The willful blindness of Israel’s partisans is running smack up against a widely-circulated report in the mainstream media that Israel’s Finance Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was tipped off to the London terrorist attacks.
A news report from Associated Press reports:
“British police told the Israeli Embassy in London minutes before Thursday’s explosions that they had received warnings of possible terror attacks in the city, a senior Israeli official said.
“Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had planned to attend an economic conference in a hotel over the subway stop where one of the blasts occurred, and the warning prompted him to stay in his hotel room instead, government officials said. … Just before the blasts, Scotland Yard called the security officer at the Israeli Embassy to say they had received warnings of possible attacks, the official said. He did not say whether British police made any link to the economic conference.
“The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the nature of his position.”
I am not going to go into all the petty little attacks on me- I am ‘small-minded,’ I am a ‘little neo-con shit,’ the title of this blog is ‘icky’ (Balloon Juice is hot air– real icky, hunh?), I am full of ‘hate,’ etc. ad nauseum.
What I will take issue with is Justin’s characterization of events and desperate desire to cling to and distort a Stratfor report so that he may peddle his vile little conspiracy theories.
The AP report that Justin bases his entire theory on was made at the heat of the moment, when no one knew what was going on. In that report, it was stated that Netanyahu knew BEFORE the attacks that they were going to happen (not to mention the report states it was the Brits who told Netanyahu in that story, so we would have to presume that Israeli intelligence warned the Brits but failed to tell their own government officials). Every subsequent report from that point on has corrected the record, and pointed out that Netanyahu was notified of the explosions AFTER they occurred. Justin calls that a cover-up, or scrubbing the public record. I call it correcting the record and doing additional reporting.
There is probably a good chance that Israeli intelligence did tell British authorities that Britain might be ripe for an attack. After all, the G-8 summit, was taking place, London was in the running for the Olympics (and terrorist organizations elsewhere had seized upon this issue), and a whole host of other events, notwithstanding the presence of a great number of Islamist radicals in England, make it perfectly reasonable to assume that England would at some point be a target.
There probably were vague rumblings. Like, say, an internal memo that states ‘Bin Laden Intent on Striking US.’ But, hey, if it can save some lives, I can offer up some ‘intelligence’, too. Here ya go, Justin:
– Chechnyan rebels will attack Russia again.
– Zarqawi plans to blow something up in Iraq.
– North Korea will continue to be a pain in the ass throughout 2006.
– Democrats and Republicans will both have candidates in the 2008 election.
– Justin Raimondo will still be an idiot tomorrow.
– Al Qaeda will attack someone in the west again. They will probably use explosives and hit civilians
That was helpful, wasn’t it?
As the Stratfor memo states:
Contrary to original claims that Israel was warned