Stephen J. Sniegoski on the anomalies of September 11 -- fourth update

September 11 and the origins of the "War on Terrorism":
A revisionist account

by Stephen J. Sniegoski — fourth update

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Ye shall know them
by their fruits



Although I brought this point out in my original four-part essay, I think it needs to be reiterated, because it is crucial for analyzing the whole September 11 issue and is therefore studiously ignored by the articulators of the official version. I am referring to the close relationship between the actual results of an action and the intended results of that action. Jesus Christ — I thought I should appeal to the highest authority — recognized the relationship when he instructed his followers to judge the validity of prophets by the "fruits" of their work:

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Ye shall know them by their fruits. (St. Matthew 7:15- 16)

(A preliminary word about unintended "fruits" and seemingly fortuitous harvests is in order. If we dared amplify the Savior's rule by citing a secular authority, we might quote that great prophet against power, corruption, and war, Walter Karp: "Men intend the foreseeable consequences of their actions." Of course some consequences of human action are unforeseen and unintended. But when those consequences advance the specifics of a long-established agenda, we are entitled to consider them both foreseen and intended.)

Now let us apply the "fruits" standard to the so-called War on Terrorism. Has the war actually diminished terrorist threats to the home front? Recently the head honchos of the Bush administration have answered that question with a resounding NO. Vice President Cheney began the fearfest May 19, when he proclaimed that another terrorist strike was "almost certain." On May 20, FBI Director Robert Mueller said that suicide bombings like those taking place in Israel are "inevitable" in the United States. That same day, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told the defense subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee that terrorists will "inevitably" obtain weapons of mass destruction and "would not hesitate one minute in using them." And on May 22, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge declared that additional terrorist attacks are "not a question of if, but a question of when." [1]

Now, some critics of the Bush administration infer that all the talk about grave new dangers to the homeland really represents a diversionary effort to distract the media from pursuing the question of what the regime knew in advance of the September 11 attacks. [2] But assuming our rulers mean to be taken at all seriously, their talk of imminent domestic threats underscores the fact that the "War on Terrorism" has produced, not a reduction in terrorist threats, but an even greater threat of terrorism against the United States.

If the terrorist threat has not diminished, then what have been the "fruits" of the so-called War on Terrorism? One big, ripe, glistening fruit is Washington's success in expanding U.S. political and military influence into the strategically important region of Central Asia, which is fabulously rich in oil and natural gas. Before September 11, few Americans had ever given much thought to Afghanistan, and few had even heard of the "stans" that were once Soviet "republics" and that remained in the Russian orbit after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Now the United States is firmly fixed in the region, with American troops and a friendly government in Afghanistan, and is building military facilities in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. In like manner, the "War on Terrorism" has enabled Israel to destroy the Palestinian Authority and put the United States on the verge of war with Iraq.

It is apparent that those "fruits" of the war do not relate to reducing the terrorist threat at home. In fact, the war could exacerbate that threat. Obviously, if the real aim were to reduce the risk of terror in the United States, Washington would not go out of its way to infuriate Muslims abroad. Thus, by applying the "fruits" standard, and keeping the regime's geopolitical agenda in mind, we can infer that the wolves are once again prowling in their sheep's clothing, and the true purpose of the so-called War on Terrorism is to expand the American empire and destroy the enemies of Israel.

May 28, 2002

To Dr. Sniegoski's
fifth update of June 12.

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