Which ‘Terror Plots’ are Relevant to Burgas?

Following US news media coverage of the Burgas, Bulgaria bombing, one would conclude that the Hezbollah provenance of the attack can be determined from recent alleged Hezbollah terrorist plotting against Israelis in Cyprus and elsewhere. The New York Times quotes anonymous US officials as saying the Burgas attack bears “all the hallmarks” of “the Hezbollah plots, including the arrest in Cyprus earlier this month of a suspected operative on the suspicion of scheming to kill Israeli tourists.”

So an arrest of a “suspected” Hezbollah operative who is “suspected” of a plan to kill Israeli tourists is the equivalent of an actual terrorist attack that has killed Israeli tourists? Bibi Netanyahu talked about the case on Fox News Sunday as though the Lebanese man arrested in Cyprus had done everything that was done in Burgas except actually detonate the bomb.  So has the Israeli press.

But as I reported earlier this week, the Cyprus case is far murkier than Netanyahu and those US officials have been suggesting. A senior Cypriot official told Reuters, “It is not clear what, or whether, there was a target in Cyprus.” Furthermore, the Cypriot investigators believe the Lebanese they suspected of planning to harm Israeli tourists was acting alone, which doesn’t make it sound like a Hezbollah operation at all.  And perhaps most significant of all, there has no sign of a bomb or even of materials with which to make a bomb in conjunction with the Lebanese detainee. The Cypriot government has not yet decided whether there is enough evidence to prosecute the man on any violation of Cypriot laws.

The need for skepticism surrounding the Cyprus arrest applies even more strongly to the arrest in Bangkok in mid-January of another Lebanese with a Swedish passport who was suspected of being a Hezbollah operative. The arrest came after what was described by the Thai Deputy Prime Minister as “weeks of coordination with Israel.” The Israelis convinced the Thai police chief of their speculative allegation that the man was planning a massive terrorist attack along the lines of the 2008 Mumbai massacre that would include the Israeli Embassy, synagogues, tour companies and kosher restaurants. 

The Lebanese who was arrested was charged with possession of ammonium nitrate and urea fertilizer, which are potential bomb-making materials, but none of the other necessary components for bomb-making, such as fuses and timing devices were ever found.  And the former police chief, who is now the Secretary General of the Thai National Security Council expressed doubt that the man was actually a terrorist. 

Given the fact that the Israelis were then planning the assassination of an Iranian scientist Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan in early to mid-January, the Israeli tale of a massive terrorist threat coming in mid-January, which first passed on to Thai authorities on December 22, was extremely convenient in terms of distracting attention from the inevitable negative press accompanying the Israeli terrorist action.  

While the Obama administration has pointed to these murky allegations in Cyprus and Bangkok as relevant to Burgas, it has exhibited no apparent interest in the historical record of actual suicide bombings against Israeli tourists. 

The reason, apparently, is that, all of the terrorist attacks that fit that description have been claimed by al-Qaeda or an affiliate.  

The first suicide bombing against Israeli tourists was an al-Qaeda attack in Mombasa, Kenya in November 2002.  That operation involved an effort to shoot down an Israeli passenger jet as it took off from Mombasa’s airport, using shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles, and then the triple suicide car bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel in Mombasa.  The missile missed the aircraft, but the suicide bombing killed killing three Israeli tourists and 10 Kenyans.

The small number of Israeli deaths did accurately reflect al-Qaeda’s intentions.  In claiming responsibility for the Mombasa attacks, al-Qaeda proclaimed that it was targeting “The Christian-Jewish alliance” and promised future and more lethal attacks on Jews around the world.

In October 2004 three suicide bombers detonated a truck bomb and car bombs at the Hilton Hotel in Taba and two other Red Sea resorts which were favorites of Israeli tourists in Egypt, and most of 34 dead were Israeli tourists. The Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an affiliate of al-Qaeda, took responsibility for the attack.  The organization said the attacks were intended to “purify the land of Taba from the dirt and corruption of the grandchildren of monkeys and pigs.”

In July 2005, three more terrorist attacks by suicide bombs killed at least 88 people at a shopping area and hotel packed with tourists, including Israelis, in the Egyptian Red Sea resort city of Sharm el Sheik.  The Abdullah Azzam Brigades again claimed responsibility for what it called an attack “on the Crusaders, Zionists and the renegade Egyptian regime.”

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades organization was designated by the State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on May 24. Strangely, the designation ignored the history of the organization in suicide attacks on Israeli tourists in Egypt and said it was established only in 2009. But it did point out that the organization has bases in Lebanon which have launched rocket attacks on population centers in northern Israel.

Even if the US. national security state does not wish to acknowledge that the Burgas bombing fits the profile of an al-Qaeda terrorist operation rather than Hezbollah, there is no excuse for the US. news media failure to report that inconvenient truth

  1. #1 by Johniain Iain Mellon on 07/28/2012 - 9:34

    these were innocent people sacrificed by the Zionists and it is TOO obvious who bombed these peope-and it was no suicide bomber..

  2. #2 by Naeem on 07/28/2012 - 9:34

    I see the author is trying to defend iran and hezbollah, but then blames it on the non existent al qaeda organistaion. Refusing to look at jewish complicity in previous terrorist attack against jews. The USS patria is a perfect example how a bunch of Jewish terrorists blew up european jews and british soldiers on board because they were being deported. Israel has a long history of murdering its own to benefits itself, the murder of prime minister Rabin shows israeli’s will not hesitate to kill their own to save themselves.

  3. #3 by ruby22-kate on 07/28/2012 - 9:34

    Diversion to cover up the increasingly aggressive acts of the rogue entity. It would be interesting to know how many of these dual citizens are flooding back to the USA and Europe. It’s unfortunate for the indigenous Palestinians that even as the Jews abandon the sinking zionist ship, the country will still be overrun by Russians. who appear to thrive on criminal schemes, second only to the Jews themselves.

  4. #4 by Ingrid B on 07/28/2012 - 9:34

    The guy arrested in Thailand, was probably a farmer..

    I have trouble sorting out who`se who, in the murky world of terrorism, but will say this, Hezbollah are freedom fighter, not terrorists..

  5. #5 by on 07/28/2012 - 9:34

    US military developing insect surveillance drones


    It can be controlled from a great distance and is equipped with a camera and a built-in microphone.

    The hard-to-detect surveillance drone can also inject a micro radio frequency identification (RFID) tracking device right under skin, and can be used to inject toxins into enemies during wars.

    What a waste of taxes!

    May the military industrial complex vanish with the pages of time.

  6. #6 by on 07/28/2012 - 9:34

    the final episode of ‘dumb, drunk & racist’


  7. #7 by michael mazur on 07/28/2012 - 9:34

    Everyone so far commenting here is falling into Mr Porter’s trap of going into a ideological rant instead of assessing the Jews’ claim that seven Israelis and one Bulgarian – the driver, were killed.

    Surely the sceptical policeman in each of us – if not asleep, should first ask for evidence of the claim ?

    On the basis of a burnt out bus – not at all blown out, Mr Porter has zero right to accept the official Jews’ claim that people were killed in a BOMB attack – sorry for the loudness, bombs are both ear splitting and wrecking – not burning.

    People commenting here can’t seem to discriminate between simple arson and bomb blast, and the imlications of the difference.

    Again, The Question, was anyone killed in this ??

    Mr Porter starts off on a unexamined premise about the bus above, which apparently gives him licence to then endlessly reel off past assaults on Jews, blamed on Islamic types, but again not then proved either.

    As Mr Porter is not at all interested in the forensics of the Burgas bus bombing claim, then he proves he is a Shill for the Zionist War Machine, and people here by their comments, are being led by the nose by a shill into his trap.

    Time for you commenters to think clearly, instead of babbling ideology in your sleep.

  8. #8 by on 07/28/2012 - 9:34

    Nuclear-armed Saudi Arabia as much a danger as Israel: Analyst


  9. #9 by Patty on 07/29/2012 - 9:34

    After reading this article by Gareth Porter, if I come across any more of his writings, I will look to see what is he hiding and who is he protecting.

  10. #10 by on 07/29/2012 - 9:34

    Israel ex-minister of military affairs says Iran strike ‘catastrophic’


  11. #11 by on 07/29/2012 - 9:34

    Kurds show their stripes, prevent Iraqi troops from reaching the Syrian border


  12. #12 by on 07/29/2012 - 9:34

    Erdogan lays an egg, blames gas on Assad.


    Erdogan Urges Action over Syria: We “Can’t Remain Spectator“

  13. #13 by on 07/29/2012 - 9:34

    New wave of violence from Syria hits Lebanon’s Tripoli


  14. #14 by Ghazi Al Hind on 07/29/2012 - 9:34

    Introducing Islam Karimov (often accused of being a crypto-Jew):

  15. #15 by ruby22-kate on 07/29/2012 - 9:34

    #7Michael: thank you for pointing out the right direction for us to follow. Personally I read so much, often without time to digest and do rely on more clear-headed posters who see the event in the overall scheme of domination.There were six dead Israelis, the bus driver and the ‘suicide’ bomber and as this was a crime they should all have had mandatory autopsies.

    You’re quite right in saying there were no dead bodies, we only have the word of unreliable zionists and we know what reputation they have in regard to false flags & other lies.

    Keep telling us where we go wrong in this game of deception, diversion and propaganda.
    Thnx kate

  16. #16 by Ghazi Al Hind on 07/29/2012 - 9:34

    India bans Russian and Israeli tourists from forming enclaves

    Video: http://presstv.com/detail/2012/07/29/253340/india-bans-israeli-tourists/

    Indian tourist resort of Goa will not allow the existence of private enclaves created by foreigners, especially Russian and Israeli tourists.

    State Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the state legislative assembly that from the coming tourist session starting in October, the monopoly of any area by the foreign nationals will not be tolerated.

    There have been many complaints in the past against the presence of so called restricted areas. Most of them are located in the villages in north Goa. Entire neighbourhoods in many of these beach villages have become virtually foreign territories where the entry of locals is banned or heavily restricted.

    Foreigners on long visas even business visas have bought rows of houses in particular areas to create such enclaves. There have also been scuffles between locals and foreigners over the issue.

    To express his seriousness Parrikar also warned that the hotels and beach shacks, which serve exclusively to foreigners could lose their trade licences. From now on all their signboards have to be in the local language Konkani or English. Currently many of them use only Russian or Hebrew to serve exclusive clients.

    The so called foreign enclaves have existed for many years and are the known centres of drug abuse and its trading. Despite many efforts the authorities have not been able to tackle the problem.

    Russian and Israeli tourists in particular are known to have all kinds of vices and are known to over indulge when they arrive in large numbers around Christmas and NewYear and disturb the peace of the surrounding areas.

    Every year Goa attracts two million tourists many of whom stay for months in their respective enclaves. The session that starts in October lasts up to March.

  17. #17 by on 07/29/2012 - 9:34

    Indian tourist resort of Goa will not allow the existence of private enclaves created by foreigners, especially Russian and Israeli tourists.


    Syrian security forces have killed a large number of terrorists attempting to enter the country from neighboring Turkey.


    US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will support Israel if Tel Aviv decides to launch a unilateral military attack against Iran’s nuclear energy facilities, his senior campaign aide says.

    “If Israel has to take action on its own, in order to stop Iran from developing the [nuclear] capability, the governor would respect that decision,” Romney’s senior national security aide Dan Senor told reporters on Sunday.


    If Israel, if Israel, if Israel.

  18. #18 by on 07/29/2012 - 9:34

    The spokesperson for the Lebanese Arab Democratic Party says Washington seeks to set up a buffer zone in the northern port city of Tripoli to provide support for the terrorist Free Syrian Army


  19. #19 by ruby22-kate on 07/30/2012 - 9:34

    Where ever the Tribe wanders they become pariahs. I recall reading that many places in Italy refuse to rent to them because of the theft and destruction and the omnipresent demands for attention.
    The article about Goa is very revealing; they seem to equate Russians with Jews.

  20. #20 by LindseyNarrates.wordpress.com on 07/30/2012 - 9:34

    It is EXACTLY the same situation in SE Asia, especially throughout Bangkok, Phuket, and ESPECIALLY the Russian jew-controlled Pattaya. I have seen with my own eyes in that cess-pool Pattaya that it is COMPLETELY controlled by Russian jews, especially the discotheques and many bars. The Thai people HATE israHell, but the completely corrupt government doesn’t give a shit about what the people feel or want, as long as those payments keep coming-in; HOWEVER…

    things have gotten so obvious and so bad that the few genuine politicians working FOR their people are forcing-the-issue about illegal land ownership, and are now passing-laws confiscating land and property of those who have obtained it either illegally or even semi-illegally, and are seriously cracking-down on the prostitution epidemic, as well.

    It is also important to point-out that many businesses DO NOT want israHellis to cause their infamous trouble, and there are even some places that do not allow israHellis, but I can not remember the names; it was discussed in Thai/Bangkok forums, but that was a while ago.


  21. #21 by Ingrid B on 07/30/2012 - 9:34

    ♥ says: “If Israel, if Israel, if Israel.” :
    If Israel dissapears from the page of time, maybe Romney will dissapear with it..

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