Friday, September 16, 2011 -
From Print Edition
The 9/11 industry harvested its biggest riches on September 11, 2011, the tenth anniversary of the yet-to-be fully documented coordinated attacks on the United States of America which produced the era of awe and shock, bull-dozed all international norms, and initiated two great wars of the twenty-first century.
The events of the day were hyped up by a false FBI-CIA-manufactured terror threat, which no one believed in reality, even though brigades of “experts”, who filled the airwaves with emotional hype of all kinds, but behind the high drama on the front stage one lonely voice said: “George W Bush has blood on his hands, and Tony Blair too. I don’t know what went on in private meetings when Tony Blair agreed to it. But had Bush not gotten that tacit support from Blair, I don’t know if the course of history might have been different.”
This was not a Muslim sceptic, extremist, or anti-American activist; the words were uttered in all their glamorous truth by Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States (1977-1981), now 86 years old. He was talking to Carole Cadwalladr of The Observer in his modest home “which has no porticoes, no columns, no sweeping lawns, just a small brick single-storey structure that Jimmy and his wife, Rosalynn, built on Woodland Drive, Plains, Georgia, in 1961”. Jimmy Carter was then a peanut farmer and she was a peanut farmer’s wife. “We never dropped a bomb. We never fired a bullet. We never went to war,” he said, recalling his presidency.
Carter is, of course, an unusual man. His folks have lived in Plains, Georgia since 1860; Rosalynn’s forefathers have been there since 1830s; Plains, Georgia is about two-and-a-half hours’ drive from Atlanta, and it is not on anybody’s map. Yet, it is from this small corner of earth that Carter has pursued his post-presidential agenda around the world. The Carter Centre, the foundation he and Rosalynn set up to promote health, education and human rights, has been quietly working in areas which the World Bank or Harvard University or other institutions do not touch.
Carter, the winner of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, was perhaps the only public figure in the United States of America who articulated truth on this historic anniversary, which might prove to be the last big splash around 9/11 – at least one hopes so. Carter’s voice was not heard. His interview appeared on the front page of a British newspaper and the text was forgotten within 24 hours.
What remains in American memory is the bombast of Obama and the deception of Colin Powell, the US secretary of state on September 11, 2001 and George Bush’s point man on the world stage, who made the case for war with Iraq at the United Nations. Colin Powell was interviewed by Al-Jazeera and his non-repentant voice said, “I gave that speech at four hours’ notice; the information was verified by all the secret agencies, but, unfortunately it proved to be false.”
Colin Powell had provided that fabricated piece of information to the United Nations on behalf of the US administration. He denied any guilt, even though he acknowledged that the information was false. In his address to the United Nations, he had said that Saddam Hussein was trying to buy raw material from Africa to build nuclear weapons and he gave an elaborate description of an Iraqi weapons programme that never existed. He got what the war-hawks needed: a resolution authorising the invasion of Iraq, an invasion that would kill thousands and displace over two million human beings and leave a trail of violence, destruction and death.
Colin Powell’s crime against humanity only pales when compared to Tony Blair’s, whose “dossier on Iraq” was the final nail in the coffin of US-British moral authority, if it ever existed. Blair, like Powell and Bush, has yet to repent his crime against millions of human beings. What he said about Iraq was, to put it mildly, fabricated lies. Declassified evidence released by the Iraq War Inquiry directly contradicts everything he said.
Major General Michael Laurie, a senior Defence Intelligence Staff official at the time, has told the Iraq Inquiry that in fact, an earlier dossier had been rejected by the Blair administration because it did not make the case for war strongly enough, and that his superiors were “under pressure” to produce a stronger case for invasion. Laurie made the statement in response to what Alistair Campbell, Blair’s spin doctor had said.
That both Bush and Blair have blood on their hands is now an established truth. Their accomplices are as guilty of the crime; they had the choice to resign from their positions, as some others did. Laurie has now admitted in writing that a “previous paper, drafted in February and March , known to us then also as ‘the dossier’, was rejected because it did not make a strong enough case. From then until September we were under pressure to find intelligence that could reinforce the case...my team left no stone unturned in searching for evidence of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), but we could find no evidence of planes, missiles or equipment that related to WMD, generally concluding that they must have been dismantled, buried or taken abroad.” Laurie wrote that in the final stages of production of the dossier, facts were ‘managed’ to make them as convincing as possible, “reaching beyond the conclusions intelligence assessments would normally draw from such facts.”
Iraq continues to bleed. So does Afghanistan. The last hype for the 9/11 industry is over. Ten years after the start of an apparently interminable war, the United States of America is reeling under economic pressure.
Kabul, the heart of its grand occupational plans, the very seat of its false power and glory, woke up after the hype of 9/11 to witness an attack by the Taliban on the US embassy which is perhaps the best protected place in the entire country. One can imagine the state of the rest of that ravaged country. Iraq witnessed another carnage. The experts, however, are always right; they have told us that the United States is winning this war of terror; all is well; the US government has made the world safe.
The writer is a freelance columnist. Email: [email protected]