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News number: 9106240102

11:14 | 2012-09-15


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US Looking for New Pakistan in North Africa

TEHRAN (FNA)- An anti-Islam video on the Internet, which insults Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), has fueled angry protests across the Muslim world.



On the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died, it seems, after angry protesters attacked the US consulate building in Benghazi, blaming Washington for the film. Two days later, protesters stormed the US embassies in Yemen and Egypt. The Egyptians scaled the embassy walls, pulled down the US flag and called for the expulsion of the US ambassador to Egypt.

Speaking to The Associated Press from an undisclosed location, (apparently) Israeli-American director Sam Bacile said he intended his movie entitled, Innocence of Muslims, to be a provocative political statement in condemnation of Islam. But new reports suggest that the film took a lot of forethought to effectively mask the true creators of this enterprise: Apparently the alleged "director," one "Sam Bacile," has been operating under a pseudonym from the beginning of his film project.

Such a forethought speaks volumes about the latest Western/Israeli/media campaign against the Muslim world: It is manifest that there are influential figures, parties and interest groups across the Western hemisphere that are actively engaged in disseminating the seeds of antagonism against Islam.

Many experts even in the West are agreed that the main agenda for these forces is to foster enmity against Muslims, defile the name of Islam and invite their members to crusade against the Muslims. Their ultimate goal: To justify the American war machine's presence in the Middle East and North Africa to maintain the US hegemony, trigger arms race and shield Israel.

Some might say that at times there appears to be an ongoing dispute of some sort between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But make no mistake; these two always see "eye to eye" on virtually all matters, because Obama has made it absolutely clear that his administration will not change its position on Israel, because the special friendship between America and Israel is "unbreakable."

Nevertheless, the ability of Israeli lobby to interfere with the US political process has never been more evident than in the past few days. They have succeeded in convincing the Obama administration to order (more) drones to fly over Libya, and additional US Marines to guard diplomatic buildings and warships along the Libyan coast. As warned by many political pundits, since additional US Marines and warships, which carry Tomahawk missiles, have been included in the reaction, we might as well expect drone strikes in the near future - similar to those in Pakistan.

The key question to ask is whether the Obama administration is looking for a new Pakistan to justify its drone adventures - this time in North Africa, though? Well, Obama's order, as well as an extensive FBI investigation into the US embassy incident, appear to be the beginning of what CBS News called "a terrorist hunt in Libya, as evidence mounts assault was perpetrated by al-Qaeda affiliates in Libya."

Into the bargain, reports suggest that long before the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the 2001 matter hadn't been discussed very much by Americans or in presidential campaigns and media. Whatever the reasons, the anniversary passed with little fanfare. For the American political system, the military complex and the interest groups it was a PR disaster and a wake-up call. They had to find or fabricate a new threat to focus on. And what enemy better than the so-called "al-Qaeda affiliates in Libya?"

After the war on Libya, Washington's next regime-change project was Syria, using NATO-backed rebels and drones, but that country proved to be a very difficult target - especially seeing global support for a diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis and opposition to military intervention. They had also been maneuvering around for one candidate for its (non-existent) great threat that must be met and stopped: Iran. But given Iran's diplomatic clout and military prowess they decided to look elsewhere. This left only one tried, practical and invisible candidate: al-Qaeda. So they went with al-Qaeda (again), because it is a generic phenomenon and a known group that safely fits the bill over and over again.

As for Obama's order to send drones to fly over Libya (and of course many other countries), the truth is drones had never left Libya's skies and US Marines have been carrying out missions on the ground and in the air since the end of NATO's war there last year! In the words of late economist Milton Friedman, "When the US government engages in military action abroad, the tendency is for such military engagements to remain open-ended, in keeping with America's long history of spreading its military across the entire globe."

Under the circumstances, it is, therefore, hardly surprising to argue that the campaign to create yet another Pakistan for even more drone wars in the Middle East and North Africa had begun long before the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, and right after the end of NATO's 2011 war on Libya. The only problem is that President Obama didn't want to talk about it publicly - that is until his administration's Benghazi collision with reality!