This may be a coincidence, but coincidences always make me suspicious.
Remember the Air France flight that disappeared over the Atlantic after leaving Rio de Janeiro? Everyone has heard that the plane went down into the ocean, and that everyone on board was killed. Pieces of wreckage have been found, and there is still a slight chance that the “black boxes” can be recovered.
At first there were reports that no explosion could have occurred, and then there were reports that an explosion had occurred. Then the likelihood of an explosion was played down. Terrorism was ruled out, and then it was not ruled out, and then it was ruled out again.
So what really happened?
Today comes some interesting news: two Islamic terrorists who were known to French intelligence were on board Air France 447. According to The Evening Standard:
Terrorist suspects were on doomed Air France plane
Two passengers with names linked to Islamic terrorism were on board the Air France flight which crashed and killed 228, it emerged today.
French secret service staff established the connection while working through the list of those who boarded the Airbus 330-200 in Rio de Janeiro on 31 May.
Flight AF447 crashed in the mid-Atlantic en route to Paris during a storm. While it is certain there were computer malfunctions, terrorism has not been ruled out.
Soon after news of the crash, agents from the Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure, the French equivalent of MI6, were sent to Brazil.
They established that the two passengers were on highly-classified French documents listing radical Muslims considered to be a threat.
A security service source said the link was “highly significant”.
What’s suspicious about all this is that it took ten days for the news about the two dangerous passengers to be made public.
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During those ten days, the authorities consistently downplayed any possibility of terrorism as the cause of the crash. It wasn’t ruled out entirely, but the emphasis was on equipment failure, flying too slowly for the altitude, and other non-terrorist possibilities.
This is not an isolated instance. Throughout the West, whenever a lethal event (often involving Muslims) occurs, public officials are at pains to discount any connection with “terrorism”. If the slaughter is not on the level of Madrid or 7/7, then terrorism is automatically disavowed. In the United States, whenever Sudden Jihad Syndrome strikes and a lone Muslim shoots a few people, a DHS spokesman is on TV before the smell of cordite has faded, reassuring the public that “there is no connection with terrorism”.
It has become a government mantra.
Even with the passenger list revealed, the possibility of terrorism is still being downplayed:
Investigators today refused to rule out terrorism, but an Air France spokesman said “all the indications” were that the plane suffered some kind of catastrophic equipment failure.
So what’s going on? Why this insistence that terrorism is unlikely when terrorists were in fact on that plane?
Disinformation or coincidence?
Hat tip: Tuan Jim.