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Bin Laden (and his sponsors): any political significance?

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The question remains whether there is any political significance to his death.  It is clear that Al-Qa`idah has largely been put out of commission since the US invasion of Afghanistan.  It is clear that Bin Laden, and even maybe Al-Dhawahiri, don’t have operational links with their followers.  It is clear that many of Bin Laden’s lieutenants were either captured or killed and that he lost the nucleus of the organization.  It is also clear that a small (terrorist in this case) organization can inflict a lot of harm on civilians, if that is what it wants to do.  But it is also clear that the danger of Al-Qa`idah after Sep. 11 was transferred to copy cats: groups and gangs that don’t have direct links with Bin Laden and his lieutenants but who are inspired by the deeds of the mother organization, so to speak.  But what is not yet acknowledged here in the US is that Bin Laden is a product of horrific US policies in the Cold War: of their alliance with Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.  

The people in Pakistan and Afghanistan would be relieved today: not because they hated Bin Laden (many do sympathize with him only to spite the US), but because scores of Afghans and Pakistanis have been killed over the years during the campaign to get and kill Bin Laden.  Remember that time in late 2001 when the US incinerated a convoy there because “a tall dark man” was seen getting into one of the cars.  The US intelligence analyst on the scene assumed that there were no tall people other Bin Laden.   But the factors that produced Bin Laden and Al-Qa`idah are still there: the US is still very tempted to arm and fund fanatical groups if they think it is politically convenient for US “national security interests.”  Look at that lousy Libyan Transitional Council: there are fanatics in the ranks and I assume that we will hear from some of them, especially once they declare the victory of their “holy cause.”  The coverage on US TV news was celebratory:  I bet that Americans don’t know that this man and his lieutenants once shared a cause with US covert operations against the Soviet Union.  

Of course, as is the case in such affairs, the US news media focus on the skills and heroism of US special forces and intelligence agents.  For weeks we now will be served dishes of reports about the competence of US special teams.  Only later will some one reveal (as was the case in the capture of Saddam Husayn) that there was no military skill in the operation: that someone came forward to net the $25 million for Bin Laden.  But that will come later.  The disturbing part of all this was the coverage of Saudi news channel Al-Arabiyyah (news station of King Fahd’s brother-in-law): the coverage was somber with a tinge of sadness.  They had a Saudi “expert” on extremist movements and he came on and said that Bin Laden fought back ferociously and that he resisted before being killed.  

This is like how Saddamists were so embarrassed how their leader was captured and they created stories about how he did not resist or die.   How did the Saudi expert know that? It seems that the Bin Ladenites will now be busy inventing a story of heroism for Bin Laden, just as they invented a bogus story about his heroism in Afghanistan.  Bin Laden won’t be missed (or should not be missed): not in the East and not in the West.  And that idiot Isma`il Haniyyah of Hamas is only confirming Western suspicions and Zionist allegations that all Islamists are alike.  This will be his own doing: he just rendered a great service for Zionist propaganda.  His remark will now be available in 34 languages and Israeli occupation embassies will circulate special brochures containing his lousy remarks in which he paid tribute to Bin Laden.

Expect a book or two to be published with titles like: Hamas and Bin Laden or the Unholy Alliance between Hamas and Al-Qa`idah, etc.  But Hamas deserves what its get: the lousy Fath organization is now replaced with a lousy branch of the lousy Muslim Brotherhood.  On Aljazeera: the coverage is rather less somber than Al-Arabiyyah but they had Saudi journalist (oh, yes.  Forgot to tell you. Ever since Qatar and Saudi Arabia entered into the Arab counter-revolution alliance Saudi propagandists are now invited on Aljazeera), Jamal Khashuqji (who edited Al-Watan newspaper and now will be directing a new news channel owned by yet another oil prince–Al-Walid bin Talal in this case).  But the anchor did not ask Khashuqji (who now poses as one of many Wahhabi “liberals”) about his PERSONAL CONNECTION WITH BIN LADEN.  

This guest once fought with Bin Laden and worshiped him for years.  And then the anchor asked him this question: he asked how Bin Laden turned to violence against civilians when he was not like that before.  What was that? When was Bin Laden opposed to violence?  When he recruited (on behalf of US and Saudi covert operations) an army of Islamsit fanatics, crazies, and terrorists?  Bin Laden made life more difficult for all Muslims (and for all if you consider the travel effects of Sep. 11):  my mother hates him for what he did to the image of Muslims worldwide, not to mention his callous justifications of the murder of civilians (Muslims including).  US is desperate for a victory and this one will be a chance, although the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are going terribly for the US.  Obama yesterday basically signed the death sentence of the Pakistani president for thanking him for his role.  How dumb is that? Even if he thought to falsely claim that the US did not violate Pakistani sovereignty near the capital of Pakistan.  

Public opinion surveys will soon give a tremendous boost to Obama, who may have increased his chances for re-election.  I mean, no one in the Republican camp can now accuse him of pacifism or of reluctance to bomb and kill.  Obama has proven that he can outdo Bush, in wars and bombings and killing, etc.  Tell that to those who voted for him.  On the Muslim side, I can report to you that wild conspiracy theories are already circulating on Twitter and Facebook and Arab websites: it will be like the conspiracy theories about Sep. 11.  People are saying that either he was not killed, or that the US had him for a long time, or that he was dead even on Sep. 11.

Those unfounded conspiracy theories trouble me: because we–as leftists–need to distinguish between crazy and non-crazy conspiracy theories.  So in sum, not much will change in the world after this announcement because Al-Qa`idah has been largely weakened since Sep. 11.  Ayman Adh-Dhawhiri has no chance of reviving the fortunes of Al-Qa`idah: he not only has to protect himself but he has the charisma of a cucumber and the speaking skills of Sa`d Hariri (and he is as boring as the latter).  

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“The anti-zionism of fools”

“The anti-zionism of fools”

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The Arabs and the Holocaust from Danny Bermant on Vimeo.

A fascinating discussion of the Arab reaction to the holocaust between Gilbert Achcar and Tom Segev, hosted at the Jewish Book Week. Achcar is at his best. Tom Segev however disappoints. He is an extremely generous writer, but every time I hear him talk I am disappointed. The Zionist defensiveness that he holds back when he writes returns in his on stage persona. You can hear him looking for imaginary opportunities to challenge Achcar for being “soft” on antisemitism. Worse is his recycling of Zionist historical disinformation, like the disturbing claim that Nasser wasn’t ready to make peace with Israel. It is unimaginable that he doesn’t know the truth. Achcar was very considerate in holding back on the history of the alliance between Zionism and the most pro-Nazi and reactionary Arab figures. I prefer more confrontation.

One point that Achcar makes that was never mentioned in the video is that the emblematic status of War World II as the supreme “good war” and the holocaust as the ultimate evil is a uniquely Northern perspective. It is not widely shared in the South and for goods reasons, as so many other atrocities compete on the imagination. That is something Jews need to hear from scholars like Achcar. Because by acknowledging Christian Europeans for their acknowledgment of the holocaust, Jews pay for their social mobility with a subtle form of holocaust denial themselves, the denial that the holocaust was not an isolated event, but the culmination of a history of European racism that is still far from over, even when Jews are no longer its victims.

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Osama Bin Laden Reportedly Killed in Pakistan

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by James Buchanan

A recent news article reports “Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that murdered thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States, President Barack Obama said Sunday.”

And if you believe that it would take ten years for a superpower to hunt down someone who pulled off a major terrorist attack against them, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn, I’d like to sell you.

Bin Laden was the Boogeyman justifying a trillion dollar per year Defense budget, laws that undermined the Bill of Rights and “justified” our continued occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

It’s not clear how much -if any- of the al Qaeda story, we’ve been told is true. Was bin Laden the leader of a faction of fighters, who helped drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan, who later turned against the West? Was bin Laden, an actor, who played a terrorist for the CIA? Did the CIA kill that actor when his usefulness was done?

We do know that an ex-president of Italy Francesco Cossiga and a former director of the US Army War College, Dr. Alan Sabrosky have both said that the 911 attack was an “inside job” by the CIA and Mossad. Israel was caught red-handed trying to recruit Arabs for a Mossad-run al Qaeda cell in Palestine. How hard would it have been for the Mossad to create al Qaeda cells in Egypt and Saudi Arabia to recruit the 911 hijackers?

Most likely, bin Laden’s body was taken from the freezer, he was being stored in, and thawed out this week so Barack Obama could have some spectacular headline to take public attention off his birth certificate –especially after that colossal blunder in which the nine editing layers in the Adobe pdf were accidentally left active and not “flattened out”.

There could be other reasons at work for bin Laden’s death to be announced at this time. The quagmire in Afghanistan is definitely getting worse, and it might be time to declare victory and beat a hasty retreat. We definitely can’t afford three wars at one time, which is exactly what we’re juggling right now.

If Obama is going to steal the Lybian oil fields, it might be good to shut down the Afghan war before we put boots on the ground in Lybia.
The only thing I can say for certain about “our” foreign policy is that very little the government tells us is the truth, and the beneficiaries are invariably Big Oil or Israel, and never the American public.

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GALLOWAY ELECTION TIME: SADAM, ASSAD,GADDAFI & ME

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Sunday, 1 May 2011

George Galloway condemns NATO’s murder of innocent children in Libya

George Galloway this morning expressed his outrage at the NATO air attack which killed Gaddafi’s youngest son, Saif Al Arab, and three of Gaddafi’s grandchildren in a Tripoli suburb.”This was a cold-blooded targeted attack on a residential house in the suburbs of Tripoli,” said George Galloway who is campaigning in Glasgow for election to the Scottish Parliament. “It beggars belief that this was not a deliberate attempt to assassinate Gaddafi, in the full knowledge that innocent children would be killed in the process.

This is a total breach of UN resolution 1973 which authorised action to protect civilians – not kill them.”NATO sorties are now being used to commit war crimes. Both nationally and internationally the cry must go up for NATO’s military actions to be halted immediately and a ceasefire declared. And David Cameron must answer straight, not fudge as he has been doing all day, whether attacking so-called command and control facilities allows the deliberate targeting of Gadaffi and his family, with no regard whatever to the innocent men, women and children who are incinerated as a consequence.”

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SHALOM MISS YAKOV: MIGHT IS RIGHT

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Monday, 2 May 2011

 

The death of Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden was an evil man.” IS OBAMA AN EVIL MAN ” He directed and encouraged the killing of thousands of innocent people ” THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE HE KILLED IS PATNETICALLY SMALL BY THE STANDARD OF US PRESIDENT MISS YAKOV” from many faiths and backgrounds.” IF YOU REFARING TO 911ATTACK ACCORDING TO THE FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE US ARMY WAR COLLEGE, DR ALAN SABROSKY HE SAID IT WAS ‘ INSIDE JOB BY THE CIA AND MOSSAD’.

He claimed to defend Muslims, but his actions !! simply brought devastation and misery to countless Muslims across the world.

His death should not be mourned.” WHY THE ARAB SAY LA SHAMATA FI ALMOOT”The movement he created, Al-Qaeda, is marginalised and despised the world over. The wave of rebellion sweeping the Arab world owed nothing to a man who led his followers into a dead-end of nihilistic destruction and religious bigotry.

For the millions struggling for freedom from dictatorship and foreign oppression, bin Laden offered nothing. ”DID YOU OFFER ANYTHING”But, by his deeds, bin Laden aimed to drive a wedge between the Muslim and non-Muslim world.” THE WEDGE WAS THEIR FOR THE LAST 100 YEAR” He set out to provoke a bloody reaction, and Bush and Blair ” POOR BUSH & BLAIR, IF WE SET TO PUNISH THEM HONESTLY WE WOULD NEED THE SADISTIC CREATIVITY OF THE OLYMPIAN GODS ” played right into his hands. Bin Laden would have perversely seen this as a victory of sorts.

Instead of responding to the events of 9-11 as an act of criminality, focusing all resources on pursuing the culprits, Bush and Blair invaded two countries, destabilised many more, and provoked an ugly tide of anti-Muslim racism. All of this gave succour to bin Laden’s narrative that the West was really engaged in a war against Islam. ” IS THAT NOT TRU MISS YAKOV”.

The consequence has been to destabilise the world to a degree that bin Laden could not have imagined in his wildest dreams. How many more bin Laden’s have been created by this disastrous ‘war on terror’? ” YOU TELL US”

Dear Miss Yakov

Arabs and Muslims are human and you should treat them as such, regardless of whether  they are Partisans or opponents of Sheikh Osama Bin Leaden. We condemn the killing of a HOLY WARRIOR’S or a Muslim and Arab person, and we ask God to bestow his mercy upon him.


* ALL COMMENT IN BLU IS BY SHOAH ADMIN

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ANTHONY LAWSON: NO-FLY ZONE OVER GAZA — PETITION

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No-Fly Zone Over Gaza — Petition from Anthony Lawson on Vimeo.

 

Petition written by Dr. Mohamed Khodr
http://www.petitiononline.com/p181p194/petition-sign.html

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TIME IS RIPE FOR A PARADIGM SHIFT

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GILAD ATZMON

 It is slightly embarrassing for me to admit that sometime  Zionists are actually well ahead of our favourite  intellectuals in understanding the depth of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. It is not that they are more clever, they are just free to explore the conflict without being subject to the tyranny of ‘political correctness’, also being proud  nationalist Jews- they do not need  the approval of the Jewish left thought police.

I have recently come across a short Haaretz article by Israeli writer A.B. Yehoshua*.

Yehoshua is a proud Zionist, He believes in the right of his people to dwell on Palestinian land.  He is also convinced that the Jewish state is the true meaning of contemporary Jewish life. I guess that Yehoshua loves himself almost as much as I despise everything he stands for and yet, I have to confess, he seems to grasp the depth of the Israeli Palestinian conflict’s parameters  slightly better than most  solidarity activists I can think of.

In his Haaretz article Yehoshua stressed that Zionism was “something original and one of its kind  in human history- A folk arrived  at the homeland of another folk attempting to replace the old identity with a new/old  identity”. Yehoshua  also counters the faulty colonial paradigm and practically repeats my own theses almost  word by word. “There was also no (Zionist) attempt to impose a colonial regime, since the Jews had no (mother) state that could have sent them to perform a colonial conquests like in the case of England or France.” 

Yehoshua, is certainly correct here, as much as some amongst us are contend to argue that Zionism is a ‘colonial project’ and Israel is a ‘settler State’, such a position has no ground and cannot be supported factually or historically. The Colonial paradigm is simply a fantasy that is clumsily imposed on our discourse in a desperate attempt to make the Israeli/Palestinian conflict meaningful within a decaying Marxist discourse. 

Yehoshua  continues, the Israeli/Palestinian  conflict will not be resolved because it’s a totally unique conflict  in human history. “There is no historical precedence for a nation that decides to return to its ancient homeland and  establish its sovereignty there.” Whether the conflict will be resolved or not is indeed a crucial question. I am not so sure that Yehoshua knows the answer or even can contemplate a reality in which the Jewish State belongs to the past. However, Yehoshua is obviously correct in his reading of the uniqueness of the Zionist history. We are dealing  here with an exceptional and unprecedented national aspiration driving by racist impetus. But Yehoshua takes it further. “Thus,” he says, If we all accept that the modern return of Jews to Zion is a unique event in human history – then the Palestinian people, unlike any other people, had  to face a totally unique phenomenon.” If we accept that Zionism is an abnormal political ideology and practice, then, Palestinian nationalism  (that is defined by  negation to abnormality) must be also a unique to say the least.

I must admit that Yehoshua’s stand is well argued and totally valid. However, it means that all comparative  models  such as the colonial paradigm are doomed to crash. Jewish nationalism doesn’t fit into any available template, it formulates a model of its own. 

According to Yehoshua, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is not really about territorial issues. “Territorial issues can be resolved” he says.  “In our conflict, both sides, struggle over national identity of the whole country.” Yehoshua offers here a very interesting insight that cannot be uttered within the boundaries of the Left discourse. For both parties, especially the Palestinians, he says,  “it is unclear what is the size of the people it is up against, is it only the Israelis or is it also the Jewish Diaspora as a whole.” Yehoshua raises here an issue I myself have been stressing for years. It is far from being clear to anyone (including  Israelis and Jews) where Israel ends and the Diaspora starts. It is also far from being clear where the Israeli ends and the Jew starts. I guess that for most contemporary Jews it is even far from being clear anymore where Zionism ends and Judaism starts. In the contemporary Jewish world there are no clear dichotomies. We are dealing with a spineless elastic metamorphic identity that shapes itself to fit every possible circumstances. This may explain how come the Jewish state can dually operate as an oppressor and a victim simultaneously.

The Israelis, according to Yehoshua are also subject to a similar confusion. They also cannot figure out whether it is just the Palestinian people they are up against or is it the whole Arab nation or even the entire Muslim world.  For Yehoshua, the conflict “lacks a clear demographic boundaries. This fact alone creates an initial deep distrust between the two peoples that prevents a possible solution.”

Yeshoua is far from being a brilliant mind, yet, he manages to analyse the conflict correctly just because he is free to think out of the Leftist box. Being a proud Israeli Jew he is free to say what he thinks without the need to appease half a dozen so-called ‘progressive’  Jews.  Yehoshua’s analysis makes a lot of sense to me though we draw the complete opposite conclusions. I believe that ti the Palestinian solidarity discourse  better liberate itself of any form of  dogmatic political thinking. It is about time  and look at the conflict for what it is.  We must engage in a true plural debate and emancipate ourselves of any traces of rigid and anachronistic thinking.

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Drama in London

By: Gilad Atmon

A panel discussion titled ‘Zionism, Jewishness and Israel’ will take place at The University of Westminster – Cavendish Campus on Tuesday May the 3rd, from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=160038250722935

As one may imagine, the Zionist operators in Britain are not happy about the meeting at all: ‘Green Engage’, a Zionist anti-BDS campaign group launched an immediate campaign, soon after the announcement of the panel. Far from being surprising, within hours, they were joined by Tony Greenstein  and  the so called Jewish ‘anti Zionist’ network.

The original panel was supposed to include John Rose, Ghada Karmi, Alan Hart and myself.  

The venue as well as the panelists (except myself funnily enough) came under severe pressure that verged on abuse: one of the panelists admitted to the organisers that he had received twelve phone calls from different Jewish ‘anti-Zionist’ activists, who insisted that — ‘for the sake of Palestine’– no one should share a stage with Gilad Atzmon.

Now, interestingly enough, when I asked the panelist whether any Palestinians had actually called to preach for the ‘sake of Palestine’ — the answer was a resounding negative. I guess  that Jewish ‘anti Zionists’ know better than everyone what is good for Palestine, they are chosen after all. 

John Rose and Ghada Karmi pulled out, and that is understandable: not many can endure such a level of abuse – as we learnt recently, Judge Goldstone has also surrendered, and by doing so, has severely damaged his credibility and reputation.

In the early days I myself struggled a lot: on a daily basis I would hear from one  ‘progressive’ Jew or another who I should like and who I should hate.  Being a rebel, I never followed any of these ‘instructions’. It took me years to develop a very thick skin, to believe in myself and to believe in ethical thinking. And, having done so, I am now happier and free, and I continue in the spirit of humanism and resistance.

Resisting Zionist tactics then, the organisers of the event and the venue are undeterred, standing strong, and determined to continue with the original plan:  a list of Palestinian intellectuals and journalists stepped immediately in place of Ghada and John. I advised the organisers not to publish their names for the time being, simply to save them from the unnecessary irritation, annoyance and abuse.  However, I myself made sure that they are fully aware of the possible trouble ahead.

This event is promising to be a turning point — The relentless attempts by Jewish political bodies to gate-keep the discourse needs to be confronted and exposed.  

And I guess that what we see here proves beyond doubt my arguments regarding the duplicity that is tragically manifested all too often by different bodies and individuals within the Jewish ‘anti-Zionist’ network.

Come and support freedom and intellectual exchange 

Panel Event: Zionism, Jewishness and Israel

Time:            Tuesday, May 3 · 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Location: University Of Westminster – Cavendish Campus

A panel discussion examining Israeli Criminality in the wake of the Goldstone Retract.

Alan Hart, Gilad Atzmon and others

 

(Facebook event Announcement)

“Despite the huge pressures from certain Zionist and “anti-zionist” groups, John Rose and Ghada Karmi have pulled but have been replaced with a number of other high profile and brilliant speakers.

A lot of criticism has been mounted about the fact that the event is putting “Jewishness” into the debate with Zionism and Israel. The fact that Israel calls itself the “Jewish State” warrants that we as rational, critical individuals must at least enquire and question what this may mean.

This is not anti-semitic nor racist, and in fact every religion has been subject to these criticisms and enquiries, and in a truly democratic society, any exclusive belief that posits itself as the truth must be scrutinised and put under the spotlight.”

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Let bin Laden’s Death Close a Chapter

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On May 1 Puppet Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden, the man held responsible for the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. We hopes that bin Laden’s death will bring an end to the so-called “war against terrorism”—a war perceived by many Muslims around the world, and here at home, as a war against them.

Much depends on how the media treat the killing of bin Laden. Will media pundits and think tank experts seek to grab headlines and frighten us as they describe an ever-increasing worldwide threat of terrorism?

Will the “experts” continue to carelessly generalize and purposefully antagonize a billion and a half Muslims around the world?

Or can the world finally close the door on the tragedy of 9/11 and get back to, once and for all, finding a solution to the international problems behind the attacks: ending the IsraHell/Palestine conflict, as well as the growing economic, educational, health and political concerns of everyday citizens in this country and around the world?

We call upon all people to reject the mainstream media-fed campaign to vilify Muslims- and Arab neighbors.

 We ask Puppet Obama to visit mosques or publicly call for an end to Islamophobia, which did not begin 10 years ago on Sept. 11, but which can end today.

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Fukushima and 9/11

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3/11/11 Meets the Events of September 11, 2001

by Anthony J. Hall, Professor of Globalization Studies at the University of Lethbridge

Two Ground Zeroes

There are now two ground zeroes marking the most prominent features of the twenty-first century’s geopolitical landscape. The first ground zero is, of course, the site of the three pulverized World Trade Center Buildings. All of these WTC monuments to the commercial power of the once-mighty American Empire were brought down to earth through controlled demolitions executed on a massive and unprecedented scale.  The lies and crimes of 9/11 opened the way for the 9/11 Wars, aggressions that have visited on many branches of the human family the multiple evils of genocide, mass displacements, illegal torture and the increasingly deep incursions of the global police state.

The second ground zero erupted on 3/11/11, March 11 2011, on the island nation of Japan. So far Fukushima Nuclear Power Station #1 seems to lie at the core of the ongoing catastrophe engendered by a combination of almost unimaginable l

evels of human-created risk converging fatally with the Sendai earthquake and tsunami. At this stage, however, there is no way of knowing for sure what other ticking time bombs of uncontained radioactivity might be counting down towards criticality in a country known for the propensity of its elites to obfuscate inconvenient truths.

What trust can we place in the filtered reports we have been receiving from a polity hosting such a dense and many-faceted array of nuclear installations? Some of these facilities in Japan no doubt host top-secret experiments and operations of the kind that have been hallmarks of the nuclear industry ever since the Second World War when Fat Man and Little Boy were concocted by the Manhatten Project’s bomb-making wizards.[i] The scientists and engineers employed by the US government’s Manhatten Project gave birth to the era of Nuclear Russian Roulette that began in 1945 and continues to this day.

Before the gun-to-the-head went off for the third time in recorded history at Fukushima, the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were subjected to mass murder, terrible sicknesses and unending generations of deformed offspring. They were subjected to very quick jolts of the very same plagues that are spreading throughout the world from the new nuclear holocaust whose ground zero is the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station #1.

The pace of the movement of the silent nuclear plague makes its impact less-immediately-obvious than the bomb blasts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but this time the scale of the nuking of civilians is many orders of magnitude higher than the atomic holocausts of 1945. By calculating the massive accumulations of fissionable materials piled up strategically to fuel for years and decades to come the uncontrolled and voracious nuclear fires currently ablaze at Fukushima, Bob Nicols has calculated in Veterans Today that we are looking at a slow-motion catastrophe. According to Nicols, it contains the potential to deliver on humanity radioactive contamination equivalent to that created by 2,000 500 kiloton atomic bombs. A 500kt bomb, Nicols notes, is 33 times more powerful than the atomic device dropped on Hiroshima.

Nicols unforgettably observes, “it is as if the entire world is At War! The dreaded all-out nuclear war that would happen if Russia or the United Stated accidentally “Pressed The Button” is going on right now; it is a done deal. Imagine that! The same thing as detonating 2,000 big Atomic Bombs and not even one BOOM! Not a shot fired… No giant forest fires, no burning cities creating their own hellish, uncompromising firestorms. None of that; but, every bit of the radioactive contamination such an Atomic World War would create; and probably more. For unbelievably, there are more Japanese reactors about to blow. It’s a chain reaction.”[ii]

 

The Lies and Crimes of Fukushima and 9/11

The continuities and discontinuities animating the mass media’s depiction of 9/11 and the Fukushima catastrophe are striking. In the days following 9/11, pictures of the exploding Twin Towers were repeated again and again on TV. The effect was to deepen the traumatizing psychological impact on populations being prepared to fund, staff and back the illegal US invasions and occupations of Eurasia. Where the images of the exploding Twin Towers in New York were drilled into public consciousness especially by media venues owned by military companies such as Westinghouse and GE, there were very few TV replays of the videos recording the controlled demolition of WTC 7. This forty-seven storey, steel-frame tower fell to the ground in seven seconds through the course of maximum resistance. WTC 7 came down at 5:20 pm, several minutes after the propagandists at the BBC had already announced, live on-air, the destruction of the doomed building. Somebody in the 9/11 spin doctoring unit appears to have pressed the “send” button a few moments too early.[iii]

The images documenting the classic controlled demolition that brought down WTC 7 neatly into its own footprint have been aggressively suppressed by the mainstream media. A good example of the censorship was provided in November of 2005 by MSNBC, a subsidiary of the media cartel that for much of its career was owned by GE. As I explain in considerable detail in my article, “From Hiroshima to Fukushima, 1945-2011,” GE has been from the inception of the nuclear industry a major manufacturer of nuclear weapons. It is also the company that designed and manufactured three of the reactors in various stages of meltdown at Fukushima #1.[iv]

In preparation for his appearance on MSNBC’s “The Situation with Tucker Carlson,” Dr. Steven Jones forwarded the show’s producers a video of the seven-second collapse of Building 7. Steven Jones was then a senior professor of physics at Utah’s Brigham Young University and the author of the seminal scholarly paper, “Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Collapse?” In spite of Professor Jones repeated on-air requests to Carlson to run the tape of the controlled demolition of Building 7, the relevant images were not televised.[v] Thus the pictures that Danish Chemistry Professor Niels Harrit and many others have described as “the smoking gun of 9/11” were held back from entry into broad public consciousness.[vi] To this day many consumers of the media conglomerates’ toxic mind food remain unaware that three, not two, WTC towers fell to the ground on 9/11. WTC 7 was not hit by any airplane.

Like the infrequently televised images of Building 7 falling to the ground, the images of the exploding reactor sheds at Fukushima #1 were quickly relegated to obscurity by the mainstream media. The aim was clearly to disappear the violent explosions at Fukushima down the same memory hole of public ignorance and amnesia surrounding the collapse of Building 7. The goal was and remains to help mislead the public towards the view that the main dangers of the ongoing nuclear crisis at Fukushima were relegated to the past during the first few weeks of the continuing debacle. Nothing could be further from the truth.

 

Hiding and Displaying Images of Exploding Buildings

While the scale of the catastrophe continues to grow day by day, it similarly becomes more evident with each passing news cycle that the notoriously corrupt company, TEPCO, is completely unequal to the task of bringing this global public health catastrophe under control. In an article entitled “Time for the Rich to Leave Tokyo,” a reference to the slogan on a placard carried in a recent anti-nuke demonstration in Japan, Richard Wilcox points to the gross incoherence of a proposed remedy for the enormous ongoing releases of radionuclides from the ailing nuclear power station

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Wilcox writes, “Any intelligent layperson who considers the technical aspects of the disaster will be at a loss as to how the plant operators will be able to restore the cooling system, which may be badly damaged, to reactors that themselves may be unrepairable or in various states of melt-down. If the nuclear fuel in the reactors has melted through to the floor, what would be the point of setting up a cooling system to a dysfunctional reactor and a pool of melted fuel? No one in the government clearly answers these questions nor has the international community come forth with a possible solution.[vii]

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As TEPCO trifles with the lives of the 120 million citizens inhabiting Honshu Island, it is becoming increasingly clear that the seriousness of this crisis extends far beyond the understanding and competence of the enfeebled Japanese government. The disparity between the magnitude of the catastrophe and the limited capacities of Japan’s instruments of state illustrate graphically the extent to which the Japanese government has been rendered almost completely subordinate to the corporate feudalism cultivated by imperial Washington during the Cold War. So monumental are the lethal consequences of this massive and unprecedented event that the stupendous failure of the international response to the global catastrophe is becoming a crime of omission that, measured along a scale of preventable deaths, is fast becoming comparable to the crimes of commission committed, say, at Auschwitz or in Rwanda.

Accordingly, the infrequently televised pictures of the exploding containment structures at Fukushima, but especially shed #3, will continue to impose dire ramifications on humanity probably every bit as serious as those that continue to unfold from the geopolitical outgrowths of the exploding Twin Towers. When containment structure #3 burst high into the atmosphere it threw up into the air a whole storage pond packed tight with spent nuclear fuel rods, including plutonium-laced assemblies now scattered to Kingdom Come. Plutonium is the most lethal substance known to science. As this pulverized plutonium penetrates all levels of the food chain it will, as surely as night follows day, induce epidemics of cancer in host organisms including human beings.

The prototype of the GE Mark 1 reactors melting down at Fukushima # 1 was developed in the early 1950s to power nuclear submarines. This history explains the placement of the spent fuel rods on top of the reactor mechanisms. While this design made sense in the confined spaces of a submarine it poses unnecessary danger for land-based nuclear power plants

As I explain in “From Hiroshima to Fukushima, 1945-2011,” the locating of the pools for spent nuclear fuel rods ON TOP of the Mark 1 reactors designed by GE goes back to the manufacturing in the early 1950s of the first nuclear submarines. The confined structure of nuclear submarines required Admiral Hyman G. Rickover and his team of pioneering nuclear engineers to juxtapose tightly the various mechanisms involved in the most dangerous industrial processes known to humanity.[viii]

What defense can there be, however, for projecting a design drawn from nuclear submarines in the 1950s to the operations of a system that since 2010 has been fuelled by plutonium-bearing MOX rods? What defense can there be for extending to the corporate designers and operators of this nightmare of professional malfeasance at Fukushima the government gift of limited liability now on full public display for those attentive enough to cut through the spin, censorship, and diversions of the mainstream media? This class of media spin doctors passing themselves off as professional journalists includes many on the staffs of not only at the for-profit info-entertainment cartels. It also includes many on the pay rolls of those Crown corporations that peddle government and corporate agendas in, for instance, Great Britain, Canada, and Australia.

 

Reporting and Spin Doctoring on the Fukushima Debacle

The corporate criminals and welfare bums behind the Fukishima catastrophe include GE, Westinghouse, Hitachi, Toshiba, AREVA, Nippon Television Network and TEPCO? Similarly many officials of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the World Health Organization must be held accountable for allowing themselves to become instruments and extensions of the nuclear energy industry’s imperial ambitions.[ix] What information about this crisis is being withheld by the US Armed Forces, whose operatives have access to the many elaborate monitoring devices in space, on land and in the ocean’s underwater recesses. The information from this elaborate system of nuclear spy gear must be providing a detailed picture of the global effects of the Fukushima catastrophe, one producing continuing releases of massive quantities, together with wide arrays, of lethal radionucludes into air, ocean, stream and soil?[x]

The US Armed Forces is probably the only agency on the planet with the infrastructure, trained personnel and expertise to have any chance of bringing this global catastrophe under control. What will be the short and long-term implications for President Barack Obama if he continues to deprive humanity of the deployment of US troops, some of whom are specifically trained and equipped to deal with worsening cycles of nuclear malfunction and high levels of radioactive contamination? Does President Obama possess the inner fortitude to rise above his pitiful captivity as a well-rewarded lobbyist for the overlapping functions of the military and energy divisions of the nuclear industry? [xi]Without international intervention adequate to the task, the lies and crimes of Fukushima portend much more of the same in the future.

Just as the mainstream media was flooded after the events of 9/11 with pseudo-experts flogging the Global War on Terror as the necessary antidote for the all-purpose boogey man of al-Qaeda, so we are witnessing a similar phenomenon as the nuclear energy industry trots out on television and in print its well-paid stables of professional shills to reassure the public it has little to fear; that everything is returning to normal. But in the era of the Internet this tactic of deception can be countered. As in the early days of the 9/11 Truth Movement, Alex Jones transcended his sometimes-bombastic style of American chauvinism to develop cutting-edge analysis and interpretation of the Fukushima debacle.

One of the first guests of Alex Jones to speak to the nature of the Fukushima crisis was the BBC pundit Greg Palast. Palast is an American journalist given wide access to audiences on the BBC and in the Guardian newspaper in Great Britain. In an earlier incarnation Palast was, in his own words, “an investigator for the government on nuclear racketeering and fraud.” Palast explained how the fear of those genuinely responsible for the Fukushima mess seek to low ball estimations of the damage being created in the hope of averting legal liability and/or criminal culpability.  Palast explained, moreover, how he was being passed over by the mainstream media as a commentator on the disaster in spite of his insider’s knowledge of the nuclear power industry. Noting the broad and pervasive cover-up underway and the epidemic of cancers to come, Palast detailed how the initial reports of the Fukushima disaster as being less than Chernobyl but greater than Three Mile Island amounted to “completely nuts propaganda.”[xii]

Another veteran of the 9/11 infowars, Kevin Barrett, interviewed me on his regular radio show shortly after I released my initial long article and then my shorter follow-up piece entitled, “Racism, Cover-Up and Corporate Fraud in the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe.”[xiii] A pioneering academic investigator in the quest for 9/11 truth, Barrett was purged from his job as a university teacher by some enemies of academic freedom at the University of Wisconsin.

As with the lies and crimes of 9/11, venues of citizens’ investigation on the Internet have been providing alternative flows of news and views on the true nature of the second ground zero of the twenty-first century.[xiv] Prominent among those independent experts that refuse to tow the party line on the disaster are nuclear radiation expert Professor Christopher Busby,[xv] theoretical physicist Professor Michio Kaku,[xvi] as well as the controversial Australian physician, author and anti-nuke activist, Dr Helen Caldicott.[xvii] These three experts in their fields have earned their status as key individuals whose analysis deserves to be considered near the core of the necessary global debate on the nature of the changes that must take place in light of what we are learning about the Fukushima disaster.

 

Taking Note of the Discussions on the Fringes of Debate

Still on the fringes of the discussion are those with unproved theories that the Fukushima disaster was deliberately created to serve the interests of various configurations of power. One theory holds that the nuclear meltdowns are part of a contrived program of eugenic transformation to be carried out through massive depopulation. Another group is advancing the case that the Sendai earthquake and tsunami were purposely triggered by a rogue unit of the US military. Those exploring this possibility contend that a nuclear bomb was detonated on the floor of the Pacific with the goal of opening the way for dramatic changes in the geopolitical balance of power in one of the world’s most strategically-volatile regions.

Inevitably we shall see more and more questions concerning the relationship between earthquakes and experiments with electro-magnetic fields by top-secret branches of the US government through a controversial project known as HAARP.[xviii] Yet another line of analysis concerns the effects on nuclear installations around the world, including in Japan, of an Israeli system of cyber attacks known as Stuxnet. This Stuxnet system is said to have been developed initially to disrupt the software running parts of the Iranian nuclear energy program.

While this kind of investigation still belongs on the margins of debate about what is really going on, almost nothing in these times of Peak Oil can be completely ruled out as a possible expedient of elite grabs for riches and domination of people, profits and natural resources. It will no longer do simply to extend automatically to those that conduct their business at the pinnacles of worldly wealth and authority the benefit of the doubt in every instance of real or imagined criminality. In light of the massive and ongoing cover-up surrounding the events of 9/11, Wall Street’s continuing frauds and swindles swirling in and around the financial bailouts, as well as the ongoing environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, we have no cause for complacency that those who commit the highest order of international crime will be held accountable for their actions.

 

9/11 and Fukushima in the Growth of

the Tahrir Square Global Freedom Movement

The increasingly transnational unwillingness to accept any longer the transgressions of unaccountable power brokers in, for instance, the lies and crimes of both Fukushima and 9/11 are part of what I call the Tahrir Square Global Freedom Movement. In an article in Veterans Today Allen A. Roland tries to capture the essence of this uprising as part of what he describes as “ a class war between the People and the Corpocracy.” Roland postulates that “the epicenter of the Middle East people’s revolt is the ongoing oppression of the Palestinian people by Israel, which is a constant and humiliating reminder to the Arab world that they are servants of a global elite who maintain their oppressive regimes through military power and economic control.”

Roland then moves his focus to the anti-authoritarian upsurge in his own continent. He argues that “the epicenter of the blossoming people’s revolt in the United States is the 9/11 conspiracy where Dick Cheney created a shadow government committed to corporate welfare and beholden to the global elite.  That is when the Republic began its death throes and the corpocracy emerged from the Twin Towers’ ashes—where it controlled and still does control the masses through fear, demonizing and fabrications with the ultimate big lie being the 9/11 cover up story.”[xix]

 

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For me Roland’s contention rings true that different interpretations about the contested meanings of 9/11 lie near the heart of a simmering class war.  From my own experience in the academy and as an author and media pundit, I can observe that so far it is far more expedient for aspiring journalists, professors, politicians and business executives to adopt the official line on 9/11. As Professor Niels Harrit proclaimed in my discussion with him and his wife, Pernille Grumme, in Edmonton Alberta, it is a “bad career move” to show professional interest in the contested interpretations of 9/11.[xx]

While actual elites together with wanabee elites continue to do business based on the largely unconsidered assumption that the Islamic zealots of al-Qaeda embody the world’s most menacing problem, millions upon millions of more sensible folk have come to the correct conclusion that we have been fed a pack of lies to justify the privatized profiteering of the fraudulent Global War on Terror. This understanding has reached critical mass and cannot be turned back however zealous the attempts of Cass Sunstein’s team of cyber warriors to infiltrate and subvert the social networking media of the huge and many-faceted 9/11 Truth Movement. After proposing that the so-called “truthers” should be made targets of the same sort of tactics directed at those on J. Edgar Hoover’s enemies list in his oversight of the FBI’s covert COINTELPRO operations, Sunstein was elevated to the job of President Obama’s chief agent of [Dis]information and [De]regulatory Affairs.[xxi]

As we can see every day, the sycophants that tend to fill the most important jobs in the mainstream media continue to interpret daily events based on the increasingly ridiculous notion which starts with the unproven contention that Osama bin Laden and an independent band of ruthless Islamic terrorists single-handedly changed the world on 9/11 with their flash attacks on an innocent and unsuspecting enemy. While this thoroughly discredited interpretation continues to hold sway as a kind of sacred myth that must be maintained as an idol of US patriotism and pro-Israeli versions of militarized Judeo-Christian supremacy, there are very few public intellectuals willing to defend the official-sanctioned conspiracy theory in its details. Moreover, those that do so are clearly second-rate thinkers incapable of moving beyond the function of paid propagandists.

Only the likes of Jonathan Kay and Michael Shermer will put themselves on the line in defense of an unsubstantiated view of history promoted with various dribs and drabs of psychobabble condemning as mentally ill those who deviate from their own adherence to the lies and crimes of 9/11.

The whole problem of maintaining a basis for the public mythology of 9/11 is now rendered even more tenuous by the lies and crimes of Fukushima. It will require enormous continuing efforts of disinformation, diversion and censorship to hide the fact the ongoing crisis at Fukushima exposes the real extent of the excessive deregulation and disempowerment of public government. This Reaganesque excess of dereglation and privatization extending even to the potential death machines of nuclear power plants has stripped us all of even the most rudimentary forms of security in the essentials of life derived from clean food, clean air and clean water. What is to be said of initiatives in so-called national security that deprive world citizens of global security in public health?

With crisis also comes opportunity. Perhaps the grotesque monstrosity of even deregulated and privatized nuclear power plants, whose terrible implications are now on full public display at Fukushima, will be sufficient to mobilize and further internationalize public resistance to the corpocracy that rules us. Perhaps the lies and crimes of both Fukushima and 9/11 will be exposed in a fashion that lends added energy, integrity and verve to the expanding forces of the Tahrir Square Global Freedom Movement.

 
 

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Above are three different treatments by MSNBC of research into what did and did not happen on 9/11. The corporate culture of MSNBC has deep roots in General Electric, the makers of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as the ailing nuclear reactors at Fukushima. In Tucker Carlson’s interview with Professor Steven Jones he and his producers refused repeated requests by their guest to run the tape of the controlled demolition of WTC Building 7. In interviewing Professor David Ray Griffin, Carlson demeans his guest’s scholarship as “blasphemous”. Then in the exchange with Jonathan Kay, author of “Among The Truthers”,  repeated generalizations are directed at so-called “conspiracy theorists” who allegedly lack respect for the kind of journalism that appears on MSNBC and other mainstream media. Carlson’s degrading treatment of genuine scholars leading the way in the quest for 9/11 Truth helps explain the mass exodus of discriminating viewers from the self-referencing echo chambers of the corporcracy’s agents of disinformation.

[i] See Yoichi Shimatsu, “Secret Weapons Inside Fukushima Nuclear Plants?” Dark Politricks, 12 April, 2011

[ii] Bob Nicols, “Fukushima=2,000 Atomic Bombs: Killer Contamination Spreads Worldwide Without Opposition,Veterans Today, 22 April, 2011

[vii] Richard Wilcox, “Earthquake and Nuke Fatigue: ‘Time for the Rich to Leave Tokyo,’” World Awash in Nuclear Armageddon, 12 April, 2011

[viii] Robert Zubrin, “Admiral Rickover and the Nuclear Navy,” Fusion, Vol. 7, number 4, July/August, 1985, 10-18

[xx] An Exchange on 9/11 between Prof. Niels Harrit, Prof Anthony J hall and Ms. Pernille Grumme

[xxi] See David Ray Griffin, Cognitive Infiltration: An Obama Appointees Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory (Northampton Mass.: Olive Branch Press, 2011)

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