Saturday, October 18, 2008

Canard? Cossiga accusations of Italian involvement in Palestinian terror

In an article entitled The convenient war against the Jews, Caroline Glick cites the allegations made last August in Corriere De La Sera  by former Italian President Cossiga, that the Palestinian terrorists had made a deal with the Italian government that would allow them to operate against Israel. Additionally, Cossiga intimated to Yediot Ahronot reporter Menachem Ganz that Italian PM Berlusconi is an anti-Semite. This seems improbable, given that Berlusconi is known for his pro-Israel policies.
Some of Cossiga's allegations may be based on fact. However, he is the author of a 9-11 conspiracy theory and is himself evidently an "anti-Zionist." Previously Cossiga had told Correre Del la Serra regarding an Osama Bin Laden tape circulated by a Berlusconi media outlet that the 9-11 attacks were carried out by the Mossad and the CIA with the aid of world Zionism. Here is the original Italian and the translation:
.... «Da ambienti vicini a Palazzo Chigi, centro nevralgico di direzione dell'intelligence italiana, si fa notare che la non autenticità del video è testimoniata dal fatto che Osama Bin Laden in esso 'confessa' che Al Qaeda sarebbe stato l'autore dell'attentato dell'11 settembre alle due torri in New York, mentre tutti gli ambienti democratici d'America e d'Europa, con in prima linea quelli del centrosinistra italiano, sanno ormai bene che il disastroso attentato è stato pianificato e realizzato dalla Cia americana e dal Mossad con l'aiuto del mondo sionista per mettere sotto accusa i Paesi arabi e per indurre le potenze occidentali ad intervenire sia in Iraq sia in Afghanistan. Per questo - conclude Cossiga - nessuna parola di solidarietà è giunta a Silvio Berlusconi, che sarebbe l'ideatore della geniale falsificazione, né dal Quirinale, né da Palazzo Chigi né da esponenti del centrosinistra!».
... "From circles close to the Palazzo Chigi, nerve center of Italian intelligence direction, it is noted that the non-authenticity of the video is proven by the fact that Osama Bin Laden in it 'confessed' that Al Qaeda was responsible for the 11 September attacks on the twin towers in New York, while all democratic circles of America and Europe, along with those at the forefront of Italian center, now know well that the disastrous attack was planned and carried out by the CIA and the U.S. Mossad with the help of the Zionist world to put under accusation the Arab countries and to encourage Western powers to intervene in Iraq and in Afghanistan. For this - concludes Cossiga - no word of solidarity came to Silvio Berlusconi, who is the creator of the brilliant falsification, neither from the Quirinale, nor from Palazzo Chigi, nor from representatives of the center. "
Cossiga's accusations against the "Zionists" are grist for the mill of various anti-Semites. His accusations against Berlusconi and the Italian government, on the other hand, were found to be useful by Caroline Glick, Ted Belman, Israel National News and others. But we should not choose to believe that which is convenient only because it is convenient.
Our understanding of the Middle East is not enhanced by uncritical circulation of shady political rumors.
Ami Isseroff

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