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In Retrospect: A Year of Sharpening Contradictions


#1

In Retrospect: A Year of Sharpening Contradictions

Juan Cole

Note: The horrific murder of 12 persons and the wounding of 11 in the attack on the staff of the satirical weely Charlie Hebdo by terrorists on January 7 this year was followed on the evening of 13 November by six coordinated attacks, killing 130 people, including 89 at the Bataclan theater.


#2

Good grief, Professor Cole, can you please provide proper attribution? “I prefer to die standing than to live on my knees.” is a famous quote of Mexican revolutionary Emilano Zapata ("¡Prefiero morir de pie que vivir siempre arrodillado!"), not the late Charbonnier, who was merely quoting him.

But then Zapata was a leftist so you would prefer to attribute it to someone else I guess.

And thanks for reminding me of the way you used the Charlie Hebdo attacks to take a cheap shot at left - literally blaming the murder of 8 socialists in Austria in 1919 on the socialists themselves.


#3

"It was also AQAP literature that helped convince the San Bernadino
killers to shoot up their workplace. The latter were also seeking to
contact al-Qaeda in Syria (Jabhat al-Nusra or the Nusra Front)."

"It wouldn’t be fair to say that the US is supporting al-Qaeda in
Syria (again, it is implicated in radicalizing the San Bernadino two)."

Continuing the FALSE NARRATIVE are we, Juan? The "San Bernadino two" were actually the San Bernadino THREE. "Three large white males in black combat gear." One of your "two" was in a photograph in which he was handcuffed DEAD. Did they handcuff him before or after they murdered him? Dead men tell no tales, nor can they correct the false narrative you continue by accepting the official story. You probably believe 19 hijackers flew planes into buildings that caused them to collapse into dust too, don'tcha? Or maybe you don't believe it. Maybe you just continue the false narrative because it's so much easier than admitting the truth.


#4

Many question whether the Paris outbreak was also an "Inside Job."

It's interesting how Professor Cole does mention the possibility, in an off-handed manner, and then goes right on with a narrative that merely interprets the "facts" as part of a pre-fab narrative passed out to journalists and talking heads that are featured on the MSM.

Can the blind-spot be attributed to the trained ethos of American Exceptionalism that false flags ONLY occur in Communist or nakedly fascist states... not within Europe or the U.S?

From the article:

"This tactic is similar to the one used by Stalinists in the early 20th century. Decades ago I read an account by the philosopher Karl Popper of how he flirted with Marxism for about 6 months in 1919 when he was auditing classes at the University of Vienna. He left the group in disgust when he discovered that they were attempting to use false flag operations to provoke militant confrontations. In one of them police killed 8 socialist youth at Hörlgasse on 15 June 1919."

This all makes sense:


#5

What Cole was talking about went completely over your head!