At this time, the tragedy of the Paris terror attacks has one unanswered question. Was it a “false flag operation” or “blowback”? Some historians and political scientists who understand Western intervention in the Middle East may point to the latter. The late Chalmers Johnson wrote a book titled ‘Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire’ where he defined‘Blowback’ as “unintended consequences” of foreign policies conducted by U.S. Intelligence agencies (CIA) “that were kept secret from the American people.” Johnson wrote:
The term “blowback,” which officials of the Central Intelligence Agency first invented for their own internal use, is starting to circulate among students of international relations. It refers to the unintended consequences of policies that were kept secret from the American people. What the daily press reports as the malign acts of “terrorists” or “drug lords” or “rogue states” or “illegal arms merchants” often turn out to be blowback from earlier American operations
France’s foreign policy during the reign of their colonial Empire since the 17th Century ruled parts of Africa, North America, Southeast Asia, India and the Caribbean. France has experienced social upheavals and faced resistance from various populations they oppressed. Haiti, Vietnam and Algeria come to mind. France along with the U.S. and the U.K. had foreign interventionist policies for centuries resulting in acquiring territories that they still occupy today. Many would say that the Paris terror attack was a long time in the making.
Yes, it is true in a sense that the terror attacks could be retaliation for the current US-NATO interventions of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria which did create the refugee crisis in Europe in the first place. But with evidence that the U.S., Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Israel arming, training and funding “moderate rebels” since 2011 to topple Assad, the dynamics do change. Washington armed and funded the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan which became “the base” known as Al-Qaeda originally managed by Osama Bin-Laden (Deceased in 2001). So were the Paris terror attacks a “payback” from centuries of oppression? Not so sure.
Is There a Possibility of a False-Flag Operation?
The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) declared that it was responsible for the latest attacks in Paris as did Al-Qaeda who also claimed responsibility for 911. Terrorist organizations usually do claim responsibility for their actions. However, the question still remains whether the attacks were a false-flag operation or not? That still remains to be seen. However, there are similarities between the terror attacks in Paris and New York City on September 11th.
First, Syrian and Egyptian passports from two of the suicide bombers were found at the scene of the stadium attack in the northern part of the city. After both suspected terrorists detonated their explosive devices, their passports were still found.
This brings us back to the September 11th terror attacks where U.S. officials recovered a passport intact a few blocks from the World Trade Center which did belong to one of the hijackers, ‘Satam Al Suqami’. When the American airlines flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center, 10,000 gallons of fuel erupted into a ball of fire which supposedly brought down the tower. However, Suqami’s passport was found proving who was behind the attacks. It is a coincidence that a passport was found in Paris in the same manner as the tragic event of the September 11th attacks. It is convenient for investigators to produce evidence with passports they find by indentifying suspected terrorists usually who are from the Middle East. The government of Francois Hollande has already retaliated to “fight those same terrorists” because the passports prove where the terrorists came from, in this case, Syria and Egypt.
There are many coincidences in regards to the September 11th attacks, but skeptics still doubt that 911 was an inside job no matter what the evidence suggests. One of the suicide bombers in the Paris terror attack, Ibrahim Abdeslam was an unemployed electrician who slept during the day and was constantly “smoking weed” who never attended a mosque according to his wife, a Daily Mail report said. It sure does resemble one of the ring leaders of 911, Mohammed Atta who was doing much more than smoking marijuana. Atta was reportedly sniffing cocaine, drinking and partying at night clubs (accompanied with occasional lap dances) in Las Vegas with four of his fellow hijackers. Author and Investigative journalist Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed (www.nafeezahmed.com) published ‘The War on Truth: 9/11, Disinformation and the Anatomy of Terrorism’ in 2005 and wrote the following:
According to US investigators, five of the hijackers including Atta, Al-Shehhi, Nawaq Alhamzi, Ziad Jarrah, and Hani Hanjour visited Las Vegas at least six times between May and August 2001. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that here, they “engaged in some decidedly un-Islamic sampling of prohibited pleasures in America’s reputed capital of moral corrosion,” including drinking alcohol, gambling, and visiting strip-clubs. As the South Florida Sun Sentinel observed, the hijackers’ frequent debauchery was at odds with the most basic tenets of Islam:
“Three guys cavorting with lap dancers at the Pink Pony Nude Theater. Two others knocking back glasses of Stolichnaya and rum and Coke at a fish joint in Hollywood the weekend before committing suicide and mass murder. That might describe the behavior of several men who are suspects in Tuesday’s terrorist attack, but it is not a picture of devout Muslims, experts say. Let alone that of religious zealots in their final days on Earth”
As for the Paris terror attacks and 911, the suspects share similar characteristics. Don’t you think that such coincidences make the situation at least, highly suspicious? Both Ibrahim Abdeslam and Atta do share similarities that do seem un-Islamic. More information on Ibraham Abdeslam and his brother Salah (who is still wanted by French and Belgium authorities) will soon emerge. We all know that suspicion alone, does not constitute a fact; but for starters, it sure opens up a can of worms.
Western Intervention around the World was Always a Major Problem
Western Imperial powers over Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Asia has been a major factor for anti-Western sentiments. But this particular terrorist attack with this type of magnitude does have the hallmarks of a false-flag operation, but it is still too early to make a declarative statement.
An important factor to understand is that whether it was blowback or a false-flag operation, both serve the political and financial establishment in France which can be used as a pretext to continue the war in Syria to fight the Islamic state under NATO. One other important note to consider is France’s debt problem which will eventually lead to massive protests against austerity measures imposed by Brussels. The French government can now ban those same protests by suspending civil rights to keep the people safe. For France, an increase in state surveillance powers coupled with war and a rise of anti-Muslim sentiments will be part of everyday life.