I am not one that sees conspiracies everywhere, but I do like a good Convenience Theory. Like the one that is coming together out of the botched terror attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up an airliner in Detroit just as it was arriving.
For the last couple of months Saudi Arabia has been bombarding Yemen with fighter jets. Just recently the US sent cruise missles into Yemen in a reported attempt to hit Al Qaeda sites. Also, US fighter jets joined the attacks on Yemen. In return, Al Qaeda reportedly issued a warning that it would avenge US raids.
Now it appears that the Detroit bound Airline Terrorist Suspect from Nigeria has supposed links to Yemen. Or at least the suspect is supposedly saying his bomb was made in Yemen.
Well just when America needs a good excuse to attack Yemen, conveniently we have one. Now never mind that we have initiated the US and Saudi attacks before this recent terror attempt. Just keep in mind that the Nigerian is a Yemeni terrorist.
Some are beginning to question how a No Fly list that bans Cat Stevens and a guy that was writing a critical book on the CIA could miss this 'Nigerian/Yemeni' terrorist. Reports are that the terror suspect was on a Watch List and his dad reported to the US Embassy in Nigeria that his son (the future terrorist) was possibly dangerous.
Also some are a bit concerned that this Watch List Detroit Terrorist Bomber was allowed to get on the plane with explosives strapped to his body.
Something smells of a needed convenient incident to help promote the attacks on Yemen and the expansion of our terrorist war there.
As luck would have it, and conveniently, Congresspersons are calling for a needed expansion of the terror wars to include Yemen. One of the clearest voices for a greater expansion of the terror war is coming from the noted corporate sellout (aren't they all?) Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman.
Lieberman warns on Fox News,"Somebody in our government said to me in Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, Iraq was yesterday's war. Afghanistan is today's war. If we don't act preemptively, Yemen will be tomorrow's war. That's the danger we face."
It appears that, according to Lieberman, the government was already getting ready for an expansion of the War on Terror to include Yemen. But the recent bombings of Yemen by the United States proves that point.
Still there is one other point I want to mention regarding my Convenience Theory of the Nigerian/Yemeni airliner bombing incident.
Parts of the Patriot Act are due to expire this New Years Eve.
Now talk about a real convenience.
Just as controversial aspects of the Patriot Act are expiring, and there is not a lot of political will to extend them, you get a real terrorist attempt with links to Yemen.
At this point we can only say that the attempted terror attack in Detroit appears a bit too convenient. It comes at a convenient time for those in the government that want to extend the War on Terror abroad and the Technological Police State here at home.
So I am not one to see a conspiracy but I am one to see a convenience.
You can call me a Convenience Theorist nut job, but I must call attention to conveniences when I see them.
The underwear with the explosive worn by alleged Northwest 253 bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is shown in this undated photo.(ABC News)
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Original article published on Dec. 27, 2009
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