Wednesday, November 30, 2005
# Posted 1:17 PM by Patrick Porter
I DON'T LIKE TERRORISM BUT... A few weeks ago, there was a coordinated attack on several hotels in
While the killing of innocent people is to be condemned without question,
Always a tell-tale sign. Throat-clearing, ‘I can’t justify terrorism, but…’ But one can try:
there is something rather repugnant about some of those who rush to renounce acts of terrorism.
Would you prefer us to renounce terrorism at a more leisurely pace? The extended family of al-Zarqawi, whose real name is Ahmed Fadheel Nazzal al-Khalayleh, not content with condemning his actions then went one step further - they reiterated their strong allegiance to Jordan's King Abdullah II in half-page advertisements in the kingdom's three main newspapers.
The extended family of al-Zarqawi, whose real name is Ahmed Fadheel Nazzal al-Khalayleh, not content with condemning his actions then went one step further - they reiterated their strong allegiance to Jordan's King Abdullah II in half-page advertisements in the kingdom's three main newspapers.
I'm not sure of their sudden urge to swear an oath of allegiance to the monarch was prompted by the fact al-Zarqawi had threatened to kill the king in an audiotape released two days earlier.
There’s just something about death threats that makes other people dissociate themselves with the aggressor.
"A Jordian doesn’t stab himself with his own spear’ said the statement by 57 members of the al-Khalayleh family, including al-Zarqawi's brother and cousin. "We sever links with him until doomsday." I doubt the statement will be regarded as a serious blow to al-Zarqawi. I know he loves his mum - let's face it, we all love our mothers but who could really give a flying fig about some great, great aunt or ancient uncle once removed from a half cousin's wife's mother?
We’ve really reached new heights of discussion here. Zarqawi loves his mum.
I mean he is hardly likely to bump into his cousins in downtown Fallujah or Ramadi to repel the foreign invaders and occupiers (that's the Americans and Brits to you and me).
'Foreign invaders.' Zaqarwi is from
The newspaper adverts droned on: "As we pledge to maintain homage to your throne and to our precious
Look, every family has its black sheep or that mad little aunt in the attic, but most of us just keep our own counsel.
There we have it. If a member of your family murders civilians, keep quiet.
Comparing the head of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia to an embarassing 'mad little aunt in the attic' trivialises Zarqawi's crimes. But it gets worse.
However, this decision by al-Zarqawi's clan is a cowardly move.
Poor Zarqawi. You thought the kids in the hotel had it tough.
Probably not if his head had been cut off.
No, you might find that the victims’ families feel even more strongly.
After the hotel explosions we had Queen Noor of
Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to the weakest technique in the book, putting talking marks around words. “Not” “actually” “an” “argument.”
This line of argument doesn't square that well with her first sentence, ‘The killing of innocent people is to be condemned without question.’
Now Yvonne insinuates that the dead civilians had it coming because they used the wrong building. From condemnation to justification in a handful of paragraphs.
Western TV viewers were also treated to images of "demonstrators" in
Sure. All tens of thousands of them pesky CIA lackeys. Not to mention the Jordanians in opinion polls who have expressed their revulsion from Zaqarwi’s methods in overhwelming numbers. Not to mention the 150,000 Moroccans who demonstrated against Al Qaeda in Casablanca. Not to mention the rising number of Moslem clerics denouncing terror.
Few Jordanians would be seen dead carrying those tiny little flags which had been mass produced in a nearby factory only hours earlier.
Hold on a little while, and you might see some of them dead.
How dare people use flags that are made in factories. Make your own flags. After all, death squads make their own bombs.
The dumb journalists must envy your razor sharp critical faculties.
I would want to know, for instance who paid for the half page adverts taken out in the country's top three newspapers? I would want to know who PAID for the 'spontaneous' demonstrations? Why did the security services - naturally a wee bit edgy after the bombings - allow such a demonstration to take place? King Abdullah's name would be near each answer, I reckon. Naturally jumpy, I bet he panicked and, realising that he's no longer immortal, tried to put on a show to the world that he's really loved and adored by his people.
Mmm. Or maybe the masses of Jordanians who protested don’t like wedding parties getting blown up.
So for two days we were treated to a motley crew of around 1000 marching and protesting up and down the streets. I'm sorry Abdullah, I wasn't convinced.
Actually, it was a motley crew of at least tens of thousands, or a hundred thousand by some accounts. But whose counting.
That isn't to say I wasn't upset by the images which came blasting out of my TV. I mean we can not simply shrug our shoulders at the deaths of 61 people.
Well you can apparently. And I get the feeling you’re about to provide cretinous excuses.
But let's have a closer look at those who perished:
Yes lets. Lets look more closely at
Yes lets. Lets look more closely atthe bodies of the little girls in the hotel. Or the bride. Or the mothers. Lets take a closer look at their dismembered corpses.
* Five of those who died were Iraqis who were working closely with
Those who live by the sword deserve to get killed, you mean soldiers like Casey Sheehan whose grieving mothers your Party claims to represent?
And who are these collaborators? Those Iraqis who are helping to rebuild civil society, mend power lines and bring back the water supply. What bastards. What about the 13 million that voted for the new constitution, are they collaborators too?
And then there was the wedding party. OK, so the guests were part of Jordan's upper echelons of society, others had flown in from
Actually, no civilian should be blown up in a hotel. Regardless of their politics.
Interesting though, that the bombers chose the bars serving alcohol for their martyrdom operations in two of the hotels. Now while we know alcohol is strictly haram, it's an Islamic ruling which the King of
Not ‘interesting.’ Tragic. Killing people for drinking alcohol.
Yvonne offers us a dangerous moral universe out there. Don’t book in at the wrong hotel, don’t work for foreign intelligence, don’t booze.
King Abdullah is...protected by his CIA bosses and looked after by Mossad. Daddy Hussain, was also a CIA stooge who was even prepared to openly support
Blow up people at a Palestinian wedding then.
Like his son, he couldn't care less what his own people think. Despite their overwhelming opposition to the illegal war in
For Zarqarwi’s sympathisers, appeals to legality might not be your strongest ground.
Neither are appeals to ‘Overwhelming opposition.’ Like the public demonstrations against terrorist atrocities all over the Middle East, which you fantasise are just CIA muppets.
In fact, to be brutally frank,
You might find that the death squads in Iraq have had a major role in these killings. They tend to make a point of killing people and destroying infrastructure.
As I said earlier in this column, it is very hard to justify the deaths of innocents.
Maybe, but you tried valiantly.
But you know, I wonder if you see that attack on the Jordanian hotels in a different light now?
No. I still think it was abhorrent. Even after your pitiless, hypocritical propaganda.
My other posts will be shorter.
I did see that on Harry's, but like your take on it. These people piss me off so much, they might just turn me into a hawk as well..
Dear Axis of Islam,
I don't accept that true Islam devalues life. I think totalitarian ideologies do, including ones that pervert Islam.
I especially liked her transition from the death of innocents being "condemned without question" to, at the end, it being "very hard to justify the deaths of innocents." Giving ourselves some wiggle room, are we?Post a Comment