Here's more news you never hear about in the US press, even though it's an extremely important development. I think there are three reasons for this lack of coverage:
- It is the express desire of neocons and warmongers to demonize people of the Middle East, especially followers of Islam. If successful, it is easier for gullible, uninformed Americans to not notice when BushCo slaughters hundreds of thousands of them. Who cares? They aren't people. They're oddities. Even if they are human, they wear dresses and go barefoot and are always running around shooting machine guns in the air and burning effigies and cars and shit like that. They're just animals.
- The American press is pretty much a useless bunch of orange pancake made-up blow hards like Russert and Dobbs. Or, they're too busy chasing after Britney or Paris Hilton. Or they are sucking neocon ass. One of those three.
- If Al Queda stands down, BushCo can't justify any more bullshit wars or loss of our freedoms.
Excerpts from a New Republic article by Peter Bergen and Paul Cruickshank called The Unraveling:
This past November, Benotman went public with his own criticism of Al Qaeda in an open letter to Zawahiri, absorbed and well-received, he says, by the jihadist leaders in Tripoli. In the letter, Benotman recalled his Kandahar warnings and called on Al Qaeda to end all operations in Arab countries and in the West. The citizens of Western countries were blameless and should not be the target of terrorist attacks, argued Benotman, his refined English accent, smart suit, trimmed beard, and easygoing demeanor making it hard to imagine that he was once on the front lines in Afghanistan.
Although Benotman's public rebuke of Al Qaeda went unnoticed in the United States, it received wide attention in the Arabic press.
Two months before Benotman's letter to Zawahiri was publicized in the Arab press, Al Qaeda received a blow from one of bin Laden's erstwhile heroes, Sheikh Salman Al Oudah, a Saudi religious scholar. Around the sixth anniversary of September 11, Al Oudah addressed Al Qaeda's leader on MBC, a widely watched Middle East TV network: "My brother Osama, how much blood has been spilt? How many innocent people, children, elderly, and women have been killed ... in the name of Al Qaeda? Will you be happy to meet God Almighty carrying the burden of these hundreds of thousands or millions [of victims] on your back?"