Anniversary of Lies
Today, September 12, 2006, is the 5th anniversary of one of the most horrendous crimes ever perpetrated in the United States of America. 5 years ago today, according to Richard Clarke's sworn testimony before the 9\11 Commission, that George Bush and his cabal - Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, John Bolton and others - betrayed the memory and tragedy of the victims of the 9\11 attack and began the campaign of lies that lead to the War in Iraq. Anattack they had all wished for since long before 9\11, since the beginnings of the Project for a New American Century (PNAC).
According to Clarke, it was on this day that he was approach by Donald Rumsfeld and told to look for reasons to attack Iraq over 9\11. Clarke states that at first he thought this was a joke, but soon realized that he was serious. In the ensuing weeks he was only able to convince the administration to an "Afghanistan first" policy - meaning, of course, that Iraq would quickly follow Afghanistan. And hence the reason the US was more than prepared to "cut and run" from Afghanistan - they never intended to stay - and why they had no plan for post-war Iraq - they never intended to leave.
So while we rightfully mourned the victims and heros of the largest criminal act in US history, the single largest incidence of mass murder, yesterday, today we need to mourn the death of truth, justice and liberty at the hands of those who exploited North America and the World's anger and fear for their own narrow, nationalistic, economic interests.
If I would have told you on September 12, 2001 that within 5 years, the US would be the pariah of most of the world, that it would launch a pre-emptive, unjustified war based on lies against a country and a people that had nothing to do with 9\11, and that the real perpetrator of this heinous action would still be walking free, essentially unpursued and unmolested inside the territory of an "ally", you would have laughed in my face, called me crazy and made me a tinfoil hat. If I would have further told you that the US President would exempt himself from US law over 700 times, create a prison where people are held indefinitely without charge or trial, ignore the Geneva Convention, condone torture and run a secret network of Gulag-style international prisons where preceived enemies are "disappeared", you would have checked me into a psych ward. Yet here we are.
The real legacy of 9\11 should have been unparalleled international cooperationand unity - even Hezbollah and the Iranians were condemning the attacks on September 12, 2001. Instead, we have a once great USA slipping into 'facism with a friendly face', a group of men using lies and propaganda in order to rule above the law, for their own self interest (Haliburton, KBR, Bechtel...).
President Eisenhower's warning of the the 'military industrial complex' has certainly come true. And the memory of real heros is sullied and besmerched by these exploiting bastards.
But I am not a pessimist. I believe in karma. I know that in the years to come, I will mark another anniversay - the anniversary of the day these men were met with justice. I can hope that justice come via the ballot box, but it is just as likely it will be the ends that all fascists meet, one that usually involves partisans, rope and a bridge.
Either way their end will come, and not soon enough.