by Charles Sullivan
The mere mention of the name Osama bin
Laden, so conspicuously absent from the news in recent years,
is enough to make one's blood curdle, and the hair on the back
of one's neck stand up. Images of flaming buildings consumed by
billowing black smoke come vividly to mind. One recalls the stench
of death hanging ominously in the air, as horrified victims flee
for their lives amid the rubble of fallen skyscrapers. Now the
ashen gray ghost of Osama bin Laden once again hangs over the
nation like a specter, casting a dark pall of fear and death.
Duct tape sales must be soaring.
The relationship between Osama bin Laden
and George Bush is an interesting one. Never mind what you see
in the commercial media, they are inseparable allies who feed
off each other. Bush benefits from the presence of bin Laden whenever
events become too overwhelming for him. In the climate of moral
degeneracy that is so rampant in the Bush cabal, bin Laden can
easily be trotted out onto the stage and presented as an imminent
threat to America. Bush gets to play the role of the great protector,
the war president, commander-in-chief, that he so obviously relishes.
The benefit to bin Laden is that his puny power is impressively
amplified on the world stage.
The images of terror generated by the
commercial media during the attacks of 9-11 are stamped indelibly
on our collective memory. Those events were purportedly masterminded
by Osama bin Laden and nineteen terrorists armed with nothing
more than box cutters. We are supposed to believe that a group
of cave dwelling fanatics were responsible for bringing the US
to its figurative knees. If that is in fact what happened we are
in deep trouble.
Those terrible events were supposedly
investigated by an independent bipartisan committee, the 9-11commission.
The rather bizarre conclusions about them simply do not fit the
evidence. Believing the official story requires that tons of physical
matter behave in ways that defy the laws of physics. It also requires
that we ignore any and all contradictory evidence, of which there
The issue is too complex to treat in a
short essay of this scope, so I will refer my readers to the extensive
body of evidence that exists in Michael Ruppert's book 'Crossing
the Rubicon' and at the Oil Empire web site. There are many other
sources out there. Do the research and draw your own conclusions.
This brings us full circle back to Osama
bin Laden, to the Bush cabal of fascists who are seeking to secure
the world's remaining oil reserves; and to the latest perceived
threats from Al-Qaeda.
Amid stories that Osama bin Laden and
Al-Qaeda are planning new attacks on civilian targets in the US,
it is important to remember one very important fact: The government
is lying. They lie continuously. Their record speaks for itself.
Mired in corruption, the empire is falling apart and the Bush
cabal is in a panic. The situation is spiraling out of control.
The White House needs to create some catastrophic event to hold
onto power. Clouds of impeachment are gathering on the horizon,
as the people slowly begin to awaken from long years of apathetic
stupor. Once again the Bush cabal is manufacturing a threat to
frighten the people into submission to the emperor and his minions.
We would be fools to fall for it.
The chief architects of the Bush cabal
responsible for the war on Iraq are the same ones who wrecked
terror upon defenseless civilians in South America during the
1980s during the Reagan era. Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and
John Negroponte are among the most prominent names involved. Rumsfeld
was Reagan's special representative to the Middle East in those
days. Some may recall the 1983 photograph that depicts Rumsfeld
shaking hands with Saddam Hussein-another CIA creation.
According to Noam Chomsky, in Nicaragua
alone, the US killed in excess of two million defenseless people
with the aid of CIA sponsored death squads; a total that exceeds
the per capita sum of American soldiers killed in all the wars
America has ever fought. Their purpose was to suppress progressive
movements in the Southern Hemisphere, to assassinate labor organizers,
and indigenous leaders; to prevent the rise to power of leaders
who favor people above profits. The US has a long and bloody history
of suppressing populist movements wherever they occur. Perhaps
they bear too much resemblance to Democracy-so they have to be
destroyed. Reagan and his minions labeled them communist threats
because that is what sells among the gullible American people.
Consider also the enormous resources that
have been marshaled against Fidel Castro in Cuba for decades;
and now especially Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. The people responsible
have dark histories that are going unwritten and unreported in
the annals of history. The CIA also played a key role in these
horrendous events-and it continues to this day.
My point is that we are wasting both time
and resources chasing down ghosts while the real terrorists continue
to operate safely out of sight. Like Saddam Hussein, Osama bin
Laden is the smoke screen behind which the real terrorists operate.
We must be wise enough to see beyond the mists of illusion that
have been created to deceive us. We must be prepared to look in
some dark places and to be shocked by the truth we find.
Recently declassified CIA documents such
as Project Northwoods, whether actually carried out or not, reveal
the willingness of the CIA to murder American civilians for the
purposes of empire. I urge readers to do a Google search and read
these documents for themselves.
I realize that decent people do not want
to believe that their own government is capable of such horrific
acts of terror against the world, yet alone its own citizens.
They assume that we are dealing with conscientious human beings
like themselves; people with values similar to our own. But they
are not like us; and they are not whom they purport to be. A deep
understanding of US history reveals that nothing about America
is what it seems. Behind the words recorded in our history books
there are hidden histories that must be brought into the light
for all to see. Only when this is accomplished will we know who
is really running the government and committing acts of terror
against innocent people everywhere.
There is considerable evidence that implicates
the CIA, the FBI, as well as secret police forces in the murders
of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King and Robert
Kennedy, among others. Malcolm X and Dr. King were silenced by
an assassins' bullet when they were on the threshold of changing
the nation's power structure. It is a familiar story. Whenever
anyone rises to threaten the status quo, they are assassinated,
and always the work of a lone gunmen. Bogus investigations are
created to hide or destroy the evidence. It happened in the case
of the above mentioned assassinations; it happened with 9-11;
and it will happen again.
Know that whatever the American government
has done domestically to put down insurrections against the ruling
class, it also carries out on a global scale. Reagan's unthinkable
acts of aggression and terror against the people of Nicaragua
are not only connected to the assassinations of Malcolm X and
Dr. King-they are connected to the events of 9-11 and the Middle
So whenever you hear the president or
one of his cabal beating the drums of war, accusing some individual
or a nation of terrorism, you can be absolutely certain of one
fact. They are themselves guilty of the very same crimes against
humanity that are magnitudes of order worse than the accused.
The rest of the world knows this because their media is considerably
freer than ours, and the people pay attention.
Whenever the next terrorist attack occurs
on American soil, as it inevitably will, some familiar names will
be associated with it. Osama bin Laden, or whoever takes the blame,
will once again provide cover for the real culprits.
Charles Sullivan is a furniture maker,
photographer, and free lance writer residing in the eastern panhandle
of West Virgina. He welcomes your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org
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