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Thursday, August 11, 2005
Holy fucking shit. The Guardian is either being run by traitors or idiots. Hold on this is gonna get long, but it's a perfect microcosm of the rot in the media. First read
this blog summary.

Now read this article published in the same damn paper only a month ago.
UK-based dissident denies link to website that carried al-Qaida claim

David Pallister
Saturday July 9, 2005
The Guardian

The claim of responsibility for the London attacks was first posted on one of the dozens of Islamic websites that are routinely monitored by western intelligence services.

The statement, under the name of the Secret Organisation of the al-Qaida Jihad in Europe, said: "The heroic mujahideen have carried out a blessed raid in London. Britain is now burning with fear, terror and panic in its northern, southern, eastern and western quarters."

It was posted on an Arabic website, al-qal3ah.com, which is registered by Qalaah Qalaah in Abu Dhabi and hosted by a server in Houston, Texas.

But two Israeli groups devoted to exposing the network of jihadist sites claim that it is connected to the London-based Saudi dissident Saad al-Faqih. Mr Faqih, who is based in Willesden, north-west London, and runs the Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia (Mira), was designated by the US treasury last December as a supporter of al-Qaida. The UK Treasury followed suit by freezing Mr Faqih's assets.
The first hit for a Google search on his name takes you to Wikipedia where his links to Al Qaeda are noted. A 2002 BBC article notes that this same guy purchased a bomber's phone.
Sunday, 10 March, 2002, 23:22 GMT
Bin Laden connected to London dissident
Bin Laden used satellite phone
Bin Laden's al-Qaeda organisation used satellite phone
By the BBC's John Sweeney

Osama Bin Laden, the world's most wanted man, has connections to a leading Saudi dissident based in London, BBC Radio's Five Live Report has revealed.

The programme provides evidence that Saad Al-Fagih, a key figure in the London-based campaign opposed to the Saudi regime, bought a satellite phone that was later used by Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda organisation.

On 30 July 1998 one of the suicide bombers who blew up the US embassy in Nairobi telephoned the satellite phone number: 00 873 682 505 331.

Eight days later the suicide bombers struck in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam killing 247 people.

The satellite phone was the very same one that had been bought by Saad Al-Fagih in November 1996.

Al-Fagih was also involved in a campaign to stop the deportation of another Saudi dissident, Mohammed Al-Masari, from Britain.
In case they remove the article in embarrassment. I've copied the whole thing.
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Give up your freedoms - or change tack

Blair's anti-terror measures are exactly what Bin Laden wants

Saad al-Fagih
Thursday August 11, 2005
The Guardian

No one will be more pleased than Osama bin Laden with the new measures announced by Tony Blair. He will be even more pleased should the prime minister succeed in turning his plans into legislation. There are two reasons for Bin Laden's satisfaction at what doubtless looks to him like a historic victory.

First, he will believe he has succeeded in forcing Britain to abandon a number of hard-earned achievements in the fields of justice and liberty - achievements that took centuries of struggle and evolution to accomplish. Bin Laden will rejoice because he has forced society into forsaking these values. This, he believes, will leave the west open to eventual defeat at the hands of Muslims.

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Both moderate and jihadist Islamist activists have long recognised the values of justice and liberty within western societies as the foundation of western dominance in the past few centuries. A dictum attributed to Ibn Taymiya, a renowned Muslim scholar born seven centuries ago, states that God will lend victory to a just nation even if it is infidel and bring defeat to the unjust even if it they are Muslim. When the west loses its values of justice, it will be defeated in the long run.

The second reason for Bin Laden's satisfaction is that his strategy is based on absolute polarisation. The world is to be split into two opposing camps: a bloc of Muslims with no infidels in their midst and one of infidels with no Muslims in their midst.

The measures advocated by Blair and the accompanying atmosphere of racial hatred might cause many Muslims living in "infidel" western nations to leave for good. The harsher the measures adopted by Britain and other western societies, the nearer we will get to fulfilling Bin Laden's strategic aim.

It is perhaps not surprising that Bin Laden was able to manipulate the cowboy element in the American political structures to his advantage, turning them into his own PR outfit, which influenced huge numbers of Muslims to become supporters of his group. What is surprising is that European, in particular British, political establishments should take up the American methods, enabling Bin Laden to score similar successes on the European front.

One of the wonders of the confrontation with al-Qaida is that the British decision-making institutions are running, cogs and wheels, in tandem with those of the Americans, feeding on sensationalism and appeasement of prejudice. The British political establishment is abandoning its traditional reliance on careful thinking, sound knowledge of current factors and a determination not to endanger historical commitments.

Is this an inevitable result of the magnitude of the challenge mounted by al-Qaida - or is it the product of attempts by politicians such as Blair to mislead public opinion, which is largely ignorant of the historical dimension of these complex issues?

Were we to look at Blair's speech a few days after the attacks in London, we might be able to answer this question. Blair acknowledged that al-Qaida poses a big strategic challenge; that it possesses a clear objective and a determined plan; that it is able to launch attacks in 26 countries; and that it is present in all countries of significance worldwide. In short, Blair admits that al-Qaida has been growing into an international force threatening those who stand with the US.

Yet Blair did not follow his acknowledgements to their logical conclusions. He did not say that this growth of al-Qaida occurred during his and Bush's colossal war against it, using all the military, political and intelligence powers at their disposal. The logical conclusion must be that the so-called war on terror in its present form, including the invasion of Iraq, is yielding precisely the opposite results to those intended.

If I were British, I would have been proud of my people's reaction to the bombings in London in the first few days after the event. I saw calm, collectedness and self-control. This was the authentic British people's reaction before their political leaders got to work.

I thought this composure would translate into alarm at Blair's subservience to the Americans. Then the political machinery started to run, using the American method of turning the smallest of prejudices, suppressed by centuries of civilisation, into fires stoked by politicians and the media. I have been surprised at the ease with which hard-won hallmarks of civilisation, historical and ethical commitments, have been dismissed so lightly. A daily diet of sensationalism and soundbites has been presented as food for thought for the nation.

It is not for me to tell others how to run their affairs. But Britain will now have to decide whether to relinquish its time-honoured traditions and values in response to demagogic speeches and proclamations - or to look carefully at its so-called war on terror strategy and resolve to change tack.

Saad al-Fagih is a leading exiled Saudi dissident and director of the Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia
Don't you think an editorial by such a person deserves more of an explanation of who he is and why the Guardian finds his opinion worth printing? This is a very subtle and elegant Al Qaeda propaganda piece.

Remember, the civil rights movement was only 50 years ago. The civil war was only 140 years ago. The internment of Japanese people was only 60 years ago. We were locked in a deathmatch with Nazis only 60 years ago. We were locked in a cold war (remember mutually assured destruction?) less than 20 years ago. Our civilization and our society have only just gotten here. The world we live in today is not an historic birthright but a new and fragile miracle purchased in blood sweat and tears.

9/11 and the first World Trade Center bombing happened before the Iraq war. The Afghan Buddhas were destroyed before the war. The embassies in Africa were bombed before the war. These barbaric savages were killing women in sports stadiums during Clinton's term. The USS Cole happened before the war. How exactly are the Islamofacists beheading buddhists in Thailand related to Bush and the Iraq war?

The reality is that we are facing an enemy ideology just as terrifying as the Nazis. Looking away from it. Ignoring it. Blaming Churchill for provoking Hitler... These will not protect us, they'll just make it much more likely that we'll have to take awful, final, decisive, action at some point in the future. I don't want to see muslims driven from europe. But, here's harsh reality: minorities survive on the tolerance of majorities. There are more of us than you. We have more money. We have better technology. Do not convince us that there is no hope of peaceful coexistance. It won't end well for you. I don't want the US to spend the next century like post-war Germany wondering how we could have done such a thing. Though if we get to that point I'd expect something more along the reaction of Hiroshima. Especially post well-publicized polls showing large portions of those minority populations wouldn't drop the dime on planned attacks. The window on better solutions is closing by the day. Pray.

posted by Rachel 8/11/2005
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