take on al Qaeda:
...no sooner had our bloodlust been sated by Saddam’s grizzly demise than Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), putative ‘principal architect of the 9/11
attacks’, was wheeled out.
His ‘confession’ to a combatant status review tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, that bore all the hallmarks of a Stalinist purge, came as US Attorney
General Alberto Gonzales faced mounting pressure following the politicised dismissals of eight US attorneys. In it, he admitted and affirmed
‘without duress that [he] was responsible participant, principal planner, trainer, financier (via the Military Council Treasury), executor, and/or a
personal participant in’ 31 terror attacks or plots. With his connection to the 9/11 attacks well-established, ‘it is not’, as The Guardian
points out, ‘clear why Mohammed would have wished to confess to such a wide-ranging number of outrages.’
There has, of course, been much scepticism about the legitimacy of his confession. Some fear it may have been coerced, citing Bush’s discomfiture
with the Geneva Convention’s insistence that interrogations involve ‘no outrages upon human dignity’. Others point out that KSM, who was
detained in March 2003, could not have been ‘responsible for planning, training, surveying, and financing for the New (or Second) Wave of attacks
against the… Plaza Bank, Washington state’, for example, since the Plaza Bank was founded in 2006.
Not much has been said, however, about the admission that most caught my eye:
I was responsible for the bombing of a nightclub in Bali, Indonesia, which was frequented by British and Australian nationals.
The 2002 Bali bombings killed 202 and left a further 209 injured. Suspicions immediately fell upon Jemaah Islamiyah, a radical Islamist terror group
with links to al Qaeda. But, although several members of this group have since been tried and convicted for their involvement in the plot, one
tantalising trail has been allowed to go cold. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the then Indonesian Prime Minister, Abdurrahman Wahid, believed
that the order to plant the bomb which destroyed Bali's Sari Club came from Indonesia’s ‘armed forces not from the fundamentalist people.’ In
other words, the Bali bombing was a false flag operation.
Crucially, it came at a time when Australian Prime Minister John Howard’s support for the War on Terror was perceived as being weak. Some have
construed this as evidence that the US isn’t just managing the flow of Goldstein propaganda but is actually managing Goldstein; that al Qaeda is a
modern day network of Gladio-like clandestine armies, prosecuting a modern-day, US-backed Strategy of Tension (see Operation Gladio and The Strategy