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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Was the Air France flight an act of terrorism?

I know this theory was poo-poo'd after the crash because nothing immediately surfaced giving credence to the theory. There were reports (not linkable; over the radio news reports only) that some people in Brazil had witnessed a ball of fire in the area of the jet's last position. (No, not the balls of fire floating on the ocean; this was in the air), but even that was brushed off as coincidence. The theory that was being maintained was that it was hit by lightning. Today the theory of terrorism is back on the front burner as two names on the passenger manifest were flagged by French authorities as suspected terrorists:

Two passengers with names linked to Islamic terrorism were on the Air France flight which crashed with the loss of 228 lives, it has emerged.

French secret servicemen established the connection while working through the list of those who boarded the doomed Airbus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 31.

Flight AF 447 crashed in the mid-Atlantic en route to Paris during a violent storm.

While it is certain there were computer malfunctions, terrorism has not been ruled out.

Soon after news of the fatal crash broke, agents working for the DGSE (Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure), the French equivalent of MI6, were dispatched to Brazil.

It was there that they established that two names on the passenger list are also on highly-classified documents listing the names of radical Muslims considered a threat to the French Republic.

A source working for the French security services told Paris weekly L'Express that the link was "highly significant".

Agents are now trying to establish dates of birth for the two dead passengers, and family connections.

There is a possibility the name similarities are simply a "macabre coincidence", the source added, but the revelation is still being "taken very seriously".

France has received numerous threats from Islamic terrorist groups in recent months, especially since French troops were sent to fight in Afghanistan.

Could this be a coincidence? Of course it could be, but it's still worth checking out to be on the sure side. If this is an act of terrorism, France might decide to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, as Spain withdrew from Iraq after the Madrid bombings. And if it is an act of terrorism then our enemies have issued a test to Barry. If this is an act of terrorism then it's a sign our enemies haven't embraced Barry or anyone in the West. No, they're still operating on their timetable while the world dealt with it's leg thrills over Barry being elected.

More information is sure to come out as the French continue their investigation. But if this an act of terrorism, the ball will be in the West's court as to what to do next. Appeasement will be the most likely offering Barry will suggest, detente if you will; parlay even. But they won't be interested in that. They want us out of their countries or else the attacks will continue. I know it sounds bad, but let's hope this wasn't an act of terrorism.

Publius II


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