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article imageOp-Ed: False flags and false friends – rumours and nonsense about Oslo

By Alexander Baron     Jul 29, 2011 in Politics
Oslo - Before the dust had settled in Norway, conspiracy theorists, fantasists and hatemongers were queueing up to peddle their own version of what had happened and why.
Although Anders Behring Breivik has yet to be convicted of any offence, in view of the overwhelming evidence against him and his own pronouncements, it is probably fair to say that the only issue to be decided is his state of mind, in short, he is either a mass murderer or will be deemed unfit to plead. A trial of fact would undoubtedly find that he carried out both the bombing and the subsequent massacre. In view of this and in view of the overwhelming coverage recent events in Norway have received, nothing that is written here can prejudice any forthcoming trial.
Although killing sprees by individuals for political or other reasons are not new, it is safe to say that with a few exceptions, they were unknown prior to the Twentieth Century. The reason for this is technology and technology alone; before the advent of automatic weapons, it was somewhat difficult to perpetrate mass murder. There was the (failed) Gunpowder Plot of 1605; there were a few mass poisoners; and arson; but death by arsenic and fire though sadly not bombs are often difficult to administer. An automatic rifle or submachine gun is a different proposition, especially when the perpetrator has no concern for his own life.
Prior to the events of July 22, Breitvik mailed out his Manifesto to numerous Internet contacts. This and other things have led to enormous and for the most part ill-founded speculation about his motives. One of the first on the scene was the American radio host Alex Jones.
Jones was born in Dallas, which on November 22, 1963 was the scene of the most spectacular murder and the most thoroughly documented single event in the history of the world barring none. It was to be hoped that with this pedigree, he would at least be aware of the facts of this crime, that it was perpetrated by the proverbial lone nut. With hope and a dollar, you can buy a cup of coffee; Jones is in fact an enthusiastic Kennedy Assassination conspiracy theorist, a 9/11 Truther, and in many ways extremely gullible. It is not too surprising therefore that he should peddle a conspiracy line on the Norway atrocities, but in contrast to the warnings that we should not rush to judgment where Lee Harvey Oswald is concerned, here is what Jones said as the saga unfolded.
Alex Jones is a committed Libertarian and in addition to being rightly distrustful of government power and pronouncements, is a staunch opponent of the New World Order. It should be stressed that the New World Order is not a fiction; thirty years ago those who warned against it were dismissed as bigots, cranks, and of course conspiracy theorists; now everyone is talking about the New World Order, the Bilderberg Group, and other power elites. That being said, Alex Jones makes two big mistakes. His first mistake is confusing cause and effect; his second is that he is so gullible he takes at face value almost any outrageous claim made about especially the American Government.
Yes, there are people both in and out of government who have exploited the September 11 atrocities and similar outrages in order to erode our civil liberties; there are indeed people out there who would like us all to be walking around with microchips in the backs of our necks, but it is a massive leap from exploiting such atrocities to perpetrating them. Mr Jones appears to believe that almost every major terrorist attack of the last fifty years is a false flag, including the Oklahoma City bombing of April 1995. In this connection, a contemporaneous article published in Soldier Of Fortune gives an insight into how easy it is to manufacture conspiracy theories out of thin air. On page 35 of the September 1995 issue appear two photographs, one is of Timothy McVeigh, who was convicted of and executed for this outrage; the other is of an unnamed BATF agent who could be his identical twin. At first glance the resemblance is striking, but a closer look shows they are two different men. It is not difficult to imagine what some people could make of this uncanny resemblance.
Ironically, as well as being born in Dallas, Alex Jones puts out his show from Austin, where in August 1966, 25 year old Charles Whitman murdered his mother, and his wife, then sat in the Clock Tower at the University of Texas shooting at people indiscriminately before he was himself shot dead by police. The Texas Clock Tower Massacre was up until that point, the worst mass shooting in American history. Sometimes it really is a lone nut.
Another person who subscribes to the false flag hypothesis is Stephen Lendman. This Chicago-based correspondent for the Mathaba News Agency has produced many fine analyses of complex legal issues, both domestic and foreign, but like Jones he has serious blind spots; he believes for instance in the innocence of rightly convicted cop killer Mumia Abu Jamal. In his interview with Press TV in the wake of the massacre he was cautious about apportioning blame, but hinted at possible Zionist involvement.
There was no such sitting on the fence for Gilad Atzmon, who was denounced by Jewish Chronicle columnist Jessica Elgot as “a notorious antisemite” in spite of his impeccable Kosher credentials.
Breivik may well be a passionate Gentile Zionist, but that hardly makes him a Mossad agent anymore than his hatred of Islam makes him a secular humanist.
From false flags to false friends, one notorious magazine based in Britain (though one can hardly call it a British magazine) has attempted to point the finger at the far right here on account of Breivik’s supposed links with the English Defence League. Those who are au fait with Searchlight and the agenda of the people who control it will not be deceived by such vacuous rhetoric. Links is arguably the favourite word of the co-founder of this notorious hatesheet, who today likes to take a back seat on account of his advancing years.
In last Tuesday’s Guardian, the magazine’s current editor Nick Lowles echoing the rhetoric of his notorious predecessor, claimed Breivik most definitely has “links” to the EDL, not only that, he was in London in 2002. Heck, Milly Dowler was murdered in 2002 a few miles from London, perhaps Breivik was responsible for her death rather than Levi Bellfield? Searchlight magazine and all its staff should be extremely wary before tarring anyone with guilt by association, especially when its own “links” include a convicted arsonist (researcher Manny Carpel), and a self-confessed synagogue desecrator (former columnist Ray Hill).
The attempt to smear the EDL with guilt by association is part and parcel of a long-running strategy by this magazine in a rather pathetic attempt to effect a ban on all nationalist groups in these islands. The EDL though is a strange kettle of fish indeed; it has a Jewish division and even a gay division, and is directed specifically against Islam, although recently it appears to have toned down its rhetoric somewhat. Whatever the EDL’s agenda or policies, it is clear that one man and one man alone is responsible for the recent horror in Norway; that is the verdict of the Norwegian legal authorities, and we should give them far more credence than either the ravings of Alex Jones or the ill-disguised hate of Britain’s self-styled international anti-fascist monthly.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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