- The USA is trying hard to win the Moslems over, but it
seems to fail so far. Although Americans believe Osama bin Laden to be
the chief mastermind behind the terrorist attack, many in the Islamic world
are inclined to a different point of view.
- According to the Christian Science Monitor newspaper,
the "Israeli plot theory" has become most popular with Islamic
countries. In this version, the terrorist attacks on America was organized
by the Israeli Mossad intelligence service. The covert Israeli operation
on US soil may have been designed to turn mass public opinion against
Arabs via an apparent terrorist attack on US interests that would give
Israel the green light to implement a large scale military onslaught
the Palestinian Arab population.
- Americans feel they are hopelessly losing the PR battle
unfolded after September 11th. They have to take pains to turn the Moslem
minds and souls in the needed direction. After each message issued by bin
Laden calling on Islam adherents to launch another battle with the
American diplomats have to come out with refutations. But the "plot
theories" are circulating even at the government level. Including
the countries that Americans count to be their allies.
- There is nothing new in those theories. Mossad has always
been held responsible for many woes. Lack of proofs of bin Laden's guilt
only generates new versions. Arab newspapers in many countries say the
attacks against the USA is the work of Zionists who control the world
mass media, and politics. President Bush has become a hero of one of those
theories - the terrorist attacks and the subsequent war in Afghanistan
have allegedly played into his hands. In this way, the people are supposed
to forget about torturous vote counts at the presidential elections.
- Also, Arab analysts do not omit the Japanese trace. In
their view, the WTC buildings were destroyed by Japanese kamikazes thus
avenging themselves for Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombardments. Besides,
"people militia" members may have reacted in such a cruel way
to the assassination of Timothy McWeigh, Arab commentators say. There are
rumours circulating in the Middle East that the attacks nay have been
in Russia and China - those countries did not like US plans to build a
new space shield. According to the Christian Science Monitor, the plot
theories are easily born in countries where the news flows is under tight
government control. Analysts have to read between lines and be guided by
the ancient "qui prodest" formula.
- Americans have nothing to offer the public to counter
those unfounded theories. Trying to affect the Moslems' overall sentiment,
the US government hires PR experts from private firms. The experts are
given tasks that are almost impossible to solve. Many Arabs in the Middle
East can hardly perceive of the USA striving for a just and lasting peace
in the region. On the contrary, the Moslems think that America wages a
war against Islam to ensure Israel's security. In this context, President
Bush's words of a "crusade" are being mentioned.
- Even if the American PR efforts succeeds in reorienting
Arab minds at the government level, those efforts will hardly change
on the streets. The most peculiar theory being discussed at this level
is the "warning theory" - Jews allegedly were warned against
turning up at work at the World Trade Centre on September 11th. In this
version, the terrorist attacks were prepared in Mossad in order to force
the US together with Israel to launch a joint campaign against Islam in
Afghanistan and Palestine.
- Few believe that Osama could organize those large-scale
attacks sitting in his cave. The 11 September attack are described as being
too sophisticated for a lone terrorist group to execute. This attack
a high level of military precision and the resources of an advanced
agency. In addition, the attackers would have needed to be extremely
with both air force one flight operations, civil airline flight paths and
aerial assault tactics on sensitive US cities like Washington. Until
presents direct proofs of bin Laden's guilt, he must be held innocent,
the Moslems rightfully think.
- A psychological war is part of the war against the
The more Americans lose on the PR front, the harder it is for them to fight
in the mountains of Afghanistan.
- Sergei Borisov
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