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Thursday, December 05, 2002

WSWS raises questions about the bombing and missile attack in Kenya. One interesting point is that the Israeli airliner may have been equipped with anti-missile decoys and used them, explaining why it escaped. This also raises the question of who actually was responsible, since Bush and Sharon have been quick to link the attack to al Qaeda in a fairly obvious attempt to link the US "war on terrorism" with the Israeli war with the Palestinians. The article leads into all sorts of dark corners, such as allegations that Israel's Mossad intelligence service had framed Libya in the bombing of a disco in Berlin in 1986, which led to US retaliation against Libya, which was supposedly the motive for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Scottland in 1988. I chased that trail a ways, and a Time Europe article suggests that more likely had Iranian, Lebanese, or Syrian roots than it did Libyan, and that a CIA hostage-release team on the flight may have been the main target. I wish I had more time to chase this stuff down! The general impression I get is that most of what we "know" about world events is propaganda from the CIA, Mossad, and who knows who else. US attacks on Grenada, Libya, Panama, Iraq, Somalia, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and Iraq again all seem to be facts, but the real reasons for them are hidden in a deep fog far removed from the stated reasons.