The Al-Qaeda myth

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John and Adam were talking about the propaganda myth known as Al Qaeda. The more we know the more ridiculous the concept sounds.


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  1. Carole Thomas

    Another interesting tidbit about the origins of the name alQuada that I ound in an old Guardian article from 2002. The author makes links bezween literary fiction ( Asimov’s Foundation series and Frank Herbert’s Dune) to “Osama bin Laden’s” machinations. While the author has not grasped the fakery perspective (he sees these science fiction novels as having inspired “Osama”), it nevertheless makes interesting reading – especially the title of Asimov’s book as translated into Arabic!

    Here an excerpt:…

    “The Empire portrayed in Asimov’s novels is in turmoil – he cited Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire as an influence. Beset by overconsumption, corruption and inefficiency, “it had been falling for centuries before one man really became aware of that fall. That man was Hari Seldon, the man who represented the one spark of creative effort left among the gathering decay. He developed and brought to its highest pitch the science of psycho-history.”

    Seldon is a scientist and prophet who predicts the Empire’s fall. He sets up his Foundation in a remote corner of the galaxy, hoping to build a new civilisation from the ruins of the old. The Empire attacks the Foundation with all its military arsenal and tries to crush it. Seldon uses a religion (based on scientific illusionism) to further his aims. These are tracked by the novel and its sequels across a vast tract of time. For the most part, his predictions come true.

    Seldon, like Bin Laden, transmits videotaped messages for his followers, recorded in advance. There is also some similarity in geopolitical strategy. Seldon’s vision seems oddly like the way Bin Laden has conceived his campaign. “Psycho-history” is the statistical treatment of the actions of large populations across epochal periods – the science of mobs as Asimov calls it. “Hari Seldon plotted the social and economic trends of the time, sighted along curves and foresaw the continuing and accelerating fall of civilisation.”

    So did Bin Laden use Foundation as a kind of imaginative sounding-board for the creation of al-Qaida? Perhaps reading the book in his pampered youth, and later on seeing his destiny in terms of the ruthless manipulation of historical forces? Did he realise much earlier than anyone else that the march of globalisation would provide opportunities for those who wanted to rouse and exploit the dispossessed?”

    And what was the translation of Asimov’s Foundation series into Arabic?
    … alQuaida, of course:-)

  2. Carole Thomas

    Just came across this interesting ” namecraft”:-)

    “Ana raicha Al Qaeda” is colloquial for “I’m going to the toilet”. A very common and widespread use of the word “Al-Qaeda” in different Arab countries in the public language is for the toilet bowl. This name comes from the Arabic verb “Qa’ada” which mean “to sit”, pertinently, on the “Toilet Bowl”. In most Arabs homes there are two kinds of toilets: “Al-Qaeda” also called the “Hamam Franji” or foreign toilet, and “Hamam Arabi” or “Arab toilet” which is a hole in the ground. Lest we forget it, the potty used by small children is called “Ma Qa’adia” or “Little Qaeda”.

    So, if you were forming a terrorist group, would you call yourself, “The Toilet”?…

  3. psyopticon

    Or did Cookie just snuff it from natural causes? Over-exertion while hill-climbing? In his 60th year with pre-existing heart disease, he wasn’t exactly at the pinnacle of health.

    The Crown probably has a contingency plan for all public figures in poor health. If and when their (natural) death occurs, Nutwork is ready to sex it up to suit the current political agenda., or just to titillate.

    “MI5 assassination” (Robin Cook MP), “INLA bomb” (Airey Neave MP), “IRA bomb” (Ian Gow MP), “Auto-Erotic Asphyxiation” (Stephen Milligan MP), “doorstep assassination”, (Jan Dildo), “IRA bomb” (Dickie von Battenberg), ,and so.

    Perps like Alex Jones are used to seed rumours of foul play, spreading alternative narratives of assassination, “suicide”, and so on. To frighten us shitless!

    Dressing up Cook’s death as a British intelligence wet-job was useful at the time, serving “Pour Encourager Les Autres“.

    That famous French phrase is a reference to the apparent execution of Royal Navy Admiral John Byng in 1756. According to legend, Admiral Byng refused an order from the Crown to invade the Balearic island of Minorca. When Byng returned to England he was court-martialled and executed, “pour encourager les autres“. As a warning to others contemplating insubordination! That’s the legend.…

    Recall in the Cooky case, the tales of shadowy “Men in Black” appearing from nowhere on the hillside where the MP collapsed. None were ever identified. Did they exist? Or were they just conspiracy fluff to pad out the alternative narrative of foul play?

    Cook’s death has the same propaganda vector as the psyop we know as the “Apparent Suicide of Dr David Kelly”. That likely hoax sent its own shockwave through the politico-military apparatus. The Kelly psyop was aimed at any mandarins harbouring their own ideas of speaking out against the Iraq War: Watch it, or you’ll join the Late Doctor Kelly to be “found dead in the woods” !

    As an aside, being “found dead in the woods” was an obvious reference to an earlier psyop – the alleged MI5 murder of the celebrated rose grower and anti-nookular campaigner “Hilda Murrell”, 78.

    But then you knew that really, Tom!

  4. Tom Dalpra

    The Robin Cook death looks highly suspicious in view of what he said (he clearly spoke the truth) at such an important time.
    Was he perhaps a rare thing – a politician with a conscience who did speak the truth? Someone with the integrity and the balls to step outside the narrative? I’ve almost got to the point where I think politicians like that don’t exist.

    Maybe he was one of a dying breed.

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