Juan Cole: Walmart does better background checks on its store clerks than the CIA and Jordanian intelligence did on al-Balawi
Al-Qaeda is twisted and evil, and has committed mass murder. Neither the US nor Israel is responsible for violent crackpots being violent crackpots. Al-Qaeda or a Taliban affiliate turned al-Balawi to the dark side. Gandhi and Martin Luther King taught us the proper response to social injustice. But what we have to remember is that there can be a handful of al-Balawis, or there can be thousands or hundreds of thousands. It depends on how many Abu Ghraibs, Fallujahs, Lebanons and Gazas the United States initiates or supports to the hilt. Unjust wars and occupations radicalize people. The American Right wing secretly knows this, but likes the vicious circle it produces. Wars make profits for the military-industrial complex, and the resulting terrorism terrifies the clueless US public and helps hawks win elections, allowing them to pursue further wars. And so it goes, until the Republic is bankrupted and in ruins and its unemployed have to live in tent cities.
So, yes, this al-Balawi person was going to help Jordan and the US find al-Qaeda leaders Usama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. Sure he was. Walmart does better background checks on its store clerks than the CIA and Jordanian intelligence did on this guy.
ya gotta ask yourself... if the background information was all there to be discovered, which it apparently was, why wasn't it pursued...? once again, we are being asked to believe the all-encompassing excuse of incompetence, a myth that has been diligently fostered since 9/11... 'scuse me, but i ain't buyin' it, not for a minute... Submit To Propeller
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