'Mission No. 77': U.S. – Funded False Flag Terrorism
William Norman Grigg
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midnight on the morning of New Year's Day, a green Skoda automobile
pulled up outside the Saints Coptic Orthodox Church in Alexandria,
Egypt. The vehicle decanted two men, one of whom was
seen speaking tersely into a mobile phone as they walked briskly
from the scene.
A few minutes
later a 100-kilogram bomb detonated inside the car, sending its
densely packed, lethal payload of nails, glass and iron balls into
the sanctuary. The explosion, which was powerful enough to shatter
every window in the neighborhood, killed more than twenty worshipers
gathered for New Year's mass. Nearly a hundred more were seriously
parts were propelled into the fourth floor of the church building
and onto a neighboring mosque.
An hour before
the bomb went off, government security personnel assigned to guard
the church quietly withdrew, despite official assurances that the
force would be on hand until the end of the worship service. No
explanation was given for this oddly timed dereliction of duty.
After the bombing, a group of Muslim radicals quickly materialized
to taunt the terrified and infuriated Christian victims with chants
of "Allah akbar." Armored riot police arrived shortly thereafter,
firing rubber bullets and tear gas grenades to disperse the crowd.
official story was that "foreign elements" – either al-Qaeda or
the Israeli Mossad – were responsible for the atrocity. This explanation
was immediately challenged by surviving eyewitnesses who had seen
the security force withdrawn and the unidentified vehicle park in
a cordoned-off "secure" area. Spokesmen for the long-suffering Coptic
Christian population pointed out that on January 6, 2010, security
had been withdrawn from a Coptic church in Nag Hammadi shortly before
a drive-by shooting. Six Coptic Christians attending Christmas
Eve mass, along with a Muslim security guard, were killed in the
attack, and nine others were wounded.
were arrested by the police a few days after the atrocity in Nag
Hammadi. The alleged ringleader, a career criminal named Mohammad
Kammouni, was sentenced to death earlier this year by
a special "state security" tribunal established under the post-1981
streamlined procedure, the verdict cannot be appealed, and – once
the Grand Mufti ratifies the death sentence – Kammouni can be disposed
of quickly and cleanly. This is a very tidy way to dispose of a
By the time
of the New Year's Eve bombing in Alexandria, a growing number of
Egyptians – both Christian and Muslim – began to suspect that Mubarak's
U.S.-supported police state had cultivated a large pool of patsies
to carry out false flag operations intended to foment sectarian
conflict. If that was the design, things were working out as planned.
Coptic terrorism victims were becoming commonplace, and quickly
turning into confrontations between Christians and Muslims. This
kept the riot police busy and gave State Security (SS) officials
a pretext to round up scores of young Copts as a "preventive" measure.
The biggest benefit to the regime was the emergence of a deep and
increasingly violent sectarian rift in the Egyptian population.
Muslims and Christians have grown increasingly common in recent
years, especially in Upper Egypt, where there is a large Christian
population and a strong culture of vendetta killings," reported
the New York Times following the Nag Hammadi murders.
"Those killings typically spring from unexceptional disputes that
spiral into full-blown conflicts that have to be settled by security
have been united historically by a strong sense of national identity,
allowing the Muslim majority and Coptic Christian minority to live
in peace, for the most part," continued the report. "But the recent
rise in religious fervor, especially among Muslims, has strained
relations and increased reported episodes of religiously inspired
"There is a
prevailing atmosphere of sectarianism and religious incitement which
has led to this behavior," complained Gamal Asaad, a Coptic Christian
and former member of the Egyptian parliament. "People deal with
each other now as Muslims or Christians, not as Egyptians."
past two decades, according
to Egyptian-American human rights activist Magdi Khalil, Egyptian
Copts suffered more than 1,500 attacks that killed hundreds and
inflicted millions of dollars' worth of property damage. He describes
those incidents as "state crimes" perpetrated by the Mubarak regime,
which used the Christian minority as a scapegoat "to redirect public
anger from its own corruption."
out that while the Mubarak regime fomented Islamist terrorist attacks
on Christians in the service of its domestic agenda, it exploited
the violence for external consumption by blaming it on the apparently
all-powerful Muslim Brotherhood. The specter of the much-discussed
but little-understood Brotherhood, Khalil points
out, was used by Mubarak "as a pretext vis-à-vis the West to
justify his autocratic regime."
the removal of Mubarak and the resignation (for whatever it's worth)
of Omar Suleiman, the Beria-esque head of the Egyptian secret police,
entirely extinguish the inter-communal conflict that had been so
lovingly nurtured by the regime for the past thirty years. However,
during the past year a growing number of young Egyptians – their
perceptions sharpened by the ongoing economic collapse – have come
to understand how they were being manipulated.
artificial collectivist divisions being promoted by the regime (and
subsidized by its unfathomably evil patron in Washington), Egyptians
began to communicate and collaborate across religious lines in the
interest of saving their country from the government ruling it.
in defiance of the divide-and-conquer script being followed by the
of Muslims volunteered to attend Coptic Christmas worship services
act as "human shields" protecting their Christian neighbors.
During the peaceful anti-government demonstrations in Tahrir Square,
Copts returned the favor by forming a human chain protecting their
Muslim neighbors during prayers. In seeking to bring down the police
state ruling them, those brave and principled people practiced the
most effective form of subversion: Loving their neighbors as themselves.
On March 5th,
hundreds of Egyptian pro-liberty activists, after learning that
State Security officials were destroying documentary evidence of
their crimes, laid siege to SS headquarters near Cairo. Although
tons of critical documents had been reduced to confetti, thousands
of others were seized, many of which have been published on the
Web. Some of the material describes the pervasive surveillance of
freedom activists by the SS; other documents provide details of
official corruption, such as the rigging of local elections by Mubarak's
National Democratic Party. Medical reports lay out in terrifying
detail numerous cases in which innocent people were tortured to
The most significant
find, however, was
a group of eight documents discussing attacks on Christian churches.
Nestled in that batch was a December 2, 2010 memo to the Egyptian
Interior Minister outlining "Mission No. 77," an operation in which
a jailed Islamist would organize the plot to bomb the Saints Coptic
Church in Alexandria during New Year's Eve mass.
Oh, sure –
some bien-pensants are suggesting that the incriminating
documents are cunningly cobbled forgeries. This would mean that
the Egyptian SS didn't stage a false-flag operation, but
that for some reason somebody in that agency created a false file
suggesting as much after the fact.
every spy agency is a roomful of funhouse mirrors, it's possible
that the "Mission No. 77" document was manufactured as part of some
too-clever-by-half disinformation scheme. In any case, it's worth
remembering that the Egyptian SS was trained and funded by the same
U.S. government responsible for creating the Operation
Northwoods proposal decades ago, which outlined several possible
false-flag terrorism campaigns in which Americans would suffer injury
or death in order to manipulate public opinion.
recent years, the Regime in Washington, using
what it unblushingly
calls terrorism "facilitators," has
staged a series
terrorist plots intended to create
that America is under
siege by implacable
eventual outcome of the uprising in Egypt, this much is worth celebrating:
Millions of Egyptians who suffered under Mubarak's police state
understand how this game is played, and are refusing to play along
any longer. What's our excuse?
Norman Grigg [send him mail]
publishes the Pro
Libertate blog and hosts the Pro
Libertate radio program.
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