The tragic incident that is taking place in In Amenas raised a number of reactions all around the world. The international press and experts seem to have agreed to stress on a specific point: the rudeness of Algeria’s special forces intervention. I watched several programs on many TV channels and almost all the “expert” guests kept repeating that Algeria is not a democracy and its Russia-trained forces do not care about the hostages’ safety. At the end I was left with a feeling that there was an international jury declaring Algeria guilty of killing the hostages. The fact there were hostage-takers kind of disappeared from the discussions.
Fortunately, for a fair debate, a few experts reminded the public of some operations led by democratic states and which were as ruthless (example here). An article in The Independent also tried to give a broader perspective for the people to reflect. These experts also mentioned the very high number of hostages and the fact the event is taking place in a gas plant as two reasons why things are not going smoothly, relatively speaking.
Anyway, these reactions were predictable especially from countries whose governments are used to paying ransoms to the kidnappers. And the fact the Algerian government is not very talkative, to say the least, didn’t help as we’ve been drowned in contradictory numbers and stories, given that journalists and experts prefer to give random information rather than admitting they know nothing.
This incident brought back another theory: All is DRS wrong-doings. We remember the “qui tu qui” theory spread in France and elsewhere during the 90s. It was raised for many massacres in Algeria including Bentalha and Rais massacres as well as for the bombing of the Parisian metro. This theory never died and is kept alive by many “observers” and “experts”, Algerian and foreign.
Jeremy Keenan is one of these experts. People interested in Algeria probably know him, the others can google him and read his theory which remains unchanged for many years now. I believe he should just retire as his articles are now too predictable.Yesterday, Mohamed Sifaoui, another “expert” mentioned on TV the links between AQIM and the DRS and how the DRS controls everything and how all is caused by the corrupt pouvoir of Bouteflika.
Also yesterday, another Algerian expert, Lahouari Addi, said that Mokhtar Belmokhtar (aka Mr Marlboro) has probably links with the DRS.
If you go through the above links, you would understand that they do not exactly say what I wrote in my title. How could they as they obviously have no evidence!
I am no expert and I should have titled this post “a noob’s opinion” but here is what I, somebody who knows nothing on the topic and admits it, think.
These experts say the DRS infiltrated AQIM and many other organisations in Mali (I guess they mean MUJAO, Ansar Eddine, MNLA, etc.) My answer to this is I expect the DRS and any other intelligence agency to infiltrate such groups. Isn’t it one of their missions?
They say even some leaders of some of these groups are DRS agents, and when these groups do kill civilians, it is actually following DRS orders. I say bring on your proof. We say in Algeria, elli ma 3andoush shahed keddab (without a witness you are a liar). But let’s believe them on this. Then why do these groups sometimes kill army and DRS agents? Their answer is that DRS doesn’t have 100% control over them, and sometimes the DRS plans an operation but then the operation goes beyond their plans. So is the DRS cunning and all or does it suck? I don’t know about you but all this doesn’t make big sense to me. They of course have an answer to this and it is that the DRS is ready to sacrifice man of its agents…
They say the DRS is not alone on this. It works with other foreign states such as the US and France in order to maintain a high risk region in the Sahel. This theory would even apply to the Paris metro bombing. On the DRS side, this would be a way for them to keep Western support and the population silence. Then why did France launch its war in Mali? Is this not opposed to the fact they’re working hand in hand with the DRS? I haven’t seen an answer to this yet.
Like I said I know nothing and these are but questions I ask. If any expert comes by, please do leave a note with explanations. Thank you very much.