Humor and 9/11
Here is a selection of citations from articles concerning the “terrorist threat”. The humor resides in the pomposity and stupidity of assertions made by highly regarded academics and journalists.
Evan F. Kohlmann writes in Foreign Affairs (Sept./Oct. 2006):
“The United States is gradually losing the online war against terrorists. To counter terrorists, the U.S. government must learn how to monitor their activity online….U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies…lag behind terrorist organizations in adopting information technologies…”
Paul Cornish writes in The World Today (London), Aug./Sep. 2006:
“The connection between Afghanistan and the mass murders which took place in the United States on September 11 2001 could not be clearer. The attacks were inspired and planned by Osama bin Laden and the Al Qaeda organisation, while under the protection of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.”
Jutta Brunnée and Stephen J. Toope wrote in International and Comparative Law Quarterly, October 2004:
“The threat of global terrorism is real…Terrorists are now clearly international actors, but they operate outside the framework of State relations and international law. In addition, many terrorists are now willing to sacrifice their own lives while attacking their targets…The State in Iraq and Afghanistan was quickly destroyed without particularly significant costs, at least in terms of US lives.
George Packer writes in The New Yorker, Dec. 18, 2006:
“David Kilcullen, [a captain in the Australian Army] …noted that all fifteen Saudi hijackers in the September 11th plot had trouble with their fathers.”
Montgomery McFate, an anthropologist and Pentagon consultant, quoted by George Packer in the New Yorker (Dec. 18, 2006) said:
“When I was little in California, we never believed there was such a thing as the Cold War. That was a bunch of lies that the government fed us to keep us paranoid. Of course, there was a thing called the Cold War, and we nearly lost…And this thing that’s happening now [global terrorism] is, without taking that too far, similar.”
Clifford D. May and Alykhan Velshi write in The American Spectator of October 2006:
“In every war, there have been those who judge their own side harshly but are more than willing to give the enemy the benefit of every doubt. The War for the Free World – a new world war as perilous as any America has ever had to fight – is no exception.”
Brigitte L Nacos writes in Political Science Quarterly, Spring 2003:
“Whenever they strike, especially if they stage so-called terrorist spectaculars, their deeds assure them massive news coverage and the attention of the general public and governmental decision makers in their particular target societies…The greatest irony is that the terrorists who loathed America’s pop culture as decadent and poisonous to their beliefs and ways of life turned Hollywood-like horror fantasies into real life hell. In that respect, they outperformed Hollywood, the very symbol of their hate for western entertainment…Modern terrorism can be understood in terms of the production requirements of theatrical engagements. Terrorists pay attention to script preparation, cast selection, sets, props, role playing, and minute-by-minute stage management.” (emphasis added)
 The U.S. Governmen has at no time directly accused Osama bin Laden of having inspired or planned the events of 9/11. The FBI admitted in June 2006 to possess no hard evidence permitting to link Osama bin Laden to 9/11. See: http://www.teamliberty.net/id267.html
 Perhaps the only location in which suicide terrorism is known with certainty to take place, is Israel. Palestinian organisations, such as Hamas, have publicly acknowledged this strategy of struggle to liberate the occupied territories. News about suicide terrorism have been reported from Sri Lanka, North Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan and a few other locations. However, it is difficult to assess the truth of such news. None of the so-called terrorist attacks in the West have been proved to be suicide operations,least of all the events of 9/11, where the US Government has not even proved that Muslims boarded the planes they alleged hijacked.
 The FBI is still uncertain about the identities of the alleged hijackers. See: http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel01/092701hjpic.htm. The quoted author, however, feels confident to establish the relationship between ghosts and their fathers.
 At no time during the Cold War, was there any danger that the US would be attacked by the Soviet Union. On the other hand, the Soviet Union was militarily targeted by the West and subjected to stringent sanctions. When the Soviet Union fell apart, the dismal condition of the Soviet armed forces came plainly to light.
 The author is oblivious to the fact that news media decide how to cover events. There is no evidence that any “terrorist” controls mass media. News media regularly suppress news about popular struggle for human rights, equality, peace and better conditions of living. They could also suppress news about terrorist bombings, if they believe that this would be in the interest of their owners. It is not the “terrorist” who writes the scripe, selects the cast and manages the stage, but the media. The 9/11 events are perhaps the best example of the complicity of media with the real terrorists.