Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)
Sat Mar 9, 2013, 02:13 AM
Alamuti Lotus (3,093 posts)
3. I don't see how useful he would be, except if he was enticed to make shit up
He has been under arrest in Iran since he was seized while trying to pass through there towards the friendly Gulf dictatorships in 2002, and Iran considers his organization and its allies to be a criminal gang and ideological enemy. That feeling is very much mutual; there were brief flirtations to the contrary in the mid 1990s, but any prospects ended when relations between Iran and the Taliban nearly erupted into open warfare in 1999 (back when the US gov't and its allies still warmly received the Taliban as a counter to other influences). So, the only useful information he might have is what he could make up about the vast plots and wholly imagined collaboration between Iran and its sworn enemy. And in this ever-increasingly ridiculous environment, I wouldn't be surprised if precisely that came out of this, but I digress.
It is funny to read the headlines about the United States "capturing" him. Iran seems to have dumped the chump off into hostile territory precisely in order to be captured, but the US gov't is just so desperate to take credit for it apparently as if it was some daunting achievement.
According to the meager reports on movements, he turned up in Turkey not too long ago, and was captured in the police state of Jordan. How'd he get there? Did he stay with the al-Qai'dah fan club running wild in Syria first? Allegedly his plans after Jordan were to then travel to Kuwait--another reactionary dictatorship--and set up shop there. Given the very alert police states that exist in the Gulf at the moment, that sounds so utterly improbable! I want to read his travel diaries from the last couple months, it would probably be fascinating given current events.
He can't have too much information on current operations or the present cast of characters--most of his old gang are dead or are being shuffled around obscure CIA torture centers around the world. The al-Qai'dah "franchise" operations in Syria, Yemen, North Africa, Southeast Asia, and Somalia have little if anything to do with the "base" he used to call home.
There's only two scenarios that make sense at this moment. Iran dumped him off into hostile territory precisely to be captured, which is a rare goodwill gesture these days--makes me wonder what they were offered in return. Or he was intended for use by the Gulf dictatorships to inflame the terrorist insurrection in Syria, but the puppetmaster in chief decided he would be more useful as propaganda on the home front. A lot of fluff and drool either way, enjoy the show trial and hope somebody breaks their arm patting themselves on the back over this.
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|Omaha Steve||Mar 2013||OP|
|Rosa Luxemburg||Mar 2013||#11|
I don't see how useful he would be, except if he was enticed to make shit up
|Alamuti Lotus||Mar 2013||#3|
|Comrade Grumpy||Mar 2013||#20|
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