removed his pipe. The smoldering embers reminded him of the crime before them and
he pointed the stem at the skeptical doctor. "Consider their motto: 'By way of
deception thou shalt do war'. They gained everything in 911 with the possible loss of
a few zealous men--in the tradition of Judas
Maccabee. They gained active military involvement of the US in the Middle East
for years to come; they gained more monetary aid; they gained considerable more antipathy
by Americans toward Islamic peopleand gained sympathy for Israel. The successful
operation--if it happened--was diabolical yet brilliant."
"But conjecture doesnt prove any involvement,"
Watson flatly challenged. Sherlock Holmes nodded, "Think for a moment how Special
Forces soldiers are always indoctrinated, Watson, trained to undertake dangerous missions
deep into enemy territory. Suicide
missions' they are always called in scores of Hollywood movies. Now if a small country
than Walescould gain all that the things I have mentioned, would it be
implausible in a Hollywood movie?"
HOLMES & 911
Watson stared at Holmes, certain
he hadnt heard the inspector clearly. "Why do you look so shocked, Watson? Do
you really believe an objective criminal investigation excludes any other
interpretations? Evidence can be arranged or tampered with but the case remains open as
long as conscientious men entertain reasonable doubt about the competency of that
investigation and those doubts outweigh the certainties."
"But my God, Holmes, the possibility
that Mossad agents would hijack our airplanes and crash them into New York
skyscrapers may be your greatest flight of fanciful conjecture so far, but Im
willing to hear your theory."
THE ULTIMATE UNSOLVED MYSTERY
By: Douglas Herman
"Yesit would be utterly plausible," Watson admitted.
"But plausibility hardly proves guilt."
Watson stood and wandered to a window. From the tenth floor of
the Hoboken high rise he could look across the Hudson River and see the skyline of lower
Manhattan. The night before he and Holmes had watched a movie called Pushing Tin, about
air traffic controllers. The opening scenes showed jetliners swooping dangerously close to
the World Trade Center and Watson wondered how anyone in New York could ever
watch that movie again. Then he spoke with more than a little annoyance. "I
refuse to believe our ally, Israel, would do such a thing. Conspiracy theorists prefer to
blame everyone but the actual Saudi culprits who were caught on videotape at the
Holmes spoke quietly. "But none of the so-called Saudi hijackers were
caught on tape at the airport, nor do they appear in the Passenger
Lists of the hijacked planes. You and I must present a photo ID at the airport.
Were all the so-called terrorists traveling to LA as Mr. Smith and Mr. Jones?"
"But Mossad couldnt be involved, " Watson
insisted. "They informed us prior to 911 that terrorists planned a spectacular act,
warning us to be wary."
Holmes studied his stout friend as he stood framed by the window. Just
below them, in Liberty State Park of all places, a
trio of Israelis celebrated while the World Trade Center burned. "Were
you aware, my dear Watson, the Mossad also notified the US about a possible terrorist act
many years ago? Mossad had prior information about a huge Mercedes truck bomb being
prepared for some select target in Lebanon. They passed on a general warningnothing
specific about that trucklike "sending a weather report, a Mossad
operative admitted later. Well, some time later that truck approached the Marine
barracks, sped past a guardhouse--that was twenty years ago now that I
recall--and demolished the building, killing 241 sleeping marines who were there in Beirut
ostensibly for peace-keeping purposes."
Watson looked sober. "Im sorry to hear that but it still
doesnt prove Israel was involved in 911. Im still waiting for tangible
"The threads of the fabric weave closer, Doctor Watson. Listen. In
the summer of 2001, alleged terrorist aviation students train at flight schools in South
Florida and live only blocks from alleged art students--young Israelis intent on entry
into high security US federal buildings. Normally artists seek to get into art galleries,
wouldnt you say? Even more peculiar, the terrorists and the art students
lived on the exact same street in Hollywood, Florida. This
is truly a terror enigma, wouldn't you also admit?... How could they not
have known each othertwo groups of Semitic foreigners conspiring in a strange land?
And when does foreknowledge become complicity? Suppose for a minute Mossad not only knew
of the group but had infiltrated it and knew of its diabolical purposes, even encouraged
it? Consider this analogy, my dear Watson. Your
neighbor has a fine mansion and extensive property but is somewhat vain, stupid and
self-satisfied; call the place America. You represent Israel and you spread a rumor that a
distant neighbor intends to hurt the lord of the manor but you are vague about any
details. Next weekend that mansion burns down. Evidence left at the scene--religious items
and books reportedly belonging to the distant neighborindicates all too obviously
who was involved. Which neighbor will the police investigate most vigorouslyyou or
the distant neighbor?"
"The distant neighbor," replied Watson.
"Elementary," uttered Holmes. "But suppose even a
superficial inquest revealed bad blood between to two neighbors; wouldnt you both be
suspects? And since when is crime
scene evidence, even 'real evidence' accepted as conclusive in a court of law? Suppose
I left your stethoscope at a strip bar and had someone discover it later; thus
shouldnt a Koran left behind in a strip bar also set off loud alarms and raise
doubts and the probability of planted evidence? Remember--'By
way of deception thou shalt do war' is not just a motto
but a tried and true method used by the best spy agency in the world."
"I see what youre getting at!" Watson brightened, "Did anyone
interview any of those strippers and barmen at the area clubs?"
Sherlock Holmes sighed. "One of the signatures of any successful
covert operations is to make other groups or individuals appear the culprits.
It worked perfectly forty years ago, during a famous
crime in Dallas, and it appears to have worked again to perfection."
Holmes shook his head sadly. "Americans are a good-hearted, soft-headed people who
love justice in the abstract sense, persisting in a childlike, fantasy concept that good
triumphs over evil within the framework of a television show. The sinister forces of evil,
whether the state-within-a-state of all intelligence agencies like Mossad or the
Mafia or the Medieval Catholic Church, represent
a type of self-preservation, or a pragmatic moral code, that permit murder as a matter of
policy. Former Mossad officer, Victor
Ostrovsky said: "The intifada and resultant breakdown of moral order and humanity are
a direct result of the kind of megalomania that characterizes the operation of the
Mossad...That's where it all begins. This feeling that you can do anything you want to
whomever you want for as long as you want because you have the power."
"I cannot even fathom that," replied Watson.
Watson," Holmes began--"you better get used to it because, according to a
one scientific detective, '9/11 has become the defining event of the new
century, used to justify an unprecedented surge in militaristic and repressive policies
within the USA and elsewhere.' Thus we need to ask ourselves about 911, was it Jihad - or Black Op?--and
who was involved and who benefits? I may not have proven my case to you yet--and Mossad
may not have been entirely culpable--but the involvement of others is without a
Douglas Herman, internet essayist,
is a USAF veteran who believes patriotism begins at home. He is a new columnist for
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