Before I get on to the convenient attack by a Yemeni-trained (or -outfitted or -inspired at least) child with firecrackers in his underwear, it would be wise to review the facts that led us to this hallowed occasion - and to remember that certain sections of the Patriot Act (whose future was dim previously) are up for renewal today (December 31, 2009).
A map currently making the rounds of those-who-know of the "New Middle East" is included below. George Orwell had a few choice words to offer about the concept of Peace = War (and vice versa). I'm also reminded of our favorite frat boy Dubya's immediate announcement after the 9/11 false flag operation that it "was gonna take a long time" to defeat our enemies, thus the new Long War (or Peace, if you will) began. As in forever. Or at least your lifetime if not your children's and grandchildren's as well. But not to worry, if you scrimp and save you may be able to buy a really big TV screen with which to view it. (Emphasis marks added - Ed.)
In Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell described a superstate called Oceania, whose language of war inverted lies that “passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past’, ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past’.” Barack Obama is the leader of a contemporary Oceania. In two speeches at the close of the decade, the Nobel Peace Prize winner affirmed that peace was no longer peace, but rather a permanent war that “extends well beyond Afghanistan and Pakistan” to “disorderly regions and diffuse enemies”. He called this “global security” and invited our gratitude. To the people of Afghanistan, which America has invaded and occupied, he said wittily: “We have no interest in occupying your country.” In Oceania, truth and lies are indivisible. According to Obama, the American attack on Afghanistan in 2001 was authorised by the United Nations Security Council. There was no UN authority. He said the “the world” supported the invasion in the wake of 9/11 when, in truth, all but three of 37 countries surveyed by Gallup expressed overwhelming opposition. He said that America invaded Afghanistan “only after the Taliban refused to turn over [Osama] bin Laden”.
In 2001, the Taliban tried three times to hand over bin Laden for trial, reported Pakistan’s military regime, and were ignored. Even Obama’s mystification of 9/11 as justification for his war is false. More than two months before the Twin Towers were attacked, the Pakistani foreign minister, Niaz Naik, was told by the Bush administration that an American military assault would take place by mid-October. The Taliban regime in Kabul, which the Clinton administration had secretly supported, was no longer regarded as “stable” enough to ensure America’s control over oil and gas pipelines to the Caspian Sea. It had to go. Obama’s most audacious lie is that Afghanistan today is a “safe haven” for al-Qaeda’s attacks on the West. His own national security adviser, General James Jones, said in October that there were “fewer than 100” al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. According to US intelligence, 90 per cent of the Taliban are hardly Taliban at all, but “a tribal localised insurgency [who] see themselves as opposing the US because it is an occupying power”. The war is a fraud. Only the terminally gormless remain true to the Obama brand of “world peace”. Beneath the surface, however, there is serious purpose. Under the disturbing General Stanley McCrystal, who gained distinction for his assassination squads in Iraq, the occupation of one of the most impoverished countries is a model for those “disordrly regions” of the world still beyond Oceania’s reach. This is a known as COIN, or a counter-insurgency network, which draws together the military, aid organisations, psychologists, anthropologists, the media and public relations hirelings. Covered in jargon about winning hearts and minds, its aim is to pit one ethnic group against another and incite civil war: Tajiks and Uzbecks against Pashtuns. The Americans did this in Iraq and destroyed a multi-ethnic society. They bribed and built walls between communities who had once inter-married, ethnically cleansing the Sunni and driving millions out of the country. The embedded media reported this as “peace”, and American academics bought by Washington and “security experts” briefed by the Pentagon appeared on the BBC to spread the good news. As in Nineteen Eighty-Four, the opposite was true. Something similar is planned for Afghanistan. People are to be forced into “target areas” controlled by warlords bankrolled by the Americans and the opium trade. That these warlords are infamous for their barbarism is irrelevant. “We can live with that,” a Clinton-era diplomat said of the persecution of women in a “stable” Taliban-run Afghanistan. Favoured western relief agencies, engineers and agricultural specialists will attend to the “humanitarian crisis” and so “secure” the subjugated tribal lands. That is the theory. It worked after a fashion in Yugoslavia where the ethnic-sectarian partition wiped out a once peaceful society, but it failed in Vietnam where the CIA’s “strategic hamlet program” was designed to corral and divide the southern population and so defeat the Viet Cong - the Americans’ catch-all term for the resistance, similar to “Taliban”. Behind much of this are the Israelis, who have long advised the Americans in both the Iraq and Afghanistan adventures. Ethnic-cleansing, wall-building, checkpoints, collective punishment and constant surveillance – these are claimed as Israeli innovations that have succeeded in stealing most of Palestine from its native people. And yet for all their suffering, the Palestinians have not been divided irrevocably and they endure as a nation against all odds. The most telling forerunners of the Obama Plan, which the Nobel Peace Prize winner and his strange general and his PR men prefer we forget, are those that failed in Afghanistan itself. The British in the 19th century and the Soviets in the 20th century attempted to conquer that wild country by ethnic cleansing and were seen off, though after terrible bloodshed.
Imperial cemeteries are their memorials. People power, sometimes baffling, often heroic, remains the seed beneath the snow, and invaders fear it.
“It was curious,” wrote Orwell in Nineteen Eighty-Four, “to think that the sky was the same for everybody, in Eurasia or Eastasia as well as here. And the people under the sky were also very much the same, everywhere, all over the world . . . people ignorant of one another’s existence, held apart by walls of hatred and lies, and yet almost exactly the same people who . . . were storing up in their hearts and bellies and muscles the power that would one day overturn the world.”
Grant Lawrence, who maintains an incisive, thoughtful blog, thinks the latest terror incident is just a little bit too convenient. No. Stop protesting. Really. He does. And he's got some pretty compelling arguments for his conclusions.
His commenters seem to be pretty knowledgeable too.
December 30. 2009 "Information Clearing House" - I am not one that sees conspiracies everywhere, but I do like a good Convenience Theory. Like the one that is coming together out of the botched terror attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up an airliner in Detroit just as it was arriving.
For the last couple of months Saudi Arabia has been bombarding Yemen with fighter jets. Just recently the US sent cruise missiles into Yemen in a reported attempt to hit Al Qaeda sites. Also, US fighter jets joined the attacks on Yemen. In return, Al Qaeda reportedly issued a warning that it would avenge US raids.
Now it appears that the Detroit bound Airline Terrorist Suspect from Nigeria has supposed links to Yemen. Or at least the suspect is supposedly saying his bomb was made in Yemen.Well just when America needs a good excuse to attack Yemen, conveniently we have one. Now never mind that we have initiated the US and Saudi attacks before this recent terror attempt. Just keep in mind that the Nigerian is a Yemeni terrorist.
Some are beginning to question how a No Fly list that bans Cat Stevens and a guy that was writing a critical book on the CIA could miss this 'Nigerian/Yemeni' terrorist.
Reports are that the terror suspect was on a Watch List and his dad reported to the US Embassy in Nigeria that his son (the future terrorist) was possibly dangerous.Also some are a bit concerned that this Watch List Detroit Terrorist Bomber was allowed to get on the plane with explosives strapped to his body.
Something smells of a needed convenient incident to help promote the attacks on Yemen and the expansion of our terrorist war there.As luck would have it, and conveniently, Congresspersons are calling for a needed expansion of the terror wars to include Yemen. One of the clearest voices for a greater expansion of the terror war is coming from the noted corporate sellout (aren't they all?) Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman.
Lieberman warns on Fox News,"Somebody in our government said to me in Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, Iraq was yesterday's war. Afghanistan is today's war. If we don't act preemptively, Yemen will be tomorrow's war. That's the danger we face."It appears that, according to Lieberman, the government was already getting ready for an expansion of the War on Terror to include Yemen. But the recent bombings of Yemen by the United States proves that point.
Still there is one other point I want to mention regarding my Convenience Theory of the Nigerian/Yemeni airliner bombing incident.
Parts of the Patriot Act are due to expire this New Years Eve.
Now talk about a real convenience.
Just as controversial aspects of the Patriot Act are expiring, and there is not a lot of political will to extend them, you get a real terrorist attempt with links to Yemen. How convenient!
At this point we can only say that the attempted terror attack in Detroit appears a bit too convenient. It comes at a convenient time for those in the government that want to extend the War on Terror abroad and the Technological Police State here at home.
So I am not one to see a conspiracy but I am one to see a convenience.
You can call me a Convenience Theorist nut job, but I must call attention to conveniences when I see them.
Grant Lawrence - Visit his blog.
I'm forced (by logic) to agree. Suzan ___________________
L. E. Lenius - It looks like CIA/MI6/Mossad. As Webster Tarpley wrote in 9/11 Synthetic Terror, "[I]n an oligarchical society characterized by the preponderant role of secret intelligence agencies - such as the United States at the beginning of the twenty-first century - anyone who rules out conspiracies a priori runs the risk of not understanding very much of what is going on." Ron Paul said USA taxpayers give $75 billion a year to disinformation/covert action agencies. That buys plenty of silly stories, lies, dirty tricks and worse. Proletariatprincess - Yes indeed. It sure does seem convenient. Cheney and Liberman and other right wing warmongers were ready on the spot to criticize and call for more more . . . almost like it was on cue.
News is slow this week anyway. It couldn't have happened at a better time for propaganda purposes. I wish I was shocked at what I'm hearing from the likes of Pat Buchanan . . . but I'm past that I guess. He believes that this deranged man who is suffering the excruciating pain of burned genitals should be denied pain medication. For no apparent reason, either. He has already confessed to the crime and is clearly a disturbed individual. Go home Pat . . . get to know your family. Get a real life . . . it is past time for you. Justice has become a priviledge not a right in USA. Somehow it has been decided that justice is optional in regard to some accused suspects . . . and we know who decides that, don't we? Guest - Glad to see others are putting the ducks in a straight line, too. This farcical incident should fool nobody except those willingly fooled! Oh, and since "inspired" by al Qaida - this fool is aided by the same organization that pulled off 9/11? Laughable (but of course, al Qaida was not connected with 9/11, either!). Amilcar - "You can call me a Convenience Theorist nut job"...Count me in..! This alleged Terrorist with a fire cracker on plane smells fishy . . . . Turtle - Convenience Theorist nut job - I'll join that club too, unless, as I've stated in a different post yesterday, the time space continuum has been conquered and back to the future is now back to the present. Not only is this convenient, it's way too cute by half.