TERRORISM SALON: Yosri Fouda on Atta’s Embodiment of the Arab/Muslim Street

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(Yosri Fouda is the Chief Investigative Correspondent and Former London Bureau Chief for Al-Jazeera).
This is also true. But there is a difference between ‘select’ and ‘invent’. Atta, who in my opinion epitomizes the heart of a very frustrated Arab/Muslim street, was already there for the taking. If bin Laden did not select him, somebody else would have. Atta himself – like many of today’s terrorists and wannabes – had the capacity for self-selection. Luckily for him, he did not need it when there was this Qandahar vast umbrella “ready for the taking”. And in that sense, I believe it was the other way round; it was actually Atta who selected bin Laden. It is to the Attas that most of our attention should go first and foremost, I believe, without ignoring Peter’s point about leadership.
— Yosri Fouda
This week long terrorism salon will continue to be hosted by The Washington Note and UN Dispatch.

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6 comments on “TERRORISM SALON: Yosri Fouda on Atta’s Embodiment of the Arab/Muslim Street

  1. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Interesting that this whole “salon” thing failed to mention Mahmud Ahmed, the ISI general that is known to have sent Atta a substantial amount of money in the weeks leading up to 9/11. In point of fact, Ahmed was having brunch with both Goss and Graham on the morning of 9/11. He was never indicted, or pursued. So much for this scam known as the “GWOT”.
    Imagine, if you will, a finish carpenter and cabinet maker, with absolutely no diplomatic of foreign policy expertise, who has accurately predicted events in regards to the GWOT and Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan now for eight years. Then, if you will, read the self serving pompous horseshit offered up by these think tankers, who for eight years now have either got things impossibly WRONG, or have spent that entire eight years four miles up Cheney’s rectal passage.
    And even those that might be considered halfway “progressive”, still tout this GWOT as if any reasonably logical and sentient being should take the whole effin’ thing with more than a grain of salt.
    Frankly, I never thought I would see Steve’s blog so saturated in snake oil. I guess I am not dissappointed, or angry, that he offered us such fearmongering and script pimping personages, as it is probably wise to peek under their rocks occassionally and see what nefarious schemes they are hatching. But still, I cannot shake the feeling that this online sanctuary has been somewhat sullied and soiled, particularly after reading that “letter” to Obama, that fails to address accountability, the single most pressing issue that threatens the very CORE of our nation and who we are, (far more than some Islamic wackjobs that the neo-cons and the zionists have neatly inserted under the beds of the American public).

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  2. arthurdecco says:

    “Yeah, just like now as The Saudi Academy in America teaches Muslim children to hate and subjugate, or kill if they resist Islamiszation…” Stephanie Anderson
    If this statement is the least bit true, why hasn’t one of America’s myriad security agencies or police forces or legal systems done anything about it? I’ll lay odds there are many, (just like you), who would love nothing better than to further demonize Muslims to further their own ambitions and agendas in America, so why hasn’t anything been done about this purported illegal activity? Isn’t encouraging and/or promoting hate against the law in the United States?
    While your statement certainly provides us with some insight into your own psychology, Ms. Anderson, it offers us nothing in the way of verifiable facts. IMO, it’s simply more Muslim bashing from another manipulated, willfully uninformed and reformulated racist looking for someone else to blame for our deliberately constructed all-pervasive societal, legal, business and governmental breakdowns. (I think its termed, “transference”, though I may be wrong about the terminology.)
    If you were really interested in ferreting out hate, irrespective of where it came from, your list of the guilty would include many more groups than Muslims, don’t you think? Including some groups who have had a disastrous affect on the safety and security of millions of the self-same everyday Muslims you slur in your post.

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  3. Stephanie Anderson says:

    JohnH said. “Americans, whose job it should have been to know such things, were totally oblivious to what was defiantly being proclaimed right in front of their noses–unless of course they were encouraged to look the other way…”
    Yeah, just like now as The Saudi Academy in America teaches Muslim children to hate and subjugate, or kill if they resist Islamiszation, ‘infidels’ and everyone says, Islam is a religion of peace, bwak.
    The koran and records of Muhammed’s deeds and words are right there for the reading, and people pretend. ‘Kuffar’ are being blown to bits, beheaded, and oppressed in the most vile manner all over the globe by Muslims, in Muslim-dominated areas and countries and people ignore it.

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  4. ... says:

    anyone who thinks atta is the embodiment of the arab/muslim street, or that he wasn’t intimately tied to a few secret service orgs. – isi – to name an obvious one, may as well stick to reading alice in wonderland type stuff and leave it at that…

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  5. JohnH says:

    Parenthetically, Mohammed Atta’s name is a pun, according to my dictionary. Taken one way it means, “Mohammed came.” Taken another way, with the proper preposition following, it means anything from “Mohammed carried out…” to “Mohammed annihilated…” The Israelis who were following him around almost certainly understood the nuances. Americans, whose job it should have been to know such things, were totally oblivious to what was defiantly being proclaimed right in front of their noses–unless of course they were encouraged to look the other way…

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  6. Mr.Murder says:

    Atta was a known known.
    Mossad had a trailer cell watching him in Florida, the Phoenix Memo indicates that regional offices were also aware of him and had a mole in their group, and Josh Marshall says he had a laundered visit to a Casino Boat connected to Abramoff involved with the Gus Boulis mafia slaying in Florida.
    Yeah, he is is the pattern example of what we need to address.

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