By ROB KEZELIS
If asked, an experienced world traveler will eagerly describe the most famous and beautiful tourist destinations. The ancient parts of Europe, the incredible ruins of Ur (Iraq), China, the walled cities of Bangkok, the ruins of the Maya and Aztec, just to name a few. At each site, what we really see are monuments to manÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s inhumanity to man.
The walled city of Vilnius, with its beautiful Ausros Vartai city gate, the moats and city walls surrounding the gorgeous city of Vienna, Strassburg, Budapest, The Great Wall, old Tibetan cities, castles and ancient walled cities near Bangkok, the original Edo of Japan, the walls protecting Aztec and Mayan ruins, moats around British and Scotish castles, – in fact, every single place where man has resided since historical times, you still see huge monuments to science, industry, and labor aimed solely at war and self-protection. War and terror – both have always been with us, regardless of how you define them.
That is precisely why the myths of 9/11 and the lies of the Bush administration are so deliberately misguiding and false.
Take any collection of historical tales (including the Christian instruction manual) and you find stories about roving gangs of thieves, of bandits, or highwaymen ready to pillage, rape and murder those they catch unprotected, and of course, of war. City-states were more often at war with one another than not. If water, food or money became scarce, or if some disease threatened one area, it was often easier and more profitable to attack someone else and take it from them, rather than to come up with a cure or a fix.
To put it simply, humanity’s history has always been filled with war and violence, of attacks and defense, of blood and taking. There is not one time in history when some armed conflict was not taking place. Not one. No wonder aliens find us captivating, but too dangerous to contact.
War and terror have always been part of humanity. those elements have shaped who and what we are today. There have been occasional, nay, RARE signs of civilization. Egypt ruled for thousands of years, until outside attacks and internal politics sapped its strength. Greece was famous for creating democracy, until it fell upon hard times. Roman roads were built for trade as much as for conquest. Once lands were taken over, their captives were incorporated into Roman society, with just laws and fair representation being the rule, not the exception. Even Western society has trifled with this Ã¢â‚¬Å“civilizationÃ¢â‚¬Â experiment. The League of Nations, the UN, and even NATO were efforts to stop war, to secure existing borders and to promote peace. And before this day, we used to think that America was different.
With this backdrop we have 9/11, the event that according to Bush, Ã¢â‚¬Ëœchanged everythingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. Hardly, sir. To the contrary. It changed nothing. It only gave him cover to act.
A curious person should be struck by one glaring inconsistancy. The root cause of 9/11 has gone un-investigated. There has been no official research or investigation into what history, what events and what circumstances led us to such a painful and bloody event. Our MSM concentrates on missing blond bimbettes and the testamentary wills of dead silica-augmented playboy models. Even worse, President Bush stopped every effort to discuss or investigate the root causes. He even did his utmost to quash the 9/11 commissionÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s efforts into 9/11, as limited as they were. Bush and his cronies did everything possible to put legal, and possibly illegal roadblocks into the commissionÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s efforts.
Recently, we learned that Mr. Cheney led the effort to stymie an investigation by threatening Senator L. Graham and dropping all collaborative efforts and exchange of information with the senate committee. Given Cheney’s unbelievably seedy actions surrounding 9/11, the worst that we can imagine is probably inaccurate simply for not going far enough.
The truth is out there, and we can find it. In fact, all it takes is a little sitting back and thinking. The cause of 9/11 is not what Bush says. It is not some PR-framed pithy truism like, Ã¢â‚¬Å“They hate us for our freedoms.Ã¢â‚¬Â That non-sensical statement collapses with the slightest rational analysis. In one sense, Ã¢â‚¬Å“They hate us for our freedomsÃ¢â‚¬Â is actually brilliant – it is simple enough for your standard moronic Fox News watcher to grasp, it flows off the tongue easily, and it blunts any thinking personÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s response, for the response is bound to be filled with facts, examples, proofs and logic – you know: All things that the Bush administration cannot stand.
Besides, Muslims do not hate us for our freedoms. To the contrary, US-based Muslims love America and its freedom of and from religion as much as any likker-drinkin, NASCAR lovin, redneck in Georgia or Alabama. They love the fact that they can worship as they choose, although some towns in Kansas, South Carolina, Texas and Miseri threaten to change that.
The problem is not our freedom or democracy. Rather, it revolves around the long-standing policies, the unstated, unpublicized and unfortunate policies regarding hegemony, oil and global power that are the problems. It is the unbridled greed of the military industrial complex that only thrives on disaster and war – and would pay dearly to keep was as the status quo. These policies have never been a topic in a national debate, mainly because the powers that try to run the US donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want their goals to be trumpted in public. The Bush family, in particular, realize that the last thing they want to see is an honest national discussion about our foreign policies and actions.
That explains this latest gambit promoted heavily by Bush and Cheney. A surge, or in the infamous words of their brilliant spokesman, Condi Rice, the augmentation, is nothing more and nothing less than an attempt to maintain the status quo. How many times has the administration actually come out and “defined” victory or “explained” our goals in IraqNam? Bush often mentions a plan, but never has he stated what that plan is. He bandies about terms like democracy and the Iraqnam Constitution and millions of voters – but does he explain why we are there? Hardly.
Given humanity’s war-mongering history, it should surprise no one that the world is at war, not again, but rather, still. Instead of longbows, we have Apache choppers and air to ground missiles. Instead of links of iron turned into shirts, we have kevlar and armored humvees. Instead of moats and castle walls, we have intercontinental ballistic nuclear-tipped missiles and cruise missiles. Instead of the Maginot line, we have untested, unrpoven anti-missile systems in Alaska.
Our foreign policy is the problem. It is the cause of war, poverty, Walmart-based pseudo-slavery, and worse. It is no wonder that the world begins to hate us. What is incredible is that so many here remain in the dark about our real goals and actions – actions which have directly led to 9/11 and will lead to even worse problems in the future.
The realization that our policies are the root of war, and not a result of outside threats is a troubling concept. Most Americans have been brought up believing in apple pie, the American way, peace, a strong defense and in this post Viet Nam era, “Support the Troops”. Most Americans believe that we only strike out when attacked, that we only fight as the last resort, that we are the upholders of peace and democracy. It is a very hard lesson indeed to realize that our domestic propoganda has been false. It is painful to look at this administration and realize that we were lied into an invasion of a country that never attacked us, that posed no threat, and that in fact, that our CIA created and supported many times since the 1950s. We even profited from the Iraq-Iran war, we supplied Hussein with weapons, including the poison gasses he used with our tacit permission. And we gladly bought his oil.
We in America used to believe in our destiny, our past and our system of government and in justice. We believed that we were a force for good in the world. We believed that our leaders practiced what we preached. And until 5 years ago, a lot of the world believed that, too. Except, in the hidden recesses of the world, others saw first hand that our policies were not intended to create peace, but to create profit.
The blunt, unhappy truth: We invaded Iraq without any justification except global power and profit. In a historical context, we are the Huns, we are the ancient invaders of Egypt, we are the Nazis attacking France, we are the Napoleons and the Alexanders. We are the invaders and makers of war. And worse yet, when future historians look closely at these terrible times, they will conclude that it was our global policies that were the proximate cause of the 9/11 attacks, which in turn were used to justify our invasion of a country innocent of any connection with 9/11.
This invasion of IraqNam will go down in history as one of the worse mistakes ever made by the US. As a developing tragedy of regional, possibly global proportions, no good can come of it. The only ones who profit or gain from it are those who sell the arms, and sell the repairs of damage we cause, and those who feed and cloth our troops. The war-makers. The corporations owned, operated and controlled by Carlyle and others. Who in turn rely on Gearge HW Bush and his cronies.
As for the rest of us, the poor and unemployed continue to send their boys and girls to join the military, where they spill their blood, lose their legs, and destroy their brains. The middle class continues to get squeezed, and social benefits that aided all are being cut and eradicated. All of this to support this insane war. As a side benefit, the rest of the world now views George Bush as a larger threat to peace and prosperity than Osama Bin Ladin. Now, there is a mission accomplished.
Each day when our boys and girls put on their desert boots and personal armor, and become moving targets for Iraqis fighting other Iraqis, I can only hope that a few of them will realize that they are not fighting for democracy, but for GE, Boeing, Haliburton, Exxon and Carlyle. I can only hope that WalmartÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s profits and General DynamicÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s weapons sales are far more important than the loss of a limb, oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s eyesight or oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s life. I can only hope that some day, America will hold an honest, informed discussion about what our government has been doing around the world without telling us.
But it is a faint hope indeed. It is time to stop this war. Now.
(Robert Kezelis is a lawyer, sculptor and writing curmudgeon based south of Chicago.)