By Stuart J. Hooper | 21st Century Wire
Greece’s new anti-austerity and anti-Western Oligarchy ruling party, Syriza, is coming under attack from an all too familiar angle. Keep in mind that this accusation came on the very first day Syriza took office.
According to CNN, “there may be some 200 people in the country with links to jihadist groups such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the al Nusra Front“. Supposing this is true, should we not instead look to those who funded and created those groups; namely Western nations?
Does Greece really have a terrorism problem?
An unnamed “source close to the Greek intelligence services told CNN” of this alleged problem, so for all we know this could be a complete lie; probably from the mind of a pro-Western, anti-Syriza propaganda agent working for Wall Street and the City of London. Accusations of such magnitude require far more than an unnamed source before we can verify their existence in the realms of reality. This spectral source supposedly said “Greece is not a target, just a gateway into Europe and a stop on the fighters’ return home”, which essentially paints the entire state of Greece as a problem.
CNN says of this source that “he added“; in regard to his alleged statements. How does this unnamed source feel about having his anonymity damaged in this regard? This is an absolute failure in narrative construction, and suggests to us that questioning this piece is not an unwarranted task.
Furthermore, “One analyst who has studied jihadist travel patterns says there are indications that militants are setting up logistical, recruitment and financial cells in Greece”. We might suggest this ‘analyst’ is hardly worth using as a source if they do not wish to have their name tied to their analysis. Would one not want to be known as the person who first called the apparently approaching crisis? Or perhaps, there never even was an ‘analyst’ in the first place and these are the wild delusions of a pro-Oligarchy agent.
Concerning ‘financial cells’ being a problem, this writer recently wrote a graduate-level essay on the association of tax havens with terrorism. The essay’s findings suggested that ‘tropical’ tax havens are no longer an issue in this regard, but some banks based in the United States are operating in a clandestine, unorthodox manner allowing anyone to anonymously open and operate a bank account; perfect for ‘financing cells’ (See Jason Sharman, 2010, Shopping For Anonymous Shell Companies: An Audit Study of Crime In The International Financial System).
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