Zahir's Comments on The Times Square Patsy

Zahir's Comments on The Times Square Patsy

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Project May 6, 2010

CNN: Arrests made in Pakistan in Times Square probe

What’s your reading on this? What is going on?

Sounds like a perfect patsy setup – like that crotch-bomber, and that shoe-bomber, and for each of those, new draconian measures were introduced in the US. Hearing the interior minister in the above CNN news clip, something smells fishy to me wrt to Pakistan. The connection is incessantly being drawn to the newly renamed province.




Project May 7, 2010

Is this a real clue? Patriot Act II already has the law on the books to strip US citizens accused of “terrorism” of their citizenship. So may be not.

US lawmakers seek to strip extremists of citizenship

But this one is interesting:

NY suspect probably didn’t act alone: Malik

It is interesting because even the coverage in the US media has not stated that with such confidence.

But the following reaction is understandable – most Pakistanis here in the US are running scared at what’s next for them:

Faisal, an embarrassment for Pakistani-Americans

But what bothered me about the above oped is that there's no recognition that a) there is such a thing as false-flag operation; and b) that “insurgency” in all areas of invasion is, or at least could be, fabricated – from Iraq to Afghanistan to Pakistan – to justify “counter-insurgency”.

I basically give up on trying to educate Pakistanis of Machiavelli. The Prince only exists in books, as does Hegel.

Here is my letter to Kamila Hyat for her column in the News today on the same failing:

Letter to Author of ‘Khawaja’s murder – a dark indicator’ May 06, 2010

Zahir Ebrahim


Project May 7, 2010

Now this is real interesting:

New York plot
Dawn Editorial
Thursday, 06 May, 2010

What made Mr Shahzad attempt mass murder, presumably in the name of religion? Asking this question isn’t the same as the nonsense about the need to understand the ‘legitimate’ grievances of disaffected young Muslims. It seems very clear that whether it is Al Qaeda or the Taliban or some other brand of international terrorism, the militants have honed in on a vulnerability in the West: young Muslims with the established legal right to live in the countries they appear to hate so much. Without understanding this vulnerability — Americans though must be careful to not turn against the Muslim population, as Mayor Bloomberg warned — an already serious threat may keep growing in severity.

Second, why is it that all terrorist routes seem to lead to Pakistan generally and Fata specifically? While perhaps the absence of a modern state in Fata can partially explain the problems there, there is really no such excuse for Pakistan proper. It’s been nearly 10 years since 9/11 and still the infrastructure of jihad in urban Pakistan, which is likely the first port of call for those travelling from foreign lands in search of jihad, has not been uprooted. The spread of literature and audio and video paraphernalia glorifying jihad and calling for violence against the West, India, Israel, etc continues unchecked. It’s not like the centres for such violent propaganda are not known or cannot be located easily.

Third, should more not be done with the greatest of urgency to increase Pakistan’s counter-terrorism capabilities? While it is true that the state has enhanced its response and beefed up intelligence, it is clear that lapses persist. Perhaps Pakistani authorities need to realise that another 9/11 would be a game-changer of devastating proportions.

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If some of the above mentioned sentences were shown to me and I was asked to guess who wrote it, I might have actually suggested Bernard Lewis, or Daniel Pipes, or even Pervez Hoodbhoy (since sometimes I get confused between the latter two, they sound so much alike when they speak of Islamofascism and the role of Islam in creating jihadis).

So is the Dawn editor who wrote this also their mouthpiece? Or only a moron?

Why is the most obvious case, either an idiot on medication, a patsy, a stooge, a dupe, or a false flag, [not] among the premise, when even the first paragraph of the editorial all but alludes to a moron attempting “mass murder” with fire-crackers!

Ok – the fire crackers is from this other article in the same edition of Dawn:

NY car bomb suspect believed to act alone in US

‘Even if used together, the fireworks couldn’t have caused a large explosion, Wiemer said.

“The M88 he used wouldn’t damage a watermelon. Thank goodness he used that,” said Bruce Zoldan, the company’s president.

Each M88 has an amount of pyrotechnic powder that is less than 1/6 the size of an aspirin, the company said.’

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Something is all wrong about this. I am afraid something really bad is going to be concluded from all this which will make the lives of all ordinary people even more hellish than it already is.

I wonder if the movie “V for Vendetta” was being prescient in something – that the Qur’an was banned!!

We have seen how the Communists suppressed Islam throughout Central Asia when they ran their show. Could that happen in the West? See Letter to Muslims: Is Islam really the Last Obstruction to World Government and Absolute Scientific Global Dictatorship?

Is pretext upon pretext, building up towards that?

Zahir Ebrahim


Project May 7, 2010

Hmmmm… this seems to be among the real reasons for this asinine “mass murder” with “firecrackers” – the imbecile is of the same type that pulled off 911 bit with box-cutters (except that in this case there is only the puppetshow):

CIA drones hit wider range of targets in Pakistan

'WASHINGTON: The CIA received approval to target a wider range of targets in Pakistan’s tribal areas, including low-level fighters whose identities may not be known, US officials said on Wednesday.

The expanded strikes began under President George W. Bush and have accelerated under President Barack Obama.

Supporters credit the covert targeted killing program with dealing a serious blow to al -Qaeda and the Taliban, benefiting US forces in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Critics say the expanded CIA strikes raise legal as well as security concerns amid signs the suspect behind Saturday’s attempted car bombing in New York’s Times Square had ties to the Pakistani Taliban movement, known as Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP.

Despite initial US skepticism, an official said TTP links to the case looked increasingly “plausible.” '


There you have it, inter alia, creating rapid justification for that Scott Horton et. al. related legal challenge debate on the Drones:

Just one newspaper, DAWN, has it all! Full spectrum justification for all the pretexts for continued “doctrinal motivation, intellectual commitment, and patriotic gratification” for continuing “imperial mobilization” on The Grand Chessboard.

Zahir Ebrahim


Project May 7, 2010

The following is also interesting - and it also concludes this series of comments.

Who Decides If Terrorist Claims of Responsibility Are Real?
The U.S. government.

"These guys.The Worldwide Incidents Team at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) tracks terrorist attacks and attempted attacks around the world as well as terrorist claims of responsibility. Although it is generally assumed that terrorist groups have actually done the things they say they have done, it's not unheard of for groups to take credit for attacks they didn't commit.

For instance, in the aftermath of the 2004 Madrid train bombings, the mysterious Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades -- known for talking a big game on the Internet -- claimed responsibility in a letter to a London newspaper. The group -- which also took credit for the 2003 U.S. blackout, calling it "Operation Quick Lightning in the Land of the Tyrant of This Generation" -- was later determined to be just seeking attention. Palestinian militant groups are also notorious for issuing competing claims of responsibility for attacks on Israel.

The NCTC evaluates claims based on what is known about the groups' competence, track record, and operating methods and assigns their statements one of five levels of credibility: likely, plausible, unknown, unlikely, and inferred. "Inferred" refers to attacks in which there is no claim but a particular group's responsibility can be assumed based on the "attack signature" -- factors such as timing, location, and methods used.

The NCTC generally only releases more credible claims to the public, but keeps all of them in a classified record -- even the most dubious -- in case new information comes to light that prompts a re-evaluation."

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Again, no mention of false-flag by state-sponsored terrorists, such as NATO's Operation Gladio in Western Europe blamed on the Red Brigade. Or even any reference to NSC 10/2 on the Administration's own Presidential directive for Plausible Deniability - see Anatomy of Conspiracy Theory

And this AP story has Pakistan Taliban taking credit:

Pakistani Taliban promise US attacks post-NY scare

'ISLAMABAD – The Pakistani Taliban promise future attacks on major U.S. cities and appear to claim responsibility for an attempted car bombing in New York in three separate videos that surfaced after the weekend scare, monitoring groups said Monday.


An additional video was about 1 minute, 11 seconds long and appears to refer to the New York scare, though it does not mention any specific location or that it was a car bomb, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, another militant media monitor.

A voice attributed to a Pakistani Taliban militant acts as if the attack was successful, and calls it revenge for the U.S. missile strike killing of ex-Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud as well as the recent slaying of al-Qaida in Iraq leaders Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Masri. The latter two were killed by U.S. and Iraqi troops last month north of Baghdad.

SITE, which is also U.S.-based, first uncovered the video on YouTube. The tape later appeared to have been removed from the website. It was not immediately clear if militants prepared the video in anticipation of a successful attack but then removed it after the car bomb failed to explode.

In a copy of the tape provided by SITE, an unidentified voice speaking in Urdu, the primary language in Pakistan, says the group takes "full responsibility for the RECENT ATTACK IN THE USA."

The videos list grievances against the United States. One clip says the attack comes in response to American "interference and terrorism in Muslim Countries, especially in Pakistan for (the) Lalmasjid operation," a reference to the Pakistani army's 2007 storming of the Red Mosque in Islamabad where militants were holed up.'

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If you open up Bernard Lewis'
Crisis of Islam - Holy War Unholy Terror, in its Introduction, he reproduces a similar letter from Bin Laden, to make the case that Militant Islam is real and is irrationally drawing upon historical associations to wage a clash of civilizations just as he had predicted in 1990 in Foreign Affairs:

“In 1990 Bernard Lewis, a leading Western scholar of Islam, analyzed 'The Roots of Muslim Rage,' and concluded: 'It should now be clear that we are facing a mood and a movement far transcending the level of issues and policies and the governments that pursue them. This is no less than a clash of civilizations – that perhaps irrational but surely historic reaction of an ancient rival against our Judeo-Christian heritage, our secular present, and the worldwide expansion of both. It is crucially important that we on our side should not be provoked into an equally historic but also equally irrational reaction against our rival.'” (Huntington)

Well, the above AP report is the basis of his next sequel I guess.

Does not look good for Pakistan. The fact that now the new Taliban are suddenly Punjabis, shows the drones are going to be moving there next.

And what bothers me is that except for a handful, the 99% of ordinary Pakistanis (or so it appears) in America think all this absurd but deadly puppetshow is real - unsynthetic!

I hope the perceptions are a tad more realistic among the ordinary peoples in Pakistan?

This is the most disturbing thing of it all: the sheep are convinced that other evil sheep are out to eat them, while the butchers and the meat eaters enjoy their stake and chips with impunity. So never mind the sheep ever getting together to revolt against the meat eating habits of the hectoring hegemons (that witticism is derived from Bertrand Russell's).

Zahir Ebrahim

The Plebeian antidote to Hectoring Hegemons

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