Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Beeb Buries The Lede

There's a certain air of humbuggery hanging over this BBC article. We're told Khan was filmed speaking to a terror suspect in 2004, with the less than subtle implication that the blame for July 7 lies with the people who warned our defences were inadequate, rather than moonbats like Lord "no threat" Hoffman.

I suppose we're not meant to ask how exactly a known terror suspect was able to press the flesh with up-and-coming sociopaths ? Ah yes. The Left - with the support of the BBC - consistently blocked just about every attempt by security services to deal with terrorism, but now their juvenille posturing has led to innocent deaths, it's the fault of the security services for not...not what, exactly ? What would the Left have had MI-5 do ? I'm guessing proactive detention is out, so all they'd have to do is maintain 24 hour surveillance on Khan (and everyone else the suspect met) for around a year. Dang! It's so obvious.

The thing is though that the Beeb's attempts to blame it all on the security services can't obscure a more interesting, and more significant, part of the Khan backstory:

A terror suspect held in connection with the 2002 Bali bombings has alleged that Khan travelled to Malaysia and the Philippines in 2001 to meet leaders of extremist Islamic group Jemaah Islamiah (JI), which is closely linked with al-Qaeda.

Somebody help me out here: is 2001 earlier than 2003 ? Yes, I believe it might be. So much for the claim pushed heavily by the Liberal media (the BBC above all others) that Khan and the rest of his exploding merry men were a bunch of fluffy bunnies until radicalised by the invasion of Iraq. Khan was planning to go to terrorism school long before the first plane hit. The 'brutal US occupation of Iraq/Afghanistan/Iceland' wasn't a factor - there must have been something else which preovoked him to kill large numbers of people, mmmmmm ?

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