Across the Bay

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Al-Qaeda, Lebanon, Agendas and Irresponsible Journalists

This is a topic I've been trying to highlight on this blog, and it's grratifying to see it examined more and more as in this piece by Talal Nizameddin.

What Nizameddin describes as the Fisk agenda could be said about a whole number of writers (but then again we learned that Fisk was a source for the sinister article by Sy Hersh).

Read it and weep.

Addendum: Aside from the Fisk stuff, this part of the article is significant:

With the leadership driven out of Sudan and then severely restricted in Afghanistan, what is left is in fact a loose network of extremist cells that needed another state structure to provide it with cover, logistical support and intelligence guidance. Each cell invents a name for itself, tagging on the words Islam or Jihad for added value, and then claims allegiance to Al-Qaeda. A simple but seemingly successful formula by states that need proxy groups to fight their battles against stronger opponents.

We therefore find an emerging unholy alliance between militant Islam (both Sunni and Shiite) and the secular anti-Western forces in the region.

This is similar to what was said in a report by Abdel Karim Abul Nasr which I noted in a previous post (and I remember seeing it written or said elsewhere by another analyst, but I cannot recall who or where at the moment. It'll come to me.).

Given Syria's (and indeed Iran's) work with such cells in Iraq, this is a rather attractive explanation with much to support it. For more along similar lines, see Michael Young's recent piece in Reason Magazine. And for those who haven't yet read Bernard Rougier's book "Everyday Jihad," he lists plenty of evidence of Iranian and Hezbollah penetration of Palestinian camps in Lebanon through Sunni Islamist preachers.

Young reviewed Rougier here.