From under the linoleum
Old newspapers show Mussolini's imperialism looked a lot like today's

I sat on the floor and picked through the tragedy of the country we now call Ethiopia laid out on the yellowing pages. It was eerily reminiscent of the current Iraq adventure.

A tale for our times
The December 1934 assassination of Sergei Kirov

Seventy years on, the killing of Sergei Kirov casts an eerie light on the events of 11 September 2001, the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, the “war on Terror” and the state-sponsored hysteria surrounding the shadowy figures of Osama bin Ladin and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Ninety-three years of bombing the Arabs
It was the Italians, hell-bent on acquiring an African empire, who got the ball rolling. In 1911 the Libyan Arab tribes opposed an Italian invasion. Their civilians were the first people in the world to be bombed from the air.

Dispossessed all over again
After spending nearly two months in the West Bank the pull towards my village was growing stronger, especially after being detained twice and threatened with deportation … an Australian Palestinian returns to her ancestral home.

The tragic inevitability of a forlorn hope
Australia slides further into the Iraq quagmire
Cabinet documents recently released under the 50-year rule show that, in 1954, Liberal (conservative) Prime Minister, Robert Menzies, and key figures in his Cabinet were extremely gloomy about the prospects for success in an American war against nationalists in Indochina. But eventually they went to the Vietnam War anyway.

Bombing King David
One man’s freedom fighter is another’s terrorist

Some historians date the beginning of modern terrorism from the 1946 bombing by Zionist terrorists of the British military HQ in Jerusalem.

Don’t loiter near the exit
Military debacle and economic decline haunt the Bush regime

When I was just a young possum in the school cadet corps there was a hoary old war story that we all knew. It was almost certainly apocryphal, but it ruefully expressed a nasty historic truth about the US role in the demise of the British Empire.


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Four years since the London bombings
What, for jihadis, is the cosmic significance of 8.50am?

10 July 2009

It’s been four years now since the 7 July London bombings and a curious thing has happened. Ever so cautiously, a major player in the UK media has voiced doubts about the official story and supported calls for a public inquiry into the atrocity.

Within hours of bombs going off on three tube trains and a bus, the mainstream media rallied to the flag and peddled an official scenario drip-fed to them by the security police.  Only now – and hedged about by snide put-downs of the early critics – the Mail Online has doubts. Writing on 3 July, Sue Reid opined:

“… families of the dead victims and an increasing number of 7/7 survivors claim there are inconsistencies and basic mistakes in the official accounts that need explanation.

“And they are demanding a full public inquiry to answer key questions about what the Intelligence Services and the police did and did not know before the bombings.

“Meanwhile, the Government’s determined refusal to meet their demands is having a very dangerous side-effect – fuelling myriad conspiracy theories about 7/7. Books, blogs and several video documentaries point to oddities in the official accounts.”

Dangerous side-effect? Why not admit it, Sue – the sceptics pointed out the obvious contradictions and asked the hard questions while your “responsible” mainstream colleagues mostly parroted whatever gibberish they were fed by their anonymous sources.

Heroically straddling this difficulty, Ms Reid goes on to lambast  “outlandish and offensive” videos suggesting “the attacks were not the work of Muslim terrorists at all, but were carried out by the Government to boost support for the Iraq war”.

Golly, bearing in mind the well-documented history of state-organised false flag operations (google “Operation Gladio” for a taste) you’d have to have a touching faith in the integrity of the various British “security” organizations to rule out the possibility that they were involved. And then of course there’s Mossad, which would’ve done anything to keep Britain in Iraq.

Ms Reid draws attention to the obvious (and eventually admitted) mistakes in the official “narrative”, particularly in regard to train timetables, but for my money the most glaring anomaly is the official theory that the three train bombers, set off on different trains and, by prior agreement, detonated their bombs within 50 seconds of each other around 8.50am.

Why would they do it that way? The sole advantage of the suicide bomber is that he or she can maximise death and damage by choosing the exact place and time to strike. I don’t know of any other case where three bombers decided that they’d keep an eye on their watch and press the button at an exact time, regardless of whether they were positioned to cause the greatest carnage.

And why 8.50am anyway? What, for jihadis, is the cosmic significance of 8.50am (British Summer Time)? None at all, most likely. The obvious explanation is that it’s 20 minutes after 8.30 when the four bombers were apparently last seen together at Kings Cross station. I say apparently because CCTV footage of this has never been released and all we get from the Home Office’s official “narrative” is this:

“At around 08.30am, 4 men fitting their descriptions are seen hugging. They appear happy, even euphoric. They then split up. Khan must have gone to board a westbound Circle Line train, Tanweer an eastbound Circle Line train and Lindsay a southbound Piccadilly Line train. Hussain also appeared to walk towards the Piccadilly Line entrance.”

Now London Transport is probably the most CCTV surveilled system on earth. It’s scarcely possible to escape being continuously recorded anywhere on it but the best the official narrative can say is that three men “must have” gone to various trains and the other (who blew up the bus) “appeared to” walk towards the Piccadilly line.

Actually, the blindingly obvious and elegantly simple explanation for the 8.50am conundrum is that the young men were patsies unwittingly carrying bombs with mobile phone-based detonators that were remotely armed at 8.30 – by someone at Kings Cross station – to go off just 20 minutes later. Let’s call that agent the Master Bomber.

So how to explain the explosion on the No. 30 bus, almost an hour later? Easy. The bomb Hasib Hussain was carrying failed to arm at Kings Cross so it failed to detonate twenty minutes later. By coincidence Hussain’s appointed train didn’t arrive owing to the breakdowns that had plagued the system that morning. Then, the other three bombs went off, the tube ground to a halt, and the mobile phone network was shut down.

Hussain hung around near Kings Cross station. Around 9.00am, as word spread that there was serious trouble of some sort on the system, he tried ringing his three friends, but without result. He then visited a McDonalds before boarding the No.30 bus.

Meanwhile (in my hypothesis) the master bomber listened to the news reports and realized that only three bombs had exploded. Somewhere, out there, Hussain was still alive and carrying the evidence. But the Master Bomber had an insurance policy. He could detonate the bomb with a call or a text message. So he sent a text to the bomb detonator and it was delivered, tragically, at 9.47. Seems to me like a reasonable explanation.

• Best website: The July 7th Truth Campaign: