BUSH NEEDS ANOTHER 9/11
By: Ed Henry
No infamous weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the liberated Iraqis don't welcome
us or democracy; the Taliban is reorganizing in Afghanistan; most of the people in the
rest of the world think we are a bunch of empire building war mongers; people are
boycotting our products; weve got a growing trade deficit; our economy is still in
trouble; the Euro is replacing the dollar; unemployment is growing; and our national debt
is on its way to the moon.
After a three month hiatus that sent just about every local government in the union to
the poor house, Congress has given Bush an open trillion dollar ($984 billion) line of
credit to do just about anything he wants. And the Washington Post
claims that this new debt will be used up by the summer of 2004 just before elections get
under way in earnest.
According to the polls, the man who won the last election through our
republic's Electoral College still enjoys high ratings from the people. Campaigning on the
platform of compassionate conservatism with the unique ability to bring opposing sides
together, this president now acts like a character from OK Coral and wants portable
miniature nukes so troops in the field can kill a number equivalent to one-third of the
Hiroshima population at a time.
Watch out, because President Bush needs something dramatic to regain the world sympathy
we had after 9/11 and to keep the American collective consciousness diverted elsewhere.
The idea that the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked by a group of
suicidal maniacs who envied our freedoms is beginning to wear thin. It wasn't the Al Qaeda
that stonewalled any investigation into why this happened and then delivered the ultimate
insult to victim families by appointing Henry Kissinger, Dr. Strangelove himself, a man
who can't leave the country without fear of arrest for crimes against humanity, to head up
an investigation. And finally, when another commission of friends to the administration is
selected to investigate, their results are not released to the public because it might
endanger national security. Does that sound like freedom to you?
Come on folks, deep in our hearts we all know that having thousands of American troops
spread across the globe has engendered a great deal of hate and distrust of Americans.
These troops are not diplomats, they're soldiers trained to follow orders and fight. They
can engender hatred just by the accidents that happen while keeping in shape or the
boys-will-be-boys encounters with the native populations.
It certainly doesn't require a great deal of empathy to understand how we would feel
with Russian or Chinese military bases in Kansas, Texas, or anywhere else in our own
country. And how would we feel if some hotshot jet pilot killed some of our loved ones by
knocking down a ski-lift in Aspen? How do you suppose the relatives of a fishing boat sunk
by a nuclear sub showing off feel towards Americans? And how about the passengers on
school buses or airliners that we've blown up by accident?
Even if we pulled these troops home and tried to find them jobs, how long would it take
to heal the wounds developed over the last decade or five?
If we can't win the war on drugs, how are we ever going to stop terrorism? If tons of
white powder can be smuggled into this country to go directly up people's noses or into
their veins, what in the world makes people think that we could stop terrorists from
bringing in chemical and biological weapons?
And what would happen to this nation's economy if we won the war on drugs? Estimated
seven years ago at $500 billion a year, a half trillion in profit, just the cocaine
business in this country could ruin our economy if it were stopped tomorrow. You don't
really think the kingpins of this industry sock their profits back into product
improvement do you?
What's to develop or improve? Are they trying for better weeds and kitchens, vacuum
packaging and container shipping, owning their own banks and airlines? Did you know that
the Chinese recently opened the world's largest container shipping operation on Grand
Bahama Island, about eighty miles off our Florida coast?
Now there's a real fear story that could be developed. Suppose the war channels and
loyal news services started leaking rumors that shipments of cocaine were laced or cut
with anthrax. How many bankers, judges, hotel and restaurant operators, other business
types and people on the street would suddenly develop nervous breakdowns?
The booga-booga fear stories about one or two groups of organized terrorists wanting to
kill as many Americans as possible make just about as much sense.
Do you really believe that terrorists are dumb, that they believe it's the American
people who have caused the problems and injustices in their homelands? Do you think these
people don't understand leadership and that it's the U.S. government and the military
planners that foment the deeds that hurt them? And you can include international banking,
once headquartered in the World Trade Center, right in there with Washington and the
Pentagon as well as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Banking, also
headquartered in Washington. These are the terrorist's primary targets.
Therein lays the dilemma. To bolster his own propaganda, Bush needs an attack on the
American heartland to prove real terrorism. He needs an attack that cannot be
misinterpreted as anything other than an attack on innocent civilians, people that are
guilty of nothing more than electing and permitting the form of leadership now running
this country, an attack at a major sporting event like the Olympics we recently had in
Salt Lake City or a baseball game, Chicago subway, the hotels of Miami Beach or anything
other than Washington, our military, or the media and banking cabals. He can't just run
around crying wolf whenever he needs a weapon of mass distraction.
When it happens, will we again believe it originated outside the country?
Ed Henry is the founder of TUFF, the
Taxpayers Union, and a regular columnist for Ether Zone.
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