Skip to comments.The World’s ‘Best’ Car Bombers?
Posted on 09/03/2008 10:26:29 AM PDT by forkinsocket
Q&A with ex-CIA agent Robert Baer on terror, the Iran crisis, and Hezbollah blasts
When reports from US and Canadian intelligence sources surfaced in late June claiming that Hezbollah, a Lebanese political and paramilitary movement which the Canadian government calls a terrorist organization, was scouting Jewish and Israeli locations in Ontario for possible attack, Robert Baer, a former CIA officer, offered his usual blunt take. They cannot have an operation fail, said Baer, and I dont think they will. Theyre the A-team of terrorism, he told ABC News.
The Lebanese ShiaHezbollah, in other wordsmay even be the best car bombers in the world, Baer recently told me. No small praise, it would seem, since hes also one of those rare terrorism experts with the know-how to build a car bomb himself.
Before retiring from the CIA in 1997, Baer spent what he calls the best parts of my life in the worst parts of the world. Think Tajikistan and northern Iraq. He also worked in Syria and LebanonHezbollahs home turf. In 2002, Baer published a memoir, See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIAs War on Terrorism, partly about his hunt for the perpetrators of a massive car bomb that destroyed the US embassy in Beirut in 1983, killing over sixty people. It was also about the mistakes that led to 9/11. Hollywood called and Baer became the model for George Clooneys skilled, disillusioned field operative in Syriana, a geopolitical thriller about power and corruption in Washington and oil and terrorism in the Middle East, which also drew on Baers follow-up effort, Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude.
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Track every move he makes and then blow up all of his car bomb making buddies.
It didn't mention if the bombers were part of the weather underground. Does anyone happen to know?
i guess not.
For students who might get bored with the purely pedagogic approach to liberation, Ayers also offers a course on the real thing, called Social Conflicts of the 1960s. For this class Ayers also posts his introduction to the soon-to-be-published collection of Weather Underground agitprop that he edited with Dohrncalled, with no intended parody, Sing a Battle Song: The Revolutionary Poetry, Statements and Communiqués of the Weather Underground, 1970-1974. Once things were connected, Ayerss introduction recollects, we saw a system at work, we were radicalized, we named that systemimperialismand forged an idea of how to overthrow it. We were influenced by Marx, but we were formed more closely and precisely by Che, Ho, Malcolm X, Amílcar Cabral, Mandelathe Third World revolutionariesand we called ourselves small c communists to indicate our rejection of what had become of Marx in the Soviet Block [sic]. . . . We were anti-authoritarian, anti-orthodoxy, communist street fighters. Ayers makes clear that his political views havent changed much since those glory days. He cites a letter he recently wrote: Ive been told to grow up from the time I was ten until this morning. Bullshit. Anyone who salutes your youthful idealism is a patronizing reactionary. Resist! Dont grow up! I went to Camp Casey [Cindy Sheehans vigil at the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas] in August precisely because Im an agnostic about how and where the rebellion will break out, but I know I want to be there and I know it will break out.
Toyota and Hondas blow up real good.
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