blamed for tsunamis
05/01/2005 21:37 - (SA)
- Islamists have had no trouble identifying
the culprit in the tsunami disaster, using
websites to blame the United States for
the deaths of nearly 146 000 people in
the earthquake and tidal waves that struck
got wind of the catastrophe before it
occurred. The state department, the Pentagon
and the American naval base on the Indian
Ocean island of Diego Garcia were alerted
before the destructive earthquake," wrote
one internet user under the name "al-Madhri".
to cite an article by a Canadian academic,
the writer accused Washington of "not
having alerted the authorities of the
affected countries, which could have saved
tens of thousands of innocent lives."
number of people killed in the massive
earthquake off Indonesia and tidal waves
it unleashed across Asia on December 26
edged up towards 146 000 on Wednesday.
Thousands more remain unaccounted for.
to why the United States would have refrained
from preventing a disaster on this scale
if it could, "al-Madhri" said: "The Americans
don't care who or how many die. All that
matters to them is to continue to rule
Islamists, for whom the internet has become
the main outlet to air their views, hailed
"the annihilation of the Diego Garcia
whole world is wondering about the silence
of the American government on the fate
of this base, situated at the core of
the catastrophe and from where B-52 bombers
took off to bomb our Muslim brothers in
Afghanistan and Iraq," one wrote.
seems that the base was wiped off the
map. But given their difficulties in Iraq
and Afghanistan, the Americans do not
want to announce it so as not to sap the
morale of their soldiers," claimed another.
writer saw US remarks on some 5 000 missing
Americans as substantiating his view.
authorities are unsure how many Americans
may be missing after the disaster. But
the state department said Tuesday that
the number of inquiries from concerned
relatives and friends had fallen below
4 000 from 5 000 inquiries on Monday.
not possible they were all tourists,"
added the internet user.
we cannot blame the United States for
the quake which caused the tsunamis, but
we have the right to be amazed by the
eagerness of America to install all means
of spying and early warning whenever it
has the slightest suspicion about the
presence of what it calls terrorists,"
said Kuwaiti Islamist Hamed Abdullah al-Ali
in an online article.
aid was late coming," he said, claiming
that Washington's pledge placed it at
the bottom of the donors list compared
with its revenues, "drawn from the plundering
of people's resources."