While the major media outlets attempt to ignore the attempted suicide-chemical attack
on the U.S. Embassy and Jordanian intelligence services, the perpetrators confess on television:
[Jordanian] State television aired a videotape of four men admitting they were part of an Al Qaeda plot to attack the U.S. Embassy and other targets in Jordan using a combination of conventional and chemical weapons. A commentator on the tape aired Monday said the suspects had prepared enough explosives to kill 80,000 people.
One of the alleged conspirators, Azmi Al-Jayousi, said that he was acting on the orders of Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian wanted by the United States for allegedly organizing terrorists to fight U.S. troops in Iraq on behalf of Al Qaeda.
By now, the media should drop the ‘alleged connections’ disclaimer when discussing Zarqawi and al Qaeda. Even the ‘militants’ confirm this:
Al-Jayousi, identified as the head of a Jordanian terror cell, said he first met al-Zarqawi in Afghanistan, where al-Jayousi said he studied explosives, "before Afghanistan fell."
As Afghanistan controlled by the Taliban prior to Operation Enduring Freedom, it is highly unlikely he was a guest without the knowledge of al Qaeda. And it is extremely unlikely he was a guest of the Northern Alliance, a group fiercely opposed to al Qaeda involvement in Afghani affairs.
Jordanian officials have said the plotters entered the country from neighboring Syria in at least three vehicles filled with explosives, detonators and raw material to be used in bomb-making. Syria has denied the claims. In the videotape, however, the militants said they acquired the vehicles in Jordan.
Syria denies involvement, as it would make it complicit in the organized terror attack on its neighbor, Jordan. It is unlikely an attack such as this can be planned and executed without the knowledge and assistance of an organized police state such as Syria. The ‘militants’ state they acquired the cars in Jordan, but this does not mean the cars did not cross the Syrian border laden with the munitions.
In a related story, Sudan has ordered Syria to remove stockpiled WMD
from its country:
Arab diplomatic and Sudanese government sources said the regime of Sudanese President Omar Bashir has ordered that Syria remove its Scud C and Scud D medium-range ballistic missiles as well as components for chemical weapons stored in warehouses in Khartoum. The sources said the Sudanese demand was issued after the Defense Ministry and Interior Ministry confirmed a report published earlier this month that Syria has been secretly flying Scud-class missiles and WMD components to Khartoum.
The established media has drawn the conclusions that WMD do not exist in Iraq, Syria, Iran or elsewhere and al-Zarqawi is not affiliated with al Qaeda. News that contradicts these conclusions is buried to support their worldview. It seems that no amount of evidence, short of the use of WMD, will convince the media to ask deeper questions about this attempted chemical attack, as well as Syria and al Qaeda's involvement.
Update: April 29th, 2004
The Wall Street Journal Editorial Page agrees
Posted by bill roggio @ 1:30 PM