False flag terror attacks gaining in popularity by governments
publication date: Apr 17, 2011
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Three recent terrorist attacks in Belarus, Gaza, and Indonesia have all the markings of false flag terrorist attacks carried out by state sponsors. False flag terrorist attacks represent a new facet of warfare, with most attacks a form of indirect offensive warfare.
Political objectives can be achieved by covert state sponsors of terrorism who subsequently benefit by using the attacks to whip up popular opinion against opponents of the sponsoring regimes.
On April 11, a massive bomb exploded in Minsk's busiest Metro station at the height of the evening rush hour. Thirteen commuters were killed and some 200 others were injured, many seriously.
President Alexander Lukashenko, called Europe's "last dictator," quickly announced that three suspects arrested on April 12 confessed to the bombing. Lukashenko used the subway bombing to further crack down on the Belarusian opposition, and went do far as to link the opposition to the bombing. Lukashenko's regime appears to be the only party who benefited from the bombing, a clue as to its perpetrator.
On April 15, the body of pro-Palestinian activist Vittorio Arrigoni was found hanging in an house in north Gaza. An "Al Qaeda" affiliate known as "Tawhid and Jihad" claimed responsibility for kidnapping and murdering Arrigoni, a member of the International Solidarity Movement, a group despised by Israel's government. Hamas security forces arrested four suspects and were looking for three others, including a Jordanian national. However, the history of Israeli assassinations of foreign activists in Gaza, including American Rachel Corrie and Briton Tom Hurndall, strongly suggests that it is Israel, possibly using Arab proxies as assassins, had the most to gain from Arrigoni's murder. Mossad has used Palestinian, Syrian, and Druze agents to carry out assassinations in Lebanon, which were later blamed on Hezbollah. Hamas security forces in Gaza have vowed to bring Arrigoni's murderers to justice, although that will be all but impossible if it was Israel that ordered the murder of the activist.
Arrigoni received what amounted to a state funeral in Gaza before his body was transported back to Italy.
Israel has shown that it is willing to carry out terrorist attacks in order to drive a wedge between a Fatah-Hamas reconciliation prior to an expected UN General Assembly recognition of Palestinian independence and statehood later this year. Last month's bombing of Jerusalem's central bus station, the first such attack in seven years and which occurred just as preliminary negotiations between Fatah and Hamas were getting underway, remains subject to speculation that it was Israel, itself, that was behind the attack. The "Al Quds Brigade" claimed responsibility for the attack that killed a 59-year old British woman, but Israel's Mossad uses a number of shadowy groups and media networks to paint "false flag" terrorist attacks as being the work of non-state actors. The suitcase bomb used was compact and the metal fragments used appeared to have been designed to limit fatalities but result in a number of injuries. Some 30 people were injured in the bus station attack. Jerusalem's police chief admitted that there were no "concrete leads" pointing to the perpetrators but Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other government officials immediately blamed Palestinians for the attack.
Writing on the Al Jazeera website, Jeremy Keenan, author of the book, "The Dark Sahara: America's War on Terror in Africa," advances the idea that it has been the United States, working with Algeria's Department of Intelligence and Security (DRS), that has been behind many of the terrorist attacks in the Sahara that have later been blamed on "Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb" (AQIM) and affiliated Salafist groups. Keenan refers to the 2003 abduction of 32 Europeans in the Algerian Sahara by a Salafist nicknamed "El Para" as a "false flag" terrorist attack by the United States and Algeria. Keenan suggests that the United States and Algeria, later joined by Britain, jointly manufactured the AQIM and "El Para" threat in order to justify the expansion of its "Global War on Terror" to the Sahara-Sahel region.
On the same day Arrigoni was found dead in Gaza a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at a mosque inside a police compound in Cirebon in west Java, Indonesia.Some thirty people, most of them policemen, were injured. The bomber was said to be a local man. The attack was the first since the July 2009 bombings of the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta.
The Java mosque bombing follows reports that the CIA has been covertly working to destabilize Indonesia by creating the perception that Muslim radicals allied to the CIA's contrivance of "Al Qaeda" pose a threat to Indonesia's security. Such a development would give right-wing military officers the pretext to stage a coup, a replay of the 1965 coup against President Sukarno, with the only difference being radical Muslims as the bogeymen instead of Communists.
On March 24, 2011, WMR reported on the planning of an Indonesian coup by the CIA: "Reports now coming out of Jakarta strongly suggest that the Obama administration is involved in backing a generals' revolt with the aim of toppling democratically-elected President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a former general who is now considered a political reformer. Fears that a possible coup against Yudhoyono is being planned by right-wing active duty and retired Indonesian army elements are being fueled by an Al Jazeera report that a cabal of Indonesian generals have held secret meetings with leaders of Indonesia's radical Islamist groups to help plan terrorist attacks in the country that would then be used as a pretext for an army coup against Yudhoyono. The generals would claim that the ouster of the president was necessitated by his weak leadership in the face of terrorism. In fact, the renegade generals consider Yudhoyono to be too much of a reformist. The rumors of a planned coup against Yudhoyono come amid the publication by WikiLeaks of U.S. embassy Jakarta cables that report alleged widespread corruption, personal enrichment, nepotism, and spying on political opponents by Yudhoyono's administration."