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Through The American Looking Glass
by Robert Fisk
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JFK, 9-11, And The Real America:
Tying It All Together
November 22, 2003
organic reconsideration of US history and major "conspiracy
theories" of the past 40 years, including those pertaining
to the 9-11 attack, and how they
shed light on America's present drift into fascism.
What makes you think you actually KNOW what happened on
those planes? All four were obliterated, along with everyone
on board, remember? No crime scene, no direct evidence,
no recognizable remains, no witnesses whatsoever -- it's
a blank canvas. How convenient for any party intent on
launching a new era of global imperialism, and willing
to spin this tragedy into a viable excuse. Indeed, all
of the attack's consequences are far better explained
by this agenda than by Bin Laden's purported death wish.
Those presuming to examine this matter, i.e. ALL OF US,
need to recognize that such trickery is a timeless specialty
And yet from that very day we have allowed the government-media
complex to focus all attention on one rather thin explanation:
Crazy Arabs did it! George W. Bush and his cabinet have
made it known to us, in the most arrogant terms, that
they will brook no discussion of other possibilities --
an edict most Americans, in their desperation to believe
in this man, seem to have embraced. The Bush Administration
even withholds its "proof" of Al Qa'eda's guilt;
clearly, it considers mere citizens too unimportant to
require full explanations, and once again, we're just
rolling over and taking it.
The phrases 'spiritually broken' and 'morally adrift'
come to mind...
Until the full case against Al Qa'eda is made available
for public review, we have absolutely no assurance that
this "proof" isn't exactly like the "proof"
of Iraq's weapons programs -- i.e., a big fat lie from
top to bottom. On these terms, wholesale acceptance of
the hijacker scenario will continue to be what it has
always been: a pathetic display of blind faith in this
administration's utterances, and in those of its media
accomplices. At present, it is astonishing that anyone
places faith of any kind in either party: by means of
the "WMD" debacle, both have proven themselves
amoral, duplicitous, and utterly devoid of humanity. Indeed,
why do we give them so much as a moment of our attention?
No one with a lick of sense would do this.
A rigorous civilian investigation of 9-11 would help resolve
such doubts. If Bush and the rest were standing on firm
ground, they would fully support such a thing. Instead,
they have worked to thwart both its formation and its
progress, using every resource within their reach. Some
time last year, they seem to have realized they were only
fueling suspicions this way, so Bush grudgingly approved
an "independent" investigation. The arrogance
of this bunch is so disabling, however, that they actually
damaged their credibility even further by naming Henry
Kissinger to lead it. This is a man whose dedication to
"US interests" verges on homicidal psychosis
(see his treatment of Cambodians 1970, Chileans 1973,
East Timorese and Kurds 1975, MUCH more). He could only
be expected to skew this investigation accordingly, i.
e., to omit and cover up any issue not conducive to empire
building. Ironically, even Henry had the sense to admit
he was an inappropriate choice, thus resigning from this
duty, whereupon Bush immediately returned to his original
tactic of stonewalling (1). Could the man possibly have
something to hide?
To appreciate the ugliest possibilities of the 9-11 attack,
one must first become aware of the continuous practice
of such manipulations by the entire progression of American
politicians. The need to cultivate this awareness is itself
an enigma: if you have the honesty to see this pattern
at all, its full enormity, emerging over time, will at
some point cause your previous ignorance to amaze you.
Imagine living your entire life with an 800-pound gorilla,
then realizing one day it's not a sofa, after all. At
the same time, finding this enlightenment is challenging,
because the relevant facts are usually withheld from the
public for decades, seldom appearing in mainstream discourse
even after they become common knowledge -- not because
of some grand conspiracy, but because legions of 'America
Firsters,' including most of the famous and powerful,
simply don't want to hear it. The telling of these facts
is an affront to their most cherished political assumptions.
Invariably, they respond with hostile apologetics, ranging
from simple denial and ridicule to the claim that such
incidents are random and unrelated "mistakes."
That they can sincerely believe this 'unrelated' claim
is remarkable, given the way it crushes into dust under
any burden of historical proof: America's state crimes
have been ethically monstrous, vast in both scale and
number, unilateral in their aggression, virtually uninterrupted
in their chronology, and very coherent in both motive
and method. Certain themes just keep popping up:
1) Greed, particularly for territory;
2) Supremacism, driven only partly by race, perhaps more
so by delusions of national grandeur allowed to ramify
3) An enthusiasm for "total war" -- i. e., the
indiscriminate butchery of entire populations. This seems
most likely to happen when "strategic" territories,
resources, or victories are at stake. That is, when those
in authority feel they "must win," and so discard
principle to whatever extent is necessary;
4) The systemic corruption and antidemocratic functioning
of every level of American government, made abundantly
clear by its relations with sworn enemies of the public
interest, namely corporations;
5) The bid for global empire that has all but defined
the American agenda since W.W.II, in flagrant violation
of democratic principle.
This last "US interest," discussed openly by
flacks and shills only since 9-11 suspended all moral
judgment on such matters, actually represents the driving
passion of our ruling elite, going all the way back to
the Revolution. Indeed, grasping the means of power, beginning
with sovereign domain, was their main motive for pursuing
revolution at all. Starting then and continuing ever since,
they have whipped the people up to support their warped
appetites, even as they have misrepresented them spectacularly.
EVERY SINGLE TIME we as a people have committed to a war
of expansion, we have been duped into doing so by their
twin handservants, American politics and American media:
1776 to 1890 Innumerable 'Indian wars': In which the western
frontier was pushed through the territories of one Indian
confederation after another, all the way to the Pacific.
An early and definitive example is George Washington's
post-revolutionary conquest of the Ohio Valley, where
the Washington Family held deeds to immense tracts of
prime real estate never actually ceded by the Indians.
The lore that George was a "surveyor" is a populist
distortion; he was no blue collar grunt, laying out property
lines to earn a living. He was in fact the most ambitious
of an elite family of 'land speculators' -- the colonial
equivalent of venture capitalists -- and his toils were
in the service of his own family fortune. Already one
of the richest people in post-revolutionary America, he
was determined to get even richer through the sale of
his Ohio holdings, and wasn't about to be stopped by 'two-legged
vermin' like the Shawnees and Miamis. To this end, he
abused his dominance of the early federal government,
arranging for Revolutionary War veterans (a battle-hardened
militia) to be compensated with "land warrants"
deep in Ohio's wilderness, far beyond his own holdings.
He also encouraged the issuance of large bounties, equivalent
to several months' income, for Indian scalps along the
upper Ohio River. These were essentially open murder contracts
that targeted ALL Indians, regardless of age, gender,
or tribal affiliation. By this means, genocide was openly
subsidized for decades wherever intact Indian cultures
presented an obstacle to "progress." Primitive
as media was, its role in all this was crude but sufficient:
posting the bounties while inflaming the settlers' hatred
with tales of Indian atrocities, real and imagined. In
the Ohio Territory, these tactics rapidly progressed to
open war, orchestrated by Washington against Tecumseh's
Shawnee Confederation, and then to the total extermination
and westward displacement of the Ohio tribes (2).
1846 to '48 The Mexican War: Beginning in 1818, when the
Oregon Territory was acquired, American imperialists developed
an intense interest in California. Simply adding it piecemeal
to their territorial inventory wouldn't have worked, however:
it was too isolated, too defensible by the Mexicans. To
take California, all of northern Mexico -- what is now
California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas,
and portions of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado -- would
have to be taken, requiring the invention of some PRETEXT
for doing so. In 1836, American "adventurers"
(freelance political operatives) instigated a regional
coup in the Mexican province of Texas, splitting it off
to form an independent country, the Republic of Texas.
Nine years later, this nation was annexed as the 28th
state. Immediately afterward, President Polk made the
predictable move of sending belligerent military incursions
into disputed lands along the new border with Mexico.
The Mexicans replied with patrols of their own, and then
clashes developed, leading to the "spilling of American
blood on American soil." Or so the press told it
(their bias could be summed up in a phrase they coined
around this time: "Manifest Destiny"). In fact,
the soil in question was situated between the Nueces and
Rio Grande rivers, an area both governments held equal
claim to. But no matter -- the people eagerly accepted
this distortion, Polk got his dirty little war, and then
proceeded to steal something like 650,000 square miles
of territory from our next-door neighbor. Add to this
the previous criminal acquisition of territory from Mexico,
i.e. the "Lone Star State," and the area usurped
approaches one-third of the contiguous 48 states, or HALF
of what was originally Mexico (3).
Some years later, a fantastic mineral strike in this stolen
territory -- the Comstock Lode -- would provide the Hearst
Family with an immense fortune, soon parlayed by William
Randolph into an infamous media empire.
1898 to '99 The Spanish-American War / Philippine Campaign:
Though still a colonial client of Spain during the 1880s
and '90s, Cuba was also a hotbed of insurrection, thanks
to the efforts of Jose Marti and others. By 1898, the
Cuban independence movement had Spain's colonial government
on the ropes. The prominence of blacks among the rebels
made this situation alarming for fin de siecle American
royalists, among whom "Darwinist" (i.e. proto-Nazi)
political thought was at the height of its popularity.
Also, having just recently subdued the last free-roaming
Indian tribes back home, their passion for grabbing other
people's land could now be expanded into the Caribbean,
Central America, and Pacific, via expanded activities
of that handy agency, the US military. So in the fall
and winter of 1897-98, the Hearst syndicate and other
news organizations were blasting Americans with "yellow
journalism" on the subject of Cuba -- sensational
and often ludicrous accounts, custom made to induce support
of US military intervention. The public thus primed, the
sinking of the battleship USS Maine in Havana Harbor gave
McKinley all the excuse needed to commence grabbing up
not only Cuba, but also Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines.
It was in the Philippines that the US military took "total
war" beyond North America for the first time. Encouraged
by the Filipino's uncanny resemblance to Native Americans,
US troops mass-murdered something like 25% of the civilian
population. As imperial outrages go, this was the equal
of anything that's happened since (4).
A 1975 investigation led by Admiral Rickover determined
that the Maine's hull was breached by an explosion originating
INSIDE the ship. This could have been a spontaneous "coal-bin
explosion," or it could have been a bomb placed by
an imperialist traitor. As with 9-11, this catastrophe
neatly erased any inconvenient witnesses to its real mechanics.
1917 to '18 World War I: Three years into the "Great
War," it looked as though Germany would defeat Britain
and France, our primary capitalist hosts in Europe. Big
financiers like J. P. Morgan and John D. Rockefeller,
who between them had billions invested "over there,"
weren't about to just sit back and watch this happen.
They barked orders to their underling, Woodrow Wilson,
who then declared war, using German interference with
US shipping activities as a feeble pretext. Leading up
to this, the media minions whipped the public into a war
frenzy, basing their wildly manipulative propaganda on
incidents such as the sinking of the Lusitania, two years
earlier. Funny thing about the Lusitania: it's hold contained
a secret, illegal, and massive cargo of ammunition and
other materiel bound for Liverpool, and its passengers
were used as unwitting human shields for this cargo by
the US government, which is why they died. Neither Wilson
nor the media of the day ever admitted any of this (5).
The dynamics behind America's entry into World War II
were virtually identical. Over 500,000 Americans died
in these two wars, with 875,000 more wounded, and an additional
and unknown number emotionally shattered, all of which
brought untold misery to their families and communities.
Given the choice between destroying all those lives or
allowing the likes of Morgan and Rockefeller to suffer
the tragedy of somewhat less obscene wealth, our "representatives"
chose the former as the lesser sacrifice.
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Tying It All Together