#Algeria: A Headline Only A Conspiracy Theorist Would Love

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Terror in North Africa: are Westerners pulling the strings?

Canada is today investigating an allegation by the Algerian Prime Minister that one of its citizens co-ordinated the terror raid at the Saharan gas plant in which dozens of hostages were killed.

Westerners, including a man with blond hair and blue eyes, are believed to have been among the Islamist militants who launched last week’s attack on the Tigantourine complex near Algeria’s border with Libya.

A French jihadist, previously unknown to authorities, and two Canadians are suspected to have been involved in the hostage-taking, and reports also claim that a man with a Western accent was among the extremists who lured terrified gas workers from their rooms during the hostage crisis.

Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal told reporters that a man, judged “by his English accent” to have been Canadian, was among the 32 Islamists whose raid on the Algerian refinery prompted a global crisis. One of the Canadians, identified only as “Shaddad”, is alleged to have played a leading role in the attack which left 58 hostages – including 37 Westerners - dead after a four-day battle with Algerian forces. Five further Western workers are still unaccounted for. “A Canadian was among the militants,” Mr Sellal said. “He was co-ordinating the attack.”

Is is any surprise al-Qaeda has recruited Westerners? Our prisons are full of them as we have reported here for years at Jawa. But, the headline/front page makes the conspiracy theorists come out of the woodwork.

To make my case, read this comment:

This comes a couple days after Cameron tells us the war against Al Qaeda is going to last decades but which Al Qaeda is he referring to?

Is this the Al Qaeda financed and controlled by CIA tactician Tim Osman aka Osama Bin Laden?

Or is this the Al Qaeda that we gave money, intelligence and arms in return for them assisting the overthrowing of the Gaddafi regime?

Could this be the same Al Qaeda that we are privately supporting to seed war and dissent in Syria?

Or this tweet:
@SammiWright: @SkyNews of course we are were exploiting them for every resource theyve got!! Its disgustin
The blame on the terrorist attack in In Amenas lies solely with the terrorist be they converts or whatever. Al Qaeda is pulling the strings.

And yes Virginia, there are Westerners who convert to radical Islam.

Posted by: Stable Hand at 02:16 AM


1 Great example of how details that go against commonly held stereotypes and biases can be twisted into stupid and destructive conspiracy theories. What, a terrorist might have had blonde hair?! Obviously that means Obama planned it all along because.. uh.. just because dammit!

Posted by: soopermexican at January 22, 2013 02:50 AM

2 Of course a canadian coordinated the attacks, because the local AQ thugs think the cell phone is powered by Djinn and will curse them if they speak into it.

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at January 22, 2013 09:52 AM

3 These morons have never heard of saqaliba, mamluks, or janissaries. Yes, mujahideen can be European white!

Posted by: al-Mohareb at January 22, 2013 12:05 PM

4 Shh don't tell them but Elvis didn't die! He was recruited by the CIA and is heading up all of this. Remember that is TOP SEKRIT! I just told you 'cause I like you and I am tired of Islamic terrorism being given all the credit!

Posted by: Mean Kitteh at January 22, 2013 12:45 PM

5 Kitteh, baby! I could slobber on you. Seriously, where you at? Middle-Easterners/Asian/N.Africans have no monopoly on stupid gullibility. Other ethnics can be just as stupid and gullible.

Posted by: EROWMER at January 22, 2013 01:31 PM

6 Hey EROWMER! How you doing? I am over at twitter messing around! Remember don't tell anyone that Elvis is working for the CIA and oh yeah before I forget; apparently the <gasp> CIA is infecting NATO computers with Red October computer malware over wikileaks or something! lol I know because an expert told me that! smh.

Posted by: Mean Kitteh at January 22, 2013 02:17 PM

7 I really like 'experts'. Most can't find their, well you know.

Posted by: EROWMER at January 22, 2013 05:24 PM

8 I guess they make a good point - it is hard to believe a bunch of goat f-ckers who wipe their @$$ with their hands could successfully seize control of the entire plant.

Posted by: Tyler at January 22, 2013 05:58 PM

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