MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH
March 7, 2003
Miscellaneous Subjects #178: The Best of the Rest for This Week
Here is a last one for this week. Please make sure to check your emails before the usual time Sunday morning to get the latest Meditation Focus.
May Love, Light and Peace Prevail!
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
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"I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it would be the truth."
LAST MINUTE ADDITION:
Massive bombing said to start March 13th, invasion the 17th!!
Troops 'Told of March 17 Invasion'(March 6, 2003)
From the Agence France Presse
BRITISH troops had been told an invasion of Iraq would begin on March 17, with a huge bombing campaign being launched four days earlier, the Daily Express in London has reported. The tabloid quoted a senior government source, who it reported had direct access to British military planning in Kuwait, as saying that "everything is being geared up towards a ground invasion beginning on Monday week". British newspapers also reported that Britain and the US were considering an amended new United Nations resolution giving Iraq a short time to disarm or face imminent military action. The Times said that London and Washington were to force a vote on a new resolution early next week, but were studying ways of luring wavering Security Council members into their camp. One possible solution would be to introduce an ultimatum into the resolution, or a protocol alongside it. The intention would be to give Iraq a few more days to produce chemical and biological weapons, or furnish evidence of their destruction. The pro-war Sun, Britain's biggest-selling daily, said that US President George W. Bush would give Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein a 72-hour ultimatum to disarm next week after a crucial Security Council vote. CLIP
1. TAKE IT TO THE WHITE HOUSE MARCH 15
2. Bill Moyers: Patriotism and the Flag
3. Bush Pushes the Big Lie Toward the Brink
4. A Message from Congressman Dennis Kucinich
5. Men of God
6. Nuclear War in Iraq - Article by Helen Caldicott and UN Petition
7. More Evidence of U.S. Govt 9/11 Complicity
US Bugging phones and emails of Security Council members (March 2)
The United States is conducting a secret 'dirty tricks' campaign against UN Security Council delegations in New York as part of its battle to win votes in favour of war against Iraq.
Meet the People: No More Media Lies! (March 2)
Fed-Up Viewers Say, No More Lies! People Smash Their TVs at NBC Studios
Dismantle the Weapons of Mass Deception! (...) One television smasher, Noah Hypocrisy, told reporters that he was fed-up with the invasion of the military-industrial-media complex in his life, especially in light of the impending war on Iraq: In the United States and other Western powers, the corporate-owned media depend on the military for information, accepting what military officers at the Pentagon or the White House spinners offer as undeniable fact. Im not that gullible, and Im mad as hell at what Im seeing on my television set! CLIP
A Trial Balloon? - "Five to Ten Times Worse Than the Patriot Act"
Secret Bush Legislation Sent to Cheney, Hastert, Deepens Assault on Constitution
Transcript: Bill Moyers Interviews Nat Hentoff (Feb 28)
Total Awareness Information System still funded!
Civil Liberties After 9/11: Timeline
Sex boycott urged over war (March 3)
Women opposed to the war with Iraq have been urged to withhold sexual favours from their partners if the menfolk are pro-war. On Monday thousands of actresses all over the world took part in a reading of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata, as part of a protest against the war. (...) Rhea Leman, an American theatre director who is directing Monday's play in Christianhavn near Copenhagen, said: "Basically we are saying No Peace, No Sex." Ms Leman told BBC News Online: "The essence of the play is that if men go to war women should not go to bed with them. Until these men stop the war they will not get any sex." She said: "What makes the play a comedy is that it is as hard for the women to go without sex as it is for the men. But they stick the strike out as a matter of principle." CLIP
Theatres in global anti-war protest
Classical anti-war play performed in 59 countries
The Lysistrata Project
TAKE IT TO THE WHITE HOUSE MARCH 15
The reason the anti-war movement is growing so fast is that the world recognizes that the Bush Administration is not only planning to carry out an illegal unprovoked assault but that it intends to use methods that constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity. The reign of terror and violence is no longer a secret but the declared policy and strategy of the Bush administration. Fearful that a large number of U.S. casualties will intensify a political backlash at home, the war planners are openly admitting that they intend to create maximum terror among the Iraqi population. A front page article in the New York Times today reported the Pentagon's plans for "unleashing 3,000 precision-guided bombs and missiles in the first 48 hours of the campaign. General Myers warned that the American attack would result in Iraqi civilian casualties...'But we can't forget that war is inherently violent,' he said. 'People are going to die. As hard as we try to limit civilian casualties, it will occur. We need to condition people that that is war. People get the idea this is going to be antiseptic. Well, its not going to be.'" ("U.S. General Sees Plan to Shock Iraq Into Surrendering" New York Times, March 5, 2003)
On March 15, tens of thousands will converge on the White House in Washington DC. THE PLAN FOR THE EMERGENCY CONVERGENCE ON THE WHITE HOUSE is to gather at 12 noon at the Washington Monument (just south of the White House, Constitution Ave. between 15th and 17th Sts. NW) for a rally and march.
To see the rest of the story:
See also from Voice4Change:
Keep Saying No! To New Iraq Resolution.
Send an E-mail to all 15 Security Council Members!
Stand Up for Peace and Justice on International Women's Day!
Come to Washington, DC - March 7-9, 2003 - Join thousands of women and men from all walks of life for this amazing women-led peace convergence.
International Women's Day: Women Speak Out Against War
Patriotism and the Flag
by Bill Moyers
I put the flag in my lapel tonight. First time. Until now I haven't thought it necessary to display a little metallic icon of patriotism for everyone to see. It was enough to vote, pay my taxes, perform my civic duties, speak my mind, and do my best to raise our kids to be good Americans. Sometimes I would offer a small prayer of gratitude that I had been born in a country whose institutions sustained me, whose armed forces protected me, and whose ideals inspired me; I offered my heart's affections in return. It no more occurred to me to flaunt the flag on my chest than it did to pin my mother's picture on my lapel to prove her son's love. Mother knew where I stood; so does my country. I even tuck a valentine in my tax returns on April 15.
So what's this flag doing here? Well, I put it on to take it back. The flag's been hijacked and turned into a logo -- the trademark of a monopoly on patriotism. On those Sunday morning talk shows, official chests appear adorned with the flag as if it is the Good Housekeeping seal of approval. And during the State of the Union, did you notice Bush and Cheney wearing the flag? How come? No administration's patriotism is ever in doubt, only its policies. And the flag bestows no immunity from error. When I see flags sprouting on official lapels, I think of the time in China when I saw Mao's Little Red Book on every official's desk, omnipresent and unread.
But more galling than anything are all those moralistic ideologues in Washington sporting the flag in their lapels while writing books and running Web sites and publishing magazines attacking dissenters as un-American. They are people whose ardor for war grows disproportionately to their distance from the fighting. They're in the same league as those swarms of corporate lobbyists wearing flags and prowling Capitol Hill for tax breaks even as they call for more spending on war.
So I put this on as a modest riposte to men with flags in their lapels who shoot missiles from the safety of Washington think tanks, or argue that sacrifice is good as long as they don't have to make it, or approve of bribing governments to join the coalition of the willing (after they first stash the cash). I put it on to remind myself that not every patriot thinks we should do to the people of Baghdad what bin Laden did to us. The flag belongs to the country, not to the government. And it reminds me that it's not un-American to think that war -- except in self-defense -- is a failure of moral imagination, political nerve, and diplomatic skill. Come to think of it, standing up to your government can mean standing up for your country.
What do you think?
Bush Pushes the Big Lie Toward the Brink
By Robert Scheer
Even some in government can no longer be silent in the face of falsehood.
So the truth is out: George W. Bush lied when he claimed to be worried about Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction. Otherwise, Iraq's stepped-up cooperation with the U.N. on disarmament would be stunningly good news, obviating the need to rush to war.
Instead, the U.N. weapons inspectors' verification of Iraq's destruction of missiles, private meetings with Iraqi weapons scientists, visits to locations where biological and chemical weapons were destroyed in 1991 and a series of unfettered flights by U2 spy plans have been met with a shrug and sneer in Washington. The White House line is that even if the Iraqis destroy all their slingshots, Goliath is still bringing his tanks and instituting "regime change." The arrogance is breathtaking. We have demanded that a country disarm -- and even as it is doing so, we say it doesn't matter: it's too late; we're coming in. Put down your guns and await the slaughter.
Abraham Lincoln once observed that even a free people can be fooled for a time -- and this, mind you, was long before Fox News existed -- and in his chaotic two-year presidency, Bush has pushed the Big Lie approach so far that we are seeing dramatic signs of its cracking: an international backlash, a domestic peace movement and whistle-blowing from inside our own intelligence and diplomatic corps.
"We have not seen such systematic distortion of intelligence, such systematic manipulation of the American people, since the war in Vietnam," wrote John Brady Kiesling, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service in his letter of resignation last week to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Kiesling, who was political counselor in U.S. embassies throughout the Mideast, added that "until this administration, it had been possible to believe that by upholding the policies of my president, I was also upholding the interests of the American people and the world. I believe it no longer."
And this brave man is not the only one who has caught on. The entire world is astonished that our president is lying not about a personal indiscretion but about the most sacred duty of the leader of the most powerful nation in human history not to recklessly endanger the lives of his own or the world's people. Yet lie he has.
The first lie, claimed outright, was that Iraq aided and abetted the Sept. 11 terrorists. There is no evidence at all for this claim. It is also interesting to note that not a single leading Al Qaeda operative has turned out to be Iraqi. The latest to be nabbed, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, was living in Pakistan, was raised in Kuwait and studied engineering -- and presumably the physics of explosives -- at a college in North Carolina.
The second lie was that Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction represent an imminent threat to U.S. security. Despite the most hugely expensive but secret high-tech spy operation in human history -- estimated by most at well over $100 billion a year -- and a vast network of defectors and spies, we have not been able to find their supposed weapons.
The third and most dangerous lie is that our mission now is to bring lasting peace to the Mideast by a devastating invasion of Iraq, which will end, as the president outlined last week, in U.S. dominance over the structure of government and politics throughout the region. After abandoning promising efforts by the previous administration to create peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the Bush team now claims that changing Muslim governments around the world will end the downward spiral of violence there. Which leads us to another lie: that this is all good for our ally, Israel -- the claim of the cabal of neoconservative ideologues running our Mideast policy. In fact, however, Israel will be placed in a terribly dangerous position, serving as a fig leaf for U.S. ambitions, further ensuring that it remain forever an isolated military garrison.
This construction of a new world order comes from a naive and untraveled president, emboldened in his ignorance by advisors who have been plotting an aggressive Pax Americana ever since the Soviet bloc's collapse. Bush insiders Richard Perle, Elliott Abrams, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz and Donald Rumsfeld are all members of something called the Project for a New American Century that has been pushing for a U.S. redesign of the Mideast since 1997. After Sept. 11, they seized on our national tragedy as a way to enlist George W. in support of their grand design. Not only was this reckless scheme never mentioned by Bush during the election campaign, it was the sort of thing renounced as "nation-building," something he would never support. Yet another lie.
Date: 27 Feb 2003
Subject: A Message from Congressman Dennis Kucinich
From: Kucinich Campaign <email@example.com>
Thanks to your encouragement and that of many Americans, I am stepping forward as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President. My candidacy represents an opportunity for a fundamental shift in our nation's international and domestic policies. My campaign is to bring before the American people international policies which can create peace and prosperity.
As you know, our nation stands poised to wage aggressive war against a nation which did not attack the United States. I have led the effort in the House to challenge the Bush administration's march to war in Iraq. We are at a point of transit in human affairs which will describe not only what kind of nation we have, but who we are as a people.
I want to reinstate the meaning of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and to begin anew to eliminate all nuclear weapons from this world. I want to see the United State participate in the Biological Weapons Convention, Chemical Weapons Convention, the Land Mines Treaty, the Small Arms Treaty, and the International Criminal Court. It is time we take a stand for the global environment and affirm the Kyoto Global Climate Change Treaty.
The current administration's policies of preemption, unilateralism and first-strike use of nuclear weapons are inconsistent with the long-term security interests of the American people. These policies will only cause resentment and anger to build towards our country, affecting not only our lives, but the lives of our children.
As the next President, I will move forward, in the tradition of Franklin D. Roosevelt, to create a full-employment economy, a national health care system with guaranteed quality health care for all, and guaranteed retirement security for all. I will work to end the loss of jobs cause by so-called "free trade" by canceling NAFTA and the WTO. Our nation should return to a bilateral trading system where adherence to workers' rights, human rights, and environmental quality principles opens the doors to fair trade with America.
We know this country is capable of so much more. We know that now is the time to move away from war. Now is the time to create a new world.
You can help this campaign to affect the course of history. Your encouragement brought me this far. Your help makes possible a new America.
Please visit my website at http://www.kucinich.us/ to volunteer. Our campaign is also in need of immediate funds in this start-up phase. Whether you are able to contribute money or time, a visit to our website will facilitate your contribution.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Thank you for your support.
HERE IS A FOLLOW UP TO MY RECENT ITEM ON CATHY. IF YOU'D LIKE HER TO KEEP YOU POSTED WITH HER FUTURE LETTERS, PLEASE ASK HER DIRECTLY.
From: "Cathy Buckle" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Men of God
Sent: March 01, 2003
Dear Family and Friends,
This week the price of petrol went up by 91%. The announcement has been accepted with exhausted resignation by us all. It has done absolutely nothing for the availability of fuel and if you are lucky enough to find a queue the lines are endlessly long and still mean waiting for hours before being served. Within days we expect the price of everything to rise dramatically. What this will do to our 208% inflation rate and the availability of food hardly bears thinking about. The government announced price freezes for everything imaginable last year so it seems most likely that our supermarket shelves will only get even emptier. This clearly does not matter to our government who, on Friday, listed another 16 farms they intend to seize. There are now only an estimated 15% of Zimbabwe's original commercial farmers still left on their land trying to growing food for us. While the country slowly starves, the World Food Programme this week announced that even the so called settler farmers now living on seized farms are starving and in need of food aid. Every day now our obsession is with finding food, trying to survive and wondering how much longer we can go on like this. Each day is exhausting and utterly depressing and yet some brave people still find the courage to make a stand.
The world cup cricket matches continue to be played in Zimbabwe. Our two brave heroes, Andy Flower and Henry Olonga remain defiant and continue with their silent protest at the appalling chaos and suffering in the country. With each match the two men have come under greater and greater attack for their courage and honesty. Olonga's cricket Club, Takashinga, expelled him from their membership. Both men were reprimanded by the Zimbabwe Cricket Union and told to take off their black armbands. At the next game they wore white wristbands in a call for peace and were again hauled in by cricketing authorities. They were told to end their protest or risk being dropped from the selection. Both men refused and bravely play on. During the match against Australia, Catholic Archbishop, Pius Ncube and 20 others wore black armbands and ribbons in the grounds and issued a press statement saying that they too mourned the death of democracy in Zimbabwe.
Our Catholic Archbishop has given us more than a little reason to feel proud in the last 3 years of his consistent outspokenness. He continues to risk his life by speaking out. On Thursday evening he held a service for victims of torture in Zimbabwe. A dozen people gave testimony about what had happened to them. Police were in the Church and the following morning they visited Archbishop Ncube. He was cautioned by the Police and told not to bring politics into his Church. Asked on Short Wave Radio Africa if this warning would deter him, Archbishop Ncube said: "I cannot stop. As long as people are suffering I must speak out." His example has given others in the church courage to speak out. On Friday morning 22 pastors and clergymen marched to Harare Police Headquarters. They carried a petition saying that the laws which forbid gatherings without police permission were impinging on people's right to the freedom of worship. Having phoned the Police and said that they were coming and why, the Pastors continued. At Police Headquarters they were met by a vehicle filled with uniformed men. These policemen taunted the clergymen, condemning them for their position and promptly took 19 of them in for questioning. Six hours later they were released, two have to return on Monday for further questioning. We are outraged but can do nothing. Now, more than ever before, there is not a shadow of doubt in anyone's minds that the tragedy in Zimbabwe is not about land or the colour of our skins, but simply about a party clinging to power. No one is safe, not even men of God.
I am delighted to be able to tell you that both "African Tears" and "Beyond Tears" have now arrived in Australia and can be sourced from John Reed Books at email@example.com. John has also kindly agreed to handle orders from people in New Zealand. Hopefully stocks will soon be in England too. If anyone can help with a distributor in America or Canada I would be most grateful for your help. The further we can get our desperate cry for help the better. We have given up on looking to our neighbours in South Africa to even do us the human courtesy of admitting that people are suffering, dying, starving, rotting in prisons and being arrested for worshipping God. We know we are alone and I think that without your support, loving emails and wonderful letters and parcels I too would give up hope. Until next week.
With love, Cathy.
Copyright Cathy Buckle, 1st March 2003.
"African Tears" and "Beyond Tears" are available from: http://www.exclusivebooks.com and http://www.kalahari.net
Note from Jean: I CANNOT BEGIN TO IMAGINE WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO LIVE IN A COUNTRY LIKE ZIMBABWE... COULD YOU?
From: "Suzanne Clarke" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Nuclear War in Iraq - Article by Helen Caldicott and UN Petition
Date: 4 Mar 2003
Article by Helen Caldicott and UN Petition
Helen Caldicott's article was sent to me. It made it very clear that any war in Iraq will, in fact, be a Nuclear war. It is very disturbing. I ask that you read it. Then please sign if you can, and copy and send to your friends and family members who support peaceful resolution of Middle East conflicts.
Below is the article by Helen Caldicott, MD, in which she explains in scientific terms the Nuclear legacy that an Iraqi war will leave for our children. We must stop it before it starts, for even the "winners" will be the losers for all time. You can make a difference!
Dr. Helen Caldicott
October 6, 2002 (Editorial published in the Baltimore Sun)
NEW YORK -- As the Bush administration prepares to make war on the Iraqi people -- for it is the civilian population of that country and not Saddam Hussein who will bear the brunt of the hostilities -- it is important that we recall the medical consequences of the last Persian Gulf war. It was, in effect, a Nuclear war.
By the end of that 1991 conflict, the United States left between 300 and 800 tons of depleted uranium-238 in anti-tank shells and other munitions on the battlefields of Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
The term "depleted" refers to the removal of the fissionable element uranium-235 through a process that ironically is called "enrichment."
What remains, uranium-238, is 1.7 times more dense than lead. When incorporated into an anti-tank shell and fired, it achieves enormous momentum, cutting through tank armor like a hot knife through butter. What other properties does uranium-238 possess? First, it is pyrophoric. When it hits a tank, it bursts into flames, producing aerosolized particles less than 5 microns in diameter, making them easy to inhale into the terminal air passages of the lung.
Second, it is a potent radioactive carcinogen, emitting a relatively heavy alpha particle composed of two protons and two neutrons. Once inside the body -- either in the lung if it has been inhaled, in a wound if it penetrates flesh, or ingested since it concentrates in the food chain and contaminates water -- it can produce cancer in the lungs, bones, blood or kidneys.
Third, it has a half-life of 4.5 billion years, meaning the areas in which this ammunition impacted in Iraq and Kuwait will remain effectively radioactive for the rest of time. Children are 10 to 20 times more sensitive to the effects of radiation than adults. My fellow pediatricians in the Iraqi city of Basra, for example, report an increase of six to 12 times in the incidence of childhood leukemia and cancer. Yet because of the sanctions imposed on Iraq by the United States and the United Nations, they have no access to antibiotics, chemotherapeutic drugs or effective radiation machines to treat their patients. The incidence of congenital malformations has doubled in the exposed populations in Iraq where these weapons were used. Among them are babies being born with only one eye and with an anencephaly -- the absence of a brain.
However, the medical consequences of the use of uranium-238 almost certainly did not affect only Iraqis. Some American veterans exposed to it are reported, by at least one medical researcher, to be excreting uranium in their urine a decade later. Other reports indicate it is being excreted in their semen.
That nearly one-third of the American tanks used in Desert Storm were armed with munitions made with uranium-238 is another story, for their crews were exposed to whole body gamma radiation. What might be the long-term consequences of such exposure has not, apparently, been studied.
Would these effects have surprised U.S. authorities? No, for incredible as it may seem, the American military's own studies prior to Desert Storm warned that aerosol uranium exposure under battlefield conditions could lead to cancers of the lung and bone, kidney damage, non-malignant lung disease, neurocognitive disorders, chromosomal damage and birth defects.
Do President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld understand the medical consequences of the 1991 war and the likely health effects of the next one they are planning? If they don't, their ignorance is breathtaking. Even more incredible, though,and possibly more likely, is that they do understand but don't care.
Helen Caldicott, MD, founder and president of the Nuclear Policy Research Institute, has devoted 25 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age. Her most recent book is "The New Nuclear Danger: George W. Bush's Military-Industrial Complex" (The New Press, 2002).
More Evidence of U.S. Govt 9/11 Complicity
9/11: The Enlightenment Can Science overcome Myth?
4th March 2003
Professor A.K. Dewdney, author of 'Ghost Riders in the Sky', has released the results of an experiment testing the feasibility of claims that cellphone calls were made from 'hijacked' airplanes on September 11th 2001.
The cellphone calls from hijacked planes were a crucial element of the 'official version' of the horrific events of '9/11', as they directly corroborated the notion that all four planes were hijacked by Arab terrorists.
Dewdney's experiment suggests that it is highly unlikely the cellphone calls took place as reported...
Dewdney's 'Ghost Riders in the Sky' hypothesis has been available on the web since early 2002. Now in its fourth version, it can be viewed HERE.
Dewdney is a Canadian Mathematician and Computer Scientist who holds the position of Emeritus Professor at the University of Western Ontario and has some 100 academic papers to his name. He proposes that the four 'hijacked' airplanes on 9/11 were taken over by remote control after all crew and passengers were disabled (probably killed by a poisonous gas such as sarin). Professor Dewdney further suggests that the 'Arab hijackers', whose identity has been shrouded in mystery since it was discovered that several alleged hijackers are in fact alive and well, were patsies.
A crucial objection to Dewdney's hypothesis has been the cellphone calls reportedly made from the 'hijacked' planes. These cellphone calls appear to substantiate the official version of events. If they took place as reported, Dewdney's hypothesis is clearly incorrect.
In version four of 'Ghost Riders', Dewdney went to great lengths to analyze the numerous reports of cellphone calls, and showed how they could have been faked and/or fabricated.
Now he's gone one better.
On Tuesday 25th February 2003, Dewdney chartered a light plane and flew up into the airspace above London Ontario - an area extensively serviced with cellphone stations. His goal was to test the essential feasibility of the claim that cellphone calls could have been made from planes at high altitude.
Dewdney's report on this private experiment, entitled 'Project Achilles', is HERE
His report concludes:
"To the extent that the cellphones used in this experiment represent types in general use, it may be concluded that from this particular type of aircraft, cellphones become useless very quickly with increasing altitude. In particular, two of the cellphone types, the Mike and the Nokia, became useless above 2000 feet. Of the remaining two, the Audiovox worked intermittently up to 6000 feet but failed thereafter, while the BM analog cellphone worked once just over 7000 feet but failed consistently thereafter. We therefore conclude that ordinary cellphones, digital or analog, will fail to get through at or above 8000 feet abga."
The light plane used by Dewdney for the experiment could be expected to yield much better results for cellphone use than large commercial airliners of the type 'hijacked' on 9/11, because the carbon fiber skin of the test plane is 'radio transparent' and offers little attenuation of the signal - unlike the aluminum surface of a Boeing 757 or 767. If cellphones fail at a given altitude in the test plane, one may be confident they won't work at equivalent altitude in an airliner with a metal surface.
Dewdney's experiment suggests that if cellphone calls from 'hijacked' airplanes on 9/11 happened at all, they must all have occurred at very low altitude. This is inconsistent with the 'official version' of events.
The implications that 9/11 was a spectacular hoax are, of course, staggering. Many journalists and commentators may be reticent to dissect the official version of events, because to do so opens a veritable Pandora's Box.
If 9/11 was not carried out by Arab terrorists, the perpetrators clearly must have influence within the highest levels of the US Administration.
Key elements of the mass media must also have been complicit in perpetrating the fraud.
Whoever was ultimately responsible for these crimes against humanity apparently intended, inter alia, to portray terrorism as a quintessentially Muslim phenomenon and trigger long-term western hostility towards the Arab and Moslem world.
With war looming in the middle east, justified largely on the basis of the events of '9/11', the immediate contemporary relevance of this possibility is self-evident.
Giving credence to this view is not, perhaps, conducive to a successful career in the western media. Nevertheless, journalists worthy of the title should start seriously investigating the many anomalies surrounding 9/11 - and stop uncritically regurgitating officially-sanctioned myths which fail to withstand scientific scrutiny.
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