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Another brilliant article from Paul Craig Roberts.

Endless Propaganda
The War on Terror is a Hoax

By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
February 4, 2009

www.counterpunch.org

According to US government propaganda, terrorist cells are spread throughout America, making it necessary for the government to spy on all Americans and violate most other constitutional protections.  Among President Bush’s last words as he left office was the warning that America would soon be struck again by Muslim terrorists.

If America were infected with terrorists, we would not need the government to tell us.  We would know it from events.  As there are no events, the US government substitutes warnings in order to keep alive the fear that causes the public to accept pointless wars, the infringement of civil liberty, national ID cards, and inconveniences and harassments when they fly.

The most obvious indication that there are no terrorist cells is that not a single neocon has been assassinated.

I do not approve of assassinations, and am ashamed of my country’s government for engaging in political assassination.  The US and Israel have set a very bad example for al Qaeda to follow.

The US deals with al Qaeda and Taliban by assassinating their leaders, and Israel deals with Hamas by assassinating its leaders.  It is reasonable to assume that al Qaeda would deal with the instigators and leaders of America’s wars in the Middle East in the same way. 

Today every al Qaeda member is aware of the complicity of neoconservatives in the death and devastation inflicted on Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Gaza.  Moreover, neocons are highly visible and are soft targets compared to Hamas and Hezbollah leaders.  Neocons have been identified in the media for years, and as everyone knows, multiple listings of their names are available online. 

Neocons do not have Secret Service protection.  Dreadful to contemplate, but it would be child’s play for al Qaeda to assassinate any and every neocon.  Yet, neocons move around freely, a good indication that the US does not have a terrorist problem.

If, as neocons constantly allege, terrorists can smuggle nuclear weapons or dirty bombs into the US with which to wreak havoc upon our cities, terrorists can acquire weapons with which to assassinate any neocon or former government official.

Yet, the neocons, who are the Americans most hated by Muslims, remain unscathed. 

The “war on terror” is a hoax that fronts for American control of oil pipelines, the profits of the military-security complex, the assault on civil liberty by fomenters of a police state, and Israel’s territorial expansion.

There were no al Qaeda in Iraq until the Americans brought them there by invading and overthrowing Saddam Hussein, who kept al Qaeda out of Iraq.  The Taliban is not a  terrorist organization, but a movement attempting to unify Afghanistan under Muslim law.  The only Americans threatened by the Taliban are the Americans Bush sent to Afghanistan to kill Taliban and to impose a puppet state on the Afghan people.

Hamas is the democratically elected government of Palestine, or what little remains of Palestine after Israel’s illegal annexations.  Hamas is a terrorist organization in the same sense that the Israeli government and the US government are terrorist organizations.  In an effort to bring Hamas under Israeli hegemony, Israel employs terror bombing and assassinations against Palestinians.  Hamas replies to the Israeli terror with homemade and ineffectual rockets.

Hezbollah represents the Shi’ites of southern Lebanon, another area in the Middle East that Israel seeks for its territorial expansion.

The US brands Hamas and Hezbollah “terrorist organizations” for no other reason than the US is on Israel’s side of the conflict.  There is no objective basis for the US Department of State’s “finding” that Hamas and Hezbollah are terrorist organizations.  It is merely a propagandistic declaration.

Americans and Israelis do not call their bombings of civilians terror. What Americans and Israelis call terror is the response of oppressed people who are stateless because their countries are ruled by puppets loyal to the oppressors.  These people, dispossessed of their own countries, have no State Departments, Defense Departments, seats in the United Nations, or voices in the mainstream media.  They can submit to foreign hegemony or resist by the limited means available to them.

The fact that Israel and the United States carry on endless propaganda to prevent this fundamental truth from being realized indicates that it is Israel and the US that are in the wrong and the Palestinians, Lebanese, Iraqis, and Afghans who are being wronged.

The retired American generals who serve as war propagandists for Fox “News” are forever claiming that Iran arms the Iraqi and Afghan insurgents and Hamas. But where are the arms?  To deal with American tanks, insurgents have to construct homemade explosive devices out of artillery shells.  After six years of conflict the insurgents still have no weapon against the American helicopter gunships.  Contrast this “arming” with the weaponry the US supplied to the Afghans three decades ago when they were fighting to drive out the Soviets.

The films of Israel’s murderous assault on Gaza show large numbers of Gazans fleeing from Israeli bombs or digging out the dead and maimed, and none of these people is armed.  A person would think that by now every Palestinian would be armed, every man, woman, and child.  Yet, all the films of the Israeli attack show an unarmed population.  Hamas has to construct homemade rockets that are little more than a sign of defiance.  If Hamas were armed by Iran, Israel’s assault on Gaza would have cost Israel its helicopter gunships, its tanks, and hundreds of lives of its soldiers.

Hamas is a small organization armed with small caliber rifles incapable of penetrating body armor.  Hamas is unable to stop small bands of Israeli settlers from descending on  West Bank Palestinian villages, driving out the Palestinians, and appropriating their land. 

The great mystery is:  why after 60 years of oppression are the Palestinians still an unarmed people?  Clearly, the Muslim countries are complicit with Israel and the US in keeping the Palestinians unarmed.

The unsupported assertion that Iran supplies sophisticated arms to the Palestinians is like the unsupported assertion that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.  These assertions are propagandistic justifications for killing Arab civilians and destroying civilian infrastructure in order to secure US and Israeli hegemony in the Middle East.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.He can be reached at: PaulCraigRoberts@yahoo.com

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I can't tell you how many times that has crossed my mind... There are so many neocons who are easily available. Many of them make their living giving speeches and lectures through some PAC or lobbying group. Many work at universities... If there really was an "al qaeda" in the image we've been force-fed for the past 9 years since the start of the 2nd intifada, these people would be easy pickings and none would be able to speak or travel without heavy security.  Not to mention the 100's of jewish centers, schools, meseums, and temples.

http//www.nogw.com

 

if netanyahu thought 9/11 was "very good", then a suitcase nuke going off in a couple of your favorite american cities would be terrific, wouldnt it?

 

...which must explain why cheney is warning us of new attacks...

 

...and maybe explains why chertoff has a "gut feeling" about more attacks.

 

because it's gonna take another attack ---bigger and better, new and improved--- to mobilize americans to support the faltering neocon project, isnt it?

 
 

arent neocons agitating for another 9/11?

 

doesnt all this show motive for the neocons to have committed the first 9/11?

 

and once you get past "motive", who had, by far, the most means, opportunity, and character to have staged 9/11?

what could that motive have been?

why is the rigidly logical and scientific mike rivero so hung up on phony global warming denial science peddled by the israeli americans and exxon?

he's willing to list israel's sins in excruciating detail, but he peddles their warming denial propaganda .

...and that global warming denial propaganda just happens to be funded by the israeli americans' partner, exxon...

...and once in a very great while, an exxon advertisement appears on rivero's whatreallyhappened website, which is now linked to this thread.

from wadosy to"wrh@whatreallyhappened.com" <wrh@whatreallyhappened.com>

date Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 9:53 PM
subject exxon's a sponsor of whr, huh?

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"ExxonMobil
Taking on the world's toughest energy challenges.
www.media.exxonmobil.com"
 
 
 
that explains a lot, doesnt it?
 
 
how do you explain exxon's alliance with the AEI, the AEI's alliance with the likud party of israel, and israel's constant baying for more wars in the middle east?
 
...but at least now it's easy to see why you're in the exxon/AEI pocket, denying global warming.

it's all very interesting.

Excellent article.

 

so, just to kinda sum things up...

 

we've got PNAC ---a spinoff of the likud's AEI, located in the same building as the AEI and bill kristol's neocon flagship publication, the weekly standard--- saying they need a "new pearl harbor" in september of 2000, a year before their "new pearl harbor" happens.

 

a couple months after PNAC says they need "a new pearl harbor", PNAC signatories are installed into positions from which they can make their "new pearl harbor" happen ---installed by an election recount in a state governed by the president's brother, jeb bush, a PNAC member--- and a few months after that, their hoped-for "new pearl harbor" happens.

 

once the "new pearl harbor" happens, on september 11, 2001, bibi netanyahu declares the 9/11 operation was "very good"... we have to assume that a handful of little nukes going off in american cities would have been even better... but maybe they're saving that for "next time".

 

what "next time" is that? ...why, it's the "next time" that cheney and chertoff have been warning us about.

 

it's the "next time" that some neocons have said they need.

 

so if the neocons and their exxon allies needed the first "new pearl harbor", and admit they need a new "new pearl harbor", what's a poor boy to think?

 

poor boys are led to the inescapable conclusion that PNAC, the AEI and their exxon allies had motives to stage 9/11.

 

...and once we've established that they had the motive, the rest ---means, opportunity and character--- is duck soup.

read this.

RE: The War on Terror is a Hoax

I've been saying for years now, that I can prove there are no al-Qaeda cells in the US.

The simple fact of the matter is that if there were we'd see at least a few of those preaching hate against Muslims being targeted for assassination. Paul Craig Roberts makes the excellent observation that the US and Israel employ targeted assassinations in their "war on terror". Why would it not be the case that the "terrorists" would meet us on that field of battle, and extract retribution in kind?

After observing how difficult is was for the authorities to apprehend the DC sniper, I realized that a determined, committed terrorist organization could easily, and cheaply, emulate the low-tech tactics of John Lee Malvo in order to target those who malign Islam and rally the American people against the Muslims. I mean, O'Reilly, Limbaugh, Dershowitz, et alia. How hard would it be to target the likes of them from mobile sniper platforms, as Malvo did in Virginia? Even if the shooters were eventually caught - and each one would have to be caught individually, while the others remained free to target their enemies - the damage would be done, and those not killed would truly be cowed. Is that not indeed the definition of terrorism, the instillation of fear into a civilian population in order to achieve political ends.

But, as we see, it is the Zionist neo-cons who excel at espousing terror, and we, the American people, are among their targets.

The "war on terror" is nothing more than an excuse to wage unpopular wars, abroad on those who oppose Israel's expansionist ideology, or who happen to live on top of petroleum deposits, and at home against those that would oppose the warmongers. The 911 terror attacks were engineered to cow the American people into accepting the draconian laws of the emerging police state dictatorship.

Roberts is clumsy with some of the wording in his piece. For example,

There were no al Qaeda in Iraq until the Americans brought them there by invading and overthrowing Saddam Hussein, who kept al Qaeda out of Iraq.

There is not, and has never been, an "al Qaeda" presence in Iraq. There is only the Iraqi resistance. Somewhere between 2003 and 2006 the Western media decided to attribute the violence in Iraq to "al Qaeda", in line with its zealous agenda to convince the world that the West is at war with murderous "Islamic fundamentalists" - a "war on terror".

Hamas is a terrorist organization in the same sense that the Israeli government and the US government are terrorist organizations.  In an effort to bring Hamas under Israeli hegemony, Israel employs terror bombing and assassinations against Palestinians.  Hamas replies to the Israeli terror with homemade and ineffectual rockets.

HAMAS can hardly be compared to the Zionist regimes of the United States and Israel. HAMAS is a resistance group and a poltical entity, fighting for the right to self-determination and the land of its inhabitants. Ziostan and the U.S. are terror states fighting for regional hegemony in the Middle East, relentlessly pursuing an agenda of aggressive territorial expansion and the illicit and immoral theft of land and resources.

Hamas is a small organization armed with small caliber rifles incapable of penetrating body armor.  Hamas is unable to stop small bands of Israeli settlers from descending on  West Bank Palestinian villages, driving out the Palestinians, and appropriating their land.

HAMAS has no real presence in the West Bank. Zionist Fatah collaborators are in control of the West Bank, doing for Israel its dirty work.

Otherwise, it's an excellent piece.

excellent points by CoZ...

otherwise, excellent article

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Crimes of Zion, while I share your reservations, I think Paul Craig Roberts is a writer acutely aware of how brainwashed the American public are. So he writes in terms they will understand. Here he's merely showing up the illogic of the Fox "News" version of reality.

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