September 14, 2001
Crisis in America #4: Part 2
Here is the continuation of what I've compiled today.
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
1. Let's start thinking for ourselves (Continued)
2. CIA HAD ADVANCE KNOWLEDGE OF HIJACK PLOT
3. Another Perspective
4. A helpful message
5. WALK FOR PEACE - LET'S ACT NOW
6. Thoughts to ponder
From: Neal Kruse <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Let's start thinking for ourselves (Continued)
(see also: http://www.tenc.net [Emperor's Clothes] )
Bush's Press Conference: Into the Abyss
[Posted 12 September 2001]
As many of you have, I just watched US President Bush's White House press conference on yesterday's gruesome events in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Bush and the United States federal government have officially declared war...only it is not evident against whom.
Subsequent reports indicate that Bush will appear before the U.S. Congress to invoke the War Powers Act, passed by the House in the 1970s to limit a president's ability to wage war unilaterally and arbitrarily, but destroyed as an effective mechanism for doing so in April of 1999 when the Clinton Administration, for the first time in US history, was denied authorization to continue a war - against Yugoslavia - in a 213-213 vote in the Congress. Within an hour of that vote a Clinton National Security Council spokesman was on national television shrieking that not only would the bombing not stop, but that it would be intensified.
By the US Congress accepting that crude diktat and nevertheless appropriating funding for the continuation of the illegal war, it definitively signalled the end of the US Constitutional role of America's formal representatives to oversee and rein in the chief executive - half a president, half a monarch - in future acts of illegal miitary actions and aggression abroad.
It appears that each successive American administration pushes yet further the boundaries of armed adventurism and catastrophe.
As all the news commentators assure us, Bush will receive near-unanimous carte blanche authorization to wage war whenever, wherever and against whomever he finds it expedient to do so.
The US Congress, Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, avowed war hawks and alleged Progressive Caucus members, will grant him whatever he requests: The funds and support to attack any country or countries, even those not even remotely implicated in yesterday's attacks, and the use of whatever weaponry, conventional and otherwise, he should choose to employ.
What in fact Mr. Bush will soon be armed with - by that assemblage of professional politicians on the Hill who yesterday evening broke into a spontaneous chorus of God Bless America, right out of the closing scene of the revanchist Hollywood film, The Deer Hunter - is an unlimited, permanent blank check to wage la guerre eternal - war without end.
The White House, with none of the fictitious foreign policy fissures we've heard so much about, and its diehard loyalists on both sides of the Congressional aisle, have been evoking the specter of Osama bin Laden to rally hateful and revengeful public sentiment and to personify the oft-repeated *evil* that threatens the United States and, to quote the president, "all democratic and freedom-loving people" - no other of whom, it should be noted, seems to be on the alleged hit list of Mr. bin Laden.
Furthermore, and ominously, Bush threatens not only to attack - recall this is in his words a state of war - the actual perpetrators of yesterday's attacks (whomever they may be), but "their harbors." Not those who allegedly harbor them, but their harbors.
To be consistent, which is to say honest, Bush, as his legion of intelligence operatives could readily tell him, would have to identify who has and still is supporting the villain of this dangerous melodrama, Osama bin Laden.
Bin Laden worked hand in glove with the US Central Intelligence Agency since the early 1980s in establishing his Maktab al-Khidamar network, which raised money and recruited jehadis - the so-called Afghan Arabs, estimated to be some 10,000 strong - to overthrow the secular Democratic Republic of Afghanistan.
He was a joint asset of the CIA and Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence, which the Afghan Northern Opposition, Russia and India insist still supports and controls him and his current Al-Qaida operation. The latter is supported by Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates...all three loyal US and British clients regimes and recipients of Anglo-American military protection and largesse. So if Bush is looking for harbors to bomb, he knows where they are located.
He also knows where they are not.
And where and who they are not are the likely targets: Iraq, Syria, Libya and Iran.
All four are not only not linked to bin Laden in any conceivable manner, but instead are vocal opponents of him and his activities; are in fact potential victims of the same.
An audio voice-over somehow got on an American television network yesterday that said: Bin Laden, who has assisted forces in Somalia, Bosnia, Chechnya and Kosovo....
The link has never been broken, of course, and the CIA's Frankenstein monster still serves its purposes.
1) While Washington points to Osama bin Laden as "suspect #1" in yesterday's horrific violence, the truth is not being told to the American people: 'Washington Created Osama bin Laden' by Jared Israel can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/jared/sudan.html
2) If one looks carefully, one can find in the Western media evidence that bin Laden has been involved - on the U.S.-backed side - in Kosovo, Bosnia and now Macedonia.
3) Bin Laden was propelled into power as part of the U.S. drive to create an Islamist terrorist movement to crush the former Soviet Union. See, the truly amazing account from the 'Washington Post,' 'Washington's Backing of Afghan Terrorists: Deliberate Policy.' at http://emperors-clothes.com/docs/anatomy.htm
CIA HAD ADVANCE KNOWLEDGE OF HIJACK PLOT
French CIA, Mossad foreign intelligence tip-offs ignored
Skolnick - US Government Had Prior Knowledge Of Emergency
By Sherman H. Skolnick
The most massive so-called "terrorist" attacks on U.S. soil since the Oklahoma City bombings of 1995, were known, a week ahead of time, by the American CIA. Among the foreign intelligence agencies who penetrated the plots were the French CIA and Israel's The Mossad, units of both often working with one another.
Foreign intelligence sources confirm the validity of this story. And they state that they informed the U.S. secret police who absolutely failed, neglected, and outright refused to take action as to known prior specifics of which the top-level of the CIA were informed in advance.
As made known to the CIA, were the following, among other details:
 That George Herbert Walker Bush, as President, at the close of the Persian Gulf War, 1991, arranged to bring into the U.S. some four thousand Iraqi military officers, some from intelligence units, and their families.
 Some 550 of these officers became residents in Lincoln, Nebraska, AND TWO THOUSAND OF THEM took up residence in Oklahoma City. In a watered down story, CBS' "60 Minutes" Program did a segment once on this about Lincoln, Nebraska but said NOTHING about the Iraqi military officers in Oklahoma City.
 The financial and other provisions for them and their families were arranged by the Elder Bush, and then quietly continued by Bill Clinton as President, and perpetuated by George W. Bush as White House "resident" and "occupant". The arrangements included financial subsidies, housing, and employment for the Iraqi officers. [A brave Oklahoma City TV Reporter, Jayna Davis, on their local TV station, put on the air several stories about the Iraqi connection to the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building, the bombing done with the aid of domestic dissidents as surrogates. A group bought out the TV station and silenced her. Timothy McVeigh's chief defense counsel for the murder trial, Stephen Jones, on behalf of McVeigh, filed an extra-ordinary petition in the next higher court, just prior to the murder trial. To no avail, Jones tried to force Denver U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch to compel the American CIA to disgorge records held by them showing prior U.S. knowledge of the bombing, as confirmed by other known records, some of them also in secret court records. We have a copy of the 185 page U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, petition filed by Jones and almost uniformly ignored by the American monopoly press. The petition raises the Iraqi connection.]
 The foreign intelligence agencies informed the American CIA that guns would be planted on-board as many as ten U.S. commercial airflights. This to be done by airplane clean-up crew members who are generally not subject to airport security provisions. These workers most likely did not know the purpose of the gun-planting.
 The CIA also was informed prior to the "terrorist" attacks scheduled for "911" Emergency Day [September 11], that highly skilled Iraqi pilots, among the four thousand Iraqi officers resident in the U.S., would take over the commercial flights, by retrieving the weapons concealed onboard, and then commandeering the flight deck.
 The Elder Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush, all were in a position to know that the Iraqi officers that they provided for included some double-agents. The FBI Counter-Intelligence Division at no time was instructed to do anything about these double-agents in a position to commit mischief, murder, and mayhem, on U.S. soil.
 As I revealed a week prior to the "terrorist" attacks, some foreign television networks were busy preparing lengthy documentaries that would scandalize George W. Bush and other members of the Bush Family, including the Elder Bush and Jeb Bush. The subject matter included how forty million dollars in dope funds were used by the Bush Family to reportedly corrupt South Florida DEMOCRATS to abandon the recount even ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling installing George W. Bush as the "resident" and "occupant" of the White House. The dope funds came reportedly from Bush Family business partner, Carlos Lehder, co-founder of the U.S./Colombia medellin dope cartel. [Visit our website story, "Chandra Levy Affair, Part Two".] I discussed this on radio talk shows.
 As part of the targetting of the World Trade Center buildings, a group of surrogates for the Iraqi military officers, reportedly spent considerable time within one of the buildings, with building security officers somehow oblivious of their presence.
 As the CIA top officials were informed and had prior knowledge, the purpose of the "terrorist" attacks was to effectively paralyze the financial infrastructure of the U.S. Some of the most important stock and bond houses in the world, with their key people having loads of inside knowledge and hard to replace trading tricks and expertise, were located in the known-to-be-targetted twin towers of the World Trade Center, New York City. It was like blowing up the main "financial factory" and destroying their inventory. The so-called "back-up" records kept parked across the river in New Jersey, are not only inadequate but cannot help reconstruct various accounts and transactions in the works. Financial experts tell us the "back up" records parked in New Jersey, may NOT be sufficient to re-start the American financial apparatus. Some of the experts are loudly grumbling that they should have early on seen Federal Reserve Czar Alan Greenspan on the television explaining about the financial ramifications. Of course, some suppose that Americans would panic and run out of control. So we are dealt with like little children.
 It is a serious mistake, according to savvy American and foreign intelligence sources, to blame the Emergency all on Osama bin Laden. As readers of our website are aware, we have long pointed out that bin Laden is reportedly in the Mid-East Construction business. His reputed partners? The family of Sharon PERCY Rockefeller. She is the wife of John D. Rockefeller 4th (D., W.Va.), great grandson of the founder of the infamous Standard Oil Trust that used to bomb their own obsolete buildings to falsely blame onto their competitors. Bin Laden's so-called "secret" accounts, which the White House has said they would like to freeze, are or have been actually reportedly in the Harris Bank, Chicago, joint accounts with the family of Sharon PERCY Rockefeller.
 The Saudi Royal Family actually consists of some five thousand members, some of whom actually are for the U.S. and some anti-U.S. Some of them have bankrolled Iraq's war against Iran, 1980 to 1988, to destroy some oil facilities and keep the price of oil HIGH. The foreign intelligence agencies, that penetrated the plots to be carried out on U.S. soil, are aware that some of the Saudi royals are actually sympathetic to the Iraqis destroying the World Trade Center Buildings and in part, wrecking the Pentagon. [As if the American CIA did not ALREADY have their own knowledge of this.]
Whenever there is a political assassination or some other unusual violent event, what is the key question the oil-soaked, spy-riddled monopoly press ALWAYS fails to ask? WHO BENEFITS. With a scandal about to break against George W. Bush, he and his circle had an interest NOT to stop these things from happening. And to divert attention. The White House has a strong motive to silence critics and urge people TO RALLY AROUND THE PRESIDENT. Simple-minded folks, of course, often poorly informed, do not understand how the ruling classes would shed the blood of thousands if not millions of innocent people, in some instigated war, to avoid dealing with the apparent on-coming economic disasters. In the midst of this prior-knowledge emergency, who dares now to point to the Bush Family as reputed business partners of the major kingpin, Carlos Lehder, of the U.S./Colombia medellin dope cartel? Or how huge dope money bought the Electoral College trick in Florida and corrupted the U.S. Supreme Court's "gang of five".
This is America's REICHSTAG fire. Adolph Hitler burned down the German parliament and falsely blamed his enemies and had them rounded up and put in the concentration camps. Has the U.S. Constitution now been revoked? More coming.
FOR MORE ON THE CIA-BUSH-IRAQI CONNECTION SEE: THE SECRETS OF TIMOTHY MCVEIGH
OKC BOMBING--SPLIT IN THE FBI?
OKC BOMBING--SPLIT IN FBI? FURTHER DETAILS http://www.skolnicksreport.com/okcity2.html
GREENSPAN REPORTEDLY BRIBES AND AIDS BUSH IN GOLD SWINDLES,
Part One http://www.skolnicksreport.com/greenspan1.html
Part Two http://www.skolnicksreport.com/greenbribe.html
Part Three http://www.skolnicksreport.com/greenspan3.html
Part Four http://www.skolnicksreport.com/greenspan4.html
Part Five http://www.skolnicksreport.com/greenspan5.html
Part Six http://www.skolnicksreport.com/greenspan6.html
Part Seven http://www.skolnicksreport.com/greenspan7.html
FOR MORE ON THE CARLOS LEHDER-BUSH DRUG CONNECTION SEE: THE CHANDRA LEVY/BUSH CONNECTION
HALF A MILLION WORKED IN WTC
1 WORLD TRADE CENTER NORTH TOWER Height: 110 Floors Floor Sizes: (9 - 105) 45,000 - 50,000 sqfeet Elevators: 97 passenger
2 WORLD TRADE CENTER SOUTH TOWER Height: 110 Floors Floor Sizes (2 - 109) 45,000 - 50,000 sqfeet Elevators: 97 passenger Aaron Swirski, one of the architects of the World Trade Center, talks to Jerusalem Post Radio.
"It was built as a pipe. Each floor is hermetically sealed. In a fire there are shutters which seal off. All those people could not get out."
He disputes media reports of 50,000 working in the two towers, and says the entire seven building facility holds 500,000. That would mean upwards of 150,000 persons in each tower.
Interview - http://www.jpradio.com/Archive/2001/09/11/asx/010911swi.asx
As the people of America writhe in the agony of the senseless death and destruction wrought in their lives today, they forget the unforgettable and the unforgiveable - the annihilation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in 1945, by their own hand. Where was their remorse and compassion then ? Much as I sympathize with our American brothers and sisters, I cannot help but be reminded of the discompassionate, cruel manner in which they rationalized the maiming and killing of hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children - in the blink of an eye - who bear the scars of that atrocity to this very day. Let us pray for all people, every where, who suffer the ravages of injustice - the hungry, the poor, the disenfranchised, the enslaved, the sick, the imprisoned, the dead and dying - let us not just pray for one nation but for ALL.
From: "Lanny and Mary Rose Sinkin" <email@example.com>
Subject: Another Perspective
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2001
I have always reserved this email list for information related to low frequency active sonar. Today, however, is a very different day in so many ways that I have decided to share with you a message I received.
As some of you may know, I served as legal counsel at the Christic Institute during the 1980s. The major case we pursued was a racketeering case against the private, off-the-shelf, covert operators conducting the Iran-contra operation. During that litigation, I got a good look at the dark side of the U.S. democratic experiment. To summarize that perspective, the commitment to democracy unleashed great creative potential for innovation that in turn produced massive wealth. The commitment to democracy then got lost in the pursuit of materialism. The large corporations received recognition in the law as persons, their contributions polluted the democratic process, the government became an extension of their blind advocacy of an unlimited right to devour the Earth's resources, and the military-industrial-intelligence complex became a second government within the government holding more power than the publicly presented government.
To preserve and enhance the national security state, things were done supposedly in the interest of the American people that the people knew nothing about and not have approved had they known. Death squads, assassinations, subversion of indigenous movements, overthrow of democratically elected governments, and other manifestations of the national security state agenda took place out of sight. Only occasionally did these actions surface, such as Cointelpro conducted by the FBI to discredit and destroy dissenting groups.
A dream image captured the essence of what was happening. I was watching people sitting on the ground picnicking with their families while a band played happy music in a nearby bandstand. Behind the picnickers was a high, black wall that the people did not notice. Every now and then, a figure would slip out from under the wall, go out into the world and perform some abominable act, and then slip back again - all without anyone noticing. That is what U.S. history looks like when you step back and objectively observe what has been done.
Outside dreamtime, our investigation into the history of U.S. covert operations revealed the patterns of behavior that manifest in such events as Iran-contra.
During the Iran-contra involvement, I met various people inside the intelligence establishment who continued to struggle to prevent the abuses that were bringing the U.S. into disrepute throughout the world. This evening, I received a message from one of those people regarding the events unfolding today. I neither reject nor embrace the analysis set forth in the message. Ever since the Iran-contra investigation, I have kept an open mind regarding how to interpret unfolding events that are often very different from what they seem on the surface.
I send you this message to provide you with a perspective that you will not hear or see on CNN or any other major media outlet. In times like these, it is even more important to keep our wits about us and not be sucked into anyone else's script, even this one.
Lanny 11:00 p.m.; 9/11/01
=== The Message ===
"Aloha to you my friend,
I know that the many discoveries and lessons we shared during the Christic investigation are still fresh in your memory. I have applied our analytical technique to the events unfolding today and thought you might enjoy the musings that resulted.
There is always the onion. You peel off one layer and there is another layer underneath. I think Warren Christopher sought to encourage such peeling on CNN today. He said that while we may rush to conclude the bin Laden is the author of the events, it is important to dig deeper than that surface analysis to find the true perpetrators. As with most of the liberal Democrats, Christopher is not going to come right out and say what he thinks he knows. After all, during Iran-contra, when Congressman Jack Brooks of Texas asked Oliver North about his plan to suspend the U.S. Constitution (hatched inside FEMA), it was liberal Democrat Daniel Inouye who cut off the question and shuffled that subject off into executive session.
Let's start with the Taliban. Russia invades Afghanistan. The CIA is loosed to fight them. Actually, as you know, the CIA is simply the visible agency for the much larger group of agencies that conduct U.S. covert policies and that are in turn part of an international network of covert organizations pursuing common policies in many instances. The CIA looks for a group that will meet certain criteria, such as fanatical enough to conduct a guerilla war, disciplined, hardy, and amenable to outside support to fulfill their perceived mission. Enter the Taliban, a relatively obscure group preaching a fanatical version of Islam that bears little resemblance to the actual religious teachings and is rejected by most Islamic movements. The value of their beliefs is that the Russians fit their model of the unbeliever, who must be destroyed. On the border near Pakistan, they are available. Kissinger had already put the "tilt toward Pakistan" in motion. So the onion now has three layers - U.S./CIA, Pakistan, Taliban. Arming, training, and supplying the Taliban through Pakistan, the CIA experiences a rare success. The Taliban and others inflict so much damage on the Russian forces that Russian public opinion (similar to U.S. public opinion during Vietnam) turns against the war and forces Russia to withdraw.
Now armed and dangerous, the Taliban turn their guns on competing groups within Afghanistan and rise to national dominance. Women, foreign missionaries, and other groups not holding a sufficiently holy place to be considered righteous become targets of Taliban fanaticism. Ben Laden is considered a true believer with the resources to do a lot of harm to the unrighteous and finds a home in Afghanistan.
To the onion now has four layers: U.S./CIA; Pakistan; Taliban; Ben Laden.
The final layer of the onion is the semi-independent cells with the Laden network. Even better would be to have sent recruits in to Laden to form such cells that would actually operate under control external to Laden.
Enter Bush and Company. With practically all the judges on the federal bench now appointees of Nixon, Reagan, and Bush (the elder), stealing an election through the Supreme Court is a piece of cake. The Iran-contra gang comes storming back into power. The appointment of Richard Armitage as Deputy Secretary of State is like a rooster crowing in terms of announcing who is in charge. Colin Powell is window dressing.
The old gang sets about doing what they always wanted to do (loot and pillage) and undoing what they always wanted undone (environmental protection, civil rights, etc.) They follow the old axiom of do everything controversial you can in the first months of office to give people time to forget. Withdrawing from the Kyoto Treaty, leaving arsenic in the water, violating and then withdrawing from the ABM treaty, promulgating a "reward your friends" energy policy, etc. all will predictably lead to an alienation of the electorate.
Sure enough, the opposition begins to strengthen. Your campaign to stop deployment of low frequency active sonar is only one of many campaigns that have mobilized people, fattened the coffers of opposition organizations, and produced a greater willingness to challenge the actions of the government.
The next step is to powerfully impact the emotional body of the electorate and cause the nation to rally behind the President and the military. The Gulf War model is not readily available. You remember how U.S. Ambassador April Glaspie told Hussein that the dispute between Kuwait and Iraq was a local matter and how Hussein swallowed that fly like a hungry trout. Then Bush (the elder) got to unite the world to drive Hussein out of Kuwait. Those types of manipulation are not so easy to find. So back to the onion.
The terrorist bin Laden or elements of his network are available as a surrogate. Only this time the purpose of the surrogate is not to fight someone else. The purpose is to terrorize the U.S. population into embracing Bush and Company.
Laden's big actions to date have generally involved getting a bomb into some place where it can cause harm, such as a truck aimed at an embassy gate or a small boat aimed at a large ship. This time, however, he will make a great leap forward into being able to recruit four teams that are capable of hijacking four different airplanes from three different airports, conducting the hijacking with such swiftness that none of the legitimate crew can punch in the hijack code, flying those airplanes without the crew in place, navigating those airplanes to separate targets with high impact potential (Trade Center innocents, military hq, and presidential retreat plus the passengers), and impacting three of the four targets in a very short period of time, thereby inflicting the damage in such a way as to have the most emotional impact on the population.
The onion provides plausible deniability. Assistance will be provided through cooperating elements of Pakistani intelligence and then through cooperating elements in the Taliban to bin Laden and perhaps on to elements of Laden's network operating without his direct control. The network cell conducting the operation will be suicide squads, perhaps recruited from the Palestinian population. Deniability for everyone and obliteration for the perpetrators. Pretty clean all around.
Laden will never know that he is a pawn of the U.S. national security state. He will believe that Allah has suddenly blessed him with resources and capability that previously eluded him. He will be the trout. Once he takes the bait, he will be the new demon, the country will rally behind the President and the military to exorcise their fears, and everyone will forget all the terrible things Bush and Company did since January. I would assume that you will have a very hard time getting anyone to pay any attention to low frequency active sonar, particularly as your position can be painted as impeding military preparedness at a time when terrorists and rogue nations are on a rampage. Sorry about the whales.
As you may have noted, President Bush (the younger) appointed his campaign manager head of FEMA. While being given charge of an agency that provides financial and other assistance in time of flood and other natural disaster may not seem like much of a reward for returning the White House to the national security state, there are still all those pesky little executive orders that essentially turn the country over to FEMA in times of national instability. As events unfolded today, FEMA took charge.
Once the deed is done, tracks are to be covered. An amusing CNN story today was the "leak" from law enforcement that the FBI intended to execute search warrants tomorrow in Hollywood and Daytona Beach, Florida. Of course, law enforcement, particularly in highly sensitive cases, always broadcasts in advance to potential suspects their intent to conduct a search the next day. CNN, which would almost certainly withhold a story about a planned military action during wartime, somehow cannot contain itself and breaks the news to the perpetrators that a trail needs to be covered. Alternatively, the search sites need to be sown with the necessary evidence to continue pointing the finger in the "right" direction. Perhaps they will find a diary of one of the perpetrators detailing their service to Allah against the U.S. Satan and their allegiance to bin Laden. The FBI will find whatever it is that others want them to find.
It will be interesting to watch as the cover up continues. Will evidence be lost? Will evidence be fabricated? Witnesses die mysteriously? Stay tuned if you can stomach it all.
Well color me cynical if you will. I have seen enough of how these guys operate to find this entire episode simply too useful politically and too perfect in execution. I hope you enjoy these musings. No need to reply."
From: "Ron Baker" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: A helpful message
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001
If it would be of help to your mailing list, I ask that you send people to the message that I placed on the internet the morning of the attack here in New York City. We have received a constant stream of email saying how helpful it has been for people. You can access this at: http://childrenoflight.com/response.htm
Children of Light
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001
From: Adriana Shimabukuro <AdrianaShimabukuro@e-garfield.com>
Subject: WALK FOR PEACE - LET'S ACT NOW
Let's make a walk for peace, not war, all around the world. We all wear white clothes and start to walk on the streets all over the world to make President Bush give up war against whomever it is!!! If he declares war against Afghanistan, the whole Middle East will get involved and NATO and Europe too. Then, it just turned into the WWIII!!! THIS IS TOO SERIOUS TO BE POSTPONED!!! LET'S WALK FOR PEACE!!!
From: "Viviane Lerner" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001
Subject: Thoughts to ponder
From: NLP Wessex <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"Massive Western retaliation against Muslim targets unaccompanied by attempts to conciliate Arab and Muslim governments and populations will risk spreading support for terrorism in all directions."
- Anatol Lieven, Carnegie Edowment for International Peace Washington DC, London Times, 13 September 2001
14 September 2001
The fate of thousands more innocent people - and in extremis, perhaps millions - hangs in the balance depending on the ensuing reaction of the 'civilised' world to the events in America on Tuesday.
In the current situation the global capacity for self-multiplying retaliation in all directions is immense. The United States itself has exported more than 152 billion dollars worth of weaponry to states around the world since the end of the cold war. The Center for International Policy estimates that around 80% of U.S. arms exports to the developing world go to non-democratic regimes.
A significant portion of the $6 billion in covert U.S. arms and training sent to Afghan rebel groups in the 1980s was funnelled to factions that now use these resources to attack U.S. citizens and its allies. During the same period the US was arming Iraq.
The temptations to strike out are immense, but there is a third way. The choice is not between humiliation and retribution. The route to world peace and global reconciliation does, however, require vision and the hardest courage of all. The courage to adopt new thinking - especially by our leaders.
What example are we about to set to the rest of the world at this defining moment? Do we have the courage to adopt new thinking? Do the leaders of NATO have the mental capacity to 'think outside the box' or will they stand shoulder to shoulder with more misfortune? The future of genuinely civilised life on this planet depends on the answer to this question.
Mahatma Gandhi was once asked what he thought about western civilisation.
His response was: 'I think it would be a good idea'.