ISIS, the Saudis, and Those That Fight

February 18, 2015

With the world on the potential verge of World War III, and with the implications that that War will be waged on a Thermonuclear basis, it's important to know where the nations of the world stand. Egypt, for instance, has vowed to be a nation of stability, in an otherwise wayward and turbulent region, and they have therefore made it clear that they will fight ISIS, with whatever resources they possess.
Lyndon LaRouche made it clear that Egypt must be defended from the foreign terror assault, that "Egypt is the anchor for any stability in the region...Egypt has aligned with the BRICS nations, and is moving on significant development projects for the benefit of all Egyptians. They must be defended."

France has also voiced their support for Egypt, with the sale of several fighter Jets, with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian declaring: "Our two countries are pursuing a common struggle against terrorism" and "this is a new era of bilateral cooperation between Paris and Cairo."

France has also just broadcast a rather dramatic exposé of the international fight to uncover the main sources of global terror operations, by releasing the 28 pages. This exposé follows a seeming avalanche of international pressure to release the 28 Pages, and to honestly uncover the sources of funding for the bulk of terrorism around the globe, namely Saudi Arabia, and the city of London.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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LaRouche: El Sisi Government Must be Defended from Terror Assault

Lyndon LaRouche called yesterday for full international support for the Egyptian government of President EL Sisi, in the face of a mounting jihadist destabilization. The latest atrocity was the beheading executions of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians, who were kidnapped in Libya, where they were seeking employment. The situation on the ground in Libya has degenerated further, and this poses a threat to Egypt, which borders Libya in the east. In addition, jihadists have been conducting intense terrorist attacks in the northern Sinai Peninsula inside Egypt, and are vowing to escalate the campaign to overthrow the El Sisi government.

US sources confirm that there is now a coordinated campaign to destabilize Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, and elements now affiliated with the Islamic State, operating in eastern Libya and in the Sinai.

The border between Libya and Egypt is now a no-man's land through which jihadist recruits are moving freely, along with weapons and funds.

In response to the beheadings, Egyptian warplanes, along with warplanes from the internationally recognized Libyan government, have attacked Islamic State and related jihadist training camps in eastern Libya for the past two days. Egypt has called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to address the Libya crisis. The recognized Libyan government is operating from Idlib on the east coast of Libya, as jihadists from the Libyan Dawn coalition control the capital, Tripoli. Derna, a coastal city in eastern Libya, which has been the stronghold of Ansar al-Shariah, the group behind the Sept. 11, 2012 assault on the US diplomatic posts in Benghazi, is now a center of Islamic State activity, reflecting a merging of existing Libyan jihadist militias with foreign fighters.

LaRouche warned that unless there is a concerted international effort to defeat the targeted destabilization of Egypt, the entire region will become another cauldron for general war. LaRouche observed: "Egypt is the anchor for any stability in the region...Egypt has aligned with the BRICS nations, and is moving on significant development projects for the benefit of all Egyptians. They must be defended."


France Sells Egypt Jets for Defense

On Feb. 16, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi signed a series of arms deals, including the sale of 24 Rafale fighter jets. The signing took place at the presidential palace in Cairo, and came as the Egyptian army conducted airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) targets in Libya, including training camps and arms depots, after the group published a video showing the beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians it had abducted in Libya.

French President François Hollande said the agreement — clinched in only three months of negotiations — provided Cairo with "quality aircraft" and was important for Egypt, "taking into account the threats existing around the country." Le Drian, during the ceremony, said: "Our two countries are pursuing a common struggle against terrorism" and "this is a new era of bilateral cooperation between Paris and Cairo."

"Egypt's stability is an important element in the stability of the countries overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, especially your country that has witnessed recent terrorist events," Egyptian Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi told Le Drian.

Egypt asked for three of the planes to be sent immediately. Repainted in Egyptian colors, the planes are to be shown at the huge display organized in August for the opening of the new Suez Canal.

The deal consists of five contracts, three of which are major: besides the 24 Rafale jet fighters, there is a multi-mission frigate FREMM, MICA air-to-air missiles, and Scalp cruise missiles.  The French state guaranteed half the loans from a consortium of banks that include Crédit Agricole, BNP Paribas, and Société Générale. The EU500 million down payment will be made by Saudi Arabia.

Reflecting the French neo-con freak-out over this development, Le Monde immediately had an article denouncing Cairo's 'frightening dictatorship.' In response, the French government, in an unprecedented action, had the Defense Ministry suspend the accreditation of Le Monde's correspondent in Cairo.


Major French TV Channel Airs Exposé of 28 Pages

The France 5 public television channel on Feb. 13 ran a five-minute segment on the classified 28 pages of the Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9/11, during the program "C Dans L'Air," introduced as the "pages that could change our perception of the 9/11 attacks." To heighten the suspense, the presenter straightaway declares that two of the hijackers "were lodged and financed by an individual from the Saudi Embassy" in Washington.

Since the terrorist attacks against Charlie Hebdo and other targets in Paris on Jan. 7, coverage of the Saudi rôle in financing terrorism has finally broken through in France, with prominent exposés run in major print media such as Paris Match, Le Figaro, L'Express and 20 minutes, as well as in Belgium on radio and TV network RTBF. France5 TV is particularly important, as it prides itself on being a "serious" channel, devoted to "factual reporting," documentaries, and talk shows.

Amid dramatic scenes of the attacks in New York City, their Feb. 13 program shows a clip from the Jan. 7 press conference of former Sen. Bob Graham, who co-chaired the Joint Inquiry, where he states that the 28 pages contain information on Saudi financing of the attacks. "The American people have a right to know who are our friends and who are our enemies," Graham says.

Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi, the show notes, and it focuses on two of them who received financing in the United States from Omar Al Bayoumi, "who is suspected by the FBI of being a secret agent of the Wahhabite regime" in Riyadh.

A short clip of Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) from the Sept. 9, 2014, press conference is shown, in which he says how shocked he was when he read the classified 28 pages, and that every American should have the same experience.

Significantly, the video then switches to George W. Bush, who had originally classified the pages, saying, "Every nation in every region now has a decision to make: either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." That was followed by videos of the bombing of Afghanistan and the invasion of Iraq in 2003, with the obvious implication, that they were done on fraudulent grounds.

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) is also quoted from an interview on the importance of declassification of the 28 pages, as well as Bill Doyle, the father of one of the 9/11 victims, who says that after Osama bin Laden was killed, President Obama told him: "'Bill, I promise you, I am going to release those 28 pages.' But he did not keep his promise."

France5's presenter references the recent charges by the "20th hijacker," Zacarias Moussaoui, confirming the rôle of Saudis in the 9/11 attacks.

Right after that are shown images of Barack Obama meeting the new Saudi King and warmly greeting other Saudi officials, with Michelle Obama in the background. The comment to that: "Americans are upset by the fact that Barack Obama went to Saudi Arabia after the death of King Abdullah, whereas no U.S. officials took part in the Jan. 11 march in Paris," after the Jan. 7 terrorist attacks there.

We then see an unidentified American man asking, "So what are you afraid of, Bush? Why don't you and Obama get together and release the documents? After all, you are either with us, or with the terrorists."

It ends by reporting that two senators (sic), one Republican and one Democrat — obviously referring to Jones and Lynch — have co-sponsored a resolution in Congress calling for declassification of the 28 pages.

The five-minute segment was also embedded in an hour-long roundtable on "C Dans L'Air," with four specialists in varying areas of anti-terrorism, on "Terrorism's Dirty Money"; it's available here at minute 32, and worth watching even if you don't speak French.


NYTimes Runs Letter from 9/11 Widows Calling for Release of '28 Pages'

A letter from two women who lost their husbands in the 9/11 attacks was published yesterday in The New York Times, under the heading, “Declassify 9/11 Pages”:

"New Light Cast on Secret Pages in Sept. 11 Report (front page, Feb. 5) reiterates Senator Bob Graham's finding from the Congressional Joint Inquiry: that the Saudis were tied to the funding of the 9/11 attacks. Philip D. Zelikow, executive director of the 9/11 Commission, has tried to refute this. Mr. Zelikow reportedly blocked two key staff members from reading the 28 classified pages. He even fired one of them, who tried to get access to the pages because she rightly felt that she couldn't do her job without the information. This is hardly a recipe for forming convincing conclusions.

"Bankrupting the terrorists would go a long way toward keeping all countries safe, yet the government is unwilling to expose the facts about the funding of Al Qaeda. Classification isn't supposed to be used for keeping the secrets of a foreign government. With terrorism on the rise, wouldn't it be appropriate for the American public finally to read those pages?"

The letter was signed by Lorie Van Auken, and Mindy Kleinberg, both of New York.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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