The Role of a “Pearl Harbor” in Empire Building
Now let's come to the other part of ZB's equation, the threat perception needed to rally the public around the flag, or in his own words: “sudden threat or challenge to the public's sense of domestic well-being” and “truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat”.
In other words, the boogie man. Where to find one?
Embarking on Empire Building – a pretext is found
'Osama O Osama where art thou? Please do something stupid and come to our rescue' (Michael Moore can probably say it a lot better)!
How bloody convenient! They trained him, they educated him, they funded him, they made him. That is all facts! Why isn't there a public investigation of this horrific event that has very conveniently provided a “sudden threat or challenge to the public's sense of domestic well-being”, just as ZB predicted almost 6 years ago would be needed to galvanize the public? The fact that both the President and Vice President asked Tom Daschle to limit the congressional investigations into September 11, as reported by CNN online, begs many questions the former Georgia Congress member Cynthia McKinney has been asking about the wheelings and dealings of this administration, as she recently noted in her speech in Santa Fe, New Mexico and was heard on DemocracyNow with Amy Goodman.
The two investigative books from Europe: Forbidden Truth: U.S. – Taliban Secret Oil Diplomacy And The Failed Hunt For Bin Laden by Brisard and Dasquié, and War on Freedom by Nafeez M. Ahmed, as well as Michel Chossudovsky's War And Globalization – The Truth Behind September 11 from Canada, also present some interesting evidence of credible foreknowledge that beg the obvious questions of why there was no positive response to the credible warnings, but rather a deliberate “stand down” from normal operating procedures and hence evidence of complicity. The former US federal prosecutor John Loftus is on record stating:
“The information provided by European intelligence services prior to 9-11 was so extensive that it is no longer possible for either the CIA or FBI to assert a defense of incompetence.”
Why is Congress not investigating? What are they there for? What is all this theory of checks and balances of the famed American constitutional system of Democracy? When will we see it in action to really know if it is worth the Muslim dictatorships in all those oil-rich countries being bombed to bits to herald in this famed Democracy? All what we have seen so far is how to steal an election and have Congress nicely comply. This is nothing new and most third world nations witness it on a regular basis when they are lucky enough to have such an election that is. What we haven't learned in the third world and have been anxiously waiting to acquire it from the white man's burden is how checks and balances actually work.
While most everyone is confused about the events of 9/11, and no concrete facts have emerged to unequivocally support the idea of a deliberate and premeditated “New Pearl Harbor”, such as an incriminating document leaked from the Pentagon showing a written command for the “stand down” orders that apparently did take place on that fatal day and subsequently attributed to “incompetence” of the system, there is sufficient empirical evidence to at least ask the forensic questions that this nation's crime fighting divisions pride themselves on. For the Government to not not conduct an investigation itself, but to also deliberately prevent others from doing so, is incriminating by itself, and at a bare minimum, an obstruction of justice for any other crime, except of course this one. In a world of “fiction” and wonderland where Ariel Sharon becomes a “man of peace”, and Colin Powell a magician making WMDs in Iraq disappear with the wave of a hand, it is little wonder.
For the sanity of this nation, it is important for the American public to refute allegation of complicity of their government for 9-11, by having actually understood the issues being raised, and then trying to refute them logically and convincingly, instead of just blanket patriotic denials based on blind trust that 'my government can do no wrong'. George Orwell would call that “indoctrination”. What would you?
There are ample precedents in history that posterity will condemn us on for not being cognizant of, as we bomb the rest of the world in retaliation. Richard Nixon, as evidenced from his own tapes, and as reported by Daniel Ellsberg in a speech, himself believed that there was foreknowledge of Pearl Harbor. Whether or not there actually was is a moot point, Nixon happened to believe that there was. While Nixon's personal beliefs are not a testimony, but another way of stating it makes the point more poignant: at least one past US President happened to believe the idea that there was foreknowledge of Pearl Harbor and nothing was done to stop it in order to generate a pretext to enter WWII. And more recently, under the FOIA, Congressional records confirm Nixon’s suspicions that Roosevelt not only allowed Pearl Harbor to happen, but may have substantially increased the probability that it would happen so that the Americans could enter World War II in self-defense as now the war apathetic American public would be willing to shed their blood – they were attacked! The exact same scenario has transpired this New Pearl Harbor – only the gullible and the historians are waiting for cash receipts. Neither of them serve any useful function in society I am forced to conclude, except to assist the Machiavelli, and the latter have come to count on it.
Another infamous example of covert-ops upon one's own nation to mobilize its peoples for war is the Reichstag fire in Nazi Germany in 1933, a plot hatched by Hitler to stay in power after he was named Chancellor.*1
However, as Robert Fisk observed when I asked him this question about his opinion on complicity, during the question-answer session after his public talk: ~“I live in the land of conspiracy theories (in Beirut, Lebanon, but he meant Arabs in general have this proclivity), and since there is no concrete evidence to demonstrate there is one, I am not going to go there.” The problem inherent in this sort of thinking is that the “incompetence” implied in the “surprise attack” will never be investigated because few reputed journalists and investigative scholars even want to go there. Well if you won't go there, how will you get there?
The few daring habitual skeptics who have the temerity to ask such questions are easily dismissed by the mainstream as “conspiracy theorists”. Labeling has become such an effective tool of silencing any opponent that even journalists fear being labeled and refrain from asking rational questions. Robert Fisk has himself written a lot about this “labeling technology” and the dexterous use of language to intimidate and confuse the public in newer forms of Psy-ops. And to be clear, I am not accusing him of being afraid of the same, for he is a fearless journalist putting his life on the line in actual war zones, and I listen to his every report from Iraq as undeniable testimony of an unimpeachable and courageous “un-embedded” eyewitness.
But the fact that even Robert Fisk would not address my question of complicity publicly beyond what I quote him shows the power of labels, or at least momentary prudence. Why such prudence? The responsibility of fearless journalists is not to prudence, but to investigate!
If Fisk won't even entertain the thought of complicity now, how will he ever investigate 911 when it is still a contemporary crime in progress? This is why he, like Noam Chomsky, only writes about crimes of history – the faits accomplis – a lot safer since the receipts are already in hand! Little good does that do to the victims in progress since the authors themselves don't seem to want to learn from the lessons of history they so prodigiously write, to unravel an existing crime and prevent more victims from happening, until the crime and the victims have both passed into history! Then both Chomsky and Fisk will publish volumes, get more following from the handful of rabble rousers in society, and bask in their accolades signing more books. Just as Fisk autographed “Pity the Nation” for me as I foolishly stood in the long line of fans with my kids.
It is already obvious that incompetence alone does not rationally explain many of the observations that have been recorded about 9/11, such as the simple timeline of events and absolute lack of response, when such response is part of ordinary operational procedures and routinely performed on any other day except that one. It is part of standard FAA regulation and a legal requirement for FAA and NORAD and the other civil and military agencies vested with the obligation for defending the United States homeland from air attack, to automatically scramble interceptors even when a civilian aircraft innocently gets of course, let alone a hijacked one.
Such procedures have been in place for years and routinely employed. As reported by the Associated Press, between September 2000 and June 2001, the US military launched fighter jets on 67 occasions to investigate aircraft gone off their flight plans. There are two concentric prohibited air space rings around the Pentagon and the White House. An inner ring, and an outer ring. The defense of these hallowed institutions of world terror does not wait for the plane being on top of them before they are intercepted or shot down. An alarm is issued when a plane or any flying object enters the outer ring and fighters are scrambled within minutes to intercept. Furthermore, both the Pentagon and the White House are armed with surface to air missiles and able to shoot down any flying object regardless!
Look what briefly transpired on the day of 9-11 (as pieced together from various publicly available reports): The first plane hijacking is noted at 8:28 am; the third hijacked plane reportedly hit Pentagon at 9:38 am. And in the interim the towers in New York have already been hit. Andrews air force base is within minutes of flying time from Washington DC and routinely used for scrambling interceptors upon detecting air space violations. Why no planes are scrambled until after the plane hits the Pentagon a whole hour and ten minutes after the first hijacking?
I am told by Washingtonians that announcers on radio in Washington DC were already warning that a hijacked plane was perhaps headed towards Washington. Even the radio announcers and the public knew, and the defenders of these hallowed institutions did not? The third hijacked plane made a very difficult and tight U-turn that experienced pilots themselves attest is very challenging in that confined air space above Washington, let alone for someone who allegedly learned to fly only on a flight simulator with no actual flying experience of a massive airliner. And the plane hits the unoccupied side of the Pentagon with dead precision when it could much more easily have hit the occupied side without that U-turn. None of the Pentagon's own munitions even fired a single round even as the plane approached the inner prohibited air space, crossed it once, and made that fatal U-turn!
How many minutes does it take to fire a missile? The Afghans in their rugged mountains shot down far more Soviet jets and helicopters with their American supplied shoulder fired missiles – which the CIA is now desperately trying to buy back from the Afghans who are now the new terrorist, previously known as the Mujahideen. Reminds me of a saying of Henry Kissinger: ~“It can be deadly to be America's enemy, it is fatal to be its friend.” It is the same Henry Kissinger who is initially assigned by the White House to investigate 9-11, after very reluctantly agreeing to even look into the reasons for failure to act, giving new meaning to the adages “the fox guarding the coup” and “honor among thieves”. *2
Here are the top five fundamental and simple questions that just bedevil me as a rational person still in possession of his mental faculties but slowly loosing it at the insanity of the supposed wise: a) how did the Government so quickly discover the identities of the 19 suicided hijackers; b) how comes at least six of them are alive and law abiding citizens living peaceful lives halfway across the world; c) how can people who learned to fly on flight simulators perform such complex maneuvers that licensed commercial and military pilots have personally informed me (as I have repeatedly searched them out and asked them their professional opinions) is impossible to perform if only learnt on flight simulators, and perhaps only fighter pilots could be trained enough to handle them reliably, not even ordinary commercial pilots can do them reliably enough to be able to count on doing it successfully on demand; d) why the normal operating procedures already laid out by FAA and NORAD not followed once it was discovered that planes have been hijacked; and e) why was the forensic evidence of the crime and the crime scene not secured for postmortem analysis counter to normal procedures as in the case of every other airliner crash, and instead disposed off in such a haste?
And I am quite willing to dismiss all forewarning issues as it is indeed quite possible that everyone in the CIA, DIA, and NSA are just blithering idiots and nincompoops. All their sophisticated capabilities could also be just a Psyops on the public with the help of Hollywood and James Bamford to scare the peoples in order to keep any hidden revolutionaries in check – after all they did also fail to detect the Iranian revolution even as it stared them in the face for three years 1977-79. A late as 1978, they had President Jimmy Carter toast to the health of the Shah of Iran while the natives were out for his blood – it took only a few short months after that. How much more incompetent can one get? Well here is 911. So let’s just ignore pre-warnings as a possible red-herring and focus on the real meat of the issues, my personal top five being the aforementioned, and they start on the very day of 911 at precisely 8:28 AM and not any earlier.
More timeline details and further in depth analysis of recorded facts pertaining to the events of that infamous day starting 8:28 AM can be gleaned in the already mentioned book War on Freedom. Just the fact that this book could compile all this publicly available information is mind boggling – how can the CIA, DIA, NSA, not compile it even now to tell their own President about it, that all the available public evidence suggests that there must be deep “Second Foundationers” running amok in the intelligence and the Pentagon – are they still incurably incompetent?
Pray tell dear American reader, what is a rational explanation? Especially in the light of 50% of the US budget, at least $400 billion annually going towards defense spending, a number greater than the defense spending of the 14 next largest militaries combined, a failure of this magnitude should have seen some heads roll at such a dismal failure to protect the nation from “evil jihadis”. Right? Well no. Instead, we see subsequent promotion of those directly responsible for safeguarding the country, General Myers to Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff!
It may ultimately be a moot point, whether there is complicity (of commission or omission) by agencies of the state, past or present, as we have as much likelihood of ever penetrating its deeper secrets as we did about the JFK and MLK murders. Or whether Osama Bin Laden, the great military strategist and master planner and unsurpassed executor, skilled enough and equipped enough to outwit a super-power and its half trillion dollar annual defense budget, actually did surprise a sleeping giant now that the world was at peace and the giant had let its guards down asking both NORAD and FAA to relax and take a break from watch-duty, in retaliation for the truisms of blanket American support and unconditional arming of Israel in its subjugation and oppression of the Palestinians; American support of the oppressive dictatorships and kingdoms in the Middle East; and America’s deployment of its military in Islam's holiest place, Arabia.
Perhaps he was on dope in a cave somewhere in the deep recesses of Afghanistan to have articulated such ridiculous and patently untrue motives for his hatred of America! Perhaps this is why the media never focussed on the question of 'why' even under the impressive assumption that Bin Laden had the impeccable credentials to plan and execute this kind of an attack, and they probably shouldn't for any other crime that is committed after 9/11, just to remain consistent with their new “whyless” journalism! Robert Fisk, who had interviewed Osama Bin Laden a few times in Afghanistan, when he first heard about it enroute his flight to NY on 9/11 from Europe, said he felt it must have been Osama, because Osama had once told him ~“Mr. Robert, I will destroy America from this very mountain top that you are sitting on just as we destroyed the Soviet Union.”*3
Whether there was a deliberate confluence of interests between, a) Osama Bin Laden hating America, b) America wanting to build empire and wanting a pretext of a “new Pearl Harbor”, either encouraged Bin Laden just as Roosevelt and Churchill had encouraged the Japanese for the original “Pearl Harbor”, or just found a nice happenstance falling in their laps leading to: 'now that it happened, here is a great opportunity for “imperial mobilization” and higher defense spendings as both JV2020 and our PNAC boys wanted in order to achieve America's “Full Spectrum Dominance” and our military's radical “transformation”, so let's just seize the moment', will remain a matter for debate for a long time to come. There are also other theories and explanations that are more plausible, as they explain a lot more of the observed facts on public record than the Government’s facile explanation of who did 911.
A rational covert-ops model (ahem, conspiracy theory)
The long lived “Second Foundationers” self-inflicted the wounds of 911 like Hitler’s Operation “Canned Goods” and the “Reichstag fire”. In this case, they hijacked the planes with a combination of patsy human hijackers and eventual remote control of the flights to hit their targets; such remote control capability “home run” already existing on several airliners including the hijacked ones, according to several disclosures from private and industry sources. That logically explains the complete lack of air defense response on that day – the ones controlling the airplanes are also the ones supposedly guarding the airspace. It explains many more things than the facile explanations of the Government that people who learnt to fly on flight simulators did it entirely on their own.
As an engineer attuned to thinking in terms of models and rational theories to explain the observed phenomenon, only this rational model makes better sense than the official conspiracy theory that Osama conspired and executed it all by himself without some “Second Foundation” guiding hand – if he did it at all.
Bin Laden himself has denied his own personal involvement in his own directly interviewed statements published in local newspapers in Pakistan*3A, as opposed to the “doctored video” confessions conveniently found in some cave or someplace else in Afghanistan, which means either some other patsies were found and Bin Laden was just blamed to find a reason to enter Afghanistan as had been forewarned to Pakistan months earlier to prepare for attack on Afghanistan in October, or there were no hijackers at all and it was entirely a home-run operation from start to finish.
All the in-flight conversations broadcast to the world as evidence of hijacking were synthetic, as were the Muslim names created for the fake identities. Just by ordinary probability of name collisions, some of these fictitious names had real peoples existing behind them.
Okay try to beat that 'covert-ops' based explanation, especially knowing two concrete facts about the Government of the United States of America, a) the book: Secrets – A Memoir Of Vietnam And The Pentagon Papers by Daniel Ellsberg showing character and proclivity towards mass deception to wage unpopular wars, and b) the book: The Grand Chessboard by Zbigniew Brzezinski showing motive. The PNAC report and Pentagon aspirations of “Full Spectrum Dominance” disclosed in JV2020 further adds to the motive making it even more concrete. The Straussian political philosophy of “ubermensch” deception being the underlying morality of the Zionist Neocons running this Administration completely seals their credibility. See Chapter 1 to refresh your memory in case you have forgotten.
However, it is true that we may never really know the precise concrete evidence behind 911 unless another courageous Daniel Ellsberg or Mordecai Vanunu somewhere in the White House, or the Pentagon, or the NSA, or the DIA, or the Israeli Mossad, comes forth with the deep dark secrets of a 'black-ops' upon the unsuspecting American peoples, or a future historian is damn lucky enough to discover these receipts, or another “Zbigniew Brzezinski” decides to brag about this conquest of the New American Century as did the original Brzezinski about “giving to the USSR its Vietnam war” for the “liberation of Eastern Europe”.
This analysis actually means only one thing at the moment. In the best of circumstance, the Government of the United States of America is the main suspect, and while evidence is being sought, nothing it says can be trusted given its manifest character of history of deceits and its own vested interest in the crime for “imperial mobilization”, and towards which end it also conveniently rushed to obliterate all the forensic evidence including the crime scene itself. And least of all, its own explanations of 911 cannot be trusted, and must not be accepted by any rational and fair person still in possession of even a modicum of commonsense.
This further means, that all those intellectuals and brilliant academic peoples – institutional scholars to gadflies – in America who are accepting the Government's explanations, are in some way, embedded with the Government, for even a modicum of intelligence would indicate to not take the word of a suspect with vested interests, motives, and opportunity.
But fortunately, for the intended purpose of this essay, it is entirely immaterial who did 9-11, that being an appropriate subject of inquiry during impeachment proceedings and war crime tribunals, or upon the execution of firm retributive “victors justice” when a new Baboon comes out on top.
The issue of foreknowledge and inexplicability of the 9-11 attacks and an absence of air defense response is also irrelevant for this essay. These issues are only explored here in the background context of fleshing out the reasoning space by obliterating all red-herrings, and to ask why serious forensic investigation hasn't been conducted into it even more than 18 months later. 18 whole months have gone by without investigations, but two civilizations have been bombed to death based on the events of 911! Why, pray think?
That in itself adds to the self-interest evidence pool in the reasoning space. This is indeed what is relevant for this essay. What did the US Government do after 9-11, and not on, or before 911, and how that relates to ZB's blueprint of “imperial mobilization” and under what conditions of “Pearl Harbor” could it actually take place.
What the Americans did afterwards is fortunately open for all to see, and there is no reason to speculate and conjecture who knew what, when, and how. There is concreteness and irrefutable evidence of monumentally criminal barbarianism in their subsequent acts in their “ubermensch” quest for “full spectrum dominance”.
And one of the things they did, was not to conduct a forensic investigation of the plane crashes. Rather, they immediately destroyed the evidence of the crime under the pretext of quickly overcoming the national trauma. I am certain no people were more traumatized by 9-11 than the grieving family members of the passengers on those flights and of the victims under the rubble of those buildings.
Did anyone ask these families and victims if they wanted to not have any investigations conducted into this heinous crime of hijacked planes running into tall buildings that took the lives of their beloved ones? When even in ordinary plane crashes, all sorts of investigation teams immediately gear up for detailed forensic analysis, and not only is all the evidence carefully salvaged and preserved, but the entire plane reconstructed from usually the vast debris field. Why the rush to destroy the evidence in this case under false pretexts of avoiding “further national trauma”?
This essay connects all the dots to demonstrate that everything the US government did after 9-11, is indeed consistent with ZB's assertions that the primal imperatives of a “populist democracy” like America, can only be realized under an impending perceived threat to the immediate well being of its peoples, and only the shock of a “New Pearl Harbor” can galvanize its public towards war and “imperial mobilization”.
Thus any forensic investigation into the numerous questions raised by this new “Pearl Harbor” by a committed investigative team could easily derail its shock value – how many people would they need to buy-off to keep silent? Hence the best silence is achieved by just hushing up the investigations. The use of “Pearl Harbor” as an essential catalyst in “imperial mobilization” is all documented by the imperial planners themselves. Thus the quick passage of the Patriot Act in October 2001 without any debate in Congress, the quick rush to war in the guise of revenge and protecting the Homeland, the protection of the oil ministries instead of other civilian infrastructure in Iraq, all empirical evidence of collusion, mass deception, and imperial conquest. This is my rational connection of the dots. What is your view?
This phenomena of advertising one's imperial intentions ahead of time is also not unique to America. Hitler wrote “Mein Kampf” for that reason too, and all his subsequent conquering of Europe came as a surprise! Why? Because no one chose to believe him. Here too, the empire is making its claims obvious. And I am connecting the dots for you to let you know that all of us as tax paying denizens of this empire have blood of the innocent on our hands. But you be the judge of whether these dots are properly connected, and whether or not the American public is indeed “innocent of knowledge” or deliberately just “be[ing] innocent of knowledge”!
The emperor is indeed afraid of this human frailty that comes with bloody hands. Not for himself, although he too possesses it, but for the mainstream Americans! He is holding them prisoners in the cave of deception so that they may never uncover it. I will leave it up to the reader to name this human frailty, and judge themselves accordingly upon its yardstick.*4
So now that we have launched the imperial adventure, how do we stay the course? How do we prevent the good conscionable people from rising up when they learn the truth through what will invariably leak in from foreign press and other alternate media?
Well, start curtailing civil liberties, one at a time, for if we do it all at once, people might rise up and object too loudly – much like that frog who can escape from sudden boiling water but not from gradually heated water raised to a boiling point over time. So how to curtail civil liberties in stages and present a persistent danger to enable it?
Invent a fifth column and declare a perpetual war against them. Invent the TIPS hotline and set neighbor against neighbor, creating a climate of fear and nervousness, requiring more laws to find the culprits. The media totes the line, and people go along. Machiavelli take notes!
So now we have our internal enemy to scare the people with. How about that external enemy? Don't we need both perception of threats to successfully mobilize the public for an imperial adventure and contain dissent? For “Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization” is the gospel according to ZB.
Brilliant! Create an axis of evil deemed to possess such weapons of mass destruction that people would forget about their own country's immense store of the most deadly and vile weapons of mass destruction, invent 'fictitious facts' and 'fictitious linkages' and 'fictitious reports' and present them to the UN Security Council and to the American public, and try to rally a 'coalition of the coerced' to prosecute the 'fictitious war' to prevent any 'fictitious future threats'.
Now after 22 days of sustained bombing the already impoverished Iraq, a country that has lived through hellish 12 incredibly long years of devastating sanctions and bombed out industrial and civil infrastructure from the first Gulf war, no weapons of mass destruction are found. So just in case before someone is thoughtful enough to ask where are those touted and much feared Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, and to find the next pretext to attack the next new country in the new axis of evil (now that Iraq has been flagged with the stars and stripes), the war Secretary Rumsfeld comes out and says “all of these weapons have been smuggled into Syria!” And the media dutifully informs us as if it has been eye witnessed by Rumsfeld himself!
How about if one alleges that all of these WMDs have been smuggled into Rumsfeld's closet? Would the media report that? In fact there is far more evidence for looking into Rumsfeld's closet because he was seen shaking the hands of Sadaam Hussain as far back as 1984, whereas the Syrian leadership has since 1978 been politically at loggerheads with Baghdad, ever since Sadaam came to power. They only did limited trading between 1997 – 2002 under the supervised UN's oil for food program (source DemocracyNow), and the current Syrian president only took office in July 2000 after his predecessor died. There is no empirical evidence of collusion between the two countries, nor has any been presented as the rhetoric against Syria is ratcheted up. But evidence of course is immaterial, because the real goal is to keep making up pretexts.
The pretext to go to war on Iraq itself was as phony as a child telling a lie about the cookie jar when the crumbs are all over his clothes – except in this case it is a grown up General trying to annihilate an entire people by his deceit. Much has been written about the absence of any linkage between 9-11 and Iraq, the fake reports and fake and plagiarized evidence that the Secretary of State waved in the UN Security council that was collected from the Ph.D. thesis of a student from data 12 years old, or the aluminum tubes and what not. All put to a lie by the UN experts testimony Hans Blix et al., Scott Ritter, Dennis Halliday, Hans Von Sponeck, all of whom repeatedly stated that not only has Iraq been disarmed, but it does not even possess adequate means for self defense, the 12 long years of sanctions having taken its massive inhuman civilian toll. In the first 8 years of the sanctions alone, 1.2 million died, including 567,000 – 750,000 children according to the UN. When Madeleine Albright, Clinton's Secretary of State was asked about the horrible price the children of Iraq were paying because of the sanctions with more than 5000 dying each month, she had remarked “we think the price is worth it”. Muslim babies are worth it? And that from a Jew who cry over their own and vow never again?
Why are criminals like that not challenged in the media and are allowed to rule the 'free world'? Why does the obsequious world watch silently? Has the entire planet been castrated? With the rise of “modernity” and the inter-linking of economies and destinies of peoples, it is far easier to annihilate and destroy than it has ever been in the history of the planet. And we call this progress of the Western civilization! Progress that is aimed at the conquest of the Orient!
See the UN reports compiled by Ramsey Clark in the children are dying – The impact of sanctions on Iraq, and look at those pictures of young babies and children, victims of the barbaric economic sanctions and DU munitions. Or hear Barbara Lubin, Executive Director of MECA (Middle East Children's Alliance) describe her eyewitnesses account of misery and suffering visited upon the Iraqi children due to lack of simple medicines over the past 12 years! The US bombed Iraq's entire civilian infrastructure, against the international conduct and rules of war where civilian facilities are protected from destruction. In a 1999 Wall Street Journal article,
“After eight years of enforcing a no fly zone in northern [and southern] Iraq, few military targets remain. 'We're down to the last outhouse,'”*5
Now look what Protocol 1, Part 1V, Section 1, Chapter 111, Article 54 of the Geneva Conventions 1977, to which the United States is a signatory, and hence obligated to implement according to the laws of its own Constitution, states:
“Starvation of civilians as a method of warfare is prohibited. It is prohibited to attack, destroy, remove, or render useless objects indispensable to the agricultural areas for the production of foodstuffs, crops, livestock, drinking water installations and supplies, and irrigation works, for the specific purpose of destroying them for their sustenance value to the civilian population or to the adverse Party, whatever the motive, whether in order to starve out civilians, to cause them to move away, or for any other motive.”
So it is not enough that America is patently guilty of heinous war crimes against the civilian population of Iraq in her disingenuous attempts to contain Sadaam Hussain that she herself installed and actively supported for decades, now she maintains that a totally devastated bombed out nation is such a threat to her that it must be invaded? The sole superpower in the world that has an annual defense budget of $400 billion, ten times the size of its nearest potential challenger, is so scared that she even feels threatened by a totally devastated people? Come on, I have a bridge I would like to sell you! One of administration's own George Tenet, the Director of CIA, testified before Congress about Iraq's threat level to the US: almost zero, unless Iraq is attacked first. Iraq's own neighbors repeatedly stated they are not threatened by Iraq.
But so little rational and factual discussions made it into the mainstream TV coverage, forget any follow-ups or analysis, and never mind raising the fundamental question why should Iraq be disarmed when Israel poses the larger threat in the Middle East, as testified by all its neighbors, and is known to possess ~200 – 300 nuclear weapons? The discussions on television news programs always, always revolved around “how” to attack Iraq, the pros and cons of various gee-whiz methods, and never around “why” to attack Iraq. The morality of hitting a severely and deliberately weakened opponent who did nothing to you, who cannot defend itself because you deliberately disarmed it of even its self defense capacity, and hitting with a “Shock and Awe” campaign of cruise missiles and long distance bombers on cities populated with innocent men women and children, is never raised. Have cowardice and immorality only become words in a dictionary never to be uttered? Not a word about this is to be heard from any of the champions of freedom who support this war. And war it ain't, but a slaughter of sitting ducks, except that it is people and their properties and their histories. “Slaughter on Iraq” is a better moniker.
It is also mind boggling that the administration can be so arrogant in their power, that they don't even want to take the time to lie properly – the US public is in their pocket, the media is in their pocket, and the world does not matter since they wield the biggest sticks. Several US policy analyst even openly argue that the UN structure is antiquated because it was made at a time when the world power was shared by the victors of WWII, and does not take the new realities of a single global superpower into account.
Hence note the exemption that US has claimed for itself from the International court of justice, any crime it commits on the world scene it is exempted from prosecution for it. Any charges, if someone may be so bold to make, have to be referred back to the US courts. How convenient that the perpetuators should try themselves!
It is all there, in black and white and color, many snippets of it sometimes even present in the mainstream media. But with no one to follow up, analyze, dissect, and assimilate the widely spread out information, provide historical context, question official assertions presented as evidence, and journalist all vying with each other to get in bed with the military for that first shot at made for TV story, and the 15 second attention span of the TV audience systematically dumbed down over the past years, the real story is quietly allowed to die away. Whereas the media was fixated by former President Clinton's personal fantasy world with weeks of sustained sensationalistic coverage about stains on dresses, no one wants to dig into the real “fiction” being perpetuated on the entire American people, and indeed on the entire world. Michael Moore was brazen enough to point out this “world of fiction” so eloquently even in the brief 45 second Oscar acceptance speech he gave for his “Bowling for Columbine” documentary, in front of a TV audience of a billion viewers. The entire world probably cheered, but most in the audience booed him.
If the poor performance of the mainstream news media is not evidence of their direct (and not just inadvertent) collusion in orchestrating and culminating this “Slaughter on Iraq”, then I don't know what constitutes evidence. Not only are they complicit in war crimes against the people of Iraq, but because of the fact that they are charged with a specific charter under the Constitution to monitor the centers of power in order to safe guard the proper functioning of democracy and for which they are offered the protection of free speech, they are also guilty of subverting democracy itself. Hence guilty of treasonable offense against their own nation, the people of America. This theme of their culpability permeates the book because of the singular importance of their role in a country like America, where the public is not only constitutionally empowered to make or break administrations, but has in practice demonstrated their ability to eviscerate malignant tumors from their midst when properly informed.
So now, with the media's active connivance at not telling the true story, the State has succeeded in creating both an internal and an external threat to scare the public into rallying around the flag: “United We Stand”. Just as ZB quite candidly stated, is required to get the people in a democracy to tow the line! But you be the judge!
Wow, even ZB might not have imagined such a brilliant execution. Or did he? As cited earlier, he is known to have taken credit for the fall of the Soviet Union by “giving to the USSR its Vietnam War” in Afghanistan at the expense of devastating an entire nation without much compunction. Also see his NSC Memorandum No 46, where he argues on how and why to prevent any alliance of the blacks in America and the African nations from developing, to gain further insight into the thinking that goes behind making empires. Perhaps he might be next in line for the Nobel Peace Prize, the former President that he worked for already got his award where no one thought of asking the former President about the blood of Muslims upon his hands for signing off on “giving to the USSR its Vietnam War” in Afghanistan.
Yes this also explains why all of a sudden, we see an entire sacred religion along with its billion plus followers being systematically demonized, misunderstandings perpetuated, and a climate of fear created around them. While there has always been some bias in covering Islam by the Western media, especially in the US media as documented by Edward Said in Covering Islam, there was never this vitriolic virulence that we see today. Through confluence of interests, the extreme right-wing Evangelical Christian coalition being a major backer of the Republican Party and their present influence in the White House being considerable, had one of its leaders easily come out accusing the noble prophet of Islam as a terrorist and other unmentionable name callings. No pundit in the mainstream media even raised their customary “anti-Semitic” slogans to protest this outrage that I am aware of – perhaps they are not aware that the Prophet of Islam is also a Semite! Or is it only certain kinds of anti-Semitism they are against?
And great, inflame the passions of the masses in the Muslim countries by abusing their sacred Prophet. When they take out protest processions and burn a few effigies and flags, then we can conveniently show those images on all mainstream media and label them as those “barbaric and terrorist” Muslims – and extract our PR mileage that these Muslims are not developed like us Westerners, it is okay to kill them. Nothing new here, standard US army issue for dehumanizing your enemy so that it becomes easier to tolerate and indeed perpetuate their subjugation, humiliation, and exploitation in the oldest colonial style known to man – then we incredulously ask “why do they hate us”?
There is now a sustained and deliberate attack against Islam and Muslims by the Christian far right in the US. People like Franklin Graham – who works for Reverend Dr. Marion “Pat” Robertson of the 700 club often seen on CBN television spewing out hateful messages of his own against the Muslims – openly call Islam a “very wicked and evil religion.” While these bigoted Christian fanatics might believe so, and perhaps privately shared these tortuous views in the past amongst themselves, the public utterances of these derogatory islamaphobic rhetoric betray the primacy of their arrogance. Namely, that now, since they are in power in the White House controlling the reins of the world's only superpower, let's also redraw the religious map of the Muslims while they were redrawing their political and cultural maps, as their new found 'la mission civilisatrice' in a revived 'Crusade'. The inadvertent slip of labeling this fictitious “war on terrorism” as a “Crusade” by George Bush, and one of the battle field monsters in the US military arsenal being called the “Crusader”, are telling signs of the psychology and alliances of the “civilized” barbarians unloading their white man's burden from 20,000 feet upon the defenseless Iraq and Afghani Muslims. Franklin Graham was subsequently invited to the Pentagon to lead a Good Friday service despite strong protests from many quarters and was instead strongly endorsed by the Secretary of State Colin Powell! I am not sure why the world is tolerating this spectacle, obsequencing itself toward the new 'Mecca'.
And now these same guys are going to Iraq to provide “humanitarian” aid to the Iraqis! In an interview on Pacifica, one of the missionaries from this group despite repeated questioning whether he would repudiate Franklin Graham's malicious attacks on Islam, continued to dodge the question by saying how could he repudiate someone else's statements! He further stated that their mission in Iraq was to show the people of Iraq that “God loves them” by giving the people free packets of food. This bringing “Jesus” to the 'infidels' effort is being headed by the Christian fundamentalist son of the famous American Evangelical icon Rev. Billy Graham who has presided over religious functions in the White House for so many American Presidents. One does not even have to exclaim: beware the Christian missionaries bearing gifts! They are in for some rude awakening. So little do they know or understand of Islam, Muslims, or the Middle East, let alone about Iraqis and their ravaged land, the cradle of human civilization. Shame!
Then there are people like Daniel Pipes who have for years argued that Muslims in America should be put under surveillance and that at least 10 – 15 percent of these Muslims of America could be potential killers! And the White House just nominated him to serve on the Board of Directors for US Peace Institute! All these guys have the tacit blessings of the government to drum up fear and hatred against the Muslims. Even the Republican Party leaders now openly betray their true sentiments. Shawn Steele, the former Chairman of California's State Republican Party, offered perhaps the most extreme example of this. While giving a pro-war rallying speech at the University of Southern California, he stated the following which needs no further comment:
“The Islamic community has a cancer growing inside of it – which hates Jews, hates freedom, and hates Western society. The disease of Islam must be rectified – it's kill or be killed.”*6
All of these atrocious statements coming from very powerful people, are again eerily reminiscent of Nazi Germany's verbal vituperative onslaught on the Jews, followed by its actual implementation through systematic and ever increasing harassment by the Brown Shirts. Albeit I hope this will not happen here in the USA, it is possible one might find bands of vigilantes, feeling compelled to follow the guidance of their earnest leaders, physically harassing the Muslims, attacking their homes, their mosques, and their businesses. It would be laughable to imagine this would occur in the twenty first century in America, were it not so tragic that it actually is occurring, and there is no uproar in the mass media about such an assault on Islam and the Muslims. Quite reflective of course of the government's behavior overseas. Ideological Allies! This tacit affirmation by the mainstream media of this hate mongering through their deafening silence, and should it lead to actual physical violence upon the Muslims in the USA, will be further grounds for their indictment for war crimes against their own people. Thanks to Pacifica, which is the only independent grass-roots funded public media that is courageously speaking out against fascism in America. If there was a Nobel prize for standing up to fascism, Pacifica and its programmers would be the first in line.
Let's return to the favorite question of this essay, the 'why', and ask, why is this happening to the Muslims in the US at this time, and why now? The malevolence for Islam in the hearts of the bigoted fanatics is nothing new. Then why all of a sudden is it finding this virulent expression? Doesn't the US already have its hands full with battles of conquest overseas? Commonsense would dictate that they should not take on domestic problems at the same time. Furthermore, ZB's framework has nothing to do with religion, it is all about resource, economic, and political hegemony. So why target the entire 6 – 8 million Muslims living peacefully in this country and make them objects of FBI investigations, map out their mosques, interview their members, monitor their communications and their finances, take down their credit card numbers, examine their wallets upon exit and ingress into the country, and who knows what else they are doing? Perhaps the government is thinking, that surely the Muslims have the motive, aren't we bombing their people, they will react and do something criminal and terroristic, and we have to protect the good people of the United States?
First of all, there is an adequate statistical sampling of terrorists and criminals in every ethnic group in America, including the majority, their most infamous one being Tim McVeigh. What about Alqaeeda, maybe some of them are really hiding in the mosque? If they were, the government would know exactly who they are and what their phone number and SS numbers is, because remember they trained them. The testimony provided by an ex. US official of the US embassy in Riyadh Saudi Arabia is quite telling. I heard him on Pacifica, describing how he was a visa officer and he would get these strange type of people applying for US visas in Saudi Arabia, from all different parts of the Arab world. Upon being asked the usual questions why they wanted to visit America, they would say strange things like: to attend a technical conference, and upon further inquiry have no clue about that subject area. So he would reject their visa application. Having rejected one too many visas, he was called up before his superiors and told to give out the visas regardless! So he issued the same people US visas the next time they visited, after already having rejected them the first time as dubious customers! Later he figured out these were the CIA operatives recruited from around the world and trained in the US for various “freedom fighting” activities. Their identities, mug shots, finger prints, dental profiles, DNA profiles, urine samples etc. are probably all on record with the government. It was reported that the CIA/FBI even had an informant working within the inner circles of the hijackers of 9/11 for what that's worth. Suffice it to say, the government is not really looking for terrorists in the mosques any more than they are looking for them in synagogues, or churches, or temples.
Okay, what is the answer? Muslims of America make a very convenient fifth column to be vigilant against, to be investigated and dug out of their mosques, requiring new laws for surveillance and new powers for security agencies. To successfully deploy this, any and all confluence of interests are being employed, including the hatred and arrogance of the ultra right-wing Christian fanatics who seek Armageddon to get closer to Jesus.
How convenient! Muzzling the dissent of the very vocal minority of brave activists, and the likes of Daniel Ellsberg that might rise up to challenge the oppression and destruction of innocent people around the world in the process of executing this American global conquest, would require some draconian measures. Why? In order to curb their civil rights and create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation so that they would not be vocal in their protests, lest they are able to successfully mobilize and dethrone the emperor! Well the persecution of the “fictitious fifth columnist” is conveniently giving the perpetuators of world conquest the much needed despotic laws to control and contain any sort of public outrage.
These oppressive laws via the USA Patriot Act 1 passed by Congress in the wake of 9/11 without any debate, and now its even more oppressive successor Patriot Act 2 waiting in the wings for an opportune time, and the concomitant erosion of civil liberties, is really intended for the rest of the US population, and not so much for any “fictitious danger” from the “fictitious fifth columnists”.
It is a preemptive strike at domestic dissent, consistent with the doctrine of preemptive strike at imperial targets abroad. Both are part of the same foreign policy agenda, as per ZB's “Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization.”*7
Test this hypothesis yourself. How much danger are the Muslims to the state in the prosecution of their global hegemonic plans, and how much danger are the activists? In fact, any terrorism done by any Muslim in the US would play right into the hands of the state, now wouldn't it? But a Daniel Ellsberg or two leaking out privileged information from the “inside” like the infamous “Pentagon Papers”, that can provide concrete evidence of lying and deceit of the kind impeachments are made of, difficult to wriggle out from, can put a quick stop to the grandiose expansion plans of the state, now couldn't it? Or a mass mobilizations against the war as witnessed during Vietnam might awaken the real sleeping giant, the good hearted but dormant public, mightn't it? Richard Nixon, October 15, 1969, inside the White House, talking to Henry Kissinger, while a million people protesting outside the White House, briefly contemplates dropping an atomic bomb on Vietnam, but allows sanity to prevail because of his fear of what the million marchers might do to him.*8
When obscurantists reign supreme over the media and the academia, it isn't too difficult to convince the unsuspecting and largely self absorbed public to go along. Is it then such a surprise that Fascism and global supremacy are linked? How many times does Mr. Joe Six-pack even see this kind of analysis discussed on the television as he sits down to watch his war video game and wave his United We Stand flag and salute the boss? There are a hundred more eloquent analyses than this, the points raised here having been raised countless time before, by distinguished academics, statesman of other countries, investigative reporters, eminent scholars, past UN weapons and humanitarian experts, at least one former US attorney General Ramsey Clark who is in fact seeking to impeach the President but with little success at the moment, and a host of other concerned citizens, military personal, and scientists. Why are they never given an opportunity to present their dissenting view points to the mainstream public on mainstream media?
The airways while being a public resource, are controlled by vast media conglomerates who decide what the public can see and not see. Why?
And why are all of these very distinguished people who dissent labeled as 'leftist' and dismissed? I am not a leftist or rightist or centrist or upist or downist or fundamentalist. One does not have to be an 'ist' to tell the truth, or not tell it. Would our alien friend on Mars concur?
Even if the dissenting voices and their analyses be entirely wrong, where is the opportunity to debate in this “war on terrorism” discourse? Let both sides argue it out publicly, each presenting their analysis and evidence to back it, and let the public decide what they want to believe.
But all we see on Sunday morning talk show rounds are moth balled generals, and the administration mouth pieces repeating the simple mantra of “weapons of mass destruction” and “fighting terrorism” and “Muslim fundamentalists” and “militant Islam” over and over again, even using so called experts who have been time and again discredited for their blatant lies, such as Steve Emerson. Uncle Goebbels, the Reichsminister for Propaganda and National Enlightenment for the Third Reich, would be proud indeed of his legacy in the up coming Fourth Reich!
William L. Shirer lays it all threadbare in The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, and Hitler in his own Mein Kampf explains the propaganda model and very eloquently shows how to control the sheepish masses in any society:
“All propaganda must be popular and its intellectual level must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to. ... The receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.”*9
Only ZB said it more eloquently and succinctly: “that exercise requires a high degree of doctrinal motivation, intellectual commitment, and patriotic gratification.”
Are there any similarities with what is happening today? You can go read these two voluminous books, read them side by side, as I did, and judge yourself!
Oh boy, it's a lot of effort to dig the truth out, isn't it? Especially for an average citizen caught in the daily grind of keeping food on the table and making ends meet. All they have time left is to turn to television to get their summary and analysis of current affairs.
But it is something the US mainstream media can so easily do with their scores of investigative resources, and tens of millions of dollars of budget, and yet they don't. Or they can just as easily present the dissenting experts who do possess the skills and the knowledge to dismantle the fiction being perpetuated on the public, and yet they don't.
Do you wonder why? Could the answer perhaps lie in the overarching unstated mission statement of the media?
So let's look at the media a bit further. How does the mainstream media actually end up towing the line?
Footnotes Chapter 5
*1 See The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich (191 – 195) by William Shirer.
*2 See Christopher Hitchen's The trial of Henry Kissinger; and the seminal Pentagon Papers that Daniel Ellsberg leaked to the media, as well as his recent autobiographical Secrets – A Memoir Of Vietnam And The Pentagon Papers which gives a first hand account of how senior American Government officials deliberately lied in the not too distant past during the Vietnam war, in order to glean the significance of putting Henry Kissinger in charge of truth discovery. It is indeed, only because Henry Kissinger’s own ass is on the line after Augusto Pinochet was indicted.
*3 This is an approximate quote from memory of what I heard Robert Fisk state in a speech that I attended.
*3A See for instance, Dawn November 10, 2001, interview with well known journalist Hamid Mir. It was their top headline story of the day, in which Bin Laden merely echoes the American disinformation mantra of 19 Muslim hijackers, the booga booga mantra of WMD, but does not, most interestingly, claim any responsibility for 911. Why the hell not? His crowing moment of glory, going out of his way to bring this courageous journalist to him at some secret hideout and risking it all, just to say the following? This live interview with a credible and reputed journalist, is far more credible than any 'doctored videos' and anonymous 'internet statements' attributed to him. He stated:
Hamid Mir: After American bombing on Afghanistan on Oct. 7, you told the Al-Jazeera TV that the Sept. 11 attacks had been carried out by some Muslims. How did you know they were Muslims ?
Osama bin Laden: The Americans themselves released a list of the suspects of the Sept. 11 attacks, saying that the persons named were involved in the attacks. They were all Muslims, of whom 15 belonged to Saudi Arabia, two were from the UAE and one from Egypt. According to the information I have, they were all passengers. Fateha was held for them in their homes. But America said they were hijackers.
*4 See William Shakespeare's Macbeth, and Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment to understand the literary references here to a real human frailty once the knowledge of guilt encompasses one; see if you can still remain one of those that can sleep “holily” at night afterwards.
*5 Quoted from John Pilger's New rulers of the world.
*6 Source: Flashpoints on Pacifica.
*7 See “CommonDreams”, “WhatReallyHappened”, and “antiwar” websites for articles of current interest including these Patriot Acts which portend an ominous police state already in the making. One does not have to believe everything one reads, and no fallible source may claim exclusive monopoly over truth – but a rational analysis based on differing viewpoints and multiple sources of information makes for an enlightened and empowered polity.
*8 Disclosed in the Nixon tapes and explained to the public by Daniel Ellsberg in a recent anti-war speech carried on Flashpoints on the Pacifica radio.
*9 Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf, 180 – 181.