Interminable war on terror requires dramatic events to condition war-weary public
More than an effective military raid against dangerous terrorists, the twin raids in Libya and Somalia over the weekend are flimsy propaganda efforts designed to keep the war on terror sideshow rolling along. The events provided both national and local corporate media an expanded venue to sloganeer in the name of state violence against largely manufactured enemies:
Once again, we are subjected to the facile fiction of a brave and tireless SEAL Team Six, the military unit that supposedly took out Osama bin Laden (a fairy tale debunked last week by ace investigative reporter Seymour Hersh).
Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that al-Qaeda “can run but they can’t hide” and praised SEAL Team Six for their work. “I want to thank and congratulate the quality and courage of those young Americans who took part in [the] operations,” he said from Indonesia. “We hope that this makes clear that the United States of America will never stop in its effort to hold those accountable who conduct acts of terror.”
The Somalia raid, however, did not go off as planned. Supposedly in search of a Kenyan of Somalia descent named Ikrimah who is said to head up the terror group al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda spin-off, and two of his al-Qaeda associates allegedly involved in the 1998 US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, the raid encountered stiff resistance. The corporate media speculated that the bad guy Ikrimah may have been killed during the raid, but provided no evidence.
“Though not a household name, Ikrimah was apparently seen as a valuable enough adversary to send in the elite SEAL team, as one military officer noted Saturday, before Ikrimah was named,” ABC News reported on Monday.
Despite the armed resistance reportedly encountered by the US military and a now typical paucity of details, the Pentagon marched out its propaganda specialists to make hay of the orchestrated media event. “When we put boots on the ground, it is only for an important target,” a nameless military officer “familiar with the raid” said.
ABC added to the drama by citing the fictional Osama bin Laden take-out and stating that the US government conducted an “intense debate” about the raid and “whether it was worth the risk to send in American troops rather than launch a missile strike from death-dealing drones in the sky,” which is the preferred modus operandi as the US military conducts its long-range murderous video game.
The show was more successful in war-ravaged Libya where Delta force troopers grabbed one Anas al-Libi. Al-Libi, aka Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, who is also wanted for his alleged role in the 1998 embassy bombings. According to CBS News, al-Libi is “being held on a Navy ship in the Mediterranean Sea where he will be interrogated about his many years as a leading member of al Qaeda, before being sent to New York for criminal prosecution.”
Libya wants an explanation for the violation of its national sovereignty. “The Libyan government is following the news of the kidnapping of a Libyan citizen who is wanted by US authorities,” read a statement from the office of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan.
“The Libyan government has contacted US authorities to ask them to provide an explanation.”
Kerry said the rendition of al-Libi, described as a kidnapping by the government in Tripoli, was “legal” and the suspected terrorist is an “appropriate target.”
“We will continue to try to bring people to justice,” said Kerry.
The dramatic and excessively covered Westgate shopping mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya, last month has provided the establishment with an excuse to ramp up its terror narrative and deluge the American people with more propaganda.
The interminable war on manufactured terror requires dramatic events like the Libyan and Somalia raids. Unrelenting news coverage is designed to further condition a war-weary public of the necessity for never-ending war abroad requiring enormous expenditures and a rapidly escalating diminishment of liberties at home as a high-tech police and surveillance state continues to go into place apace.