By Itamar Marcus, Palestinian Media Watch, October 30, 2002
Introduction: A senior writer in the Palestinian Authority official daily
claims that the attack in Moscow by Islamic terrorists was a CIA plot.
According to the writer, the US hopes that having the Russians suffer a Muslim
terror attack will convince them to vote with the US in the UN in support of
attacking Iraq. France, who also has been opposing the US on the coming UN
vote, may be next in line to suffer a Muslim terrorist attack initiated by the US,
according to the Palestinian Authority daily.
The following is from the text of the article from Fuad Abu Hajleh, senior
columnists, PA official daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, October 29, 2002.
“ President Putin’s ambassador to the Security Council is threatening
to vote against the American’s proposed resolution to attack Iraq.
This is how we view the operation in the Moscow theater; we are of the
opinion that the sympathy and friendship that bond Washington to several
Islamic movements in Europe, among them the Chechens, cannot possibly be
one-sided and there has to be some sort of repayment of the American
friendship by the “Mujahedin” of Chechnya, Bosnia,
Hercegovina and Kosovo.
The CIA will never acknowledge its responsibility for this operation which
claimed over 170 lives, including those of the perpetrators….
However, the American message reached Moscow and was, perhaps,
read the same way by the decision makers in France, who oppose the American
pressure in the Security Council and insistently resist giving the Americans an
international power of attorney to destroy the most ancient of Arab countries.
“We do not know whether there are members of pro-American organizations in
Paris, but we believe that American Intelligence has no need for operatives in
France, and we therefore fear a recurrence of a bloody scene in the capitol of
friends, the French. We hope they are preparing for such an eventuality,
lest it be Moscow first and Paris next.”