Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Thou Hypocrite

"How canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye."

Luke 6:42

President Bush announced shortly after 9/11/2001, “Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th.”

This is for certain a hypocritical Bush statement whose dual purpose was to shutdown alternative thinking about the 9/11 events and to kick sand into the eyes of those who would otherwise recognize that the official U.S. Government version of 9/11 is the most outrageous conspiracy of them all.

Twenty-five former U.S. military officers have severely criticized the official account of 9/11 and called for a new investigation.

From Orwellian America: 9/11 and the Road to Iran by Richard M. Dolan:

Look at America’s own history. “Remember the Maine!” was the catchphrase of 1898, caused by the sinking of an American vessel while docked in Havana Harbor. American yellow journalism used the event to propel the nation into war with Spain. Never mind that Spain never attacked The Maine, and there is even reason to believe that the ship’s explosion was internally caused. The important thing was that Cuba and the Phillippines became American colonies.

Regarding the Second World War, there is now growing academic support for the idea that President Roosevelt knew of an impending Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and allowed it to happen as a way to force America’s entry into a war that Americans did not want. A stronger case for public manipulation concerns the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident, which led to the “blank check” to fight an undeclared war in Vietnam. The ramp-up to the 1991 Gulf War included the infamous Kuwaiti baby incubator hoax, as well as non-existent satellite photos of Iraqi troops “massed” at the Saudi border. And maybe one day the full story will emerge about the fateful, alleged “green light” meeting in 1990 between U.S. Ambassador April Glaspie and Saddam Hussein. Or of the fictitious “weapons of mass destruction” said to exist in Iraq that have justified our current fiasco.

The sad fact is that America has a long history of its leaders twisting truth so far that truth becomes a lie – a major Orwellian theme. Ordinary working people are usually in no position to challenge official propaganda. That is supposed to be the job of an independent media, academia, and scientific community. The problem is that these groups are either overmatched or simply co-opted by those who are calling the shots.

From Ex-Press Aide Writes That Bush Misled US on Iraq by Michael D. Shear
[I]n a chapter titled "Selling the War," [Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan] alleges that the administration repeatedly shaded the truth and that Bush "managed the crisis in a way that almost guaranteed that the use of force would become the only feasible option."

"Over that summer of 2002," he writes, "top Bush aides had outlined a strategy for carefully orchestrating the coming campaign to aggressively sell the war.... In the permanent campaign era, it was all about manipulating sources of public opinion to the president's advantage."

McClellan, once a staunch defender of the war from the podium, comes to a stark conclusion, writing, "What I do know is that war should only be waged when necessary, and the Iraq war was not necessary." has a lecture by Professor of Physics Steven E. Jones, who convincingly argues that the collapse of three steel buildings in the WTC on 9/11 was the result of controlled demolition, the only explanation that can mathematically account for the speed with which they fell.

"Feed my sheep."

Monday, May 19, 2008

Help Thou My Unbelief

I recall reading that 350 (or more) of the rescue workers who responded to 9/11 have died from lung ailments and other cancers of internal organs as a result of ingesting toxic dust from ground zero. Who knows how many have suffered bad health as a result of their assistance on 9/11?

Scientists two miles from ground zero took air samples and determined that even at that distance, it was unsafe without proper equipment. Yet, the Bush Administration pressured the EPA and overrode their scientists (as the Bush Administration often did to science) to get the EPA to determine that ground zero air was safe.

We can speculate at some later date why this anti-science decision was made and what it helped achieve.

What is important to recognize is that this politically motivated EPA decision is a distinct case of our US government leaders deliberately harming our own citizens, Good Samaritans at that.

Aside from the 4000+ who have died in combat in Iraq, we have 31,948 wounded, 10,180 injured, and 28,451 ill, all to the extend that they were evacuated. Eighteen American war veterans kill themselves every day. One thousand former soldiers receiving care from the Department of Veterans Affairs attempt suicide every month. More veterans are committing suicide than are dying in combat overseas. Scandals still exist regarding soldier body armor and vehicle armor.

The Iraqi war and its treatment of veterans are another case of the US government leaders deliberately harming its own citizens, patriotic ones at that.

In fact, if we go back to the final days before the war, our frontline troops were training wearing chemical gear, because they were told and our administration (supposedly) knew that the Iraqi's had chemical WMDs.

Stop here for a moment and ponder that.

If we take the Bush Administration's word at face value, they were willing to march thousands upon thousands of US troops into the face of these chemical weapons, where certainly the casualty count would have been high despite their protective gear, even though other options were available to confront Iraq. War critics argued that Saddam was contained, sanctions were working, and weapons inspections were working, particularly after pressure built up and Saddam let them back in. (The inspections were not finding much because in truth there wasn't much.)

What is important to recognize is the level of sacrifice of our own US citizens that the Bush Administration was willing to make, assuming what they told us was true.

For those who still harbor the belief that US leaders never deliberately do anything to harm US citizens, we have all of the above examples acting as counter-point.

Ergo, 9/11 itself needs to be viewed with the same measuring stick. Our US leaders have demonstrated the (im)moral capacity to harm US citizens. Inflicting a 9/11 on US citizens would not be out of the range of their reasoning, particularly considering that without 9/11, none of the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) goals which became Bush Administration objectives could be achieved easily.

The Iraqi war was on the Bush Administration's agenda from before their first day in office as per PNAC. The leaked Downing Street Memos clearly show that the American government was going to fix the intelligence to match their policy. The WMD argument has been exposed as a fraud.

For their justification and handling of the Iraqi war (and many other bait-and-switch foreign and domestic polices), the integrity of the Bush Administration is called into question.

The defining moment of the Bush Administration -- namely 9/11 -- should not be left unexamined for the Bush Administration to continue to put its own spin on. Truly patriotic Americans must unwind the lies and connect the dots.

Only then can we redeem ourselves to ourselves and the world. Only then can we approach the ideals of America and its Constitution to which we pledge allegiance. Only then can we fix what we've broke both here and abroad.

Feed my sheep.