What the "war on terrorism" is really about
Peter Symon The "war on terrorism", unlike previous wars, is not against any particular nation but against a shadow — terrorism. It is being used, however, against many nations as is seen in the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq although not a skerrick of evidence has been brought forward to show that citizens from either of these two countries had any connection to the destruction of the World Trade Centre Towers on 9/11. The "war on terrorism" is now being used to threaten Syria, Iran, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and others with pre- emptive strikes. It is also the excuse used to justify the widespread restriction of democratic rights that has taken place in the US, Australia, Britain, Spain and a number of other countries that have joined the "war". To keep it going and to keep the people ratcheted up with fear and concern, it is necessary to have a constant stream of shadowy threats and the occasional actual act of terrorism. There has been a constant stream of alleged dangers and over the Christmas-New Year period. The United States was put on high alert although nothing eventuated. Recall the alleged danger from the spread of anthrax. Under cover of such threats, the US was further militarised and democratic rights curtailed under the so-called Patriot Act. Armed troops patrol the streets in force. Armed "air marshals" are being put on aircraft and demands placed on other countries that they must do the same if they are to fly into the US. Many other similar measures were implemented, including in Australia. Sydney's New Year fireworks display was also considered to be an opportunity for some terrorist act. "Terrorism" was the excuse given for the inhumane and criminal incarceration of people at Camp X-ray in Guantanamo, for giving ASIO police state powers, and for many other similar acts in Europe, the US and elsewhere. When anything happens it is always immediately asserted that al- Qaida or some organisation with an Islamic sounding name is responsible. It is necessary to recall that al-Qaida is an organisation that was originally created and financed by the US to fight against the Soviet military assistance extended to the then government of Afghanistan. It has been revealed that the organisation said to have been responsible for the recent bombings in Turkey was created and used by the Turkish Government to fight the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK). The bombings in Turkey came at a sensitive time — when the Turkish parliament was under pressure to provide Turkish troops to help the US out in Iraq. What shadowy figures behind the scenes financed, armed and commanded those who did the actual bombings? Have some of these organisations been deliberately used to provide justification for the invasions and wars that were already planned? There is now plenty of evidence that the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq were planned by the clique now in power in Washington long before the destruction of the World Tower Centre (WTC). Consider the timing. To justify the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq which were of high strategic and economic importance to the US, a large scale provocation was necessary if the people of the US and other countries were to be persuaded that it was justified. The destruction of the WTC and the attack on the Pentagon provided the justification although not a single one of the alleged participants in the WTC bombings came from either Afghanistan or Iraq. Most of the American people, overwhelmed by the media hype following the atrocity, could not distinguish between Afghanistan and Iraq on the one hand and Saudi Arabia and Egypt from which the pilots actually came. Nor could they suspect that their own leaders were complicit in the atrocity. At least US leaders knew that it was about to take place and did nothing to stop it. There has never been an investigation into the actions of President Bush on the day the destruction of the WTC took place or of the Air Force commander who was responsible for the air protection of Washington and the Pentagon and who did not act to put the designated fighter jets into the sky to intercept the high-jacked planes. His name is Richard Myers. He was Acting Head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time. No doubt, for being one of those in the know about September 11, he has been promoted to US Chief of Staff. He recently visited Australia in that capacity. It is important to ask the question: Who benefits? And if terrorism is to be looked at objectively, it is clear that the objectives pursued by the US gangsters in power in the White House are being served by the terrorist acts that have taken place. The powers that be are well aware that the people will quickly tire of the charade so it has to be beefed up continuously by a steady stream of alleged threats and the occasional incident to make it all look real. With elections in the United States and most likely Australia this year, it would not come as a surprise if there were some significant incident to stampede the people into voting the Bush and Howard Governments back into office. This would enable them proceed with the real wars that they have in mind towards their shared objective of US imperialist world domination.