Was An Inside Job
Friday 11/11/'05. Updated 14 Nov
Story by Fintan Dunne, Editor.
Research by Kathy McMahon
The televised confession by an Iraqi woman who allegedly carried
out the Amman bombings is reminiscent of the show trials in the old
Soviet Union -and it's just about as unconvincing. What a sham!
Imagine a terrorist group so stupid that they announce
a husband and wife team had been the bombers --and thus help Jordanian
authorities identify the alleged female bomber.
On television, Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi's is
seen wearing a white head scarf and a black gown with an explosives
belt strapped around her waist. But she had supposedly been
wearing bright party clothes on the bombing run. Clearly the video
of her wearing the bomb belt was staged.
As staged as
the rest of this tragic, war propaganda, Black Ops farce.
Adding to suspicions is that another alleged bomber, Safah Mohammed
briefly detained last year by U.S. military in Iraq; disapeared
soon his release and only showed up as one of the alleged suicide
bombers in Amman. Meaning, he could have been released to be picked
up by Black Ops and kept on ice until now.
In any event, what real terror group could be so dumb as to glibly
admit killing the many Palestinians who died in the attacks, and so
dim-witted as to have conceived of staging such attacks in the first
al-Qaida(TM), in the shape of
the entirely fictional Musab al-Zarqawi, is proudly claiming a new
That claim by al-Zarqawi is quite a feat. He's as dead as Osama. He
lives on only in the press release department of the CIA's Middle
But if Al-Qaida didn't do it, who did?
One Canadian reporter provides an inkling of the answer:
"Certainly when we have seen attacks
like this throughout the region, the sophistication of them, the coordination
of them, suggests that there's been a lot of time and money lent to
these operations in order to send a very strong message."
The latest attacks undoubtedly sent a strong message. But what message,
--Janis Mackey Frayer of CTV
As we step through the hard questions and suspicious circumstance of
the Amman bombings, that should become much clearer.
THE NEW 'MESSAGE'
There were two tragically ironic aspects to the blasts. The first of
them highlights the nature of the message being sent. It involves a
film director who saw his sympathetic movie account of the Islamic ethos
shattered --even as he lost his own daughter in one of the bombings.
Syrian-born Los Angeles resident Moustapha
Akkad was internationally known for his series of movies kicked
off by the 1978 hit Halloween.
But Middle Eastern audiences are more likely to recall him for The
Message (1976), starring Anthony Quinn in Akkad's classic film about
one reviewer put it:
"With all the negative press
Islam has gotten since 9/11, I wish all 'Muslim-haters' could see
this movie. It is a good cinematic representation of the message of
the prophet Muhammed and decent history also."
Rima Akkad Monla, 34, was with her father and stepmother in the lobby
area of the Hyatt Hotel when she lost
her life in the bombing there. Akkad himself suffered a heart attack
when he realized she was dead, compounding his own internal injuries
as a result of the blast. He died
later in hospital.
And, ironically, those same blasts supplanted his tolerant message about
Islam with a slew of propaganda which casts the Muslim ethos in completely
negative terms: the new simplistic 'Message' of the so-called 'War on
A message which is now the political lifeblood of the U.S., U.K. and
Australian governments, in particular. So, cui bono? Who benefits?
A PALESTINIAN PURGE
Our second irony also has a sting in the tail.
Former U.S. president Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton, along
with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and the Quartet's special
envoy to the Middle East, James Wolfensohn, on Saturday, 12th November
attend the gala opening of "The American-Israeli Dialog" at the King
David Hotel in Jerusalem.
It's the start of a week-long conference co-sponsored by the Saban Center
for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institute in Washington, DC
and the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University.
That's ironic, because the Saban Center hosted another workshop back
in November 2002. This one was an Israeli-Palestinian dialogue aimed
at edging towards a 'Two State Solution'.
It was attended by Abed Alloun, head of Palestinian Preventive Security
in the West Bank. Alloun also attended
a November, 2003 meeting organized by UCLA’s Pentagon-funded Burkle
Center for International Relations.
won't be attending any future workshops. He was also killed in the same
Hyatt Hotel lobby -just yards from where Rima Akkad Monla and her movie
producer father were struck down.
He wasn't the only high-ranking Palestinian to die in that blast. Also
...the Chief of military intelligence
in the West Bank and former head of the Palestinian Special Forces
Major General Bashir Nafeh, the commercial attache of the Palestinian
Embassy in Cairo Jihad Fatouh, and the deputy chairman of Cairo-Amman
Bank in the Palestinian territories Mosab Khorma. [Source]
These were no lightweights.
In July, 2002 Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat elevated
then deputy chief of preventive security Bashir Nafe to replace his
boss Jibril Rajoub. And Jihad Fatouh was the brother of Rawhi Fattouh,
as interim Palestinian president after the death of Arafat.
Their deaths were a key political impact of the Amman blasts as they
affected the Palestinian people, yet this news was tacked on as an afterthought
by most mainstream world media --with the notable exception of the Chinese
state outlet also carried the condolences of Chinese President, Hu Jintao
on a three-day 'bilateral-relations' state visit to Germany.
The question again is, 'cui bono'?
The answer is complex.
FALSE FLAG, RED FLAG, AND RED RAG
In matters of devious political maneuvering across the Middle East,
the student of world events must take into account possible machinations
of the Israeli Mossad. After all, the Israelis are alleged to have had
some foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks and the London bombings of 7/7/2005.
So it was hardly a surprise to find them apparently aware of the Amman
bombings in advance. In fact, it was perhaps rather predictable to read
in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that:
A number of Israelis staying yesterday
at the Radisson SAS were evacuated before the bombing by Jordanian
security forces, apparently due to a specific security alert. They
were escorted back to Israel by security personnel.... Israel's counter-terror
headquarters yesterday recommended Israeli citizens not travel in
And it was equally predictable to read just a day later that:
The groups of Israelis who were staying
at the Jordanian hotels that were bombed on Wednesday were evacuated
from the hotels immediately following the attacks, and not before
they occurred, as Haaretz erroneously reported yesterday. [Haaretz]
only problem with all this facile interpretation of 9/11, London and
Amman is the by now sheer predictability of the raising of suspicions
about a so-called 'false flag' Israeli operation and the subsequent
discounting of those concerns. And how come Israeli media can so reliably
shoot themselves in the foot with all the relentless accuracy of Musab
"Fool me once...", as one village idiot once tried to remark.
fool me twice? Thrice?
No. This false-flag, red flag looks like yet another red rag to the
bull of canned opinions.
Did Israel benefit from events in Amman? Certainly. But why hammer
the point home? Why the smokescreen?
Who deliberately twirls this red Israeli cape in our faces, so deftly?
Once again. Cui bono?
HORROR AT THE HYATT
we explore the Amman bombings, most accounts agree that it was the
Grand Hyatt Hotel where the first blast took place. Not "at the
entrance" -as many reports state. It was inside at a lobby bar.
BBC's Caroline Hawley, describes the scene:
I was at the Hyatt hotel and had
just ordered dinner. It was just before 9pm, so as you can imagine
it was a very busy time for restaurants and bars across Amman, particularly
in these kind of hotels that are frequented by Westerners. The bomb
went off in a lobby-level bar crowded with customers. Suddenly we
heard a massive explosion. I saw a ball of orange flames
and I heard shattering glass and then people fled in panic. I didn't
see what actually happened in the area which took the full force of
the blast - we were actually one floor below where the bomb went off.
It appears to have gone off in a restaurant bar on the lobby level
on the ground floor. BBC
That location for the bomb is confirmed by other accounts:
"I was eating with friends in the
restaurant next to the bar when I saw a huge ball of fire shoot
up to the ceiling and then everything went black," a French UN official
told Reuters news agency. "It caused absolute devastation." BBC
lobby of the Hyatt is a vast multi-level space.
It's not just an entrance and exit from the hotel, it's also a meeting,
relaxation and dining area for residents and guests.
There is at least one raised area surrounded by a low railing, to facilitate
such planned or impromptu gatherings.
is every chance that the high-profile Palestinian victims were not simply
accidentally caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, but were precisely
where good intelligence information knew they would be. At the right
place and the right time for a group assassination.
If that's the case, the Hyatt blast was the first and most important
order of business, and the other subsequent blasts were secondary. (But
not entirely irrelevant, as we shall see.)
photos of a Jordanian forensics team in action show it was near such
a railing that the bomb went off.
A photo sequence enables us to gauge the force and direction of the
bomb blast. One of the main structural support pillars was badly damaged.
The surface of the pillar was stripped off to a depth of inches in parts,
and the scarred concrete underneath is pock-marked with deep impacts
and gashes. [2nd
This was an extraordinarily powerful explosion.
Just how massive a blast it was is evident from this account by a Canadian
guest at the hotel:
Cherryl Fisher is just happy to be
alive. She was in the Grand Hyatt at the time of the bombing. She
had just finished taking a swim in the hotel pool, when a bomb ripped
through the lobby of the Grand Hyatt. "I was just heading back to
my room and stopped at the desk to drop off my locker key when the
wall next to me sort of imploded and crumbled," she says. Fisher
was not hurt. She was on the other side of the hotel from where
people were killed. CBC
This sounds and looks like a high-grade, high velocity military explosive
authorities are making the most of shotgun-pellet-sized ball bearings
recovered, they say, from the scene of the blast. But if one was planning
to make a blast look like a typical suicide-mission, then a sophisticated
military device could easily be window-dressed with such low grade material.
Despite a great deal of unsourced reports of a suicide bomber, in the
Hyatt, as in the other hotels, first-hand specific accounts of such
bombers are elusive.
In any event, ball bearings were not needed for the efficacy of this
device. It would kill all within close range by the sheer organ-liquefying
force of it's blast pressure wave. Guaranteed. No matter what path any
As a matter of interest, residents and guests in the hotel included
many with links to rebuilding contracts in Iraq --ongoing or suspended
. Like this unnamed individual:
Shocked by the blast, survivors staggered
out of the Grand Hyatt hotel. An American man blurted out in a thick
Southern drawl: "My friends are dead." A soaked white-bed sheet, wet
perhaps from the hotel's fire extinguishing system, wrapped his clothed
frame like mummy cloths. "The people who carried out this attack are
cowards," he said. Refusing to give his name, the man said that he
had lived in the hotel for the past two years like many other Western
contractors doing business in neighbouring Iraq. People's
Given this, the Hyatt, like other Amman hotels, surely has its rat's
nest of intelligence operatives who could facilitate the targeting of
the Palestinian leaders. From a personal security point of view, that
lobby was a potential killing zone. One into which a bomb could be delivered
by means as varied as a personal briefcase or a staff serving trolley.
The rest is already history.
COLLATERAL DAMAGE AT THE RADISSON
of a suicide bomber also accompanied accounts of events at the Radisson
SAS Hotel --just a short distance from the Hyatt.
Minutes after the 'success' of the Hyatt blast, another bomb blast was
to rock central Amman.
Most news photos showed the scene near the top of the wedding function
room --where the main bridal party had been seated. It was a heart-rending
depiction, but the big story was off to one side and looking upwards.
Because, mingled with those tales of a suicide bomber were reports of
a quite different explanation for the massive blast:
Former Belfast Telegraph reporter
Mary Fitzgerald was at the Hyatt and the Radisson shortly after both
were hit, at around 8.50pm. "The Radisson blast was caused by a
bomb placed in a false ceiling, but we don't yet know what caused
the Hyatt blast. [Belfast
This account of the cause also appeared on Reuters newswire, and was
repeated on-air in BBC coverage of the events. That first Reuters story
is just one sentence long:
Updated: 2:39 p.m. ET Nov. 9, 2005
But then, the police seemingly changed their story:
AMMAN -The blast at the Radisson hotel was caused by a bomb placed
in a false ceiling, police sources at the scene told Reuters.
Police said the blasts were caused by suspected suicide bombers. Police
sources earlier told Reuters the Radisson blast had been caused by a
bomb placed in a false ceiling. [Source]
from Reuters stories dropped any mention of the earlier report of a
bomb being in the false ceiling.
But photos from the scene make it quite clear why those early reports
The visible effects of the huge blast on the extensive ceiling area
A bomb in the roof-space overhead, would go a long way to explaining
the many head injuries described in the following report:
Suicide bomber brings death and destruction
as newlyweds enter wedding party
And that smell of plastic could bethe high plastic content of the roof
material being burned by the exploding device.
By Rana Husseini, Thursday, November 10, 2005 Jordan Times
An employee at the hotel described to The Jordan Times the scene inside
the hall after the blast. “I was inside the hall when all of a sudden
I heard a loud explosion and the walls and the ceiling fell
on our heads.”
“It was like a huge flash. One moment everything was normal
and all of a sudden there was confusion and smoke with body parts
lying all over the floor and a strong smell of burning plastic.
Another shocked employee stood at the entrance of the hotel banging
his head with his hands and repeating his colleague's name, who he
said had died in the blast. “Yousef is dead. I saw a big gash in
his head and he was just lying on the floor of the hall without
moving. “I saw heads and body parts of men and women scattered
all over the hall", said the 21-year-old hotel worker.
The death toll from the three explosions reached 57 according to government
officials, who said the highest number of victims were from the Radisson
SAS Hotel blast. Over 115 people were reported injured, many reportedly
suffering from head wounds, according to a source at the Jordan
The Jordan Times managed to gain entrance to the site of the blast
and witnessed the devastation. A smell of burnt plastic permeated
the room. The buffet area adjacent to the main hall was also partly
The scale and strength of the explosion can be also be judged from the
volume of debris later being cleared by hotel staff. [Photo2]
Naturally, the cruel shattering of a bridal party's hopes, dreams and
celebrations has attracted the most attention from the media. Photos
and accounts of events at the Radisson have almost eclipsed the other
Which was undoubtedly the purpose of the Radisson bomb. To help mask
the deadly intent of the killing of the Palestinians. Once the Hyatt
blast had taken place, it would have been easy to have triggered the
second diversionary blast at will.
Leaving only one more bomb. But this last was no mere diversion.
THE CHINA SYNDROME
that the deaths of Palestinian leaders in the Hyatt went scarcely noticed
by the corporate mainstream media, the killing of three Chinese nationals
at the less upmarket Days Inn almost sank without trace.
However, naturally it was big news in China:
Three Chinese were killed and one
wounded Wednesday evening in bomb attacks against three hotels in
the Jordanian capital Amman. The dead and wounded were members of
a delegation from China's University of National Defense [an elite
military training university], which happened to stay at one of
the three hotels, the press release said.
At around 9:00 p.m. local time Thursday night, the delegation, seeing
no sign of tragedy, was backing to the hotel after attending a welcoming
dinner at the Chinese embassy in Jordan. The bomb blasted on the street
four to five meters outside the hotel, killing one Chinese
on the spot and wounding another three. Two of the three wounded died
later in hospital. People's
The most poorly-sourced journalistic report of all these events comes
from the Jordan Times in an article entitled 'The hotel manager's story'
by Thomas Gringer Jakobsen, on November 11, 2005. Little of this is
first hand account. Mostly it's "he said, they said":
The night the attack took place was
a completely normal evening at the Days Inn, according to Khalid Abu
Ghoush, the general manager of the hotel. Close to nine o'clock, a
slim young man around 25 years of age walked in, dressed in black
pants and a long leather coat. “He spoke Arabic with an Iraqi accent,
which I didn't hear myself, because I had just left for home,”
explains the manager.
Conveniently, this second-hand account gives the claimed suicide bomber
an Iraqi accent. It also maintains that he 'pulled a pin' and then it
postulates an seemingly inexplicable delay in the explosion of the bomb.
“But later the security guards told me what happened.” The manager
explained that the man then walked into the restaurant and sat down
in one of the chairs next to the piano. Soon after taking a seat the
man began to fumble with his jacket. “The hotel guards very quickly
became suspicious, and as they approached the man, they saw he
had pulled a pin, but that the explosives under his jacket had
not gone off as he had planned. He got up and tried to flee,” the
manager told The Jordan Times.
The man ran out of the restaurant and turned sharply to the right
pursued by the hotel's security guards. A few metres away stood four
Chinese military officials who were staying at the hotel, said the
manager. “At that moment, the suicide bomber's belt finally exploded,”
Abu Ghoush said.
“I arrived ten minutes after the explosion to a scene of shock
and panic. A lot of windows had been blown out, cars had been damaged...
and there were body parts strewn all over the road. I saw a leg, cut
below the knee, and a part of a body I couldn't recognise. The remains
of the bomber's head were found on the other side of the street,”
Abu Ghoush said.
Photos of the scene show that the bomb exploded directly adjacent to
their vehicle, with a nearby wall directing all the force of the blast
outwards towards their vehicle -which is seen to be badly damaged. It
is more likely that the four were in the vehicle when the bomb went
off beside it.
They had just returned from an official function at the Chinese embassy.
It would have been easy to have directed their car to a parking space
where a bomb was primed to explode.
Our analysis is consistently making the case that these bombings could
have been carried out without suicide bombers. Human factors are not
as predictable as sophisticated equipment.
People mess up. And in the case of the prime target Hyatt blast, for
example, a high degree of certainty is required. So it may be better
to use mechanical means and then -with police help-- to fake the evidence
linking the suicide-bomber patsy to the blast. On the other hand, there
is a ready supply of willing bombers -driven by bereavement revenge
or idealogical fervor.
It's too early to say definitively which method was used in each blast.
But, either way, what could be the motive for dragging entirely innocent
Chinese into this Middle-Eastern bloodbath?
Our first clue comes from comments just days ago by President
George W. Bush:
President George W. Bush said on
Tuesday that the United States will adhere to its one-China policy
and does not support "Taiwan independence." "Our policy has been consistent
from day one, which is one China," Bush told Xinhua in a round-table
interview with Asian reporters at the White House before his trip
to Asia. People's
Our second clue from comments just days ago by President Hu Jintao:
Chinese President Hu Jintao said
Thursday in Berlin that China will adhere to the path of peaceful
development characterized by peace, opening up and cooperation.
He said China will... honor its commitments to the World Trade Organization
made upon the entry into the global trading body. People's
It looks like these two are shaping up for a love-fest when Bush visits
China (after Hu gets back from Europe). So, why so lovey-dovey?
It's worth recalling at this point that China's accession to the WTO
was sealed unnoticed just days after the 9/11 attacks of 2001:
WTO successfully concludes negotiations
on China's entry
So, now let's get back to China's response to the events in Amman. Here
we see a possible motive as these deaths of its citizens in the blasts
are used by a China Daily article to outline a new global realpolitik
to China's citizens.
17 September 2001
The World Trade Organization today successfully concluded negotiations
on China's terms of membership of the WTO. China's statement “International
economic cooperation has brought about this defining moment in the
history of the multilateral trading system,” said Mike Moore, WTO
Director-General, at the conclusion of the meeting of the Working
Party on China's Accession. “With China's membership, the WTO will
take a major step towards becoming a truly world organization.” WTO
Simple Chinese peasants, like their simple American counterparts have
always been taught that the enemies of their enemy must be their friends.
The China Daily article uses the events in Amman to change that simple
logic. Now the enemies of the U.S. enemy are Chinese enemies too, and
my U.S. enemy is now my WTO corporate business partner.
Given that China Daily hardly took it upon itself to sound off on these
matters off the cuff, we can presume to be listening to the voice of
the Chinese Market-Communist leadership. The article starts off benignly
enough, then wends it way towards a chilling conclusion that makes this
the most relevant geopolitical commentary you will read this year. It
went like this:
Match rhetoric with action on
Read the highlighted sentences again. These comments from the Hu
Jintao Junta are just like listening to the George W. Junta.
In fact, they're exactly identical to listening to George Bush.
The average Chinese believes our consistent advocacy of peaceful coexistence
in terms of state-to-state relations, loyalty to justice and our persistent
sympathy for the weak serves as a reliable safeguard against international
terrorism. However, the suicide bombings in Amman, the Jordanian capital,
on Wednesday night, which left three Chinese citizens dead and another
injured, have shown that terrorism is never far away.
There is no evidence that Chinese nationals were the targets. Most
likely, our tragic loss was what some term collateral damage. The
tragedy is a bloody reminder that no country, our own included,
can claim security until all countries are safe from terror.
Terrorism's indiscriminate threat to innocent lives determines it
as a common enemy of humanity. For that reason, our condemnation
of terror has to be complete and unconditional. All the way from
New York to New Delhi, and now Amman, terror has failed to scare off
any country or government. It is reassuring to hear national leaders,
including President Hu Jintao, reiterate their countries' commitments
to the fight against terror.
Such a show of solidarity is essential. In his remarks on the Amman
carnage, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan focused on international
collaboration. Unless all countries commit whole-heartedly to the
world's joint defence against terror, terrorist cells will survive
and thrive. China
That's the new 'Message'. The War on Terror 'Message' --which the Amman
blasts enabled-- is now coming at you from both of these Neo-Dictators
(and the rest of the G8 Corporate Raiders).
The blasts in Amman had as many levels as the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel.
An Israeli level, an Iraqi level; a Palestinian level; a wartime PsyOp
level; A Chinese level. And a guiding, calculated geopolitical level.
It's clear who pulled off the Amman Blasts: the CIA and their Jordanian
counterparts acting for the G8
Corporate Empire of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK,
the USA, Russia --and new economic entrant China making it G9.
George Bush should stay in China, and send Hu Jintao back to run the
US. Leaders are so interchangable in this new Corporate 'Anti-Terrorist'
In the current leap backwards to a New Feudalism --the peasants (as
we saw on 9/11, and in Bali, in Beslan, in London, and just now in Amman)
are as disposable as ever.
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