Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Is Al Qaeda a Phantom Menace?

"Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults."--Poor Richard

Robert Scheer:
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 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 war on terror.

The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear, a three-hour historical 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."...

Terrorism is deeply threatening, but it appears to be a much more fragmented and complex pheonomenon than the octopus-network image of Al Qaeda, with Bin Laden as its head would suggest.

Scheer, Is Al Qaeda Just a Bush Boogeyman?