-By Sajjad Shaukat for Veterans Today
The lone gunman killed 10 people and wounded more than 20 in Munich after the deadly shooting in Olympia shopping mall and outside a nearby McDonalds on Friday (July 22, 2016). Then, he killed himself.
There are conflicting reports came from the German media, authorities and police. Initial reports claimed that there were three gunmen who killed 15 people, “but officers have now said there was just one deranged terrorist responsible for the massacre…German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier stated the motives for this abhorrent act have not yet been completely, clarified we still have contradictory clues…police, citing eyewitness accounts had initially said they were looking for up to three suspects in the shooting attack at the Munich Olympia Shopping Centre that sent shoppers fleeing in panic and shut traffic across the city.”
The German law-enforcing agencies have identified that the shooter was an 18-year old dual German-Iranian citizen. In a news conference on early on Saturday (July 23, 2016), the German officials revealed, “The shooter was believed to have staged the attack alone, opening fire in a fast food restaurant before moving on to the mall…killed himself…they were considering all possibilities, including Islamist and right-wing terrorism.”
Police in the German city of Munich have asked members of the public to submit any videos, photos or audio recordings from mass shooting. Police will give an update on their investigation later on Saturday (July 23).
A video posted online shows voice of the shooter who yells out an obscenity about Turks and says “I am German.” Police verified the video, but did not comment on it.
On the social media, supporters of the Islamic State group (Also known as Daesh, ISIS, ISIL) celebrated and hailed the shooting rampage in Munich.
The shooting came just four days after a refugee attacked people with an ax-and-knife in a German train near Bavarian city of Wuerzburg, leaving five people severely injured The attacker, who was shot and killed by police, was registered as an Afghan refugee. Through its Aamaq news agency, the ISIS claimed responsibility the attack on a German train. But, the German authorities said it appears the 17-year-old Afghan asylum seeker who was shot and killed by police as he fled the scene appears to have self-radicalized and had no direct link to the extremists.
It is major terror attack in Munich, Germany, which happened just after a week of terror assault in the French city of Nice where a truck driver had killed 85 people and ISIL had claimed responsibility for the Nice carnage. A French anti-terror prosecutor stated on July 7, 2016 that the driver, who was killed, appeared to have planned the attack for some time, adding he may have embraced Islamic extremism as early as the attack on Charlie Hebdo.
While police called the shooting in Munich an act of terrorism, but, at the same time explained that they had no indication it involved Islamic extremism and at least one witness said he heard a shooter shout an anti-foreigner slur.
In this context, some state actors like the US and especially Israel are still acting upon the secret strategies of the old political thinkers like Hobbes, Machiavelli, Morgenthau and Kissinger to achieve their selfish aims in wake of the modern world trends such as renunciation of war, peaceful settlement of disputes and economic development, while social media or internet has not only accelerated the peoples’ interaction of various countries for the development of their mutual related-fields, but also exposed the hidden game of some state actors.
In this regard, there is a co-relationship of the double game, secret strategy and false flag operations which continue unabated.
Like the terror attacks in Paris, Brussels, Orlando, San Bernardino, Nice, the latest one in Munich is also a false flag operation and is part of the secret strategy of American CIA and particularly Israeli Mossad, which are in collaboration with each other in order to obtain the covert aims of their countries. Mossad might be alone involved in the terror assaults of Munich.
After the false flag operations of Paris and Brussels, the shooting at San Bernardino, California etc., Israel achieved its several sinister designs. Like the drastic aftermath of 9/11 tragedy, rulers and politicians of the US-led Western countries, especially of Europe, including their media have been misguiding their general public by creating chauvinism against the Muslims. They are propagating the so-called threat of Islamophobia. In one way or the other, the Muslims are being persecuted in the US and other Western countries, particularly in Europe which has been put on high alert, as these subversive acts were being taken as attacks on the whole continent. Owing to the irresponsible approach of Western leaders, right-wing parties and “Stop Islam” movement in the West, especially in Europe are becoming popular by largely attracting their people. Besides, Muslims in the continent are facing severe backlash in form of attacks on them and threats (In some countries) in wake of anti-Muslim protests. Without caring for human rights, several Muslim refugees have been expelled from various European countries.
Besides revival of the fake global war on terror, Israeli-led America also got the support of its Western allies (NATO) against Russia in relation to Syrian civil war, and as part of the double game and secret strategy, American jet fighters and those of its Western coalition started targeting the ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria.
But, some developments have frustrated the Israelis. Russian-led coalition of Iran, Iraq, the Syrian army-the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Lebanon-based Hezbollah, which had broken the backbone of the US-CIA-assisted ISIS terrorists, Al-Qaeda’s Al-Nusra Front and the rebels who have been fighting to oust the Syrian President Assad’s government and against the current Iraqi regime as part of America’s double game to obtain Israeli interests. Moscow also exposed the smuggling of oil by ISIS-controlled regions of Iraq to some European countries and inaction of their governments including America in this respect. Russian-supported Assad’s forces have retaken several territories from the control of the rebels and the ISIS terrorists who are on flee in Syria and Iraq. Lebanon has also considered inviting Russian military to cope with the CIA-Mossad-led ISIL militants. Israeli-led American scheme of re-intervention in Libya also seems to be failure. Recently, on June 26, 2016, Russian-backed Iraqi forces have recaptured the city of Fallujah. Following dual strategy, Pentagon welcomed the retaken of Fallujah, and the US Secretary of State John Kerry has offered Moscow to fight the ISIS terrorists jointly, in case Russia stops targeting the Syrian rebel groups. Nevertheless, it is due to skillful diplomacy of the President Putin that very soon, Syria will be liberated from the hold of the Israeli-led Western powers. Now, the scenario in Syria shows that the CIA-prepared plan-B of Syria’s partition will also fail.
Some other developments such as criticism of the controversial Turkish-EU refugee deal by a number of human rights groups, especially Amnesty International, success of first Muslim Pakistan’s origin Sadiq Khan as mayor of London by defeating the Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith-a wealthy Jew who was supported by the former British Prime Minister David Cameron, Britain’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), after the referendum (Brexit) on June 24, 2016, despite President Obama’s instance on London to keep aligned with the EU, prospects of Scotland and some other countries for separation from the EU, and the divide between the elite class which run multinational companies with the direct or indirect control of the Jews and the general masses who are suffering from multiple problems in wake of differences on the refugee crisis, Syrian war, Greece’s weak economy, recent violent protests against the labour laws in France etc.—the chances of European Union’s disintegration which will giving a greater blow to the US-Europe alliance against Russia, a rift between the NATO countries, as noted in the recent past by the “Stop NATO protests” in Europe are quite opposite to the Israeli secret interests.
Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rebuke of European nations, accusing them of dictatorship and cruelty for keeping their frontiers closed to the refugees, fleeing the Syrian conflict created a rift between the West and Turkey, the close ally of NATO. On February 10, 2016, President Erdogan lashed out at the US over its support for Syria’s main Kurdish group, saying, “The failure to recognize the Democratic Union Party (PYD) as a terrorist group is creating a “sea of blood”. He explained, “The PYD, on which the US relies to battle so-called Islamic State in Syria, is an offshoot of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party.”
As regards the failed rebellion-attempt of July 15, this year, Turkey’s president Erdogan and top officials of his government have held the US and CIA for the failed coup to topple his regime by backing and replacing Erdogan with the CIA’s “designated figurehead”, cleric Fethullah Gülen, currently living in Pennsylvania in the US.
By neglecting American pressure, President Erdogan who has taken steps in the end of June, this year to improve relations with Russia to strengthen its hand in fighting against militants, stated that the attack at the Istanbul airport should serve as a turning point in the global battle against terrorism. Reports suggest that Ankara is also considering a military agreement with Moscow.
Nevertheless, these developments have also frustrated Tel Aviv. Besides, a prolonged war of history in Afghanistan by the US-led NATO countries, continued ambush attacks on their military installations and personnel by the freedom fighters (Taliban) have demoralized, particularly American military personnel who think that they have been sent abroad—Afghanistan, Syria and elsewhere in the world to maintain the supremacy of Israel, instead of protecting American national interests or their citizens. The cost of the endless war in Afghanistan is rapidly increasing, adding to the plight of ordinary citizens of the US and its Western allies. In order to divert the attention of Americans and its Western public, Mossad-CIA are acting upon the secret strategy of the US and Israel.
Meanwhile, the long-awaited 28 secret pages from the Congressional Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 Commission report were released on July 15, 2016, indicating that the alleged hijackers may have been in contact and supported by individuals connected to the Saudi Arabian government. On May 1, 2016, in connection with the Congressional investigation, CIA Director Brennan said that documents which could link Saudi Arabia to 9/11 terrorists should be kept classified, as like CIA and Mossad, Saudi Arabia has also been funding the ISIL (The Sunni group) against the Syrian government and Yemen.
Even, CIA-Mossad scheme to promote sectarian violence in the Islamic World on larger scale, after creating a rift between Saudi Arabia and Iran could not succeed, as after the recent bombings in Saudi Arabia, Saudi people have started thinking about the double game of America and Israel.
It is mentionable that the US-led West, especially Europe has already started a new Cold War with Russia. The US has decided to station permanently additional troops in Eastern Europe as part of NATO move to defend the continent against the presumed threat of Moscow. In response, Moscow also responded that it would send 30,000 Russian troops along its western and southern borders. Especially, Tel Aviv wants to intensify this new Cold War so as to avoid the two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, as some European countries have been emphasizing on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to stop the expansion of West Bank settlements and restart a negotiation process for the two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian issue in wake of the EU rule to boycott goods produced in Israeli settlements on the West Bank.
Here, connections of the Israeli secret agency Mossad are also noteworthy. In March 2015, Iraqi Special Forces pointed out that they had arrested several ISIL’s foreign military advisors, including American, Israeli and Arab nationals and four foreign passports in an operation in Mosul. Last year, a senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin also stated that Mossad is training ISIL terrorists, operating in Iraq and Syria. Meanwhile, arrest of Israeli Col. Shahak in Iraq, his admission, proving links of Al-Qaeda and ISIS with America and Mossad and medical treatment of the ISIS warriors in the Israeli hospitals might also be cited as instance. Mossad links with the ISIS terrorists can also be judged from the fact that this terrorist outfit conducted several suicide assaults and bomb blasts in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan. But, it did not target Israel.
Notably, Israel and Zionist lobbies which are clandestinely assisting America’s anti-Muslim, pro-Israeli Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee want to see him as the president of the United States. Trump who is well-known for his anti-Muslim rhetoric not only exploited the terror assaults of Paris and Brussels, but also the shooting at the gay night club in Orlando, Florida which killed at least 50 persons.
This false flag operation was exposed when on June 28, 2016, The New York Times wrote, “The mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on June 12 included a curious phrase: false flag…the victims in the shooting? They were “crisis actors” hired to promote the story as a pretext to impose tighter gun restrictions, the theory goes…the term false flag relates to naval warfare when a ship would fly a flag that would conceal its true identity as a way to lure an enemy closer. Today, it is commonly a shorthand for an act of deception…conspiracy theorists have applied the label to high-profile attacks, including the shootings by a husband and wife last year in San Bernardino, Calif, that killed 14…the phrase has even been used to doubt the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.”
In an interview with Brazilian TV on June 14, 2016, the ex-wife of the Orlando shooter Omar Mateen Sitora Yusufiy disclosed that American FBI pressurized her to keep quiet about his homosexuality. Since the attack, Mateen has been dubbed an Islamic terrorist by the politicians, senior officials and commentators in the US, following reports he had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, as they wanted to downplay the personal and self-hating nature of the assault which was also admitted by President Obama.
It is worth-mentioning that Russia’s Defense Ministry hosted the fifth Moscow Conference on International Security, held in Moscow on April 27-28, 2016 with the participation of high military officials and experts from around the world to discuss the fight against terrorism and other pressing security challenges. In this connection, Russia’s analyst Martin McCauley said on April 27, 2016, “Only Russia and the US, the two major global powers can bring a solution to the many problems threatening peace…unless they make concessions to each other and share information, the progress is unlikely to be achieved…the head of America’s National Intelligence Agency, James Clapper and European intelligence agencies stated…there are Islamic State [ISIS] cells already in England, Germany and Italy. They are saying things which perhaps they should have been saying in Moscow. But, they have been saying these things and they are warning Europe that there is a formidable threat from Syria, from jihadists returning from Syria, North Africa, Iraq…the Americans say that more and more closer cooperation between states is necessary. They are…saying that it’s very, very important to collaborate. But of course, their top people should be in Moscow saying that.”
In this respect, Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had also stated, “Security cooperation with Russia was one of the projects frozen by NATO. We are willing to work together in this sphere…it is very unfortunate. There is so-called Cold War between American and Russia at present… at a time when information sharing, working together against terrorism is necessary.”
In fact, the US and Israel have been implementing secret strategy and double game by providing CIA and Mossad to conduct false flag operations in the US and Europe. Hence, as to why, they should share information with Moscow.
Nonetheless, various developments disheartened particularly Israel which gave a free hand to ISIL terrorists to arrange various terror assaults in the US and especially Europe, while, American and European intelligence officials and counterterrorism experts and analysts have been predicting prospective terror attacks in Europe and the US, which were manipulated by Mossad in connivance with CIA operatives.
Experience of the recent acts of terrorism show that general masses start pointing fingers at the ISIS, without going into depth to know the role of some state actors like America and Israel who are behind this outfit and as to what the covert aims, these countries want to achieve through their double game. General masses also forgot that as part of the double game, if President Bush (The Senior) and George W. Bush franchised Al-Qaeda on global level, President Obama’s dual policy franchised both Al-Qaeda and ISIS to obtain the unfinished agenda of the Zionist Jews and for a greater Israel at the cost of the Muslim countries and the patriot Americans. By following Israeli-led US flawed policies, consciously or unconsciously, European politicians are also providing Mossad with golden chance to exploit the ant-Muslim phenomena of Europe and to use ISI militants and their home-grown terrorists to conduct terror attacks in the continent.
When Iraq-based ISIS which itself broke away from Al-Qaeda, proclaimed a worldwide caliphate by its leader Abu Baker al-Baghdadi, on 29 June 2014, ISIS’s criminal actions had widely been criticized in the world, with many Islamic communities judging the group to be unrepresentative of Islam. One of ISIS’s goals has been to establish a radical Sunni Islamic state in Iraq and Syria Jordan, Palestine etc. (Levant region). It has been used by the CIA and Mossad for distorting the image of Islam and for inciting the feelings of Western Christians and Kurds against Muslims. Besides some Islamic countries, a majority of the religious extremists (Muslims) from the western world joined the ISIS. In this context, oblivion on the part of America and Europe about ISIS recruits from their countries is questionable.
Scholars of international affairs agree that “foreign affairs are too foreign” to the citizens of a country. Renowned scholar Prof. Hoslti opines that “issues and situations” have “influence on public opinion” which in turn “influences the objectives and actions.” In fact, fault cannot be laid on the general masses, a majority of whom are swayed by emotions, stereotypes and prejudices created by the political leaders who keep on manipulating any crisis for their own self-interests with the sole aim of getting their sympathies to increase their vote bank. There are equal strong pressures from religious and nationalist forces in wake of global war on terror which is dividing the world on religious lines.
We can conclude that like previous terror attacks in the US and Europe, state actors like America and Israel are also behind Munich shooting. And responsibility is also fixed on Germany whose intelligence and law-enforcing agencies failed in this respect, despite warnings and recent terror attacks in Europe.
Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations