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America's entanglement with Israel

Al-Qaeda’s Game Theory Warfare: Who else benefits?

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In a discussion of Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban: Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11, the new book by recently murdered Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad, investigative journalist Gareth Porter suggests that al-Qaeda strategists such as Ayman al-Zawahiri anticipated that the U.S. response to an attack on American soil would be to attack and occupy Afghanistan and Iraq. Thus, by using America’s predictably aggressive reaction to discredit it in the eyes of Muslims, al-Qaeda could advance its longterm objective of driving a wedge between Muslim populations and the regimes governing them who would be seen as complicit in the West’s “war on Islam.”

What’s missing from this account, however, is the well-documented crucial facilitative role that Israeli agents played in the 9/11 attacks…

… as well as the strikingly close correspondence between al-Qaeda strategy and Israel’s game theory warfare against the United States. As Jeff Gates has written:

Such “probabilistic” war planning enables Tel Aviv to deploy serial provocations and well-timed crises as a force multiplier to project Israeli influence worldwide. For a skilled agent provocateur, the target can be a person, a company, an economy, a legislature, a nation or an entire culture—such as Islam. With a well-modeled provocation, the anticipated reaction can even become a powerful weapon in the Israeli arsenal.

For instance, a skilled game theorist could foresee that, in response to a 9/11-type mass murder, “the mark” (the U.S.) would deploy its military to avenge that attack. With phony intelligence fixed around a preset goal, a game theory algorithm could anticipate that those forces might well be redirected to invade Iraq—not to avenge 9/11 but to pursue the expansionist goals of Greater Israel.


Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

June 8, 2011 at 7:20 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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