Waging Phony War on Terror: Lunatics Infesting Washington, European Capitals And Israel Make The Unthinkable Possible
05 January 2015
By Stephen Lendman
Waging it isn't new. Enemies are needed. When none
exist they're invented.
Reagan denounced the "evil scourge of terrorism."
Specifically state-sponsored international terrorism.
The "plague of the modern age," he said.
His Secretary of State George Schultz called it
"modern barbarism. (A) form of political violence. (A)
threat to Western civilization. (A) menace to Western
GW Bush declared war on terrorism. To "rid the world
of evildoers. (N)ot let evil stand."
Orwell said political rhetoric defends the
indefensible. So-called wars on terrorism are wars of
terrorism. State-sponsored. Against designated
individuals, groups or nations.
The late Howard Zinn asked "(h)ow can you make war on
terrorism if war is terrorism." Governments are the
greatest terrorist threats.
US Code defines terrorism as activities involving:
(A) "violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that
are a violation of the criminal laws of the United
States or of any State, or that would be a criminal
violation if committed within the jurisdiction of the
United States or of any State;"
(B) are intended to -
(i) "intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
(ii) influence the policy of a government by
intimidation or coercion; or
(iii) affect the conduct of a government by mass
destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and
(C) occur primarily outside the territorial
jurisdiction of the United States...."
The US Army Operational Concept for Terrorism (TRADOC
Pamphlet No. 525-37, 1984) calls it "the calculated
use of violence or threat of violence to attain goals
that are political, religious, or ideological in
nature...through intimidation, coercion, or instilling
Political terrorism is worst of all. State-sponsored.
Including premeditated wars of aggression. Direct and
Compromised civil liberties. Gross human rights
abuses. Committing violent or other extrajudicial acts
to advance a political agenda.
Claiming national security concerns. Promoting
democracy. America's most dangerous export.
Calling aggressive wars self-defense. Good v. evil.
America arrogates to itself the right to be the
world's sheriff, judge and hangman.
Its sole decider. Publicly supporting right over
wrong. Spurning fundamental rule of law principles.
Its rules alone apply. Justifying the unjustifiable.
In his book titled "America's War on Terrorism,"
Michel Chossudovsky calls it a complete fabrication.
"(B)ased on the illusion that one man, Osama bin
Laden, outwitted" America's entire intelligence
Waging war on terrorism is a pretext for permanent New
World Order wars of conquest. Carving up whole
continents for profit and dominance.
Serving monied interests. At the expense of popular
ones. Using America's resources for unchallenged US
hegemony. No matter the human cost.
Fictitious enemies are created. Wars on terrorism
follow. At home and abroad. Especially post-9/11.
What Project for a New American Century (PNAC) neocons
called a "catastrophic and catalyzing event…like a new
Pearl Harbor" was needed to advance US hegemonic aims.
Changing rules of engagement. From rule of law
observance to anything goes. America declared war on
Muslims are targets of choice. Terrorism is what they
do. Not us. Nazis claimed they were protecting
populations from terrorists directed from abroad.
Imperial Japan targeted "Chinese bandits." Claiming an
agenda to create an "earthly paradise."
Reagan ignored the International Court of Justice's (ICJ)
June 1986 condemnation of "unlawful (US) use of
force." As well as Security Council resolutions
calling on nations to observe international law.
Vetoed by Washington. General Assembly ones affirming
the same principles ignored.
Congress significantly increased funding for US-backed
Central American death squads. Engaged in "the
unlawful use of force."
At the time, State Department legal advisor Abraham
Sofaer explained why America is entitled to disregard
World Court rulings.
Saying when most states oppose Washington's agenda, we
"reserve to ourselves the power to determine" how
Policies pursued fall "within the domestic
jurisdiction of the United States, as determined
(solely) by the United States."
Washington's war on terror creates what it claims to
oppose. At home and abroad. On an unprecedented scale.
Supported by rogue Western partners. Israel. Other
extremist states. Allied against freedom. Making the
world safe for monied interests.
At the expense of millions of lost lives. Unspeakable
human misery. Unlimited wealth, power and privilege.
Genocide is a small price to pay.
America's human rights record is far and away the
world's worst. Truman administration diplomat George
Kennan was Wshington's leading Cold War architect.
He advised on "dispen(sing) with all sentimentality
Urged focusing solely on "national objectives…(D)ispensing
with the aspiration to 'be liked' or to be regarded as
the repository of high-minded international altruism."
"We should (stop talking about) unreal objectives such
as human rights, the raising of the living standards,
"The day is not far off when we are going to have to
deal in straight power concepts."
"The less we are hampered by idealistic slogans (ideas
and practices), the better."
Ravaging one nation after another followed. Multiple
direct and proxy wars. Homeland ones against freedom.
Militarized madness and then some. Heading things
perhaps for armageddon. America, other Western states
and Israel are more battlegrounds than homelands.
Anyone can be arrested, charged, prosecuted and
imprisoned. On spurious terrorism charges.
Others or none at all. Held indefinitely. Designated
state enemies have no rights. Police states operate
Democracy is pure fantasy. Existing in name only. Raw
power rules. Challengers risk persecution,
imprisonment or death.
Thousands of political prisoners languish in America's
gulag. The world's largest by far. Israel operates the
same way. So do other Western nations.
After retiring from public life, George Kennan
softened his views. On the Progressive Radio News
Hour, Stop NATO's Rick Rozoff explained.
Citing a line from Goethe. Warning about being
destroyed by monsters of our own creation.
In his 1978 Harvard commencement address, Alexander
Solzhenitsyn attacked Kennan. For refusing to apply
moral values to politics.
Saying "we mix good and evil, right and wrong, and
make space for the absolute triumph of absolved evil
in the world."
In a post-9/11 world, what would Solzhenitsyn say now?
Fascism dominates Western and Israeli policy.
Masquerading as democracy.
Terrorists R us. Kennan believed people can't be
trusted to do the right thing. Their nature dictates
We need to be realists, he said. Because we're not
moralists. John Adams once said: "Power always thinks
it has a great soul."
US policymakers believe they deserve it. In
retirement, Kennan said the "tendency to see ourselves
as the center of political enlightenment and as
teachers to a great part of the rest of the world
strikes me as unthought-through, vainglorious and
He lived to age 101. Remained intellectually alert to
the end. Dying in March 2005. Opposed war in Vietnam.
Clinton's Balkan wars. The rape of Yugoslavia. At age
98, he warned of unforeseen consequences of war on
Iraq. Saying it bore no relation to fighting
What he said about Iraq applies broadly. Warning "(a)nyone
who has ever studied the history of American
diplomacy, especially military diplomacy, knows that
you might start in a war with certain things on your
mind as a purpose of what you are doing, but in the
end, you found yourself fighting for entirely
different things that you had never thought of
"In other words, war has a momentum of its own, and it
carries you away from all thoughtful intentions when
you get into it."
"Today, if we went into Iraq, like the president would
like us to do, you know where you begin. You never
know where you are going to end."
Kennan expressed fears about worsening US/Russian
relations. Called NATO enlargement a "strategic
blunder of potentially epic proportions."
Warned against exporting US policies. Argued against
subordinating other states to an international
Advocated for balanced power globally. The best way to
protect America's security, he believed.
Historian Wilson Miscamble said "(o)ne can only hope
that present and future makers of foreign policy might
share something of his integrity and intelligence."
Not in America. Other Western societies. Israel.
Hardline extremism rules. Phony war on terrorism
Last week's Paris killings are its latest
manifestation. Expect more incidents like it ahead.
Wall Street Journal editors warned of "the next
A "new offensive by homegrown jihadists carrying
European or US passports…(I)nspired by al Qaeda or
Journal editors urged "more aggressive interventions…"
Against anyone "show(iing) signs of embracing jihad."
Perhaps they mean all-out war. Ignoring the world's
greatest threat. US-state-sponsored terrorism.
Possible nuclear war.
In October, FBI director James Comey warned of
radicalized Islamists planning attacks on US soil.
Saying they're "looking to do it very, very soon. (W)e
know they're serious people bent on destruction."
In his book titled "The Terror Factory: Inside the
FBI's Manufactured War on Terror," Trevor Aaronson
chronicled so-called terrorist incidents in America
over the last decade. Saying one common theme defines
"The organization responsible for more terrorist plots
over the last decade than any other is the FBI."
"Through elaborate and expensive sting operations,
involving informants and undercover agents posing as
terrorists, the FBI has arrested and the Justice dept.
has prosecuted dozens of men government officials say
posed direct - but by no means credible or immediate -
threats to the United States."
Terror plots are invented. Innocent patsies used
Part of America's fear-mongering campaign.
Manipulating public opinion. Supported by scoundrel
Big Lies. Getting people to believe nonexistent
terrorists threaten their security. Implementing
repressive policies. Eviscerating civil liberties.
Waging phony wars on terrorism.
According to Aaronson:
"(G)overnment-described terrorists were able to carry
forward their potentially lethal plots only because
FBI agents and informants provided them with all the
"(I)n most cases delivering weapons and equipment…(I)n
some cases even paying rent and doling out…spending
money to keep the suspects on the hook."
"In cities around the country where terrorism stings
have taken place, (key is whether) the FBI catch(es)
terrorists or create(s) them."
Terrorists R us defines US policy. Expect more false
flag "terrorist" plots to follow Paris killings.
In European countries. America. Israel. Elsewhere.
Expect Washington to be centrally involved.
Complicit with its rogue partners. At what this writer
calls the most perilous time in world history.
US hegemonic plans may destroy planetary life.
Lunatics infesting Washington, European capitals and
Israel make the unthinkable possible.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached
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