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Opinion Editorials, May 10, 2009
Using Al-Qaeda Myth From Bush to Obama:
An Excuse for Permanent War
By Hassan El-Najjar
ccun.org, May 10, 2009
President Barack Obama said in several speeches that the US war in Afghanistan and Pakistan aims at defeating Al-Qaeda.
The same rhetoric was used by the Bush administration to justify the 2003 US invasion and occupation of Iraq, its global war on Muslim activists dubbed "war on terror," and tightening its grip on power in the United States in favor of the beneficiaries of the military-industrial-Zionist complex.
The military and security industries looted $5 trillion, the housing-related banking system looted $1 trillion more, oil companies almost cornered the oil market reaping hundreds of billions of dollars in profits, and the Zionist state of Israel managed to have the US destroy the strongest Arab state of Iraq.
The capitalist-Zionist ruling class also tightened its grip on the American people by passing the Patriot Acts and related laws and executive orders, which robbed the American people their freedoms and rights and maximized the powers of the federal government vis-a-vis any opposition to its global war endeavors.
The American people were terrorized daily by the colors of threat levels issued by the Secretary of the Homeland Security and the Attorney-Generals, particularly Ashcroft, to force them to accept the Bush global wars, military spending, unprecedented national debt, and violation of their rights.
All this was possible by using the myth of Al-Qaeda, which was portrayed as an imminent danger on the United States.
Barack Obama has promised us a change and a departure from the Bush policies, which brought military, diplomatic, and financial disasters to the United States.
Most Americans who voted for Barack Obama did so for his promise to end the US war on Iraq, which was never justified, particularly after the bipartisan refutation of the two lies about Iraq's links with Al-Qaeda and Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
The Obama administration should be commended for its steadfast position toward ending the Iraq war. However, intensifying the US-led war in Afghanistan and extending it to Pakistan is troubling.
In this way, the Obama administration is implementing the same policy of the Bush administration, which is maintaining the permanent global war policy for the benefit of the military-industrial-Zionist complex.
In other words, it seems that whether the administration is Republican or Democrat, irrelevant of the president's racial or religious background, its main job is to maintain the American Zionist Empire for the benefits of Zionist capitalism.
So, after the Bush administration had achieved the Zionist goal of changing the Iraqi regime, there is no need to continue the Iraq war. However, there is a need for more wars somewhere else, like the current ones in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
But what's the justification, thrown to the American people, for these wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan?
There is no real or objective justification, which may convince Americans to accept the dear sacrifices in blood of their sons and daughters as well as in money to the last dollar they and their children and grandchildren have.
Wars benefit only those who get lucrative contracts with the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security, the Israelis and their Zionist supporters, as well as those who made a career of promoting Al-Qaeda myth.
As a result, there has been a need to bring an excuse that convinces the American people to accept the new wars. The Obama administration seems to have borrowed the same excuse used successfully by the Bush administration, which is "defeating Al-Qaeda."
In his speeches about the reasons of the US wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, President Barack Obama said that they aim at defeating Al-Qaeda and Taliban.
Any serious scrutiny of this issue reveals that this excuse has a big problem, which is related to the very existence of the so-called Al-Qaeda organization.
Is there really anything now in Afghanistan and Pakistan or in any other place on Earth that may be called Al-Qaeda?
In fact, there has been no trace of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, or Pakistan. If there are Al-Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan, US and other NATO forces could have captured some of them presented them to the media.
There was nothing called Al-Qaeda in Iraq before the 2003 US invasion. However, after the invasion, an organization was established under the name of "Al-Qaeda in Iraq," which US military commanders testified that it had no links with Bin Laden. Anyway, it has disappeared from Iraq completely, as it merged with other organizations calling themselves the Islamic State of Iraq.
Moreover, there has been no evidence whatsoever that those responsible for the Madrid and London bombings had any links with the mythical organization.
It is very troubling that the Obama administration is using this "Al-Qaeda" excuse to continue the same policy of permanent war, which was used by the Bush administration.
Where is the promised change?
Is it a new era, or is it the same Bush policy, even by using the same Bush rhetoric?
President Obama and his advisors need to reconsider this issue and free themselves from the Bush era policies and tactics.
Real change means stopping all US wars around the world, particularly in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
Real change means decreasing the military spending by closing US military bases around the world. This will save us the money to rejuvenate our ailing economy, earn us more friends around the world, and stop the death and destruction brought by war to Americans, Iraqis, Afghanis, and Pakistanis.
It's good for President Obama to send messages of good will to the Arab and Muslim worlds by addressing them from Turkey and Egypt but it's better to stop all wars.
The following videos shed some light on the so-called Al-Qaeda, the excuse used by the Bush administration to invade Iraq, and it is now being used by the Obama administration to expand the US-led war in Afghanistan and extend it to Pakistan.
The videos try to answer the following questions:
What is Al-Qaeda?
Where is it?
Has it really existed as a close-net organization?
Do we know anybody else in that entity, other than Bin Laden and Al-Dhawahiri?
Are these two men really worth the $5 trillion of US military spending and global wars of the Bush administration?
3 Videos About Al-Qaeda:
Bush and Al-Qaeda in Iraq, an MSNBC Video:
Truth About Al-Qaeda Existence, Video:
Al-Qaeda Doesn't Exist, Video:
The Origin and Myth of 'Al Qaeda,' Video:
Cheney in Denial About the Iraqi QuagmireCheney '94: Invading Baghdad Would Create Quagmire C-SPAN
Top Ranking CIA Operatives Admit Al-qaeda Is a Complete Fabrication
Polidics.com, by Mr. Charrington on January 7, 2008
BBC’s killer documentary called “The Power of Nightmares“. Top CIA officials openly admit, Al-qaeda is a total and complete fabrication, never having existed at any time. The Bush administration needed a reason that complied with the Laws so they could go after “the bad guy of their choice” namely laws that had been set in place to protect us from mobs and “criminal organizations” such as the Mafia. They paid Jamal al Fadl, hundreds of thousands of dollars to back the U.S. Government’s story of Al-qaeda, a “group” or criminal organization they could “legally” go after. This video documentary is off the hook…
FOX NEWS Interview with Ian Blair (LINK):
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