Now Take the 28 Pages, and Avoid the Fate of France
It is a powerful irony that France has suffered the tragic sting of its close embrace of Saudi Arabia — and with it, al-Qaeda in Syria — just as the Obama Administration has been compelled to release some evidence, secret for 15 years, of Saudi Arabia's role in the "al-Qaeda" attacks on 9/11/2001.
French Presidential candidate and leader of Solidarité et Progrès, Jacques Cheminade, makes the case in his strong statement, below, on the Nice disaster. France's government cheered on the al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda in Syria) against Syrian President Assad. It prioritized relations with Saudi Arabia which it knew to be providing weapons going to al-Nusra and its offshoots in Syria — until al-Nusra's large and notorious recruiting cell in Nice, triggered a deadly strike at home.
The same tragedy occurred with the Bush Administration's original suppression of the "28 pages" finally released on Friday, which show years of Saudi assistance to al-Qaeda while the 9/11 attacks were planned and prepared. Had that secret chapter been released with the rest of the Congressional 9/11 report, in late 2002, the United States could not have been taken to war with Iraq "to avenge 9/11."
Now the "28 Pages" have finally been forced out by public pressure, and their release is getting extraordinarily wide and prominent media coverage around the world. This provides a tremendous opening to change the whole trans-Atlantic policy of fighting terrorism and avoiding war, as Cheminade emphasizes — and to win justice for jihadism's victims as well.
The Obama White House claimed, as the 28 Pages were released — still with some 150 redactions — that they contained "nothing new." But in fact, the totality of the picture in that chapter is new; a much fuller intelligence picture, of a much more many-sided Saudi operation to assist al-Qaeda in avoiding U.S. operations against it.
The New York Times, which tried hard to agree with Obama, couldn't:
This referred to the final six pages of the chapter, which were completely unknown publicly until now. The Times headline was "View of a Saudi Effort To Thwart U.S. Action on al-Qaeda."
Nothing new? The U.K. Guardian assessed:
A full, new investigation now can help the American public see a new paradigm, one by which the United States and all of Europe, including France, can escape the last 15 years Hell of regime-change wars and terrorism.
This means an investigation which goes well back, to the now-exposed 9/11 facilitator Prince Bandar's famous "Al Yamamah deal" with Britain, which provided the slush funds for so many destabilizations and terror actions.
That's what we have now demanded. So have the 9/11 victims' families, who yesterday blasted Obama for trying to close the door on the truth now that it has begun to open.