The Colder War
The Colder War
LAST week, the
Of all the extraordinary news since September 11, this is the most alarming. It is time to break our silence.
That is to say, it is time for other governments to break their silence, especially the Blair government, whose complicity in the American rampage in
The recent statements of British Ministers about the "vindication" of the "outstanding success" in
The Pentagon's release of deliberately provocative pictures of prisoners at
The threat of "terrorism", some of it real, most of it invented, is the new Red Scare. The parallels are striking.
Above all, the American industrial-complex has a new enemy with which to justify its gargantuan appetite for public resources - the new military budget is enough to end all primary causes of poverty in the world.
Donald Rumsfeld, the Defence Secretary, says he has told the Pentagon to "think the unthinkable."
Vice President Dick Cheney, the voice of Bush, has said the
"This is total war. We are fighting a variety of enemies. There are lots of them out there ... If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely, and we don't try to piece together clever diplomacy but just wage a total war, our children will sing great songs about us years from now."
Their words evoke George Orwell's great prophetic work, Nineteen Eighty-Four. In the novel, three slogans dominate society: war is peace, freedom is slavery and ignorance is strength.
Today's slogan, war on terrorism, also reverses meaning. The war is terrorism. The next American attack is likely to be against
This is almost certainly a fiction spread by
In 1993, in the last days of George Bush Senior's presidency, 18 American soldiers were killed in
Like the victims of American bombing in Afghanistan, and Iraq, and Cambodia, and Vietnam and many other stricken countries, the Somalis are unpeople, whose deaths have no political and media value in the West.
WHEN Bush Junior's heroic marines return in their Black Hawk gunships, loaded with technology, looking for "terrorists", their victims will once again be nameless. We can then expect the release of Black Hawk Down II.
Breaking our silence means not allowing the history of our lifetimes to be written this way, with lies and the blood of innocent people. To understand the lie of what Blair/Straw/Hoon call the "outstanding success" in
Brzezinski not long ago revealed that on
The CIA called this Operation Cyclone and in the following years poured $4billion into setting up Islamic training schools in
Young zealots were sent to the CIA's spy training camp in
Others were recruited at an Islamic school in
The result, quipped Brzezinski, was "a few stirred up Muslims" - meaning the Taliban.
At that time, the late 1970s, the American goal was to overthrow Afghanistan's first progressive, secular government, which had granted equal rights to women, established health care and literacy programmes and set out to break feudalism.
When the Taliban seized power in 1996, they hanged the former president from a lamp-post in
His body was still a public spectacle when
NO AMERICAN newspaper dares suggest that the prisoners in
Nor do they ask: who were the real winners of September 11?
The day the Wall Street stockmarket opened after the destruction of the
Within six weeks of September 11, the company (with its main plant in
This truth is virtually unknown by the American public and makes a mockery of Bush's (and Blair's) statements about "tracking down terrorists wherever they are".
They don't have to look far.
Why? All of them are anti-Castro Cubans. Former Guatemalan Defence Minister Gramajo Morales, who was accused of "devising and directing an indiscriminate campaign of terror against civilians", including the torture of an American nun and the massacre of eight people from one family, studied at
During the 1980s, thousands of people were murdered by death squads connected to the army of
The former Haitian dictator, General Prosper Avril, liked to display the bloodied victims of his torture on television.
When he was overthrown, he was flown to
A leading member of the Chilean military during the reign of General Pinochet, whose special responsibility was executions and torture, lives in
The Iranian general who ran
One of Pol Pot's senior henchmen, who enticed Cambodian exiles back to their certain death, lives in
What all these people have in common, apart from their history of terrorism, is that they either worked directly for the
The al-Qaeda training camps are kindergartens compared with the world's leading university of terrorism at
There is terrible irony at work here. The humane response of people all over the world to the terrorism of September 11 has long been hijacked by those running a rapacious great power with a history of terrorism second to none. Global supremacy, not the defeat of terrorism, is the goal; only the politically blind believe otherwise.
The "widening gap between the world's "haves" and "have nots"', says a remarkably candid document of the US Space Command, presents "new challenges" to the world's superpower and which can only be met by "Full Spectrum Dominance" - dominance of land, sea, air and space.