Terrorism as Seen From Washington

The annual State Department report on terrorism in the world is a web of contradictions and glaring omissions. To read it, Syria is the center of world terrorism, but no Syrians were victims during the year. Moreover, Syria is not affected by terrorism, it is, on the contrary, its main and oldest supporter in the world. Thierry Meyssan has read this astounding work of propaganda for you.

By Thierry Meyssan (Voltaire Network)

The State Department released its annual report on terrorism in the world on April 30.

For the United Nations, terrorism is, as defined by the Dutch researcher Alex P. Schmid : “an anxiety-inspiring method of repeated violent action employed by (semi-) clandestine individual, group or state actors, for idiosyncrati , criminal or political Reason , whereby – in contrast to assassination – the direct targets of violence are not the main targets. The immediate human victims of violence are generally chosen randomly (targets of opportunity ) or Selectively (representative or symbolic targets ) from a target population, and serve as the message generators. Threat -and violence -based communication processes b etween terrorist (organization), ( imperiled ) victims, and main targets are used to manipulate the main target (audience (s) ), turning it into a target of terror, a target of demands, or a target of attention DEPENDING on whether bullying, coercion, or propaganda is primarily sought ” [1] .

But since 2004, U.S. law defines terrorism as “”Premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against non-combatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents.” [2]

This definition is intended to condemn acts of resistance to colonialism or imperialism as criminal and clear the crimes committed by the colonial state of Israel and the Western imperialist states, first and foremost the United States themselves.

It likens Resistance to terrorism. Before World War II, the term “resistance” meant reactionary forces who opposed Progress. But after World War II, it refers to “any movement that opposes the occupation of a country by foreign forces” in reference to the French Resistance against the Nazi collaborators and civilians or military officials of the Reich.

Al- Qaeda According to the State Department

The State Department report therefore combines the crimes committed against civilians indiscriminately, with the exception of those committed by the Empire, with the deeds of resistance. As it admits that the center of global terrorism is now in the MENA region around Al Qaeda and its affiliates, I carefully read the notices devoted to each country that composes it. Though it admits that there has been 8,800 victims of terrorism in Iraq in 2013, the rest of the document is conspicuous by its omissions.

- The report ignores the former number two of Al Qaeda , Abdelhakim Belhaj, who has become the military governor of Tripoli (Libya) and the leader of Al-Watan Party, from which emerged the prime minister, Ali Zeidan.

- Nothing about Israel’s hospitality for the wounded fighters of Al-Qaeda and the congratulations they received personally from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who came to visit them in hospital.

- Turkey, which is classified as a European country and not an Asian one, is presented as a long-time partner of the United States in the fight against terrorism. The report covers the activities of the PKK, but does not say a word about the presence of three Al Qaeda training camps on its territory (two on the Syrian border and one in the suburbs of Istanbul). And of course, nothing about the judicial proceedings establishing that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan secretly hosted Al Qaeda’s banker to fund his operations in Syria. [3] Notwithstanding this was the most important news of the year in this area.

- Not a word about the appointment of Muhammad al-Ajmi Nayif as Minister of Justice and Religious Affairs of Kuwait, despite the fact that the Treasury Department accused him of being one of the main Al-Qaeda fundraisers. [4] But it was January 5, 2014, therefore may be considered out of the scope of the report, although some events are cited until February.

- No word either on Saudi Arabia whose national security adviser and intelligence chief throughout 2013 was Prince Bandar bin Sultan, regarded as the true leader of al-Qaeda since the withdrawal for health reasons of Osama bin Laden in August 2011.

Who Supports Terrorism According to the State Department

The report reviews the various countries that have suffered from terrorism, with the exception of four it considers responsible for international terrorism, so not victims, but executioners: Cuba (since 1982), Iran (since 1984), Sudan (1993) and Syria (since 1979).

- Cuba is accused of harboring terrorists fleeing the United States, to give them shelter, food and medical care. These are the survivors of the Black Panthers !

- Iran is accused of supporting resistance in the Levant (which it claims) (Hezbollah , Islamic Jihad, PFLP) and Yemen, and especially of harboring Al Qaeda bases (?) under the command of Muhsin al-Fadhli. The report states that the Iranian government authorizes the transfer of funds and jihadists through its territory to Syria (?). According to it, Iran is thus allied with Al- Qaeda in Syria and fights alongside the state and terrorists against the “peaceful opposition.” Not a word about the assassination of Iranian scientists, nor about the attacks of Mujahideen of the People.

- The Sudanese government would be a partner of the United States in the fight against terrorism, but it continues to support Hamas, which is why the country is still under “sanctions.” The report seems to ignore that Hamas is directed from the faithful and exemplary Qatar.

- Syria is accused of supporting the resistance in the Levant (which it claims). The report highlights that, despite its accession to MENA-FATF, the country is unable to control terrorist financing because 80 % of its citizens perform their transactions in cash beyond the supervision of banks. Finally, Syria has pledged to destroy its chemical weapons known to have been used by terrorist groups. And that’s all.

In 2013, there was no terrorism in Syria, according to the State Department, although it is the main destination of Al- Qaeda and the influx of thousands of jihadists posing a problem for United States and its allies. Instead, “the regime has tried throughout the year to present the country as a victim of terrorism, characterizing its armed opponents as terrorists.” Severed heads adorning the entrances and central squares of ’liberated zones’ and supported by NATO hold no interest for Washington. On the contrary, it welcomes the split of Al- Nosra and ÉIIL from the National Coalition which is officially sponsored by the US.

It is understood that in view of this revisionist logic, the Obama administration could not accept the demands of the Syrian delegation to the Geneva talks.

Note that Syria is the most often cited state of the report. Indeed, it observes that the jihad in Syria has become a problem for 26 countries that provide combattants and who fear to see them return to commit actions at home. Though the records of the main European and Arab states include this topic, only Kyrgyzstan is mentioned in the rest of the world, even though this problem is widely discussed elsewhere, including in Indonesia. However, we learn in other parts of the report that the problem also arises in all the former Soviet Union.

The contradictions of the State Department

Ultimately, this report contains so many contradictions that it is clear that it is no longer possible for Washington to hide its game. Why ignore the role of Abdelhakim Belhaj in Libya? If not to hide his role in the conquest of the country by NATO and in the attack on Syria. Why ignore the financing of Al-Qaeda by embezzled Turkish public funds by the Prime Minister? If not because this country is a NATO member. Why blame Hamas as a terrorist organization against Israel and ignore that it is domiciled in Qatar? If not because Washington’s policy vis-à-vis the Muslim Brotherhood is uncertain. Why ignore the collections of the Kuwaiti Minister of Justice? if not precisely because they finance Al- Qaeda in Syria. Why ignore the role of Prince Bandar bin Sultan, known as “Bandar Bush”? other than because he was acting on behalf of the CIA.

If anyone still doubts that the “war against terrorism” is a scam and that terrorism in general and al Qaeda in particular are instruments of U.S. policy, this report is further evidence.

Roger Lagassé

Al-Watan (Syria)



[1] Political Terrorism: A New Guide to Actors , Authors, Concepts , Data bases, Theories, and Literature by Alex P. Schmid and Alebert J. Jongman , Transaction Publishers, 1988 , p. 1-2.

[2] Section 2656f (d) of Title 22 of the United States Code.

[3] “Erdoğan received Al-Qaeda’s banker in secret”, Translation Alizée Ville, and “Al-Qaeda, NATO’s Timeless Tool”, by Thierry Meyssan, Translation Roger Lagassé, Al-Watan/Voltaire Network, 6 January 2014.

[4] “New Kuwaiti Justice Minister is Al-Qaeda’s financier”, Voltaire Network, 27 April 2014.


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