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the 'war' on 'terrorism':
is both a poor use of the word 'war' in metaphorical syntax and a vicious attack on the foundations of the language. The propaganda and marketing sectors have labored for a century to render it incapable of sustaining communication. For example about a year ago I was puzzling over this curious conflagaration of meaninglessness: "striking deals with a terrorist group that isn't a terrorist group because terrorist attacks on Iran
aren't terrorist attacks".
There is, as it happens, more to it. From Juan Cole:
Franklin, Ledeen, and Rhode, all of them pro-Likud operatives, just
happen to be meeting with SISMI (the proto-fascist purveyor of the
false Niger uranium story about Iraq and the alleged Iran-Iraq plot
against the rest of the world) and corrupt Iranian businessman and
would-be revolutionary, Ghorbanifar, in Europe. The most reasonable
conclusion is that they were conspiring together about the Next
Campaign after Iraq, which they had already begun setting in train,
which is to get Iran.
But now The Jerusalem Post reveals that at least one of the meetings was quite specific with regard to an attempt to torpedo better US/Iran relations:
purpose of the meeting with Ghorbanifar was to undermine a pending deal
that the White House had been negotiating with the Iranian government.
At the time, Iran had considered turning over five al-Qaida operatives
in exchange for Washington dropping its support for Mujahadeen Khalq,
an Iraq-based rebel Iranian group listed as a terrorist organization by
the State Department.
The Neoconservatives have
some sort of shadowy relationship with the Mojahedin-e Khalq
Organization or MEK. Presumably its leaders have secretly promised to
recognize Israel if they ever succeed in overthrowing the ayatollahs in
Iran. When the US recently categorized the MEK as a terrorist
organization, there were howls of outrage
from "scholars" associated with the Washington Institute for Near East
Policy (a wing of AIPAC), such as ex-Trotskyite Patrick Clawson and Daniel Pipes. MEK is
a terrorist organization by any definition of the term, having blown up
innocent people in the course of its struggle against the Khomeini
government. (MEK is a cult-like mixture of Marx and Islam). The MEK had
allied with Saddam, who gave them bases in Iraq from which to hit Iran.
When the US overthrew Saddam, it raised the question of what to do with
the MEK. The pro-Likud faction in the Pentagon wanted to go on
developing their relationship with the MEK and using it against Tehran.
it transpires that the Iranians were willing to give up 5 key al-Qaeda
operatives, whom they had captured, in return for MEK members.
Rhode and Ledeen conspired with Ghorbanifar and SISMI to stop that
trade. It would have led to better US-Iran relations, which they wanted
to forestall, and it would have damaged their proteges, the MEK.
high al-Qaeda operatives like Saif al-Adil and possibly even Saad Bin
Laden might know about future operations, or the whereabouts of Bin
Laden, for Franklin and Rhode to stop the trade grossly endangered the
:: posted by buermann @ 2004-08-29 17:45:36 CST |