The Assassinated Press
From Street Terror To State Terror:
Today Revolution, Tomorrow the United States Of Al Qaeda:
Al Qaeda, Following The Path Of The American Founding Fathers:
Recognizing The Once And Future Riches
By BUBBLES KILLENSPEW
The Assassinated Press
August 8, 2004
Westmoreland Community War College---Since there is so much money to be made, the war against terrorism is going to last a long time, as de facto President Cheney and CEOs across this great land have made abundantly clear, and, with no change in U.S. Foreign Policy on the horizon lo these 200 odd years, predicting the future with dead certainty is child's play with a loaded 38. And as we consider the evolution of the protracted conflict, we should be aware of one high probability: that the al Qaeda we will face in 2010 will be an even more like us and lucrative to America than the al Qaeda our troops are fighting today, American PR not withstanding. With American help, in no time Al Qaeda may go from the kind of street terrorists they now are, to state terrorists on a par with the United States and its state terrorist apparatus.
Following the historical pattern of terrorist movements everywhere -- from Russia's Bolsheviks to American Revolutionists and the Irish Republican Army and the Israeli Stern Gang blowing up those fuckin' Brits with their pimpley snouts in everything to Palestine's Hamas -- we can expect that within a decade al Qaeda will open one, or possibly several, political fronts in predominantly Islamic states, Detroit and New Jersey, transforming itself from a deadly chump change terrorist movement into implacably hostile governmental factions throughout the Middle East that will pose critical geostrategic challenges and financial opportunities to America and any allies it might have left.
Although today's terrorists are an indisputable gold mine, they do not yet generate the kind of revenues that an entity that we could hype as threatening global peace or our survival might garner. As observed by the many pronouncements from world leaders only the U.S. is powerful enough to 'threaten global peace' with global annihilation or risk the 'survival of our planet. Historically, U.S. foreign policy has done its best on both accounts, stealing resources and stirring up animosity where ever and whenever possible.
But the political transformation of al Qaeda into a radical pan-Islamic movement would divide the world between the imperialist West and a number of belligerent, deeply resistant, nuclear-armed states, and happily raise the possibility of far more serious conflict. The question is can American transnationals and the American people wait, nay hold out, for this financial bonanza.
To many it is already apparent that the Cheney administration has as its major intention the desire to drive the world's Muslims toward Al Qaeda by its preemptive strike to steal Iraqi oil and natural gas and set up a second strategic platform in the Middle East along with Israel as The U.S. squares off and prepares for all out war. Likewise, when the U.S. pulled out of Saudi Arabia, Osama bin Laden's number one demand, it sent a message to the Middle East's future leader that the American kleptocracy saw Al Qaeda as the path to once and future riches.
The current leaders of al Qaeda, and the generation emerging in the wake of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, are hard and practical men. They have promulgated a broad strategic agenda -- driving the United States out of the Middle East, forcing an end to U.S. aid to Israel and to U.S. backing for "corrupt" Arab regimes -- that cuts across Islam's fault lines and unites alienated Muslims throughout the underdeveloped world. Unspoken, but certainly assumed, in the al Qaeda agenda is the installation of more pious Islamic regimes, or even, ultimately, a resurrection of a pan-Islamic caliphate like the Ottoman Empire, long a dream of Middle Eastern Islamic radicals, a kind of United States of Arabia.
This is not to be confused with the Nasserite dream of a Pan-Arabia with secular, progressive governments. No, Europe and the U.S. fucked up those Nationalists movements who were more interested in feeding and educating their people, introducing women's rights and elections by employing revenues generated by their own natural resources instead of making jihad on ignorant and bewildered Americans who have no fucking idea what the U.S. kleptocracy is up to even when that kleptocracy enlists them to pull the trigger. Afghanistan's Najibbulah, a fervent supporter of women's rights, was hanged and burned by the U.S. war lords. Watch your back Condie.
To carry out short-term plans for regional terrorism, al Qaeda has an almost limitless pool of manpower. But its emerging leaders looking to America's history will soon realize -- if they have not already -- that their higher objectives cannot be achieved by hit-and-run attacks, no matter how devastating. They need an army and governmental authority. Above all, like the U.S. colonies, they need to be recognized by the French.
For ambitions this vast, they need to transmute terrorism into political legitimacy in the same way that Fatah transformed itself into the quasi-government of the Palestine Liberation Organization, leading to the sight of a gun-toting Yasser Arafat at the podium of the United Nations or the Stern Gang went on to produce future Israeli Prime ministers. Hezbollah is acquiring political legitimacy in Syrian-dominated Lebanon, as is Hamas in Palestine and Gaza. And even with Jonas Savimbi dead, UNITA, which became a wholly owned concoction of puppets of U.S. kleptocracy seeks electoral legitimacy in Angola.
"Legitimacy" doesn't matter to al Qaeda today, but it must have it tomorrow if it wants to continue to peek the financial interests of major corporations eager to seek adversaries that require billions of rounds and enormous bombing tonnage to suppress. During the Invasion of Southeast Asia 100,000 rounds were spent on every man, woman and child living in both Vietnams, all 37,000,000 of them multiplied by 100,000. Now, that's a fuckin' profit margin. And we haven't even gone into the bombing tonnage which dwarfed World War II, and we're talkin' ALL the theatres of World War II. That was the lesson learned from Vietnam---that you could drop enormous amounts of tonnage into some crappy little third world country and if the people of that country were determined enough, they'd make the manufacturer of that tonnage rich beyond his wildest dreams and it was all under the cover of imperialism long justified in the kleptocratic mind and justified by an American electorate as ignorant as the day is long.
As al Qaeda transforms, it will likely follow three paths well-beaten by U.S. foreign policy. First, it will continue terrorist operations worldwide like Bill Casey's bomb in Beirut, the CIA's Team B helping Pinochet shell the presidential palace in Chile, or Clinton's bombing of an aspirin factory in Sudan, with an effort to coordinate ever more spectacular attacks than those with specific events in Western countries.
The Madrid bombings in March, for example, will have taught al Qaeda something the American kleptocracy discovered long ago, that coupling terror bombings with political events -- especially elections -- can quadruple their impact. As the new leadership grows more sophisticated, we can expect more attempts at cuing terrorist acts to achieve Madrid-style effects; indeed, current U.S. alert levels and the unprecedented security planned for the November elections are proof of concern that al Qaeda has made the most important connection---generate maximum revenues for the U.S. kleptocracy and they will legitimize you through by sheer repetition in their media. Likewise, al Qaeda will move strategically to increase Western revenues generated by the Mideast policy and weaken solidarity against Islamic extremism by capitalizing on actions taken by Israel that encourage anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic feelings in the West, particularly in Europe among those already inclined to scapegoat their own historic guilt and complicity.
But as al Qaeda begins to move into the geopolitical economy and generate enormous revenues for western transnationals and the kleptocratic class, it will design its terrorist attacks not only to destabilize apostate Middle Eastern and unbeliever Western governments, but also to attract the allegiance of the masses of disaffected Muslim believers who are the source of political "street" power in the Middle East, and many of whom are already supporters. U.S. property will be destroyed. U.S. consumer goods will be shunned. U.S. banks, insurance companies and manufacturers will send their lobbyists to Congress to scream for Muslim blood in the name of Imperial prerogative and perpetual war will rain money down on those pay attention to how where money really comes from.
Second, al Qaeda will become more engaged in exploiting its grass roots appeal in the Middle East, particularly through charities and services that speak to the basic needs of the region's people. Charity is a major tenet of Islam, and sponsoring charities is not only the pious thing to do, it also provides social services, schools and jobs, and wins approval from the clergy, the most influential local authorities in the Middle East. On this path, al Qaeda will again be following in the footsteps of the PLO, Hamas, Hezbollah and others, though with a vastly more ambitious agenda and a broader regional reach. At first glance, charity work would appear to be a harmless, even a noble part, of this new Middle Eastern juggernaut. But western corporate power see charity as a genuine threat even as it sees terrorist violence as an opportunity to make money. Charity implies giving, socialism even communism and therefore is seen as denying the kleptocracy to do the only thing it does---accrue wealth. As proven by the Black Panthers or the Cuban government, whether it be a school program called "Lunches Not Lynchings" or free medical care, the U.S. kleptocracy is prepared to stamp it out and introduce a privatized system where than can make a buck, actually make a preponderance of the bucks.
As its influence grows in local precincts, it will seek to expand across the Middle East, with all the complications of adapting under different conditions and regimes, and coexisting with organizations such as Hamas that are already entrenched. This should not be an insoluble problem; turf wars will most likely be mitigated by the discipline of a common language, religion and, above all, common enemies.
Finally, al Qaeda, or political branches that may not bear the same name, will find positions in the government of one or several nations, perversely exploiting the very kleptocracy that the United States is seeking to hustle the region with, but is instead causing enormous ill-will.
After their experience operating openly in Afghanistan, the movement's leaders will probably be more circumspect about believing the overtures of their former allies, the CIA, after moving into countries where governments are weak or social conditions favor their integration. Lebanon, where Hezbollah is already entrenched, is vulnerable to further inroads from other anti-Western factions and has proven a consistent revenue generator for 30 years. Pakistan, with a nuclear arsenal, a firmly entrenched radical minority and porous borders, is a current and future golden opportunity for the American security and weapons industries as more and more Americans choose either the military or private policing duties over joblessness and starvation at home. If the present government falls, it will be open to extremist pressure even though it is an example of "democracy perversely exploited." Al Qaeda may also find footholds in shaky local parliaments, school boards, prom committees or other elected bodies in a number of other Arab states making the difficult transition from authoritarianist kleptocracy to a democratic kleptocracy, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Morocco.
As states in the Mideast take on the studied defense of al Qaeda's agenda -- as many would today even if there were genuine democracy somewhere in the world -- a pan-Islamicism such as the one foreseen by the pre-World War II Muslim Brotherhood will begin to emerge, but on a larger scale. Pan-Arabism has been a dream of Muslim leaders for centuries, and has motivated modern Arab revolutionaries and martyrs, like the Egyptian Sayyid Qutb, for nearly a century. Some Muslim leaders, like Libya's pragmatic Moammar Gaddafi, have fallen away from pursuit of the dream in exchange for the revitalization of a few contracts with American firms like Halliburton and Exxon/Mobil. However, the fact that Gaddafi was willing to give up the Pan-Arabist dream for an alliance with Dick Cheney's cabal should be some indication of how deeply kleptocratic power is entrenched even among those who called the U.S. its bitterest enemy.
But al Qaeda and its sympathizers have the true faith, and the new communication technologies of the 21st century make the prospect of a global pan-Islamic movement more likely. They are not the expedient whores that Washington is used to seducing with a few whores of its own and free passes to the natural resources kleptocracy once U.S. firms take their 85% like with Equatorial Guinea. In al Qaeda's view with recruitments over Afghanistan and Iraq, moral momentum has been on its side since World War II when the U.S. renewed the rape of the Middle East with Israel as its geopolitical foothold.
An important part of that momentum, in al Qaeda's eyes, is an emerging record of tiny blows against the West -- which most recently means against the technologically sophisticated and avaricious invaders of the United States. In al Qaeda's battle traditions, Saladin's long-ago victories over the Crusaders have merged with victorious battles against the Soviets and the heroics of suicide bombers and action groups against Jews and Americans -- including the 1983 bombings of a U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, the near-sinking of the USS Cole in 2000, and actions in Afghanistan, including the successful standoff against American and local forces at Tora Bora to form a scrap book of an overmatched underdog successful only when they receive massive support, both in materiel and logistics, from e.g. the U.S. as they did in Afghanistan. Finally, resistance to the American-led invasion of Iraq, starting with the suicidal resistance of Saddam's Fedayeen and continuing through the current uprising, have created for al Qaeda and like-minded Muslims a strong moral tradition that is consistent and clear in the face of the West's materialist hypocrisy.
Regardless of the inevitable corruption and collapse of the new Iraqi government of Washington created Geppettocrats, resistance to the United States and our allies will become the stuff of heroic history throughout the Middle East to those who agree, secretly or openly, with al Qaeda's agenda. If, as I expect, al Qaeda makes the transition in the coming decade from a deadly, popular but rootless revolutionary grouping to the sitting government of a number of countries, this heroic theme will inspire their governing institutions, including regular military and paramilitary forces, and will become part of the pan-Arab, anti-Crusader tradition.
In the United States, perception is often more important than reality, and legends can be born overnight. The 10-foot-tall reputation of Ronald Reagan was created, from zero, in just over 20 minutes at GE headquarters. American history itself is just a series of chauvinist delusions backed up by murder. Popular American opinion perceives a string of "victories" over infidels that goes back to its first destruction of a true democracy, the Iroquois Five Nations Western. Facts are immaterial.
The rise of radical Islamic governments in the Mideast and elsewhere, relentlessly hostile to the West and the United States in particular, owning the preponderance of the world's oil reserves, armed with nuclear weapons and inheritors of an exploding, militant population, could profoundly challenge the peace of the world unless the U.S. continues to do it. This is the ultimate fantasy of a Western arms maker, the possible delusions of which include a U.S. face-off against nuclear-armed, jihadist states. The problem is to get the Muslim fundamentalist world to embrace western science and technology before enough advanced nuclear weapons will be sought by these Islamic states. Thank god Christ was flexible on the science and technology thing especially when it comes to nuclear weapons. Without this kind of western based, atheist, scientific mind set the United States of Arabia cannot even approach the nuclear capability of a third rate power like the former USSR or France. Helping al Qaeda's successful transition to a new stage of pan-Arabist unity is the United States' greatest strategic challenge today. As David Rockefeller in 1964, insisting upon more loans to China, told the Club of Rome; "Without a truly worthy adversary, there cannot be truly worthy profits."