Incarceration Nation

In the Name of Al Qaeda

By Mumia Abu-Jamal

For well over a decade, since the events of 9/11, the group Al Qaeda has performed quite a service for the West and its imperialist ambitions.

Since then, the Mid-East has been hurled into hell, and Iraq has joined Afghanistan as places to flee from, to get away from as quickly as humanly possible.

No one can dare to honestly say that things are even remotely better in any occupied state; nations split asunder by Western arrogance, paranoia, greed and fear.

Since the invasions by the U.S. and its so-called allies, communities have fallen into sectarian wars, and Western backed “leaders” have given puppetry a bad name.

Iraq has become a bloody curse; a den of hatred and corruption.

To the imperialists, this is “progress,” for it is easier to exploit.

And now, in the name of the so-called “war on terror,” new wars are being bred in the Arab world, and in North and East Africa. New intrusions on the rights of Americans, the right to know about the explosion of the national security state, complete government surveillance of every American communication, of every privacy.

Just several months ago, the Obama administration announced that Al Qaeda was on its heels; its leaders droned into eternity, its followers scattered.

Today, the whole of North Africa, an area larger than the U.S., is on high alert, because of Al Qaeda “chatter.”

Are they on their heels, or on the run?  It doesn’t look like it, as 22 embassies close their doors.

Al Qaeda came into being, researchers say, because of the training and money of British, Saudi and Pakistani (not to mention, American), intelligence. They needed them to fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan.

They are what they made them.

Yet they remain, instruments of Empire., August 3, 2013