Did Islamic terrorists crash the Malaysian plane MH370?
By Ali Younes and Sadallah Mahmoud
The answer to that question in the minds of many, is Yes. But now that the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines MH370 is declared resolved after search efforts have found evidence of wreckage debris in the southern Indian ocean, the real question is how did the Boeing 777 disappeared without a trace for weeks, and if it ended up in the bottom of the Ocean, how it happened and who , if any, did it.
It is a tragic loss of life that kept the entire world on edge for weeks, but also kept news networks around the world, busy trying with all of their wild imaginations busy to figure out what happened to that aircraft and its 239 doomed passengers.
Since its disappearance on March 8 wild theories advanced mainly by the mainstream and tabloid western media outlets centered around one thing that always come to Western Journalists minds that is “ Islamic terrorism” . Of course.
Perhaps the question that was on the mind of many Journalists in so many news rooms in glittery western capitals , did Muslim terrorist pull yet another spectacular act of terrorism in mold of September 11?
The story was not devoid of elements of dark comedy of the American and British news networks, and others whose star anchors and talking heads have basically ran out of word and resorted to toy planes to try to keep viewers tuned in and their ratings up in the skies, while the families of the passengers were grieving in despair over not knowing what happened to their loves ones. That was yet another tragedy committed by unscrupulous media outlets. Arabic news networks resorted to their usual style of recycled news and maybe some journalism.
Western Journalists asked themselves and sometimes out loud, did a disgruntled “terrorist sympathizer” and the pilot, Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, of the doomed plane crashed his plane with all of its passengers to the bottom of the Ocean?
According to the London’s Daily Mail a Boeing 777 is not a small thing to vanish in thin air like that and while the entire planet is wired up and wrapped up by spy satellites and NSA massive electronic spying network. It was one big possibility of course and the newspaper called him a “political fanatic.” Because he was wearing a T-Shirt with a political slogan on it. According to this logic, the entire residents of the planet can be divided based on the slogans printed on their T-shirts, not religion or race or language, A nice new classification of the human species.
It all started when the Daily Mail called him a political fanatic. Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, a father-of-three, was said to be a ‘fanatical’ supporter of the country’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim – jailed for homosexuality just hours before the jet disappeared. Even, Rupert Murdoch tweeted, it got to be the jihadists.
What makes this even more absurd is calling Anwar Ibrahim a “politician close to the Muslim Brotherhood when in fact he is not even close.
The world is transfixed by the plane disappearance, the thinking was maybe no crash but stolen, effectively hidden, perhaps in Northern Pakistan, like Bin Laden. Another tabloid, Sunday Report, even suggested that the plane was dumped in a dumped in a lunar crater.
As Malaysia’s acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein requested, last week further support on air and surface assets from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, including deep ocean surveillance detection capabilities, the media is still spinning in circles (after its tail) trying to pin down what really happened on MH370.
Everyone was jumping to the conclusion that it has to be terrorism.
International conspiracy theorists and anti-Muslim fanatics still think that this a reminder that US and China should be working more closely on Muslim extremist threat.
In their minds, the crash confirms their life-long belief that jihadists are out to make trouble for China, a golden opportunity for US to make common cause, befriend China while Russia bullies Ukraine around.
The Guardian calls the coverage of MH370 story the new anti-journalism – all data, no real facts, endless theories by Junkyard journalism.
Free conspiracies are for sale, with cautious restraint that propels the absence of truth. But you’re still obsessed, aren’t you?
(Ali Younes is the Editor of the Arab Daily News www.TheArabDailyNews.com. Email Ali Younes at Aliyounes@theArabDailyNews.com, and on twitter @clearali. Sadallah Mahmoud is a writer based in Washington D.C.)
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