Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

January 12, 2005

Uninformed Journalists #2: Does Al-Qaeda Exist?

Filed under: — Different River @ 7:01 pm

From the Los Angeles Times, a column by Robert Scheer:

Is Al Qaeda Just a Bush Boogeyman?

Is it conceivable that Al Qaeda, as defined by President Bush as the center of a vast and well-organized international terrorist conspiracy, does not exist?

To even raise the question amid all the officially inspired hysteria is heretical, especially in the context of the U.S. media’s supine acceptance of administration claims [sic] relating to national security. Yet a brilliant new BBC film produced by one of Britain’s leading documentary filmmakers systematically challenges this and many other accepted articles of faith in the so-called [sic] war on terror.

“The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear,” a three-hour historical [sic] film by Adam Curtis recently aired by the British Broadcasting Corp., argues coherently that much of what we have been told about the threat of international terrorism “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.”

In an earlier phase of his career, Mr. Scheer was a Berkeley radical and editor of a magazine called Ramparts, which hatched the first conspiracy theories about the Kennedy assassination. He also ran for the Democratic nomination for Congress in 1966, campaining on the basis that the Democratic incumbent was not left-wing enough.

So I suppose it would be pointless to ask if Mr. Scheer forgot about two certain tall buildings that used to stand in New York City, a big hole in what used to be (and is again) the Pentagon, three thousand people who used to be alive, and some videotapes by a certain individual, head of a certain organization, claiming credit for it all. I could also ask about two embassies in Africa, an American ship that got a big hole in it while visiting Yemen, and several thousand people in Afghanistan who lost their lives (the “lucky” ones, just their limbs) at the hands (and guns, and axes) of the government installed by the same organization.

After all, those were all faked on the same Hollywood sounds stage as the moon landing, right? You know, the same place where they fake those satellite orbits to “prove” the earth isn’t flat?

Or, maybe Mr Scheer has been reading best-sellers like The Frightening Fraud, by Thierry Meyssan.

In any case, it’s nice to see he’s found a “mainstream” journalistic home, with a regular column in the Los Angeles Times.

UPDATE: No, the story that a plane hit the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, is not an urban legend.

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