At 4.20 pm today, the latest from the ‘Guardian’was:
“The French prosecutor, Francois Molins, has been giving more information on gunman Merah. He told a press conference the suspect in the shooting attacks had been to Afghanistan twice and trained in Pakistan’s Waziristan, a militant stronghold. He said Merah’s brother had been implicated in a network that sent militant fighters to Iraq.”
Well, they will be glad to get that circulating and all the more so since a tweet from the media and information office of the governor of Kandahar revealed some two hours earlier had that; “Security Forces in Kandahar have never detained a French citizen named Mohammad Merah,” thereby, at least contradicting some of the substance in the story that was doing the rounds. No, this has to be a group operation by hardened Islamists, bent on the destruction of the west and Israel and we shouldn’t expect either Mr Merah or his extended family to get a chance to put a spoke in the wheel of the plan that is hatching that little version of events….. and off we go, back on the road to Kandahar.
Yes, Kandahar is not only the place where Mr Merah apparently wasn’t in prison, it is also where, according to the official American version, Sergeant Bale went mad and single-handedly slaughtered 16 Afghan civilians some ten days ago. Yes, the “official American version” and, with John Henry Browne, who is the accused’s lawyer, saying there was “no forensic evidence” against Staff Sgt Robert Bales and “no confession” and that “we’ve all heard the allegations. I don’t know that the government has proved much,” we might at least doubt that version. Indeed, with an Afghan investigation team convinced that one soldier was not capable of leaving his base, walking to the two villages, killing sixteen and setting fire to some of the bodies, we should be more than just sceptical; the official version here stinks just as much as the official version of the shootings in France. We might wish Mr Browne, who has plans to travel to Afghanistan to gather his own evidence, the best of luck and it would appear that he is going to need all the luck he can get.
Of course, there is a method in their madness. In France, one rogue killer, one mad Muslim with a slightly loose screw, doesn’t really help them very much. No,they need their common enemy. On the other hand, one American who lost the plot has to be much preferable to the Afghani investigation version, which is that the slayings were the work of up to twenty soldiers in retaliation for a roadside bomb attack on U.S. forces in the same area a few days earlier. Now, just as the “one mad Muslim with a slightly loose screw” can hardly help their cause, so too can more than just “one American who lost the plot” damage it.