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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