The Real Global Terror Alert
By Finian Cunningham
August 07, 2013 "Information
Sixty-eight years ago this week, the United States wiped out
more than 200,000 people when it dropped two atomic bombs on
the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
thousands more victims were to die over the ensuing years due to
slow, painful deaths from cancers and birth defects.
Yet the US - the only state to have ever used atomic weapons -
has never apologized or made any atonement for this singularly
horrific crime. Officially, the US justifies it as a legitimate
attack during war even though many historical sources show that
there was absolutely no military necessity for the bombings.
Even former president and top military commander Dwight
Eisenhower would later go on record as saying that the A-bomb
attacks on Japan in August 1945 were completely unnecessary.
unleashing of the atomic infernos on mostly civilian
populations was simply this: an act of supreme terrorism. It
was an act of barbarity callously calculated by the US
planners to demonstrate their country’s demonic power to the
rest of the world - and the Soviet Union in particular. This
premeditated rationale makes it an unpardonable crime of the
Fast-forward sixty-eight years on, the US government has this
week issued a global terror alert, closing down more than 20
diplomatic sites across the world and vacating staff from
various countries. Following suit are the British and French
governments who have shut their embassies in Yemen on the basis
of an unspecified, secret terror alert issued by Washington.
The rest of the world is thus obliged to believe the word of
Washington over this unverifiable warning.
Of course, it is a propaganda stunt, aimed at renewing the whole
fraudulent ‘war on terror’ charade and distracting from recent
politically embarrassing developments, such as the vast scope of
illegal surveillance against US citizens and the rest of the
world; or the increasing public awareness of the collusion
between American and Western intelligence and regime-change
terrorism in Syria.
This is the same American political establishment that launched
wars on Afghanistan and Iraq on the back of spurious and
outright mendacious claims over the alleged 9/11 terror attacks
and weapons of mass destruction.
This is the same government, along with Britain and France, that
secretly claims the Syrian armed forces of President Bashar
al-Assad used chemical weapons - when the hard evidence is that
it is actually the US-backed foreign mercenaries who have
launched these weapons to kill civilians.
This week, the US military killed more people in Yemen with its
assassination drones under presidential executive orders, just
as it has done every week over the past 10 years as it wages
covert and overt criminal wars in several countries
These US-led wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan,
Somalia, Libya and Syria have caused as many as two million,
mainly civilian, deaths.
yet ludicrously, the US government is putting the world on
alert against terrorism. Even more ludicrously, the Western
news media are amplifying this warning from the world’s
biggest terrorist state as if it is a benign service to
international public safety.
awful anniversary week of Hiroshima and Nagasaki it is rather
astounding that the perpetrator of that genocide is still
strutting the globe as if it is God almighty. On a global
terrorist offender list, the United States is the paramount
offender without compare.
In a saner world, the US should be a pariah state, shunned and
sanctioned, its government leaders past and present locked away
Perhaps, the world is finally beginning to wake up from the
illusory spell that it has been kept under till now, to realize
that humanity’s security is threatened not by states such as
Iran or North Korea, but by the one whose president is a Nobel
terror state slaps sanctions on Iran, North Korea, Cuba,
Syria, Zimbabwe and others, causing women and children to
die from medial and other basic deprivations. But what we
should realize is that this is not depraved double standards
or hypocrisy. No, such criminality is simply consistent with
the actions of American state terrorism.
not have any nuclear weapons, yet it is being strangled with
illegal trade sanctions by the world’s number-one nuclear
terrorist - the US - and its rogue partners, Britain, France and
Today, there are some 17,000 total nuclear weapons in the world.
About half of them are possessed by the US. The other major
holder of such weapons is Russia.
In Russia’s defense, it would most likely not have this atomic
stockpile if it were not for the fact that the US embarked on
the Cold War with its act of genocide at Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Stalin knew that that act of terror by US President Truman was
aimed at Moscow by way of demarcating the post-war lines of
global hegemony. By 1948, the Soviet Union had acquired the
A-bomb and the world was then well on the road to mutually
assured destruction - in direct consequence of the US original
act of nuclear terrorism on Japan.
Perhaps more frightening than the planet-destroying power of
US-held nuclear weapons is the monstrous mentality of the
American ruling class that wields them, including its mass media
In the same week that the world should be mourning the dead of
Hiroshima, Nagasaki and many other victims of US state
terrorism, we are instead expected to pander to the “terror
warnings” of American politicians and their media as if they
should be taken seriously and virtuously.
These American leaders should be in prison, not promulgating to
the rest of the world.
The truly appalling thing is that the world’s number-one terror
state is still at large.
Cunningham, originally from Belfast, Ireland, was born in 1963.
He is a prominent expert in international affairs. The author
and media commentator was expelled from Bahrain in June 2011 for
his critical journalism in which he highlighted human rights
violations by the Western-backed regime. He is a Master’s
graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific
editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England,
before pursuing a career in journalism.