Thursday, October 7, 2010
Hysterical U.S. terror alert issued this week about al-Qaeda plots to attack targets in Europe are politically motivated and not based on credible new information, this according to European intelligence officials and reported to the U.K. Guardian.
The vague U.S. warnings, which led to Britain, France and other countries to raise their overseas terror alert levels, was an attempt to justify a recent escalation in U.S. drone and helicopter attacks inside Pakistan. Pakistan is an obsession of President Obusha.
Wajid Shamsul Hasan, the high commissioner to Britain and a veteran diplomat who is close to Pakistan’s president, even suggested Mr. Obama was reacting to pressure to demonstrate that his Afghanistan war strategy and this year’s troop surge, which are unpopular with the American public, were behind the terror threat.
“I will not deny the fact that there may be internal political dynamics, including the forthcoming mid-term American elections. If the Americans have definite information about terrorists and al-Qaida people, we should be provided [with] that and we could go after them ourselves,” Hasan said.
European intelligence officials also pointed the finger at the U.S., and specifically at the White House. “To stitch together [the terror plot claims] in a seamless narrative is nonsensical,” said one well-placed official.
The sharp rise in U.S. unmanned drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas, coupled with several cross-border raids by American helicopter gunships that culminated in the killing of two Frontier Corps soldiers last week, was destabilising Pakistan, Hasan said.
Hasan said Washington politicians failed to understand how much the U.S. needed Pakistan in the “war on terror”. Nor did they realise that public anger over repeated U.S. infringements of Pakistani sovereignty could boil over into attacks on American personnel and interests that the government might not be able to control.
“The government does not want to go down this road,” he said. “But people feel abused. If they [the Americans] kill someone again, they [the Pakistanis} will react. There is a figure that there are 3,000 American personnel in Pakistan. They would be very easy targets.”
President Barack Obusha: the more things change the more they remain the same.