The Anthrax Attackers: “Hate Groups”? – Or (Shh!) Immigrants?

After weeks of blasting every goat barn in
Afghanistan visible to high-altitude aircraft, the U.S.
government is slowly beginning to realize that the
people sending anthrax germs to assorted members and
institutions of the American ruling class are not in
Afghanistan at all but right here. The bombing campaign
has accomplished virtually nothing, and the FBI, between
press conferences admitting it has no idea who`s mailing
the anthrax, continues to issue ominous warnings of yet
further major terrorist attacks. It may not yet be clear
who`s winning President Bush`s war on terrorism, but
it`s painfully obvious which side isn`t, and the reason
we`re not is because we still refuse to identify mass
immigration as the real threat. 

Unable to figure out who is responsible for the germ
warfare being waged inside the United States against the
federal government and the hapless postal workers
serving as human shields for the ruling class, the FBI
is now casually throwing out guesses that maybe it`s not
Arab terrorists after all; maybe it`s white right-wing
hate groups. Maybe, for that matter, it`s Snow White and
the Seven Dwarfs. There`s no more evidence for the one
than the other, but the Bureau`s confession of ignorance
has served to ignite yet another internal witch hunt for
"hate groups." 

No sooner had the FBI announced last week that
"Everything seems to lean toward a domestic source" for
the anthrax mailings than the stalwarts of the

Southern Poverty Law Center
, the Anti-Defamation
League, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and other
professional demonologists of the right were summoned up
to expound on the dangers of right-wing extremism.
"There`s a great solidarity with the point of view of
the [Osama] bin Ladens of the world," solemnly
pronounced Mark Potok of the left-wing Southern Poverty
Law Center.

The SPLC and similar groups have raked in fortunes
for themselves over the years by barking up every wrong
tree in the country for "terrorism of the right." When
real terrorism finally arrived in this country, it came
not from "white hate groups" but

Arab immigrants.
The witch hunters ought to be
ignored as the frauds they are, but still the mass media
quote them as though they really know what they`re
talking about. 

So far no one—not the FBI and certainly not the witch
hunters—has specified a single "hate group" likely to
have purchased or stolen the anthrax germs or to have
mailed them to the designated targets. The only reason
such groups have been mentioned is that no one has any
notion of who else might have done it. As always,
"right-wing extremists" are a convenient horse to whip.
Had a group from the "right," if that`s the proper term,
sent the anthrax, it would probably have sent it to
other targets. Tom Brokaw and Sen. Tom Daschle are not
especially high on the far right`s hate list, certainly
nowhere near as high as Dan Rather and Ted Kennedy, let
alone Bill and Hillary Clinton, or the founder of the
SPLC himself, Morris Dees. Anti-black and anti-Jewish
types would more likely have targeted prominent blacks
or Jews for their anthrax, and the blunt truth is that
hardly any group on the American right would have the
funds, the brains or the skills to obtain and handle
anthrax germs safely and effectively.

For all the speculation and outright guesses in which
both federal authorities and the witch hunters` league
have engaged in recent days, the likelihood remains that
it`s probably Arab terrorists who are behind the anthrax
mailings. That means two things.

First, it means that Arab immigrants are the real
problem, not the chaps in Afghanistan, and that they are
capable of acting on their own without direct contact
with the chiefs of the network. The Fort Lauderdale
Sun Sentinel

last week that "While the Immigration and
Naturalization Service increased deportations of
foreign-born criminals in recent years, it says it has
been unable to deport 300,000 others it says should
go—250,000 among them have vanished into American
society." For that matter, the Washington-based Center
for Immigration Studies

last week also that there are now 8
million illegal aliens inside the United States—at least
2 million more than the federal government thought.

And secondly, it means that the federal government
and the political class that runs it are not only unable
but also simply unwilling to identify

mass immigration
as the real source of the terrorist
threat today—not Afghan goat herders and religious nuts
and not domestic right-wing bogey men. Until the
government and its leaders at least are willing to see
the reality that`s trying to send them death by their
own postal service, they and the Americans they purport
to govern will remain in mortal danger.


November 01,