Wednesday, October 13, 2021

'Terrorism'

"The binary imperialist world of terrorists and anti-terrorists" (Massad).  Note the link to an interview with easily one of the most despicable traitors in US history, with a shekeled throwaway line at the end:  "‘The attack would have been prevented’: co-author of 9/11 report reflects on missed opportunities" (Smith):

"Kean felt three-quarters of the documents that were classified should not have been. The families have long called for the release of the findings of an FBI investigation into possible complicity by Saudi Arabia in the attacks, including contacts between Saudi officials and two hijackers who lived in California in the months before September 11. 

Last week Joe Biden bowed to the pressure and announced a review and declassification of files from the FBI investigation. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens but the country denies any involvement in the plot and is contesting a legal action brought by the families in federal court in New York. 

The commission’s report found “no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded” al-Qaida. In an interview last week on the Guardian’s Politics Weekly Extra podcast, Kean said: “All the documents I read, including the ones the families now want made public, I did not find anything that would indicate any involvement by Saudi Arabian government officials.

“Now, whether or not there were citizens of Saudi Arabia involved at one point or other, I can’t say. I’m close to the families, I get on well with them but I tell you, I don’t think they’re going to get anything. I found more information of possible involvement by Iran than Saudi Arabia.”"

Back to Massad:
"The history of the term “terrorist” in Palestine since the 1930s is most illustrative in this regard. Early Palestinian resistance under British colonial rule mostly took the form of legal appeals to the British, organising and mobilising the population against land sales to Zionists, and appealing to international actors to help in obtaining national independence.

As this proved ineffective, by 1935 Palestinian peasant resistance erupted, becoming an all-out revolt, which lasted from 1936 to 1939. The revolt included strikes, demonstrations and guerrilla action taken against the British and the Jewish colonial settlers. The British characterised the guerrilla war of liberation as “terrorism” and suppressed it with massive military action, including the re-invasion of the country, killing close to 9,000 Palestinians and wounding about 30,000, exiling dozens and executing more than 100 Palestinian revolutionaries.

The British organised joint British-Zionist death squads (known as the Special Night Squads) that attacked Palestinian villages at night and shot and killed an untold number of Palestinians.

The Jewish colonists at the time began to use new methods to suppress Palestinian resistance, including blowing up cafes with grenades (in Jerusalem for example on 17 March 1937), and placing electrically timed mines in crowded market places, first used by the Zionists against Palestinians in Haifa on 6 July 1938. When, following the suppression of the Palestinian revolt, the British had to limit their support for the Zionist project, Zionist attacks turned against them.

The Zionist response included blowing up a ship in Haifa in November 1940, killing 242 Jewish refugees and a number of British police personnel; the assassination of British government officials; taking British citizens hostages; blowing up government offices killing employees and civilians; blowing up the British embassy in Rome (1946); flogging and killing captured British soldiers; and sending letter bombs and parcel bombs to British politicians in London, among others.

Menachem Begin, the future prime minister of Israel, was the mastermind behind a number of these attacks. Begin was unconvinced that the actions of his group and those of other Zionist colonists constituted “terrorism”. Following his group’s massacre of hundreds of Palestinians at the village of Deir Yassin in April 1948, his name had become synonymous with terrorism. Albert Einstein and Hannah Arendt, among others, described Begin’s group as not only “a terrorist right-wing, chauvinist organisation”, but “closely akin to… the Nazi and fascist parties”.

In his 1951 autobiography, Begin dissociates his group from terrorism. He was astute enough to appreciate that “terrorism” is not an objective term agreed upon by all parties, but rather a rhetorical strategy used by unequal enemies for political ends: “The word ‘terror’ came to define the acts of revolutionaries or counter-revolutionaries, or fighters for freedom and oppressors. It all depends on who uses the term.” 
Begin here is speaking of Zionist terrorism against the British, not the Palestinians. Zionist violence against the Palestinians was seen more in the register of European Jewish civilisation fighting primitive, indigenous Palestinian barbarism. David Ben-Gurion was clear on this issue when he insisted that “we are not Arabs, and others measure us by a different standard… our instruments of war are different from those of the Arabs”."
and (my emphasis in red):
". . . to redeem Jews, Zionists not only introduced car bombs and market and cafe bombings to the Middle East, Israel would also introduce plane skyjackings as early as 1954. The Israeli air force would often seize civilian airliners in international skies and divert them to Israel, subject the passengers to inspection, interrogation as well as incarceration.

Moreover, Israel remains the only party in the Middle East that shot down a civilian airliner, as it did a Libyan plane in 1973, killing 106 passengers on board. In the early 1980s, it specialised in planting car bombs in Lebanon.

But as the Israelis and the Americans understand very well, the ongoing discourse on terrorism is not about the victims of “terrorism” but about the “perpetrators”. The fact that state armies more regularly target the very same victims that “terrorists” target, yet are not referred to as “terrorists”, clarifies that it is not the act of “terrorism” that defines the actor as “terrorist” but rather the opposite: it is the perpetrator’s conferred identity as “terrorist” that defines his/her actions as “terrorist” in nature."
It is quite simple: 'terrorists' are actually the victims of terrorism, and 'anti-terrorists', particularly Khazars and their stooges, are the real terrorists.
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