Al Qaeda does not exist

Stories on al Qaeda have filled the pages of many newspapers in recent years, yet there are those who say the group doesn’t exist at all. They’re an invention...
Stories on al Qaeda have filled the pages of many newspapers in recent years, yet there are those who say the group doesn’t exist at all. They’re an invention of the US Government designed to keep the population frightened, and ensure they accept higher military spending, suggest some. But where’s the evidence to support their claims?

Vedat Xhymshiti | between THE frontlines

The most high-level source used to support the “al Qaeda doesn’t exist” claims comes from former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook. Or at least that’s what you might be told.
Shortly before his untimely death, former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook told the House of Commons that “Al Qaeda” is not really a terrorist group but a database of international mujaheddin and arms smugglers used by the CIA and Saudis to funnel guerrillas, arms, and money into Soviet-occupied Afghanistan.
Robin Cook wasn’t known for denying Al Qaeda is a terrorist group as far as we can recall, and searching at Hansard (a record of everything that goes on in Parliament) produced no matches even remotely matching the above claim. The best match we found was this, from a Guardian article:
Bin Laden was, though, a product of a monumental miscalculation by western security agencies. Throughout the 80s he was armed by the CIA and funded by the Saudis to wage jihad against the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. Al-Qaida, literally “the database”, was originally the computer file of the thousands of mujahideen who were recruited and trained with help from the CIA to defeat the Russians. Inexplicably, and with disastrous consequences, it never appears to have occurred to Washington that once Russia was out of the way, Bin Laden’s organisation would turn its attention to the west. The danger now is that the west’s current response to the terrorist threat compounds that original error. So long as the struggle against terrorism is conceived as a war that can be won by military means, it is doomed to fail. The more the west emphasises confrontation, the more it silences moderate voices in the Muslim world who want to speak up for cooperation. Success will only come from isolating the terrorists and denying them support, funds and recruits, which means focusing more on our common ground with the Muslim world than on what divides us.
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/terrorism/story/0,12780,1523838,00.html

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