People Will Not Go to War Over Imperialism."
A New Look at the Reality of 9/11
By Sander Hicks
official line from the White House about 9/11 doesn't
make any sense. On February 13, 2002, Senator Tom
Daschle was threatened by Bush and Cheney not to
dig too deep in his impending hearings in the Senate
Intelligence Committee about the "intelligence community's"
failure to detect 9/11.
But beyond Daschle's inquiry, bigger questions are
being asked by alternative media. Some are even
asking if it's possible that the White House was
somehow complicit about the attacks of 9/11.
Background on Bush/bin Laden
1978, there has been a relationship between the bin Laden
family and the Bushes. Bush's first company, Arbusto Energy,
took $50,000 from James Bath. Later sued by his former business
partner Bill White, Bath had to divulge the cash sources.
While indicted in the BCCI Scandal, Bath admitted working
for rich Saudis who bought political influence in the USA.
The Sheiks invested in the young Bush whose dad was head
of the CIA.
Saudis were Kalid bin Mahfouz and Salem M. bin Laden. The
latter was the older brother of Osama bin Laden, his close
companion since childhood. When Salem died in a mysterious
1988 plane crash, Osama attended the funeral. Some bin Ladens
have distanced themselves from Osama, but Salem's fatal
plane crash could have started a feud between the Bushes
and bin Ladens.
to PBS, Salem's death was investigated but the results
of the inquiry never revealed. A former pilot, American
Heinrich Rupp, stated to PBS that this BAC 1-11
that killed Salem was the same that flew Vice Presidential
candidate George Herbert Walker Bush to Paris on
October 18, 1980. There, according to sources, they
convinced the Iranians not to release the 52 American
hostages until Reagan was inaugurated. Israeli intelligence's
Ben-Menashe corroborated Rupp's story when he told
Congress he had seen Bush in Paris before they met
with Iranian Mehdi Karrubi. Reagan was inaugurated
January 20, 1981, and Tehran simultaneously released
all 52 hostages. The Iranians later received advanced
American weaponry in their long, bloody war with
a C-123 cargo plane was shot down by the Sandinistas in
1986, the Iran/Contra/Cocaine arms-for-hostages trading
scandal unraveled. The Reagan administration was exposed
for violating its own laws, selling arms to the Iranians
in exchange for the release of hostages in Lebanon, and
then diverting the funds to Contras in Nicaragua. Vice President
Bush maintained at the time (and later throughout his Presidency)
that he was "out of the loop." But late into his disastrous
1992 presidential re-election campaign, General Richard
Secord testified that Bush did know all about the operation.
The best that President Bush's campaign strategist Mary
Matalin could do was panic. With four days to go before
the election, she claimed that Iran/Contra was old news.
Her mantra was, "people's capacity to focus on politics
is about the depth and breadth of their thumbnail."
People sensed they were being lied to. Bush and
Matalin suffered a resounding defeat at the hands
of Bill "Slick Willie" Clinton. On Christmas Eve,
1992, Bush pardoned Caspar Weinberger, McFarlane
and four other CIA operatives "undermin[ing] the
principle that no man is above the law." according
to Special Prosecutor Lawrence Walsh. Bush had withheld
evidence, refusing to hand over his personal notes
on high level meetings.
The U.S. lost its foothold in oil-rich Central Asia
when fundamentalist Iranian Muslims overthrew The
Shah. The State Department turned to unstable Afghanistan,
where power had just been seized in April, 1978,
by the People's Democratic Party (PDP), a left-leaning
nationalist party who deposed aristocrat Mohammad
Daoud. According to historian William Blum at this
time "Afghanistan was a backward nation: a life
expectancy of about 40, infant mortality of at least
25 percent...widespread malnutrition...illiteracy
of more than 90 percent."
PDP's new regime was not Communist, but it did institute
badly needed reforms. It didn't abolish private property
or religion, but "declared a commitment to Islam within
a secular state" according to Blum. The sharpest contrast
to past Muslim fundamentalists was the PDP's support of
the equality of women. The new Afghanistan was praised worldwide.
However, counter-revolution from the large landowners, royalists,
and tribalists began to build in the hills. The Mujahedeen
made false claims that the PDP had secret plans to curtail
religious freedom. Even the New York Times stated the religious
issue was "being used by some Afghans who actually object
more to President Taraki's plans for land reforms..." The
United States began officially supporting Afghan fundamentalists
a year later, ignoring the fact that in February 1979 they
had kidnapped and killed the American ambassador, Adolph
U.S. and Pakistan began training Mujahedeen at camps in
Pakistan in 1978. One of the "holy warriors" the U.S. had
on its side at this time was Osama Bin Laden. Five years
after arriving, he was running the Maktab al-Khidamar(MAK)
which funneled international aid, cash, and CIA advice into
the "anti-communist" cause. In association with Pakistani
intelligence, MAK was soon the "primary conduit" for cash,
weapons and CIA intelligence.
Taraki begged Moscow for military aid, but Moscow demurred,
scared of an international incident. Six months later Taraki
was murdered by a colleague, Hafizullah Amin, a PDP extremist.
The Soviets, who claimed Amin had CIA ties, entered the
country, on December 8, and shot him. They helped install
Babrak Karmal, an original revolutionary from the 1978 uprising.
On December 23, The Washington Post clarified "There was
no charge [from the State Department] that the Soviets have
invaded Afghanistan, since the troops apparently were invited."
conflict became the western Cold Warrior's ideal:
confrontation with Soviet communism through surrogates.
Representative Charles Wilson rationalized: "There
were 58,000 dead in Vietnam...we owe the Russians
one..." At no point did any hawks have the foresight
to think what the result would be if the rebels
won. The US always had denounced "terrorists," but
the Mujahedeen had shot down passenger airplanes.
In 1986, the British hardliner Margaret Thatcher
met formally with Abdul Haq, a Mujahedeen leader
who planted a bomb at Kabul airport in 1984, killing
28 innocents. On September 24, 2001, Haq re-joined
the Northern Alliance.
Osama bin Laden a "coward," "barbarian," or "madman" as
he's been called by our leaders? Or is he just as brutal
and monstrous as our leaders themselves, with a different
set of politics? The ABC News' John Miller's 1998 interview
with bin Laden shows an intelligent but desperate leader
at war with the USA. The following is not quoted to endorse
the murderous tactics of Osama bin Laden. Rather, it is
presented to counter the U.S.A.'s caricaturing of the man:
American-led sanctions resulted in the death of more than
one million Iraqi children. All of this is done in the name
of American interests. We believe that the biggest thieves
in the world and the terrorists are the Americans. The only
way for us to fend off these assaults is to use similar
means... Americans accuse our children in Palestine of being
terrorists—those children, who have no weapons and have
not even reached maturity. At the same time, Americans defend
a country, the state of the Jews, that has a policy to destroy
the future of these children..." Later he accused the U.S.
as "the ones who used bombs against Nagasaki. Can these
bombs distinguish between infants and military? America
does not have a religion that will prevent it from destroying