabotage, demolition and evacuation procedures… subversion against hostile states, including assistance to underground resistance groups” (see Steve Kangas’ A Timeline of CIA Atrocities).
Since 1948, the CIA has staged “preventive direct action” and sabotage either directly or through proxies against Guatemala, North Vietnam, Laos, Haiti, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Ecuador, Indonesia, Cambodia, Chile, Angola, and elsewhere. Of course, as Bill Clinton noted on the 50th anniversary of the CIA, by “necessity, the American people will never know the full story of your courage,” or criminality, so we will probably never know the full list of agency atrocities and violations. It should not come as a surprise Clinton would make such a remark. After all, as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford, Clinton was recruited by the agency to spy on antiwar activists in Europe.
In addition to killing a farmer, three children and a fisherman outside of Abu Kamal, Syria, alleged al-Qaeda operative Abu Ghadiya was killed. Corporate media reports that Abu Ghadiya was former lieutenant to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the late and apparently superhuman terrorist who not only organized bloody Sunni attacks against the Shia of Iraq, but was said to have also decapitated Nick Berg, planned chemical and biological attacks, sent “suspicious white powder” (said to be ricin) to then Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, threatened a dirty bomb attack against the United States, attacked Jordanian intelligence headquarters, was connected to the Madrid train bombings, and oversaw the Iraqi resistance.
According to terrorism expert Loretta Napoleoni, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi “became what [the Pentagon] wanted him to be,” an all-purpose jihadist bogeyman designed to transform the CIA created al-Qaeda “from a small elitist vanguard to a mass movement.” In fact, the Washington Post “has acknowledged that the role of Zarqawi had been deliberately ‘magnified’ by the Pentagon,” writes Michel Chossudovsky. The “Zarqawi campaign” is discussed in several internal military documents as part of a “xenophobia response” propaganda effort.
Apparently, a likewise campaign was manufactured to elevate Ghadiya to super-terrorist status as well. “He is the guy who produced the most prolific of the foreign fighters networks,” said a U.S. official, adding that the extremists he smuggled into Iraq were responsible for attacks that “killed thousands of Iraqis and our own U.S. forces.”
Is it possible the shadowy Abu Ghadiya is part of a Pentagon Psyop? Considering the involvement of the CIA and the Pentagon in promoting the al-Zarqawi myth, it is a distinct possibility, especially after the reluctance of Iraq’s puppet government to sign on to a security arrangement brokered by the United States. The security agreement, which has been under discussion for months, will determine the future of U.S. troops in Iraq beyond December 2008 when the present UN mandate expires. “We need to have authority to continue activities. We need to have legal authority to carry out security operations,” Brigadier General David Perkins recently told the AFP.
In fact, according to political analyst Hossein Alaii, the Syrian attack is directly related to the security pact. “According to the security pact, whenever the U.S. feels threatened by Iraq’s neighbors, it has the right to use the territory of Iraq to counter the threat…The U.S. attacked Syrian territories under the pretext that al-Qaeda forces were in the region but the reality is that it is implementing the proposed security agreement,” Alaii told the Tehran Times.
As well, the attack was aimed at Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, a perennial enemy of the neocons. The attack “came as Syria prepared to take another step in from the cold today with its foreign minister visiting London to hear praise for its newly conciliatory policies in Lebanon — and to be urged to distance itself from Iran,” the Guardian wrote on Monday. “In recent months Syria has helped broker an end to Lebanon’s prolonged political crisis, established diplomatic relations with it and held several rounds of indirect talks with Israel, with Turkey acting as broker. In July Assad was invited by Nicolas Sarkozy to an EU summit in Paris.”
This article was posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 5:33 am