Becoming What You Oppose

The new nation of Macedonia, eager to prove its anti-terror chops on the world stage, made much of stopping a terrorist cell in its capitol city of Skopje, killing seven Pakistanis identified as terrorists conspiring to attack embassies and diplomats throughout the country. However, prompted by US intelligence agencies that remained skeptical of the plot, Macedonian authorities have discovered that several police officers and a businessman smuggled the Pakistanis into Macedonia to act as clay pigeons:

Macedonian police gunned down seven innocent immigrants, then claimed they were terrorists, in a killing staged to show they were participating in the U.S.-led campaign against terrorism, authorities said Friday. Police spokeswoman Mirjana Konteska told reporters that six people, including three former police commanders, two special police officers and a businessman, have been charged by police with murder. …
She described a meticulous plan to promote Macedonia as a player in the fight against global terrorism that involved smuggling the Pakistanis into Macedonia from Bulgaria, housing them, and then coldly gunning them down.
The killings, she added, were part of an attempt to “present themselves as participants in the war against terrorism and demonstrate Macedonia’s commitment to the war on terror.”

The Macedonian legislature promptly revoked the immunity that one of the conspirators enjoyed as a recently-elected representative in order to allow for his prosecution, and authorities say that more arrests may be forthcoming. He still claims that the Pakistanis were terrorists, but forensic evidence collected by the Macedonians show that the shooting was a set-up job, and that the Pakistanis were nothing more than targets for Macedonian murderers. Ironically, the killings prompted al-Qaeda to target the Macedonian consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, where they bombed the building after slitting the throats of three people inside, with a warning about “infidels”.
In their depravity and greed for Western anti-terror recognition — and undoubtedly the funding that would follow — these Macedonians became what they purported to fight against: terrorists. They lured seven men into an ambush, and they did it not for Allah nor self-determination but to make themselves look good. It’s hard to imagine any more complete picture of humans without souls than the men at the center of this conspiracy.