Terrorists in High Places
By Charles Sullivan
-- -- Wars are not waged by those who have to fight them. Those who
fight wars know too well their terrible costs. Wars are waged by
those who profit from them with minimal or no risk to themselves.
War is big business and it is immensely profitable for a select few
who are insulated from the effects of war’s environmental impacts
and social costs. War never serves the interest of working class
people. They are the result of menacing forces of greed and power
masquerading as benevolent government, insulating us from contrived
acts of terror. They are in fact anything but munificent.
Never is the trait of deceit more treacherous than when it leads to
the loss of precious innocent life. It was obvious from the outset
that George Bush lied about the pretext for war with Iraq. His man
servant, Colin Powell, sold the idea to the world in his infamous
speech before the United Nations. It was widely known that Saddam
Hussein had little war making capabilities; and he certainly did not
pose a credible threat to the United States, Israel, or any Middle
Eastern Country. U.N. weapons inspectors such as Scott Ritter made
this fact known long before the invasion began. Saddam Hussein was
the creation of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Boogey Man
necessary to sell the American people on Bush’s illegitimate
invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Likewise, Osama Bin Laden was on the C.I.A. payroll. And like Saddam
Hussein, he was another Boogey Man created to sell the American
people on the invasion of Afghanistan. Based upon the evidence, it
is unlikely that Bin Laden or any other Muslim had anything to do
with the events of September 11. That, too, was in all probability
another cruel hoax perpetrated on the American people by those who
stood to make billions of dollars by plundering Afghanistan and
Iraq. It also explains why so little effort has been spent finding
Bin Laden, the supposed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.
The events of 9/11 were, I contend, an inside job. The findings of
the 9/11 truth commission defy the laws of physics and ignore the
most relevant physical evidence. They are a work of phantasmagoric
fiction that requires us to believe the fantastic—that tall
buildings can fall at free fall speed within their own footprint,
for example. Or that small fires can melt steel pillars and cause
massive sky scrapers to collapse. But that is another story.
What is beyond dispute, however, is that the events of 9/11 set off
a chain reaction of cause and effect in the Middle East. Soon after
the U.S. bombing and invasion of Afghanistan, Unocal (recently
merged with Chevron) had established a major oil pipeline through
Afghanistan—a territory ruled by war lords hostile to U.S.
imperialism. Soon the money from the plunder of Afghanistan was
filling the corporate coffers with black gold. What is the loss of a
few thousand innocent civilians when there is money to be made? Let
them live in the Stone Age we have created for them.
I fully understand what a profound and potentially shocking
statement that is to those who have been deceived by the ‘official’
history of the United States. It would require that members of the
Bush regime were knowingly complicit in the murder of thousands of
innocent U.S. citizens. It might even require that they actually
orchestrated those events as a pretext to war with Afghanistan and
Iraq, even though neither country had anything to do with 9/11. As
testimony to the commercial media’s proficiency at deception,
forty-two percent of Americans still believe that Saddam Hussein was
responsible for 9/11. Never mind that there isn’t a shred of
evidence to substantiate that claim. It is a matter of faith. When
Bush and his minions repeat those stale lies over and over and the
media repeatedly broadcasts them, the ill informed can be made to
believe anything. The bigger the lie, the more readily it is
believed. The official version of the events of 9/11 could not take
root in the public conscience without the complicity of the
corporate media. Make no mistake: the commercial media is a vital
and potent component of the Pentagon’s superb propaganda machine.
In reality, the neocon agenda of global domination is the blueprint
for the events of 9/11, as revealed in the ‘Project for the New
American Century’ and ‘Rebuilding America’s Defenses’. Both of these
revealing documents are online for public perusal. Reading them is
imperative to understanding not only America’s veiled history, but
also current events. They offer considerable insight into future
military interventions. It is no irony that these documents, which
call for regime change in Iraq and a host of other countries was
authored by the very same people who are serving in the current Bush
regime. They are the same people who stand to benefit financially
and politically from the plunder and occupation of Iraq, as well as
the rest of the world.
Subsequent to the events of 9/11, the neocon brain trust declared
that a catalyzing event was needed to galvanize the American people
to back a plan of U.S. global domination—a New Pearl Harbor. On the
morning of September 12, 2001, Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld,
called for an immediate attack on Iraq, and Condoleezza Rice and
Dick Cheney repeatedly referred to the events of 9/11 as “an
opportunity.” George Bush declared that he “hit the trifecta.” The
Bush people could hardly contain their glee. These statements of
fact reveal much about the kind of people who are running the
country. It should also make clear that in America there is no
separation of commercial media and state—the two are as inseparable
as newlyweds on a honeymoon.
As unthinkable as it be to some, the wanton murder of American
citizens by the government is not without precedent. America’s dark
history is brimming with examples. Two well documented cases
illustrate my point. In 2000 Robert Stinnett published a book
entitled ‘Day of Deceit: the Truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor.’ In
his book Stinnett paints an ugly picture that lead up to the
American entrance into World War Two. Citing extensively from
thousands of previously classified documents, Stinnett demonstrates
that Franklin Delano Roosevelt knew about the invasion of Pearl
Harbor a year before it happened. The newly declassified Pentagon
documents reveal that U.S. naval ships and air craft were ordered to
stand by and allow the attack to happen. The Japanese attack on
Pearl Harbor was provoked by a popular American president who
allowed American military personnel to be slaughtered by foreign
invaders. Roosevelt’s tactic was wildly successful. The day before
the attack only sixteen percent of Americans polled favored entry
into the war. The following day, more than a million men signed up
for the military. In effect, as commander-in chief, Roosevelt
presided over a treasonous act of murder against his own military.
But, like so many other events in American history, none of this is
revealed in the ‘official’ version of written history. These events
bear an uncanny similarity to the events of 9/11.
More recently, in the prelude to the U.S. entrance into the Viet Nam
war, a phantom attack on two U.S. destroyers cruising the Gulf of
Tonkin was staged by the Pentagon and the C.I.A. The bogus attack
occurred early in August, 1964. That evening President Lyndon
Johnson went on television giving the grim details of the
non-attack. Later, however, it was revealed that navy commander
James Stockdale flew cover over the Gulf of Tonkin that night.
Stockdale disclosed that U.S. ships were firing at phantom
targets—targets that didn’t exist. The Gulf of Tonkin Incident that
drew the U.S. into the quagmire of Viet Nam simply didn’t happen.
Johnson, as presidents so often do, lied to the American people. The
result was the rapid passage of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which
was the sole legal basis for the Viet Nam War. As a result of
Johnson’s lie, three million Vietnamese people and fifty eight
thousand U.S. soldiers died.
The neocons, with their corporate handlers and their equally
complicit counterparts, the neoliberals, are in fact a shadow
government that runs America. They have names like Bush, Cheney,
Perle, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Rice, Kristol, Dulles, Kennedy and
Rockefeller; Lockheed Martin, Halliburton, General Electric, Unocal,
Shell Oil and Boeing. Democracy, freedom, liberty, organized labor,
peace, and social justice are their avowed enemies. Their crooked,
talonous fingers dig deep into the profits of war, while
simultaneously clutching the broken spines of the moldering corpses
they produce. They are the grim reapers of unrepentant capitalism
George Bush got his anxiously awaited war on Iraq. Halliburton,
Bechtel, and other corporations are raking in billions. It is easy
money for the war profiteers who risk nothing and gain everything.
It is our tax money that is subsidizing their obscene profits.
Layers of our civil liberties were quietly repealed. It is our sons
and daughters who die for the likes of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld,
Halliburton and Bechtel. They are America’s shadow government—the
unseen hands pulling the strings of atrocity. Someone has to tell
our children what they are dying for. This is George Bush’s noble
Unless we stop them, their grim work is not done. It will never be
done until there is nothing left to defile. There will be countless
millions more corpses, broken lives and torn families to follow.
Even more ghastly attacks on unwitting American citizens will be
fabricated; and fools will play along with them. The flags will come
out and Nationalism will spread like a lethal virus across the land.
Dissenters will be denounced and imprisoned. These acts of contrived
terrorism will be the pretext for the invasion and occupation of
other sovereign nations. They will be the pretext for feeding the
war machine the blood and the bones of our babies. You see, there
are terrorists lurking in high places. They are in the Whitehouse.
They are the enablers in Congress who serve the corporate interest,
rather than justice. They are hidden behind the beckoning smiles of
news anchor men and anchor women. They operate in the dark smoky
recesses of corporate board rooms, out of public view. Their
tentacles reach into every aspect of our lives. They lie concealed
in the stinking breath of the Rush Limbaughs of this world in their
awful ability to persuade. They are not on our side.
We must resist them at all cost. We must inform ourselves. Speak
truth to power. Let them know that we see through their masks. Do
not accept this. Organize. Organize. Organize.
Authors Bio: Charles Sullivan is a furniture maker, photographer,
and free lance writer residing in the eastern panhandle of West
Virgina. He welcomes your comments at
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