I’ve Got An Idea… GO AFTER AL-QAIDA ANYWAY!
I have been reading in many online news sources that it is common nowadays for radical Islamic militancy to be blamed on al-Qaida. Certainly, al-Qaida is not the only Islamic terror organization, and certainly, the terrorists who plot and execute acts of terror should be brought to justice regardless of what group they claim to represent. If the 7/7 bombing could have been prevented, the would-be killers might not have been considered al-Qaida terrorists, despite the fact that it was Osama bin Laden who inspired the likes of Mohammed Sidique Khan. After Khan and others ‘martyred’ themselves for World-Wide Islamic-Pride (a.k.a. the ummah) al-Zawahiri assured us that al-Qaida was responsible, yet it is doubtful that Khan ever met any top al-Qaida operatives. If only one thing can be said it is this, Khan was inspired to kill innocent civilians by a violent Islamic ideology.
Turning to the recent murder of Benazir Bhutto we see right away that the situation is different. Bhutto’s death was a political assassination, rather than an attack on civilians. For whatever reason, extremists singled her out and marked her for death. Some would like to blame Musharraf for not providing her with enough security. This does not seem to be the case, for Bhutto was attacked while standing up through the sun-roof of a car waving to people after a speech. She was shot at, and explosives were set off in the vicinity of the vehicle she was riding in, but she was not killed by bullets nor by shrapnel, instead, it seems that she suffered a skull injury as the result of the explosion smashing her head against the car. If Bhutto had not been so bold, she may still be alive today. Now some of the theorists out there might think that Musharraf wanted to get Bhutto out of the way. Not only is that an absurd claim (why would Musharraf agree to negotiate with Bhutto so that she returned to Pakistan just so he could kill her? He could have kept her out of the picture through intimidation and by being unwilling to compromise!), but also it’s a claim that doesn’t quite fit the facts. Musharraf could have had a snipper to take her out with one shot if he wanted, why risk failure with an inept shooter?
Now, Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid has already claimed Bhutto’s killing on behalf of al-Qaida and Pakistani officials have stated that they:
would hunt down those responsible for her death in the lawless tribal areas along the Afghan border where Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaida leaders are thought to be hiding.
“They will definitely be brought to justice,” Interior Ministry spokesman Javed Iqbal Cheema said.
The government released a transcript Friday of a purported conversation between militant leader Baitullah Mehsud and another militant.
“It was a spectacular job. They were very brave boys who killed her,” Mehsud said, according to the transcript. The government did not release an audiotape.
However, a spokesman for Mehsud rejected government claims that he was behind Bhutto’s assassination, dismissing the allegations as “government propaganda.”
Now, of course, anything can be called ‘government propaganda’ and the tape that Pakistani officials claim to have may not actually exist. However, Mehsud is in fact affiliated with the Taliban and al-Qaida, operating in the South Waziristan region with other Islamic extremists. And al-Qaida has already claimed responsibility for the attack via spokesman Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid, so this is independent of the Pakistani government’s possibly questionable evidence.
So to those who would say:
“They may or may not be involved. However this is a prevalent trend – to blame al-Qaeda and then brush everything everything under the carpet… The US’s War on Terror is already in hot water. The real issue is how to overcome the political crisis in the country,” he continued.
I feel the need to point out, it’s not the US’s War on Terror that is in hot water here, buddy, it’s YOUR lack thereof!
In case you didn’t notice, it wasn’t a US politician but a Pakistani who was murdered by extremists.