9.11.2016 In Depth Look

In the context of likely countless disquisitions about 9/11 a decade and a half ago—perspectives as varied as the authors, about ‘falling dominoes;’ as a ‘catastrophic legacy;’ as an exercise in secret cover ups ; as a series of blatant lies ; as a reason for ‘patriotism’ and protest ; as multiple assessments of fifteen years of war and examinations  of purported involvement by ‘allies ‘ such as Saudi Arabia; including litany  after litany that either call into question the standard narrative  or repeats the party line that we’ve got to stop Al Qaeda and its brethren; or as the occasional note  about how all the fighting against ‘terror’ hasn’t done much good, or the random kudos to the rare politician who calls for reopening the investigative floodgates, or even serving notice that fictionalizing the events of that long ago later Summer day have proven difficult to carry off—an initial view from the Southeast Review of Media, Culture, & Politics of some Karmic aspects of the date, along with an account from Consortium News that delves other important occurrences on this date, and a thorough, even authoritative, compendium from Global Research about key points in the 9/11 timeline and critically important portals to compilations of 9/11 data and analysis, all of which should set the scrappy scribe’s and stalwart citizen’s mind ablaze with questions and ideas to pursue in figuring out the meaning of this critically important day in modern history: “Here is an idea that I’ve expressed on wood, which my wife and I transform into art.  ‘That yesterday affects today is no more in doubt than is the fact that the mother’s experience of gestation influences the birth and future development of her child: truly the past authors the present in similar fashion as the rains of Spring induce the growth of Summer and Autumn’s bounty, or lack thereof.’rect3336 space
Time’s touch often enough caresses one’s memory, as one might experience on birthdays or other repositories of fond recollection; at other junctures, however, the temporal interface has more in common with a jab in the gut or an ax in the face.  Most people in North America would likely see September eleventh as such a problematic point in time for purposes of recalling the past.rect3336 space
Especially when pain or plaintive loss characterizes the way we remember a particular yesterday, we owe ourselves—unless our hope is to maximize the generation of more such memories—a stalwart attempt to understand how what was painful and harmful came to pass.  Such thinking would, as just noted, probably apply to most Americans’ feelings about what happened in New York City fourteen years ago.  Thus, we ought to inquire why and how jets flew into skyscrapers, and we should willingly dig deeply in seeking answers.rect3336 space
Especially in the United States, however, such sifting of days gone by for insight to the present pass presents a nearly intractable problem. Media repeatedly obfuscate and falsify, or at least trivialize, what happened.  Standard-issue or other ‘accepted’ history books provide assessments that are partial or plain wrong.  Discourse and debate about how ‘bad things happen to good people’ is, charitably, sadly inadequate.rect3336 space
Were the results of these patterns merely a lack of closure and a missing out on understanding, these eventualities would be bad enough.  When such archetypes of prejudice and ignorance make probable, or even certain, upcoming new disasters that stem from inadequate capacity to contextualize the roots of events, the cost is incalculable, possibly including the destruction of human life on our planet.rect3336 space
In relation to matters like 9/11, plenty of writing on this year’s September 11th speak to issues of note in regard to our beliefs about and remembrance of things past.  Very few of them, however, at least here at home, have anything to say about what took place twenty-eight years prior to 2001 on that day, thousands of miles to the South in Chile.chile pinochet-Victor_Jara_Nicha
(In regard to the purposeful depredations that occurred in the name of the American people on September 11, 1973, far too little is available to account for these horrors.  A week before his brutal death at the hands of CIA-funded butchers, the brilliant singer and poet, Victor Jara, had this to say).  On September 7th, 1973, an interviewer asked him what ‘love’ meant.  His response is iconic: ‘Love of my home, my wife and my children./  Love for the earth that helps me live./  Love for education and of work./  Love of others who work for the common good./  Love of justice as the instrument that provides equilibrium for human dignity./  Love of peace in order to enjoy one’s life./  Love of freedom, but not the freedom acquired at the expense of others’ freedom, but rather the freedom of all./  Love of freedom to live and exist, for the existence of my children, in my home, in my town, my city, among neighboring people./  Love for freedom in the environment in which we are required to forge our destiny./  Love of freedom without yokes: nor ours nor foreign.'”—Southeast Review of Media, Culture, & Politics
        “Americans collectively woke up to the threat of domestic terrorism on the morning of Sept.11, 2001.  Nearly 3,000 people died in the fiery destruction of the Twin Towers in New York City, the attack on the Pentagon and related airplane hijackings.  Twenty-eight years earlier, Chileans had their own deadly wake-up call on Sept. 11, 1973, when coup plotters overthrew the democratic government of Salvador Allende after blasting the presidential palace with bombs and heavy artillery.  The military junta went on to kill more than 3,000 people, imprison and torture tens of thousands of political victims, and send tens of thousands more into exile.jara-etc chile protest
Though largely forgotten today, blowback from the U.S.-backed Chilean coup came to haunt North Americans in the form of deadly terrorist attacks, including a number falling in September and even on the forbidding date of Sept. 11 in years predating the al-Qaeda atrocity.  In those cases, the perpetrators were not Islamic militants, nor were they angry Marxists intent on avenging Washington’s complicity in the Chilean military’s crimes.  Instead, the killers were right-wing extremists bent on carrying their cause to U.S. soil.

(For years, these assassins who were also our agents acted with impunity).  Not until July 22, 1983, was (Eduardo) Arocena finally arrested in Miami, with an arsenal of machine guns, pistols, rifles, knives, disguises, and a remote-control transmitter.  A jury would find him guilty the following year on 25 charges of murder, conspiracy to murder, transporting explosives, possession of bombs and perjury.  He received a sentence of life plus 35 additional years.  A year later, a Miami judge added another 20 years to his sentence after a separate conviction for bombing seven businesses and consulates in that city from 1979 to 1983.llama chile andes
Arocena’s sentence was a rare exception to the mild fate of most Cuban exile terrorists.  The Miami Herald’s Juan Tamayo noted in 1998, ‘Amid reports that Cuban exile leaders financed bombings in Havana, conspirators, cops and prosecutors agree that anti-Castro plotting in South Florida is not only common but almost tolerated.’  ‘Other than an occasional federal gun charge,’ two reporters for Salon observed in 2008, ‘Nothing much seems to happen to most of these would-be revolutionaries.  They are allowed to train nearly unimpeded despite making explicit plans to violate the 70-year-old U.S. Neutrality Act and overthrow a sovereign country’s government.  Though separate anti-terror laws passed in 1994 and 1996 would seem to apply directly to their activities, no one has ever been charged for anti-Cuban terrorism under those laws.  And 9/11 [2001] seems to have changed nothing.’

As we pause on this 9/11 to remind ourselves of the horrible killing of innocents committed by a gang of extremists 13 years ago, we should reserve some anger for policymakers and law enforcement officers who discredit the cause of justice by ignoring or even protecting other terrorists in our midst depending on their politics.  These more obscure bombers and assassins may have called themselves freedom fighters, but their crimes were as evil, and deserve the same punishment, as the mass murders of Sept. 11, 2001.”—Consortium News
        “The tragic events of September 11, 2001 constitute a fundamental landmark in American history. a decisive watershed, a breaking point.  Millions of people have been misled regarding the causes and consequences of 9/11.  September 11 2001 opens up an era of crisis, upheaval and militarization of American society.  A far-reaching overhaul of US military doctrine was launched in the wake of 9/11.  Endless wars of aggression under the humanitarian cloak of ‘counter-terrorism’ were set in motion.  9/11 was also a stepping stone towards the relentless repeal of civil liberties, the militarization of law enforcement and the inauguration of ‘Police State USA.’  September 11, 2001 marks the onslaught of the ‘Global War on Terrorism’ (GWOT), used as a pretext and a justification by the US and its NATO allies to carry out a ‘war without borders,’ a global war of conquest. europe nato wwii WWII
At eleven o’clock, on the morning of September 11, the Bush administration had already announced that Al Qaeda was responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) and the Pentagon.  This assertion was made prior to the conduct of an in depth police investigation.  CIA Director George Tenet stated that same morning that Osama bin Laden had the capacity to plan ‘multiple attacks with little or no warning.’  Secretary of State Colin Powell called the attacks ‘an act of war’ and President Bush confirmed in an evening televised address to the Nation that he would ‘make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.’rect3336 space
Former CIA Director James Woolsey, without mentioning Afghanistan, pointed his finger at ‘state sponsorship,’ implying the complicity of one or more foreign governments.  In the words of former National Security Adviser, Lawrence Eagleburger, ‘I think we will show when we get attacked like this, we are terrible in our strength and in our retribution.’  That same evening at 9:30 pm, a ‘War Cabinet’ was formed integrated by a select number of top intelligence and military advisors.  And at 11:00 pm, at the end of that historic meeting at the White House, the ‘War on Terrorism’ was officially launched.rect3336 space
The tragic events of 9/11 provided the required justification to wage war on Afghanistan on ‘humanitarian grounds,’ with the full support of World public opinion and the endorsement of the ‘international community.’  Several prominent ‘progressive’ intellectuals made a case for ‘retaliation against terrorism’ on moral and ethical grounds.  The ‘just cause’ military doctrine (jus ad bellum) was accepted and upheld at face value as a legitimate response to 9/11.  In the wake of 9/11, the antiwar movement was completely isolated.  The trade unions and civil society organizations had swallowed the media lies and government propaganda.  They had accepted a war of retribution against Afghanistan, an impoverished country in Central Asia of 30 million people.rect3336 space
The myth of the ‘outside enemy’ and the threat of ‘Islamic terrorists’ was the cornerstone of the Bush administration’s military doctrine, used as a pretext to invade Afghanistan and Iraq, not to mention the repeal of civil liberties and constitutional government in America.  Amply documented but rarely mentioned by the mainstream media, Al Qaeda is a creation of the CIA going back to the Soviet- Afghan war.  This was a known fact, corroborated by numerous sources including official documents of the US Congress, which the mainstream media chose to either dismiss or ignore.  The intelligence community had time and again acknowledged that they had indeed supported Osama bin Laden, but that in the wake of the Cold War: ‘he turned against us.’rect3336 space
The 9/11 Commission Report has largely upheld the ‘outside enemy’ mythology, heralding Al Qaeda as the ‘mastermind’ organization behind the 9/11 attacks.  The official 9/11 narrative has not only distorted the causes underling the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings, it has also erased the historical record of US covert support to international terrorism, while creating the illusion that America and ‘Western Civilization’ are threatened.  Without an ‘outside enemy,’ there could be no ‘war on terrorism.’  The entire national security agenda would collapse ‘like a deck of cards.’  The war criminals in high office would have no leg to stand on.”—Global Research