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The Road to Armageddon


The Road to Armageddon

paul craig robertsThe Washington Times
is a newspaper that looks with favor upon the Bush/Cheney/Obama/neocon
wars of aggression in the Middle East and favors making terrorists pay
for 9/11. Therefore, I was surprised to learn on February 24 that the
most popular story on the paper’s website for the past three days was
the “Inside the Beltway” report, “Explosive News,”
[By Jennifer Harper, February 22, 2010]about the 31 press conferences
in cities in the US and abroad on February 19 held by Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, an organization of professionals which now has 1,000 members.

I was even more surprised that the news report treated the press conference seriously.

How did three World Trade Center skyscrapers suddenly disintegrate
into fine dust? How did massive steel beams in three skyscrapers
suddenly fail as a result of short-lived, isolated, and low temperature
fires? “A thousand architects and engineers want to know, and
are calling on Congress to order a new investigation into the
destruction of the Twin Towers and Building 7,”
reports the Washington Times.

The paper reports that the architects and engineers have concluded
that the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Institute
of Standards and Technology provided “insufficient, contradictory and fraudulent accounts of the circumstances of the towers’ destruction” and are “calling for a grand jury investigation of NIST officials.”

The newspaper reports that Richard Gage, the spokesperson for the architects and engineers said: “Government
officials will be notified that ‘Misprision of Treason,’ U.S. Code 18
(Sec. 2382) is a serious federal offense, which requires those with
evidence of treason to act. The implications are enormous and may have
profound impact on the forthcoming Khalid Sheik Mohammed trial.”

There is now an organization, Firefighters for 9/11 Truth. At the main press conference in San Francisco, Erik Lawyer,
the head of that organization, announced the firefighters’ support for
the architects and engineers’ demands. He reported that no forensic
investigation was made of the fires that are alleged to have destroyed
the three buildings and that this failure constitutes a crime.

Mandated procedures were not followed, and instead of being
preserved and investigated, the crime scene was destroyed. He also
reported that there are more than one hundred first responders who
heard and experienced explosions and that there is radio, audio and
video evidence of explosions.

Also at the press conference, physicist Steven Jones presented the
evidence of nano-thermite in the residue of the WTC buildings found by
an international panel of scientists led by University of Copenhagen
nano-chemist Professor Niels Harrit. Nano-thermite is a high-tech
explosive/pyrotechnic capable of instantly melting steel girders.

Before we yell “conspiracy theory,” we
should be aware that the architects, engineers, firefighters, and
scientists offer no theory. They provide evidence that challenges the
official theory. This evidence is not going to go away.

If expressing doubts or reservations about the official story in the
9/11 Commission Report makes a person a conspiracy theory kook, then we
have to include both co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission and the
Commission’s legal counsel, all of whom have written books in which
they clearly state that they were lied to by government officials when
they conducted their investigation, or, rather, when they presided over
the investigation conducted by executive director Philip Zelikow,
a member of President George W. Bush’s transition team and Foreign
Intelligence Advisory Board and a co-author of Bush Secretary of State
Condi “Mushroom Cloud” Rice.

There will always be Americans who will believe whatever the
government tells them no matter how many times they know the government
has lied to them. Despite expensive wars that threaten Social Security
and Medicare, wars based on non-existent Iraqi weapons of mass
destruction, non-existent Saddam Hussein connections to al Qaida,
non-existent Afghan participation in the 9/11 attacks, and the
non-existent Iranian nukes that are being hyped as the reason for the
next American war of aggression in the Middle East, more than half of
the U.S. population still believes the fantastic story that the
government has told them about 9/11, a Muslim conspiracy that outwitted
the entire Western world.

Moreover, it doesn’t matter to these Americans how often the
government changes its story. For example, Americans first heard of
Osama bin Laden because the Bush regime pinned the 9/11 attacks on him.
Over the years video after video was served up to the gullible American
public of bin Laden’s pronouncements. Experts dismissed the videos as
fakes, but Americans remained their gullible selves. Then suddenly last
year a new 9/11 “mastermind” emerged to take bin
Laden’s place, the captive Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the detainee
waterboarded 183 times until he confessed to masterminding the 9/11
attack.

In the Middle Ages confessions extracted by torture constituted
evidence, but self-incrimination has been a no-no in the U.S. legal
system since our founding. But with the Bush regime and the Republican
federal judges, whom we were assured would defend the U.S.
Constitution, the self-incrimination of Sheik Mohammed stands today as
the only evidence the U.S. government has that Muslim terrorists pulled
off 9/11.

If a person considers the feats attributed to Khalid Sheik Mohammed,
they are simply unbelievable. Sheik Mohammed is a more brilliant,
capable superhero than V in the fantasy movie, “V for Vendetta.”
Sheik Mohammed outwitted all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies along with
those of all U.S. allies or puppets, including Israel’s Mossad. No
intelligence service on earth or all of them combined was a match for
Sheik Mohammed.

Sheik Mohammed outwitted the U.S. National Security Council, Dick
Cheney, the Pentagon, the State Department, NORAD, the U.S. Air Force,
and Air Traffic Control.

He caused Airport Security to fail four times in one morning. He
caused the state-of-the-art air defenses of the Pentagon to fail,
allowing a hijacked airliner, which was off course all morning while
the U.S. Air Force, for the first time in history, was unable to get
aloft interceptor aircraft, to crash into the Pentagon.

Sheik Mohammed was able to perform these feats with unqualified pilots.

Sheik Mohammed, even as a waterboarded detainee, has managed to
prevent the FBI from releasing the many confiscated videos that would
show, according to the official story, the hijacked airliner hitting
the Pentagon.

How naive do you have to be to believe that any human, or for that
matter Hollywood fantasy character, is this powerful and capable?

If Sheik Mohammed has these superhuman capabilities, how did the
incompetent Americans catch him? This guy is a patsy tortured into
confession in order to keep the American naifs believing the
government’s conspiracy theory.

What is going on here is that the U.S. government has to bring the
9/11 mystery to an end. The government must put on trial and convict a
culprit so that it can close the case before it explodes. Anyone
waterboarded 183 times would confess to anything.

The U.S. government has responded to the evidence being arrayed
against its outlandish 9/11 conspiracy theory by redefining the war on
terror from external to internal enemies. Homeland Security Secretary
Janet Napolitano said on February 21  that American extremists are now
as big a concern as international terrorists. Extremists, of course,
are people who get in the way of the government’s agenda, such as the
1,000 Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. The group used to be
100, now it is 1,000. What if it becomes 10,000?

Cass Sunstein, an Obama regime official, has a solution
for the 9/11 skeptics: Infiltrate them and provoke them into statements
and actions that can be used to discredit or to arrest them. But get
rid of them at all cost.

Why employ such extreme measures against alleged kooks if they only
provide entertainment and laughs? Is the government worried that they
are on to something?

Instead, why doesn’t the U.S. government simply confront the evidence that is presented and answer it?

If the architects, engineers, firefighters, and scientists are
merely kooks, it would be a simple matter to acknowledge their evidence
and refute it.  Why is it necessary to infiltrate them with police
agents and to set them up?

Many Americans would reply that “their”
government would never even dream of killing Americans by hijacking
airliners and destroying buildings in order to advance a government
agenda. But on February 3, National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair
told the House Intelligence Committee that the U.S. government can
assassinate its own citizens when they are overseas. No arrest, trial,
or conviction of a capital crime is necessary.  Just straight out
murder.

Obviously, if the U.S. government can murder its citizens abroad it
can murder them at home, and has done so. For example, 100 Branch
Davidians were murdered in Waco, Texas, by the Clinton administration
for no legitimate reason. The government just decided to use its power
knowing that it could get away with it, which it did.

Americans who think “their” government is some kind of morally pure operation would do well to familiarize themselves with Operation Northwoods.
Operation Northwoods was a plot drawn up by the U.S. Joint Chiefs of
Staff for the CIA to commit acts of terrorism in American cities and
fabricate evidence blaming Castro so that the U.S. could gain domestic
and international support for regime change in Cuba.
The secret plan was nixed by President John F. Kennedy and was
declassified by the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board.
It is available online in the National Security Archive. There are
numerous online accounts available, including Wikipedia. James
Bamford’s book, Body of Secrets, also summarizes the plot:

“Operation Northwoods, which had the written approval of the
Chairman [Gen. Lemnitzer] and every member of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, called for innocent people to be shot on American streets; for
boats carrying refugees fleeing Cuba to be sunk on the high seas; for a
wave of violent terrorism to be launched in Washington, D.C., Miami,
and elsewhere. People would be framed for bombings they did not commit;
planes would be hijacked. Using phony evidence, all of it would be
blamed on Castro, thus giving Lemnitzer and his cabal the excuse, as
well as the public and international backing, they needed to launch
their war.”

Prior to 9/11 the American neoconservatives were explicit that the
wars of aggression that they intended to launch in the Middle East
required “a new Pearl Harbor.”

For their own good and that of the wider world, Americans need to
pay attention to the growing body of experts who are telling them that
the government’s account of 9/11 fails their investigation. 9/11
launched the neoconservative plan for U.S. world hegemony. As I write
the U.S. government is purchasing the agreement of foreign governments
that border Russia to accept U.S. missile interceptor bases. The U.S.
intends to ring Russia with U.S. missile bases from Poland through
central Europe and Kosovo to Georgia, Azerbaijan and central Asia. [See
Impending Explosion: U.S. Intensifies Threats To Russia And Iran,
by Rick Rozoff, Global Research, February 19, 2010]  U.S. envoy Richard
Holbrooke declared on February 20 that al Qaida is moving into former
central Asian constituent parts of the Soviet Union, such as
Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Kazakhstan.
Holbrooke is soliciting U.S. bases in these former Soviet republics
under the guise of the ever-expanding “war on terror.”

The U.S. has already encircled Iran with military bases. The U.S.
government intends to neutralize China by seizing control over the
Middle East and cutting China off from oil.

This plan assumes that Russia and China, nuclear armed states, will
be intimidated by U.S. anti-missile defenses and acquiesce to U.S.
hegemony and that China will lack oil for its industries and military.

The U.S. government is delusional. Russian military and political
leaders have responded to the obvious threat by declaring NATO a direct
threat to the security of Russia and by announcing a change in Russian
war doctrine to the pre-emptive launch of nuclear weapons. The Chinese
are too confident to be bullied by a washed up American “superpower.”

The morons in Washington are pushing the envelope of nuclear war.
The insane drive for American hegemony threatens life on earth. The
American people, by accepting the lies and deceptions of “their” government, are facilitating this outcome.

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THE U.S.A. AND ISRAEL: NUCLEAR ARMED TERRORIST STATES.

THE U.S.A. AND ISRAEL: NUCLEAR ARMED TERRORIST STATES.


While the US and Israel have been busily accusing others of ‘terrorism’
for years, the reality that very few seem able to see is that the only
people with their boots on dirt that doesn’t belong to them are the US
and Israel. The people that the US and Israel call ‘terrorists’ are
actually only people that are defending their lands and culture against
occupation and denigration.


When Israel was created in 1948,
Zionists seized by using terrorist methods much more than was given to
them by the UN. They used massacres and fear to drive the Palestinians
out of their lands. Once Israel had become a state, it immediately
accused Palestinians that resisted Israeli expansion of being
‘terrorists’. The label has stuck ever since.


But who are the real terrorists here?

From
the day Israel was created, it has used classic terrorist methods in
order to expand its own territory and to eliminate Palestinian and Arab
opposition. In 1967 it goaded and provoked Syria, the Palestinians and
surrounding Arab states into a war that they then accused their enemies
of starting. As a result, the Israelis took over and occupied lands
that did not belong to them including the Golan Heights, the West Bank,
the Gaza Strip and the Sinai. The Sinai was merely a bargaining chip
for the Israelis and they soon handed it back to the Egyptians in
exchange for a promise that they wouldn’t give Israel a hard time in
the future.


The Gaza Strip was colonized by the Israelis but the
Palestinians were able to give them a hard enough time that they
eventually gave up and left. The Israelis hope that one day they’ll be
able to drive the Palestinians completely out of the Gaza Strip by
slowly depriving them of the ability to live. As well as the
deprivations, the Israelis also find opportunities and excuses to bomb
and destroy homes, schools, supply tunnels, government buildings, power
plants, flourmills, as well as killing thousands of Palestinians by
frequent aerial bombardments and land incursions into the Gaza all in
the hope of terrorising them enough that they want to leave. Once the
Palestinians have gone, the Israelis would then return.

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Zionists determine good and evil

Zionists Determine Good and Evil

February 7, 2010

dershowitz-020410.jpg

by Henry Makow Ph.D.

Alan Dershowitz (left) recently called Richard Goldstone “an evil man” for censuring Israel’s Dec. 2008 Gaza War in his UN Report.

If God is synonymous with absolute truth and justice, Dershowitz exposes Zionism as a war on God.  Zionists turn good and evil on their head, and define “good” as whatever benefits them.

This is the New World Order folks; “Good” is “what’s Good for the Jews.”

Speaking on Israeli Army Radio Jan. 31, Alan Dershowitz called Goldstone a “traitor.”

He is “using his Jewishness to malign Israel…He is an evil man, one who allowed himself to be used against the Jewish people, an absolute traitor.”

Goldstone accused both Israel and Hamas of war crimes but singled Israel out for inflicting a “collective punishment” on civilians.

In “Operation Cast Lead,” (Dec 24 2008- Jan 21, 2009) Israel killed 1400 Palestinians, 80% of whom were civilians, the majority women and children. Over 5000 more were wounded. 22,000 structures and 280 schools were destroyed. About 200 Factories and 700 Businesses Damaged. Eight hospitals and 26 clinics were destroyed.

This was in retaliation for the death of four Israelis in all of 2008 from Hamas “rockets.” (Another four died from rockets during the conflict.)

In January and February 2008 alone, 63 Israelis died in road accidents.
That’s 378 on an annualized basis.

richard-goldstone.jpg(Richard Goldstone, left)

Just as 378 fatalities are the price of driving, four deaths in 2008 from rockets is a small price for stealing a whole country and confining over a million refugees to an open air prison.

But let a few Jews question Israel’s savagery and they are “traitors…evil [men.]”

If Zionists like Dershowitz want to get metaphysical, surely they represent evil, and are the greatest threat to world peace.

SUBJECTIVITY

In his book “Sex and Character,” (1903), Austrian Jewish philosopher Otto Weininger compared Jews to women in that some are incapable of moral objectivity or intellectual honesty. They don’t seem to understand that good and evil, truth and untruth, are independent of them, their dictate or interests.

As the self-chosen leaders of a self-chosen people, Zionists have a mission to reorganize the world and reality itself. The Illuminati bankers, many of whom are Jewish or part-Jewish, are tapping into this tendency to play God and turn reality upside down.

As God usurpers, organized Jewry is incapable of admitting doing wrong, or that anti-Semitism is the result. Why should they? They are God. They would sooner convince the whole world it is wrong.

I was living in Israel Feb 21,1973 when the Israelis shot down a Lybian airliner killing 105 passengers. The plane had accidentally strayed into the Sinai. I was appalled by the self pitying hand wringing and mealy mouthed excuses. “We’d look into your blue eyes and do it all over again,” one commentator wrote. I didn’t stay.

“UNDERDOG”

In a recent article, Robert Fisk remarks on the Israeli need to play underdog always at the edge of annihilation.

“Forget Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982 and the 15,000 Lebanese and Palestinian dead. Forget the Sabra and Shatila massacre that same year by Israel’s militia allies as their troops watched. Erase the Qana massacre of 1996 – 106 Lebanese killed by Israeli shellfire, more than half of them children – and delete the 1,500 in the 2006 Lebanon war…- if you believe the security elite of Israel’s right wing here in Herzliya – [Israel] is now under an even more dangerous, near-unprecedented attack.”

Despite having over 200 nuclear bombs, Israel fans this hysteria better to wage an endless war of aggression. Ordinary Israelis feel they have no choice but fight. (See, my “The Zionist Protection Racket.”)

Jews are on the defensive because they think they’re hated for no reason. They think that to admit wrong would justify their extermination. Not true. Many Jews are agents and scapegoats for the agenda of the Illuminati Jewish bankers. No one wants to exterminate them, but anti-Semitism will grow as the New World Order becomes more apparent and more onerous.

CONCLUSION

As a Jew, I am tired of Zionists defining the Jewish interest; tired of their relentless distortion of truth.

I am sick of the US Congress and media towing the Zionist line; sick of how Zionists manufacture anti-Semitism to make Jews conform.

The New World Order is redefining reality (Good and Evil) in terms of the Illuminati banker agenda. Jews (Neocons, Liberals,Communists, Socialists, Feminists) have been brainwashed to advance their world government agenda and to destroy all collective identity, i.e. race, religion, nation and family (gender.)

Ordinary Jews will take the fall. If they remain complacent, they’ll have no one to blame but themselves. But I’m thankful for righteous Jews like Richard Goldstone who recognize truth and have the courage to tell it.

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Zionists Determine Good and Evil

Zionists Determine Good and Evil


February 7, 2010

dershowitz-020410.jpg
by Henry Makow Ph.D.

Alan Dershowitz (left) recently called Richard Goldstone “an evil man” for censuring Israel’s Dec. 2008 Gaza War in his UN Report.

If
God is synonymous with absolute truth and justice, Dershowitz exposes
Zionism as a war on God.  Zionists turn good and evil on their head,
and define “good” as whatever benefits them.

This is the New World Order folks; “Good” is “what’s Good for the Jews.”

Speaking on Israeli Army Radio Jan. 31, Alan Dershowitz called Goldstone a “traitor.”

He
is “using his Jewishness to malign Israel…He is an evil man, one who
allowed himself to be used against the Jewish people, an absolute
traitor.”

Goldstone accused both Israel and Hamas of war
crimes but singled Israel out for inflicting a “collective punishment”
on civilians.

In “Operation Cast Lead,” (Dec 24 2008- Jan 21, 2009) Israel killed 1400 Palestinians, 80% of whom were civilians, the majority women and children. Over 5000 more were wounded. 22,000 structures and 280 schools were destroyed. About 200 Factories and 700 Businesses Damaged. Eight hospitals and 26 clinics were destroyed.

This was in retaliation for the death of four Israelis in all of 2008 from Hamas “rockets.” (Another four died from rockets during the conflict.)

In January and February 2008 alone, 63 Israelis died in road accidents.  
That’s 378 on an annualized basis.

richard-goldstone.jpg(Richard Goldstone, left)

Just
as 378 fatalities are the price of driving, four deaths in 2008 from
rockets is a small price for stealing a whole country and confining
over a million refugees to an open air prison.

But let a few Jews question Israel’s savagery and they are “traitors…evil [men.]”

If Zionists like Dershowitz want to get metaphysical, surely they represent evil, and are the greatest threat to world peace.

SUBJECTIVITY

In his book “Sex and Character,”
(1903), Austrian Jewish philosopher Otto Weininger compared Jews to
women in that some are incapable of moral objectivity or intellectual
honesty. They don’t seem to understand that good and evil, truth and
untruth, are independent of them, their dictate or interests.

As the self-chosen leaders of a self-chosen people, Zionists have a mission to reorganize the world and reality itself. The Illuminati bankers, many of whom are Jewish or part-Jewish, are tapping into this tendency to play God and turn reality upside down.

As
God usurpers, organized Jewry is incapable of admitting doing wrong, or
that anti-Semitism is the result. Why should they? They are God. They
would sooner convince the whole world it is wrong.

I was living in Israel Feb 21,1973 when the Israelis shot down a Lybian airliner
killing 105 passengers. The plane had accidentally strayed into the
Sinai. I was appalled by the self pitying hand wringing and mealy
mouthed excuses. “We’d look into your blue eyes and do it all over
again,” one commentator wrote. I didn’t stay.

“UNDERDOG”

In a recent article, Robert Fisk remarks on the Israeli need to play underdog always at the edge of annihilation.

“Forget
Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982 and the 15,000 Lebanese and
Palestinian dead. Forget the Sabra and Shatila massacre that same year
by Israel’s militia allies as their troops watched. Erase the Qana
massacre of 1996 – 106 Lebanese killed by Israeli shellfire, more than
half of them children – and delete the 1,500 in the 2006 Lebanon
war…- if you believe the security elite of Israel’s right wing here
in Herzliya – [Israel] is now under an even more dangerous,
near-unprecedented attack.”

Despite having over 200 nuclear
bombs, Israel fans this hysteria better to wage an endless war of
aggression. Ordinary Israelis feel they have no choice but fight. (See,
my “The Zionist Protection Racket.”)

Jews
are on the defensive because they think they’re hated for no reason.
They think that to admit wrong would justify their extermination. Not
true. Many Jews are agents and scapegoats for the agenda of the
Illuminati Jewish bankers. No one wants to exterminate them, but
anti-Semitism will grow as the New World Order becomes more apparent
and more onerous.

CONCLUSION

As a Jew, I am tired of Zionists defining the Jewish interest; tired of their relentless distortion of truth.

I
am sick of the US Congress and media towing the Zionist line; sick of
how Zionists manufacture anti-Semitism to make Jews conform.

The
New World Order is redefining reality (Good and Evil) in terms of the
Illuminati banker agenda. Jews (Neocons, Liberals,Communists,
Socialists, Feminists) have been brainwashed to advance their world
government agenda and to destroy all collective identity, i.e. race,
religion, nation and family (gender.)

Ordinary Jews will take
the fall. If they remain complacent, they’ll have no one to blame but
themselves. But I’m thankful for righteous Jews like Richard Goldstone
who recognize truth and have the courage to tell it.

U.S. fighting “psychological war” in Gulf: Iran

U.S. fighting “psychological war” in Gulf: Iran
Reuters – February 4, 2010

Iran accused the United States on Thursday of launching a “psychological war” in the Gulf region by presenting Tehran as a threat to Gulf Arab states to convince them they needed U.S. protection.

U.S. officials said on Sunday the United States had expanded land-and sea-based missile defense systems in and around the Gulf – a waterway crucial for global oil supplies – to counter what it sees as Iran’s growing missile threat.

The U.S. deployments include expanded land-based Patriot defensive missile installations in Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

“They don’t want to see good and growing relations between Iran and its neighbors in the Persian Gulf and thus started a psychological war,” Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, the chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces, was quoted as saying on semi-official news agency ILNA. Iran’s top military official also played down the threat to the Islamic republic from Patriot missiles.

“It is not new for us … we were informed when they were installed, including about their exact locations … Patriot missile could be easily deactivated by using simple tactics.”

A foreign ministry official said earlier this week Washington was trying to stoke “Iran phobia” in the Middle East and said Tehran enjoyed friendly ties with neighboring states.

The United States is making the deployments at a time of tension in a long-running international row over Iran’s nuclear energy programme, with Western powers calling for a fourth round of U.N. sanctions against Tehran for refusing to halt uranium enrichment.

Analysts speculate that the United States or its ally Israel, could stage an attack on nuclear facilities they think could allow Tehran to acquire nuclear weapons. Iran says it is only interested in generating electricity.

Gulf countries, which have extensive cooperation with the US. military, could be targets for reprisals if their territories were perceived as involved in operations.

The Fateful Geological Prize Called Haiti

The Fateful Geological Prize Called Haiti
By: F. William Engdahl, author of Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order
February 3rd, 2010

A former US President becomes UN Special Envoy to earthquake-stricken Haiti. A born-again neo-conservative US business wheeler-dealer preacher claims Haitians are condemned for making a literal ‘pact with the Devil.’ Venezuelan, Nicaraguan, Bolivian, French and Swiss rescue organizations accuse the US military of refusing landing rights to planes bearing necessary medicines and urgently needed potable water to the millions of Haitians stricken, injured and homeless.

Behind the smoke, rubble and unending drama of human tragedy in the hapless Caribbean country, a drama is in full play for control of what geophysicists believe may be one of the world’s richest zones for hydrocarbons-oil and gas outside the Middle East, possibly orders of magnitude greater than that of nearby Venezuela.

Haiti, and the larger island of Hispaniola of which it is a part, has the geological fate that it straddles one of the world’s most active geological zones, where the deepwater plates of three huge structures relentlessly rub against one another-the intersection of the North American, South American and Caribbean tectonic plates. Below the ocean and the waters of the Caribbean, these plates consist of an oceanic crust some 3 to 6 miles thick, floating atop an adjacent mantle. Haiti also lies at the edge of the region known as the Bermuda Triangle, a vast area in the Caribbean subject to bizarre and unexplained disturbances.

This vast mass of underwater plates are in constant motion, rubbing against each other along lines analogous to cracks in a broken porcelain vase that has been reglued. The earth’s tectonic plates typically move at a rate 50 to 100 mm annually in relation to one another, and are the origin of earthquakes and of volcanoes. The regions of convergence of such plates are also areas where vast volumes of oil and gas can be pushed upwards from the Earth’s mantle. The geophysics surrounding the convergence of the three plates that run more or less directly beneath Port-au-Prince make the region prone to earthquakes such as the one that struck Haiti with devastating ferocity on January 12.

A relevant Texas geological project

Leaving aside the relevant question of how well in advance the Pentagon and US scientists knew the quake was about to occur, and what Pentagon plans were being laid before January 12, another issue emerges around the events in Haiti that might help explain the bizarre behavior to date of the major ‘rescue’ players-the United States, France and Canada. Aside from being prone to violent earthquakes, Haiti also happens to lie in a zone that, due to the unusual geographical intersection of its three tectonic plates, might well be straddling one of the world’s largest unexplored zones of oil and gas, as well as of valuable rare strategic minerals.

The vast oil reserves of the Persian Gulf and of the region from the Red Sea into the Gulf of Aden are at a similar convergence zone of large tectonic plates, as are such oil-rich zones as Indonesia and the waters off the coast of California. In short, in terms of the physics of the earth, precisely such intersections of tectonic masses as run directly beneath Haiti have a remarkable tendency to be the sites of vast treasures of minerals, as well as oil and gas, throughout the world.

Notably, in 2005, a year after the Bush-Cheney Administration de facto deposed the democratically elected President of Haiti, Jean-Baptiste Aristide, a team of geologists from the Institute for Geophysics at the University of Texas began an ambitious and thorough two-phase mapping of all geological data of the Caribbean Basins. The project is due to be completed in 2011. Directed by Dr. Paul Mann, it is called “Caribbean Basins, Tectonics and Hydrocarbons.” It is all about determining as precisely as possible the relation between tectonic plates in the Caribbean and the potential for hydrocarbons-oil and gas.

Notably, the sponsors of the multi-million dollar research project under Mann are the world’s largest oil companies, including Chevron, ExxonMobil, the Anglo-Dutch Shell and BHP Billiton. Curiously enough, the project is the first comprehensive geological mapping of a region that, one would have thought, would have been a priority decades ago for the US oil majors. Given the immense, existing oil production off Mexico, Louisiana, and the entire Caribbean, as well as its proximity to the United States – not to mention the US focus on its own energy security – it is surprising that the region had not been mapped earlier. Now it emerges that major oil companies were at least generally aware of the huge oil potential of the region long ago, but apparently decided to keep it quiet.

Cuba’s Super-giant find

Evidence that the US Administration may well have more in mind for Haiti than the improvement of the lot of the devastated Haitian people can be found in nearby waters off Cuba, directly across from Port-au-Prince. In October 2008 a consortium of oil companies led by Spain’s Repsol, together with Cuba’s state oil company, Cubapetroleo, announced discovery of one of the world’s largest oilfields in the deep water off Cuba. It is what oil geologists call a ‘Super-giant’ field. Estimates are that the Cuban field contains as much as 20 billion barrels of oil, making it the twelfth Super-giant oilfield discovered since 1996. The discovery also likely makes Cuba a new high-priority target for Pentagon destabilization and other nasty operations.

No doubt to the dismay of Washington, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev flew to Havana one month after the Cuban giant oil find to sign an agreement with acting-President Raul Castro for Russian oil companies to explore and develop Cuban oil. (1)

Medvedev’s Russia-Cuba oil agreements came only a week after the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to meet the recuperating Fidel Castro and his brother Raul. The Chinese President signed an agreement to modernize Cuban ports and discussed Chinese purchase of Cuban raw materials. No doubt the mammoth new Cuban oil discovery was high on the Chinese agenda with Cuba.(3) On November 5, 2008, just prior to the Chinese President’s trip to Cuba and other Latin American countries, the Chinese government issued their first ever policy paper on the future of China’s relations with Latin America and Caribbean nations, elevating these bilateral relations to a new level of strategic importance. (4)

The Cuba Super-giant oil find also leaves the advocates of ‘Peak Oil’ theory with more egg on the face. Shortly before the Bush-Blair decision to invade and occupy Iraq, a theory made the rounds of cyberspace, that sometime after 2010, the world would reach an absolute “peak” in world oil production, initiating a period of decline with drastic social and economic implications. Its prominent spokesmen, including retired oil geologist Colin Campbell and Texas oil banker Matt Simmons, claimed that there had not been a single new Super-giant oil discovery since 1976, or thereabouts, and that new fields found over the past two decades had been “tiny” compared with the earlier giant discoveries in Saudi Arabia, Prudhoe Bay, Daquing in China and elsewhere. (5)

It is critical to note that, more than half a century ago, a group of Russian and Ukrainian geophysicists, working in state secrecy, confirmed that hydrocarbons originated deep in the earth’s mantle under conditions similar to a giant burning cauldron at extreme temperature and pressure. They demonstrated that, contrary to US and accepted Western ‘mainstream’ geology, hydrocarbons were not the result of dead dinosaur detritus concentrated and compressed and somehow transformed into oil and gas millions of years ago, nor of algae or other biological material. (6)

The Russian and Ukrainian geophysicists then proved that the oil or gas produced in the earth’s mantle was pushed upwards along faults or cracks in the earth as close to the surface as pressures permitted. The process was analogous to the production of molten lava in volcanoes. It means that the ability to find oil is limited, relatively speaking, only by the ability to identify deep fissures and complex geological activity conducive to bringing the oil out from deep in the earth. It seems that the waters of the Caribbean, especially those off Cuba and its neighbor Haiti, are just such a region of concentrated hydrocarbons (oil and gas) that have found their way upwards close to the surface, perhaps in a magnitude comparable to a new Saudi Arabia. (7)

Haiti, a new Saudi Arabia?

The remarkable geography of Haiti and Cuba and the discovery of world-class oil reserves in the waters off Cuba lend credence to anecdotal accounts of major oil discoveries in several parts of Haitian territory. It also could explain why two Bush Presidents and now special UN Haiti Envoy Bill Clinton have made Haiti such a priority. As well, it could explain why Washington and its NGO’s moved so quickly to remove– twice– the democratically elected President Aristide, whose economic program for Haiti included, among other items, proposals for developing Haitian natural resources for the benefit of the Haitian people.

In March 2004, some months before the University of Texas and American Big Oil launched their ambitious mapping of the hydrocarbon potentials of the Caribbean, a Haitian writer, Dr. Georges Michel, published online an article titled ‘Oil in Haiti.’ In it, Michel wrote,

… .[I]t has been no secret that deep in the earthy bowels of the two states that share the island of Haiti and the surrounding waters that there are significant, still untapped deposits of oil. One knows not why they are still untapped. Since the early twentieth century, the physical and political map of the island of Haiti, erected in 1908 by Messrs. Alexander Poujol and Henry Thomasset, reported a major oil reservoir in Haiti near the source of the Rio Todo El Mondo, Tributary Right Artibonite River, better known today as the River Thomonde. (8)



According to a June 2008 article by Roberson Alphonse in the Haitian paper, Le Nouvelliste en Haiti, “The signs, (indicators), justifying the explorations of oil (black gold) in Haiti are encouraging. In the middle of the oil shock, some 4 companies want official licenses from the Haitian State to drill for oil.”

At the time, oil prices were climbing above $140 a barrel — on manipulations by various Wall Street banks. Alphonse’s article quoted Dieusuel Anglade, the Haitian State Director of the Office of Mining and Energy, telling the Haitian press: “We’ve received four requests for oil exploration permits…We have had encouraging indicators to justify the pursuit of the exploration of black gold (oil), which had stopped in 1979.(9)”

Alphonse reported the findings from a 1979 geological study in Haiti of 11 exploratory oil wells drilled at the Plaine du Cul-de-sac on the Plateau Central and at L’ile de La Gonaive: “Surface (tentative) indicators for oil were found at the Southern peninsula and on the North coast, explained the engineer Anglade, who strongly believes in the immediate commercial viability of these explorations.” (10)

Journalist Alphonse cites an August 16, 1979 memo by Haitian attorney Francois Lamothe, in which he noted that “five big wells were drilled” down to depths of 9000 feet and that a sample that “underwent a physical-chemical analysis in Munich, Germany” had “revealed tracks of oil.” (11)

Despite the promising 1979 results in Haiti, Dr. Georges Michel reported that, “the big multinational oil companies operating in Haiti pushed for the discovered deposits not to be exploited.” (12) Oil exploration in and offshore Haiti ground to a sudden halt as a result.

Similar if less precise reports claiming that Haitian oil reserves could be vastly larger than those of Venezuela have appeared in Haitian websites. (13) Then in 2010 the financial news site Bloomberg News carried the following:

The Jan. 12 earthquake was on a fault line that passes near potential gas reserves, said Stephen Pierce, a geologist who worked in the region for 30 years for companies that included the former Mobil Corp. The quake may have cracked rock formations along the fault, allowing gas or oil to temporarily seep toward the surface, he said Monday in a telephone interview. ‘A geologist, callous as it may seem, tracing that fault zone from Port-au-Prince to the border looking for gas and oil seeps, may find a structure that hasn’t been drilled,’ said Pierce, exploration manager at Zion Oil & Gas Inc., a Dallas-based company that’s drilling in Israel. (14)



In an interview with a Santo Domingo online paper, Leopoldo Espaillat Nanita, former head of the Dominican Petroleum Refinery (REFIDOMSA) stated, “there is a multinational conspiracy to illegally take the mineral resources of the Haitian people.” (15) Haiti’s minerals include gold, the valuable strategic metal iridium and oil, apparently lots of it.

Aristide’s development plans

Marguerite Laurent (‘Ezili Dantò’), president of the Haitian Lawyers’ Leadership Network (HLLN) who served as attorney for the deposed Aristide, notes that when Aristide was President — up until his US-backed ouster during the Bush era in 2004 — he had developed and published in book form his national development plans. These plans included, for the first time, a detailed list of known sites where the resources of Haiti were located. The publication of the plan sparked a national debate over Haitian radio and in the media about the future of the country. Aristide’s plan was to implement a public-private partnership to ensure that the development of Haiti’s oil, gold and other valuable resources would benefit the national economy and the broader population, and not merely the five Haitian oligarchic families and their US backers, the so-called Chimeres or gangsters. (16)

Since the ouster of Aristide in 2004, Haiti has been an occupied country, with a dubiously-elected President, Rene Preval, a controversial follower of IMF privatization mandates and reportedly tied to the Chimeres or Haitian oligarchs who backed the removal of Aristide. Notably, the US State Department refuses to permit the return of Aristide from South African exile.

Now, in the wake of the devastating earthquake of January 12, the United States military has taken control of Haiti’s four airports and presently has some 20,000 troops in the country. Journalists and international aid organizations have accused the US military of being more concerned with imposing military control, which it prefers to call “security,” than with bringing urgently needed water, food and medicine from the airport sites to the population.

A US military occupation of Haiti under the guise of earthquake disaster ‘relief’ would give Washington and private business interests tied to it a geopolitical prize of the first order. Prior to the January 12 quake, the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince was the fifth largest US embassy in the world, comparable to its embassies in such geopolitically strategic places as Berlin and Beijing. (17) With huge new oil finds off Cuba being exploited by Russian companies, with clear indications that Haiti contains similar vast untapped oil as well as gold, copper, uranium and iridium, with Hugo Chavez’ Venezuela as a neighbor to the south of Haiti, a return of Aristide or any popular leader committed to developing the resources for the people of Haiti, — the poorest nation in the Americas — would constitute a devastating blow to the world’s sole Superpower. The fact that in the aftermath of the earthquake, UN Haiti Special Envoy Bill Clinton joined forces with Aristide foe George W. Bush to create something called the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund ought to give everyone pause.

According to Marguerite Laurent (‘Ezili Dantò’) of the Haitian Lawyers’ Leadership Network, under the guise of emergency relief work, the US, France and Canada are engaged in a balkanization of the island for future mineral control. She reports rumors that Canada wants the North of Haiti where Canadian mining interests are already present. The US wants Port-au-Prince and the island of La Gonaive just offshore – an area identified in Aristide’s development book as having vast oil resources, and which is bitterly contested by France. She further states that China, with UN veto power over the de facto UN-occupied country, may have something to say against such a US-France-Canada carve up of the vast wealth of the nation. (18)

Endnotes:

Paul Mann, Caribbean Basins, Tectonic Plates & Hydrocarbons, Institute for Geophysics, The University of Texas at Austin, accessed in http://www.ig.utexas.edu/research/projects/cbth/…/ProposalCaribbean.pdf

Rory Carroll, Medvedev and Castro meet to rebuild Russia-Cuba relations, London Guardian, November 28, 2008 accessed in www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/nov/28/cuba-russia

Julian Gavaghan, Comrades in arms: When China’s President Hu met a frail Fidel Castro, London Daily Mail, November 19, 2008, accessed in www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1087485/Comrades-arms-When-Chinas-President-Hu-met-frail-Fidel-Castro.html

Peoples’ Daily Online, China issues first policy paper on Latin America, Caribbean region, November 5, 2008, accessed in http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90883/6527888.html

Matthew R. Simmons, The World’s Giant Oilfields, Simmons & Co. International, Houston, accessed in www.simmonsco-intl.com/files/giantoilfields.pdf

Anton Kolesnikov, et al, Methane-derived hydrocarbons produced under upper-mantle conditions, Nature Geoscience, July 26, 2009.

F. William Engdahl, War and Peak Oil-Confessions of an ‘ex’ Peak Oil believer, Global Research, September 26, 2007, accessed in www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=6880

Dr. Georges Michel, Oil in Haiti, English translation from French, Pétrole en Haiti, March 27, 2004, accessed in www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/oil_sites.html#oil_GeorgesMichelEnglish

Roberson Alphonse, Drill, and then pump the oil of Haiti! 4 oil companies request oil drilling permits, translated from the original French, June 27, 2008, accessed in www.bnvillage.co.uk/caribbean-news-village-beta/99691-drill-then-pump-oil-haiti-4-oil-companies-request-oil-drilling-permits.html

Ibid.

Ibid. The full text indicated that, “five big wells were drilled at Porto Suel (Maissade) of a depth of 9000 feet, at Bebernal, 9000 feet, at Bois-Carradeux (Ouest), at Dumornay, on the road Route Frare and close to the Chemin de Fer of Saint-Marc. A sample, a ‘carrot’ (oil reservoir) drilled up from the well of Saint-Marc in the Artibonite underwent a physical-chemical analysis in Munich, Germany, at the request of Mr. Broth. ‘The result of the analysis was returned on October 11, 1979 and revealed tracks of oil,’ confided the engineer, Willy Clemens, who had gone to Germany.”

Dr. Georges Michel, op. cit.

Marguerite Laurent, Haiti is full of oil, say Ginette and Daniel Mathurin, Radio Metropole, Jan 28, 2008, accessed in www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/oil_sites.html#full_of_oil

Jim Polson, Haiti earthquake may have exposed gas, aiding economy, Bloomberg News, January 26, 2010.

Espaillat Nanita revela en Haiti existen grandes recursos de oro y otros minerals, Espacinsular.org, 17 November, 2009, accessed in www.espacinsular.org/spip.php?article8942

The Aristide development plan was contained in the book published in Haiti in 2000, Investir dans l’Human. Livre Blanc de Fanmi Lavalas sous la Direction de Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Port-au-Prince, Imprimerie Henri Deschamps, 2000. It contained detailed maps, tables, graphics, and a national development plan for 2004 “covering agriculture, environment, commerce and industry, the financial sector, infrastructure, education, culture, health, women’s issues, and issues in the public sector.” In 2004, using NGOs and the UN and a vicious propaganda campaign to vilify Aristide, the Bush administration got rid of the elected President.

Cynthia McKinney, Haiti: An Unwelcome Katrina Redux, Global Research, January 19, 2010, accessed in www.globalresearch.ca

Marguerite Laurent (Ezili Danto), Did mining and oil drilling trigger the Haiti earthquake?, OpEd News.com, January 23, 2010, accessed in www.opednews.com/articles/1/Did-mining-and-oil-drillin-by-Ezili-Danto-100123-329.html

By: F. William Engdahl, author of Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order
February 3rd, 2010
engdahl@t-online.de