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September 11th: Propaganda Day

September 12, 2009

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“As far as the Americans were concerned, the Iraqi people were sub-human, untermenschen. You could almost split the Americans into two groups: ones who were complete crusaders, intent on killing Iraqis, and the others who were in Iraq because the Army was going to pay their college fees.”

                                — Ben Griffin, former SAS soldier.

 

“They make a desert, and they call it peace.”

                                — Publius Tacitus, De vita et moribus Iulii Agricolae

 

So another September 11th has come and gone. The most recent marks the eight year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

In the USA, Sept. 11th has been designated “Patriot Day” by the American government.  It’s a kind of memorial day for the nearly 3000 people killed.  

All US flags are mandated to fly at half-staff, and Americans are supposed  to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM EST, the moment when the first airliner hit the World Trade Center in 2001.

The politicians make their speeches

The media broadcasts its tributes.

And patriotic Americans wave their flags.

But for all its nationalistic piety, this “Patriot Day” is completely misnamed. It should be called Propaganda Day.

Why?

Because Sept. 11th served as the political pretext for the USA and its allies to launch a global war of conquest based upon lies and deceit.

Without the “new Pearl Harbor” that was 9/11, there would be no Western invasion of Afghanistan and no invasion of Iraq. No Abu Ghraib torture and no Gitmo Gulag. No Patriot Act and no Homeland Security. No Long War” that will supposedly last decades.

In short, there would no War on Terror in general.

But the most Orwellian thing? 

That would be the deception that the Anglo-American “War on Terrorism” is actually about fighting terrorism, when it clearly is not. Then there are those nagging questions about the events of 9/11 itself, which have been relegated to the realm of “conspiracy theory” by the Mainstream media and society.

All told, this Western-led war has murdered well over a million people, maimed countless more, displaced greater numbers as refugees, and destroyed entire nations in everything but name.

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Afghani child turned into NATO “collateral damage.”

In Afghanistan, over 1000 civilians have been killed in the first half of 2009 alone, according to a UN report. This is up over 24% since the same period in 2008.

One of the latest atrocities committed by NATO forces was the air strike in Kunduz, where at least 90-100 Afghanis were killed in early Sept. 2009. Some of these people were incinerated alive when German troops called in F-15 missile strikes on fuel tankers below.

This is nothing new.

American and allied forces have “accidentally” bombed wedding parties multiple times, raided hospitals, and even engaged in sex trafficking at the US Embassy in Kabul.

This latter crime is similar to the sexual exploitation perpetrated by the infamous US “military contractor” company Blackwater (now rebranded as Xe) in Iraq. Only in the Blackwater case, the victims were Iraqi children.  Thus, sworn statements by former employees “describe Blackwater as ‘having young girls provide oral sex to Enterprise members in the ‘Blackwater Man Camp’ in exchange for one American dollar.’”

These things are but a drop in the ocean and do not even include the 2001 Mazar-i-Sharif Massacre in which American troops are said to have tortured and killed 3000 Taliban POWs: 

One Afghan, shown in battle fatigues, says of the treatment of prisoners in the Shibarghan camp: “I was a witness when an American soldier broke one prisoner’s neck and poured acid on others. The Americans did whatever they wanted. We had no power to stop them.”

Another Afghan soldier states, “They cut off fingers, they cut tongues, they cut their hair and cut their beards. Sometimes they did it for pleasure; they took the prisoners outside and beat them up and then returned them to the prison. But sometimes they were never returned and they disappeared, the prisoner disappeared. I was there.”

And still, this doesn’t begin to address the historic crime that has been committed by the Coalition of the Willing against Iraq–where Iraqi dead number over 1 .3 million, with 4.5 million displaced from their homes (or 1 out of every 6 Iraqis), 1-2 million widowed, another 5 million orphaned, and depleted uranium poisoning the land.  

The 2004 Fallujah Massacre, the 2005 Haditha Massacre, or the sundry acts of daily brutality meted out with numbing regularity by Coalition of the Killing in both Iraq and Afghanistan. 

They’re all part of the crime of the century.

Meanwhile, most citizens of the self-styled Free World can barely stifle a disinterested yawn, rousing only to complain that the war is no longer worth fighting because of the high cost in blood and treasure … for themselves.

But at least this war has brought Westernstyle democracy to the Greater Middle East!

Commenting about the Roman Empire, the great historian Tacitus once wrote, “To ravage, to slaughter, to usurp under false titles, they call empire; and where they make a desert, they call it peace.”

For our times, his insight is just as relevant, but it must updated for the Anglo-American Empire of today: “To ravage, to slaughter, to usurp under false titles, they call democracy; and where they make a wasteland, they call it freedom.”

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. jwbe permalink
    September 22, 2009 11:31 pm

    some/many Americans naive question ‘why do they hate us’ or the belief ‘they are jealous of our freedom’ shows how manipulated the mainstream American mind is and how little they know about themselves and the world they occupy, directly or indirectly and the impact they have.
    Scary for a nation with the most powerful nuclear arsenal and being the only nation ever that dropped atomic bombs to eradicate people and ruining the lifes of survivors.

  2. September 27, 2009 1:09 pm

    @jwbe

    You are right about the frightening nature of America.

    Americans delude themselves into believing they are the champions of liberty and democracy the world over. Hence, the USA has a God given right to invade, bomb, and colonize any country they want–all under the banner of spreading freedom.

    It’s not just the American ruling class that believes in this crusading imperial ideology. It’s the American people themselves.

    This perverse American nationalist ideology is called US Exceptionalism and is one reason why America is a threat to the world. The USA is not only the most destructive military power on the planet, but it has repeatedly demonstrated its willingness to use this military for aggressive wars past and present–with the backing of American citizens, who will mindlessly “support the troops.”

    The Myth of American Exceptionalism
    http://mitworld.mit.edu/video/258

    All the while, the American people smugly congratulate themselves about their vaunted freedoms that everyone is jealous of–the true nature of which is exemplified below.

  3. Nancy Vasilofski permalink
    January 15, 2011 12:11 am

    I hope you are healing well. I have a little boy your age and would never want him to go through this pain. I wish you a good recovery. I’m sure your mommy loves you as much as I love my son.

    Nancy (Arnold) Vasilofski
    from Brighton,MI
    313-408-5659

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