Bombs and the Great Wen 13


London is an extraordinary, teeming, multicultural metropolis. It is a great hub of international finance, politics and intrigue. Extraordinary things have happened in London throughout my adult life. Beneath the surface events are bubbling which most Londoners neither know nor understand.

LONDON

An Italian banker, custodian of Vatican money and secrets, is found swinging under Blackfriars Bridge. Businessmen purchase seats in the national legislature simply for payments of cash. A Bulgarian dissident is killed with a tiny ricin pellet injected from an umbrella. A Brazilian electrician is executed by police on the London underground. The dismembered torso of a small African child floats down the Thames. The country’s most flamboyant businessman, a lawmaker, steals his workers’ pensions and leaves for a yacht cruise. Muslim lads from Yorkshire kill themselves and 67 people on public transport. Etonian mercenaries plan coups in Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea before finding respectability and the jackpot in Iraq. A Russian defector is poisoned with polonium and dies a slow horrible death. Politicians and civil servants concoct a dossier of lies to provoke a war. A girl is arrested for reading out the names of the dead at the Cenotaph, and a man for carrying Vanity Fair outside Downing St. A small black child bleeds to death in a tenement stairwell. Gays die as a nail bomb rips through a pub. The IRA run a long, slow war of death and attrition. Every year, scores of people simply disappear. Homeless people curl up like bundles in neon-lit doorways.

Two remarkable things happened in the last two days within half a mile of each other, at either end of Piccadilly. One, the car bomb, you have probably heard of. The second you probably haven’t.

This is a straight reproduction of a small article from The Metro newspaper, Friday June 29, 2007

“Mossad Spy” Found Dead

An Egyptian financier accused of spying for Israel has been found dead outside his London home in mysterious circumstances. Ashraf Marwan was alleged to have worked for Israeli intelligence agency Mossad during the 1973 Yom Kippur war with Egypt and Syria. He was accused of tipping Israel off about the war. Police said “He appears to have fallen from a balcony. The death is being treated as unexplained.” The 62 year old son-in-law of former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser was found on Wednesday in St James’s, Central London.

The fact that these two incidents are less than ten minutes walk apart does not make them connected. They may or may not be. But I note this, and the list above, to help those who have difficulty imagining that there is any need to consider any possibility other than Islamic terrorism to explain the apparent Haymarket car bomb. Astonishing things do happen in London.

A good rule is to look at what did happen, not what might have happened. Consider this:

a) Nobody committed suicide. Rather than follow Scotland Yard’s Peter Clarke and speculate that was because the driver lost his nerve, let us admit that it is at least possible that nobody was intended to commit suicide. If suicide was not part of the modus operandi, that vastly increases the number of groups and individuals who might have been responsible.

b) No bomb exploded and nobody was killed. There seems a general presumption that was because the trigger failed, or was defused in time. That is possible, certainly. It could well be so. But there is another possibility that cannot be ruled out yet – perhaps the thing was not meant to explode, perhaps no-one was meant to be killed. Perhaps it was meant to look like a convincing bomb, even like a convincing failed bomb. If you accept that as a logical possibility, that would bring in even more individuals and organisations who might have been responsible. To be up for a bomb scare is very different to being up for a bomb.

Let me be quite clear again: Islamic extremists may very well be responsible. I am not saying they are not. I am saying nobody knows yet. But let me expand a bit on my Cui Bono theme.

There are plenty of companies – and wealthy individuals – making huge amounts of money from both the War on Terror and its equally ugly sister, the War in Iraq. There has been much speculation that Brown will edge away from both of these. If British troops were to withdraw from Iraq, for example, that could reduce the access currently enjoyed by companies, including Aegis and BAE, to billions of dollars of US government contracts for arms and mercenaries. These companies make money out of killing. Death is their business. Today’s car bomb – and the immediate media presumption it is Islamic terrorism – certainly forces Brown further into the War on Terror. The fact that the Iraq war is the root cause of an upsurge of terror in the UK, strangely does not negate the surge of political support for the War that this sort of incident brings as a reflex reaction from our leaders.

I am not saying it was Aegis or BAE. I am saying don’t be one-eyed about the possibilities. Look at the list of amazing things in London above. Do I really believe that there are wealthy people in London who would stage this sort of thing to protect or further their financial interests? Yes, I do.

It could well be Islamic terrorists. That remains the most probable explanation – but by no means the only possible explanation. It could have been a preparation for an attack on tomorrow’s Gay Pride march. Mossad? Why not? We just don’t know yet. There is also of course the possibility that whoever planted it has tried to make it look like another group, by planted forensic evidence or disguising the driver. Presumably we will see CCTV footage of the driver shortly.

I am also saying that I have first hand experience of the fact that governments lie about who plants bombs. See my posting on Lockerbie below. Read pages 325 to 339 of Murder in Samarkand. Or read Darkness at Dawn by David Satter, or The Quiet American by Graham Greene.

Think.


13 thoughts on “Bombs and the Great Wen

  • Alien

    ""International elements" are believed to be involved with the Haymarket bomb, Whitehall sources have told the BBC."

    "The car bomb has echoes of other terror plots. Five men were jailed for life in April for a UK bomb plot linked to al-Qaeda that targeted a shopping centre and a nightclub with a giant fertiliser bomb."

    "And Dhiren Barot was jailed for life last November for conspiring to park limousines packed with gas canisters underneath high-profile buildings before detonating them."
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6255452.stm

    It looks like it has been already decided who is to blame. I don't have to wait till tomorrow to read The Sun (I never do anyway), I already know what it is going to say.

  • Mawzo

    So al-qaeda fail to detonate a simple car bomb, but somehow manage to penetrate and outwit the the US defense with 4 highjacked planes directed from a cave in afghanistan?!?

    I don't buy it for minute,,,, remember the US "knew" straight after 9/11 who was to blame … no investigation was needed…… be sceptical…..

  • Randal

    Wise words, Craig!

    And well written, as well. I loved:

    "An Italian banker, custodian of Vatican money and secrets, is found swinging under Blackfriars Bridge. Businessmen purchase seats in the national legislature simply for payments of cash. A Bulgarian dissident is killed with a tiny ricin pellet injected from an umbrella. A Brazilian electrician is executed by police on the London underground. The dismembered torso of a small African child floats down the Thames. The country's most flamboyant businessman, a lawmaker, steals his workers' pensions and leaves for a yacht cruise. Muslim lads from Yorkshire kill themselves and 67 people on public transport. Etonian mercenaries plan coups in Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea before finding respectability and the jackpot in Iraq. A Russian defector is poisoned with polonium and dies a slow horrible death. Politicians and civil servants concoct a dossier of lies to provoke a war. A girl is arrested for reading out the names of the dead at the Cenotaph, and a man for carrying Vanity Fair outside Downing St. A small black child bleeds to death in a tenement stairwell. Gays die as a nail bomb rips through a pub. The IRA run a long, slow war of death and attrition. Every year, scores of people simply disappear. Homeless people curl up like bundles in neon-lit doorways."

  • johnf

    Yes, a great evocation.

    The world's elites congregate and crowd in London. They bring their problems with them. Frankly, I don't think they're worth it.

  • CGB

    Yes, Murray's is a clear-eyed glance. But step away from the hype and cacophony and you will see that maybe this is simpler.

    Because for as vibrant as this country is, and as robustly as this city turns itself over every day, there is nonetheless a media beast that must stoke its fires minute by minute, and to do so must seek fuel.

    The truth was lost within the first hour of this being reported.

    A crime was committed, that is all. And it must be approached as such.

    Not every apartment bombing in Moscow is Putin's, not every car bombing in Tashkent is Karimov's.

    Wait and see. If the government makes this a national case, and not a criminal one, then strange things are afoot.

  • Lopakhin

    Craig M: '"Mossad Spy" Found Dead

    An Egyptian financier accused of spying for Israel has been found dead outside his London home in mysterious circumstances. Ashraf Marwan was alleged to have worked for Israeli intelligence agency Mossad during the 1973 Yom Kippur war with Egypt and Syria. He was accused of tipping Israel off about the war. Police said "He appears to have fallen from a balcony. The death is being treated as unexplained." The 62 year old son-in-law of former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser was found on Wednesday in St James's, Central London.

    The fact that these two incidents are less than ten minutes walk apart does not make them connected. They may or may not be. But I note this, and the list above, to help those who have difficulty imagining that there is any need to consider any possibility other than Islamic terrorism to explain the apparent Haymarket car bomb.'

    Yes, because Islamic terrorists would have absolutely no motive for chucking a Mossad spy off a balcony.

  • johnf

    Larry Johnson doesn't seem to be accepting the official hype either:

    >On Countdown tonight, ex-CIA Counterterrorism Expert, Larry Johnson explained how this car bomb would have been completely ineffectual. A non-fragmentation device, if it had detonated, the car itself would have exploded with a large BANG; and nothing else significant would have happened except maybe some "ear damage" to any passers-by within about 30-feet.

    >As Johnson snarked, basically, these "terrorists" could afford a Mercedes, but couldn't seem to put together an effective car bomb. They were just "yuppie terrorists" with a Benz, some propane tanks, gasoline, and some nails.
    http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/6/30/0293/

    The blogger quoting Johnson says:

    >This London "Benz-Bomb" plot is just plain lame. It's just another example of a bogus, lame, and silly wannabe terrorist plot like the Fort Dicks Six or the JFK Airport jet fuel plot.

  • Randal

    "Yes, because Islamic terrorists would have absolutely no motive for chucking a Mossad spy off a balcony."

    Hardly the typical MO for "Islamic terrorists", if by that you mean the current big bogeyman "Islamist" terrorists.

    Chucking off a balcony is what you do when you want to leave things ambiguous for the law and popular opinion – was it murder or suicide? – while perhaps sending a clear message to a few who are aware of particular issues.

    Seems to me there could be numerous suspects in the kiling of a man such as this, with "Islamic terrorists" very far down the list.

  • Alien

    "Chucking off a balcony is what you do when you want to leave things ambiguous for the law and popular opinion – was it murder or suicide? – while perhaps sending a clear message to a few who are aware of particular issues."

    I strongly agree, Randal.

    Just a reminder of another less noticed incidence, (also in London!), a few months ago, an Egyptian ex-actress, with strong ties with the Egyptian internal security agencies in the 60s and 70s "fell off" her apartment balcony in London. A bit unrelated but it proves Craig's point about everything strange happens in London.

  • Craig

    Alien –

    That's fascinating – same nationality, same generation, same mode of death. Wonder if they knew each other? If you've got a name you might try googling them together.

  • Walid

    "RAAFAT EL HAGGAN" again

    The point that El mosad (Israeli intelligence) showing off by insisting that he was there spy during Naser time.

    That is unreal, because they are investigating at the moment how they were fooled by Saddat in 1973 war.

    the truth that every Egyptian and I am one of them knows for fact that Saddat trusted Marwan to deliver certain messages through "what so called some Arab leaders" to deliver it to Israeli.

    please read about Similar case as "RAAFAT EL HAGGAN" in the following link
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raafat_el-Haggan

    despite that Wikipiedia is working for the Mosad intelegance.

  • ummabdulla

    From http://interactive.zogby.com/fuse/messageview.cfm

    Cairo – Ashraf Marwan, the Egyptian billionaire who died aged 62 Wednesday in London was the third Egyptian to have jumped off a balcony in London. One young Egyptian blogger wrote Friday there "must be something very appealing about a London balcony which tempts famous Egyptians to throw themselves off it."

    Six years ago – also in June – the famous Egyptian actress Soaud Hosni allegedly threw herself off the balcony of a residential tower in Maida Vale, North London.

    In the mid-1970s, Leithy Nassif, the former head of the presidential guard under the late Egyptian president Anwar Sadatthe threw himself off a balcony in the very same tower in Maida Vale.

    The common link between the three is that they all had intelligence links and were rumoured to have been writing their memoirs at the time of their alleged suicides…

  • ukchipped

    Defenestration is a common method the security and intelligence services (of many countries) have used in the past for silencing troublesome people.

    Perhaps a quiet warning is being sent to Mr Al Fayed to stop digging around the Princess Diana case.

    Richard Tomlinson also seems to have been effectively prevented from getting his message out lately – all his blogs are down, apart from one which is almost certainly bogus. It's a pity because he appeared to have some useful contributions to make to Mr. Al Fayed's case.

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