Networks of Terror


The following is taken from a speech presented by Hussein Al-alak, in response to the terrorist bomb attacks by Al-Qaeda on the city of London. The speech was given in Britain and made on the 20/7/2005.

“On Thursday July 7th 2005, the United Kingdom was rocked by a number of bomb blasts that ripped through London, killing many people and injuring hundreds. The attacks occurred just hours after it was announced the United Kingdom is to hold the Olympic games in 2012 and at the same time as the G8 summit, which was being held by world leaders up in Scotland.

It has been claimed the attacks on the capitol were carried out by a European network, that is connected to the Al-Qaeda organisation, with Al-Qaeda having come to represent the face of political Islam, with this perspective having been aided by the ignorance of Western governments and their repeated allegations, that conflicts in the modern Middle East, are based upon religion, ethnicity and inter-tribal rivalries.

But what separates political facts from the fiction, in relation to the London attack and those carried out by Al-Qaeda suicide bombers elsewhere - is the fact their actions hold no discrimination towards the nationalities of their intended targets, irrespective of the point of detonation.

In a press release issued on 7/7/2005 by the National Association of British Arabs, NABA were the first to illustrate that “Edgware Road is in the heart of London’s Arab community, as the bombing of Aldgate East is in the heart of a massive Muslim community, which is made up mostly of North African and Somali Arabs.”

Further evidence of the indiscriminate nature of Al-Qaeda, includes the fact that less than a week after the London bomb attack, a suicide bomber blew himself up in Iraq, killing thirty two children, one US soldier and injuring a further thirty people.

This incident occurred in Baghdad on the 13th July 2005, six days after the attack upon London, with the incident in Iraq occurring in response to a US soldier handing out sweets to children. The majority of the children killed, were under twelve years of age.

Within the chaos that followed, parents carried out a frantic search but tragically, the majority were unable to find or even identify their children. Reports from the scene described one father, who was only able to recognise his son from his head, with the hands of two younger victims still holding onto the wrapping of the sweets, that were given to them by the soldier.

While the loss of each life rips through the fabric of our own humanity and as we sit here listening to each countries experiences with suicide bombing, the questions that still need to be explored, is how have we got to this stage?

Since the attack upon London, like the pre-recorded statements from those who carried out the bomb attacks in Britain, some prominent politicians have pointed to the Governments actions within the Middle East, as being some of the causes behind the sudden growth in terrorism -especially since the invasion of Iraq.

It has also been suggested that the economic situation and instability created through the invasion and occupation of Iraq, has established a swamp like effect, which is apparently attracting people into filling the ranks of organisations like Al-Qaeda but rather than having created a swamp like effect, a better definition would be to describe the situation as being more like a giant vacuum.

A report was commissioned in 2004, which looked into the dynamics of what is now called Al-Qaeda of Iraq, where the following points highlighted that as a movement, it had little or no support among ordinary Iraqi people and that the failure of the US/UK led Coalition to secure the borders in 2003, allowed a steady stream of foreign fundamentalists to travel freely, in and out of the country.

It was also discovered that many Iraqi’s saw organisations such as Al-Qaeda as being responsible for much of the violence being experienced inside of Iraq, as people viewed their attacks as being directed against civilians and military alike, unlike the “native-born resistance” and believed a distinction needed to be drawn between the two.

As most Middle Eastern countries can testify, the presence of Al-Qaeda has increased dramatically since the collapse of the Taliban regime, with the United States warning only last month, that the situation inside of Iraq, is “producing better trained militants than Afghanistan”.

These sentiments have been echoed by the Saudi Arabian government, who are predicting that many of the militants returning to the Kingdom from Iraq “will be worse”, with them having previously engaged in combat against Soviet Forces during the 1980’s, or having been trained in Afghan camps throughout the 1990’s but according to the Interior Ministry of Saudi Arabia, “A new generation of young Saudi’s drawn to the insurgency in Iraq, could return home armed with even deadlier combat skills.”

While the figures on the amount of suspected militants has been disputed by Saudi authorities , with some reports claiming that anything from hundreds into their thousands have gone into Iraq, Gulf based analysts have claimed the government is unable to “stop these people from going”, while a clear warning to such regimes has also been issued, “when you export terrorists, they will come back as mature terrorists and back in to your society.”

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